Font of all knowledge? Researchers develop typeface they say can boost memory | Art and design | The Guardian
Font of all knowledge? Researchers develop typeface they say can boost memory
Researchers say font, which slants to the left and has gaps in each letter, can aid recall
• Click here to read this article in Sans Forgetica

Lisa.Martin The Guardian 2 October 2018

. . . . .

Senior marketing lecturer Janneke Blijlevens said the concept of “desirable difficulty” underpinned the font’s design.

“When we want to learn something and remember it, it’s good to have a little bit of an obstruction added to that learning process because if something is too easy it doesn’t create a memory trace,” she told the Guardian. “If it’s too difficult, it doesn’t leave a memory trace either. So you need to look for that sweet spot.”
typography  memory  forgetting  difficulty  desirable.difficulty 
october 2018
Jony Ives’ motivational poster from GFDA on his office wall in the Apple design studio.
Profanity-Laden Advice From an Inspirational Poster in Apple’s Design Guru Jony Ives’ Office
Kristin Hohenadel. Slate / The Eye. February 20, 2015

The poster is by Brian Buirge and Jason Bacher, who started Good Fucking Design Advice “on a whim” in 2010, they told me in an email.    
typography  poster.design  posters  GFDA 
february 2018
We can use colour to communicate how we feel – here's how
We can use colour to communicate how we feel – here's how
Nuala Morse and Jo Volley. The Conversation. January 22, 2018

When people are sad they are often said to be “blue”. Jealousy is implied if someone is described as being “green with envy”. Angry people “see red” while yellow is associated with happiness, and in contrast, black and shades of grey have negative connotations. Why are certain emotions associated with certain colours? And where did these associations come from?
color  communication  via:asfaltics 
february 2018
Postcard People - The New York Times
Postcard People
Like postcards, no two members of the Metropolitan
Postcard Club of New York City are quite the same.

Annie Correal. Photographs by Vincent Tullo
NYTimes. January 28, 2018
postcards  via:asfaltics 
february 2018
Chuck Close Is Out at the National Gallery of Art. Is Picasso Next?
Chuck Close Is Out at the National Gallery of Art. Is Picasso Next?

Robin Pogrebin and Jennifer Schuessler
NYTimes. 28 January 2018
Chuck.Close  time's.up  via:asfaltics 
february 2018
Was Australopithecus an Artist? / Stone Age Tools, or Art? Or Both?
Was Australopithecus an Artist?
Jason Farago. NYTimes. February 1-2, 2018

better title in print edition —
Stone Age Tools, or Art? Or Both?
but.is.it.art?  sculpture  tools  tool.art  via:asfaltics 
february 2018
A Colorblind Artist? Yes, With a Little Help From His Friends
A Colorblind Artist? Yes, With a Little Help From His Friends
Worried that he couldn’t work as an illustrator, Loren Long hid his “obstacle.” Now it’s out in the open.

Maria Russo. NYTimes. December 23,2017

. . . . .

All your books have many colors in them. How do you do that?

I work with tubes of paint that have the names on them. I put colors on the palette in a certain order. I know color theory but when I get into a painting it’s very intuitive.

But you can’t know for sure how it looks?

That’s the scary thing. If I’m not careful I could paint brown leaves instead of green. I have to rely on values, and I think because of my colorblindness I have a heightened sense of values — darks, lights and middle tones. Saturation could be another way to describe it. So I have a solid grasp of lighting and lights and darks. I try to establish a strong light source and let value define the picture more than color.
Loren.Long  color.blindness  via:asfaltics 
february 2018
The Looming Digital Meltdown
The Looming Digital Meltdown
Zeynep Tufekci, NYTimes, January 6, 2018
Zeynep.Tufekci  security  end-of-the-web-as-we-imagined-it  via:asfaltics 
february 2018
Writing - The Studio at the Edge of the World
Design Philosophy Papers Archive
Design Philosophy Papers (DPP) was a refereed online journal published between 2003 and 2017 aiming to advance critical thinking on design and the-world-as-designed. The issues were organised according to themes like: design and power; design ethics; design and the global south; technology as environment;  re-materialization; user-centred design; sacred design, and many more. There are more than 140 papers in the archive available for download.

design.theory  design.philosophy  via:asfaltics 
february 2018
Advertising Housework: Labor and the Promotion of Pleasure in 1970s Domestic Interiors
Advertising Housework: Labor and the Promotion of Pleasure in 1970s Domestic Interiors
Sylvia Faichney. September 22, 2017
the.kitchen  gender  via:asfaltics 
february 2018
All Good Magazines Go to Heaven - The New York Times
All Good Magazines Go to Heaven
David Shaftel. NYTimes. 24-25 January 2018

. . . . .

