The Roundup: Friday, January 18

January 18, 2013  |  Elements

Greetings, and here's hoping the new year is treating you well so far. Don't look now but it's almost February. Crazy.

Lots of good stuff in the latest roundup. Enjoy!

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Two spaces after a period: Why you should never, ever do it.

This is a nice rundown and a handy reference for the next time you find yourself in the "How many spaces after a period?" discussion. And it will come up. Always does, eventually.

Ignore details early on

37 Signals' way of doing things isn't for everyone but even those who disagree with them could learn something from this post. Getting too caught up in details early on is a surefire way to complicate what really matters: building, shipping, and using. 

Video stores carve out a niche the Internet can't reach

Sure, the digital era has ushered in immense changes in how we discover and consume media. But does that mean there's nothing of value in the old ways? Hardly.

Reminder: Design is still about words

Another link from 37 Signals, though from a different author. As Orange Element's resident writer I naturally agree, but I'll take it one step further: the design and the words should always first and foremost serve the goal of effective communication.

For Amusement Only: the life and death of the American arcade

Those of you roughly my age or older no doubt remember how awesome arcades used to be. For those of you who don't, this article (note: long read) is a great look at the rise and fall of a noteworthy American institution. 


That's all for now. Have a link you want us to share? Drop us a line. Talk to you soon.




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