Creativity: Out of Print Clothing

I love second hand book shops, and I am also a fan of graphic tees (depasse I know). That’s why I was intrigued by Out of Print Clothing.
With Out of Print Clothing, you can proudly wear some of the world’s great books. Each tee-shirt depicts an iconic or out-of-print book cover ranging from classic to long forgotten covers, yet all are strong images that speak for themselves. (Reminds me of the various Penguin artifacts I own). The company works closely with artists, authors and publishers to license the content that ends up in their collections. Like a well-read book, each shirt’s quality is made to feel soft and worn.

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Labels: Airbrushing, Social Responsibility

Academics call on ASA to mark airbrushed ads
Academics are to lobby the Advertising Standards Authority to introduce notices on ads that feature airbrushed models, backing a call recently made by the Liberal Democrats. A letter from academics Dr Helga Dittmar of the University of Sussex and Dr Emma Halliwell of the University of the West of England is being sent to the Advertising Standards Authority. It warns of the negative impact that airbrushed images can have on the self-esteem of young people, especially when it makes models look super-thin.

Labels Reveal Companies Social Responsibility
Nutrition labels already give consumers a quick summary of what their food contains. Hoping to bring the same transparency to the companies behind the products, Project Label creates “social nutrition” labels to track manufacturers’ social and environmental responsibility.

Packaging: Newton Running

Newton Running
Newton Running based in Boulder, Colorado is striving to produce shoes that have a very low impact on the environment. The company wanted to also look at the way the shoes were packaged and see if there was an alternative to the conventional printed cardboard boxes. Newton worked with TDA Advertising and Design to develop a new package that is less box and more carton. The new package is a molded design that uses 100% post consumer recycled material. The shape of the carton fits the shoe eliminating the need to pack it with tissue paper. Instead of stuffing the shoes with even more paper, the company includes a pair of socks in one and a reusable shoe bag in the other.


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Park(ing) Day, Updated McDonalds, Lying To Computers

  • New parks popped up all over the country Friday, thanks to Park(ing) Day, an annual event that turns paved parking spaces into temporary green gardens. The event was started in 2005 by ReBar, an art collective based in San Francisco, and is meant to challenge urbanites to think about what our public spaces would be like if they were designed for the pedestrian, rather than the car.
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  • McDonalds has updated several of their UK locations with a surprisingly fresh, modern look. London based design firm SHH is responsible for the new interiors, which have banished the traditional plastic furniture in favor of a look that is straight out of a design magazine.
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  • A recent New York Times article by Saul Hansell explains how companies in the troubled financial industry tried to fool their computers (and themselves) by entering only partial information into risk management programs. With the programs running off incomplete data, things looked grand. But as we all know, this short sighted game did not last long. A poignant quote by Hansell sums it up: “Lying to your risk-management computer is like lying to your doctor. You just aren’t going to get the help you really need.”
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Links for 2008-03-31 : Amazon On Demand, Zero House, Huffington, Digital

Links for 2008-03-01 : Camouflaged People, Chinese Agro-Housing

Chris Jordan’s “Running The Numbers”

“Jordan’s large-scale color photographs portray the detritus of American consumption. Gaining access to some of the country’s largest industrial waste facilities, Jordan photographs the refuse of consumer culture (e.g., diodes, cell phone chargers, cigarette butts, circuit boards) on an immense scale. Spanning up to ten feet wide, Jordan’s prints are at once abstract and detailed.

The frequent use of distorted perspective, repeating forms, and disorienting scale help create the illusion of abstract landscapes. A pile of sawdust appears to be a massive mountain; an endless expanse of circuit boards looks like an aerial view of a dark city. In some instances, Jordan has located specific discarded objects at waste facilities and photographed them on location. In other instances, the artist has created elaborate sets, which are then photographed in his studio. Some images are constructed from multiple 8×10-inch negatives that the artist has digitally interlaced into a single image”.

Chris Jordan has exhibited in galleries across the US and even in Second Life.

Links for 2008-01-24 : Braun vs Apple, Virgin Galactic, AT&T WiFi, Free Music at Last (.fm), WalMart’s Social Manifesto, The Holy Bibel

Age of Conversation 2.0!

Just under a year ago, Drew McLellan and Gavin Heaton conceived the The Age of Conversation. So far the resulting tome has raised thousands of dollars for the children’s charity Variety.

Now then: if you (yes you! actually, maybe not you, mother) want to be an author for The Age of Conversation (2008 version), all you have to do is e-mail Drew and say you’re in!

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