Reader's Corner No. 45: Graphic Designs That Matter, Punching Sonic 3D, Untitled Sans and Serif, and VUCA

October 02, 2017

We are welcoming Fall over here with open arms, and opening the doors and windows in the office. We are still working hard though, and have some fun and interesting articles to share this week. Take a look at a sampling of graphic designs throughout history that matter, why punching Sonic 3D triggers a secret level select, a font design exploration of Untitled Sans and Serif, and VUCA vs SCSC.

Graphic: Designs that Matter

David Minton

Source: Infographics for the People Blog

Takeaway: Five hundred of the most iconic graphic designs of all time, from the beginnings of mechanical reproduction to the present. From corporate logos, to movie posters, to book designs, to scientific illustrations, great design is all around us every day. This blog post includes over a dozen of the 500 illustrations from the book Graphic: Designs that Matter.

Tags: #Design, #Inspiration

Why does PUNCHING Sonic 3D trigger a Secret Level Select?

Jay Roberts

Source: GameHut

Takeaway: We should all strive to write code that is clean and correct. When project pressures limit your ability to cover all your bases there is still an art to failing gracefully.

Tags: #Programming

Untitled Sans & Serif design information

David Gouch

Source: Klim Type Foundry

Takeaway: I really liked this font design exploration. There have been many attempts at neutral sans — and I think multiple designers could take on that task and wind up in similar places — but I was intrigued by the attempt at creating a neutral serif. Because of the inherent extra detail required, there are many surfaces for the tastes of the time to get captured.

Tags: #Typography

What is VUCA?

Michael Nicholson

Source: How to Manage a Camel

Takeaway: VUCA is an acronym for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. This is a space on the spectrum of operational realities in stark contrast to SCSC, or Stability, Certainty, Simplicity, and Clarity. While one would generally view SCSC as the desired place to be, this is not necessarily the case.

The author discusses the good and bad of each state (Volatility vs. Stability, Uncertainty vs. Certainty, and so on), as well as tools to manage change in each environment. The conclusion is that effective Project Management in the 21st century requires a wholistic toolset that can be adapted to any range on this spectrum and produce acceptable results.

Tags: #ProjectManagement

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