Visualizing Global Dying

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Milton Glaser’s new climate change logo

Milton Glaser’s new logo is meant to change how people perceive climate change. As Glaser observes, the phrase “global warming” sounds comforting and non-threatening. He wants us to consider the more ominous words, “global dying,” which many feel is much more accurate about the state of our planet.

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A “not so subtle” controversy

If you got a chance to see the recent Kara Walker exhibit in an abandoned Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, you may have found yourself on one side or the other of a heated debate about art and racism.

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Design and Violence

Paola Antonelli, senior curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA, begins her talk at the DLD Conference about Design and Violence by discussing how contrary to what many designers want to hear, design can be used not only for good, but for evil. 

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Monetizing Memorials

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The 9/11 Museum opened last week in Manhattan amid a storm of controversy. Designed to remember the horrors of 9/11, many feel the steep $24 admission fee, along with the crass commercialism of the gift shop, has gone too far.

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Mad men (and women), how do they fare today?

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AMC TV’s MAD MEN Final Season Poster Designed by Milton Glaser

If you haven’t seen the poster design for the final season of Mad Men by Milton Glaser yet, I’m sure you will consider it a treat. The poster not only references Glaser’s signature Bob Dylan poster, but also loops back to Glaser’s career with Push Pin Studios, one of the biggest New York design firms to serve the advertising world during the real Mad Men era. Glaser was a founding member of Push Pin Studios along with Seymour Chwast, Edward Sorel, and Reynold Ruffins. Together, they helped shape, define, and set the direction of modern visual style.

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Celebrating “The Boss”

This Google doodle for International Women’s Day shows how women around the globe are being celebrated all month long for Women’s History Month. There are also a number of efforts underway to not only celebrate women, but to empower them.

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Coca-cola: Ingredients vs. Aspirations

Was anyone else as conflicted about Coke’s Superbowl ad as I was? I want to applaud them for representing America as the land of diversity that it truly is. I want to stand behind them and boo the right-wing conservatives who hated it. But I also want to know when their ingredients and practices will measure up to the aspirations of their advertising.

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A great big club with spikes

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Earth Heart Poster: Our Good Earth Can We Save it? by Takayuki Kuribayashi

In a video interview with Hillman Curtis, graphic designer James Victore likens graphic design to a great big club with spikes on it, best used to hit people over the head with.

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Affluenza or alcohol advertising?

ciroc e1386908600804 Affluenza or alcohol advertising?Many are outraged at the ten year probation sentence that sixteen-year-old Ethan Couch received for killing four pedestrians while driving drunk. Couch’s legal team introduced the nation to the “affluenza defense,” citing too much money and parental indulgence as the cause of his behavior.

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Should Beauty Trump Authenticity?

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Photograph by Jimmy Nelson

Stunning photographs of disappearing tribes from Jimmy Nelson’s new book, Before They Pass Away, have been circulating recently online. 

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