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Observatory By Manuela AguirreDesign for Care: Innovating Healthcare Experience, is one of the first books fully dedicated to health care design and comes at a critical moment given the degree to which design is starting to be acknowledged as a legitimate profession within the context of health care institutions. Places Nicole Huber & Ralph Stern Born in Germany in 1945, just months after the end of World War II, the film director Wim Wenders sought to make sense of the "ruin landscapes" of the nation's cities through personal and professional exploration of the wide-open landscapes of the American West. As Nicole Huber and Ralph Stern write, "The American West — and the American Western — served a specific and telling purpose for the postwar German West: to envision both traumatic upheaval and utopian projection."

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Is Fan Art Illegal? If you’ve ever been to an Artist’s Alley at a comic convention, the thought, Can this be legal? has surely jumped into your head. Easily half the artists exhibiting at any mainstream Comic Con or Anime Show make and sell fan art. And by “fan art” I mean merchandise featuring characters the artist does not own: prints, buttons, tee shirts, key chains, hats, tote bags—I even saw Captain American mittens at the last show I attended. And if you count the amount of artists who offer one-of-a-kind, original commission sketches of copyrighted characters, the percentage shoots way higher.

Inspiration Forgot your username or password? Create account x Close I am A… New here? Feed your creative appetite with interviews, essays, profiles and personal stories of designers near and far, past and present. Pruned Apologies for posting this Call for Papers months after the deadline has passed. I myself found out about this conference a bit too late as well. Nevertheless, I thought I'd post the abstract — along with its incredible list of topics — for reference. (After all, posting syllabi is always in vogue.) Used as a mission statement and a checklist, you could undoubtedly assemble one of the most interesting blogs (or Tumblr or Pinterest boards) out there. The conference, Monstrous Geographies: Places and Spaces of Monstrosity, will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, on May 2013.

Networked Devices and Public Space Hannah Gregory: Your forthcoming book will be called The City is Here For You To Use. This focus on use seems to want to actively place city-users, rather than urban planners and governments at the forefront of the functioning of the city. Adam Greenfield: Absolutely. All of these parties have a vital role to play in the creation and stewardship of networked place, but if there’s any such thing as a “smart city” at all, it’s one able to recognize that its intelligence vests in citizens themselves. As far as I can see, government oversight remains indispensable to ensure that the benefits and risks of networked technology are distributed equitably, and that the public’s interests are protected.

Meet the 20-Year-Old Who Built a YouTube Product Review Empire Robyn Twomey Marques Brownlee is a YouTube sensation. The tech-review prodigy has 1.8 million subscribers—more followers than Kanye West, Marvel, or Disney Animation. Under the username MKBHD, he tests everything from cameras and headphones to Google Glass and the latest Tesla. This summer he got his hands on a sapphire crystal display rumored to be for the iPhone 6. The History of Visual Communication This website, which contains the material of the course VA312, taught at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey; attempts to walk you through the long and diverse history of a particular aspect of human endeavour: The translation of ideas, stories and concepts that are largely textual and/or word based into a visual format, i.e. visual communication. Wikipedia defines visual communication as: The primary tool by which man has visualised ideas is through the usage of writing and, by extension, type: Writing/type is the visual manifestation of the spoken word.

Playfully Adorable Illustrations That Will Make You Smile Kuala Lampur, Malaysia-based artist Lim Heng Swee loves to doodle. With a bright attitude towards life, he creates adorable illustrations that are playfully paired with funny phrases and word puns. He brings ordinary objects like sheets of paper, pieces of fruit, and pairs of pants alive with personality. Things that don't usually go well together become perfect pairs with good intentions, bright smiles, and sweet sentiments. The clean and modern designs merge colorful shapes with bright, solid backgrounds. The revolution will NOT be in Open Data The following guest post is by Duncan Edwards from the Institute of Development Studies. I’ve had a lingering feeling of unease that things were not quite right in the world of open development and ICT4D (Information and communication technology for development), so at September’s Open Knowledge Conference in Geneva I took advantage of the presence of some of the world’s top practitioners in these two areas to explore the question: How does “openness” really effect change within development? Inspiration for the session came from a number of conversations I’ve had over the last few years. My co-conspirator/co-organiser of the OKCon side event “Reality check: Ethics and Risk in Open Development,” Linda Raftree, had also been feeling uncomfortable with the framing of many open development projects, assumptions being made about how “openness + ICTs = development outcomes,” and a concern that risks and privacy were not being adequately considered. Data is NOT knowledge.

mechanisms-steampunk-armored.html?fb_action_ids=10151937692971805&fb_action_types=og Vladimir Gvozdeff's illustration series Mechanisms depicts a wonderful bestiary of armored, mechanical creatures in steampunk style, surrounded by the detritus of contrafactual Victorian inventorship. Some of my favorites after the jump: владимир гвоздев & gvozdariki (via Pipe Dream Dragon)

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