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Scripturient: Back to black

I had noticed of late that several websites are more difficult to read, that they opted to use a lighter grey text instead of a more robust black. But it didn’t dawn on me that it wasn’t my aging eyes: this was a trend. That is, until I read an article on Backchannel called “How . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Back to black

Scripturient: Designing Type

Karen Cheng’s 2005 book, Designing Type, is the third of the recent books on typography I have received*. Of the three, it is the most technical, appealing to the typophile and design geek more than the average reader. But it’s also a ref… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Designing Type

Scripturient: Reading Letters: Designing for Legibility

The human brain is truly a remarkable machine.* We can see a bunch of lines and in that same brain turn them into an M and know it’s not a V or an N or a K or W. Yet M isn’t a ‘thing’ – it’s an abstract representatio… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Reading Letters: Designing for Legibility

Scripturient: CRAP Design

CRAP: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, Proximity. An unfortunate acronym from the four basic principles of graphic design first expounded in Robin Williams’ delightful little book, The Non-Designer’s Design Book. It’s now in its fourth edition, adding 24 pages since the last edition, almost 50 since the 2nd and more than 100 since the first). Of all . . . → Read More: Scripturient: CRAP Design

Scripturient: The Gauche in the Machine

Rudibus ex machina: criticizing Collingwood’s latest newsletter feels a bit like punching a puppy. Or commenting on the sloppy grammar of local bloggers. Both are far too easy, like catching fish in a barrel, and I feel guilty when I even think of doing it. But since your tax dollars are at work, it needs . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Gauche in the Machine

Art Threat: Artist says Nope to Stephen Harper (again)

Four years ago, Bob Preston found himself in the same position as millions of Canadians: he desperately wanted to see prime minsiter Stephen Harper turfed from office.

Influenced by Shepard Fairey’s iconic . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Artist says Nope to Stephen Harper (again)

cartoon life: Psychic VR Lab Deep Dreams are silly sometimes.

The hallucinogenic cyber intelligences at Psychic VR Lab have been busy this week churning out images from submissions. I sent some images through the web interface knowing they would be challenging, only because the imagery is so graphically unambiguous, leaving little, actually, for the algorithm to imagine.

 

I can hear that can-opener but it doesnt . . . → Read More: cartoon life: Psychic VR Lab Deep Dreams are silly sometimes.

cartoon life: Calico on her rocker v.2

   Here we go. Final version. Mugs upcoming. 

Filed under: art, design, drawing, illustration Tagged: calico, Cat, madeWithPaper

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Scripturient: Propaganda?

Last term, when council sent out community newsletters to keep residents informed, the illiterati screamed these were ‘propaganda’ and a waste of tax dollars.* Now this council has done the same thing and these nattering nabobs of negativity have raised their voices and screamed… nothing. Their silence is deafening. Well, they wouldn’t want to embarrass . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Propaganda?

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Bad Designs

I’m not a graphic designer. I was not formally educated in that art. However, over the years, my jobs in editing and writing for books, newspapers, magazines and publishers have required me to learn the rudiments of layout, typography and design. I am the first to admit my design talent is merely adequate. Despite that, . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Bad Designs

Things Are Good: Harvest Energy From Everyday Activities

Some gyms are capturing the energy created by users to power the TVs in the buildings. But what if we capture energy from our movements throughout the day? That’s what one designer asked and she set out to examine what the future of wearable energy capture would look like.

Of course, her motivation came from . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Harvest Energy From Everyday Activities

Art Threat: Activist pasts, austere presents, queered futures: An interview with Emily Davidson

“Imagine a new relationship to every aspect of everything.”

“Capitalism has fallen; Art must be redefined.”

“You get to pick your gender when you come of age, but feel free to change your mind.”

“Living together is still hard; Art makes it better.”

These missives from the Inner City Artists’ Commune arrive to us from . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Activist pasts, austere presents, queered futures: An interview with Emily Davidson

Dead Wild Roses: “Hidden” Design – 25 Logos

Just ask Mystro about designing logos. A great deal of time and effort is involved in making a clean, presentable logo. The next step, making the *right* logo for the task at hand… it could be the definition of time-sink.

