Mini Metros, minimal maps of mass transit systems by Peter Dovak

Thursday, 19 January, 2017

Design by Peter Dovak

Washington, D.C. based graphic designer Peter Dovak seems to spend a bit of time on trains, so it makes sense he’d turn his hand to designing maps for mass transit systems. And Mini Metros is the elegant, minimally styled, result.

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“Designing for Change”, the 2017 Semi Permanent book

Thursday, 19 January, 2017

The 2017 Semi Permanent book is in the planning stages, and submissions are being accepted from creatives interested in having their work included. Anything goes, including photography, illustration, painting, design, 3D, sculpture, typography, and street art, so get to it.

You have until 5 February. More information about specifications, etc, can be found here.

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Hot Thoughts, oh yes, hot new music by Texas rockers, Spoon

Thursday, 19 January, 2017

You never know what to expect when you listen into the new release selections that digital music player Spotify offers, so it’s always satisfying to happen upon a gem.

Today I’m talking about Hot Thoughts, new music from Austin, Texas, based rock act Spoon. It’s also the title track of their new EP, which is due for release in March.

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Coffee futures speculators cannot have their cuppa and drink it to

Thursday, 19 January, 2017

Worth repeating. An on-going drought in Brazil, one of the world’s largest producers of coffee, is likely to see the price of our favourite caffeinated brew rise soon. That’s not good news. Unless of course you are a commodity speculator, in which case an increase in costs will suit you.

Prices for robusta, used in instant coffee, are near a four-year high in London on concern supplies will drop. That’s also boosting the aroma-rich arabica beans, with futures posting the biggest advance of 2017 among components of the Bloomberg Commodity Index. Last week, hedge funds lifted their bets on a rally for the first time in two months.

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The Trolley Problem, illustrated and animated

Thursday, 19 January, 2017

British philosopher Philippa Foot’s ethical dilemma, the Trolley Problem, presents us with quite the conundrum.

A runaway train threatens the lives of five people further along a rail line. For whatever reason, the five are unaware the train is approaching, or they’re unable to get themselves off the line.

You, however, could switch the train onto another line, sparing the five. However, a sole person is on this other line. Do you sacrifice one person for the sake of the five? Or not?

While the dilemma may seem like an academic exercise, it has real life ramifications. The advent of driver-less cars is a case in point. In an emergency situation, an autonomous vehicle may find itself needing to choose between the apparent lesser of two unpleasant outcomes.

I wonder what will happen there?

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Trailer for Dunkirk, the new film from Christopher Nolan

Wednesday, 18 January, 2017

The second trailer for Dunkirk, the new feature from US film director Christopher Nolan. A story set around the evacuation of Allied forces from France in 1940. Due for release in July. Nolan’s work is consistently top notch. I’m looking forward to this one.

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On leaving an old life behind, and starting anew somewhere else

Wednesday, 18 January, 2017

Running from a problem never solved anything. Or so they say. The maxim probably holds true most of the time, but, as they also say, there are exceptions to every rule. Sometimes you simply have to get up, and get out of a situation.

It might look like running, but to some, it is a solution. Some problems cannot be solved, some people cannot be reasoned with. But is jetting off into the unknown really the answer? Wouldn’t that just give rise to a whole set of new worries?

Possibly. But they may only be temporary. In any event, it hasn’t stopped people trying. People have uprooted themselves, for whatever reason, from one life, and succeeded in establishing themselves, often alone, somewhere else.

In Prague, everything from the street signs to the grocery shops felt alien. Sarah kept a low profile for the first few weeks: holed up with a book, rarely leaving the flat alone, eating takeaway from the KFC downstairs. But before long she found a babysitting job that paid cash-in-hand, giving her the confidence to explore the city and pick up the language. By the time her three-month tourist visa expired, she felt happier than she’d ever been and decided to stay on illegally.

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Epoch, a journey of epic proportions through the solar system

Wednesday, 18 January, 2017

Dim the lights, turn up the volume, and go into full screen mode for Epoch, a journey to the far reaches of the solar system.

By Ash Thorp, whose video NONE I linked to last October, and San Francisco based Danish art director and motion designer, Chris Bjerre.

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What men would do if it weren’t so feminine or socially unacceptable

Wednesday, 18 January, 2017

We needed to have this discussion, or at least the male members of Reddit, did.

The question, what would men do, or do more of, if gender norms didn’t exist? Quite a bit, it seems, if they didn’t fear ridicule or persecution. Here’s a selection of some of the answers:

  • Wear yoga pants
  • Try quilting, knitting, and sewing
  • Wear purfume, and makeup
  • Say that cute things are cute
  • Wear more jewellery
  • Pole dance
  • Wear skirts and dresses
  • Smile at and interact with children
  • Express emotion and weakness more openly

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Rel Pham, Sydney based visual artist

Wednesday, 18 January, 2017

Artwork by Rel Pham

Rel Pham is a Sydney based visual artist with a style that’s hard to go passed. His work is not restricted to canvases either, keep a look out, you may see his murals adorning a wall near you.

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