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    Beloved cartoonist Lynda Barry is teaching a university-level course on doodling and neuroscience that you can audit remotely for free. She’s posting the weekly assignments on her Tumblr – this is the first one.

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    How To Properly Credit Art Work.

    This is a great step-by-step post on how to properly credit artwork shared on Tumblr & throughout the internet! If you see uncredited posts floating around the internet, feel free to send a Note to the author of the post and encourage them to properly credit and source the artists.

    Thanks, *Sarpsys!

    sarapsys:

    posting without a source is unfortunately pretty common, but it doesn’t have to be.  with a few minutes of hunting, you can make sure the artists you like get credit for their work! :)  hope this is helpful.

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    Here’s how social media “Thinspiration” bans are actually working out.

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    "I would define intellectual elegance as a mind that is continually refining itself with education and knowledge. Intellectual elegance is the opposite of intellectual vulgarity."
    Happy 82nd birthday, legendary designer Massimo Vignelli, creator of the iconic NYC subway map. (via explore-blog)

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Happy birthday, J. R. R. Tolkien! Celebrate with his little-known sketches from the first edition of The Hobbit, 1936.

    Happy birthday, J. R. R. Tolkien! Celebrate with his little-known sketches from the first edition of The Hobbit, 1936.

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London’s explosive growth, from a gorgeous set of vintage infographics on British vs. American politics.

    London’s explosive growth, from a gorgeous set of vintage infographics on British vs. American politics.

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    Hyper-Connectivity ; A cause for concern or celebration ?

    Hyperconnectivity is a trend in computer networking in which all things that can or should communicate through the network will communicate through the network. This encompasses person-to-person, person-to-machine and machine-to-machine communication. The trend is fueling large increases in bandwidth demand and changes in communications because of the complexity, diversity and integration of new applications and devices using the network” (Wikipedia, 2012)

    Digital devices are connecting and communicating at increasing speeds. New media devices are constantly emerging, and they represent a wider spread usage than the mobile telephone. Tablet computer: internet-enabled fridges, interactive billboards, televisions, surface computers, vending machines, personal media devices, cars and even buildings are already talking to us via mobile devices and the internet. The App has revolutionized the world. In the not-too-distant future, they will be talking to each other as well, and talking fast. Hardware will be hyper-connected.

    This area is developing fast. Seven major mobile operators from around the world recently agreed to work together to develop an international ‘machine-to-machine’ platform that would help devices talk to each other.

    Mobile / web applications, and the personal and public profile information within them, will also be hyper-connected to devices.  That means information like social profiles, real-time media habits and purchase preferences: Facebook, Zeebox and Twitter profiles, for example. Coupled with connected devices, these connected profiles will have a significant impact on the way we do everyday things like shopping, travelling and watching movies, TV shows and gaming and going for lectures at university. 

    The socialisation of TV has already started. People can now comment and make remarks while the show is going on (see www.zeebox.com).

    Fast Forward to about five years’ time and you are watching a Bond film on an internet TV. It is connected to various devices and personal and commercial profiles. These profiles will act as our spam filters. They will not allow irrelevant or unwanted messages to reach us, thus building trust but they are open to new messages from brands which are relevant for that given place or time. Bond movies are famous for their product placement, which is great if you are in the market for an Aston Martin DB7, but most people are not and could only dream of owning one and being like James Bond. In the future there will be more product placement in the film. If you watched the latest Bond movie ”Skyfall” Daniel Craig could be seen sipping a ”Heinken”. We could touch the screen and have a six pack of ”Heinken” delivered to us from a local retailer. Just a prediction from me.

    In a world where hardware and software are getting hyper-connected, it follows that our beloved mobile phone will evolve into a digital hub.  More and more mobile ‘phones’  will be connected to other devices as we travel around – train ticket barriers, bus stops, parking meters, EPoS systems, televisions, magazines, points-of-sale, packaging, outdoor billboards, fridges, stereos, heating and lighting systems, and cars. It will be as simple as swiping the mobile phone to carry out a transaction.

    Our  mobile will act as a wallet or a tube ticket or our Oyster card will be embedded in the phone. but also as a device for media distribution. One example might be when we pick up a free movie on our mobile from a digital billboard. People will get used to ‘picking things up’ from locations, using their mobile device. If we look around this trend is sweeping the nation. QR code in print ads takes us to a piece of marketing communication and promise us intangible goods such as a music track or an album in return for our time spent looking at the advert.

    The connected media audience will have more power and control than traditional media audiences who rely on TV. Within five years, we will see audiences that are used to manually controlling their experiences. In fact this is now made possible. For an example of how we are controlling our own experience. Have a look at Coca Cola’s Olympics  themed Beatmaker London 2012 campaign .

    A connected media landscape might equip University of Greenwich  to become a great service provider even though there are significant issues of privacy to be ironed out. But with power going to the consumer, and the mobile mode being ‘pull communications’  and engagement.  A university could do worse than to plan how to be creative and tell stories across various devices and locations; rather than relying on traditional media that keeps losing relevance everyday when it comes to engaging with the the Millennial generation, who will be applying to university in 5 years.