Mr. Hyman isn’t a completist, at least not anymore. “I used to be,” he said, “but it will never end.” Instead, he is seeking funding to finish meta-tagging and digitizing the entire archive for use by academics, curators and researchers. He still tries to get two copies of each magazine, but now it’s because one needs to be unbound for faster scanning. An archivist has examined the setup at Cannon House and determined it will be safe for another five years or so before needing to be housed properly, ideally as the permanent collection in a proper museum of magazines.

“The style of exhibition is changing, it’s becoming more populist, more based around contemporary culture, so therefore magazines are becoming important objects,” Ms. Turk said. “They show the period, they’re great objects.”

Still, there are titles Mr. Hyman covets. He recently attended a lecture on Japanese magazines, and his mind was somewhat blown by the Tokyo-based Popeye, the nearly unclassifiable “magazine for city boys.”

“My jaw just hit the ground. It was ridiculous. I was like, ‘I can’t wait for the crate to arrive with every issue of Popeye,’” he said. The speaker “had another magazine that was just about businessmen who’d gotten too drunk and went to sleep in the middle of the night in weird places. And he had two different magazines just about pigeons. I was like, ‘whoa.’”
archives  magazines  via:asfaltics 
february 2018
Many Animals Can Count, Some Better Than You - The New York Times
Many Animals Can Count, Some Better Than You
Numerosity is deeply embedded in species that need to track quantity, such as hungry spiders and schooling fish. But the ability seems to have faded in humans.
Natalie Angier. NYTimes. 5-6 February 2018

points (links) to
The story of the frog’s neuro-abacus is just one example of nature’s vast, ancient and versatile number sense, a talent explored in detail in a recent themed issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, edited by Brian Butterworth, a cognitive neuroscientist at University College London, C. Randy Gallistel of Rutgers University and Giorgio Vallortigara of the University of Trento.

mathematics  number  counting  via:asfaltics 
february 2018
Jasper Johns Still Doesn’t Want to Explain His Art - The New York Times
Jasper Johns Still Doesn’t
Want to Explain His Art
Mr. Johns, who is now 87 and widely regarded as
America’s foremost living artist, has a new retrospective
at the Broad called “Something Resembling Truth.”

Jasper.Johns  via:asfaltics 
february 2018
The Tyranny of Convenience - The New York Times
Tim Wu. NYTimes. February 16-18, 2018

and this comment —
cameron tonkinwise‏

if you write something like this, you have either undermined your credibility ('everything that follows is whatever was easiest for me to say without research because I don't even have integrity wrt my coffee values') or you are lying
18 Feb 2018
Tim.Wu  convenience  via:asfaltics 
february 2018
Everything Easy is Hard Again – Frank Chimero
Methods that were once taboo are back on the table. For instance, last week I was reading a post about the benefits of not using stylesheets and instead having inline styles for everything. The post made a few compelling points, but this approach would have been crazy talk a few years ago.

So much of how we build websites and software comes down to how we think. The churn of tools, methods, and abstractions also signify the replacement of ideology. A person must usually think in a way similar to the people who created the tools to successfully use them. It’s not as simple as putting down a screwdriver and picking up a wrench. A person needs to revise their whole frame of thinking; they must change their mind.

In one way, it is easier to be inexperienced: you don’t have to learn what is no longer relevant. Experience, on the other hand, creates two distinct struggles: the first is to identify and unlearn what is no longer necessary (that’s work, too). The second is to remain open-minded, patient, and willing to engage with what’s new, even if it resembles a new take on something you decided against a long time ago.
Frank.Chimero  WA  WAS18  via:asfaltics 
february 2018
BBC - Culture - The mysterious painting that changed how we see colour
Marcel Duchamp’s last painting has influenced artists for a century. Kelly Grovier looks at how it inspired the modern colour chart – and at its 17th-Century predecessor.

