Cool Stuff Roundup: Inspiration and Resources
Happy Friday!

Wondering what you might have missed this week or looking for a little bit of afternoon distraction? Check back every Friday for a selection of each week’s cool stuff that you might have missed.


Guided Serendipity: On Building IBM’s New Design Studio
Join Adam Cutler, design studio director of IBM Design, as he explains the process on how they arrived at the current solution for the new studio in Austin, Texas.

A List of Style Guides, Brand Guidelines, and Front-End Frameworks
A handy list of various style guides, brand guides, and front-end frameworks to get you tinkering this weekend.

PRINT’S 2014 Regional Design Annual – America’s National Design Competition
PRINT magazine is currently accepting submissions for its Regional Design Annual. It is an essential resource for art directors and studios looking for exceptional designers.

My Design Shop is Having a Sale
Need some new reading material for spring or to freshen up your bookshelf with inspiration? You can’t beat a new design book for $5 and up.


Design at SXSW: Font Men – SXSW 2014 Official Selection
You may not have heard of Jonathan Hoefler or Tobias Frere-Jones but you’ve seen their work. Before their recent split, they collectively ran the most successful and well respected type design studio in the world, creating fonts used by everyone from the Wall Street Journal to the President of the United States.


12 Things They Don’t Teach You In School About Being A Designer
Jeff Archibald’s writes a pretty solid articles that’s actually tailored towards freelancers, but is relevant for everyone. And as always, every program varies, so results may vary as well.


Go the Fuck Home: Engineering Work/Life Balance – Pam Selle at Ignite Philly 9
Staying late to work is not only detrimental to your productivity, but sets everyone else up to fail as well. So, go home.

By Samantha Barnes
Published March 14, 2014