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Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 14th (November 2008) | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 14th (November 2008)

The New York Times > Science > Image > Mapping the Epigenome_1226666579818

It’s interesting for me that as the hype for the elections grew, so did the number of sites dealing w/ politics that I included inside Link Drop. Now with things almost back to normal and the news turning back to the craziness that is the economy, one of the effects of stress is people getting ill – this week I found a couple sites trying to explain what Google is doing to track the flu. On a parallel path I also have a couple other science things. And on top of that there’s typography b/c w/ out that, what’s the point of reading something if it isn’t set nicely?

– m

The New York Times > Science > Image > Mapping the Epigenome_1226666579818Now: The Rest of the Genome
NYT wrote “Over the summer, Sonja Prohaska decided to try an experiment. She would spend a day without ever saying the word “gene.” Dr. Prohaska is a bioinformatician at the University of Leipzig in Germany. In other words, she spends most of her time gathering, organizing and analyzing information about genes. “It was like having someone tie your hand behind your back,” she said.”

 Leslie David by boicozine_1226662013290What’s Up #42: Leslie David
boicozine wrote “Leslie David [leslie-david.com] is junior designer at Petronio Associates [petronioassociates.com] and has just completed design and art direction for the quality French free mag, Redux [reduxmag.com]. Having a solid grounding in both Graphic Design & Illustration (having worked with both Deanne Cheuk [deannecheuk.com]…”

 A retrospective_1226633903882The Obama Brand: A retrospective
Visual Culture wrote “ithout question, Barack Obama’s identity raised the bar of political campaign branding. It is by far the best-designed identity of a U.S. presidential candidate – courtesies of two leading Chicago-based firms: Sender & MODE. n Mr. Sender’s words: “We were looking at the ‘O’ of his name and had the idea of a rising sun and a new day. The sun rising over the horizon evoked a new sense of hope.””

Chase solved the financial crisis_1226633897398Chase solved the financial crisis
an error occurred while processing this directive wrote “Chase has figured out how to recoup their losses, and it’s ingenious. Don’t give out money, but pretend like you did. Let me explain. I went to an ATM today and requested forty dollars. I don’t know if I’m the only one, but every time I’m at an ATM I have an irrational fear that it’ll screw up the counting and nobody will believe me when I try to correct the mistake.”

About: “My street work consists mostly of isometric rectangles and squares. I selectively place thes graphics around New York to highlight the unexpected contours and elegant geometry of the city itself. All execution of a piece is done on site with little to no planning.”

gongblog - journal - Your Own Democracy_1226633864557Your Own Democracy
gongszeto wrote “I was born on May 18, 1967, one year and two days after Mao Zedong officially launched the tumultuous, bloody, and destructive Cultural Revolution. My parents fled 6 months after I was born, emigrating to the United States, along with most of my extended family (both sides) including my grandparents and about 10 aunts and uncles and their children who eventually settled in various parts of the U.S. and Canada.”

Speak Up › Writing Books for Graphic Design Students_1226633809434Writing Books for Graphic Design Students
Speak Up wrote “s the author of six books on graphic design and an adjunct professor at the Cooper Union I was asked to write an essay on the subject of writing books for graphic design students. The following is a shortened version. 1. Have a clear idea of what you wish to cover.”

 Tracking Flu across the U.S. - information aesthetics_1226633801095Google Flu Trends: Tracking Flu across the U.S.
infosthetics wrote “Google has discovered a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics online, and how many people actually have flu symptoms, by comparing their query data with data from the surveillance system managed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of course, not every person who searches for “flu”…”

kim from dallas_1226633783333Fashion Rocks
Kim from Dallas wrote “I found a new site this evening called oligoville.com. It’s created by a small group of people who decided it was a great idea to build a community where both designers and musicians can socialize and sell their stuff. It’s hip, it looks good, and they have great content. And it’s only the beginning.”

Design » Towards Relational Design_1226633777584Towards Relational Design
walker art wrote “The following is extracted from a series of lectures about relational design practices. A related article can be found at Design Observer. A seemingly random selection of projects from various design fields with an underlying thread:An expansion strategy for the Hermitage Museum in Russia simply annexes the surrounding government-owned buildings in St. Petersburg, increasing the available space for objects from…”

About: “Writing Design Criticism is a blog where we write design criticism. It’s housed and curated by Alexander Bohn, under the auspices of David Sokol and the WDC staff. We welcome submissions from design writers and other opinionated individuals.”

