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AUDIO DESIGN MATTERS 2009-2013

Jessica Walsh
Jessica Walsh is a designer, art director, and illustrator working in New York City. She is a partner at the New York based design studio, Sagmeister & Walsh and teaches at the School of Visual Arts. Her work has won numerous design awards from the Type Director’s Club, Art Director’s Club, SPD, Print, and Graphis. She has received various celebrated distinctions including Computer Art’s “Top Rising Star in Design”, an Art Director’s Club “Young Guns” award, and Print Magazine’s

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The photo director for National Geographic, David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about using photos to tell our stories. (Recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 14:59)

http://blog.ted.com/2008/08/19/david_griffin/

In 1995, during the making of his TV series Triumph of the Nerds about the birth of the PC, Bob Cringely did a memorable hour-long interview with Steve Jobs. It was 10 years since Jobs had left Apple following a bruising struggle with John Sculley, the CEO he had brought into the company. At the time of the interview Jobs was running NeXT, the niche computer company he had founded after leaving Apple. During the interview, Jobs was at his charismatic best – witty, outspoken, visionary. In the end, only a part of the interview was used in the series and the rest was thought lost. But recently a VHS copy was found in the series director’s garage. Now, cleaned up with modern technology, and put into context by Cringely, the entire interview will be screened in Landmark Theatres. — (C) Official Site

A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them.

http://www.objectifiedfilm.com/

Very interesting concept by Processed Identity contributor Foreign Policy Design Group.

When friends ask famed photographer Annie Leibovitz what camera they should buy, she suggests the iPhone. Appearing on NBC’s new Rock Center news program, Leibovitz suggested the iPhone because it is “the snapshot camera of today”, saying it is “accessible and easy”.
It appears Leibovitz is a firm believer in the theory that the best camera in the world is the one you have with you.

 

Photo Editor Larry Nighswander has identified 15 Elements of Composition that can control the “look” of your photographs. Some pictures contain one of the elements, while others will use several of them:

Rule of Thirds
Controlled Depth of Field
Lighting as a Creative Device
Linear Perspective
Introducing Disorder
Framing
Silhouette
Juxtaposition
The Decisive Moment
Reflection
Selective Focus
Panning
Texture
Perspective
Dominant Foreground, Contributing Background

You Are Not Special Commencement Speech from Wellesley High School

“You’re not special, because everyone is.”

The empirical evidence is everywhere, numbers even an English teacher can’t ignore.  Newton, Natick, Nee… I am allowed to say Needham, yes? …that has to be two thousand high school graduates right there, give or take, and that’s just the neighborhood Ns.  Across the country no fewer than 3.2 million seniors are graduating about now from more than 37,000 high schools.  That’s 37,000 valedictorians… 37,000 class presidents… 92,000 harmonizing altos… 340,000 swaggering jocks… 2,185,967 pairs of Uggs.  But why limit ourselves to high school?  After all, you’re leaving it.  So think about this: even if you’re one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you.  Imagine standing somewhere over there on Washington Street on Marathon Monday and watching sixty-eight hundred yous go running by.  And consider for a moment the bigger picture: your planet, I’ll remind you, is not the center of its solar system, your solar system is not the center of its galaxy, your galaxy is not the center of the universe.  In fact, astrophysicists assure us the universe has no center; therefore, you cannot be it. “

Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view.  Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.  Go to Paris to be in Paris, not to cross it off your list and congratulate yourself for being worldly.  Exercise free will and creative, independent thought not for the satisfactions they will bring you, but for the good they will do others, the rest of the 6.8 billion–and those who will follow them.  And then you too will discover the great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself.  The sweetest joys of life, then, come only with the recognition that you’re not special.”

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from businessweek.com

The Value of Design

The catalyst for this report on the value of design in business was the outpouring of reader comments that arrived after a bad-tempered blog post
By Helen Walters