What a wonderful project. The folk at Paravel have taken the Sherlock novel A Scandal in Bohemia and recreated it as a bespoke website. Of course, the whole site is beautifully designed, but the real showstopper here is their (light!) usage of animation and sound. There's something engrossing about reading a chapter set on a wet winter's night and hearing the sound of rain on window panels in the background.
That's the kind of interactivity that the web was built for and I love it. (It's also a cracking argument for copyright expiration and public domain art works.)
An excellent breakdown of the linguistic and grammatical differences between the passive and active voice and the similar but distinct simple and continuous aspect. Not something I've ever truly grasped myself; also some nice tips on writing i.e. don't just avoid the passive voice, understand why and use it appropriately.
An easy test for whether or not you’re dealing with a passive voice construction is whether you can add “by zombies” and the sentence makes sense. “I was robbed by zombies!” “Have you ever been kissed by zombies?” “Our country is built on laws…erm, by zombies.”
Well it's been a long week of other distractions rather than writing, but I have built up several things to link out to, so I guess a round of links from the web is in order.
Originally created by Ritwick Dey (and weirdly hosted on Flickr), the mock-up data visualisation of Dey's life has earned some serious kudos on Reddit and deservedly so. The visuals have an immediate impact and are just very aesthetically pleasing, even if (as many Redditors have pointed out) actually using it as your CV would be a quick shortcut to the reject pile. To be honest, I've been dabbling in something similar (though far simpler) recently, so found seeing the execution of, and reaction to, something much superior to my own attempts kind of fascinating.
I'm a big fan of projects looking to archive information of endangered species, particularly quality images, biomechanics and video, so that if conservation efforts fail future generations still at least have good data. So when I discover a project like Endangered, created by photographer Tim Flach, it has to be shared. Flach's photographs (see more at Gizmodo) are beautiful and frequently incredibly poignant, but they're also paired with detailed information on the animals, and the threats they face, from biologist Jonathan Baillie. It's conservation meets art, both noble goals in their own right that are only amplified by their intermixing. Definitely going straight on my future wishlist.
Lucas the spider has been doing the rounds of the internet this week and I fully understand why. I'm not the world's biggest fan of spiders but I'm also far from arachnophobic, even finding certain real-world spiders adorable. That said, nothing in nature (that I'm aware of) has been designed to tug at the heartstrings quite so cleverly as this short animation test. Others have already called for it, but can I add my name to the petition for Lucas to be in the next Disney/Pixar movie?
Weirdly, yet another piece of spider-based animation dropped this week which captured the hearts of the internet, though this time less Tumblr and more Reddit. The first trailer for Sony's new animated Spider-Man film hit and just looks stunning. It's Miles Morales meets Spiderverse so I was already intrigued, but those visuals mixed with that soundtrack has left me with extreme hype!
From ensuring the animals we may soon lose are well documented, to attempting to document those that have already been lost. It should be no surprise by now that I am a huge fan of the field of palaeoart and love both the finished pieces and the processes that go into their creation. There's something incredibly interesting about decoding the past and trying to set it to understandable visuals which I just love.
Stumbling on to an article taking a deep dive into the history of the field, then, was a fascinating read which has been put together very nicely. It's great to see books I find particularly influential, such as All Yesterday's, as well as their author's (and respective blogs) being linked to and discussed on such a main-stream website as The Atlantic. It would also appear that some new books on the subject may be coming out soon, which is great news. An article I will want to come back to from time-to-time, if for no more reason than to explore all the linked resources. Top work.
In third place is a collection of 'achievement' stickers doing the rounds of the blogosphere right now. Originally designed by Jeremy Nguyen, published on The New Yorker and personally discovered via TheLogoSmith, the stickers are a humorous look at the pitfalls of being self-employed. They're specifically designed for freelance designers, but I feel a lot of them are applicable across disciplines. If you work from home, you'll probably find yourself smiling and nodding.
Today is a day for another round-up of interesting pieces from across the web. Nothing too special, but hopefully a little intriguing.
First up is Google Lighthouse, one of the many branches of the Alphabet behemoth and a pretty interesting little project. I haven't actually managed to get it up and running, but I'll definitely be trying it out on theAdhocracy sometime soon (and probably weeping at the result). I don't need to test it, though, to see it will be a very useful tool in battling the increasingly problematic issue of internet lag.
It is a ridiculously awesome coincidence that our moon's diameter and planet's solar distance align so accurately. I mean, even if there are other life-hosting planets out there, we're certainly one of an incredibly small number that can witness this phenomenon. That makes it practically a responsibility to see a total eclipse, at least once.
Fourth on the list is a simple article from Martian Craft outlining "The Importance of Routine". The post is aimed at remote works and is far from news to me, but it is a well-written example of how to apply this kind of thinking. I'm saving it here more to try and force myself into setting something like this up for my own free time.
Try not to build a schedule that’s too inflexible, but always have something in place each day.