Kelly Grovier
15 February 2018
color  115S18  Marcel.Duchamp 
february 2018
auxiliary beauty / blog
Dress, Paint, Patches, setting of Eye-brows, and licking the Lipps with red.
cosmetics  makeup  405S18 
february 2018
I’m not shocked that young girls love lipstick – there are worse problems | Daisy Buchanan | Opinion | The Guardian
I’m not shocked that young girls love lipstick – there are worse problems
Daisy Buchanan
The Guardian. 20 February 2018
Some may worry that girls spend more on their appearance than boys, but ensuring they grow up into a world of gender equality is more important
cosmetics  makeup  405S18 
february 2018
Operation smile: how jaw surgery changed my life
Operation smile: how jaw surgery changed my life
For years, Martha Hayes was bullied for being ‘goofy’. An operation at 18 gave her a new self-confidence, but would it last?
Martha Hayes. The Guardian. 21 October 2017
405F17  bullying  appearance 
october 2017
Artist's simulated banana grove is a stinking indictment of American corporate greed
José Alejandro Restrepo's "Musa Paradisiaca" video installation at LAXART consists of bananas in various states of decay, hauntingly hung with screens running grainy video of slain plantation workers in his native Colombia. (John Kiffe)
Sharon Mizota. Los Angeles Times. 15 October 2017
405F17  bananas 
october 2017
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Technology | The Guardian
Weekend magazine technology special
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention

Paul Lewis. The Guardian. 6 October 2017

. . . . .

Rosenstein, who also helped create Gchat during a stint at Google, and now leads a San Francisco-based company that improves office productivity, appears most concerned about the psychological effects on people who, research shows, touch, swipe or tap their phone 2,617 times a day.

There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. “Everyone is distracted,” Rosenstein says. “All of the time.”

But those concerns are trivial compared with the devastating impact upon the political system that some of Rosenstein’s peers believe can be attributed to the rise of social media and the attention-based market that drives it.

. . . . . . . . .

All of which, Williams says, is not only distorting the way we view politics but, over time, may be changing the way we think, making us less rational and more impulsive. “We’ve habituated ourselves into a perpetual cognitive style of outrage, by internalising the dynamics of the medium,” he says.


It is against this political backdrop that Williams argues the fixation in recent years with the surveillance state fictionalised by George Orwell may have been misplaced. It was another English science fiction writer, Aldous Huxley, who provided the more prescient observation when he warned that Orwellian-style coercion was less of a threat to democracy than the more subtle power of psychological manipulation, and “man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions”.

Since the US election, Williams has explored another dimension to today’s brave new world. If the attention economy erodes our ability to remember, to reason, to make decisions for ourselves – faculties that are essential to self-governance – what hope is there for democracy itself?
405F17  social.media  via:asfaltics 
october 2017
I asked Tinder for my data. It sent me 800 pages of my deepest, darkest secrets | Technology | The Guardian
I asked Tinder for my data. It sent me 800 pages of my deepest, darkest secrets
The dating app knows me better than I do, but these reams of intimate information are just the tip of the iceberg. What if my data is hacked – or sold?

Judith Duportail. The Guardian. 26 September 2017
405F17  social.media  via:asfaltics 
october 2017
'It's really shocking': UK cities refusing to reveal extent of pseudo-public space | Cities | The Guardian
Jack Shenker. The Guardian. 26 September 2017

'It's really shocking': UK cities refusing to reveal extent of pseudo-public space
City administrations in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow and seven others decline to outline the spread of privately owned public areas, or their secret prohibitions – which may include protesting or taking photos
405F17  public.private  via:asfaltics 
october 2017
The Giveaway Artist / The stealth artist hides images all over the city
Alex Vadukul. NYTimes. September 28 (online) October 1 (print), 2017

The Giveaway Artist
For more than a decade, the photographer Fred
Cray has been hiding his “Unique Photographs” —
more than 30,000 so far — all over New York City.


