“Today, it doesn’t matter if a work’s been produced, it matters if it’s been seen. Not printing, but page views. The issue is not legitimacy through production but attention through exposure. Students in design programs make posters for the purpose of photographing themselves holding them up for all to see on their portfolio site. In the rush of work that speeds through my RSS reader everyday, the community has become the other client. Our new canon might be crowdsourced.”—Rob Giampietro (via viafrank)
Inspired by the wisdom of mnmlsm, I’ve concocted a brilliant (if somewhat expensive) plan for de-cluttering my life. I aim to fit all of my (non-studio, non-kitchen) belongings onto these two Vitsoe starter kits. Just a few hand-picked books (ones I actually intend to read) and the essential, yet stylish, clothes. I should be able to fit a few pairs of Cons on those bottom shelves, right?
“In the nineteenth century, which was a dark and inflationary age in typography and type design, many compositors were encouraged to stuff extra space between sentences. Generations of twentieth century typists were then taught to do the same, by hitting the spacebar twice after every period [full stop]. Your typing as well as your typesetting will benefit from unlearning this quaint Victorian habit. As a general rule, no more than a single space is required after a period, colon or any other mark of punctuation.”—Amen to that, brother. More wisdom at Web Typography.
did you design this tumblr theme? it is wonderfully simple.
When I started tumbling a couple of years ago, I used one of the standard templates, which was already quite minimal. Then I wanted to tweak a little bit here … and there … and over there … and over the course of time pretty much every style element has been stripped out and replaced several times. I’m not the greatest coder in the world – I’m sure a pro would look at my CSS and want to scream at all the over-complicated and redundant code lying about the place – so it’s all been a bit trial-and-error.
Unfortunately I get itchy feet when it comes to the look of a site. I’m happy with the design for a few weeks and then I see somebody else’s beautiful navigation system or font styles and I immediately want to tweak tweak tweak. I guess this isn’t necessarily a bad thing – there are some amazing designers out there who constantly use their personal sites to experiment with the medium (Stuart Hobday and Michael Bojkowski are two who spring to mind).
SC&B is my new baby, so thanks for the positive feedback!
Do you have a morning ritual of blogs/websites that you visit? If so, what are they?
I have about 100 feeds in my RSS reader, so I always have a look at that in the morning. This isn’t an ideal situation though – so many of those feeds come from sites that first caught my eye because they were so well designed, and now I’m regrettably bypassing that aspect simply because of convenience. Tis a shame.
But what you want is a list of Good Stuff, right? Well here’s a small selection of sites that I’ve been following for ages that never fail to deliver the braincandy:
Some scientists at MIT recently calculated that at any given moment, there exists 74,064,090 design blogs. I just thought it might be a nice way to differentiate myself and also to focus my attention a little bit. Plus, a lot of my print design work is two-colour, so it reflects how I visualise stuff anyway.
We stayed in the Cosmopolitan hotel in Leeds last weekend, and I came across something in the foyer I’ve never seen before: a massive library of Vogue magazines, dating back to the seventies. Although I’d have preferred a stack of i-D or Faces, it’s a definite reason to stay there again (as is the fact that for some reason gave us the disabled access room, which was massive).