“In Owen’s case, his grandmother bought him a $600 iPad in August, and his parents have invested about $200 more in software. One day this summer, his finger dangled over the title page of “Alice in Wonderland” on his iPad while his mother hovered over his shoulder in their Brooklyn home. Then, with the tiniest of movements, and thanks to the sensitivity of the iPad’s touch screen, Owen began to turn the pages of the book. “You are reading a book on your own, Owen!” Ms. Goldstein, 44, exclaimed. “That is completely wonderful.”
“To non-photographers, Leica, more than any other manufacturer, is a legend with a hint of scam: suckers paying through the nose for a name, in a doomed attempt to crank up the credibility of a picture they were going to take anyway, just as weekend golfers splash out on a Callaway Big Bertha in a bid to convince themselves that, with a little more whippiness in their shaft, they will swell into Tiger Woods. To unrepentant aesthetes, on the other hand, there is something demeaning in the idea of Leica. Talent will out, they say, whatever the tools that lie to hand, and in a sense they are right: Woods would destroy us with a single rusty five-iron found at the back of a garage, and Cartier-Bresson could have picked up a Box Brownie and done more with a roll of film—summoning his usual miracles of poise and surprise—than the rest of us would manage with a lifetime of Leicas.”
Walmart sees that Africa is an important future market. I wonder why so many other U.S. companies do not consider Africa at all? “Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy will expand 5.5 percent next year, 2 1/2 times faster than developed countries, according to the International Monetary Fund.”
“Thanks in part to subsidies by the German government, solar installations have been spreading like wildfire. UPI reports that between eight and 10 gigawatts of solar capacity, which is equivalent to about 10 coal-fired power plants, are expected to be installed this year alone.”
Really stupid rule that could go into effect in 2012.
“What does it mean?
It means that you’d better be ready to track your spending by vendor, and have an easy way of tallying up whether that spending totals more than $600 per year. A business that spends $20 a week on pizza for its employees, for example, would spend a total of $1,040 a yea r— and would need to file a 1099 form to that local pizzeria.”
For designers, photographers, illustrators, and other small entities and small businesses they purchase from in the U.S., this is not good news.
Here’s a link on how to let the IRS know this is not a good idea.
“Graphic design is a process of integrating analytical and lateral thinking to visualize complex ideas and systems, which transform information into understanding and create structured contextual interfaces that generate meaningful user experiences.”—
Frank Arrmstrong posted this on his Facebook. It’s a good one but, I added the following:
It’s a start but, I’m a modernist and this is too dry for me. Design function, experience, etc. is much more complex and gives much more than just “structured contextual interfaces”. That engineering like approach is obviously why design is no longer a fine art (and probably never was) but at the same time, most designers don’t actually work that way (entirely) and there are advantages to not always arriving at structured contextual interfaces as solutions to design problems. No matter how perfect those interfaces might seem. The definition needs some subjective human aspect to it. People and cultural conventions on the macro and micro level are messy, unreliable, unpredictable, and make unpredictable decisions. To suggest that design can control any of that reliably, or even offer structured contextual interfaces as an experience for a “user” (who is that anyway?) can’t be entirely right. I think finding the ultimate definition is inherently too dynamic (there’s a kind of quantum physics at work: define one thing and the other thing you are not defining changes or changes the thing you are defining…) and the “user” is ever changing, making a true definition impossible. But even I keep trying.
Want to see if your doctor is paid for consulting or speaking for drug companies? Find out here.
Sure enough, the doctor who foisted a bunch of samples on me, is the only one of my doctors who got a very small speaking fee. OK, that seems fine. But some other doctors (not mine) got hundreds of thousands in honorarium, consulting, and speaking fees. They all do it: GSK, Cephalon, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, etc. many millions if not billions paid out.
What does this have to do with design? Here in the U.S. it is very frustrating to find a doctor in your health plan. Some states have shortages of doctors or not enough. Urban areas just have too few doctors. The economics of health care in the U.S. are “designed” all wrong. These speaking fees are paid for by Americans who pay much more for drugs. Picking one randomly, a doctor in Moosic, PA got 32,310 dollars from AstraZeneca for speaking . That is what many people make in a year in the U.S.
Let’s hope the elections don’t turn what little progress that has been made in reverse.
“One of the challenges of understanding Steve Jobs is that he that his is a different operating system from mere mortals. So a mere mortal trying to understand what goes on in Steve’s brain would be like trying to explain to a fish what it is to fly.”—Guy Kawasaki on a Bloomberg documentary about Jobs.
“Johnson says that’s what makes coffeehouse innovations so much more impactful than market-driven inventions.
“If you look at the long view, the good ideas that underlie most of the great changes in our society — that have driven progress — more often than not actually have roots in the open kind of information commons of the university or the British coffeehouse. …In those environments, ideas are free to connect with each other and build on top of each other,” he says. “That remixing is really where great ideas happen.”
“…no one’s going to actually die if they don’t see the latest episode of “30 Rock.” And within media, as the magazine publishers in the room were well aware, mushrooming options mean you’ve got to serve consumers or lose them. It’s no sure thing that a young person’s going to watch “The Amazing Race” instead of visiting Facebook. “Content is discretionary, so you better focus on convenience,”…”—