(much) better images at this link (than in the print version)
Fred.Cray  photography  via:asfaltics 
october 2017
ninety percent of the job | sara hendren
There’s fifty of us, mostly architects, and it’s interesting to look around the room. They are asking us to do research, to go out and speak to people, and to devise new mechanisms that the city government can implement. These might be policy changes or specific projects which can be set in motion. What they are absolutely not asking us to do is design anything.
abler  sara.hendren  Rory.Hyde  via:asfaltics 
october 2017
Mourn the Las Vegas shooting, we're told. But don't ask why it happened | Richard Wolffe | Opinion | The Guardian
Mourn the Las Vegas shooting, we're told. But don't ask why it happened
We don’t stop talking about terrorism after another Isis attack. But many want the gun control debate to be a taboo after a mass shooting

Richard Wolffe. The Guardian. 3 October 2017
405F17  LV  via:asfaltics 
october 2017
Gattaca - Wikipedia
Gattaca is a 1997 American science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It stars Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, with Jude Law, Loren Dean, Ernest Borgnine, Gore Vidal, and Alan Arkin appearing in supporting roles.[2] The film presents a biopunk vision of a future society driven by eugenics where potential children are conceived through genetic manipulation to ensure they possess the best hereditary traits of their parents.[3] The film centers on Vincent Freeman, played by Hawke, who was conceived outside the eugenics program and struggles to overcome genetic discrimination to realize his dream of traveling into space.
405F17  eugenics  via:asfaltics 
october 2017
Exquisite corpse - Wikipedia
for Morgan. re: drawings.
suggested by Coral.
405F17  via:asfaltics 
october 2017
TypoGrAphiC is a Mutating Font Based on Genetic Coding | | Eye on Design
Name: TypoGrAphiC
Designer: Dev Ethan Valladares
Foundry: Self-published; available for free
Release Date: June 2017

Back Story: Unlike most typefaces, TypoGrAphiC grew from an undergraduate assignment for a biology course. Mumbai-based graphic designer and typographer Valladares decided to start with the biggest possible questions: what is the meaning of life, and how did it originate on Earth? His research into DNA and its molecular structure provided some inspiration.
typography  dna  via:asfaltics 
october 2017
Sandy Hook mom: 'For Christ's sake, why be so defeatist?' | US news | The Guardian
Sandy Hook mom: 'For Christ's sake, why be so defeatist?'
America’s gun debate itself is the problem, says Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan, six, died in the 2012 school shooting. There’s much more to change than gun laws

Lois Beckett. The Guardian. 4 October 2017
405F17  gun.control  via:asfaltics 
october 2017
Growing social media backlash among young people, survey shows | Media | The Guardian
Growing social media backlash among young people, survey shows
Almost two-thirds of pupils say they would not care if the technology did not exist and talk of negative impact on wellbeing

The Guardian. 5 October 2017
405F17  social.media  via:asfaltics 
october 2017
British people think they know America – but the gun control debate shows how little we do | Suzanne Moore | Opinion | The Guardian
British people think they know America – but the gun control debate shows how little we do
I went to live in the US because it seemed to offer everything I knew and more. But attitudes to weapons made me realise how different our cultures are

Suzanne Moore. The Guardian. 4 October 2017
405F17  gun.control  via:asfaltics 
october 2017
Massachusetts Institute of Technology invites academe to collaborate on future of libraries
A ‘Moon Shot’ for Libraries
Massachusetts Institute of Technology issues an invitation to publishers, researchers and universities to collaborate on a vision for the future of libraries.

Carl Straumsheim
Inside Higher Ed
November 23, 2016
libraries  future.of.the.library 
november 2016
China Shrugs Off the Ties That Bind
Emily Feng and Carlos Tejada. NYTimes. September 22, 2016
405F16  ZF 
september 2016
Ending modern slavery | Thomson Reuters
from NYTimes banner ad, Can data help end modern slavery?
405F16  tb  popular.topics 
september 2016
Xu Bing / 英文方块字书法入门 Square Word Calligraphy Classroom
英文方块字书法入门 Square Word Calligraphy Classroom
Xu.Bing  405F16  lyc 
september 2016
Patagonia’s Philosopher-King - The New Yorker
Wild Man / Patagonia's Philosopher-King
How Yvon Chouinard turned his eco-conscious, anti-corporate ideals into the credo of a successful clothing company.
Nick Paumgarten
Annals of Retail, September 19, 2016 issue


mentions Penguin reissue of Chouinard’s 2005 memoir/manifesto, Let My People Go Surfing.


