The App That Reminds You You’re Going to Die

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Find happiness by contemplating your mortality with the WeCroak app. Each day, the app will send you five invitations at randomized times to stop and think about death. It’s based on a Bhutanese folk saying that to be a happy person one must contemplate death five times daily.

The WeCroak invitations come at random times and at any moment just like death. When they come, you can open the app for a quote about death from a poet, philosopher, or notable thinker.

You are encouraged to take one moment for contemplation, conscious breathing or meditation when WeCroak notifications arrive. We find that a regular practice of contemplating mortality helps spur needed change, accept what we must, let go of things that don’t matter and honor things that do.

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Design Canada

A documentary film celebrating the golden era of canadian graphic design. Through the lens of graphic design, Design Canada follows the transformation of a nation from a colonial outpost to a vibrant and multicultural society.

A film by Greg Durell
Produced by Jessica Edwards
Executive Producer Gary Hustwitt

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Bona Nova —Font Revival Project

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Bona Nova is a digitisation project of Bona typeface designed in 1971 by Andrzej Heidrich, the creator of Polish banknotes. Bona Nova concept, besides giving it a digital form, was to expand the character set, design the small caps, alternates and opentype functions for the typeface. Together with the original author The Bona Nova team created two new versions – Regular and Bold to give the family a form of a classical triad. The complete family is distributed under open font license. It is also accompanied by six display fonts – Bona Sforza family.

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Takeout creates a lot of trash. It doesn’t have to.

Our single-use items aren’t helping the fight against climate change but there are easy hacks to reduce and reuse. Climate Lab is produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox. Hosted by conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, the videos explore the surprising elements of our lives that contribute to climate change and the groundbreaking work being done to fight back. Featuring conversations with experts, scientists, thought leaders and activists, the series demystifies topics like nuclear power, food waste and online shopping to make them more approachable and actionable for those who want to do their part. Sanjayan is an alum of UC Santa Cruz, a Visiting Researcher at UCLA and the CEO of Conservation International.

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How Technicholor changed movies

In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explores the history of Technicolor: both the technology and the company. Many people recognize Technicolor from The Wizard of Oz, but the technology existed long before then. Two strip Technicolor and three strip Technicolor both revolutionized the film industry and shaped the look of 20th century film.

But Technicolor also influenced movies through its corporate control of the technology. People like Natalie Kalmus shaped the aesthetic of color films, and directors redesigned their sets and films based on the Technicolor look that the company — and viewers — demanded.

Though the process we traditionally recognize as Technicolor is no longer in use (the company does continue), the look remains influential even today.

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El mundo en 2050 —Laura Soucek

Laura Soucek, investigadora del Vall d’Hebron Instituto de Oncología, habla sobre los principales retos científicos en su campo que afrontará la humanidad en los próximos 30 años.

I Love Mexico — Lance Wyman México Te Quiero Pin

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Lance Wyman has designed a pin to help raise money for Mexico. *All Proceeds (excluding delivery) will be donated to Mexico Earthquake Relief via Oxfam.

Mexico 68 —Lance Wyman on the ’68 Olympic Design

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The 1968 Olympics took place in Mexico City, Mexico. It was the first games ever hosted in a Latin American country. And for Mexico City, the event was an opportunity to show the world that they were a metropolis as worthy as London, Berlin, Rome or Tokyo to host this huge international affair.

Among other ground-breaking aspects of the Mexico 68 games, the graphic design campaign (including the logo, posters and other graphics) would become one of the most famous in Olympic history. It would go on to set a whole new standard for future Games.

And these government-commissioned designs would also be co-opted by local activists, who wanted to reveal the darker political reality in Mexico — a reality that they felt was being covered up behind the beautiful glossy imagery of the 1968 Games.

 

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Un Mexicano detrás del Proyecto The Next Rembrandt

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Emmanuel Flores Elías es director de Tecnología e Innovación en la agencia de publicidad J. Walter Thompson Amsterdam. Gran parte de su carrera se ha desarrollado en la intersección entre diseño y tecnología, en un intento de comprender y aproximar ambos mundos.

Muy amablemente Emmanuel nos brindó a los Kowalski, un programa de radio en español que se transmite desde Polonia vía Radiownet y Mixcloud, una muy interesante conversación sobre la aplicación de la tecnología en la comunicación, mercadotecnia y desarrollo de productos.

Emmanuel es originario de la Ciudad de México, realizó estudios de Diseño de Interactividad en la Real Academia de las Artes en la Haya, Holanda. Emmanuel ha sido el responsable de liderar The Next Rembrandt, un multi-premiado proyecto en el que se hizo una recopilación de datos sobre los lienzos del artista flamenco  para recrear una obra original emulando el estilo del pintor.

En esta entrevista, Emmanuel nos habla de su experiencia en el desarrollo de The Next Rembrandt, de otros proyectos que ha realizado en Japón y China, así como de su visión del futuro inmediato de la revolución tecnológica que vivimos actualmente.

El proyecto de Next Rembrandt fue desarrollado por J. Walter Thompson Amsterdam para el ING Bank (haz click aquí).  Para escuchar la entrevista completa de Emmanuel Flores en “los Kowalski”, haz click aquí.

Un mexicano detrás del proyecto The Next Rembrandt

Emmanuel Flores Elías es director de Tecnología e Innovación en la agencia de publicidad J. Walter Thompson Amsterdam. Gran parte de su carrera se ha desarrollado en la intersección entre diseño y tecnología, en un intento de comprender y aproximar ambos mundos.

Muy amablemente Emmanuel nos brindó a los Kowalski, un programa de radio en español que se transmite desde Polonia vía Radiownet y Mixcloud, una muy interesante conversación sobre la aplicación de la tecnología en la comunicación, mercadotecnia y desarrollo de productos.

Emmanuel es originario de la Ciudad de México, realizó estudios de Diseño de Interactividad en la Real Academia de las Artes en la Haya, Holanda. Emmanuel ha sido el responsable de liderar The Next Rembrandt, un multi-premiado proyecto en el que se hizo una recopilación de datos sobre los lienzos del artista flamenco  para recrear una obra original emulando el estilo del pintor.

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