 Social Souvenir | PSFK - Trends, Ideas & Inspiration_1226633757841Community through Clothing: Social Souvenir
PSFK wrote “What we wear and own isn’t just about self-expression and individualism; these things broadcasts our affiliations and display our social capital. People pay a lot of money for limited-edition Aston Martins and LV handbags, while others take pride in their Karmaloop hoodie or copy of Tigermilk on vinyl.”

The Lazy Man’s Guide to Getting Things Done | Zen Habits_1226633751157The Lazy Man’s Guide to Getting Things Done
zenhabits wrote “What if I told you that you could be totally lazy and irresponsible, and still accomplish just as much? What if you could slack off, loiter, and essentially do nothing and get more done than the average person. It’s a bit of an art, but you can master this skill with some practice.”

r-echos » Blog Archive » Face Visualizer_1226633740799Face Visualizer
r-echos wrote “Most digital media players have built-in visualizers that display graphics synchronized to music in real-time. A group of Japanese sound artists took this principal to a new level and exchanged the graphics with a human face. The computer system is connected to the user’s face with electrodes that makes the face twist in sync with the music. The 10 electrical-pulse stimulators are connected to the…”

 Blog_1226633735091Feminine hygiene ad of your nightmares
maud newton wrote “Whoa. I thought the midcentury Lysol ones were the worst, but this Tampax ad collected amid some of the more misogynistic print campaigns of yore is singularly dreadful in its own way.”

 Welcome To The Biggest Laboratory Ever_1226633725792Welcome To The Biggest Laboratory Ever
basement wrote “What Google is doing here is combining a couple of dimensions of data: where you are geographically and flu-related search queries to determine how the flu virus is spreading. A few years ago, I talked about Google Base and what I then called the “Incidental Semantic Web.” In short, what I was talking about then is how the monitoring or mining…”

A Photo Editor - Failure is an Option_1226633719134Failure is an Option
a photo editor wrote “When I worked at a magazine, every month a couple of the shoots we assigned would fail. Fail to meet our standards, fail to be interesting, fail to capture what we were looking for. Immediately we would need to either kill it and reshoot, kill the story altogether, find pickup to…”

murketing » Blog Archive » In a book clubIn a book club? Here’s an offer.
murketing wrote “Last night I posted Murketing.com’s exclusive Reader’s Guide to Buying In, compiled and written by the author (me). I believe, as stated, that now is a really good time to take consumer behavior seriously, to talk about it, to think about it. I think the book would be good in the book-club setting.”

Pictures of Numbers blog_1226633706377Pictures of Numbers blog
kottke wrote “Pictures of Numbers is infrequently updated, but the subject matter is timeless and the archives are worth a look. Pictures of Numbers is a book-project-in-progress, consisting of practical tips and techniques for busy researchers on improving their data presentation.”

Now Boarding « The Dapper Alchemist_1226633701158Now Boarding
dapper alchemist wrote “Flight404 is the brain child of Robert Hodgin, a founding partner of The Barbarian Group. His website features his experiments in Processing and I must say that much of his work is rather breathtaking. The video below, illustrates that real-time capabilities of Processing; it’s a landscape formed from tracking a fast Fourier transform (FFT) of music over time.”

Judges knock down Lego's trademark case - Europe, World - The Independent_1226633688330Judges knock down Lego’s trademark case
independent wrote “For half a century it has formed the building block of playtime for millions of children across the globe, transporting them to fantastic castles, space ships and dolls’ houses. Yesterday, European judges stripped the Lego brick of its trademark status, after a rival toymaker…”

Type Tweets_1226633914070Type Tweets
About: “Typetweets displays the last 100 tweets from Twitter that mentioned a typographic related term for your viewing pleasure. These tweets range from humorous, to useless, to providing hours of fun with links to other sites. It’s really up to the community at large to determine the quality of its contents at any given time, but that’s what keeps things fresh.”

mosaic art, pop culture mosaics, magnetic artworks | motifo_1226633675047Funki-fy your fridge
About: “Motifo magnetic artworks are a brand new concept. Choose from our wide range of funky designs and easily create an impressive mosaic masterpiece on any magnet-friendly surface.”

Blog — School of Visual Arts — MFA in Interaction Design_1226633653296Blog – School of Visual Arts – MFA in Interaction Design
About: “Not all updates belong in the curriculum, and the Interaction Blog is where we talk about news and events around interaction design far and wide.”

Pixelated Tiles at Urban Prankster_1226633892079Pixelated Tiles
urban prankster wrote “Poster Boy continues to outdo himself. See if you can find the hidden smiley face.”

IAVA - Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America - Community of Veterans_1226633858016Community of Veterans
About: “Watch the new PSA, which announces CommunityofVeterans.org; the first social network exclusively for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.”


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