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Income gains going to top 1% in
1954-7: 5%
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Income gains going to top 1% in
1954-7: 5%
1975-9: 25%
2009-12: 95%
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In which people continue to mock lighter-than-air flight w/o realizing it's already critical part of border securit…
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This Forshaw Abercrombie London graphic from 1943 is so beautiful. I also love the yellow dot 'press'. Fleet St.
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. at typography session: "We should think of type as a fluid space."
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Eerdmans Mobile
There's a wonderful little children's book (loosely) based on this note.
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Dieter Rams 10 Principles of Design

*Updated Edition 2017
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Could anyone ID these American travel posters? Each one seems to rep a city/landmark with an illustrated cap. Image…
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Being a citizen in the smart city: Scaffold of smart citizen participation by &
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Washington Monthly | Terminal Sickness
Airlines need to be broken up and re-regulated. This piece by and Phil Longman is essential reading.
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We're not your customers, we're your boss.
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Ending the Empathy Gap | Jacobin
Good response to the inhumane pieces elitist liberals have been writing since the election
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This is a huge story. If true, it's likely the largest massacre of civilians by the U.S. military since Vietnam. An…
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Designer Kara Zichittella talks about her typographic projects >
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wow bad news for the president
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I just keep watching this video I love it so so much. Perfume Genius - Slip Away (Official Music Video)
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Yep. For many, the open expression of racism is a mark of authenticity and trustworthiness.
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In considering the Affordable Care Act, House held 79 hearings over the course of a year, heard from 181 witnesses…
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Wolfgang Weingart, A Favorite Work From the Time I Was Still Learning, Basel, 1971
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… Updated with a much better image, captured in hi-fi by from their collection.

That Herbst ‘R’? Koralle…
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Aaron Marcus, Letraset on postcard, c. 1970s
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Staff Pick: Dexel’s handbills for Kunstverein Jena (1924–27), prime example of New Typography espoused by Bauhaus.…
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Krana Fat – Schick Toikka
Krana Fat is a peculiar display typeface inspired by the lettering of Finnish graphic designer and illustrator Erkki Toukolehto. Where typical digital type is uniform and systematic, Krana Fat echoes the unpredictable and atypical movements of Toukolehto’s wide, flat brush. But this is an homage, not an imitation: While the forms have a soft contour, there are no faux bristles; nor is there an attempt to mimic handmade strokes. Instead, Krana Fat’s identity is somewhere between typography and lettering. It alternately evokes the shape and character of vernacular signage, hobbyist templates, and those institutional alphabets constructed by teams of engineers.
typography  tobuy  *****  sans  fun  finland 
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One Muffin Tin, Three Healthy Breakfasts #TastyFreshFriday
These are actually some pretty decent, simple recipes.
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"The press causing the public to know the truth when the people in elected power aren't telling them the truth"…
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Oh, like you've never snuck a Russian ambassador and spy through the back door to avoid recording?
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For , Morgan Studio channelled their inner Wyndham Lewis and emulated the layout of BLAST (1914)…
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Iain Banks died in 2013. He said this.
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I.. but.. we.. ..OH MY GOD.
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Theme of this speech: Big solutions to imaginary problems.
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BC Vafle font family
BC Vafle Tape has a bit of the Ben Shahn feel to it.
ben.shahn  fun  typography  tobuy  czech  ****  sans 
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Holiday Fonts - House Industries
Holiday Sans is so evocative of Christmas books from my childhood. Can't place it specifically, but it's powerful.
sans  fun  christmas  ****  tobuy  typography  holiday 
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This is beautifully put — and also explains why some of the best design goes unacknowledged.
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Ever wonder what the problem is with the school voucher program? Here it is right here:
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$ZGNX Chart looks incredibly strong. Broke above Pivotal Resistance with a lot of room to run. Some resistance ahea…
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The Bluth Company is prepared to assemble the Wåll, . Fax me.
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White House nixed Holocaust statement naming Jews - POLITICO
So weird that this would happen when Stephen Bannon is not at all an anti-Semite.
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Gregg Popovich is the best, and this quote is extraordinary.
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Arkansas just passed a law that will let a rapist sue his victim for having an abortion. welcome to hell.…
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The man who literally has the nuclear codes for the U.S. fires off a snarky tweet glibly referring to "World War II…
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The Avery Review | Unwalling Citizenship
"Xenophobia is wrong. Inequality is wrong. Building border walls is wrong." Teddy Cruz & Fonna Forman on rejection
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Former GWB chief of staff Josh Bolten explains why the president did not allow Karl Rove to attend NSC mtgs, ever…
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An unorthodox online newspaper in Norway holds lessons for the future of media companies. explains:…
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Melania Trump is pretending to eat a diamond necklace like it's spaghetti on the cover of Vanity Fair Mexico.
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Trump's real war isn't with the media. It's with facts.
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Why We Need to Listen to Racists
Preaching to the unconverted — Hadley talks about “calling out” these voters — is a disastrous strategy. The following quote is from an interview with the sociologist Kathy Cramer, who has visited 27 rural communities in Wisconsin in an effort to understand white identity politics, and written a book about it:

“People are only going to absorb facts when they’re communicated from a source that they respect, from a source who they perceive has respect for people like them. And so whenever a liberal calls out Trump supporters as ignorant or fooled or misinformed, that does absolutely nothing to convey the facts that the liberal is trying to convey.”

