Today in Design - Top Articles RoundUp 15 April 2015

The day’s best and most impor­tant design- and design business-focused arti­cles, tuto­ri­als, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke.

  • Edward Snowden Explains Why You Should Use Passphrases, Not Passwords
    We’ve talked a lot about pass­word secu­ri­ty, and how you should be using longer, com­plex passphras­es, rather than short pass­words. In this video, Edward Snowden explains why you should use passphras­es in a way all your friends and fam­i­ly can under­stand.
  • Why Creatives Don’t Succeed In Traditional, 9-To-5 Work Environments
    Creatives need free­dom and flex­i­bil­i­ty to do chal­leng­ing projects.
  • So You Want to Be a Freelance Graphic Designer…
    The role of the free­lance graph­ic design­er is quite var­ied. Where design work is need­ed, clients will hire free­lancers to cre­ate a pletho­ra of work for them, from logos to lay­out to pack­ag­ing design and (quite hon­est­ly) so much more. Budgets, media, a…
  • Making the Leap Into Freelance Copy Editing
    Freelance copy edi­tors offer advice on how to break into free­lanc­ing: Stay flex­i­ble, net­work like crazy and real­ize every­one needs a good copy editor.Tags: Writing AmWriting
  • 9 Material Design Frameworks for Cutting-Edge Websites
    When intro­duc­ing its Material Design for Android, Google trig­gered one of the biggest cur­rent design trends. It took some time, but Android looks nice at long last. Some say it can even keep up with iOS oth­ers claim it has been more beau­ti­ful than Apple’s iter­a­tion any­way. And Material Design does more than sup­port­ing mobile apps. A grow­ing num­ber of web­sites use it, too. To real­ize the full poten­tial of the design, you can either try it for your­self or use one of the many Material Design Frameworks on offer. The fol­low­ing post presents a range of Frameworks enabling you to cre­ate your next web­site using the new, styl­ish Material Design.
  • Why Is The Dollar Sign A Letter S?

    The let­ter S appears nowhere in the word “dol­lar”, yet an S with a line through it ($) is unmis­tak­ably the dol­lar sign. But why an S? Why isn’t the dol­lar sign some­thing like a Đ (like the for­mer South Vietnamese đồng, or the totally-not-a-joke-currency Dogecoin)?

    There’s a good sto­ry behind it, but here’s a big hint: the dol­lar sign isn’t a dol­lar sign.

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  • Sexism & Fonts

    Consider a few choice lines from the microsites that describe… the type:

    the flow­ing curves of a woman’s body”

    all wrapped up in the leg­gy body of a Brazilian super­mod­el”

    Like a super­mod­el, it can’t be squeezed into every sit­u­a­tion.”

    packed with alter­nates to play with… enough to turn you on and sat­is­fy”

    It looks good dressed down or in a lit­tle black dress.”

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  • Are You a Pen Tool Master? Then Try Your Hand at the Bézier Game
    Are You a Pen Tool Master? Then Try Your Hand at the Bézier Game

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