Best Design Links for December 2016

Well, another year, a new year. Happy New Year!

I almost did not do this post. Today is the 10th and I usually have these out by the 5th, the latest. But holiday traveling and getting ready for a new semester really got me. Then I thought, well, why not? So, here we are with a new list!

Let’s get started, shall we?

Architecture

At one point in my life I wanted to be an architect. It is a bit of a funny story. I was 16 when I took an admission exam for the only school of architecture in my home country at the time. I was short of the mark by 13 points. At 16 years old, it kind of put a damper in what I thought about my artistic abilities. Time went by and long story short, I became a designer. I look back and I wonder what is really the purpose of such exams. I digress. Though I did not become an architect, it has been one of my interests. Therefore, I recognize the work of some architects when I travel. So, when Zaya Hadid died I was sad. Her work has always been provocative and intriguing. What I did not know, despite my interest in architecture was that her partner Patrik Schumacher held very controversial views about the function of architecture in society. And it seems he has left a lot of people scrambling with his views. The whole controversy is actually very interesting. You can read it all on this article titled: Architecture’s Identity Crisis by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan.

Design Resources

Autoclipping.com is a site where they have made it super easy to remove the background of any image. The site is not free but the membership fees are very low.

Industrial Design

Driver-less cars? Forget that! Check out the new thing: modular planes. Yes, you heard right. Check out this article: Airbus’s Wild Vision For A New Generation Of Modular Planes.

Business

Jessica Hische recently made the social media news because she created an interactive tool titled Client Email Helper. If you stare at the screen trying to figure out what to reply to a client, this may be very useful. Check it out!

Having trouble saying no? Check out this short but to the point article: Here’s the Most Effective Way to Say No to Things You Don’t Want to Do.

Do you think you say thank you enough? I know I don’t. Yet, those simple words will get one very far. Here is an article listing 7 situations in which we can say thank you but don’t by James Clear. Read Make Your Life Better by Saying Thank You in These 7 Situations.

Do you remember that infamous case where McDonald got sued by supposedly a frivolous woman because she burned herself with hot coffee? Well, it turns out that this woman was not frivolous and the coffee was indeed at a burning temperature. Watch this video, learn what really happened, and how McDonald apparently manipulated the media to disfavor her. It is like WOW. Do take a look: The Truth About the McDonald’s Coffee Case.

Big companies sometimes get flack about how they treat their employees or about how little they pay their employees. Well, it turns out that there are jobs that Amazon breaks down into little tasks that are handled by people across the globe for very little money. Well, you can read more about it here: Inside Amazon’s clickworker platform: How half a million people are being paid pennies to train AI.

On those lines read about the AI Assistant Mark Zuckerberg built for his home as a personal project here: At Home With Mark Zuckerberg And Jarvis, The AI Assistant He Built For His Family.

Design Curiosities

We all scramble thinking and picking the best Christmas cards every year. This last year, designer Alexander Tochilovsky found a box of old Christmas cards by designers such as Paul Rand and Milton Glaser, among others. Take a look at this article: Forget Hallmark. Vintage Holiday Cards Are Where It’s At.

Need help getting back or improving your drawing ability? Check out this article: 5 Drawing Exercises That Will Turn Anyone Into An Artist.

Politics

Well, we had do, didn’t we? I watched this video of Glen Beck and Samantha Bee interacting. It was not only funny but also really good. Watch When Samantha Bee Met Glenn Beck.

Lettering

And lastly, my here is a mention of my current show, Visual Prayer. It is still up but hurry. It comes down on January 28th. If you are in town and would like to see the show, please contact Rob Bearden at 251-767-8362. It would make a great Valentine’s gift!

 
I have been getting requests to include articles on this monthly post. If you are interested in being featured, please feel free to contact me. However, contacting me does not guarantee that your post or article will make this list.

 

 

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