Posts Tagged ‘logos

16
Jan
12

1.16.2012 … It’s strange that so many businesses do not take MLK Day as a holiday. I had a doctor’s appointment, and the staff was not happy to be there … Blue Monday? How’s it going for you?

MLK Day:  It’s strange that so many businesses do not take MLK Day as a holiday. I had a doctor’s appointment, and the staff was not happy to be there.

Blue Monday:

January is a depressing time for many. The weather’s awful, you get less daylight than a stunted dandelion and your body is struggling to cope with the withdrawal of the depression-alleviating calorific foods, such as chocolate, of the hedonistic festive period. January is one long post-Christmas hangover.

So there are many reasons why someone may feel particularly “down” during January. But every year, much of the media become fixated on a specific day – the third Monday in January – as the most depressing of the year. It has become known as Blue Monday.

This silly claim comes from a ludicrous equation that calculates “debt”, “motivation”, “weather”, “need to take action” and other arbitrary variables that are impossible to quantify and largely incompatible.

True clinical depression (as opposed to a post-Christmas slump) is a far more complex condition that is affected by many factors, chronic and temporary, internal and external. What is extremely unlikely (i.e. impossible) is that there is a reliable set of external factors that cause depression in an entire population at the same time every year.

But that doesn’t stop the equation from popping up every year. Its creator, Dr Cliff Arnall, devised it for a travel firm. He has since admitted that it is meaningless (without actually saying it’s wrong).

via Blue Monday: a depressing day of pseudoscience and humiliation | Science | guardian.co.uk.

networks, knowledge organization:

Manuel Lima, founder of data visualization portal Visual Complexity, author of the indispensable information visualization bible of the same name, and one of the most intelligent people I know, recently gave an excellent talk on the power of networks at the RSA. Using examples that span from the Dewey Decimal System to Wikipedia, Manuel explores the evolving organization of knowledge and information, and the shift from hierarchical structures to distributed lateral networks.

via Manuel Lima on the Power of Knowledge Networks in the Age of Infinite Connectivity | Brain Pickings.

logos, icons:

We often don’t really look at great logos — we just see them and know exactly what they mean, like the shape of a letter or a familiar word that our brains can process so quickly it seems as if it goes straight from image to understanding. Some logos are so ubiquitous that we would never think twice about what they mean or how they came to be, so when we came across this great little video about the PBS logo we decided to take a closer look at some iconic brand markers. Click through to read the stories behind a few of our favorite logos, and perhaps you will look at them a bit more closely in the future.

via Flavorwire » The Stories Behind Great Iconic Logos.

The Genographic Project:

The Genographic Project is seeking to chart new knowledge about the migratory history of the human species by using sophisticated laboratory and computer analysis of DNA contributed by hundreds of thousands of people from around the world. In this unprecedented and of real-time research effort, the Genographic Project is closing the gaps of what science knows today about humankind’s ancient migration stories.

via The Genographic Project – Human Migration, Population Genetics, Maps, DNA – National Geographic.

online shopping, the Little Guy:  GUILTY …

Giant e-commerce companies like Amazon are acting increasingly like their big-box brethren as they extinguish small competitors with discounted prices, free shipping and easy-to-use apps. Big online retailers had a 19 percent jump in revenue over the holidays versus 2010, while at smaller online retailers growth was just 7 percent.

The little sites are fighting back with some tactics of their own, like preventing price comparisons or offering freebies that an anonymous large site can’t. And in a new twist, they are also exploiting the sympathies of shoppers like Dr. Pollack by encouraging customers to think of them as the digital version of a mom-and-pop shop facing off against Walmart: If you can’t shop close to home, at least shop small.

via Online Shoppers Are Rooting for the Little Guy – NYTimes.com.

South Africa, car guards/valet/hustler, informal economy:  Very noticeable in South Africa and makes Americans very uneasy … you really wonder if you don’t “pay up” then you will be robbed.

At sporting events and concerts, shopping malls and pub crawls, they are a ubiquitous breed: self-appointed car guards who direct drivers into parking spaces and ask for money in exchange for watching the vehicles while the drivers are gone.

