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Rick Poynor
The Body as Factory: Anatomy of an Image
Observed
A Sculpture on the Moon
12.27.13

Slate has a fascinating article about artist Paul van Hoeydonck and his three-and-a-half inch scultpure, Fallen Astronaut that was (and still is) exhibited on the moon.

Michael Bierut
The Typeface of Truth
08.09.12

What are the implications when Errol Morris declares the typeface most likely to induce credulity is Baskerville?

Alexandra Lange
Hiking the Museum
Alexandra Lange
Science Gets Around to Architecture
05.04.11

Why are we still privileging scientific studies over visual thinking?

Rob Walker
On Radiolab: the Sound of Science
04.07.11

“Radiolab,” a public radio show that breaks from public radio sensibilities, not least in its striking sound.

Carl Schoonover
Portraits of the Mind
12.13.10

The book, Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century (Abrams) documents this overlooked dimension over two millennia of obsession with the brain.

Michael Bierut
Designing the Unthinkable
01.12.10

For more than fifty years, there have been arguments against nuclear proliferation. The Doomsday Clock translates all the arguments to a simple visual analogy.

The Editors
And Speaking of Sustainability...
10.01.09

Proceedings of a 2003 seminar about Timeship, a visionary project designed by Stephen Valentine for storing the frozen remains of people awaiting reanimation.

Alan Rapp
Personal Space
06.03.09

Robert Sommer’s Personal Space: The Behavioral Basis of Design was published in forty years ago, and its compact title concept — an invisible but perceptible security zone surrounding an individual — caught on. But where is Sommer now? A recent study in Perception finds that listening to music on headphones alters our sense of sociospatial relations. Until these more contemporary strands of inquiry result in a truly new analysis of how we perceive our interpersonal zones today, Personal Space is now available in a new edition, with some additional commentary by Dr. Sommer, from Bosko Books in the UK

Mark Lamster
Triumph of the Will (Or, Everything Old Is New Again)
05.14.09

In the New Yorker this week, Jonah Lehrer writes about a psychological study suggesting that self control, or the ability to delay gratification, more strongly correlates with long-term success than intelligence.

Lorraine Wild
Will Burtin: Design and Science
04.15.09

Will Burtin’s story is presented in Design and Science: The Life and Work of Will Burtin. Like all of the emigré “pioneers,” Burtin brought an amazing amount of talent and energy (along with plain old ambition) to his modernist approach.

Debbie Millman
Jonah Lehrer
02.15.08

Jonah Lehrer, editor-at-large for Seed Magazine, is also a contributor to NPR’s RadioLab. He is the author of Proust was a Neuroscientist.

Debbie Millman
Eric Kandel
01.25.08

Nobel prize winner Eric Kandel is a psychiatrist, neuroscientist and professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Columbia University.
 

Jessica Helfand
Science and Design: The Next Wave
10.16.07

Scientists probe and manipulate and channel and divide; they split and fuse and spike and engineer; but most of all, they look. As a designer, to spend any time with scientists is to become at once profoundly aware of our similarities and devastated by that which divides us.

Jessica Helfand
My Dirty Little Secret
05.28.07

Gardening is its own infuriating design challenge. You fret and you rethink and you second-guess yourself constantly, and then for one delirious, thrilling moment something blooms and you feel utterly triumphant. And then it dies and you are back where you started.

William Drenttel
International Polar Year
03.22.07

In what may turn out to be the biggest international scientific project to date, an army of thousands of scientists will spend the next two years studying the Arctic and Antarctic as part of the International Polar Year, which officially begins this week.

Jessica Helfand
Death 'N' Stuff
09.21.06

Smoking Kills: The label days it all. Or does it? Once the allegedly chilling skull and crossbones is marketed as a decorative pattern
on a silk bowtie, its credibility as an mark of peril seems, well, somewhat questionable, begging the question: have we become so bored by life that we've inadvertently become inured to death?
William Drenttel
Threat Advisory Pandemic Alert System (TAPAS)
08.14.06

How do we measure the danger level from the Avian Influenza A (H5N1) virus? What we lack is that one Tom Ridge-like bit of inspiration that would lend clarity to these confusing times. We took our cue from a certain John James Audubon. Herewith, one option for Homeland Security. Yes, we know: it's for the birds.

William Drenttel
Weather Report: 53 Degrees F. Heavy Snowfall Predicted
04.18.06

The weather is fucked up. "Science is a way of making sense of the world. Design is a way of making the world make sense."

Jessica Helfand
Face Value
12.16.05

Facial transplants mapping our future: how much is the world of design responsible?

William Drenttel
Maps of Cyberspace
05.30.05

It is the internet that has changed our perception of space, precisely because the sheer volume of interconnectivity is beyond our imagination, whether it be language-based, data-based, or community-based. Add black holes and photographs of asteroidal moons around Jupiter, and our world seems increasingly expansive. Yet, if we cannot map it, how can we understand it?

Jessica Helfand
Greer Allen: In Memoriam
04.28.05

Designer, critic, pundit and historian, Greer Allen was Senior Critic in Graphic Design at Yale School of Art. He designed publications for The Houghton Library at Harvard, the Beinecke Library at Yale, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and a number of other distinguished cultural institutions around the country. Greer Allen died last week after a short illness. He was 83.

Rick Poynor
Eduardo Paolozzi, 20th Century Image-Maker
04.24.05

If a visual artist created more concentrated, exhilarating images of science, technology and the media realm during the mid-20th century than British artist Eduardo Paolozzi, then I would like to see them. Paolozzi, who died on 22 April aged 81, was first of all a sculptor, but the screenprints he produced in the 1960s rank as masterpieces of the medium.

The Editors
Understanding and Action
01.02.05


Jessica Helfand
Under The Microscope
09.09.04


William Drenttel
Edward Tufte: The Dispassionate Statistician III
07.06.04


Jessica Helfand
Take Two Logos and Call Me in the Morning
07.01.04


Jessica Helfand
One Person, One Vote, One MRI?
04.20.04


Jessica Helfand
Annals of Typographic Oddity No. 2: Spaceship Gothic
03.26.04


William Drenttel
Call for Entries: Periodic Table of the Elements
02.05.04

Jessica Helfand and I are building a collection of Periodic Tables and hope to publish a book on their scientific, visual and cultural history.

William Drenttel
Uut, Uup and Away
02.04.04

What happens when we discover new elements, especially ones on the outer fringes of the periodic table? Where did Uut and Uup come from?


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