“… the pill alters a woman’s sense of smell, which is one of the ways she decides, consciously and unconsciously, which men she is attracted to. When on the pill, she is attracted to men with similar genes, the study revealed. With these men, she is more likely to have a miscarriage or a baby who has a compromised immune system, or suffer from infertility. When she is not on the pill, her nose tells her to choose men who are genetically dissimilar, which increases her chances of producing a healthy child.”
“By tracking the amount of light emitted by Baghdad neighborhoods at night, a team of UCLA geographers has uncovered fresh evidence that last year’s U.S. troop surge in Iraq may not have been as effective at improving security as some U.S. officials have maintained.”
I am not a math person. I do understand data better when it is showed in visual terms. (Actually, designers know this is the best way to look at complex problems too.) This chart is fantastic. Take a couple minutes to study it. It basically shows that roughly half the market capitalization of 29 financial firms was lost from Oct. 2007 to Sept. 12. The entire financial sector went from a peak of 19.1 trillion to 15.1 as well. My only gripe is with the interface. Placing 2008 on top is a little confusing but, I guess necessary.
“It’s a campaign now built on turning everything possible into a cultural wedge issue — including even energy policy, no matter how stupid it makes the voters and no matter how much it might weaken America.
I respected McCain’s willingness to support the troop surge in Iraq, even if it was going to cost him the Republican nomination. Now the same guy, who would not sell his soul to win his party’s nomination, is ready to sell every piece of his soul to win the presidency.”
“Unless we make America the country most able to innovate, compete and win in the age of globalization, our leverage in the world will continue to slowly erode. Those are the issues this election needs to be about, because that is what the next four years need to be about.
There is no strong leader without a strong country. And posing as one, to use the current vernacular, is nothing more than putting lipstick on a pig.”
“Today, we regret to announce our plans to close The PhotoShelter Collection, our stock photography marketplace, effective October 10, 2008.
Going forward, PhotoShelter will focus our energy and resources on enhancing the PhotoShelter Personal Archive our original product that today provides thousands of photographers worldwide with bulletproof backup storage and robust ecommerce capabilities for managing image sales online. We will continue our commitment to developing new ways to use technology to advance the art and business of photography.”
Toto, I’ve Got a Feeling We’re Not Kansas Anymore… Meredith Davis
"Design education continues to inadvertantly distance itself from the profession it is intended to support, and upon graduation, students are finding themselves thrust into a nearly unrecognizable environment. These students have been succesfully trained, but trained in an almost different cultural paradigm than the one they are to now support and ultimately lead. In this cover story, Meredith Davis, Director of Graduate Programs at NC State University’s College of Design, challenges five assumptions that have become the defacto standard for design education:
Students learn best through experiences that move from simple to complex
Individual performance and control of outcomes are among the highest priorities
The computer is an extension of traditional tools and media
Underlying principles of “good design” are universal
Graduate education in design should follow the model of the fine arts and be about refining visual skills”
“The Thoughts on Democracy exhibition is comprised of posters created by 60 leading contemporary artists and designers, invited by The Wolfsonian to create a new graphic design inspired by American illustrator Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” posters of 1943”