In a broader sense, it’s now possible to see that the Clinton campaign’s strong emphasis on identity politics — on feminism, LGBQ rights, and racism — was preaching to the unconverted. It’s not that these causes are not just or important, but they weren’t meaningful to voters who weren’t already in the pews. In 2008 and 2012, Obama made a great play for white working class votes, and won a significant proportion of them. So did Clinton in the 2008 primary. In 2016 she barely bothered.

To state the obvious, if the left wants to displace Trump and the right more generally, it needs to work out how to bring some Republican (or in the UK, Tory or UKIP) voters over to its side, and that includes at least some of this group. One lesson of Clinton’s defeat, and of Brexit, is that while the left may never again win a majority of the white working class vote, it can’t afford to ignore it. Not if it hopes to win power again.
politics  race  2016  trump  election  racism  communication  *** 
january 2017
Philosopher Richard Rorty Chillingly Predicts the Results of the 2016 Election ... Back in 1998 | Open Culture
As democratic institutions fail, he writes in the quote above:

[M]embers of labor unions, and unorganized unskilled workers, will sooner or later realize that their government is not even trying to prevent wages from sinking or to prevent jobs from being exported. Around the same time, they will realize that suburban white-collar workers—themselves desperately afraid of being downsized—are not going to let themselves be taxed to provide social benefits for anyone else.

At that point, something will crack. The nonsuburban electorate will decide that the system has failed and start looking around for a strongman to vote for—someone willing to assure them that, once he is elected, the smug bureaucrats, tricky lawyers, overpaid bond salesmen, and postmodernist professors will no longer be calling the shots. A scenario like that of Sinclair Lewis’ novel It Can’t Happen Here may then be played out. For once a strongman takes office, nobody can predict what will happen. In 1932, most of the predictions made about what would happen if Hindenburg named Hitler chancellor were wildly overoptimistic.

One thing that is very likely to happen is that the gains made in the past forty years by black and brown Americans, and by homosexuals, will be wiped out. Jocular contempt for women will come back into fashion. The words [slur for an African-American that begins with “n”] and [slur for a Jewish person that begins with “k”] will once again be heard in the workplace. All the sadism which the academic Left has tried to make unacceptable to its students will come flooding back. All the resentment which badly educated Americans feel about having their manners dictated to them by college graduates will find an outlet.
rorty  philosophy  politics  labor  *****  prediction  2016 
january 2017
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Shouldn't accounts like & be linked to a .gov e-mail ... If I recall, there was some fuzz about pr…
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Mallory Ortberg, Author at The Toast - The Toast
My favorite writer at my favorite recently-defunct site.
january 2017
Watching Words Move - Fonts In Use
“Watching Words Move was originally produced in 1959 as a handmade typographic notebook of pasted-up words and done in one day in the Composing Room in New York. Three years later BJ agreed to let Herbert Spencer reproduce it as a booklet insert in the December 1962 issue of Typographica. Spencer had a strong interest in concrete poetry and the booklet served as a playful prelude to a feature published a year later. His guiding mission was to liberate letters from the mere delivery of information and allow them to become a means of expression in their own right.” — robertbrownjohn.com
typography  words  ***  poetry 
january 2017
Management theory is becoming a compendium of dead ideas
The similarities between medieval Christianity and the world of management theory may not be obvious, but seek and ye shall find. Management theorists sanctify capitalism in much the same way that clergymen of yore sanctified feudalism. Business schools are the cathedrals of capitalism. Consultants are its travelling friars. Just as the clergy in the Middle Ages spoke in Latin to give their words an air of authority, management theorists speak in mumbo-jumbo. The medieval clergy’s sale of indulgences, by which believers could effectively buy forgiveness of their sins, is echoed by management theorists selling fads that will solve all your business problems. Lately, another similarity has emerged. The gurus have lost touch with the world they seek to rule. Management theory is ripe for a Reformation of its own.

Management theories are organised around four basic ideas, repeated ad nauseam in every business book you read or business conference you attend, that bear almost no relation to reality. The first idea is that business is more competitive than ever.
management  counterintuitive  critique  capitalism  politics  2016  economist  religion 
january 2017
Typerepublic: the republic of type
Taüll is inspired from old black lettering devices, this typeface main goal is to link the medieval world with our brand new digital metropolis.
blackletter  sans  typography  tobuy  *** 
january 2017
R-Typography
Pathos is a robust slab serif typeface that follows a simple design idea - to make serifs as large as possible. Because there are obvious limits to how much serifs can grow, for instance the space available between and inside letters, Pathos’ huge serifs test the physical limits to their size.
typography  tobuy  ****  serif  fun 
january 2017
Why academics consulting with industry on health care may be an idea whose time has come
Perhaps ironically, the advent of the Trump presidency could signal an even greater role for academics in shaping public policy. The president-elect has set out an ambitious agenda, but with many details left to fill in, and congressional Democrats are preparing their opposition.

