6: Turbo Great™ Awards 2010 (the Derek J. Kinsman version).

On 30 December 2010 by Derek J. Kinsman

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So my dear friend Mark Stuckert has been doing a series of blog posts called the Turbo Great™ Awards 2010. I really like his group of categories to put favourites into. You should definitely check out his favourites. But here I go.

Best Webcomic: Hyperbole and a Half. I’ve never laughed so hard.

Best game: I really want to say Fallout: New Vegas, but I can’t. It’s just not as fun as Fallout 3. Although the first XBox DLC (Dead Money) looks kinda interesting. Kinda. I didn’t play Uncharted or Uncharted 2 until this year and both of those games were amazing. I’m really looking forward to Uncharted 3 as well. Mass Effect 2 blew my socks off. It was a pretty substantial improvement over Mass Effect. Final Fantasy XIII was also supposed to be super fantastic amazing sauce. But sucked horribly dirty balls. If I’m going to play through a linear action game I don’t want it to be 60 hours of dungeon grinding. That’s the last JRPG I ever buy (unless things change). Okay, the winner is Mass Effect 2. Runner ups to the Uncharted series. If either of them were released in 2010 it might have been a tougher choice.

Best Font: Cumulus & Foam from Youworkforthem and Stefan Kjartansson. I’ve used it more times than I think I was planning on using it. It also works really well with YWFT QUE. This year has been the year of ‘use anything but Helvetica’ for me. Not that I dislike Helvetica—I don’t at all, it’s gorgeous. The other guy I’m sicking of seeing is Trade Gothic Bold Condensed №. 2. Yeah, that one needs to get less use for some time. (I just deleted out a really long rather mean rant on Typekit and web fonts—specifically hosted services and Museo, ewwww).

Best Stock Imagery: YWFT have an excellent supply of vector graphics. Which I’ve used pretty exclusively over the last year. They have some pretty rad raster images as well. My current go to fav is the recently released Craftwork pack. It’s full of geometric shapes and patterns. That works for me.

Best Software: All the various open source Kinect libraries/projects for Processing, openFrameworks, and Cinder. As for a specific application for working in, I think Processing 1.0 snuck in at the end of 2009. So that’s out. Not quite an app but Cinder came out in 2010. Or, was made available to the public in 2010. It’s a C++ library for creative coding. That would make it similar to Processing or openFrameworks. I think Eyewriter was originally released at the end of 2009 as well. And I don’t think Eyewriter 2 has been released publicly yet. But that’s probably one of the most important projects in the history of the universe. I think I cried the first time I saw the video.

Best Graphic Novel: Flight vol. 7 (anthology, various creators) and The Green Woman written by Peter Straub & Michael Easton and painted by John Bolton. I’m sure I have a few other graphic novels that I bought this year that were super great. But those ones are memorable.

Best Book: I’ve been reading more novels over graphic novels this year so have a pile of those that I would recommend. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell, Great House by Nicole Krauss, (and her first two books Man Walks Into A Room and The History Of Love), Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer and the Visual Editions version of The Life And Opinions Of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. Visual Editions have put out two really stellar books and I’ll be continuing my purchasing of their releases. Their books are more enjoyable than reading a book on any of the e-readers or tablets on the market. This year I also read Proust Was A Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer, finished Anathem by Neal Stephenson and read a few others that were soso to okay. But, my favourite was The Thousand Autumns Of Jacob De Zoet by far. It was a recommendation from Jer Thorp on Twitter. Anyway, it was a winner.

Best Magazine: Monocle. But Tank, Nature, Science and Make are the only other magazines I buy regularly. I would love it if Seed started printing magazines again. I loved that magazine. Stupid economy crashing.

Best Website: Can I say mine? No, okay. The Sixty One. Not sure when it was released, but it’s a really cool way to discover new music. The Arcade Fire interactive music video was kind of cool. Even though it’s full of annoying pop ups and everything that web standards people hate. Honestly, it’s basically a Flash project without Flash. If you hate Flash you’ll hate this project. This is the kind of fun that the internet used to be. The latest version of Thinking For A Living is probably my favourite website that was released this year.

Best Designer: Hm, this is full of tricky. I think I’m going to say Matt Pyke / Universal EverythingMichael C. Place / Build and Tom Muller / HelloMuller. Three way tie. But for different types of design work. But all awesome design work.

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6: Turbo Great™ Awards 2010 (the Derek J. Kinsman version).

Written by Derek J. Kinsman

Published on 30 December 2010


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