Noto is a collaboration between Monotype and Google to create a typeface covering over 100 writing systems and more than 800 languages.
The brief, "No more tofu", tofu being the nickname for the blank boxes that you see when a computer lacks support for a particular character. So that's a thing I learned today.
There are some characters you can only see on stones. If you don’t move them to the web, over time those stones will become sand and we’ll never be able to recover those drawings or that writing.
I love this kind of project, that touches on communication, history, society, and preserving the past.
Obviously, open by default is the new fashionable, but I'm pretty sure it's no longer enough for organisations to be "open" because no matter how hard you try, eventually that just becomes PR and marketing fluff. Much better to aim to be porous. For people and conversations and ideas to flow in and out irrespective of departmental and organisational boundaries. Rip down the barriers to conversation and collaboration internally and externally.
Take time to think about your own professional communications. Don’t accept biz-speak as the right solution, regardless of how ubiquitous it is. Be human, and engage directly with people - they’ll respect you for it, and be more willing to give your business a chance.