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New Business Card

Simon Griffee - Designer. Hypertexthero.com

Printed on regular office paper in preparation for the Dribbble meeting tonight. I did the drawing on the A train, probably on my way to Milton‘s studio, but I stole the design from somebody else. Hint: The person worked as a graphic designer here in New York City, and was a great photographer.

Know someone who needs to make something useful and beautiful? Hypertexthero is at your service.

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Love is a Better Teacher Than a Sense of Duty #
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Robotics: Law and Ethics Poster

The initial brief: Make a poster to advertise a robotics, law and ethics conference with lots of text. And don’t use any images.

So I used a text editor.

Good old GNU Nano running in a terminal, running in the Cathode terminal emulator.

The brief has since been changed and the text rewritten, so this wasn’t used.

In good design, as in good photography, one most often says ‘no’, and throws away. I quite like it, anyway.

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Jay Campbell on Cello, Conor Hanick on Piano

Another poster for another free concert at the Italian Academy.

Jay Campbell, Cello
Conor Hanick, Piano poster.

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The Website Obesity Crisis #

Maciej Ceglowski:

Everything we do to make it harder to create a website or edit a web page, and harder to learn to code by viewing source, promotes that consumerist vision of the web.

Pretending that one needs a team of professionals to put simple articles online will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Overcomplicating the web means lifting up the ladder that used to make it possible for people to teach themselves and surprise everyone with unexpected new ideas.

Vladimir Horowitz in Moscow, 1986 #

His performance of Scriabin’s Étude in D-sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 12 at 45m 12s is especially moving.

The Web We Have to Save #

The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?

Please publish on your own site and syndicate elsewhere.

The Serious and the Smirk: The Smile in Portraiture #

Why do we so seldom see people smiling in painted portraits? Nicholas Jeeves explores the history of the smile through the ages of portraiture, from Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to Alexander Gardner’s photographs of Abraham Lincoln.

2015 #

A good year.

Lektor Static Website Generator #

By Armin Ronacher, so better pay attention!

In The American West #

My favorite of Richard Avedon‘s work, found while listening to Townes Van Zandt’s Big Country Blues. Thanks, Dan!

War Is Beautiful #

If you are in New York City on 19th November 2015 come to Brooklyn Brewery for a discussion of David Shield’s new book War Is Beautiful, designed by Milton Glaser.

The book examines the cover photos of the New York Times’ war coverage over more than a decade, providing a disturbing look at the glamorous treatment of armed conflict in the media.

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Magdalena Baczewska Poster

Magdalena Baczewska poster. I photographed piano virtuoso Magdalena Baczewska for a poster for Columbia’s Italian Academy, and leaves in Inwood Hill Park two days later. The idea to combine the two came while listening to Magdalena’s performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on harpsichord.

If you are in New York City on 18 November 2015 don’t miss her free concert at the Italian Academy.

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Dolce Via

Today: Met Charles Traub, Chair of the MFA Photography and Related Media Department of the School of Visual Arts. He’s a very nice man and a very good photographer. It is looking like I will need to find some way to afford going to graduate school soon.

Monday: Working on a poster for Magdalena Baczewska, a piano virtuoso I was lucky to be able to listen to and photograph at the Italian Academy, where she will be playing November 18th.

Tuesday & Thursday: I begin a part-time work trial at Milton Glaser’s studio with Milton, Sue and Dan. I am still having trouble believing it, and can hardly wait.

Washington Square Park, NYC, 25 October 2015.

Washington Square Park, New York City, October 2015.

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The Vignelli Canon #

Free e-book (PDF) from the great, late Massimo Vignelli:

In several teaching situations I remarked the lack of some basic typographic principles in young designers. I thought that it might be useful to pass some of my professional knowledge around, with the hope of improving their design skills.

It's Not Warming, It's Dying #

Glaser’s ‘It’s Not Warming, It’s Dying’ campaign aims to create a greater sense of urgency around climate change, moving away from benign language like “global warming”. Milton hopes to unite the climate change community under one slogan and one flag.

He originally designed a simple visual for posters and button badges, comprising a green disk obscured by black smoke. The graphic suggests an aerial view of the Earth with only a narrow band of life remaining.

The art that was created for the billboard shows a natural progression of the Earth where Milton describes the art by saying, “…symbolically, the disappearance of light seemed to be an appropriate way to begin.”

