According to Wikipedia, he “developed a method for reproducing gradations in tones and for creating the effect of soft colour washes, which enabled the printed reproduction of Romantic landscape paintings” like the kind that J. M. W. Turner popularized.
Slack is a communication platform designed by Tiny Speck to help keep teams talking and organized. Tired of trying to keep all those Skype messages, emails, Basecamp notifications straight? Slack is supposed to be a one-stop shop to keep all your “keeping in touch” in one place. Best of all, it syncs easily between desktops, smartphones and tablets.
I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m very much intrigued. Let’s Slack, why not?
Looking for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift for the designer in your life? Look no further, friends.
Just My Type, by Simon Garfield, is “part history textbook, part design manual, part subtle stand-up comedy routine” - and all awesome.
Not only is it a great read for the type nerd that you love, but it also has a delightful play on words in the title - that will no doubt win you some serious brownie points.
The Noun Project is all about smplifying communication, “across borders and around the world.” If youhaven’t heard about it yet, NounProject is essentially crowdsourced icons. Or like iStockPhoto, but for icons. Many are free to use and there are different subscription levels depending on your various icon needs.
[Insert joke about how this message will self-destruct in 30 seconds.]
Confide is an app (currently only for iOS, but with an Android platform in the works) that sends encrypted messages to any email or phone number. Simply drag your finger along to reveal the message. This is cool on a few levels, mainly because it feels super secret. And since it’s text-based, it seriously cuts down on the risk of receiving random dick pics.
Hello Ruby is a children’s book and workbook designed to teach basic programming through stories and kid-friendly activities. Ruby is a young girl with a big imagination, and her adventures are aimed to help 4 to 7-year-olds understand programming logic and culture. The idea comes from Linda Liukas, programmer and cofounder of Rails Girls.
Somewhere is a platform created by Benjamin Netter that “brings you the best places in the world throught the eyes of random people on Instagram.” Users can search for a specific place or click the “somewhere else” button to be taken on a random (and informative) trip around the world.
Contently was created by a bunch of “journalists and nerds” who saw the rise of freelancing as traditional journalism has changed. The platform is designed to help talented creators showcase their work and get connected with publishers.
Contently’s mission is:
Help journalists build careers doing what they love.
Help brands become compelling publishers.
Help journalists and brands connect and tell great stories.
I think I might just sign up.