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New Podcast Reconsidering – About Making a Life While Making a Living

My friend Aarron Walter started a new podcast together with Bob Baxley and Meredith Black. The podcast is titled “Reconsidering” and it is about making a life while making a living. Meredith, Aarron and Bob step back to reconsider and rethink work, the possible future and expectations connected to this.

So far they released a trailer and their first episode titled “The myths of happiness” with Bill Burnett, author of “Designing Your Life”, which is already very promising and gives you a direction of what is coming.

Event Tip – Inclusive Design 24

Inclusive Design 24 (#id24) is a free 24-hour online event for the global community. It celebrates inclusive design and shares knowledge and ideas from analogue to digital, from design to development, from planners to practitioners, and everything and everyone in between.

Join the free event(s) here

Recycling is Failing

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Recycling is what you do, when you fail to re-use

A quote by Mark Adams I could not agree more to. And I bet you do as well, if you think about it.

For context watch his lovely talk titled Recycling is a Defeat – The Value of Eternity

Demystifying Public Speaking by Lara Hogan Now Online for Free

Back in 2016 Lara Hogan released her book “Demystifying Public Speaking” at A Book Apart. It is a great book with many good tips for anyone who starts giving presentations online or in front of an audience, but also holds man handy tips for experienced speakers.

Next to the links I posted in January 2020 with many resources about public speaking, you should definitely set a bookmark for Lara’s now freely available book.

Read online: Demystifying Public Speaking

⇾ Why are Hyperlinks Blue?

I bet you know this kind of situation: you are talking to your kids (or anyone else) and say a phrase or specific word. But while you say this, you wonder ”Hmm … where does this phrase actually come from? What is it based on?”. It never has been easier to do a bit of research than now, since we have the Web.

Now, this article is about why hyperlinks are actually blue and it is interesting to read what Elise Blanchard has found out for us …

⇾ Visit: Why are Hyperlinks Blue?

⇾ Atkinson Hyperlegible Font

Atkinson Hyperlegible font is named after Braille Institute founder, J. Robert Atkinson. What makes it different from traditional typography design is that it focuses on letterform distinction to increase character recognition, ultimately improving readability. We are making it free for anyone to use!

Make sure to read the really interesting insights that come with the article about the font.

⇾ Visit: Atkinson Hyperlegible Font

Font Pairing – Some Helpful Links

It is not easy to find the right combination of fonts that are harmonising and have the right balance to each other. Sometimes your chosen headline font is too bold for the soft and fragile body text font, sometimes they are not matching in their character or the tones of a font are not working together. There are many reasons why combinations won’t work. Well, here are a few articles that might help you finding the right pairing.

Pimp My Type

Oliver Schöndorfer has started Pimp My Type not too long ago, but already built a good resource when it comes to useful and handy tipps and tricks for your work with fonts and typography. Next to the website, he has started a YouTube channel with short, entertaining and educating videos.

In this article and this video Oliver gives you three tipps to get your font pairing right.

Webflow Blog

This article Jeff Cardello also gives you a good number of tipps to find the right combination for your website. Next to writing about how to experiment with different weights and tones or playing with the contrast between fonts, he gives you visual examples as an inspiration.

Creative Bloq

Ruth Hamilton has written a long article about font pairing for the Creative Bloq with many examples for different use cases.

Frank Bueltge

Frank has collected a good amount of examples for font combinations he likes. A good visual resource either.


In general I can only recommend to not necessarily stick with your first choice of fonts, but compare your choices side by side. Not only consider how they harmonise, but first of all, what you use them for! If you have you favourite pairing, then maybe put is aside and have a new and fresh look when you had a night of sleep. Also consider testing them on different devices and screens of different formats and resolutions – if you use them on a website and not in print. Whether you use a free font or one that you have to buy does not really matter. There are many high quality free fonts available these days. But if you decide to use a font you need to buy, then please DO BUY the font and don’t ask friends if they have a copy of that font!

⇾ Practical Uses of CSS Math Functions: calc, clamp, min, max (Stephanie Eckles)

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Another very handy article by Stephanie Eckles. This time she teaches us about four well-supported math functions – calc, clamp, min, max

⇾ Visit: Practical Uses of CSS Math Functions: calc, clamp, min, max (Stephanie Eckles)

⇾ Wickedbackgrounds – a Generator for SVG Backgrounds

Once more a handy tool to quickly generate SVG graphics. This time to create SVGs to be used as background for example. By Gabriel Perales and Michael Andreuzza

⇾ Visit: Wickedbackgrounds – a Generator for SVG Backgrounds

⇾ SmolCSS Snippets by Stephanie Eckles

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SmolCSS are minimal snippets for modern CSS layouts and components by Stephanie Eckles. Very handy!

⇾ Visit: SmolCSS Snippets by Stephanie Eckles