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Monthly Archives: May 2011

LINK: Newish Google Font – Open Sans

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Open Sans – a family with 10 variants

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the font that Google announced a few weeks ago – seriously, check out Open Sans, by Steve Matteson.

I feel like this one is the gem in the crown for Google fonts. It’s a real workhorse type sans-serif, but one designed with web in mind. It’s like Helvetica in it’s utility, but screen friendly like Verdana. But unlike Verdana, it’s not ugly over 11px.

I hope to see this one used on a LOT of websites in the future.

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Some Big Questions

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What is design?

What kind of designer am I?

Who am I as a designer?

What do I believe as a designer?

How can I use design to help our world?

These are questions that cannot, and should not, be answered definitively. The answer to these should evolve over time. If the answers for you don’t change, an alarm bell should be going off in your head. As a friend once said to me “If I’m not worried about something, something’s wrong.”

Are there any other “big questions” that you’re thinking about? Leave them in the comments!

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LINK: Running Towards

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Frank Chimero – Running Towards.

Lots of folks are passing around that Ira Glass comment on creativity – and for good reason (it’s good). However, I’ve really been liking this post by Frank Chimero.

I really like this particular passage:

In the effort of trying to make something good, we will not look good. Making is messy business, and from the outside, it frequently looks like toiling. So, like our business, we will be a mess, both inside and out. Unkept hair, sloppy apartment, and a general knot in our guts because there is a big thing not yet done. We will wear our pain on our faces, and mop the sweat from our brow. The thud of our feet hitting the pavement will jolt up through our legs and shake our shoulders. Our cheeks will tremble with each step.

We will hurt, but, oddly, to run well, we must relax. So we should relax. We will not care how we look. Running long distances has an aesthetic ugliness, and yet, also simultaneously has a beauty to the endeavor. There is a grace of appearances and a grace of effort, but the two may never meet. The runners that worry if they look good are the ones that usually lose. We choose to run, hurt, and look ugly. We celebrate this.

I have to remember sometimes: it ain’t easy what we do, nor should it be.

/Tip o’ the hat to my friend Traecy for sending me the Ira Glass quote.

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