Week In Review

Criterion Top 50

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! It’s Sunday again, and of course that brings with it a corralling of stuff that caught my eye over the past few days. This one’s a bit of a heavyweight contender. Let’s get ready to internet rumble! (Sorry Michael Buffer, I know that was lame. And that was probably too many fight night references.)

The 50 Best Criterion Collection Releases — David Ehrlich rounds up his most prized Criterion Collection additions. As a cinephile and obsessive graphic designer, Criterion is the ultimate combination of both, and this really just serves as a list of good movie recommendations. (The art featured in the image above is a portion of the delightful art that Wes Anderson’s brother provided for the Criterion release of The Royal Tenenbaums, something I covet dearly within my personal collection.) [via Film.com]

Out Of The Furnace Trailer — Continuing with the film theme (and Film.com-fed material), Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and a pretty heavy hitting support cast give this gritty modern American tale some serious acting chops. Oh, and the story looks pretty good too! Nice one! [via Film.com]

Have we exhausted flexible identity design? — Michael Johnson takes a good, hard look at the use of flexibility in corporate identity design and its future. Personally, I’ve only really seen a few examples of this that have really impressed me—most of it strikes me as unattractive and, ultimately, a little lazy. (I mean no offence, as I’m sure it wasn’t a few minutes work to arrive at any of these solutions, and perhaps lazy isn’t the right word. Maybe I’m just old fashioned like that…) [via CR Blog]

The Mail Chimp Logo Facelift — Sticking with this similar-content-together pattern, Jessica Hische provides a detailed overview of her work to redesign—or rework, I suppose—the Mail Chimp word mark. A very good lesson in how to improve rather than starting anew. [via Co.Design]

Simplifying the Firefox Logo — Another detailed look at a reworking of a logo. Yup. [via Quipsologies]

The Amazing Zooming Map! — Still on the redesign front, this is a clever bit of a reinvention of the functionality of the classic paper map—something that’s probably remained relatively unchanged for some years. [via Co.Design]

Beep Bop Boop — I’m not even going to pretend to understand what’s going on here, but I like it. Maybe you will too. [via Coudal]

Tattoo Illustration with Keith Davis Young — I love me some line art—the precise, monochromatic, and often geometric approach hits multiple sweet spots for me. This online class looks well worth the twenty bones. (Note to self: Also look into this whole Skillshare site.) [via Quipsologies]

Chatting with coworkers makes you happier — Not a huge surprise here, when you really think about it, but it’s always nice to see this being given the sort of rigorous study typically reserved for  more “serious” issues. I suppose a loophole in this whole concept is if you’re not allowed to socialize at all during work, or you work with a bunch of jerks—but why on Earth would you be doing that anyways? That’s ridiculous. [via Co.Design]

Exploring Terra Incognita — This is a great primer of sorts on how to critically consume the news—something I don’t think many of us do, really, which is a terrifying but probably not unrealistic idea. I also can’t help but feel this is a bit of a plea for better journalism as well, which I would wholeheartedly support. (And yeah, I had to steal that portion of the headline—it sounded too smart not to.) [via Coudal]

Multiple Signatures — I’m a sucker for a good design book, and this looks to be just that. Added to Wish List! [via Co.Design]

Adorable Construction Signs — My fascination with the eccentricities (that’s what I call them, anyways) of Japanese culture only gets deeper with these borderline ridiculous construction barriers. Alright, I’m just going to say it: some of them are completely ridiculous. [via Coudal]

TypeCon 2013 — This year’s TypeCon is taking place in Portland, Oregon, which really isn’t all that far from where I am. It’s also one of the biggest international typography events, which stirs feelings in odd places just thinking about it. (No, I’m not ashamed to say it.) Now, if I can sort out my passport and time off to attend, this is almost in the bag. [via Quipsologies]

Alright, I think that’s enough for this edition. I’m also out of links.

Believe it or not, I’ve actually got my first real Breaking Knowledge post ready, which will be following shortly.

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