On an emotional plane it serves several functions. It has geographical baggage, its Swiss heritage laying a backdrop of impartiality, neutrality, and freshness (it helps at this point if you think of Switzerland as a place of Alps / cow bells/ spring flowers rather than Zurich and its erstwhile heroin problem). The font also manages to convey honesty and invite trust, while its quirks distinguish it from anything that portrays overbearing authority; even in corporate use it maintains a friendly homeliness. It wasn’t designed with these intentions–it was intended merely as a clean, useful alphabet, and something that would portray important information in the clearest fashion. It wasn’t meant for Crate&Barrel homewares store (where it appears with narrow spacing); it was meant for ICI’s Schools Liaison Section poster of the periodic table (where it appears in the perfect bold display of upper and lower case–Pd for palladium and Hg for mercury). … [Read more...] about How Helvetica Conquered The World With Its Cool, Comforting Logic
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In December, the Ministry of Home Affairs' Foreigners Division issued an office memorandum directing the relevant government agencies and airlines that Overseas Citizen Of India (OCI) card holders not between 20 and 50 years of age and who have renewed their passport can travel to India as long as they also have in their possession their old cancelled passport. … [Read more...] about India urged to extend renewal date of OCI card till Dec 31
Poorer consumers have padded the balance sheets of wealthier companies through prices that are higher than they would have been with more aggressive antitrust enforcement. I and other researchers argue this has contributed to soaring economic inequality since around 1980. … [Read more...] about The T-Mobile/Sprint merger will increase inequality in the U.S.
90 Day Fiancé has a cult following that eats up every last morsel of the show’s outlandish storylines, from the couples who can only communicate awkwardly through a translator app to the American suitor who is ill-prepared to meet his Kenyan fiancée’s family and agrees to a dowry payment plan, even though he has just $600 to his name. The show has ballooned into a multiseries franchise with several spin-offs, all focusing in some way or another on how these star-crossed international couples can figure out how to be together in the United States. The subplots of each hour-and-a-half-long episode vary depending on the specific situation of each featured couple (and, in some cases, their families), and which version of the franchise we’re watching. … [Read more...] about The casual fan’s guide to jumping into TLC’s ridiculous guilty pleasure ’90 Day Fiancé’
What they’re looking for: People to develop and deploy Internet based entertainment services such as music and games, social media apps, maps and navigation utilities, and communications services such as email, text messaging and instant messaging. While Nokia is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, they are also actively hiring in Berlin (for location based services), Bristol (for music services) and Montreal (for consumer messaging.) The phone maker plans on increasing its research and development operations in both Romania and India. A list of vacancies can be found on Nokia’s corporate website. … [Read more...] about Where in the World to Find a Job