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WEEKLY EMAIL: AUGUST 05, 2010


Two Rupees Worth

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MEENA KADRI

Two Rupees Worth

Signaling a strengthening economy, India's currency joins the likes of the euro, British pound, US dollar and Japanese yen in having a unique identity.
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ADRIAN SHAUGHNESSY

Publishing in the Age of the Internet

It is routine to hear tutors and studio heads bemoaning the amount of time students and designers spend gorging on the numberless websites and blogs devoted to the visual archaeology of graphic design. If you dig deep enough online, you can pretty much guarantee to find every significant piece of graphic design ever made. If it's not on Flickr, ffffound, Grain Edit, or one of a thousand other sites, it soon will be.
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LIZA KIRWIN

Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories and Collected Thoughts

The Archives of American Art counts hundreds of thousands of lists in its collections, including to-do lists, membership lists, lists of paintings sold, lists of books to read, lists of appointments made and met, lists of supplies to get and places to see, and lists of people who are "in." Such common lists are firsthand accounts of our cultural history.
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STEVEN HELLER

Do You Copy? The Visuals of Ham Radio

As a teen I claimed I was a ham. I lied.
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ALEXANDRA LANGE AND MARK LAMSTER

Lunch with the Critics: The New Lincoln Center

Herewith we introduce a new feature on Design Observer, "Lunch with the Critics," in which Alexandra Lange and Mark Lamster will visit a noteworthy design project (a building, an exhibition, a what-have-you) and discuss its merits over a light meal.

The series begins with the major renovation work at Lincoln Center undertaken by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DSR).
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MICHAEL BIERUT

Jerry Della Femina, Mad Men, and the Cult of Advertising Personality

Jerry Della Femina's 1970 memoir, From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front Line Dispatches from the Advertising War, has been invoked as a "key text" for the AMC series Mad Men. After forty years, it's being rereleased in time for the start of the show's fourth season. How did a wisecracking kid from Gravesend, Brooklyn, come to define an era of American business that has a hold on the public imagination like ever before?
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ERIC BAKER

Today, 07.23.10

Each morning, before starting work, I spend 30 minutes looking for images that are beautiful, funny, absurd and inspiring. Here's TODAY.
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WILLIAM H. HELFAND

Ridendo

For many years, pharmaceutical companies directed their efforts solely to professionals, calling themselves "ethical" for doing so. A chief medium for reaching physicians was the privately-circulated journal, which thrived on a mailing list comprised of potential prescribers. None typified this more than Ridendo, a magazine distributed to French physicians from the 1930s into the 70s, with more than 440 issues published over the course of its 44-year reign.
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"Visiting the Library in a Strange City"

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