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A short thread: I was mentored and taught by people who drilled into me that organizers were background people and…
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Instead of asking, “Are you sure? Try asking, “How sure are you?”

“Are you sure” is a yes or no question. It deman…
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the idea that the next democratic president should nuke the filibuster and pass their agenda is far more rooted in…
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Do not allow the normal passage of time to normalize the overt bigotry and existential threat of Donald Trump.

The…
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24 hours ago a reporter asked Donald Trump if white supremacist violence was a growing problem in the United States…
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72 hours ago the President of the United States bragged that his base of supporters, including white biker gangs, c…
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I know it's been 48 hours since a white supremacist Islamophobe murdered 49 people, and in our modern culture, that…
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I saw this happen. It was so impressive.
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Btw every single one of those Ivy League schools profited from the transatlantic slave trade, native dispossession…
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Oh and wait till you hear the rich aren’t even paying taxes anymore really and that they’re looting the state appar…
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If youre angry about the college cheating scandal wait till you hear that public school budgets are determined by l…
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Type to Logotype: Simple Type Customizations for Branding ☠️ OH no Type Company
Those are just a few of the infinite options, but the idea is the same: type is not clip art. It’s so much more useful than that. At it’s best, type is a raw material just like paint or clay that can be endlessly tweaked, remixed, and improved to elegantly sing the virtues of whatever organization it represents. A good logotype can give you the fleeting feeling, that just for a moment, all is right with the world. And just maybe, you’ll inspire some weird kid to pursue a career in it.
branding  design  logo  process  tutorial  ****  howto  typography 
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Jesus: I am the son of God and also I am God and we are the same thing but different people and also there is a gho…
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Omg I just found out that spinster used to be reserved for women 23-26 and that after you turned 26 if you were unm…
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It's so infuriating that there's *so much money* in the world & still so many ppl living in poverty. Folks are real…
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Buried this by mistake! 2/2 used weak verbs (was, participated, contributed) rathe…
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Sure! Described projects as participant in a large thing rather than as leader of…
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15 year old Black kid w/no record steals $100 shoes:
•5 years prison

Wealthy white man w/multiple indictments stea…
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No actual TV critic has ever said anything as insightful as my dad after watching five minutes of the Gilmore Girls…
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One thing I like about Bernie Sanders is that he's been right about almost everything for the last 50 years.
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Wait, what? The whole time? The whole time!? THE WHOLE TIME!
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This, by , is one of the best things I've read on pacifism and I am so grateful that he wrote it.…
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What I love about this tweet is that it embodies something we desperately need right now: public imagination.

When…
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Just to be clear, Donald Trump met with Kim Jong Un, a brutal dictator, showered him with praises, legitimized his…
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Kim Jong: I didn’t murder Otto Warmbier
•45: I take him at his word

MBS: I didn’t murder Jamal Khashoggi
•45: I ta…
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Rich people steal property from the commons to add to theirs and hire poor people to defend it. It’s called ‘securi…
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Take home message from today: Imagine a world where white-collar crime, bank fraud, accounting fraud, and tax fraud…
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MARY SHELLEY: It’s the story of a monster
PUBLISHER: Does it have a frame narrative?
MS: I guess the monster’s crea…
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A while ago showed his Typographizer project at ’s tool evening. It fixes quotes. I tri…
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About Knowable Magazine
Knowable Magazine, the digital publication from Annual Reviews, seeks to make that knowledge accessible to all. Knowable Magazine explores the real-world significance of scholarly work through a journalistic lens. We report on the current state of play across a wide variety of fields — from agriculture to high-energy physics; biochemistry to water security; the origins of the universe to psychology.

