Short & sweet this month, as I was mostly working on school work. But you can see that I was still trolling on NPR articles.
DESIGN & ART
- ‘Art & Craft’ Explores How One Forger Duped More Than 45 Museums (via NPR). This was so fascinating to me! This non-malicious person creates these beautiful works of art and then donates them to museums who have been displaying as the originals for years. He looks like a really eccentric fellow and I really want to see the film when it comes out.
- When Nature Fights Back. Cute little photo segment from NPR of photos of nature “reclaiming” it’s territory. They’re user-submitted so they’re not very high quality.
- A 365 Miniature Painting a Day For a Year Project by Lorraine Loots. These are so lovely and so detailed I couldn’t stop looking at them! Be sure to check out Lorraine Loots’ website too! One day, when I’m not in school, I want to have a 365 day project…
- Design’s North Star (via Medium). Everything Julie writes about design is wonderful. In this article she talks about how the newest evolution of designers is to serve as a visionary for the team.
- This Device Translates Sign Language In Real Time (via GOOD). When I found this I was so happy and excited and jealous that I couldn’t be a part of something so neat.
- John Oliver Expected To Catch Miss America In A Lie, But What He Found Was Kinda Worse. Ohhhhh Miss American contest. Funny interview by John Oliver where he investigates their claim of being the largest women’s scholarship provider. Worth the watch, America. (which I totally admit that I clicked on at first because I thought it was Jamie Oliver and I was like: “What is he doing with Miss America?”)
- The Empty Spaces. Or, How Theater Failed America. Katie sent me this article and I thought it was very interesting. I’ve seen all three of my friends going through the struggles of trying to make it in the theater industry and their lament that it’s being taken over by Walt Disney musicals (ugh!). I’m happy to say that I support the theater when I can. I hope to continue when I have regular income ;).
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
- One Picture, Of 35,000 Walrus, Shows One Effect Of Global Warming (via NPR). Yikes! What are we going to do about this planet, folks?
- The Most Common Jobs For The Rich, Middle Class And Poor (via NPR). Data visualization of the most popular jobs by income. It kind of shows the make up of America. But I’m actually surprised there’s not a little more variety. Also, seeing where primary school teachers fell was disheartening.
- Frozen Poop Pills Fight Life-Threatening Infections (via NPR). Another ‘yikes’ moment. I took a moment to think about other unpleasant things we’ve done for medicine that we’ve gotten used to and then I thought…well all of them. Blood transfusions, organ transplants. It’s a messy business: health.
- Dan Saffer on Twitter: “I really do not like the academic bent @cmudesign is taking. “Design for Interactions?” “Design Studies?” “Transition Design?” Ugh.”
Our whole program read and has been following this twitter feed by alumni Dan Saffer hatin’ on the new program. It brings up some interesting points, but I think it’s his responsibility as a public figure in design to do a little research before whining on twitter.
- Email Just Can’t Compete With Heartfelt ‘Letters Of Note’ (via NPR). The one below I thought was especially interesting, but other ones on the site are great as well. I hope to read the book someday. If the media player fails to load, you can listen to the letter I picked here.
- Old Tape Of Paul McCartney’s Off-The-Cuff Studio Performance Makes Being A Melodic Genius Look Easy (via GOOD).