The Olive Reading List: November 7, 2013

Here’s a look at some of the things we’ve been reading, watching, and discussing in the Olive studio this week:

Designing The Words: Why Copy Is A Design Issue

Creating great copy is pointless if it is visually uninspiring or unreadable. Likewise, if the content doesn’t deliver, then even the most attractive page won’t hold the reader’s attention. — Tieran Haskin (@TieranH)

Good Kickoff Meetings

This website focuses on specific practices that can help make web project kickoff meetings more productive, but many of these techniques and exercises can be put to use when beginning just about any kind of project, creative or not.
— Erik Norsted (@enorsted)

7 Traits That Distinguish Super Successful People From Ordinary Ones

A quick little glimpse into 7 interesting success stories.
— Shawn Lockhart (@ShawnALockhart )

Why Creativity Thrives in the Dark

Darkness seems to add fuel to the creative fire, but can we work in the darkness alone?
— Dani Noyes (@DaniNoyes)

Paper sizes explained | NumberHub with Matt Parker

Paper sizes explained ….. and compared to show metric superiority! Clever analysis of something most designers take for granted.
— Tom Keekley (@tkeekley)

12 Monumental Structures Made From Type

Buildings, statues, and sculptures made from letterforms. What font size is that?
— Valerie Bradt (@valeriebradt)

Hand-Sketching: Things You Didn’t Know Your Doodles Could Accomplish

My sketchbook used to be my best friend but we have gone our separate ways. Sketchbook, please come back!
— Jonathan Sollie (@solliedesign)

Google Launches Helpouts, Paid Video Chats With Experts To Address Whatever Is Bothering You Right Now

You’ve heard of Hangouts, now Google introduces Helpouts. For a fee, you can video chat with an expert that will instruct you in tying a fisherman’s knot, grooming your pet ferret, or dressing properly for a civil war reenactment.
— Peter Robelia (@PeterRobelia)

Mothers With Children Under 5 Most Active on Social Media, Study Says

Mothers are most active on social media and mobile devices and are setting an example for their children; 38 percent of children under the age of two use mobile media. With these statistics, what can we expect when this generation comes of age?
— Michaela Frokjer (@michaelafrokjer)

Modern Etiquette: Thank You Dos and Dont’s + 10 Cute Thank You Cards

A genuine thank you goes a long way. Here are a few quick tips to show others that we appreciate them.
— Jessie Reagen

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