Best Design Links for May 2016

Well, is that time of the month again where I get to share interesting things I have found on the internet. Lots of goodies this month! Read on and be inspired!

Career advice and wisdom

Ever heard the phrase “fake it ’til you make it”? Well, it turns out that it may not be the best advice. Read this article: This Woman Stunned Everyone by Faking It Till She Made It for Years by Chris Matyszczyk.

On that note, here are the skills new graduates lack, according to an article written by Lydia Dishman for Fast Company. The article: These Are The Biggest Skills That New Graduates Lack. Among the main ones critical thinking, problem solving, writing, and wait for it, attention to detail. We have serious work to do!


I might have shared this site before but it is so good that if I did share, I hope you will indulge me. Check out Design Facts for a daily doses of design history.

Another site that is full of gems, InstaNerd, records little facts. For instance, did you know that the first mobile phone call was made in 1973?

Being a better designer

Some designers come to this profession hoping that there will be no need to draw. Ever. And while it is true that a designer needs not be a figure drawing artist, it is also true that learning to communicate with drawing gives a designer a tremendous advantage. If you are still doubting, please seek this video posted by Austin Kleon on his site, where Saul Bass advises designers to draw.

Along the same lines, this article Google Ventures On How Sketching Can Unlock Big Ideas, also praises the value of drawing/sketching as a means of communication and problem solving.

This article, 50 Clever Tutorials and Techniques on Traditional Drawing on Smashing Magazine collects enough resources to get started with drawing. Great resource for those of us who are rusty!

Areaware sells a nifty tool on their site called Golden Section Finder. And you thought it was hard to see? 😉

On designing icons, Scott Lewis from Iconfinder has written a beautiful tutorial for Smashing Magazine titled Easy Steps to Icon Design. Totally worth reading!


The rules of typography and conventional wisdom teach us that we should not use more than 2 or 3 typefaces in a document. Consistency, clarity, and legibility are facilitated when typeface schanges are kept to a minimum or to create hierarchy. What happens when we break that rule? Bethany Heck writes about it in her article The Value of Multi-Typeface Design. She makes a very compelling argument. 

Robert Bringhurst, typographer, poet, and author of The Elements of Typographic Style has written a new book titled Palatino: The Natural History of a Typeface in which he surveys the typeface. Check it out.

Ah! The beauty of 3-D typography made from objects! Take a look at this: Clever Designer Turns Bicycle Parts into a 3D Typeface.

And because we can’t ever get enough typography inspiration: Let This Detailed Chart Feed Your Typography Addiction.

For those of us who love typefaces: The 100 Best Free Fonts for Designers.

And another list: 60 Free Sans Serif Fonts to Give Your Designs a Modern Touch.

And yet, another: 20 Free Whopping Fonts + Free for Commercial Use – 2016.


Writing an About Me page is not easy but 99U is here to help: How To Write an “About Me” Page That Gets You Hired.

Ever need a fast way to access symbols and glyphs? There is a site for that! Check out Copy Paste Character. It has all the symbols you may need!

Some people check Facebook but others check LinkedIn. The problem? This article, LinkedIn user? Your data may be up for sale. Read it and take action.

And there is a new browser-based photo editor in town! Check out: Sumo Paint!

Games and design

Playing cards featuring architects? Yes, indeed! Check them out in this slide show, Architectural Playing Cards.

Artists and designers

Marisol was a sculptor during the 60’s and 70’s that became famous for her wooden flat sculptures that almost looked like assemblages. She died and no one noticed. Her works reminds me of the work of Botero’s but in 3-D.


Because the most frivolous things do show the influence of design, take a look at this video: How nail styling has changed over the past 100 years.

Have you seen the Banana Sleeping Bag? It looks interesting and fun!

Take a look at this slide show showing the work of John Florea: The Forgotten Images of One of America’s Greatest War Photographers.

Photo by geralt (Pixabay)

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