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Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 19th (September 2008) | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 19th (September 2008)

Kerning Crunch

The amount of total capital that has been lost this week for most people is on a scale that is pretty hard to put into context. What does billions and billions of dollars look like? If you’re curious at all to get some context into how the housing bubble grew I’d strongly recommend the second link from This American Life which is a podcast that is illuminating. Aside from the financial issues going on around the world, this week’s Link Drop is equal parts lit and graphic design. See you back in seven days if not earlier.

– m

 Kerning CrunchKerning Crunch
From Noisy Decent Graphics: “It won’t have escaped your notice that there’s a crisis happening in the banking world. All the big household names are affected. It’s slowly engulfing us all and it gets closer to home every day. I’ve resisted writing about it for a long time but I can hold off no longer.”

This American Life355: The Giant Pool of Money
From This American Life: “A special program about the housing crisis produced in a special collaboration with NPR News. We explain it all to you. What does the housing crisis have to do with the turmoil on Wall Street? Why did banks make half-million dollar loans to people without jobs or income? And why is everyone talking so much about the 1930s? It all comes back to the Giant Pool of Money”

 Context and Scope to the 2008 US General ElectionEverymoment Now : Obama Vs. McCain : Context and Scope to the 2008 US General Election
About:“The current version of Everymoment Now is focused on the 2008 US General Election. When the election is complete we’ll have 100 days of data leading up to November 4th. We feel that being able to look back over the election, to see where media shifts occurred and what stories had the greatest impact on the final outcome is pretty important and powerful.”

little did i know » 8. If on a winters night a traveler by Italo CalvinoIf on a winters night a traveler by Italo Calvino
From littledidiknow.tumblr.com: “This is one of the most unique books i have ever read and also extremely well written due to those and assorted other moments of awesomeness this book is in my top ten books ever read right now.”

 m3 moiré façade modelm3 moiré façade model
From City of Sound: “Back in January, in an entry on façades, I noted a recent, and relatively local, favourite – the extraordinary western face of the Brisbane Girls Grammar School Creative Learning Centre. Brisbane buildings have to posess a trick or two to deal with the fierce sun on their western side, and local firm m3architecture obliged with a protective layer of anodised aluminium slats, overlaid onto a wall painted with black and white stripes … which just happens to create a gigantic moiré effect as you move past it.”

Link by Link - Don’t Buy That Textbook, Download It Free - NYTimes.comDon’t Buy That Textbook, Download It Free
From NYT: “SQUINT hard, and textbook publishers can look a lot like drug makers. They both make money from doing obvious good — healing, educating — and they both have customers who may be willing to sacrifice their last pennies to buy what these companies are selling.”

 The ArrivalThe Arrival
From cellar door: “I wrote this last night while half awake and just remembered about it! Yes, I’m alive. Hopefully the next time I’m this busy, I’ll force myself to stay awake again and write. In short, the past two or three weeks have been solidly filled with a new and super exciting project. In between, I took a long weekend for my birthday! Speaking of, let’s talk about one of the coolest gifts I got this year.”

Lipstick For ChangeLipstick For Change
About: “Lipstick For Change was formed to give men and women the opportunity to show their support for Obama by puckering up for the camera and getting creative about what change means to them. We took to the streets of NYC this past weekend to find out what “Change is…” to the people of this city, and we were overwhelmed by the response- it seems to have hit a nerve! So it’s time to bring the message to everyone…”

Samantha Warren's Web Design BlogSoCal: Typography, Surfboards, & Recharging
From Bad Ass Ideas”: “I had never visited the West Coast so earlier this year Jim and I decided that this was the year to do it. The week before last I took my first real vacation that didn’t involve parents, my job, or the internet. Southern California seemed to be a solid bet for good weather and good waves so Solana Beach in Northern San Diego was the perfect spot. Before I jump into my backlog of posts to be written (including a recap of Refresh Baltimore, I promise that is next) I wanted to share some quick highlights from my trip.”

Dreaming about designer monographs - the johnson banks thought for the weekDreaming about designer monographs
From Thought of the Week: “Architects dream of their first building going up. Product designers: their first range going on-sale in the Apple store. Graphic designers? Well, perhaps designing a famous symbol, or pack, or poster. Or winning their most treasured award. But another recurring dream is the one where someone writes a bestselling book about their work.”

 Yarn From Old NewspapersYarn From Old Newspapers
From Swissmiss: “A graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven, Greetje van Tiem, has found a distinctive and creative way to recycle old newspapers. Van Tiem completed a project that turns newspapers into yarn.”

iPhone Cupcakes - Core77iPhone Cupcakes
From Core77: “If imitation is considered the highest form of flattery then having your GUI made into cupcakes has to be the pinnacle of success as an interface designer. Nick and Danielle Bilton won The Cupcake Decorating Championship at last night’s Ignite NYC II with their iPhone Cupcakes.”

eye | opinionWho cares about graphic design history?
From Eye: “Q1. What do you think is meant by ‘the canon of graphic design history’? For example: The Bauhaus? Beck’s Underground diagram? Alvin Lustig’s book covers? Swiss Modernism? George Lois’s Esquire covers? Wim Crouwel’s New Alphabet? Milton Glaser’s ‘I [heart] NY’? Barney Bubbles? Ray Gun? Do you ever think about the canon, or buy design history publications? A1. The canon is now an endless list. The only thing that changes is the ranking. Since (almost) all ‘classics’ and archives have become accessible through the Web and now draw much more immediate connections to the present and future, their order within the canon is subject to continued change and growth.”

The Numbers Guy - WSJ.comMaking Every Word Count
From WSJ: “If you’re like me, you’ve wasted time taking online quizzes like the one my friend challenged me to take: Name the 100 most frequently used English words in five minutes. (I got 45.) You could waste all the time you’d like, as Top 100 word lists abound. Word-frequency rankings are part — albeit just a sliver — of the vast output from studies of language corpora, or large collections of written and sometimes spoken text. Researchers parse such data to help make sense of our ever-evolving language.”

 Morgan Friedman, turning flaneurs into plannersMorgan Friedman, turning flaneurs into planners
From Grant McCracken: “In some circles, the “flaneur” is a key idea. The flaneur is a person walking, watching, stopping to pay attention and otherwise engaging with the city as it presents itself to someone in motion and on foot. It’s an idea discussed by some of the most gifted observers of contemporary life: Baudelaire, Simmel, Benjamin, and Sontag. Indeed, it has become so fashionable that it has become a kind of pose. (Baudelaire’s great fear realized.) ”

David Foster Wallace (Harper's Magazine)David Foster Wallace – In memoriam.
From Harper’s Magazine – his published work for the magazine

Did You Ever Imagine... « Thinking for a Living™Blog/Did You Ever Imagine…
From Thinking for a Living™: “Posted by Duane King / Filed under Random”


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