Nicework Reads – Week 31: 2019

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Here are a few things that have been under our noses this week.

The History of Web Design

From the rise of Flash to Steve Jobs and today, the story of how Web Design came to be and became part of our lives.

Making a case for letter case

If you’re an Apple user, you’ll notice a lot of title case throughout their products. That’s because Apple’s design guidelines recommend title case for many UI elements, including alert titles, menu items, and buttons.

If you’re a Google user, you’ll see a lot more sentence case throughout their products. And that’s because Google’s design guidelines recommend sentence case for almost everything.

Visualising 50 years of migration data

The ebb and flow of people across borders has long shaped our world. Data from the past 50 years of international migration help us understand why people make the choice to leave and where they go. Less than 10 percent of these migrants are forced to flee; most are seeking a better life and move only when they can afford to. Global migrants totaled fewer than 100 million in the 1960s, and although the number has increased substantially since then, it remains a fraction of the world’s 7.6 billion people today.

Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

Voices from Chernobyl is the first book to present personal accounts of the tragedy. Journalist Svetlana Alexievich interviewed hundreds of people affected by the meltdown—from innocent citizens to firefighters to those called in to clean up the disaster—and their stories reveal the fear, anger, and uncertainty with which they still live.

Bonus: Things that we’ve been listening to or watching

Overheard at National Geographic

Each week we’ll dive into one of the bizarre, delightful, and totally fascinating conversations we’ve overheard around National Geographic’s headquarters—and introduce you to the explorers, photographers, and scientists at the edges of our big, weird, beautiful world.

We started on Scuba Diving in a Pyramid.

Camel Finds Water

Trevor found the hull of an abandoned fishing boat in a field. He brought it home and built it back to a sea-worthy state over the course of a summer. Then, he took it on its maiden voyage to British Columbia in search of waves.

It’s a wonderful Wes Anderson-esque story of craftsmanship.

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