David Lynch on Ideas

The thing is to be true to the idea. A lot of artists think that suffering is necessary, but in reality, any kind of suffering cramps the flow of creativity. […] Happiness in the doing is so important. And I always say it’s our life going by.

via Devour

The Marvel Symphonic Universe

First off, every Every Frame a Painting video is worth your time, but the latest one about the state of cinematic music composition is extra fascinating. I found lots of parallels for any industry that can be tempted to (over)imitate itself—especially when the process includes lots of people and phases. 

Creativity and uniqueness take some risk.

Impossible Foods’ Meat-Free Burger

I love burgers, but wasn’t fully-aware of beef’s tax on our climate/environment. As Pat O. Brown, CEO and founder of Impossible Foods, states:

If you eat a quarter-pound impossible burger instead of a quarter-pound burger made from a cow, you save greenhouse gas emissions that are equivalent to driving 18 miles my yourself in a typical American car, you save water thats equivalent to taking a 10 minute shower, and free up a land area of 75 sqft.

I can’t wait to try one of these.

Presentable Episode 7

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Jeff Veen’s new podcast, Presentable. In the latest episode (#7) with Stanley Wood the two discuss how style guides, process, and org structure fit together. One bit in particular that stood out to me was where (at the 32 minute mark) Jeff asked about the Spotify team structure and how Guilds come into play. It seems to break down like this:

via labs.spotify.com
  • Squads are small interdisciplinary teams working on a specific feature
  • Tribes are organized around a subject like performance or perhaps a business goal
  • Chapters & Guilds cut across the preceding two groups to enhance communication and standardization around things like design, front-end, or even a platform like iOS

While this may not be totally unique to Spotify, hearing phrases like “cut across” paint a clear picture in my mind of how groups like these need to be able to move laterally across the entire organization as well as how these groups can coexist within the context of business goals and road maps. Great stuff—the entire episode is worth a listen.

Sharp Sans

I’m adding Sharp Sans to my list of fonts I hope to find an opportunity to work with soon.


A description from Village Type & Design:

Sharp Sans injects some much needed humanism into the Futura model. With its sheered terminals and true italics, Sharp Sans combines the appealing typographic compensation of the grotesque, with the plump circular bowls of the geometric. The result is a typeface suited for both text and display use that breaths life into the genre of the geometric sans.

The new Sharp Type Foundry site’s hover & pan weight switcher is lots of fun

Stranger Things

Let’s just take a minute to bask in how cool everything associated with Stranger Things is. The synth tones of the opening credits and the appropriately evocative use of ITC Benguiat and ITC Avant Garde Gothic had me hooked. I love it like I love the Halt and Catch Fire intro.


The texture on the lighting and the way those G’s slide into the N’s… There’s so much to love.

And then I saw the Struzan-esque poster art done by Kyle Lambert. It’s right up my alley (having recently commissioned a similar work from Paul Shipper for The Many Faces Of), and it drives home the Stephen Spielberg & Stephen King inspiration around the show itself. 


I don’t know the television & film business, but I can’t imagine a world where this show exists without the internet, and thus, the Netflix create-your-own-content approach. More of this, please!

Update 7/20/16

Fonts In Use just published an excellent writeup with more detail about the show. Miguel Sanz also tracked down the creators of the main titles, Imaginary Forces.