a bit hagiographic for my taste.
405F16  ew  hagiographies  clothiers 
september 2016
Programming Design Systems
Programming Design Systems

A free digital book that teaches a practical introduction to the new foundations of graphic design. By Rune Madsen.
Rune.Madsen  design.edu  programming  via:asfaltics 
september 2016
STEM To Steam: How Coffee Is Perking Up Engineering Education : The Salt : NPR
Dan Charles. NPR / Food for thought. 8 September 2016

William Ristenpart and Tonya Kuhl, two engineering professors at the University of California, Davis, started discussing ways to give young undergraduates a hands-on introduction to their new discipline. Engineering programs are creating such experiences in order to fight attrition; too many of these so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students have been dropping out after a steady diet of mathematics in the first years of college.

Kuhl "had the idea of taking apart a Mr. Coffee coffeemaker" to study how the designers solved the small-scale engineering challenge of brewing coffee," says Ristenpart. As they talked, it dawned on Ristenpart that every aspect of coffee-making matched a major topic in the chemical engineering curriculum.
STEM  engineering.edu  design.edu 
september 2016
SAIC: Master of Design in Designed Objects
Graduate Studio Programs
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Master of Design (MDes) in Designed Objects provides students with a critical ability to translate compelling ideas into meaningful objects and environments while challenging the boundaries of the field of design itself.

The graduate program in Designed Objects is a two-year, 66-credit, carefully sequenced, course-based curriculum for students who seek immersion in the critical and technical skills specific to the practice of object design. Providing a creative and intellectual context in which the nature and potential of designed things can be closely examined, the MDes in Designed Objects program is focused on the critical and experimental rethinking of the given norms of objects and products. The program encourages deep exploration into the relationships between objects, ideas, users, and contexts. Students are free to pursue commercial, responsible, critical, speculative, or experimental projects, products, and systems.

Defining the Next Designer
The role of the designer is to examine closely and reimagine the entire range of physical things used to facilitate and mediate our daily lives. Borrowing critically from product design, systems design, furniture design, and interaction design, the MDDO program envisions designers as agentive, social citizens who maintain an expansive understanding of the object: product/system, practical/speculative, analog/digital, microscopic/monumental, hand-crafted/industrial, and localized/galactic.
design  designed.objects 
september 2016
A Refutation of The Elements of Typographic Style – re:form – Medium
Sam Potts. September 19, 2014

A Refutation of
The Elements of Typographic Style
& also something of a backdoor defense of creative freedom
typography  405F16  via:asfaltics 
september 2016
Wild and free: inside the home of Sue Dunkley, pop art's forgotten gem
Wild and free: inside the home of Sue Dunkley, pop art's forgotten gem
In her heyday, she was a voracious painter who counted Salman Rushdie and Julie Christie among her fans. As a new retrospective opens, we take a look around the studio of the ‘garrulous hermit’ of the 60s art scene

Sean O'Hagan. The Guardian. 2 September 2016

more at
Sue.Dunkley  painter  via:asfaltics 
september 2016
In the Middle: Keep
J J Cohen. 5 September 2016
ruminations / walkthrough of The Keeper exhibition.

"The Keeper" is story-triggering. The exhibit emphasizes how matter generates narrative -- and how impulse, passion and euphoria meet organization, method, and the slow work of craft and sorting.
exhibitions  J.J.Cohen  things  collecting  via:asfaltics 
september 2016
Agnes Martin
Guggenheim. October 7, 2016 – January 11, 2017
Agnes.Martin  exhibitions  via:asfaltics 
september 2016
Bruce Conner’s Darkness That Defies Authority
Roberta Smith.
NYTimes, June 30 / July 1, 2016

on view through Oct. 2 at the Museum of Modern Art
Bruce.Conner  405F16  tb  via:asfaltics 
september 2016
NVUV Call for Entries Open! | AIGA Boston
The call for entries for the New Voices, Unique Visions exhibition is still open.
The deadline fur submissions is Friday, September 16.

Please encourage any current and recently graduated students to submit their work for display. This is an exhibition held only every other year. This is the first year we're including industrial/product design as a category as well.