Review articles written by leading scholars from the 50 Annual Reviews journals serve as springboards for stories in Knowable Magazine. Through in-depth features, explainers, articles, essays, interviews, infographics, slideshows, and comics, Knowable Magazine presents insights from research to a broader audience. The content is published under a CC BY-ND copyright license, and the Annual Reviews journal articles featured in Knowable Magazine are free to all for a limited period. We encourage others to republish our content, guidelines for which can be found here.
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Looking for a small design studio to give ongoing small projects—mostly image making, event collateral, and print,…
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Thinking about how lesbians during the height of the AIDS crisis were witness and caretaker, agitator and archivist…
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Bezos gives 0.0906% to charity.

If you make $25 an hour, and drop a $20 bill on 2 gofundme's per year, you're giv…
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or yelling "what kind of socialist are you buhhh" when I tweet like every week about being a Henri Lefebvre stan an…
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This is why I'm trying to build a course on airports: a crucial space of organized labor, of movement, of surveilla…
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What doesn't count as 'politics' in videogames according to 'gamers':
•Wars, in many forms
•Relations between gover…
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Sanders proposed this concept a few years ago, and it’s very good that Warren is championing it. They are both incr…
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Hey, so, this government shutdown narrative has swallowed itself and been bled of all meaning. Let's get down, on t…
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15K kids in concentration camps
•WH: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Thousands of kids die due to no healthcare
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"But...but Bernie's not a Democrat!!!!"
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literally every academic whose work has even remotely brushed against this subject knows that she is correct
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Media: why is AOC so popular?

Ppl: her politics are popular

Media: social media?

Ppl: no, her politics of unafra…
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Why learning more isn’t always better – The Startup – Medium
The key to success appears to be regulating our knowledge intake, while putting the information we acquire into action.
The less we obsess about staying up to date on the latest books, podcasts and informational trends, the more time we have to create.
And isn’t that what our five-year-old selves would have wanted?
*****  counterintuitive  unschooling  productivity  learning 
8 weeks ago
Why all those self-help books aren’t helping you – The Startup – Medium
The first and most important step: Stop comparing yourself.
Mark Twain put it best when he said: “comparison is the death of joy.”
Comparison is hard to avoid, but we can start by using social media for information-gathering and inspiration, rather than visiting accounts that leave us feeling empty.
We can focus on our own goals, review our personal mistakes and successes, and decide how our experiences can lead to positive change.
Speaking of positivity, optimism is fine, but be realistic about your goals. Otherwise, we’re likely to feel like we don’t measure up.
“You have to look at your resources and your personal situation and at the market to see if you can really move in the direction you want,” says John Vespasian, author of On Becoming Unbreakable: How Normal People Become Extraordinarily Self-Confident.
happiness  **  self-improvement  self  counterintuitive 
8 weeks ago
Telegram F.A.Q.
Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super-fast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers.

With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc), as well as create groups for up to 100,000 people or channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences. You can write to your phone contacts and find people by their usernames. As a result, Telegram is like SMS and email combined — and can take care of all your personal or business messaging needs. In addition to this, we support end-to-end encrypted voice calls.
groups  fixagraph  service  messaging  **  texting 
8 weeks ago
Radical Technologies by Adam Greenfield review – luxury communism, anyone? | Books | The Guardian
What seem to be potentially anarchic, liberating technologies are highly vulnerable to capture and recuperation by existing power structures – just as were dissident pop-culture movements such as punk. Greenfield makes this point with particular force when discussing automated “smart contracts” and the technology of the blockchain, a kind of distributed ledger that underlies the bitcoin currency but could be used for many more things besides. “Despite the insurgent glamour that clings to it still,” he points out, “blockchain technology enables the realisation of some very long-standing desires on the part of very powerful institutions.” Much as he scorns the authoritarian uses of new technology, he also wants to warn progressives against technological utopianism. “Activists on the participatory left are just as easily captivated by technological hype as anyone else, especially when that hype is couched in superficially appealing language.”

