visual design

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow

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I ain’t got no money, I ain’t like those other guys you hang around

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{ DNA tests prove your close friends are probably distant relatives }

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I hope she loves you in all the ways i never could

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Same blue serge dress she had two years ago, the nap bleaching

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{ During the 1950s, with vinyl scarce, Russians began recording rock ‘n’ roll, jazz and boogie woogie on used X-rays that they gathered from hospitals and doctors’ offices. | NPR | full story }

‘The meaning lies in the appropriation.’ ―Kierkegaard

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Paul Ingrisano, a pirate living in Brooklyn New York, filed a trademark under “Pi Productions” for a logo which consists of this freely available version of the pi symbol π from the Wikimedia website combined with a period (full stop). The conditions of the trademark specifically state that the trademark includes a period.

The trademark was granted in January 2014 and Ingrisano has recently made trademark infringement claims against a massive range of pi-related designs on print-on-demand websites including Zazzle and Cafepress.

Surprisingly, Zazzle accepted his claim and removed thousands of clothing products using this design.

{ Jez Kemp | Continue reading }

‘God created war so that Americans would learn geography.’ —Mark Twain

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Behind the scenes of the NY redesign

That includes using Github instead of SVN for version control, Vagrant environments, Puppet deployment, using requireJS so five different versions of jQuery don’t get loaded, proper build/test frameworks, command-line tools for generating sprites, the use of LESS with a huge set of mixins, a custom grid framework, etc.

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THIS IS WHO I AM NOW, OKAY?

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Why were old scientific instruments put together with an apparent wish to make them beautiful, and not just coldly functional?

First, there is obviously a selection effect at work here of the kind that all historians and curators are familiar with. What tends to get preserved is not a representative cross-section of what is around at any time, but rather, what is deemed to be worth preserving. […]

Second, there were of course no specialized scientific-instrument manufacturers in the early modern period. When investigators like Galileo and Boyle wanted something made that they could not make themselves, they would go to metalsmiths, carpenters, potters and the like, who inevitably would have brought their own craft aesthetic to the objects they made.

[Third,] they were catering to a particular clientele that their products reflected. Reeve was making microscopes and so forth for the wealthy dilettantes. […] Scientific instruments were used to delight and entertain their noble patrons. […] For such a display, it was important that a device be impressive to look at.

{ Philip Ball | Continue reading }

Cocaine and its consequences

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{ Scientific Illustrations | more }

The bags under my eyes right now are reaaaal

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{ Why the Trix Rabbit Looks Down on You | FiveThirtyEight | full story }

Kurtz: [intercepted radio message] I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor

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{ Traditional rug-making techniques meet contemporary political imagery | full story }

why the fuck is my ex texting me omfg go away

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{ Oscar Pistorius’s account of events on the night that Reeva Steenkamp died }

Your fear of capture and imprisonment is from millions of years ago

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{ 29-year-old Akari Aoki slowly creeps down the streets of Tokyo in her zombie persona | slideshow }