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Films 4 [Conservation]

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Our good friends, Nick Lyon and Evie Wright, have just initiated a wonderful web-based resource for conservation, photography and film/video.  Nick and Evie (who contributed an audio piece on jomas v.1) created Cockroach Productions nearly 2 years ago and have since made a huge impact with their work. They almost singled handly changed the UK's Palm Oil market from one that encourages the destruction of Indonesia's rainforests and orangutan habitats to a sustainable one. Their new initiative is www.films4.org a hub for conservation media, wildlife film and photography with  specialized pages in ape, tiger and elephant conservation. From Nick & Evie:

Films4.org is an experimental resource for conservationists, filmmakers and photographers dedicated to conservation of our enviroment and wildlife [ed]. Currently running as a BETA test.

The idea of this site is that it becomes a lively and dynamic first port of call for your daily web browsing. We aim to collect all the news that you find most interesting and which will be kept up to date with RSS web feeds.

We are trying to make the most of the beauty of the internet and the democratisation of information through new ways of finding information and spreading it. We encourage conservation groups to take advantage of free internet tools available to them to spread their message - not just through their own websites - but through others like this - do you have a blog? do you run RSS feeds? if you don't you are missing out on the chance to reach new audiences and supporters. Have a look at the live news feeds below to find out why.

We are also trying to make available some of the most exciting media available - video - this can be locally or internationally targetted - but if you have educational conservation videos available online then tell us about it so we can collect them here.



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once in a while you find something truely extraordinary...

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it
appears
as if
it is
all
here:
                  ubu



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Folk Songs for the Five Points

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Folk Songs for the Five Points
is a digital arts project that allows you to create your own “folk songs” by remixing and overlaying a range of sounds taken from New York’s Lower East Side.

The SoundMap features a visual representation of the Lower East Side, overlaid with a series of dots. Each dot represents an audio sample recorded at that particular place. To select a sample, click and drag one of circles over the chosen dot. The sample will then automatically start playing.

Folk Songs for the Five Points is a celebration of cultural diversity and change, using “folk songs” as a metaphor to explore immigration and the formation of identity in New York’s Lower East Side.

The project isn’t about absolute answers or clear definitions. We are celebrating the unexpected richness that confronts you at every turn – from the many languages of Canal St to the endless complexity contained in words like “immigrant” and “folk song”.


http://www.tenement.org/folksongs/


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Artist Video Series

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Artist video series

Reading about artists can be moving. Seeing their work can be inspiring and, at times, can provoke us to action. Hillman Curtis, in his video series, allows us to experience leading designers through sound and motion, uncovering what it is about them that inspires him. Curtis profiles such  luminaries as Stefan Sagmiester, Billy Bragg, Paula Scher, Badly Drawn Boy and Pentagram as well as profiling some of his favorite movies like LA Doce Vita and Spinal Tap.

Curtis has even more videos on his site. See the entire series
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David Carson
"The starting point is never to make something ugly, or to make it hard to read, or to make it award-winning, or to make it pretty. The starting point is to try to interpret something." Time: 3:50

More...
Milton Glaser
"And I am still astonished. Things still amaze me. And I think that's the great benefit of being in the arts: where the possibility of learning never disappears. Where you basically have to admit you never learn it." Time: 5:55

More...

from AIGA.


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Ingredient of the Month

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Braised red cabbage goes well with apples, onions, nuts, and red wine, and it makes an excellent bed for pork, duck, and salmon.  Choose firm, shiny heads that are as dark as possible.   Don't overcook red cabbage or you'll sacrifice flavor and vitamins.


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Cir*cus/Car*ni*val :: Call for Entries

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(SCENE) Metrospace Announces Call To Artists for "Cir*cus/Car*ni*val" Exhibition
            
August 2, 2005

EAST LANSING, Mich.- East Lansing's alternative art space, (SCENE) Metrospace announces a call to artists for an upcoming exhibit entitled "Cir*cus/Car*ni*val" to be held at (SCENE) Metrospace in Nov. 2005. All artists over the age of 18 are invited to participate. Artist applications will be accepted through Sept. 30.

(SCENE) Metrospace is looking for artists whose work incorporates circus or carnival themes or subject matter that relates to the cultural tradition of the circus and the carnival.  Installations and performance event proposals are preferred, however artwork in any media will be reviewed, including but not limited to, painting, drawing, sculpture, video, and sound.