The entry form can be found here:

More information about NVUV and the opening reception at Endicott College can be found here:
design.competitions  AIGA  CFE 
september 2016
A Refutation of The Elements of Typographic Style – re:form – Medium
Sam Potts. re:form / Medium. September 19, 2014

A Refutation of
The Elements of Typographic Style
& also something of a backdoor defense of creative freedom
typography  405F16 
september 2016
Gerd Arntz Web Archive / activism
Gerd Arntz (1900-88).
isotype. statistics. activism.
took isotype-like figures/style, applied in social/political critique cartoons of one or a few frames, no words.
Gerd.Arntz  405F16  zf 
september 2016
Collaborate or Die: Design Observer
Adrian Shaughnessy | Essays
Collaborate or Die

Yet it was only when we moved to a project with participants from two other disciplines (in this case vehicle designers and textile designers), that the true benefits of collaborative working emerged. This was because the student discovered that to collaborate with people from different disciplines, with different perspectives and different methodologies, a much higher level of personal reflection was required.
405F16  collaboration  Adrian.Shaughnessy 
september 2016
Sustainable business (redirected from "green business") / wikipedia

Sustainable business, or green business, is an enterprise that has minimal negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy—a business that strives to meet the triple bottom line. Often, sustainable businesses have progressive environmental and human rights policies. In general, business is described as green if it matches the following four criteria:[1]

It incorporates principles of sustainability into each of its business decisions.
It supplies environmentally friendly products or services that replaces demand for nongreen products and/or services.
It is greener than traditional competition.
It has made an enduring commitment to environmental principles in its business operations.
405F16  ew 
august 2016
Karel Martens: Recent Work | P!
Karel Martens: Recent Work
11 September – 30 October 2016

typography  printing  Karel.Martens  exhibitions 
august 2016
The Perpetual Storytelling Apparatus
The Perpetual Storytelling Apparatus...uses technical drawings sourced from patents to create a never-ending story

The Perpetual Storytelling Apparatus is a drawing machine, which uses technical drawings sourced from patents to create a never-ending story. The machine translates the words of a given text into archived patent illustrations. Its program connects word sequences from the text with patent drawings whose descriptions contain the same words. The visual vocabulary consists of over seven million patents stored in government databases, which are linked to one another through twenty- two million reference terms. Links and references to older patents enable the device to establish connections between random patents, forming a kind of subtext. The interweaving of the story with drawings of technical innovations generates new visual correlations and narrative layers

Shannon Mattern RT
patents  poetical.engines  via:asfaltics 
august 2016
Seeing in the dark: blind photographers talk about their work
A new book of work by visually impaired people proves that amazing visual artistry is not the sole preserve of those with perfect vision

Sean O'Hagan. The Guardian/Observer. 20 August 2016
blind  photography  blind.photography  via:asfaltics 
august 2016
Sonia Soberats, Blind Photographer, Uses Light Painting In Scary, Stunning Ways (PHOTOS)
Sonia Soberats, Blind Photographer, Uses Light Painting In Scary, Stunning Ways
Mallika Rao. The Huffington Post. October 5, 2012


After feeling out her subjects’ shape with her hands, she moves deliberately around them holding various light sources (e.g., “flashlights and Christmas lights“), all the while instructing her assistant when to open and close her camera shutter. Her movements determine the look of the image by directing the way the light hits her subjects. The results are otherworldly and often frightening.
blind  blind.photography  via:asfaltics 
august 2016
AIGA Design Educators Community | Safe Words
Safe Words
June 19, 2016 / By Kenneth FitzGerald

How talking about type substitutes for (and distracts from) a wider design discussion. My latest AIGA DEC blog post:
27 June 2016
typography  Kenneth.FitzGerald 
august 2016
[1608.03282] Instagram photos reveal predictive markers of depression
Instagram photos reveal predictive markers of depression

