Links for April 16, 2018

In Defense of Design Thinking, Which Is Terrible

Who should be here? An independent voice, a critic whose job it is to think and talk about and interrogate design. Someone whose income is not derived from the practice of design, whose agenda is clear and unbiased when it comes to interrogating design’s practices, its implications, and its people. Unfortunately we don’t have a lot of independent design critics. This is true for a host of reasons. And whether it’s a cause or an effect, the fact of the matter is that design discourse is dominated by designers, and that is a major defect of our industry.

Take your time: the seven pillars of a Slow Thought manifesto

Slow Thought is marked by peripatetic Socratic walks, the face-to-face encounter of Levinas, and Bakhtin’s dialogic conversations. These three philosophers share a methodical, deliberate, indeed almost plodding approach to working on philosophical puzzles.... All three philosophers share thinking as a relational activity – slowed down by walking around the public square and in a face-to-face dialogue.

Juana Molina - Cosoco

Links for April 8, 2018

Molly Ringwald Revisits “The Breakfast Club” in the Age of #MeToo

I had what could be called a symbiotic relationship with John during the first two of those films. I’ve been called his muse, which I believe I was, for a little while. But, more than that, I felt that he listened to me—though certainly not all the time.... It’s hard for me to understand how John was able to write with so much sensitivity, and also have such a glaring blind spot.

Why Lisa Simpson Matters

An ode to the beating heart of The Simpsons, a role model to a generation of women—and to Yeardley Smith, who’s been bringing Lisa to life for 30 years.

Aubrey Plaza Explores ASMR with Whispers, Peacock Feathers, and Cornflakes

Links for April 6, 2018

Dungeons & Dragons Wouldn’t Be What It Is Today Without These Women

“At Gen Con Origins, people needed somebody to DM one of the sessions for the AD&D [Advanced Dungeons & Dragons] Open,” she said over the phone earlier this year. “So, I grabbed my stuff and met the team and did that. One of the semi-washed teenaged boys on the squad there looked at me, gaping, and said, ‘It’s a woman!’. I said, ‘10 points for perception.’” Wells was the first woman designer hired by TSR.

PDF Format History: Where Our Future History Lies

The PDF, in a very short amount of time, became one of the most important ways business users shared documents. It simplified the hard work of going to Kinko’s, because the file format was able to easily embed assets like fonts and images, simplifying one of the hardest parts of getting a file printed.... And most importantly, in the case of the IRS, “fillable.”… While none of this was as lightweight as, say, a text file nor as flexible as HTML, it sure beat PostScript for the average person. And the PDF became the long-term solution.


ViperCard is an open source re-creation and re-imagination of 1987’s HyperCard.

Links for April 4, 2018

This Design Generation Has Failed

And that’s when I decided that we — and by we I mean those of us currently drawing paychecks for professional design services — are design’s lost generation. We are the Family Ties-era Michael J. Fox of the design lineage. Raised by hippies. Consumed by greed. Ruled by the hand of the market. And nourished by the last drops of sour milk from the withered old teat of capitalism gone rabid. Living where America ends — Silicon Valley.

Overwatch and DBT: Why it’s Time to Teach Boys Coping Skills

Without even realizing it, gamers were discovering the merits of two therapeutic approaches that have been used by psychologists for years: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), an approach often used to help people with anxiety and depression, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), an approach based on CBT that focuses on accepting and changing painful emotions. Essentially: clinically tried and tested coping skills.

81 Year Old Commodore Amiga Artist - Samia Halaby – “When you run a program, everything happens so fast, and a painting should have a certain rhythm.”

Links for April 2, 2018

Obituary: Game design pioneer Bernard ‘Bernie’ DeKoven

Veteran game designer, teacher, and theorist Bernard Bernie DeKoven has passed away after struggling with an illness. He was aged 76.

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine Postmortem – Johnnemann Nordhagen

Here’s my look back at the development of Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, which was released about a month ago, on February 28th, 2018. You can buy it on Steam here, or on GoG. However, my role…

In Britain’s Playgrounds, ‘Bringing in Risk’ to Build Resilience

After decades spent ratcheting up safety measures, many British educators say the pendulum has swung too far. Bring on the scissors, bricks and mud pits.

