The Origins of San Francisco
By Will Chin
With the recent iOS 9 update, Apple replaced Helvetica Neue — the most popular font out there — with their very-own San Francisco.
Why It Works
I love the way this article breaks the font down to individual pixels, and just how important it is for a product to not only function well, but to also look great. Apple’s attention to detail is notorious, and it’s inspiring — from a content creator’s perspective — to see how far they go to reinforce that.
Samsung’s SERIF TV
By Andy Sim
The introduction of a new TV hardly qualifies as exciting news, but Samsung’s recent announcement of the SERIF TV did give me reason to pause. Display manufacturers have tried their best to deliver the slimmest TVs to date, judging by recent consumer trends. In other words, ridiculously slim televisions engineered to blend in seamlessly with the décor and surroundings.
Why It Works
With the SERIF TV, Samsung not only appears to be defying that ‘thinner is better’ aesthetic creed, but they are taking a step back in time by mimicking goggle boxes like the Zeniths or Admirals and their wooden cabinetry. Maybe it’s time to give the TV a rightful place in our living space, by making it the very centrepiece once more.
A Quote from If Only It Were True by Marc Levy
By Daniel Seifert
Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400.
It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day.
What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course?
Each of us has such a bank. Its name is time.
Every morning, it credits you 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off at a lost, whatever of this you failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.
Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours.
There is no drawing against "tomorrow". You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and health.
The clock is running. Make the most of today.
Why It Works
I was struck by this quote, which a friend posted on Facebook recently. It illustrates a hackneyed Oprah-moment point in a fresh way, and actually makes you stop and think. Like it or not, most of us are drawn by money, and by putting a dollar value to each minute of our lives. Waste a day, and you’ve burned through US$86,400 dollars — this passage brutally hammers home your mortality.
The ancient Roman generals had another method — a slave who would whisper “Memento mori: remember you will die,” into their perfumed ears as they celebrated a military triumph. Sadly I can’t afford that, so maybe I’ll stick this quote on my wall instead.
Go Fug Yourself: Emmy’s Edition
By Mary Weaver
The Emmy Awards were televised last week and I dutifully watched the awards ceremony in its entirety. (Go Jon Hamm! Better late than never.) However, it’s after the ceremony when the real fun starts. As comedian Amy Schumer said when she introduced nominations for the first Emmy award: "Let's not forget what tonight is really about: celebrating hilarious women and letting the internet weigh in on who looks worse."
The TV show Fashion Police on Channel E! does a fairly decent job of mixing fashion reviews with humour (RIP Joan Rivers), but the comedy blog devoted to fashion Go Fug Yourself is my go-to site for a funny read. It’s certainly not for the politically correct. The writers salivate over bad fashion choices and pull no punches when castigating those who they deem to have failed on the red carpet.
For example, Heidi Klum's yellow Versace gown copped a beating: “It’s like someone broke into Big Bird’s dreams and supped on them until all that remained was a joyless carcass of a fantasy canary.”
Why It Works
The writers, Heather Cooks and Jessica Martin, are comedy writers who have co-authored three novels, as well as being recappers for the now-defunct — and very funny — Television Without Pity website (RIP), which specialised in sarcastic reviews of popular TV shows for total TV nerds like myself.
They also regularly post on Twitter (including live commentary for award shows), write fashion reviews for New York magazine covering big events such as the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the annual Met Gala. If you love fashion, red carpets and celebrities but want your commentary with more snark than sycophancy, this is the blog for you.