Tag: HISTORY

Readings for Lunch — [ 26 Nov 2018 ]

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A monk in Amsterdam (source)

TYPOGRAPHY

Why are tech companies making custom typefaces?

For most of the last century, corporations have licensed their corporate typefaces from type foundries. But there has been a growing trend among technology companies. It all started with the larger companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Nokia, but in the last decade has spread to smaller companies as well.

HISTORY

The Great War

via Nikhil Verma
Each week, this YouTube channel covers the events that happened exactly 100 years ago: the story of World War I in realtime. Super informative and interesting.

Readings for Lunch — [ 19 Nov 2018 ]

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“Mercator projection vs. the true size of countries” (source)

HISTORY

The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool

“When the German authorities carefully unraveled such a sweater, the story went, they found the wool thread dotted with many knots. By marking a vertical door frame with the letters of the alphabet, spaced an inch apart, the knots could be deciphered as words by measuring the yarn along this alphabet and marking which letters the knots touched.”

This is for you, Konstantin 😉

GAMING

Alphaputt – We didn’t want to compromise, so we decided to go it alone

As London-based design studio Sennep releases its new mini-golf-meets-typography game Alphaputt, we asked the creators to share eight key moments which defined the project.

Readings for Lunch — [ 18 Sep 2018 ]

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Salami (source)

ARCHITECTURE

We Should Be Building Cities for People, Not Cars

The way we live is shaped by our infrastructure—the public spaces, building codes, and utilities that serve a city or region. It can act as the foundation for thriving communities, but it can also establish unhealthy patterns when designed poorly.

HISTORY

Below the Surface (in Amsterdam)

An interactive exposition of all the objects found during the excavation of the North/South metro line in Amsterdam. Hundreds of history, layered under a city.

Readings for Lunch — [ 30 Jan 2017 ]

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The Blues Brothers view on all this mess. (source)

HISTORY

How Republics End

I couldn’t help noticing the contemporary resonances of some Roman history — specifically, the tale of how the Roman Republic fell. Here’s what I learned: Republican institutions don’t protect against tyranny when powerful people start defying political norms. And tyranny, when it comes, can flourish even while maintaining a republican facade.

HISTORY

Sandra Schwab

When you grow up in Germany and go through the school system in Germany, you will cover the Third Reich several times. In Germany, you don't have the luxury of telling yourself (and your children), "It can't happen in our country."
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