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“If your only goal is increased performance then what you need is…


“If you also need design control, then what you need is…

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Idea Generation →

Sam Altman · ·

YC once tried an experiment of funding seemingly good founders with no ideas. I think every company in this no-idea track failed. It turns out that good founders have lots of ideas about everything, so if you want to be a founder and can’t get an idea for a company, you should probably work on getting good at idea generation first.

How do you do that?

It’s important to be in the right kind of environment, and around the right kind of people. You want to be around people who have a good feel for the future, will entertain improbable plans, are optimistic, are smart in a creative way, and have a very high idea flux. These sorts of people tend to think without the constraints most people have, not have a lot of filters, and not care too much what other people think.

Something to look for when you’re evaluating a startup: do the founders and leaders have good ideas or did they have one idea that they keep banking on?

Reading in the dark →

Cassie · ·

I’m writing this for two reasons.

Firstly as a reminder to go easy on myself. Sometimes it’s going to be easy to read, sometimes it’s going to be harder. We can’t expect to always be as productive as our best days. Our productivity doesn’t define our worth.

I’m also writing this for anyone that’s trying to read in dim light at the moment. If you’re battling please don’t be hard on yourself. It’s not your fault. Let yourself put the book down for a while, see if you can get that light on.

Type Specimens →

Mark Boulton · ·

Hello! I’m Mark Boulton and this is a project about Type Specimens.

Type specimens are curious objects. They aim to inspire designers. They are tools with which to make design decisions. They are also marketing material for foundries. This project will dig into specimens from these three perspectives: as artefacts made by and for font designers to evolve type culture; as tools for font users to make decisions about choosing and using type; and as effective marketing tools.

Over the decades, typeface specimens have changed from being functional documents – of demonstrating the typeface in use at various different weights and sizes – to objects that primarily sell the typeface. They are designed to sell the typeface in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

This project will bring together a curated stream of type specimens from around the world. Focussed on digital specimens, we’ll also be talking with the designers and users of these typefaces to bring you behind the scenes content on their creation. We’ll hear about the successes. Hopefully the horror stories, too. Everybody loves a good horror story.

It’s hard to pull a quote from his essay; read it.

“When the history is written of how America handled the global era’s first real pandemic, March 6 will leap out of the timeline…“

During a press conference that day, Donald Trump made “two comments…about the disease. There would be four million testing kits available within a week. ‘The tests are beautiful,’ he said. ‘Anybody that needs a test gets a test.’

“Ten weeks later, that is still not close to being true. Fewer than 3 per cent of Americans had been tested by mid-May…”

“The explorers who set one of the last meaningful records on earth.”

Oceanographers and explorers are a breed of human that I find fascinating. And being someone who loves the water, I find inspiring.

Ben Taub’s account of Victor Vescovo’s “Five Deeps” — “an attempt to become the first person to reach the deepest point in each ocean”.

Well worth the hour read. Inspiring. Gripping. With the little historical and mechanical details I love.

It’s my birthday. I’m 68. I feel like pulling up a rocking chair and dispensing advice to the young ‘uns. Here are 68 pithy bits of unsolicited advice which I offer as my birthday present to all of you.

It’s Okay →

Clearleft · ·

From Clearleft:

It hasn’t been easy, working in lockdown and juggling family life, client projects and everything else in between. So we wanted to say…

It’s OK.

…to turn your camera off if you want to. …to turn off Slack for a few hours. …not to respond to Slack messages immediately. …to use Slack calls over video calls. …if your pets/kids/partners are wandering around in the background. …to step away from a call if your delivery arrives. …to do excercise or go for a walk during the day. …to take a nap in the afternoon. …to feel like you’re not being as productive as normal. …to work asynchronously if your project can handle it. …to ask for a phone call instead of a video call. …to say you’ve had too many video calls and need a break. …to say you need some down-time. …to take a mental health day if you need one.

…to say you’re not OK.

Look, employers are always free to – and should! – evaluate the work product produced by employees. But they don’t have to surveil someone’s every move or screenshot their computer every five minutes to do so. That’s monitoring the inputs. Monitor the outputs instead, and you’ll have a much healthier, saner relationship.

If you hire smart, capable people and trust them to do good work – surprise-surprise – people will return the sentiment deliver just that! The irony of setting up these invasive surveillance regimes is that they end up causing the motivation to goof off to beat the very systems that were setup to catch such behavior. It’s Hawthorne’s Effect on steroids.

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