"So when you read about an agency opening a “lab” or creating a startup know that it’s simply marketing. Those companies have allocated budget for only 3-6 months, just enough time to launch. Once they launch they rarely have the culture in place to test and refine, deliver great customer service or commit to the rest of what actually makes a great startup."
That’s a weird definition of Design but an apt description for Graphic Design.
The word ‘design’ is so nebulous but I’ve always believed design is the ability to articulate and express ideas through various disciplines to solve a specific problem. That’s what differentiates design from let’s say fine arts. In the work above, it’s communication design (I never liked the term graphic) that’s being articulated.
There are designers like myself who work in developing systems and services that have no implicit ‘visual’ element but they must also be designed.
"I’m not really a filmmaker, so you can ignore everything I say…” Then he would proceed, with startling efficiency, to diagnose the problem precisely. Steve focused on the problem itself, not the filmmakers, which made his critiques all the more powerful. If you sense a criticism is being leveled for personal reasons, it is easy to dismiss. You couldn’t dismiss Steve. Every film he commented on benefited from his insight."
"ODMS deliver a “closed loop” experience by collapsing the value chain including discovery, order, payment, fulfillment (offline but within owned network) and confirmation. In the pre-mobile era we had to search yellow pages (or google), find a provider, call or email that provider, wait to connect with someone, schedule a convenient time, hope the provider arrives on time, and then pay with a credit card or cash. Thankfully, a new array of mobile services removes all of that friction we were used to experiencing. Welcome to the uberification of our service economy"
"In 1984, the same year I went to MIT, the Macintosh computer came out. My mother and father bought me an Apple Macintosh, and that changed my life. It showed me a combination of design, craft, technology, and aesthetics. Maybe that showed me what I wanted to do: to combine math and art. The Macintosh was kind of a symbol of that."
"The fact that Snøhetta was chosen to design the bid is certainly no surprise; the Norwegian firm is globally renowned for its work (which you’ll be able to find in Times Square soon). But the decision to choose Snøhetta was one of the most intelligent moves by Oslo’s committee because it keeps all the design elements of the bid under one roof. Snøhetta’s masterful grasp of graphic design, architecture, and urban planning allow the firm to create an integrated proposal that considers the holistic impact of the games on the city."
"Now it’s just an introduction, before we blow your mind / The show is All That, and yes we do this all the, time.” So went one of the opening lines of All That’s unshakeable theme song, as delivered by Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes alongside TLC group members Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins. It was an introduction on Nickelodeon, a cable TV station that was taking a chance with one of its first sketch comedy shows, that set the precedent for a series that, over the next 10 seasons, would shift the course of television history."
"AOL is still pivoting away from its days as an ISP. Under the leadership of Tim Armstrong it now focuses on video and its ad network. In another life, before a disastrous acquisition of Time Warner, it brought the Internet into the homes of Americans and controlled the program that popularized online messaging without ever really meaning to. It would be easier to call AIM ahead of its time if it had not become so wildly popular almost immediately after its launch. In many ways, AIM was right in line with the times, just at a company hanging on to a business model that would soon become obsolete."
An inside look at the inner-workings of Google’s top-secret research lab.
Google X isn’t like most R&D labs. In this month’s feature, Fast Company was granted first-of-its kind access into Google’s top-secret research laboratory, where “moonshots” trump real-world feasibility, and failure is openly encouraged. “If we can get to a no quickly on an idea, that’s almost as good as getting to a yes,” says Rich DeVaul, head of Google X’s Rapid Evaluation team in the video above. Hit play to watch what happens when the very active imaginations of some very smart people are given free rein to fail.
Races are not considered to exist in a biological sense, only in a sociological sense.
There may be vast differences throughout humanity, but these differences can not be easily grouped together into easily distinguished “groups”.
humans came up with the concept of “race” based entirely off superficial traits like skin, hair, facial features, etc, long before we had an understanding of the human genome. While it may seem that people in, say, Saharan Africa have been “isolated” from people from other parts of the world, in a genetic, evolutionary sense, they really haven’t been, so they can’t even be classified as a different “subspecies” or “race’” or what-have-you.