RW Quarterly: Redesigns, Snopes, the Gadsden Flag, etc.
|Rob Walker||Nov 13, 2016|
Opening theme: “Losing My Edge,” by LCD Soundsystem
Hey everybody — let's not talk about the election!
As always, I'll be brief:
[ 1. ] NEWS
The New York Times Magazine has a special design issue out today. I wrote this longish reported essay about redesigns — why they happen, how they work, and when they don't. The whole issue is quite interesting and worth the printed version, I'd say.
[ 2. ] OTHER RECENT STUFF
In that same NYT Mag issue, I also have a short "endpaper" partly about New Zealand's experiment with crowdsourcing the redesign ... of its national flag.
Also somewhat recently, I wrote this feature about the transformation of Snopes from niche urban legend-debunker to real-time rumor-checking operation, for the Webby Awards. (Fair warning: Although written and published prior to the election, this does include some Trump material.)
Here's a shorter piece, on debating the shifting "meaning" of the Gadsden Flag, for NewYorker.com.
And here's a short article about Ad Magic, the manufacturing company that, starting with Cards Against Humanity, has quietly become the go-to source for crowdfunded tabletop game creators (which is a bigger category than you think). For Bloomberg Businessweek.
Finally, I'm very excited about the publication of Problems & Provocations, a beautiful book covering the remarkable achievements of Grand Arts and its many collaborators. I contributed a pretty detailed exploration of a project by The Propeller Group, and some shorter pieces as well. Congrats to the Grand Arts crew — and I'm expecting great things from the new organization that some of its alums have started, Fathomers. Keep an eye on that.
Still more recent stuff, including Workologist columns, on my public Facebook page.
[ 3. ] PLUGS
Amy Krouse Rosenthal's new book, Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, is a fascinating experiment non-linear observational semi-memoir. Also: there's an actual texting component. Very original. More here.
Design and Violence, the online exhibition and book that originated at MoMA, has its debut as a physical-world exhibition, in Dublin. Details here.
[ 4. ] JUST LOOKING
[ 5. ] Playlist
"Call Me," Chambers Brothers
"Cook Me," Izabo
"It's Nobody's Fault But Mine," Lucinda Williams
"Night Time Is The Right Time," John Lee Hooker
"I'm Done," The Julie Ruin
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