Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 10th (October 2008)

At this point in the news cycle it would be hard not to be influenced by what’s going on in US politics and the economy. Interestingly enough a lot of the sites that I found useful this week had a nod to those issues. There’s tons of statistical data out there that should make things easier but is that really the case? Behind that information are the stories – is it easy to find a truthful pov on the news that reflect those stories? I dunno if we’re at the end or the beginning stages where things get clearer but I do know that there’s a lot to have an opinion on. Till next week…

– m

About: “The maps that now appear on the front page of and other parts of the site allow you to quickly scan the latest trend poll trend estimates for every state in the Presidential race, as well as races for Senate and Governor (with U.S. House coming soon). The maps also allow you to navigate to our poll charts by clicking on the state.”

eismann-sf »’s Charting’s Charting Widget
eismann-sf wrote: “I’ve seen these widgets popping up on various political blogs around town, and think they are fairly well designed. It’s tough to cram as much information as they do into such a small space, but they succeed by practicing the right approach to information design: content is king.” - Graphing the Debates_1223592991242Graphing the Debates
Graph Paper wrote: “One thing that’s been fun about watching the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates on CNN is that you get to also watch a scrolling EKG-like graph of how viewers are actually responding to what is being shown.”

Picture 15Minor Landscapes and the Geography of American Political Campaigns
bldgblog wrote: “If you’ll excuse a quick bit of landscape-inspired political speculation, I was reminded this morning of something I read last year on Boing Boing and which has stuck with me ever since – and that’s that there are more World of Warcraft players in the United States today than there are farmers.”

Google Reconsiders Its Aversion to Advertising - WSJ.com_1223592739856Google Reconsiders Its Aversion to Advertising
WSJ wrote: “Since its earliest days, Google Inc. has largely promoted its search engine and search-advertising products through word of mouth and partnerships. But in recent months some of the Internet company’s executives have been pushing for the company to overcome its aversion to paid advertising. That has created some conflict within Google, which is maturing and looking to reinvigorate its slowing growth.”

The Contrarian_1223592761284The Contrarian
About: “The Contrarian is a tool that brings into focus disparate facts and views in today’s media narrative. Taking content entirely from published articles and photos, The Contrarian seeks to sharpen the edges of the hazy world view presented by internet media. The product of this effort seeks not to discredit any particular source, but to encourage users to seek out other sources for information.”

Bagpipes_1223592800504Joel C. Robinson Historical Woodwinds
About: “While the first instrument I played was the modern oboe, the first instruments I made were harpsichords and organs. A talent for metal and woodworking as well as an attraction to early music led me to recreating woodwinds of the past. It was 1973 and I bought a metal lathe and designed and made my first instruments: cornamuse and bagpipes.”

 Accessible Data Visualization with Web Standards_1223592810046Accessible Data Visualization with Web Standards
A List Apart wrote: “We’ve been talking about Web 2.0 for so long now it’s already passé to argue about what it means and what it doesn’t. But one thing’s for sure, there’s a lot of data out there on the web these days. And as web designers, we’re designing a lot of data-driven sites.”

Meat & Cheese Combo Proves Edible | Jason Santa Maria_1223592854579Meat & Cheese Combo Proves Edible
Jason Santa Maria wrote: “Armed with empty stomachs and discerning taste buds, we descended upon New York City determined to find a cheesesteak of quality. I’m happy to say, we succeeded.”

Creative Edward de Bono quotes | David Airey » graphic designer, logo designer_1223592927674Creative Edward de Bono quotes
David Airey wrote: “Edward de Bono is one of the very few people in history who can be said to have had a major impact on the way we think. He has written numerous books with translations into 34 languages (all main languages plus Hebrew, Arabic, Bahasa, Urdu, Slovene, Turkish etc).”

 Muji Chronotebook — jackcheng.com_1223592967949Stuff I love: Muji Chronotebook
Jack Cheng wrote: “Start with the simplest thing imaginable: a blank sheet of paper. Add a rows of lines and it becomes a notebook. Add a grid instead and it becomes an drawing pad for architects. Add a few tiny boxes and it turns into a to-do list. Put in dates and you’ve got a calendar. But as they teach you in your high-school econ class, everything has a cost. For each function or feature you add, you lose a purpose.”

 12 Year Old McDonald's Hamburger_122359297970312 Year Old McDonald’s Hamburger
the Sherman Foundation wrote: “What does a 12 year old McDonald’s Hamburger stored in tupperware look like? It looks exactly like it did 12 years ago. A woman named Karen Hanrahan who teaches a workshop titled Healthy Choices for Children uses this to show parents the true nature of what children are eating when they eat fast food.”

Life_1223593003469Book Mining: Work/Life
pica-n-pixel wote: “I thought I’d share a peek into some of my most recent book acquisitions. First up is the Uppercase Gallery directory of Canadian illustration and photography Work/Life. I don’t know what they feed those folks north of the border but it makes them crazy talented!”

3rings » Could outdoor LED walls have saved Wall StreetCould outdoor LED walls have saved Wall Street?
3rings wrote: “Just this past Friday, both Congress and our President all signed off on a $700B rescue package. Personally, I am in favor of this legislation as it effectively aims to help both the wealthy and the poor, but I often question how we might have prevented this crisis sooner.”

Tina Brown’s Daily Beast Starts With A Growl, Not A Roar | paidContent.org_1223593031669Tina Brown’s Daily Beast Starts With A Growl, Not A Roar
paidContent wrote: “By now, anyone who’s been paying attention knows that Tina Brown’s online project with Barry Diller’s backing is called The Daily Beast after the paper in Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop. Brown’s high-profile move to the web from glossy print is scheduled to go live Monday at 7 a.m. eastern, in the softest of launches, scant months after a team was assembled in the Gehry-designed IAC headquarters.”

‘the village pet store and charcoal grill’ by banksy_1223593054880‘the village pet store and charcoal grill’ by banksy
designboom wrote: “the infamous UK street artist banksy has been overseas in new york. last week, he was spotted painting a large mural that touched on the US economic situation. now he has opened a pet store in the west village. as you would expect from banksy, ‘the village pet store and charcoal grill’ isn’t your typical pet store; there are definitely no gold fish for sale here.”

 Blog_1223593065347Photo Essay: The Denim Factory
DFP:Blog wrote: “I shot these photos at a denim factory in Kentucky that specializes in distressing high-end jeans for a few top designers. I used to scoff at paying a premium for jeans that come with holes in them already.”

What's New York ReadingWhat’s New York Reading?
About: “Books people are reading on New York City subways. Send your photos (along with the book title and train) to whatsnyreading [at]”

 I will do one thing today._1223593013513I will do one thing today.
swissmiss wrote: “No more of this multitasking business. I need to focus more. Right after I finish blogging this.”

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About: “Portland State Graphic Design! Keeping PSU Graphic Design Grads, Students, Faculty & Friends in Touch”

The Money Meltdown_1223592997815The Money Meltdown
About: “Everything you need to know about the global money crisis of 2007-?.”


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  • David Airey

    Thanks for the kind mention, Michael. Have a great weekend.

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  • williamgeorge

    A brief break from polls to comment on graphics and politics. Today’s New York Times has an op-ed by NBC’s political director Chuck Todd and a graphic designed by Nicholas Felton. The text describes the data (quite completely, an unusual but welcome touch!) noting that candidates are stratified by time in rough line with their poll standing and that debates played a part in both the rise of Mike Huckabee and the slippage of Hillary Clinton.
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