Links for March 25, 2018

The Overwhelming Emotion of Hearing Toto’s “Africa” Remixed to Sound Like It’s Playing in an Empty Mall

In my 3 a.m. mood, the YouTube edit, uploaded by a user named Cecil Robert, was almost too affecting to bear; it sounded like longing and consolation together, extended into emptiness, a shot of warmth coming out of a void.... Hearing a song you love when it’s playing from elsewhere is a reassuring, isolating experience: you feel solitary and cared for at the same time.

Invisible Music of Copenhagen

“And at some point, the King lifts his hat… a guy would be standing behind the door, looking through a peephole, and then a servant would run full speed down through the castle and into the basement, and give the signal to the musicians, who were in the basement beneath the room, and they would play. And it was pure magic. The sound would come up through sound channels, placed in each corner of the room. This room is covered in paintings and wood, so it’s like a soundbox in itself.”

This Look Inside Spike Jonze’s Apple Ad Is as Fascinating as the Film Itself

“On beat to the song, boom, and then it goes boom, then right here locks, this mechanism shoots there, traps the tire, and it moves the entire set completely to this location, and then from there, it runs this way, and then it runs that way.”

HomePod — Welcome Home by Spike Jonze — Apple – starring FKA Twigs, music by Anderson .Paak

Links for March 12, 2018

Prelinger Library

The library is primarily a collection of 19th and 20th century historical ephemera, periodicals, maps, and books, most published in the United States. Much of the collection is image-rich, and in the public domain. The library specializes in material that is not commonly found in other public libraries.

Letterform Archive

Letterform Archive is a non-profit center for typography and lettering. The Archive hosts tours and public events as well as serving a global community with publications, archival imaging, social media, and more – all focused on text-based art and design. Music to improve focus, meditation & sleep. - Music designed for the brain to enhance focus, relaxation, meditation, naps and sleep within 10 - 15 minutes of use.


Ambient coffee shop sounds to give you an easy creative boost. Combine the sounds into your own unique sound environment.

Links for March 7, 2018

The Bisexual Boom on TV

Almost universally, the stories that these shows have found to tell about their characters coming out, about their romantic relationships, and about the mysteries of sexual attraction are more interesting than the straight stories. I have seen so, so many love triangles.... It is just so nice to watch love stories that explore territories outside the painfully familiar “how will that nice lady ever land a husband” world. It’s so nice to watch stories with something different to say about attraction and the complexity of adult relationships.

Janelle Monáe Steps Into Her Bisexual Lighting

In the video for “Make Me Feel” the artist Janelle Monáe employs bisexual lighting as a means of engaging with queerness and queer art.

Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel

Links for March 5, 2018

Let Me Tell You a Story! Storytelling to Enhance Urban Planning Engagement

Through building a memory, experience, or aspiration with objects, participants uncover knowledge they may have overlooked, using words and generate a visual relationship to the build environment. Building allows participants to understand their attachment place. That attachment should be the beginning of the planning process. Building a story inspires hope and power because the story is now elevated from just a passing thought into something physical and negotiable in the planning process.

The Tragedy of GJ237b – a role-playing game for zero players.

Games for Friends

A lovingly curated selection of 34 approachable games for people who don’t often play.

Links for February 26, 2018

Project Horseshoe 2017: Group Report: Coziness in Games: An Exploration of Safety, Softness, and Satisfied Needs

Newer models such as Tend and Befriend or Self Determination Theory describe a broader, more diverse set of player behaviors and motivations. We are also realizing that not all people go through life as if they are rats reacting to electric shocks. Contemporary psychology is rediscovering the benefits of rich, contemplative environment that lets humans thrive.

Obama White House CTO Megan Smith believes in “radical inclusion”

Senior people who have a lot of access or agency can help give cover for new emerging ideas to move forward—including them as coaches can help. I try to do this for others when I can, and appreciate when people do this for me. I sometimes call them the “Obi-Wan/Leias” who have great expertise in making things happen, can bring quick insights and empowerment, and can help remove roadblocks.

Star Rider (1983)