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by Maria Popova Lost owls, found cats, and how contemporary art is helping sick children heal. Last week, we spotlighted the year’s best books in Business, Life & Mind and Art, Design & Photography , as part of our end-of-year best-of series .
Published 1998 Technologies have a life cycle, says Donald Norman, and companies and their products must change as they pass from youth to maturity. Alas, the computer industry thinks it is still in its rebellious teenage years, exulting in technical complexity. Customers want change.
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As great as technology is, when it comes to finding the time to completely immerse yourself in your work, let’s face it – the same technology we depend on can just as quickly turn into a major hindrance. Being a web designer, the very nature of my job requires that I spend the majority of my workday online – which makes it that much more important that I take extra care not to get easily sidetracked. While the suggestions below are mostly common sense, and quite frankly nothing you probably haven’t already heard, sometimes you need a bit of a reminder – myself included! These are all tried and true tricks that work, as long as you commit yourself to sticking to them. View Post … <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
During his recent visit to Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, Roger Hodge, the former editor of Harper’s , delivered a talk on the paperless future of long-form journalism, which can be viewed here . Given our interest and investment in the prospects for writing and reading online, and our efforts to adapt the magazine format for the Web, we thought it worth our attention. Hodge’s speech, “Decline and Fall,” begins with a caveat: “It’s a requirement of anyone who’s in the magazine industry, especially as an editor, that you be upbeat about the prospects of magazines.” Since his unceremonious dismissal from Harper’s in January, that proviso no longer applies to Hodge, and so he proceeds to run through the numbers: Harper’s circulation is down 7.2%; the sector as a whole is down 35%; TV Guide was sold in 2008…for $1. His verdict: “It is baaad out there." Saying as much no longer makes one an apostate, of course.
Mitchell's flawless textual architectures are underappreciated, I think: this is a book whose sentences are as deliberate as the narrative, all of which serves the resonance of single haiku-like moments and the unfolding of human relationships. This consistency that replaces the formal loop-de-loops of early books is harder to do and more thrilling. William Davies King University Of Chicago Press, 2009 This excruciatingly honest and painful autobiographical account of one man's life as an obsessed collector of "nothing" (food labels, envelopes, etc.) is like a wine tasting with Hannibal Lecter — maybe this is all just honey he's using to collect you, the reader. [An excerpt of this book previously appeared on Design Observer. Read here .]
For the first 9 years of her life, Judith Schalansky grew up behind the Iron Curtain, in East Germany. "East Germans," she writes, "could not travel, only the Olympic team were allowed beyond our borders." Nonetheless, after watching a documentary about the Galapagos Islands at the age of 8, she would spend hours with her head buried in an atlas, voyaging around the world in her imagination.
ASKED what he specialised in, Daniel Bell replied: “generalisations”. Mr Bell lived a varied life. He grew up in New York City, so poor that he sometimes had to scavenge for food.