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The Stomach of the World

Another poster design for another free event at the Italian Academy at Columbia University. I got the idea while approaching Earth from an unusual angle and in the Elite space simulation.

The Stomach of the World poster.

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What is a Smart Contract? #

James Carlyle:

There are many definitions for smart contracts: my favorite (from recollection, Richard Brown) is

A smart contract is one where the control of assets is managed by a computer

  1. Smart contracts are executable business logic and data, written in a computer language
  2. Smart contracts can run on a public block-chain / distributed ledger that is de-centralised
  3. The block chain is secure.
InterPlanetary File System #

The most exciting thing I learned about during the Heroes vs. Hackers hackathon this past weekend. Good to see bright young people thinking in the long term.

Life is a Braid in Spacetime #

Max Tegmark:

However, the most interesting property of your spacetime tube isn’t its bulk shape, but its internal structure, which is remarkably complex. Whereas the particles that constitute the Moon are stuck together in a rather static arrangement, many of your particles are in constant motion relative to one another. Consider, for example, the particles that make up your red blood cells. As your blood circulates through your body to deliver the oxygen you need, each red blood cell traces out its own unique tube shape through spacetime, corresponding to a complex itinerary though your arteries, capillaries, and veins with regular returns to your heart and lungs. These spacetime tubes of different red blood cells are intertwined to form a braid pattern as seen in the figure “Complexity and Life” which is more elaborate than anything you’ll ever see in a hair salon: Whereas a classic braid consists of three strands with perhaps thirty thousand hairs each, intertwined in a simple repeating pattern, this spacetime braid consists of trillions of strands (one for each red blood cell), each composed of trillions of hair-like elementary-particle trajectories, intertwined in a complex pattern that never repeats. In other words, if you imagine spending a year giving a friend a truly crazy hairdo, braiding the hair by separately intertwining all their individual hairs, the pattern you’d get would still be very simple in comparison.

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Piano, Painting Posters

Two more posters done for free upcoming events at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, including one concurrent with the Guggenheim Museum’s retrospective, Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting, on view October 9, 2015, through January 6, 2016.

Torquati

Burri

GRS 20150623 220156

Above, one of the people responsible for my continuing assaults upon your faculty of vision, your perceiving of objects by the instrumentality of your eyes, Mr. Allan Ceen (with squarish glasses), with William Croisettier (no glasses), Marjorie (long hair) and myself (round glasses) at AOSR, Rome, 1996.

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The Global Goals #

On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders will commit to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people.

Balance, Communication, Love #

Josef Koudelka:

It’s not a good photograph without good composition. Originally I’m an aeronautical engineer. Why do airplanes fly? Because there is balance.

A good photograph speaks to many different people for different reasons. It depends on what people have been through and how they react.

The other sign of good photography for me is to ask, “What am I going to remember?” It happens very, very rarely that you see something that you can’t forget, and this is the good photograph.

It’s not normal to feel that you have to do something, that you love to do something. If that’s happening you have to pay attention so you don’t lose it.

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Self-Portrait in Pencil on Google Guest ID

A drawing to celebrate a surreal day where things that give me energy — design, technology and photography — intertwined.

Met Milton, Sue, and Dan in their studio in the morning. Then bemused Chelsea gallery receptionists with inquiries regarding work submissions, and visited Google in the afternoon (thanks, Gino!). Photographed in Union Square then spent time with other photography aficionados at Professor Thom’s (thanks Mike, Theo and Marie!) in the evening.

Feeling lucky. On to tomorrow!

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Ethereum: How the Internet Was Supposed to Work #

Am currently attending the Consensus 2015 Makeathon where I found out about Ethereum, a…

decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference.

Here’s an idea that was not used in our team for anyone out there to take and run with: Good News Generator.

Earth on Google Maps Satellite View #

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Google Alphabet Logo Kerning

Original version from https://abc.xyz/:

With better kerning:

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1-Minute Arguments For A Basic Income For All Human Beings

I came across Timothy Roscoe Carter’s article The One Minute Case for a Basic Income and made the following flyer using a lightly copy-edited — thanks to Amber — version:

1-Minute Arguments For A Basic Income For All Human Beings

Download a PDF.

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Summer Adventures #

Loving Joost Swarte’s cover for The New Yorker this week.

Stellarium #

Free, open source planetarium for your computer.