Critical resistance to all these different colonial battalions is based on Greenfield’s observation, nicely repurposing the enemy’s terminology, that “reality is the one platform we all share”. If we want to avoid the pitiless libertarianism towards which all these developments seem to lean – unsurprisingly, because it is the predominant political ideology among the pathetically undereducated tech elite – then we need to insist on public critique and strategies of refusal. Radical Technologies itself is a landmark primer and spur to more informed and effective opposition.
***  review  technology  book  books  criticism  speedbird  trends  futurism  future  critique 
8 weeks ago
For the beauty of writing | Fontsmith Blog
The art of orthotypography is intricate but delightful. The good news is that this is only the beginning of the road! There are waiting for you: vertical signs, brackets, question marks, asterisks, ampersands, semicolons, arrows, and so on; plus italics, small caps, etcetera. If you are interested, check out our punctuation series to discover a story behind every typographic corner. The edge between typography and literature can be marinated using all the potential that fonts offer. Let your texts feel good. Do it for the beauty of writing.
howto  typesetting  typography  design  *** 
8 weeks ago
14 Writing Tips from Anne Lamott
1. Write regularly, whether you feel like writing or not, and whether you think what you’re writing is any good or not.
2. Give yourself short assignments. Keep it manageable so you don’t get overwhelmed.
3. Write sh**ty first drafts. (I’m not being prissy about the word choice, just don’t want to get hung up in spam filters.) Don’t expect a piece of writing to flow perfectly out of your fingers on the first go. Of all the points she makes, many people seem to find this one the most helpful.
4. Let the Polaroid develop; in other words, observe, watch, listen, stay in the moment, until you understand what you want to write about.
5. Know your characters.
6. Let the plot grow out of the characters.
7. “If you find that you start a number of stories or pieces that you don’t ever bother finishing…it may be that there is nothing at their center about which you care passionately. You need to put yourself at their center, you and what you believe to be true or right.”
8. Figure out ways to jam the transmissions from Radio KFKD, the interior station feeding doubts and criticism into your brain. Especially about jealousy of other writers.
9. Have pen and paper ready at all times. (She always carries an index card.)
10. Call around. Ask for help.
11. Start a writing group.
12. Write in your own voice.
13. Being published brings a quiet joy, but it doesn’t transform your life, and eventually you have to write again.
14. “Devotion and commitment will be their own reward.”
list  writing  howto  *****  productivity 
8 weeks ago
Crack Grotesk // übertype
Crack Grotesk is a geometrical grotesque based on a circle form without depending on mathematical guidelines. Extreme transitions of joins from thin to thick, dynamic up- and downstrokes, as well as slightly cursive spurs grant Crack Grotesk a lively and strong type-face ranging from Thin to an extremely thick Super cut.
typography  fun  sans  geometric  ** 
8 weeks ago
Postmodernism Did Not Take Place: On Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life - Viewpoint Magazine
But that hasn’t stopped Peterson from airing his views all over North America and the internet, including fawning profiles in the Guardian and the Chronicle of Higher Education. In spite of his failed attempt to give his politics intellectual heft, it should be obvious to any reasonable person that his worldview is unfounded on its face. Consigning the right to determine someone’s gender to the eye of the beholder places excessive faith in the immediacy of perception and the universal equivalence of cultural norms, besides being obviously unkind. His blustery objection to the gender-neutral singular “they” puts Peterson himself in opposition to “Western civilization,” given that the construction appears throughout canonical English literature, including the works of William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. Peterson’s fixation on the chemical foundations of biological sex and measurements of cognitive intelligence is not pragmatic, but metaphysical, attempting to extract essential qualities from social behavior.

