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Graphic Content: An Interview with Brian Singer

Take a second and think of the rock stars of design--who pops into your head? Stefan Sagmeister? Debbie Millman? Aaron Draplin? James Victore? What if you could hear their stories? What if you could laugh with them and learn from them? Well here's your chance! Graphic Content author Brian Singer sits down with PRINT...

Nobody Listens to Anything Via Social Media

Here’s one I found and watched with some interest, originally posted from the good folks who run everyone’s favorite Libyan link shortener, Bit.ly (or rather, Bitly.com since they started getting heat for “supporting Quaddafi,” as if that wasn’t the silliest thing ever to circulate the web): did you know that links shared via social...

Today's Obsession: Being Likable

If you dedicate your existence to being likable, however, and if you adopt whatever cool persona is necessary to make it happen, it suggests that you’ve despaired of being loved for who you really are. And if you succeed in manipulating other people into liking you, it will be hard not to feel, at...

Today's Obsession: I Give Up.

So, that thing I said yesterday, about stupid social media people? Forget it. Everyone’s an idiot. I give up. How do I know? Check it: a Tumblog documenting people clearly Not Getting the Joke from Onion articles. I think I’ve decided the entire social web is turning into the embodiment of a YouTube commenter:...

Today's Obsession: Social Disaster Strategies

At PopMatters, there’s a good look at how the current set of social media tools is being used in Japan during the crisis. This post details a utility that began on Facebook as a group, has expanded onto Twitter with a set of hashtags, a shared folder on Dropbox with downloadable resources, YouTube embeds,...

The Sideways Blogging Career of Art Chantry

There are two prominent features of Art Chantry’s design career: volume (in a few senses) and independence. Chantry’s prolific graphic output (which he estimates as “a shitload”), especially in the poster medium and music packaging, has been a platform for an unapologetically referential design philosophy, which he has often vigorously debated with design peers...

Today's Obsession: Web Advertising is Broken

Here’s an interesting read for your Monday morning status meeting, heaven love your souls: an article titled, simply, “Facebook is a Ponzi Scheme,” asserting that Facebook’s advertising platform doesn’t work. Having come off of a test run of the platform, yeah. Facebook’s ads didn’t do anything for my business. I thought it was just...

Today's Obsession: Your Value on Facebook

At the Daily Beast, technology editor Thomas Weber and a handful of friends have performed a semi-scientific experiment to see what gets you into your friends’ news feeds. An interesting question, to be sure, since Facebook isn’t telling. I’ve assumed for a long time that Facebook’s qualifications of material matches what they want people...