Jesus was like all men

Natasha Sumant

Gloabal Issues Recitation Section K Barbara Adams

Headline : My Man

Source: The New Yorker

Abstract:

This article was triggered by a discovery by some Harvard student that Jesus was infact married and not to the prostitue Mary Magdelene. The article is written in a sort of casual conversational tone and makes these supposed scared historical events seem like everyday occurrences  Which, depending on how you look at it, are in fact everyday events in our lives. In the article Jesus is portrayed as the typical douchy guy who although to the world may seem like a great person and general do-gooder, still treats his wife poorly. The article makes me think of the history of media and the portrayal of life through various material forms. The end of the article talks about how Jesus’s wife had been erased from the Gospels because Jesus’s followers had been jealous of their marriage. Thus the media of the time the Gospel showed a distorted perspective of who Jesus actually was and played on certain half truths to portray him and his teachings a certain way, much like we do in advertising today. All of this along with our lecture on Site and Sight makes me question wether we was designers (and graphic designers in my case) can actually portray the truth? And wether a moral compass for designers and their responsibility towards the rest of the public actually exists? And if so, to what degree? Or do our lives depend on these half truths and generalizations ?

Primary Design Lense: Distortion in media (and how media exists in manifest forms)

Secondary Design Lense:  Can we really display/ portray the truth in media ?

 

 

Link: http://www.newyorker.com/humor/2012/10/08/121008sh_shouts_rudnick

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Messing with the Map; Graphics Geography and the 2012 Election

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Global Issues in Design and Visually in the 21st Century

Aubrey D’Agnolo

Section: Barbra Adams

Global Now: Abstract

Headline:  Election graphics show how Obama won

Date: 11/15 /2012h                                              

Source: Yahoo! News

Abstract:

This article contains a slide show of maps which show how different populations in regions of North America voted in the 2012 election. Using the traditional colors of red for Republican, Romney voters and Democratic Obama voters. Some of these maps are not so traditional in the inflated shapes the states take on when we look at population size vs. size of the state. These maps are a very interesting distortion of geography, especially when we begin to think about how iconic the “shape” of North America can be. The website I found these maps on (don’t be afraid of the very long link and please check out the maps) calls them “cool tools” but looking at this stretched and manipulated geography I see much more. We’ve talked a lot about visualizing information and transforming data into graphs during our class time. Does this population study superimposed onto our geographic identity really help us to understand information?   The correct map which accurately depicts how the president is elected is the one which stretches the states to form their relative influence in the Electoral College this is the map “3 /8”.   These states with high populations have more representatives who vote based on the popular preference of their region. These maps reveal how confusing our election system can be but also helped me to understand how population density can be attributed to the confusion. Visually these maps alter the viewer’s perception of what is a strongly fixated shape and display the interesting relationship between geography and population.

 

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/election-graphics-show-obama-won-221124144–election.html;_ylt=Auhtnxz6IvRpq0TLLw2fkoi1qHQA;_ylu=X3oDMTQwa2hxOGNsBG1pdANNb3N0UG9wdWxhciBMaXN0aW5nBHBrZwNmYzRlOTljNi1iZTc0LTM2OWQtODNjOS05MWE4NjQxODMyMzMEcG9zAzUEc2VjA01vc3QgUG9wdWxhcgR2ZXIDNDY5YzcwZDItMmY0Ni0xMWUyLTllM2QtZGUyZTk1YTA3ZmRj;_ylg=X3oDMTFsNnAxMGFjBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANwb3B1bGFyBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25z;_ylv=3

Global Issue: Leadership and Politics

Primary Design Lens: Charts and Data

Secondary Design Lens: Geography and Population

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The German Guy Who Refused To Give A Nazi Salute Was A Badass

Julio Montas
Section:
Barbara Adams
Global Now: Abstract
Date:  
11/15/2012
Source:
fastcodesign.com
Abstract:

The swastika symbol in a 45 degree angle use by the nazi party is the most powerful logo of all age, the manifestation of evil and hate. Yet one rebel soldier refused to give a nazi salute. The image can leave some viewers with a chills but other with courage. I love the fact of how forgotten moment come back to the present remaining us of the past. Maybe when that picture was taking nobody really care about that soldier cause the world was looking at hitler but now that same soldier is an example of real courage human being.