Peterson’s attempt to buttress these reactionary positions with readings of contemporary philosophy, now preserved for posterity in the pages of 12 Rules for Life, is not without precedent. But the tendency finds its most thorough realization in his zealotry. Peterson goes beyond Lilla, Chomsky, and Buchanan, arguing that what he calls “postmodern philosophy” is not merely a symptom of social unease, but its cause. By charging this poorly defined discourse of postmodernism with shaping contemporary society and bending the arc of history, he is doing precisely what he has accused his adversaries of doing: imposing a world of ideas upon the actually existing world, one which is more complex than he has the ability to grasp.
education  marxism  critique  review  postmodernism  philosophy  *** 
8 weeks ago
Fonts and Leading on the Campaign Trail : Type Magazine
The application of Gotham has quickly become rote as well, with the logos formulaically dividing names with either contrasting weights or two colors. The font’s G is clearly attractive to many gubernatorial candidates. In more than one state, the race for that seat is so crowded with Gotham and near-Gothams the candidates start to blend together.

We hope to never see Gotham again after researching this article.
design  politics  logo  ***  critique  typography 
8 weeks ago
Score a perfect 100 in Lighthouse audits — Part 1 – Aswin S – Medium
Lighthouse is an open source webpage benchmarking tool from Google Chrome team. It is available as a chrome extension as well as a node command line module. Once installed lighthouse can audit current page and ranks the page out of 100. A score above 80 is considered ‘Good’ where as anything less than that calls for further optimizations. Through this article I’m trying to explain how you can pass each individual test in lighthouse audit and get a perfect score of 💯!
howto  optimization  webdesign  speed  ***  fixagraph  tools 
8 weeks ago
Boeing Withheld Information on 737 Model From Pilots: Report
Boeing held back information about possible malfunctions with the new flight-control feature that’s believed to have played a role in the Lion Air jet crash that killed 189 people in Indonesia last month, The Wall Street Journal reports.
aeriality  safety  **  boeing  wsj  aircraft  737 
8 weeks ago
Kanelsnurrer - Charlotte Pike
Ingredients
1kg plain flour, plus extra for the worksurface.
25g quick action dried yeast
10g sea salt
2g ground green cardamom seeds
150g caster sugar
150g butter
325ml whole milk, warmed
1 large egg, beaten
For the cinnamon butter
200g salted butter
15g ground cinnamon
200g demerara sugar
1 egg, beaten
30g demerara sugar

Instructions
Place the flour, yeast, salt, cardamom and sugar into a stand mixer or large mixing bowl. Stir together to combine the dry ingredients. Add the butter and rub in or process to form a fine breadcrumb-like mixture. Add the milk and egg and stir in to form a wet dough. Knead for 15 minutes. Once you have a light, elastic dough, set aside to prove for an hour in a warm place, covered with cling film.

Meanwhile, make the cinnamon butter, by beating the butter, cinnamon and sugar together to form a smooth, even paste. Set aside, but don’t refrigerate, as you want it to be soft and spreadable to use soon.

Once the dough has proved, it will be about 1.5 times the volume of the original size. Turn it out onto a well-floured worksurface, and roll to a rectangle 60x30cm in size. Spread the butter all over the rectangle and fold one third in, and the other third on top to form a smaller rectangle, with three layers. Roll out to 30x30cm. Cut into 12 evenly sized strips. Twist each strip 6 or 7 times to form a twist and pull it round itself twice to form a snail–like formation. Set the kanelsnurrer on to a large baking sheet, covered with non-stick baking parchment. Cover the 12 buns with cling film and leave to prove for another 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180C/ Gas Mark 4. Brush the kanelsnurrer with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar before baking for 15-20 minutes until they are a rich, glossy brown and feel firm-ish, not doughy in the middle.

Cool fully before enjoying with a good cup of coffee. They are best enjoyed very fresh.
recipes  recipe  bread  food  **** 
8 weeks ago
Village: Fort
The closest historical example to Fort that I’ve found is a 1970’s novelty called Heldustry, a mashup of Helvetica’s proportions with Eurostile’s squared curves. Other examples in the realm of squared grotesks are Permanent and Normal Grotesk. Permanent has Helvetica’s 90° terminals, and Normal Grotesk has angled terminals, but with distinct straight segments on the sides of the curves, something I consciously avoided in Fort.