Andrew G. Reece, Christopher M. Danforth
(Submitted on 10 Aug 2016 (v1), last revised 13 Aug 2016 (this version, v2))
Using Instagram data from 166 individuals, we applied machine learning tools to successfully identify markers of depression. Statistical features were computationally extracted from 43,950 participant Instagram photos, using color analysis, metadata components, and algorithmic face detection. Resulting models outperformed general practitioners' average diagnostic success rate for depression. These results held even when the analysis was restricted to posts made before depressed individuals were first diagnosed. Photos posted by depressed individuals were more likely to be bluer, grayer, and darker. Human ratings of photo attributes (happy, sad, etc.) were weaker predictors of depression, and were uncorrelated with computationally-generated features. These findings suggest new avenues for early screening and detection of mental illness.
Comments: 34 pages, 12 figures
Subjects: Social and Information Networks (cs.SI); Physics and Society (physics.soc-ph)
social.media  instagram  depression  via:asfaltics 
august 2016
Alternative Art School Fair | Pioneer Works
The Alternative Art School Fair
November 17-19, 2016

The Alternative Art School Fair presents an introduction to alternative art schools from around the US and the world.

Art education is a reflection of social and cultural evolution; it engages with structures of meaning-making and considers different frameworks for experience. The impetus to create an alternative art school is rooted not only in a desire to create “better” art, but to create the conditions for greater freedom of expression. Often run as free, artist-run initiatives, the values and visions of alternative art schools vary widely in methodology, mission and governance. But even when they are relatively small in scale they provide vital models of cultural critique and experimentation.

The Alternative Art School Fair recognizes that the act of school building is an effort to create institutional structures that are more responsive to cultural evolution. With this in mind the Fair invites the public to engage with these schools at interactive booths alongside a weekend program of presentations and discussions that examine the role of such alternatives.

The reasons for this fair are several:

To provide better visibility for alternative schools and improve access to their programming.
To create opportunities for schools to share experiences and resources for mutual enrichment.
To generate awareness and discussion of their methods among a broader public.
To reflect on the structure and purpose of traditional institutions.
To demystify the process of creating a school.

Criteria :

Calls itself a school.
Engages arts or creative practice education within their programming.
Proposes something unique in terms of methodology, organization, mission, curriculum, final output.
If the school does not call itself an art school, it should propose something that can impact or transform arts education.
Is a space that generates alternative systems and new cultural models.
arts.edu  edu.alt 
august 2016
IDC (MIT) / Design Innovation + Discourse + Making
The International Design Center (IDC) is a multi-disciplinary community of faculty, researchers, students and labs focused on understanding and enhancing the methods, tools, and outcomes of diverse design activities. Currently, the IDC supports researchers from all five schools at MIT and hosts more than a dozen undergraduate and graduate classes.

The IDC space anchors a historically rich and vibrant community of inventors and makers that are both a reflection of MIT and a portal into the larger ecology of Design + Innovation.

It is a multi-million dollar center based both in Singapore and in Cambridge, MA, with academic and industrial partners from around the world.
design.alt  design.edu 
august 2016
Grace Lees-Maffei on Jessica Helfand's Design: The Invention of Desire
Design: The Invention of Desire, by Jessica Helfand
Grace Lees-Maffei on an effort to illuminate ‘the soul’ in design that highlights the potential of interdisciplinary encounters
August 11, 2016. Times Higher Education

good review.
august 2016
More than a third of UK graduates regret attending university | Education | The Guardian
Report finds graduates have just £150 spare each month after living costs and half feel a degree has not helped their life path

[ photo caption ] Universities have dismissed the findings, saying the survey was too narrow, while government figures show degree holders earn more than non-graduates. Photograph:

Patrick Collinson. The Guardian. Education. University Funding. 10 August 2016

More than a third of graduates regret going to university, and half reckon they would have landed their current job without having to study for a degree, according to damning research into the finances of the millennial generation.
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Tag Lines: Design Observer
Adam Harrison Levy. 7 July 2016

Our vital information infrastructure is only pavement deep: as shallow as three feet under the pavement. Just follow the orange lines and you can trace how future cabling will branch from a major road conduit into an office or a building, making the hidden visible. These lines, says Brett Littman, of the Drawing Center "can be read as a palimpsest of the city, having meaning, like graffiti, even though the intention is not artistic." 
In addition to orange, there are two colors of this sidewalk tagging that suggest more imminent threats: yellow (for gas and steam lines) and red (for electrical cables). A former Con Ed spokesman, Chris Olert, calls these spray painted lines by their working name, mark-outs, and says that they are vital to the safety of the city.
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Solving All the Wrong Problems
Allison Arieff. NYTimes SundayReview. 9-10 July 2016

In “Design: The Invention of Desire,” a thoughtful and necessary new book by the designer and theorist Jessica Helfand, the author brings to light an amazing kernel: “hack,” a term so beloved in Silicon Valley that it’s painted on the courtyard of the Facebook campus and is visible from planes flying overhead, is also prison slang for “horse’s ass carrying keys.”

