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WEEKLY EMAIL: OCTOBER 14, 2010


Graphic Intervention

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JAMES LAPIDES

Graphic Intervention

Posters are a way of remembering those who have died due to AIDS — a graphic quilt of a different kind. The poster itself once again should be celebrated for its central role in promoting awareness, saving lives, raising donations, influencing the public debate and speaking out in the face of this terrifying global disease.
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WILLIAM DRENTTEL AND JESSICA HELFAND

An Introduction to Graphic Design

Broadly defined, graphic designers (sometimes referred to as “communication designers”) are the visual ambassadors of ideas: their role is to translate, communicate — and occasionally even agitate — by rendering thinking as form, process and experience. Here is an introduction or short primer to this specialized zone of design — a fifteen-minute Graphic Design 101.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 10.10.10

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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LEONARD KOREN

Which "Aesthetics" Do You Mean?

If you have this book in your hands, you’re most likely a creator or culture worker who, on any number of occasions, has been seized by the desire to wrestle the terms “aesthetic” and “aesthetics” to the ground and strip them of their pretensions. This has probably occurred when you’ve heard or read “aesthetic” or “aesthetics” used in some vague or ambiguous way whose main purpose, it seemed, was to fill semantic dead space, as in I really like his uh, uh, ummm, aesthetics.
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AIGA AND WINTERHOUSE INSTITUTE

AIGA Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing: 2010 Recipients

Two writers have been selected to receive the fifth annual AIGA Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing & Criticism — including a $10,000 prize and a $1,000 student award. Winning topics include Southern California-inspired architecture in China, dormitory design, 9/11 and Lady Gaga.
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MICHAEL ERARD

It's the 16th Ed. of the Chicago Manual of Style and I Feel Fine

The one book you'll find on the shelves of writers, editors, and publishers, The Chicago Manual of Style used to be a bible of the bibliocentric universe, with its slugs and leads, quads and ems, versos and rectos, compositors and copyreaders. I write "used to be," because all that's changed now.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 10.03.10

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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STEPHEN VINCENT BENéT

"Metropolitan Nightmare"

It rained a lot that spring. You woke in the morning
And saw the sky still clouded, the streets still wet,
But nobody noticed so much, except the taxis
And the people who parade. You don't, in a city.
The parks got very green. All the trees were green
Far into July and August, heavy with leaf,
Heavy with leaf and the long roots boring and spreading,
But nobody noticed that but the city gardeners
And they don't talk.
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"The Coloring Book" (2006)

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