I had recently finished Aero as a collaboration with Chester Jenkins, which had nine styles that dramatically swell from whisper thin to unbelievably black. I wanted to make a Thin weight for Fort as well, and something I always wish I’d done with Router was to make a heavier weight, but Router’s Bold was about as heavy as I could figure out how to draw at the time. With Fort I was able to draw a heavy Black and fairly light (10 unit) Thin.
font  fonts  typography  ***  tobuy  sans 
8 weeks ago
7 Wise Reasons to Pursue Typography Mastery — TypeEd
“A big part of the expression of any design solution is typography. It’s highly important to have not only the basic competency, but to really understand that typography is the backbone to communication.

“For an organization that is looking to solve a business problem—be it a service design or customer experience brief—even in those rough phases, a designer needs to present journey mapping and research in a way that’s easy digestible. That may come in the form of a report that you might distribute to your client, or slides, a keynote presentation, or internal communication. Not just the end thing; such as a website or wayfinding signage.

“Typography begins well before that. A lot of the progress to a successful design outcome is fundamentally from a typographic execution. If you have that understanding, you are using design holistically.”

— Ram Castillo, Design Director, Author, and Founder of Giant Thinkers
typography  design  graphic  ** 
8 weeks ago
Meat loaf with lingon sylt and small baked potatoes recipe from Scandinavian Comfort Food by Trine Hahnemann | Cooked
Traditionally, meat loaf or meatballs were inexpensive food in Scandinavia. In old cookbooks there are recommendations for going to the butcher and asking for well-aged meat and then mincing it by hand, which indicates to me that those meatballs were way more fancy than we think of them today. Meat was not for everyday consumption, so in many ways this is proper old-school cooking; meat should be treasured and not taken for granted, not even minced meat. Lingon sylt is a Scandinavian tradition that we eat with both meat and fish. In Sweden people eat lingon sylt as often as other nations eat ketchup. As an alternative, you can eat redcurrant jam, but it’s not quite the same!

Ingredients

For the meat loaf
200g brown mushrooms
500g minced beef
2 eggs
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons thyme leaves, chopped
150ml whole milk
50g breadcrumbs
2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
100g sliced bacon
freshly ground black pepper

For the potatoes
800g small potatoes
1 lemon
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 rosemary sprigs
2 garlic cloves, halved
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
Lingon sylt

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Rinse the potatoes and keep the skin on. Place them in an ovenproof dish. Slice the lemon and add to the dish with the oil, rosemary sprigs, garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.

Chop the mushrooms and mix with the minced (ground) beef, eggs, onion, thyme and milk. Now mix in the breadcrumbs, salt and some pepper. Line a roasting tin with baking parchment and form the mixture into 2 loaves. Place them about 5cm apart on the tin, cover with slices of bacon, sprinkle with pepper and bake in the oven for 30–35 minutes. Serve the meatloaf in slices, with the potatoes and some lingon sylt.

I recommend serving this with the Danish Raw Salad (Råkost).
recipe  recipes  food  *** 
8 weeks ago
Cod, the traditional way recipe from Scandinavian Comfort Food by Trine Hahnemann | Cooked
Ingredients
1kg piece of tail end cod, skin on
1 celery stalk
3 carrots
a bunch of parsley
1 bay leaf
200ml water
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

For the butter sauce
200g butter
8 tablespoons chopped dill

To serve
1kg new potatoes
200g bacon lardons
50g freshly grated horseradish
200g Pickled beetroot
4 hard-boiled eggs, roughly chopped

Method
Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Place the cod in an ovenproof dish. Roughly chop the celery and carrots and fill the inside of the cod with them, as well as the parsley and bay leaf. Add the water to the dish, sprinkle the cod with salt and pepper and cook in the oven for 20–30 minutes, depending on the thickness.

