Pantone 5777 colour match: Green seed puff of Firewheel flower.
Tiny PMS Match is “a personal project of tiny proportion - matching small everyday objects to their Pantone® colors”. So pleasing. ( … The title is short for “Pantone Matching System”, not the other thing.)
*** Some more curated Tumblrs that are pretty excellent:
This isn’t Happiness. “Art, photography, design, disappointment.”
Coverjunkie. “An addiction to magazine covers you wanna lick.”
Slaughterhouse 90210. “Kurt Vonnegut, meet Brenda Walsh.”
Pretty Colors. ”A collaborative flow of pretty colors.”
Reading List, ‘Oh, Wow’ Edition.
"In summer, the song sings itself" [William Carlos Williams]
“There is no final, satisfying way to balance our need to be known with our need to be alone. The balance is always uncertain and provisional; it’s always a matter of dissatisfaction, give-and-take, and sacrifice.” [Joshua Rothman, the New Yorker]
"There’s always another level of truth sitting around and waiting for you to move to another country.” Laura Jane Faulds, Strawberry Fields Whatever.
A whole supplement on Lana Del Rey in the New Inquiry. This part especially, by Sarah Nicole Prickett: “And if all she wants is dope and diamonds, so what? What if the most radical - fuck it, feminist - thing you can do is believe everything a girl says about her life, whether or not you like it?”
“Even in nonfiction I was still constructing characters - myself included. I began to see how I might owe myself the same things I owed my fictive characters: complexity, interior conflict, strengths and flaws caught in tense tandem.” Great advice on writing (and life) from Leslie Jamison in The New York Times.
"I’m determined to feel a kind of purchase, to defy the instinct that I’ve developed in the last couple of years to always be ready to go.” Jean Hannah Edelstein on a new life in Brooklyn.
"I have blocked so much of, say, ages 13-25 out. I try to be as polite as I can. I wish I could remember. It confuses me that they all remember me, and so distinctly. They tell me stories about things I said or did. I was often sassy, I have noticed.” Roxane Gay.
I recently had to wipe my laptop and everything on it. I’m ok with this. Kate Stull explains the magic of moving on electronically.
"Let’s get one thing straight: I do not talk on the phone,” says Nicole Cliffe on The Toast. “You don’t have to! You never have to talk on the phone if you don’t want to.” My hero.
“One regrets the loss even of one’s worst habits. Perhaps one regrets them the most. They are such an essential part of one’s personality.” Oscar Wilde, via Gretchen Rubin.
Penelope Trunk, being clever on why we are all terrible multitaskers and really need to just focus on what we most want to achieve.
What happened when a couple gave their kid the mother’s last name [Molly Caro May, The Hairpin] … This is interesting. I am happy to have both my parents’ surnames, which was pretty cool of them in 1980. I remember, as a kid, railing against people who ignored my mum’s name when addressing me. They did that a lot.
How the Babysitters Club does money - a Billfold series by Nicole Dieker.
"My verbal changeability is not a sign of a lack of personality. Rather, it’s a function of what it means to be many things at once, but never just one - that one will always speak as befits an insistent now, because there is no pure centre from which to do so." [Navneet Alang, Hazlitt]
20 Jul 2014 / 0 notes
A divine geometry
"A triangle is a spiral, and is one energy event." The futuristic architect Buckminster Fuller said this once, in an attempt to use words to express the feeling of a shape. There is something wonderfully simple and profound about the basic forms, starting with triangles, squares and circles, which make the base of everything around us. Followers of the ‘Geometry Daily’ Tumblr get a steady stream of reminders of this fact, as Tilman Zitzmann generates endless variations of beautifully simple graphics, combining colours, angles and patterns in a way that thrills the eye and resonates in the chest. The response seems primal somehow, like it’s tapping into some base instinct for how the human brain understands the world. Just as music is an expression of mathematics, maybe we are recognising geometric art as an expression of the source code to life? Hoping to get some answers, we spoke to Tilman Zitzmann about graphic art, the divinity of geometry and the joy of repetition.
About ‘Geometry Daily’ - how do you manage this level of productivity? Do the shapes come to you, or do you sit down and chase them?
Both! Many of the ideas just come to me. I try to catch every bit of inspiration in a quick sketch, digital or analog. Many ‘Geometry Daily’ graphics are born directly from these inspiration sketches. The other half is created from merry experimentation with geometric shapes. Lots of serendipity happens while pushing things around.
What is it about geometric shapes that resonates so strongly with you? I’m asking as someone who has two geometric shapes tattooed on their body here!
I find an endless beauty just in the way geometry works. Geometry has only a small set of rules, yet these create so much complexity that we will never be able to see even a small fraction of what is possible. And it is reliable: take any triangle and you will be able to draw exactly one circle through all three corners. This is true here as it is on the moon, and it will be true in a million years. If our world is constructed out of these thoughtful, simple, reliable and beautiful rules, there must be a god, no? I want to share this universal beauty with other people.