Link:  The German Guy Who Refused To Give A Nazi Salute Was A Badass
Global Issue:  
History
Primary Design Lens:  
Photography
Secondary Design Lens:  
Communication

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Julio Montas
Section: Barbara Adams
Global Now:
Health
Date:  
11/15/2012
Source:
fastcodesign.com

On the last class we talk of how a simple potato peeler came to be the number one inspiration for designers and lectures slideshow. What made the potato peeler so revolutionary is that seniors with _____ can use it with no problem. We often forget that we all going to get old, yet we pretty much never think to design for a older consumer.

Meyer-Hentschel Institut developed the Age Man Suit to remind us of the unlimited daily potential a senior face every minute by simulate the feelings of growing old. If young designers or anyone with a creative mind learn to attack the difficult task that a senior face before they get to that age. We would had better products and acknowledge better our design decision that can affect any age range and future generation.

Link:  A Suit That Shows Young People What It Feels Like To Be Old
Global Issue:  Research
Primary Design Lens:  
Sustainability
Secondary Design Lens:  
Product design

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College DJ Reviewed, DJ Headphones

SUNG SUH

Section: Barbra Adams

Global Now: Abstract

Headline: College DJ Reviewed, DJ Headphones

Date: 11/15/2012

Source: http://www.collegedj.net/2010/06/23/tech/dj-headphonessony_technics/

Dr.Dre headphones are pricy, but people love it. The size is also big, but people love it. The size of the headphones is trying to tell us this is a professional headphone. This is a good example of marketing. This is like Michael Jordan Nike shoes. People want to experience what famous people experience. This marketing trying to stimulate people’s fantasy and it works.

Global Issue: product design

Primary Design Lens: marketing

Secondary Design Lens: buying fantasy

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Frog Open Sources Design Thinking

Name: Eli Rosenbloom

Section: Barbara Adams

Global Now: Design Thinking

Headline: Frog Creating an open source guide to design thinking

Date: 11/15/2012

 

ABSTRACT:

Frog aims to teach youngsters in the developing world how to work together to tackle challenges in their communities. They seek to universalize design thinking, even the word brainstorm is a very American word which is nonexistent in most languages. Frog takes an interesting approach in universalizing this process – they approach explaining the methodology through simple vocabulary. Overall it is a non-linear iterative approach – “clarifying your goal, again and again, as your project progresses”.  The piece of work is geared towards people in the foundation space or NGO’s.

If you are familiar with the design consultancy space you will realize that this piece is parallel with IDEO’s human centered design. Both seek to open source methods that catalyze social innovation and entrepreneurship. The difference is that Frog’s piece seems to target the learning youth of the communities with their language. As where IDEO targets more matured change agents in the community. IDEO’s lens is more of a co-design intervention as where Frog’s seems to be a workshop. Can flashcards save the world? We shall see!

 

Link: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671237/frog-creates-an-open-source-guide-to-design-thinking#1

Global Issue: Open Sourcing

Primary Design Lens: Communication Design

Secondary Design Lens: Social Innovation Image

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Athens Riot Dog: Loukanikos’ Protester Career is Over

SUNG SUH

Section: Barbra Adams

Global Now: Abstract

Headline: Athens Riot Dog: Loukanikos’ Protester Career is Over

Date: 11/15/2012

Source:  http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2012/09/18/athens-riot-dog-loukanikos-protester-career-is-over/

The dog’s name is Loukanikos and he is snown as a brave protester. He even has his own website. People took his pictures fighting against police. Who made his website? Protester made the web site. There are many stray dogs in Athens, Greece. Some people say that having those stray dogs in the city is not good for country’s image. I am not sure what image we want to achieve. The city take care of the stray dogs and they have been vaccinated. How can we assume that Loukanikos is a brave perotester? Maybe he was just having fun out there!

Global Issue: Riot

Primary Design Lens: Image making

Secondary Design Lens: Dog’s right

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