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Times New Roman Is Bad for Your Career

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Your dream job just became available. You know you’ve got the education, the experience, the know-how, and the passion to fill the position better than anyone else could. Heck, your grandfather even founded the company. But you sent your resume off a full month ago and have yet to hear a peep of confirmation that you are indeed the one and only person for the gig. The problem? It could very well be your penchant for Times New Roman.

“A résumé, that piece of paper designed to reflect your best self, is one of the places where people still tend to use typeface to express themselves,” writes Bloomberg Business reporter Natalie Kitroeff in “The Best and Worst Fonts to Use on Your Résumé.” So she and her team recruited “three typography wonks” to weigh in on what one’s choice of font says about his or her personality.

Among the article’s most surprising findings is that there’s an ongoing debate regarding the professional appropriateness of the seemingly innocuous (and often default) Times New Roman font. While Berlin-based designer Martina Flor has no personal beef with the font, she understands why people see it as a statement in dullness, but attributes some of that to the fact that it has been around forever. “It has been a system font for a long time,” Flor says. “It’s been used and misused a lot.”

Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design, sees it a bit differently: “It’s telegraphing that you didn’t put any thought into the typeface that you selected,” he says. “It’s like putting on sweatpants.” (For the record: Wearing sweatpants to an interview is also frowned upon.)

Of all the fonts discussed, there was only one that all three designers could agree on: good ol’ Helvetica. “Helvetica is so no-fuss, it doesn’t really lean in one direction or another,” states Hoff in the article. “It feels professional, lighthearted, honest. Helvetica is safe. Maybe that’s why it’s more business-y.”

“If it's me, [I’m using] Helvetica,” adds Matt Luckhurst, creative director at Collins. “Helvetica is beautiful. There is only one Helvetica.”

For job seekers with a longer resume, Luckhurst recommends Garamond. “Garamond is legible and easy for the eye to follow,” he explains. “[It] has all these quirks in it, so what that does is allow the eye to see where it should go.”

“You don’t have a typewriter, so don’t try to pretend that you have a typewriter,” says Luckhurst of what may be the oldest school font of them all: Courier. “You have been using a computer to do a handwritten thing. You haven’t used a computer properly, and you haven’t handwritten properly.”

The only other font that all three experts agreed on was the one font you never want to use, “unless you are applying to clown college,” jokes Hoff: Comic Sans.

We might be willing to wager that even a few clown colleges would be offended by such a hokey, wannabe-whimsical choice in typography.

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China's New Tianjin Binhai Library is Breathtaking—and Full of Fake Books
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A massive new library in Tianjin, China, is gaining international fame among bibliophiles and design buffs alike. As Arch Daily reports, the five-story Tianjin Binhai Library has capacity for more than 1 million books, which visitors can read in a spiraling, modernist auditorium with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

Several years ago, municipal officials in Tianjin commissioned a team of Dutch and Japanese architects to design five new buildings, including the library, for a cultural center in the city’s Binhai district. A glass-covered public corridor connects these structures, but the Tianjin Binhai Library is still striking enough to stand out on its own.

The library’s main atrium could be compared to that of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum in New York City. But there's a catch: Its swirling bookshelves don’t actually hold thousands of books. Look closer, and you’ll notice that the shelves are printed with digital book images. About 200,000 real books are available in other rooms of the library, but the jaw-dropping main room is primarily intended for socialization and reading, according to Mashable.

The “shelves”—some of which can also serve as steps or seating—ascend upward, curving around a giant mirrored sphere. Together, these elements resemble a giant eye, prompting visitors to nickname the attraction “The Eye of Binhai,” reports Newsweek. In addition to its dramatic main auditorium, the 36,000-square-foot library also contains reading rooms, lounge areas, offices, and meeting spaces, and has two rooftop patios.

Following a three-year construction period, the Tianjin Binhai Library opened on October 1, 2017. Want to visit, but can’t afford a trip to China? Take a virtual tour by checking out the photos below.

A general view of the Tianjin Binhai Library
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People visiting China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A general view of China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A woman taking pictures at China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A man visiting China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A woman looking at books at China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A general view of China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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People visiting China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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[h/t Newsweek]

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One of Gaudí's Most Famous Homes Opens to the Public for the First Time
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Visiting buildings designed by iconic Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí is on the to-do list of nearly every tourist passing through Barcelona, Spain, but there's always been one important design that visitors could only view from the outside. Constructed between 1883 and 1885, Casa Vicens was the first major work in Gaudí's influential career, but it has been under private ownership for its entire existence. Now, for the first time, visitors have the chance to see inside the colorful building. The house opened as a museum on November 16, as The Art Newspaper reports.

Gaudí helped spark the Catalan modernism movement with his opulent spaces and structures like Park Güell, Casa Batlló, and La Sagrada Familia. You can see plenty of his architecture around Barcelona, but the eccentric Casa Vicens is regarded as his first masterpiece, famous for its white-and-green tiles and cast-iron gate. Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, Casa Vicens is a treasured part of the city's landscape, yet it has never been open to the public.

Then, in 2014 the private Spanish bank MoraBanc bought the property with the intention of opening it up to visitors. The public is finally welcome to take a look inside following a $5.3 million renovation. To restore the 15 rooms to their 19th-century glory, designers referred to historical archives and testimonies from the descendants of former residents, making sure the house looked as much like Gaudí's original work as possible. As you can see in the photos below, the restored interiors are just as vibrant as the walls outside, with geometric designs and nature motifs incorporated throughout.

In addition to the stunning architecture, museum guests will find furniture designed by Gaudí, audio-visual materials tracing the history of the house and its architect, oil paintings by the 19th-century Catalan artist Francesc Torrescassana i Sallarés, and a rotating exhibition. Casa Vicens is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. General admission costs about $19 (€16).

An empty room in the interior of Casa Vicens

Interior of house with a fountain and arched ceilings

One of the house's blue-and-white tiled bathrooms

[h/t The Art Newspaper]

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