While that is in the oven, boil the potatoes until tender, then drain. Panfry the bacon until crisp and golden. Place the bacon, grated horseradish, pickled beetroot and chopped egg in small, separate bowls.

Melt the butter for the sauce in a saucepan and, when it starts to brown, add the dill and let it simmer for a few minutes.

Transfer the cod and vegetables to a serving dish and pour over the butter sauce. Serve with the condiments on the side.
recipes  recipe  food  fish  *** 
8 weeks ago
How to Scale SVG | CSS-Tricks
So forget height and width. You don't actually want to set the exact height and width anyway, you want the SVG to scale to match the width and/or height you set in the CSS. What you want is to set an aspect ratio for the image, and have the drawing scale to fit. You want a viewBox.
#The viewbox attribute

The SVG viewBox is a whole lot of magic rolled up in one little attribute. It's the final piece that makes vector graphics Scalable Vector Graphics. The viewBox does many things:

It defines the aspect ratio of the image.
It defines how all the lengths and coordinates used inside the SVG should be scaled to fit the total space available.
It defines the origin of the SVG coordinate system, the point where x=0 and y=0.

The viewBox is an attribute of the <svg> element. Its value is a list of four numbers, separated by whitespace or commas: x, y, width, height. The width is the width in user coordinates/px units, within the SVG code, that should be scaled to fill the width of the area into which you're drawing your SVG (the viewport in SVG lingo). Likewise, the height is the number of px/coordinates that should be scaled to fill the available height. Even if your SVG code uses other units, such as inches or centimeters, these will also be scaled to match the overall scale created by the viewBox.

The x and y numbers specify the coordinate, in the scaled viewBox coordinate system, to use for the top left corner of the SVG viewport. (Coordinates increase left-to-right and top-to-bottom, the same as for identifying page locations in JavaScript). For simple scaling, you can set both values to 0. However, the x and y values are useful for two purposes: to create a coordinate system with an origin centered in the drawing (this can make defining and transforming shapes easier), or to crop an image tighter than it was originally defined.
css  design  webdesign  scale  svg  ****  howto 
8 weeks ago
Choose a “Highlight” Every Day – Time Dorks – Medium
So, if you choose to accept this week’s challenge, here’s what you need to do:

1. Every morning, choose one thing you want to make time for today
2. Write it down. This is important! Write it on a piece of paper, or use the One Big Thing app, or whatever, but you must write it down!
3. Schedule it in your calendar. Look at your calendar and find time for your Highlight. It might be before or during or after your normal working hours, if you have normal working hours. It might be anything from 5 minutes to 2 hours, depending on what you’re up to. But making room on the calendar is important.
4. Do it.
5. At the end of the day, reflect on how it went. Was it the highlight of your day? Whether you got it done or not, did it change your sense of satisfaction?
list  productivity  ***  fixagraph 
8 weeks ago
Landing Page Guide: Advanced Copywriting and Design
A great homepage isn’t a nicety. It’s your first impression. The better your first impression, the better your customer acquisition efforts perform.

So treat it as diligently as you do your product itself.

Consider how around 75% of your site traffic will leave after only seeing your homepage.

That's what I mean by "first impression." So, don't waste it.

Not wasting it means following the proven template. Don't do something unique unless you have a good reason to. The more you detour from this template, the more confused the average visitor will be: You'll make it more laborious for them to identify what your company does and why they should care about it.

In other words, the template makes what your company does self-evident. It prioritizes clarity, brevity, and directness.

What it doesn't care about is design innovation. Instead, you should be innovative in the other areas of your growth funnel — like your ads and your product features. But not your homepage. Typically, people just want information quickly.

So don't stand in their way.
marketing  writing  *****  fixagraph  landing.page  howto 
8 weeks ago
A Practical Guide to SVGs on the web
This guide aims to give a practical overview of how you can use SVGs on your websites — with some tips and tricks along the way to get the most out of them.
design  webdesign  guide  images  svg  reference  **** 
8 weeks ago
The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected | WIRED
Our Future Book is composed of email, tweets, YouTube videos, mailing lists, crowdfunding campaigns, PDF to .mobi converters, Amazon warehouses, and a surge of hyper-affordable offset printers in places like Hong Kong.