The car guards are part of South Africa’s informal economy, which provides work for about 2.1 million people, more than 16 percent of the labor force, a crucial sector in a country where the official unemployment rate is 25 percent. The informal economy includes windshield washers and prostitutes, peddlers of squishy balls and exfoliators, people who cannot find official jobs as well as people who do not want them.

But car guarding, which requires little overhead and whose success depends largely on energetic enterprise, has proved a strong draw for young men with little prospect of a formal job. Offering a semblance of security in a crime-racked city, the entrepreneurs have found a ready market and a decent, tax-free income.

via South African Car Guards, Part Valet, Part Hustler – NYTimes.com.

03
May
11

5.3.2011 … last regular BSF class … 11 years … very sad to have it end ….

BSF:  After 11 years in BSF, 8 studies (Isaiah, Acts of the Apostles, Genesis, Matthew, The Life of Moses, Romans, History of Israel and the Minor Prophets, John), 3 studies taken twice (Matthew, Moses and John), 4 teaching  leaders, 7 discussion leaders, 4 years as a discussion leader …. it has become part of the rhythm of my life.  Thank you Bible Study Fellowship for a great curriculum and for the commitment of all the volunteers to spread the Word.  I am forever grateful.

Morehaead-Cain Scholarship, UNC, Myers Park HS, Charlotte, kudos:  Kudos to all the winners and special kudos to our local winner Emily Auerbach.

Six high school seniors from the Charlotte region will join 46 others from around the world to study at UNC-Chapel Hill over the next four years on the prestigious Morehead-Cain scholarship.

The Morehead-Cain, founded in 1945, is among the nation’s most competitive merit scholarship programs, paying all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at Chapel Hill. Scholars also receive a laptop, and are provided four summer enrichment opportunities.

The value: $90,000 for in-state students; $170,000 for out-of-staters.

Thirty-four of the 52 scholars are from North Carolina. Six are international students: three from Great Britain, three from Canada.

Emily June Auerbach, Myers Park High in Charlotte. She is the daughter of Carol and Craig Auerbach of Charlotte.

Osama bin Laden, death, War on Terror: Very interesting way to look it …

President Obama’s announcement Sunday night about Osama bin Laden’s death produced an outpouring of reaction. But has the killing of the most wanted man in terrorism made the world safer? Was his death significant in our war against terror? And do you have a negative or positive view of this event?

via Death of Osama Bin Laden: How Significant a Moment? – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com.

design, taxis, yellow cabs, NYC, random:

New York City’s next yellow cab will be a Nissan.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that the Japanese automaker had won his administration’s Taxi of Tomorrow competition, which gives the it the exclusive right to provide the city’s 13,000 yellow taxis.

via Nissan Beats Out Ford, Karsan to Make New York City’s Next Yellow Taxi – Metropolis – WSJ.

design, marketing, logos:  What’s your favorite?

As part of the research for our Top 20 logos issue, we asked various designers and writers to nominate their favourites. We thought you’d like to see all of their choices and the reasons behind them. Here is the final batch of choices

via Creative Review – Favourite logos: our expert panel pt2.

17
Nov
10

‎11.17.2010 … the view out my windows is markedly different today … the leaves are gone from the trees and cover the ground …. it is amazing what a little wind and rain can do …

history, technology: fun

An animated look at a thousand years of European history through changes in the political map. Pity it’s cropped and doesn’t indicate the years. Thanks to Heather Kinsinger for the link.

via The Map Room: Ten Centuries in Five Minutes.

education, design:  All this space and thought about space … we had 4 rows of 6 or 7 desks … are kids getting a better education?

Slate picked the winner in its Hive contest to design the classroom of the future. Choosing from among 350 entries, it went with a sprawling mega-room with indoor and outdoor components that emphasizes “connection” and was proposed by Seattle-based architects Greg Stack and Natalie Nesmeainova.

via Slate’s Classroom of the Future – Education – GOOD.

design, NYC:  I vote for this one …

GOOD Design Daily: Finalists for New York’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” – Transportation – GOOD.

fads, food: So cupcakes have gone too far … and now we are going to ruin pie.

