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Trends of the Times

For years, my morning routine included a walk to the curb to retrieve the day’s news wrapped in bright blue plastic. But the NY Times delivery person never seems to arrive on time anymore, so I have turned to the NY Times iPhone app as my coffee companion instead. While I miss the experience of a big sheet of paper, I am rewarded with the most up-to-date news, links to relevant articles, and a truly awesome virtual reality section. And let’s face it, I have arrived where so many have landed long ago: paperless news. A recent report outlined a series of broad changes at The Times, including a reimagining of the print newspaper and a heightened emphasis on graphics, podcasts, video and virtual reality. They are also shifting the balance away from print-focused roles, hiring journalists with more varied skills to deepen engagement with readers as a way to build loyalty and attract subscriptions. “Our future is much more digital than print,” David Leonhardt, a Times columnist, says. And it is beginning to show in the company’s bottom line. Last year, The Times generated nearly $500 million in purely digital revenue, up from $400 million in 2014. In an era awash in fake news, this is an encouraging trend and a positive sign for the future of professional journalism and the survival of the NY Times. (Photo courtesy of Wired)

Underwater Exhibition

If you’ve exhausted all the museums you want to see on dry land, head to Europe with your scuba gear in tow. On February 25, El Museo Atlántico de Lanzarote opens off the coast of Spain in the Canary Islands. Here, you can visit an eerie sunken world 45-feet below the sea, populated by over 300 sculptures at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. read on

Abstract: The Art of Design

Design nerds, people who love design nerds and people who want to understand and appreciate design: Rejoice! In February, Netflix will introduce an original documentary series called Abstract: The Art of Design. The series will highlight eight of the most creative thinkers and imaginative minds working in the world of art and design today. It will cover graphic design, interior design, illustration, photography, architecture, automotive design, shoe design, and stage design. Each episode will take the viewer on an adventure through the designer’s creative process, explore their work, and discover how their innovative designs have affected our every day life. The first episode will be screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21st before premiering on Netflix February 10th. Tune in!

Meet Elmoji

Photo by WowWee

Most kids love Sesame Street and the all too famous character, Elmo. Allow me to introduce you to Elmoji, the tiny little Elmo robot that will teach your kids to code! That’s right! Coding at 3 years of age sounds promising to me.

Debuted at the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) conference this year, Elmoji (by WowWee) teams up with an app that teaches young children the basic foundations of coding through emojis, and Elmo the robot. Elmoji moves around, reacts to the game and encourages the child’s progress. Elmoji is currently in development mode and is said to be released later this year. Though I don’t have children yet, as a developer, I will be snatching up one of these for them (or myself in the meantime!). read on

Asian Influence of an American Classic

While you’ve no doubt heard of Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent Van Gogh, you’ve probably never heard of Tyrus Wong. A Chinese-American artist, he was the visionary behind Walt Disney’s 1942 animated classic, Bambi. The story has it that he spent nights, after long days doing animation, painting watercolors to show his own vision of the new film’s look. His style emphasized the film’s animal characters in the foreground with minimal brushwork, gentle washes and slashes of color in the background—in the Asian tradition. The film went on to receive three Academy Award nominations and in December 2011 it was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Mr. Wong died this month at the age of 106. read on

Our Fears

You want to call for help or spread your own opinions, but no one can hear you, no one can help, and nothing will be changed.
—Lisk Feng, 26, New York City

 

Begun in the wake of the 2016 US Election, Our Fears is an online gallery for artists to voice and visualize their deepest anxieties, whether political, social, or personal.

Originally a feature in the The New York Times’ Opinion section and curated by art director Alexandra Zsigmond, this site was built to house a larger selection of the submissions that came from the initial call for entries. read on

The Definition of Painstaking

Valerie Lueth and Paul Roden of Tugboat Printshop have spent 3 years perfecting a single woodblock print. The pair have devoted thousands of hours to “Overlook,” a 30″ x 46″ richly detailed, colorful print which depicts a woodland scene of mountains, rolling hills, and foliage. The painstaking and impressive process is well documented at thisiscolossal.com.
I wish that one of my loved ones had rolled up a print of “Overlook” and slipped it in my Christmas stocking. It can be pre-ordered (hint) here on Tugboat’s official website.

Mix It Up!

Bring out the holly, mistletoe, and disco balls! ’Tis the season of spreading holiday cheer and celebrating the coming year. A proper New Year’s Eve celebration must include party hats, noise makers, a dance floor, and a shimmering disco ball. Is a construction site an acceptable place to welcome 2017? Mais, oui! The lucky people of Lyon, France can ring in the new year with artist Benedetto Bufalino and his Disco Ball Cement Truck. Bufalino is known for creating public art installations and his Disco Ball Cement Truck is his latest creation. Oh, those French know how to celebrate. Happy New Year!

Weeks of Work

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This past year, we’ve stayed super busy at Taylor Design. Managing multiple projects, challenges, and deadlines daily can really drain your creativity. In order to help wake my brain up on Mondays (in addition to the mug of coffee), I spend just a minute or so before our weekly status meeting to quickly sketch a simple title design in my lined notebook for that week’s project list. Nothing fancy—it’s just a fast, fun way to kick-off my creative thinking for the week, and I urge you to give it a whirl. Check out this quick flip-through of one of my notebooks for an example (cartoon gnomes and all).

Where Would We Be Today…

… If not for a lesser-known Christmas Day birth of Robert Noel Hall? Mr. Hall was born on December 25th, 1919 in New Haven, Connecticut. He spent most of his professional life working for GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY (my home town and a suburb of Schenectady, NY) as an inventor. In 1962, Mr. Hall demonstrated the first semiconductor laser, which opened the gates to all kinds of future innovation. In the early 1960s, Mr. Hall and his colleagues at GE were developing the ground work for the technology we know and love today. “There is so much in our lives we take for granted today that traces back to Bob’s diode laser,” says Marshall Jones, a principal engineer at GE Global Research and another laser pioneer. To be honest, I understand so little about what these guys were up to back then. What I do know is that their inventions have made our lives better. Thanks to Robert (Bob) Noel Howard, the Christmas baby, who died a little over a month ago on November 7th at the age of 96.

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