‘Grilli’s designers heard about the rebrand with the rest of us. In a January 5 tweet, the foundry distanced itself from the project, explaining that the CIA purchased the font licenses directly from its online shop.’
‘In early January… Grilli’s work found overnight notoriety when the CIA released a millennial-friendly rebrand with Sectra and America at its heart… The agency seemed to be banking on punchy typography and stylized graphics to improve its image with a new generation of prospective recruits.’
Interesting article on AIGA on how type foundaries may forbid the use of their fonts if they themeselves do not believe in the client's modus operandi. https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/some-type-foundries-want-to-restrict-usage-of-their-fonts-on-ethical-grounds-will-it-work/
Adopt a Unicode character (inc. emoji) at https://home.unicode.org/adopt-a-character/about-adopt-a-character/
Buzz Aldrin on the depression he suffered in the immediate years after coming back down to Earth: https://twitter.com/BBCArchive/status/1367509138087968770?s=20
‘…incorporating plastic improves roads' flexibility, helping them cope better with expansion and contraction due to temperature changes, leading to fewer potholes – and where potholes do happen, filling them in with waste plastic otherwise destined for landfill is a quick fix.’
‘Plastic bags can be hard to recycle, but they are an ideal ingredient for plastic in roads.’ https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210302-could-plastic-roads-make-for-a-smoother-ride
‘[The Perseverance] rover that recently landed on the surface of Mars uses the same processor that powered the 1998 iMac. NASA built Perseverance around a chip from decades ago because reliability is more important than being cutting edge when the computer is 130 million miles away.’ https://www.newscientist.com/article/2269403-the-perseverance-rover-runs-on-processors-used-in-imacs-in-the-1990s/
‘Shamecards, plays on the notoriety of US towns and cities that have been the home of mass shootings to create a series of souvenir-inspired postcards.’ https://www.shamecards.org/
Tony Spaeth, the corporate identity pioneer who ran the website Idenityworks, died recently. His website disappeared from the web around 2014, but it lives on thanks to the Wayback Machine. Many of his corporate identity tools are archived on there: https://web.archive.org/web/20140625104106/http://identityworks.com/tools/index.htm.
The parachute for Nasa’s Perserverance rover had an encoded message in its colour pattern. Here’s how to decode that message: https://twitter.com/tanurai/status/1364232877848883200
So, while bookshop.org is essentially an online retailer, it's profit sharing with independent, physical bookshops – who, in this article, feel they don't have the resources or inclination to fulfill online orders – is helping to keep them alive.
‘I’ve got three children under 12. My wife is a midwife. I’m running this shop, and I’ve got a part-time job as well – spending all my evenings packing up things for an online shop would kill us.’
Interesting to read some of the comments from the bookshop owners…
Bookshop.org doing great things for the indies: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/01/bookshoporg-raises-1m-for-uks-indie-booksellers-amid-lockdown