Opoloo's Link Digest
The 2nd issue of our Hook Series.
01 "The Bomb in the Garden"
Last week, we introduced the great Practical Typography book to you. The author, Matthew Butterick, gave a talk at TYPO Conference this year about what is wrong with the web, its standards, why we still cherish hideous design, and what we can do about it. He voices strong opinions and we'd love to hear yours.
If you read only one thing this weekend, make it this one.
by Tim Holman
If you've tried Medium, the thing you're likely to find most awesome about it is the text editor. Tim Holman has created a "minimal editor for the modern man". It's an open source project. Check out his other great projects, too. It's ridiculous what this guy has created.
03 "Do Things the Long, Hard, Stupid Way"
by Frank Chimero / Do Lectures
"Whenever we make things [...] there's a value in them, that lives completely outside of commerce."
The author of The Shape of Design gives an inspiring talk on how we make things and the side benefits of this process that are sometimes hard to see, but that make it valuable. He endorses a new culture of giving that is right down our alley.
04 "The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better than You Normally Do"
Writing is the most efficient way to express your thoughts. It's as simple as that. In order to do that well, you have to practice. There's no way around it. Colin Nissan gives you some good advice on how to get there.
05 "Failure is an Option"
by Hannah Bloch / National Geographic
A whole cult of an advocation of failure has evolved, going hand in hand with a whole heap of pretensions and complacency. Hannah Bloch turns the dial back and reduces failure to something much more essential and existential.
06 "Dear People Who Like Neapolitan Ice Cream: You Like Horrible Things"
He picks a subject and leaves no stone unturned. This guy is terribly harsh in his judgement, but also dead funny.