    — 1 year ago
    #Hyperconnectivity  #London  #Digital and Internet  #Digital Trends  #James Bond  #Product placement  #Coonectivity  #Coca-Cola  #Creativity  #Zeebox  #Facebook  #Twitter 
    644 million people worldwide accessed online newspaper sites in October 2012, making up 42.6% of the total internet population. Mail Online was the most popular online newspaper, attracting more than 50 million unique visitors during the month. The New York Times ranked as a close second with nearly 48.7 million unique visitors worldwide. The Guardian comes in third place with an audience of 38.9 million, followed by Tribune Newspapers with 35.9 million unique visitors in October 2012. Via Comscore.

    644 million people worldwide accessed online newspaper sites in October 2012, making up 42.6% of the total internet population. Mail Online was the most popular online newspaper, attracting more than 50 million unique visitors during the month. The New York Times ranked as a close second with nearly 48.7 million unique visitors worldwide. The Guardian comes in third place with an audience of 38.9 million, followed by Tribune Newspapers with 35.9 million unique visitors in October 2012. Via Comscore.

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    #newspapers  #Online reading  #The Guardian  #New York Times 
    To Teleconference or not to…

    If someone asks what is the best way of conducting a meeting, my answer has always been ”Face-to-face”. I love congregating around a table or a coffee shop with people and having conversations about issues and ideas. Today we are living in a society where everyone is time-poor, convenience driven and pre-occupied with various other tasks and the old ways of conducting meeting has taken a back seat and given rise to the usage of digital services to conduct virtual meetings.

    If you work at a company or for an independent project and cannot meet regularly, using digital services such as Skype has become inevitable. These services lets you and your team to share documents, slides, talk freely in home comfort and see each other face to face via a screen. So effective collaboration is encouraged. There are a plethora of digital teleconferencing services on line to invite friends and members and hold on-line meetings.

    By mentally teleporting ourselves using services such as Skype, Tokbox or Google+ hangouts we can get our work done but sometimes meetings don’t head in the direction it was planned due to connectivity issues that brings fourth the problem of ‘Noise’. When noise interferes, we are simply reduced to turning off our webcams and resorting to typing and our mind can wonder off to a far away land. Numerous studies have shown that we are incompetent at multi-tasking. Our brains are not hard wired to absorb serious information when we are not paying attention. 

    When face-to-face is turned off, our attention levels drop as we may think no one is really paying attention to us. The mind could wonder off and check mails, SMS messages or check the Twitter feed. Less attention leads to sub par outcomes, when people deviate away from the meeting even for a quick second or two to just check Facebook or text messages and rejoin the conversation they may miss the issues that’s being raised and may not be aware of what they missed. Many will not reveal that they weren’t paying attention as this may have serious repercussions. This leads to the problem of bright ideas not being discussed.

    Connectivity issues and noise means lack of participation making the meeting less productive, less interesting and boring. So participants of the meeting may resort to using more digital devices while the meeting is going on to escape the discomfort of being bored as it is now less interactive and the whole thing turns in to a vicious cycle.

    — 1 year ago
    #Teleconferencing  #Skype  #Google+  #google  #Online meetings 
    The Future of Gift Buying.

    It’s just in time for Christmas and everyone who has family, friends and loved ones will be going in to slight or major frenzy trying to decide what gifts to get them. Buying gifts is quite an awkward situation as it needs to fit your budget and there’s no guarantee that the person receiving the gift might like it.

    Many Companies have, now what’s called a ”Gift Card” ! Don’t know what to get your loved ones? well, you can simply get them a gift card from a store they like. Apple, Next, Argos, River Island , Starbucks and most multinationals offer gift cards.

    The whole process of getting someone a gift card seems utterly ridiculous (or not). You can order it one like or go to the store, pay for it by cash or your debit card and hand it to the person. Not much thought there, many purists may think the person has put no effort to select them something, so they have just given them a cash alternative in a glossy little card that can be used in a store. But it’s the ease of getting one that fascinates me. Companies make it so easy for someone to pay for a gift card. It’s as simple as buying any other good for money.

    If that’s not enough, Payment service ‘Square; has introduced a new way to send gift cards. By using its Square wallet app. A person can go through all the businesses that uses Square to process payments and then pick up the right one for your family with option of it being mailed to you or the person you intended to give or you can pick it up at the store.

    At the time of writing this only works in the United States but it wont be long until it hits this side of the shore.

    The company has created a short video to explain how all this works. Click here for the video.

    — 1 year ago
    #The future  #Christmas  #Square  #Wallet  #Apps  #Giftcards  #IRG  #DLinHE 
    The reality of the global messaging market: it’s really freaking fragmented - http://tcrn.ch/ViVXcG

    The reality of the global messaging market: it’s really freaking fragmented - http://tcrn.ch/ViVXcG

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    #instantmessaging  #whatsapp  #facebookmessenger  #new media 
    
Tomorrow’s cover today: concern about the clout of the internet giants is growing. But antitrust watchdogs should tread carefully.


    Tomorrow’s cover today:
     concern about the clout of the internet giants is growing. But antitrust watchdogs should tread carefully.

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    — 1 year ago with 574 notes
    #The Economist  #Magazine  #Technology  #Apple  #Facebook  #Amazon  #Google