Archive for January, 2011

Introducing COMMON

Monday, January 31st, 2011
[caption id="attachment_4149" align="alignnone" width="520" caption="COMMON mission statement"][/caption] It's the time of collaboration. Not competition. Alex Bogusky, Rob Schuham and John Bielenberg present COMMON.
  • Benefiting people, communities, society, the environment and future generations is the new advantage in business. Our new capitalist brand is about transitioning from competitive advantage to collaborative advantage. COMMON is a brand that is community designed, community owned, and community directed. It is a single open source brand — a living network — for rapidly prototyping many progressive businesses that unleash creativity to solve social problems.

TEACH.gov

Thursday, January 27th, 2011
[caption id="attachment_4135" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Teach.gov"][/caption] My favorite part of the State of the Union. The words of Barack Obama: "become a teacher, your country needs you." Visit Teach.gov to learn more.

Citizen Architect

Friday, January 21st, 2011
"Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio is a documentary film on the late architect Samuel Mockbee and the radical educational design/build program known as the Rural Studio." I'm really looking forward to seeing this one. Via one of my favorite blogs: MAKR

Addicted to risk

Friday, January 21st, 2011
Naomi Klein and our addiction to risk. So what's the backup plan?

STOP AND PLAY

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
Stop and Play is an organization, online portfolio and idea exchange/curatorial forum. We use art as a medium to raise awareness and funds to help protect the living. This website compiles images, texts, videos and news from a range of different subjects aiming to inform and inspire you to join us as an art internet curator and act. We place a special effort in working together and speaking out with those who show what the media does not cover, living realities which do not sell, that have been omitted, forgotten, lost or suppressed and must be brought to light. The closer we get to this, the bigger our hopes and chance for a future where the living exists with the equal rights they were born to. We filter with the desire to provide valuable and life changing information. Our home is your home and we want to publish what you love and show the world new ways of making a difference through our PROTECT THE LIVING THROUGH ART SPECIAL PROJECTS, which you are invited to be a part of. Together we fight for the rights and the love for our bigger family, bringing different organizations/players together. We believe all knowledge is golden as long as you celebrate it, and we have chosen art as our instrument as it lives in all of us, indifferent of our backgrounds. We must immediately share the knowledge that enlightens our daily lives but which also travels way beyond our humble and precious existence. Our knowledge is our art, and together we curate and work to make a difference.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in His Own Words

Monday, January 17th, 2011
I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered. January 17, 2011 on Democracy Now!

Relaunch | The Match Factory Online Store

Monday, January 17th, 2011
A Design Shop for Prints & Projects After a very long hiatus, the online store of the Match Factory has been relaunched. It's now a design shop where you'll find our projects ranging from the personal to the political. And the optimistic. All screenprints are hand-pulled by yours truly and all projects are self-initiated in keeping with our original statement of intent: because making is part of things. We'll be adding more projects in the future and will of course keep things lively. Prints about love? Yes of course. And political activism? Why most definitely. Ah, sweet-sweet variety. As it's a design shop for our prints and projects, all sales will go to the making of more prints and projects. And the cycle will go on as long as it makes sense for us. Thank you for your interest, and for your support.

BBCX365

Friday, January 14th, 2011
BBCX365, by Johnny Selman, is a poster project to bridge the knowledge gap between global current events and the American public.
  • I will do this by creating a more visually interesting vehicle for the news, use a credible news source (BBC), and promote, market, and network. I will design a poster a day for 365 days in reaction to a headline on the BBC news website and update this website everyday with the poster and the accompanying news story. By creating posters based on the news stories I hope to compel my audience to look into the article and eventually stir a larger interest in world news with the American public.
  • In 2008 the internet overtook all other outlets for international and national news aside from television. Forty percent of Americans got their news online in 2008, up from twenty-seven percent the previous year. It can be estimated that currently over 50% of Americans use the internet as their main source of news. Nearly six-in-ten Americans younger than 30 (fifty-nine percent) say they get most of their national and international news online (Pew). With the rise in popularity of mobile devices and the continued trajectory of Americans getting their news online; this project will predominantly be based online.
  • Posters have always been a direct communication tool for the masses. Typically presented in public spaces, posters have always been a popular vehicle for graphics. Because the Web is becoming the public space where the majority of Americans are getting their news, I am trying to re-imagine the role of the poster online.

The Botany of Desire

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The Botany of Desire - Trailer from Kikim Media on Vimeo.

Apples, Tulips, Marijuana and Potatoes and their evolutionary influence over us. The Botany of Desire examines this unique relationship through the stories of four familiar species, telling how each of them evolved to satisfy one of our most basic yearnings. Linking our fundamental desires for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control with the plants that gratify them  – The Botany of Desire shows that we humans are intricately woven into the web of nature, not standing outside it. One major lesson: Monoculture = Bad. Who wants to live a place where everything is the same anyway?

How Cognitive Surplus Will Change the World

Monday, January 10th, 2011
Clay Shirky and Cognitive Surplus: the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles. His TED Talk looks at how we're building a better, more cooperative world. The Guardian reviews the book and Wired converses on the subject: the Great Spare-Time Revolution.