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A Stan Mack Cartoon Chronicle of Revolutions Foretold

Stan Mack’s “Real Life Funnies” strip, created in the mid-1970s for the “Village Voice,” presaged the documentary comics of artists such as Art Spiegelman and Joe Sacco. And now it appears that his Print feature from 17 years ago also …

A Pinterest Cheatsheet for Design and Color Fans

Social-media-watchers are ablaze lately with the news: Pinterest appears to be THE next hot tool. While Slate’s Farhad Manjoo gave a not-meant-for-me review of the tool (his article title, “Cupcakes, Boots and Shirtless Jake Gyllenhaal”, says it all), Pinterest’s numbers …

A Jury of Our Peers

Next time you complain about being summoned to jury duty, remember if you were in the dock, you’d want a clear thinking, intelligent, unbiased jury deciding your fate. Apparently, there was a time (1928 to be exact) when the public …

Wall Street's Weapons of Mass Destruction

It has taken a long time since the financial meltdown began for people to get truly and vociferously mad at the culprits, but the Occupy Wall Street movement, which promises a show of daily dissent, is gaining steam and getting …

Evil Empire: The Game

In 1988, just three years prior to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 and five years after Ronald Reagan first invoked the phrase “evil empire” to describe the USSR in 1983, Russian children were being readied for a …

Tumblr Surpasses WordPress, We Think

Let’s dissect a media factoid, shall we? The other day, ReadWriteWeb posted what I can only assume was issued as a press release from Tumblr, saying that Tumblr now has eight times the pageviews of WordPress (dot com, the hosted …

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 …

Why Some Languages Sound So Fast

This article at Time rocketed around the nerd circles on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook last week; the title says it all. Why do some languages sound so much faster than others? The answer is surprising. Linguists on the project worked …

More Design Zine Covers

A few months ago I did a reprise of some beautiful Graphis covers. Like Graphis, the social design media of its day, the second incarnation of  Gebrauchsgraphik (the postwar years in Western Germany) was also a wellspring of inspiring covers. …

Design Is an Echo Chamber

Social studies about the web are intriguing—they show just how social we are, with ideas and people flitting about like an unstoppable hive of bees, always looking for the next blossom. One thing I wondered about, in light of last …