When you think of your favorite movie poster, what do you think of? Perhaps Saul Bass‘ posters for The Man with the Golden Arm, Anatomy of a Murder, or The Magnificent Seven. Or maybe the poster for Jaws, The Graduate, Gone with the Wind, or even earlier—Metropolis. advertisement advertisement But as movie franchises with mega-million dollar price tags, seeking big audiences and a reliable return on investment, have become the prominent choice of large studios, the movie poster has suffered. Posters for many of those films have a cut-and-paste formula of a few lead actors’ headshots below the title headline. Maybe add in a sports car (I’m looking at you Fast and Furious 1-9), credits at the bottom, and voilá. Commercial viability and brand recognition achieved. But as we enter award season, we’re reminded that although mega hits like The Avengers still dominate box offices, space is opening up for arthouse movies and TV, too. And that … [Read more...] about Are we entering a Golden Age of movie poster design?
Let’s get this out of the way: Public space is, and always has been, political. Public spaces are the sites of protest–the places we exercise democracy. And as 2017 made unabashedly clear, many are also spaces of institutionalized oppression. Last August, protests over the removal of two confederate statues in Charlottesville, Virginia, erupted into deadly confrontations between white supremacists–who wanted the statues to stay put–and anti-fascism, anti-racism counterprotestors–who want the statues removed from the city’s parks. advertisement advertisement Debates about public space typically remain between design professionals and politicians. However, the Charlottesville protests catapulted those conversations onto the national stage. The argument over whether or not Confederate statues should exist in parks and town squares and outside government buildings and schools was never about the statues themselves; … [Read more...] about The Fraught Future Of Monuments
Our health is determined not only by what we eat and how much we exercise, but also by our environment. For example, does your neighborhood encourage walking or cycling to restaurants or stores? Does it make you want to take a stroll after dinner in the evening? A new study finds a strong correlation between walkability and health outcomes. It shows that adults in walkable cities are 31% less likely to be overweight or obese than people living in car-dependent areas. Researchers at the Fraser Health Authority, Vancouver Coastal Health, and the University of British Columbia surveyed 28,000 people in the metro area, mostly online. Then they cross-referenced what respondents said about their weight and health with data from Walk Score. People in the second most walkable places (“very walkable”) were 11% less likely to be fat than those in car dependent areas. (Of course, it could be that people who are already more active or health-minded are attracted to the most walkable … [Read more...] about Live In A Walkable Neighborhood? You Get To Be Thinner And Healthier
Amid heightened concerns about the integrity of the voting process in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, two election security experts recently quit Verified Voting, a respected election accountability group, in protest. They claim that it has been downplaying security risks in popular voting machines. advertisement advertisement Richard DeMillo, a Georgia Tech professor who sat on Verified Voter’s advisory board, just left the group, soon after the departure of UC Berkeley mathematics professor Philip Stark, a board member who sent a fiery letter of resignation on November 21st. Stark and DeMillo believe that Verified Voting has been giving election officials false confidence in their voting machines and providing cover for the companies that make and sell the machines. The accountability group wields a lot of clout, since public officials rely on its recommendations when purchasing expensive voting systems. DeMillo, a professor at Georgia Tech … [Read more...] about Two experts quit election accountability group over claims it has been endorsing untrustworthy machines
US President Donald Trump's limited trade deal with China removes a major hurdle for Apple and other technology stocks that have already surged this year to record highs.The so-called Phase One deal announced, but still not signed, on Friday suspends the planned imposition of new 15 percent tariffs on Sunday that would have hit USD 160 billion in Chinese consumer goods just weeks before Christmas, including USD 115 billion worth of iPhones, laptops and other electronics.The deal would also see the United States reduce existing tariffs on other goods. China has agreed to boost imports of US energy, pharmaceutical and agricultural products, although Chinese officials offered no details on the amount of US goods Beijing had agreed to buy.Close If it is signed, Trump's long-awaited deal will be a relief to Apple, among the US companies with the most to lose in the trade war between the world's two largest economies, along with chipmakers who make the components in its devices, which are … [Read more...] about Wall Street Weekahead: Trade deal removes major hurdle for rally in Apple and tech