My Top Five ‘Top’ Lists

Two weeks into the new year, I’ve read through nearly thirty “Top #” lists. Hopefully my Top 5 will ignite and illuminate 2011 for you.

Click the images for links to the lists:

  • Complex’ Top 25 Artists of 2010

Featuring an international roster spanning the 2011 Ted Prize Winner and Parra, Marc Ecko’s blog offers a a few samples of each artist and a brief synopsis of why they’re worth the hype. One artist who wasn’t on the list, but should’ve been is Kris Kuksi. His sculptures are ridiculously detailed, dark and like nothing I’ve seen before.

  • MyFont’s Top Fonts of 2010

I was happy to see two of my personal favorite fonts made the list: Affair, an amazing script family with over 75o! lovely glyphs and Sketchetik, the Etch A Sketch™ Helvetica remix. Hopefully now that Google is serving type (look out Typekit!), designers and developers can better express their typographic visions in 2011 without losing out on SEO.

  • GreenBiz’ 10 Most Hopeful Green Business Stories of 2010

With all the apocalyptic eco-disaster stories dominating the news last year, the last place I thought I’d find significant, hopeful developments in the world of sustainability was big business. But thanks to a solid list of promising green business trends, Joel Makower, author of Strategies for the Green Economy, has turned my frown upside down and given me something to look forward to.

  • Harvard Business Review’s 31 Innovation Questions (and Answers) for To Kick Off the New Year

While Scott Anthony‘s collection of innovation FAQs mirrors—nearly identically—the methodology and consideration we employ daily where I work, it’s nice to have them all in one place and answered so succinctly.

  • The New York Time’s The 10th Annual Year in Ideas

By far my favorite collection of year-endness is The New York Times’ wonderfully designed interactive summary of 2010’s ideas. A mix of editorial snippets, illustration, photography, videos and animations, The 10th Annual Year In Ideas offers a compelling, provocative and stimulating summary of humankind’s thoughts, discoveries and notions this year. The retrospective of the last decade also includes a nice mix of told-you-so-hindsight and wishful thinking that flopped.

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