Pie had been lurking below the radar in recent years: taking cover during the ice cream trend, perhaps waiting to see which way the macaron tide would turn. (For proof that the cupcake craze has gone too far, consider the new turkey cranberry cupcake with gravy in the batter from Yummy Cupcakes in Los Angeles.)

Suddenly, New York and San Francisco are national centers of pie innovation. In Brooklyn, a pair of sisters from South Dakota are integrating sea salt and caramel into their apple pie and inventing aromatic fillings like cranberry-sage and pear-rosewater. In the East Village, at Momofuku Milk Bar, the pastry chef, Christina Tosi, has transferred the buttery, caramelized flavors of apple pie into a layer cake, with apple filling between the layers and crumbs of pie crust in the frosting.

via Innovative Pies From a New Generation of Bakers – NYTimes.com.

food:  I must be hungry today … because these look really good.

I knew that I wanted to include a hint of sea salt in my caramels. It really balances the sweetness and intensifies the butter taste. But I also wanted to flavor them with something else—something seasonal and unique. Maple syrup fit the bill. A generous half cup infused my caramels with pure, sweet, fall flavor. Each bite is salty, chewy, and full of maple sugar.

via Edible DIY: Maple Syrup Caramels | Serious Eats.

politics, Oh_please!:  I don’t like Rahm Emmanuel.

In a new book, Rahm claims he privately argued to Obama that he shouldn’t pursue bipartisan support for health reform, because it would take too much time, instead insisting that the lesson of Clinton’s failure to pass reform was that it was imperative to put a premium on getting it done quickly. That cuts strongly against the image of Rahm as the chief internal advocate of the White House’s strategy of deal-making and accommodation with Republicans.

via The Plum Line – Rahm: I never believed in bipartisanship.

gLee, tv: It was fun to watch …

In the episode titled ‘The Substitute,’ the Oscar-winning actress will play substitute teacher Holly Holiday who fills in for glee coach Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), while he is out sick. Rumor has it there may also be a romance between Holly and Will.

“I’m very excited,” Gwyneth tells The Boot of her guest-starring ‘Glee’ role. “It was a great, great experience. I loved all the people. It was the most ridiculous character. I play this crazy substitute teacher, and it was great. I was so lucky to get that role.”

via Gwyneth Paltrow Is Filled With ‘Glee’ – The Boot.

technology, education, learning, history: very interesting …

Members of a new generation of digitally savvy humanists argue it is time to stop looking for inspiration in the next political or philosophical “ism” and start exploring how technology is changing our understanding of the liberal arts. This latest frontier is about method, they say, using powerful technologies and vast stores of digitized materials that previous humanities scholars did not have.

via Humanities Scholars Embrace Digital Technology – NYTimes.com.

twitter, RIP, learned something new: … RIP, telegrams.

@HartHanson

Hart Hanson

I have just been informed by @squarechicken that “telegrams” no longer exist. STOP.

via Twitter / Home.

culture, history, products: Thank you, 3M, for 30 great years. How Post-it Notes Have Stuck to Our Culture and History – Newsweek.

Apple:  I hate to say this, but I did not know the Beatles were not on iTunes.

Steve Jobs is nearing the end of his long and winding pursuit of the Beatles catalog.

via Apple Gets Rights to Sell Digital Beatles Music – WSJ.com.

business, design, logos: New term for me … social brand platform.

Simply put, no one really cares about the logo anymore. Today, people are more interested in what a brand can do for them. Great brands are discovering that logos or advertisements are losing relevance, and instead put their efforts into creating social brand platforms that invite participation and create value in authentic and relevant ways. The real reason the Gap logo failed was that it wasn’t backed by any of this; the same goes for Tropicana and the rest.

Social brand platforms require a new way of thinking: a cross between advertising, branding and design. In contrast to static logos and corporate identities where the focus is on control and consistency, social brand platforms have five key characteristics: they’re useful, social, living, layered and curated.

Living

With rare exceptions (notably MTV and Google), logos are static. But social brand platforms are living experiences that take place over time and increase in value as more people participate. The Apple and Android app stores become more valuable as the crowd contributes to these platforms.

via The Real Lesson of the Gap Debacle: Logos Aren’t Key Anymore | Co.Design.

 




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