The story behind Comic Sans – take a deep breath

We’ve all encountered Comic Sans and probably have mixed feelings about this controversial font. Did you know the history behind it and how it came to be so popular? Great Big Story has a short “origins” video titled “Comic Sans: The Man Behind the World’s Most Contentious Font” that is worth watching if you are as touched by Comic Sans as most of us are:

It turns out he was inspired by two iconic comics at the time: Batman and Watchmen. I’m not sure if that revelation makes much of a difference to those of us who have been traumatised by seeing so much inappropriate use of the font but it is an interesting factoid.

Credit to The Drum for its story that inspired this little share.

Image credit: Snowdog, published on Wikimedia Commons and released into the Public Domain.

Stress, Diabetes and a fresh perspective on Death

We’re now into March (wow, right?!) and I published some new stuff over the weekend that you might have missed; about work stress, Diabetes and a fresh perspective on Death. I understand, you have weekend stuff to do. Here are a couple things you might be interested in.

My Diabetes recently taught me that work stress can be deadly. I always knew stress was harmful but it was only when I saw that reflected in my blood glucose tests that I realised just how much. Here is a little post about the lessons I learned:

What Diabetes taught me about work stress

imonomy, my employer, moved to new offices recently and I spent a little time capturing little details early one morning. Here is a peek inside our new offices:

A peek inside imonomy’s new Tel Aviv offices

I watched a short video that included a audio track by Alan Watts talking about life and death and part of his narrative really caught my attention and I had to share it:

Everybody is “I” – life, death and being

Have a good week!

Essential illustrated history of the Millennium Falcon

Millennium Falcon by Sylvain Gamel

If you are a Star Wars fan (ok, not “if”, “because”), you probably also love one of the most iconic ships in the franchise: the Millennium Falcon. Kitbashed has an awesome, illustrated history of Han Solo’s famous ship that you have to read.

The Millennium Falcon underwent a long and arduous number of conceptual iterations before its final iconic shape emerged; the one we now once again see blasting its way across the big screen. In fact it wasn’t even known by its famous name until well into production, having up until then gone under the much mundane moniker: Pirate Ship.

Go make yourself a hot drink and go read “A Complete History of the Millennium Falcon”.

Thanks for the link, Rian!

Image credit: Millennium Falcon by Sylvain Gamel, licensed CC BY NC 2.0

Behind the Cerebra rebranding

I like the new Cerebra branding quite a lot so this video by Nice Work was a terrific behind-the-scenes peek at the thinking that went into it:

Minimalism

I like this quote from Minimalissimo:

Minimalism doesn’t mean simply black and white, but it means functionality over aesthetic

Source: Om Malik

Hope scales

Hope scales more than anything

Mike Monteiro speaking at Webstock ’13.

Sandton, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, RSA

Twitterbook Plus

Twitter updated its iOS apps and published a post about the new iPad app yesterday. One of the updates is your ability to add a banner image. Wow.

@pauljacobson on Twitter

So Twitter is becoming even more like Facebook now.

Facebook profile page

In fact, its also a little like Google+ …

2012-09-19 Google Plus profile page

I think it would just be easier to merge these three services now and call them Twitterbook Plus!

When your work stands out

Tips from Victoria Davis, a traditional oil painter who transitioned to digital design and interactive ebooks through her company, Space Dog Books.