To “hack” is to cut, to gash, to break. It proceeds from the belief that nothing is worth saving, that everything needs fixing. But is that really the case? Are we fixing the right things? Are we breaking the wrong ones? Is it necessary to start from scratch every time?

Empathy, humility, compassion, conscience: These are the key ingredients missing in the pursuit of innovation, Ms. Helfand argues, and in her book she explores design, and by extension innovation, as an intrinsically human discipline — albeit one that seems to have lost its way. Ms. Helfand argues that innovation is now predicated less on creating and more on the undoing of the work of others.

“In this humility-poor environment, the idea of disruption appeals as a kind of subversive provocation,” she writes. “Too many designers think they are innovating when they are merely breaking and entering.”
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august 2016
3D Screw Portrait Allows Blind Man to "See" Himself with His Hands - My Modern Met
3D Screw Portrait Allows Blind Man to "See" Himself with His Hands
Leah Pellegrini. May 16, 2016


Physical contact with precious art tends to be prohibited, but Andrew Myers and Cantor Fine Art are bucking that norm with their new, uniquely meaningful collaboration. Please Touch the Art challenges people to see artwork from more diverse perspectives—even without actually seeing it.

The project's source of inspiration stems from a gallery show about five or six years ago, when Myers watched the way a blind visitor engaged with his 3D sculpted artworks, which are painted on thousands of screws that he drills into canvas at varying depths. After hearing verbal descriptions of the works, the blind stranger reached out to touch the textured renderings with his hands and immediately smiled with understanding, which moved Myers to consider the broader possibilities for multi-sensory engagement with his art.

To recreate that transformative moment, Myers connected with Cantor Fine Art and a blind craftsman named George Wurtzel. Wurtzel works for Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa, California, which teaches blindness skills to the newly visually-impaired.


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august 2016
Lives and limbs: how prosthetics transformed the art world | Art and design | The Guardian
Kathryn Hughes. The Guardian / Art and Design / 15 July 2016
Prosthetics may have offered a practical solution to injury after the first world war but, as a new exhibition shows, these sculptures for the body would also inspire master craftsman from Henry Moore to Charles and Ray Eames

Henry Moore Institute in Leeds

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august 2016
11 video game trends that will change the future of the industry | Technology | The Guardian
11 video game trends that will change the future of the industry
Virtual reality is the hot topic of conversation, but here’s how other trends, from augmented reality to the rejection of ‘crunch’, could change the future of gaming

Jordan Erica Webber and Kat Brewster. The Guardian.Games. 21 July 2016
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august 2016
How I drew a pop art masterpiece for the Beatles – a snip at just £50 | Music | The Guardian
Fifty years on, Klaus Voormann tells the story behind Revolver’s psychedelic cover

Robin Stummer. The Observer / The Guardian. 24 July 2016


“Tomorrow Never Knows was so far away from the early Beatles stuff that even I myself thought, well, the normal kind of Beatles fan won’t want to buy this record,” says Voormann. “But they did.”

Voormann chose to work in pen and black ink, dotted with cut-out portions of photographs of the band members and forming a “waterfall” of imagery.

He says: “When I had finished my work for the cover, [Beatles manager] Brian Epstein was really moved by my design. He said to me: ‘Klaus, what you did is what we really needed. I was scared that the band’s new material wasn’t going to be accepted by their audience, but your cover built that bridge.’”

Voormann adds: “It took me about three weeks to create the cover, but in terms of concentrated work, about a week.” Much of that time was spent with scissors, scalpel and glue, selecting and arranging fragments of photographs within line drawings of the band members.
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august 2016
Violence, Disability, and the Lessons of Sagamihara — Pacific Standard
Violence, Disability, and the Lessons of Sagamihara
The ableist attack on a residential center for people with disabilities highlights the violence that disabled people face around the world — and how far we have to go.
David Perry
Pacific Standard. 26 July 2016
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august 2016
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