The likely repeal of the Affordable Care Act and continued angst over drug prices mean health economists like us will be asked to provide answers to inform policy debates. For example, a majority of American voters believe pharmaceutical prices are too high. Less clear is what to do about it. It is here academics play an important role, helping to evaluate the impact of policies ranging from federal negotiation of drug prices to finding alternatives to the Affordable Care Act.

So it is a good time to ask: How do we know what we say we know, and can we be trusted to steer through hyper-partisanship and corporate self-interest? Research in many areas, including health economics, features partnership and collaboration between industry and academics like us. Private firms face a range of difficult questions that need answers. Does a drug work? For whom is it most valuable? Academics are trained to answer important policy questions like these.
politics  academic  academia  consulting  ***  2016  industry 
january 2017
Hatch — PSTL
We are pleased to introduce you to Hatch—a horizontally inclined slab serif built out west. Hatch is a contemporary take on the “reverse” stress genre with a subtle contrast & a casual vibe. Unique letterforms and rounded contours make this coastal slab well suited for your identity, branding or editorial designs. Hatch is engaging and highly capable of handling any project you can image.
typography  tobuy  ***  serif 
january 2017
Social Media Is Killing Discourse Because It’s Too Much Like TV
Neil Postman provided some clues about this in his illuminating 1985 book, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. The media scholar at New York University saw then how television transformed public discourse into an exchange of volatile emotions that are usually mistaken by pollsters as opinion. One of the scariest outcomes of this transition, Postman wrote, is that television essentially turns all news into disinformation. "Disinformation does not mean false information. It means misleading information—misplaced, irrelevant, fragmented or superficial information—information that creates the illusion of knowing something but which in fact leads one away from knowing ... The problem is not that television presents us with entertaining subject matter but that all subject matter is presented as entertaining.” (Emphasis added.) And, Postman argued, when news is constructed as a form of entertainment, it inevitably loses its function for a healthy democracy. "I am saying something far more serious than that we are being deprived of authentic information. I am saying we are losing our sense of what it means to be well informed. Ignorance is always correctable. But what shall we do if we take ignorance to be knowledge?"

The problem with today’s Internet, driven less by text and hypertext (hyperlink-enriched text), is that it not only shares many of TV’s ills but also creates new ones. The difference between traditional television and the form of TV that has reincarnated as social media is that the latter is a personalized medium. Traditional television still entails some degree of surprise. What you see on television news is still picked by human curators, and even though it must be entertaining to qualify as worthy of expensive production, it is still likely to challenge some of our opinions (emotions, that is).

Social media, in contrast, uses algorithms to encourage comfort and complaisance, since its entire business model is built upon maximizing the time users spend inside of it. Who would like to hang around in a place where everyone seems to be negative, mean, and disapproving? The outcome is a proliferation of emotions, a radicalization of those emotions, and a fragmented society. This is way more dangerous for the idea of democracy founded on the notion of informed participation.

Now what can be done? Certainly the explanation for Trump’s rise cannot be reduced to a technology- or media-centered argument. The phenomenon is rooted in more than that; media or technology cannot create; they can merely twist, divert, or disrupt. Without the growing inequality, shrinking middle class, jobs threatened by globalization, etc. there would be no Trump or Berlusconi or Brexit. But we need to stop thinking that any evolution of technology is natural and inevitable and therefore good. For one thing, we need more text than videos in order to remain rational animals. Typography, as Postman describes, is in essence much more capable of communicating complex messages that provoke thinking. This means we should write and read more, link more often, and watch less television and fewer videos—and spend less time on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
internet  media  2016  trump  politics  consumption  entertainment  *****  television  algorithm 
january 2017
Four Ways to Reinvent Service Delivery
Unlike innovations in product manufacturing, those that radically redefine the delivery of a service are relatively rare. Service redefinition requires deep insight into how to meet clients’ needs. And because it is not generally driven by disruptive technologies, which often force people to confront basic assumptions, organizations struggle to overcome the mentality of “that’s not how we do it” and “our clients don’t expect that.” But as Club Red and other service providers are finding—as manufacturers did with lean production methods—these innovations can create tremendous value for them and for their customers. The challenge is to give managers a systematic way to question basic assumptions about how a service is defined and delivered and to see the opportunity to achieve dramatically better results.
hbr  healthcare  service  ***  innovation  counterintuitive 
january 2017
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William Lloyd Garrison in 1831, spelling out what every progressive's ethic should be in 2017 and beyond
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John Berger, writing in the daytime night in 2003 & seeing all to come
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