For a “book” is just the endpoint of a latticework of complex infrastructure, made increasingly accessible. Even if the endpoint stays stubbornly the same—either as an unchanging Kindle edition or simple paperback—the universe that produces, breathes life into, and supports books is changing in positive, inclusive ways, year by year. The Future Book is here and continues to evolve. You’re holding it. It’s exciting. It’s boring. It’s more important than it has ever been.

But temper some of those flight-of-fancy expectations. In many ways, it’s still a potato.
books  publishing  trends  future  *****  wired  infrastructure  ideas 
8 weeks ago
Substack
Substack makes it simple for a writer to start an email newsletter. It’s free and you can add paid subscriptions whenever you want. Just sign up, connect your bank account, and get to work.
email  publishing  tools  ***  mytools 
8 weeks ago
What’s Wrong with Public Policy Education - The American Interest
As Matt Andrews, Michael Woolcock, and Lant Pritchett at the Kennedy School have argued, it is important to start from a concrete problem, that is, something that other people believe to be a problem. This means that there is already a constituency in favor of change, which can be the starting point for a coalition of people who want a different outcome.

The second set of skills concerns solutions development. This is where traditional policy analysis comes in: It is important to generate data, come up with a theory of change, and posit plausible options by which reformers can solve the problem they have set for themselves. This is where some ideas from product design, like rapid prototyping and testing, may be relevant.

The third and perhaps most important set of skills has to do with implementation. This begins necessarily with stakeholder analysis: that is, mapping of actors who are concerned with the particular policy problem, either as supporters of a solution, or opponents who want to maintain the status quo. From an analysis of the power and interests of the different stakeholders, one can begin to build coalitions of proponents, and think about strategies for expanding the coalition and neutralizing those who are opposed. A reformer needs to think about where resources can be obtained, and, very critically, how to communicate one’s goals to the stakeholder audiences involved. Finally comes testing and evaluation—in the expectation that there will be a continuous and rapid iterative process by which solutions are tried, evaluated, and modified. Randomized experiments have become the gold standard for program evaluation in recent years, but their cost and length of time to completion are often the enemies of rapid iteration and experimentation.

This three-stage process should not be thought of as a linear one, but rather one in which there is constant circling back to earlier stages in light of what one has learned in later ones. A failed solution may send one back to another option that was less favored but more feasible; indeed, it may force one to redefine the problem altogether. A proper stakeholder analysis should be fed back into the solution development: It may tell you that Option A, which produces the best outcomes, is impossible to implement, requiring moving to Option B or C instead.

This framework for policy problem-solving is not rocket science; rather it is common sense. Stakeholder analysis is something that every successful politician in the world has performed from the beginning of time. That is the essence of politics: generating sufficient power by gathering allies and undermining opponents; it’s just that good politicians don’t apply a structured methodology to this task.

To accomplish this properly requires, however, thorough knowledge of local context, and it is appreciation for context that is most severely lacking in the way that public policy is taught today. That will be the subject of a subsequent post.
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How To Be A Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker - Barking Up The Wrong Tree
Here are six of Steven’s tips for good writing:

Be visual and conversational. Be concrete, make your reader see and stop trying to impress.
Beware “the curse of knowledge.” Have someone read your work and tell you if it makes sense. Your own brain cannot be trusted.
Don’t bury the lead. Clarity beats suspense. If they don’t know what it’s about they can’t follow along.
You don’t have to play by the rules, but try. If you play it straight 99% of the time, that 1% will really shine.
Read Read Read. The English language is too complex to learn from one book. Never stop learning.
Good writing means revising. Never hit “send” or “print” without reviewing your work — preferably multiple times.
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