 

Some of the logos hidden designs are not particularly mysterious, but there were a . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: “Hidden” Design – 25 Logos

Things Are Good: Doctors Say Healthy People Come From Good Urban Design

A new report written by a handful of doctors titled Improving Health Care by Design concludes that in order to have a healthy populace we need cities designed for health. There is nothing startling in the report but it does provide one more reference and tool for people to use inspire positive change in their . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Doctors Say Healthy People Come From Good Urban Design

cartoon life: The cat responsible for Global Warming

Filed under: art, comment, design, digital, drawing, illustration

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Art Threat: Transform This: iconic Johnny Cash photo used to protest Saskatchewan university cuts

Things may soon be looking grim for many students and faculty at the University of Saskatchewan.

The Saskatoon-based institution is looking to slash up to $25 million from its operating budget. In a restructuring process the administration has branded TransformUS, the UofS is currently determining “university priorities”, after which they plan to “eliminate or reduce . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Transform This: iconic Johnny Cash photo used to protest Saskatchewan university cuts

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Hemp Revolution

Hemp has enormous potential to help us build an ecologically sound society. It can replace most uses of tree-derived paper products and lumber, thus saving vast amounts of forests. It can eliminate and replace most uses of synthetic fibres, which are used in clothing, furniture, carpets and textiles, and virtually all uses of plastics, . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Hemp Revolution

Things Are Good: A Scientific Approach to Better Urban Design

Urban design is not an easy activity because of the multitude of variables that impact the overall urban experience. There are buildings, traffic (foot and vehicular), landmarks, natural occurrences like rivers, and abstracted economic forces. Space Syntax is a company has set out to make better urban design by using science to calculate the probability . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A Scientific Approach to Better Urban Design

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Of Type and Typography

Humans have remarkable ability that is shared by – as far as we know – no other animal. We can turn abstract images and symbols into meaning. Words are, of course, the prime example, as old as our history. We can turn a word like dog, tree, table or vacation into a broad and deep . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Of Type and Typography

Things Are Good: Ideas to Get Consumers to Buy Sustainable Products

Every year more sustainably produced products hit store shelves yet consumer uptake on these products isn’t as strong as it should be. Sure, there are increasing sales overall but the amount of people who are buying environmentally-concious products isn’t increasing at a fast enough rate.Over at Fast CoExist a writer proposes six ways to convince . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Ideas to Get Consumers to Buy Sustainable Products

Things Are Good: Better Urban Design Can Increase Happiness and Sexiness

Obesity is a growing problem in North America and it looks like this health issue will continue to grow. There are many contributing factors to what’s referred to as an obesity epidemic, and some designers think that we can curb at least one contributing factor: poor urban planning. Not coincidentally, places with a higher proportion . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Better Urban Design Can Increase Happiness and Sexiness

Things Are Good: Building Better Homes for Refugees

Ikea’s charitable arm has used the expertise of the cheap furniture manufacturer to design a better housing unit for refugees with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Hopefully these designs will help people around the world who are living in poor conditions.

The Refugee Housing Unit started working on a project to develop emergency shelters in . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Building Better Homes for Refugees

Sketchy Thoughts: Socialist TV Typeface Videtur Finally Freed

Socialist TV Typeface Videtur Finally Freed http://ilovetypography.com/2013/04/06/socialist-tv-typeface-videtur-finally-freed/

on the main Kersplebedeb website: http://kersplebedeb.com/posts/socialist-tv-typeface-videtur-finally-freed/

Things Are Good: People Recycle More in Green Buildings

Researchers at UBC have studied the recycling behaviour of people who work in green buildings to those who don’t and found that – regardless of their past habits – people in green buildings recycle more. This is really nifty because it proves that design of an interior space alone can impact how people recycle and . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: People Recycle More in Green Buildings

cartoon life: Just say no to 0%

There’s a thread of an idea around this city that every incumbent city councillor needs disposal in the next election. Well, there are a few good ones, and there are some who need removal. The whole ‘throw them all out’ idea needs some sound second thought.

This is my contribution to that.

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