You also teach at the University of Applied Sciences in Bavaria. Is there a scientific reason why people are drawn to geometry?
Geometry is a universal set of rules on which our world is built upon. We, as thinking human beings in this world, understand only a part of these rules, but we can feel their power. I think this is why geometry is so fascinating.
Which shape is your favourite?
Triangles are very useful if you want to create interesting graphics, because they are so flexible and have lots of interesting features. But the perfect shape and therefore my all-time favorite is the circle. Nothing beats the simplicity and coherence of the circle.
… I decided at the start of this year to link to all my work, not just “selected” bits. I think there can be an impression that “real” writers only do “proper” writing, but I keep discovering that so many great writers have all sorts of side-gigs to bring in extra money. That’s normal! So this “work" tag now includes everything I do to pay for life. While some of these things are more fun than others, I appreciate each of them because they let me do this thing that I do.
I wrote two pieces for Square Mile Magazine’s wealth management issue - one on the effects of the new UK pension rules (p84-85), and one on the effects on technology on the industry (p86; pictured).
I interviewed Tom Wrenn of private equity house ECI Partners for Megabuyte. His ”fundamental philosophy”, which is true for work and life: “Most things in a business we can improve, but we can’t change the market.”
Also interviewed for Megabuyte, Easynet CEO Mark Thompson: "If you really believe in what you’re doing you will find a way. You just need to put the right combination of things together."
More news shifts for Interactive Investor.
I’ve started writing a bit for Studio@Gawker. First off is this article on a new Asus tablet, which was published on Gizmodo and Lifehacker.
Readling List, Wet Summer edition.
July has always been my birthday month, but now it’s my wedding anniversary month, too. One year <3
"Take your pleasure seriously" [Charles Eames]
"I think there’s value in procrastination. I do a lot of writing in my head, doing the work mentally before I ever commit something to paper. I think our minds are telling us something about what we’re ready to do and not do.” Jen Doll interviews Roxane Gay for Mental Floss.
“We found hope in a Mega Millions ticket” - on being broke and dreaming in San Diego, by Mary Mann on The Billfold.
Also on The Billfold (which is on a strong run again/still), a tale of the pre-existing conditions you take into a marriage.
On how the world opens up when you get a driving license while living somewhere without public transport. [Jojo Moyes in Biographile, via @salihughes]
"Tell you about myself? Why?” Quiet days with dad [Lucy Mangan, The Guardian]
Office smalltalk - an illustrated typology.
A reminder of the Hairy Arm tactic of client/boss management. [Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian]
JR Blackwell on the power of admitting to embarrassment.
"I hope I’m coming across as glib and unconcerned, which is truthfully how I feel. It will be interesting to see how things pan out. It seems like maybe I’m taking a gamble. The men I date are historically uninterested in my blog and who I truly am as a person, generally. Let’s just assume it’s going to stay like that forever and ever.” Molly Laich
Katherine Angel in The Independent on the delight and challenge that is Lana Del Rey.
“ “Is this it?” I asked myself constantly, in all seriousness, as each year of the 2000s passed.” No country for old pervs, by Molly Lambert at Grantland
Independence Days, by J Maureen Henderson. “At some point I’ve stopped looking for someone to give me my big break. I’ve stopped believing that the only way I can have more is if someone gives it to me. I’ve stopped looking for a benefactor, a patron, a champion. I’ve accepted, without really realizing it, that if I want more, I can go get it.”
Joan Didion’s packing list.
10 Jul 2014 / 0 notes
Friendship / Emily Gould, 2014.
“But underneath everything ran a low hum of exaltation. Things were happening to her. They were bad things, but at least they were happening.”
I knew I’d love this book because I love Emily Gould’s writing, but I didn’t expect it to be quite so uncomfortable. The characters keep doing things that nod to your worst nature, and you’re never quite convinced you, or at least your 20s self, would actually do things all that differently. It doesn’t feel like a book, this, but like something that’s happening to people you know.
When this article is done I’m taking a day OFF.
“When you’re with someone, sometimes there’s that moment when the present sort of cracks open, and you can see the future and it’s filled with light. I had that moment with Jesse after the first night we slept together - I walked into the kitchen and he made me breakfast, and suddenly I could see the future, with him in it. And you just never have that with some people, no matter how long you sleep together, or how highly you think of them.” [x]
… Today is our wedding anniversary, meaning Imran and I have been together for a year and four months. It started out just like this. I never thought I’d say this, but this guy is making a believer out of me.
I was interviewed by DWPub for their Media Bulletin freelancer series, and tried my best to sound professional. Because as much as I do love my job, not having to put on office clothes and commute in rush hour is sooo where it’s at.
… On a not-quite-related note, my story for This Recording on moving across London was included on the Ann Friedman Weekly (13/6) reading list. This is my favourite newsletter, and Ann is one of my favourite journalists, so 🙆 💁 🙋 🙅