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Weekly Inspirations: June 24th, 2016

Sorry for the week off but I was enjoying a long overdue holiday from pretty much everything. But back in the saddle again and here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

Netflix’s New Logo Is A Masterpiece Of Ambiguity

Netflix has a new logo. The old wordmark isn’t going anywhere, but this week, the streaming film and television service introduced a solitary “N”—what you might call a lettermark, or in this day and age, an app logo. Before this update, Netflix had been forced to cram all seven letters of its name onto social networks and the tiny icon of its iOS app. Its wide stance didn’t play in a box, and this full-word approach worked particularly poorly at small sizes. Replacing the word with one giant letter allows Netflix to compete better with everything else on your mobile screen. The first thing you notice about that letter is that it isn’t the same “N” you’ll find in “Netflix” itself. It features a rounded bottom that gives a nod to the main logo, but letter itself pops from the page in 3-D. The letter is built from a single red ribbon, folded over itself with drop shadow.
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This Parody Of Every TED Talk Ever Is Absolutely Perfect

This has to be the funniest parrody of a TED talk I’ve ever seen. “Let’s look at a picture of the planet for no reason. What happens if I put some words over it? How about a number? By doing this, I’ve now made you think that I know what I’m talking about.”
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Do You Have to Be a Jerk to Be Successful?

We all have goals: We want to matter. We want to be important. We want to have freedom and power to pursue our creative work. We want respect from our peers and recognition for our accomplishments. Not out of vanity or selfishness, but of an earnest desire to fulfill our personal potential. While we hold up humility as an admirable trait, the problem is that we’re not sure it can get us to the goals above. We are petrified as the Reverend Dr. Sam Wells put it, that if we are humble, we will end up “subjugated, trodden on, embarrassed, and irrelevant.” Even people who despise ego and aspire to humility, who plan to be humble once they are successful, are worried that actually enacting those beliefs would sentence them to a life of obscurity or weakness or failure.
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16 of the best graduation speeches of all time

Many commencement speeches are forgettable. A lot are filled with the same cliché advice. But some are so good — so inspiring and poignant — that they stick with us forever. While certainly there’s room for debate (was Stephen Colbert’s speech at Northwestern really better than the one he gave at Knox College?), this article culls the best-of lists to put together a guide to our favorites. From Steve Jobs to Toni Morrison, Kurt Vonnegut to John F. Kennedy, here are the speeches you wish you’d heard on your graduation day.
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Google Fonts unveils huge redesign

Google Fonts is the latest Google service that’s gotten a design makeover. The directory of free web fonts makes it a cinch for designers to customize fonts, share fonts with their colleagues, and even collaborate on fonts with the original designer. In a tweet on its official Twitter stream, Google Fonts announced that it had debuted a new look that would streamline browsing for new fonts. People who need fonts for their sites or applications now have a much more accessible service to use. When you compare the old version of Fonts to the new version, the contrast is notable.The new design is defined by less clutter, more colors, and a cleaner user experience.
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