To apply, artists must submit images or documentation representative of the work to be exhibited, a description of your project idea, an artistic statement and/or a resume. Artists must also include an SASE for the return of their materials.  There is no entrance fee.  Please send your information to: (SCENE) Metrospace, C/O Emma Kruch, Coordinator, 410 Abbott Road, East Lansing, MI 48823. Application deadline is Sept. 30, 2005.

(SCENE) Metrospace is located at 303 Abbott Road, at the Albert Street intersection and is open Fridays from 6-9 p.m., Saturdays from 6-9 p.m., and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. during scheduled exhibits.  For more information, please contact Emma Kruch at (517) 319-6832.

www.scenemetrospace.com



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Earth as Art

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  • Are there any usage parameters for these images? There are rich design possibil...more
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re-title

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I found this interesting website:

Re-title.com is a website for the active community of professionals working in contemporary art. This includes artists, artist-run project spaces and curatorial projects as well as the emerging, young and established contemporary art galleries.  It enables artists and galleries to broaden their connections in contemporary art and communicate to a larger audience.



Though registration (a personal webpage and newsletters) costs about $50/year (!), it's a good way of checkiing out what other artists are doing across the globe, however limited it is so far (currently only a handful of South Africans are listed for the entire continent of Africa).



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de schaaf

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de schaaf

our artist-collective in antwerp (2001-2003)

 it's not my latest work ... it's where it really started for me
the click i needed to consider myself as an "artist"

it was also the first thing i made on my computer
... turned out to end up as a videoclip

enjoy,
frank/aka slö

 


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  • I like the musical score.
    - [stargrazer]
  • very nice frank!
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a gift

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rositadreamsrosita, hope you like it

more is in the makings

of the chaos

s00n sEE

 

(ö)



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  • welcome, frank! i like your work!
    - [ben]

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Lost Formats Preservation Society

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The society was founded by design group, Experimental Jetset,  in 2000 with the design of Emigre issue no. 57. It's sole purpose is to save formats from obscurity.
This overview of Lost Formats is not presented in any particular order and not in any way complete. Anyone can nominate their own beloved format by sending a picture and specifications to formats@jetset.nl. (Shown here: Viewmaster, Travan, Compact Cassette).



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  • Is that a viewmaster wheel I see? Wow, haven't seen one of those in over two de...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • nostalgia, i love it!
    - [Ande]
  • there needs to be more worm (write once read many) devices in life!
    - [Ande]

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sagmeister, inc.

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stefan sagmeister is a pretty darn unique designer.


i just spent a few hours (when i should've been working) looking at sagmeister's work, reading interviews, and soaking up his advice to students.



http://www.sagmeister.com

the documentary by hilman curtis
is also worth checking out... [Sagmeister]



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AIGA Design Archives

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The AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Design Archives are a record of annual juried selections of design excellence and the work of designers honored by AIGA. These intereactive archives provide broad accesibility to an extensive collection of contemporary design for research and reference. This definitive resource on American design will continue to expand with each year's new selections and the addition of special archives.


view the AIGA Design Archives
view 2004's selctions for
365: AIGA Year in Design 25





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Timeline of Art History from the MET

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Have fun learning:

11world"The Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated especially by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection.

The Museum's curatorial, conservation, and education staff—the largest team of art experts anywhere in the world—research and write the Timeline, which is an invaluable reference and research tool for students, educators, scholars, and anyone interested in the study of art history and related subjects.

First launched in 2000, the Timeline now extends from prehistory to the present day. The Timeline will continue to expand in scope and depth, and also reflect the most up–to–date scholarship."


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  • this is simply amazing -great find!!
    - [ben]

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craddle to craddle- the design of william mcdonough

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here is a book and site that i find encouraging!

http://www.mcdonough.com/



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  • Ande, the web development firm I work for, Edict (who also very generously provi...more
    - [nick]
  • Also check out the competition: http://www.c2c-home.org/
    - [nick]
  • i really dig green pop, nick. mad props to the edict crew!!!
    - [ben]

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wim crouwel

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Art Serve Michigan

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ArtServeMichigan.org is a good resource for Michigan-based artists.

Their mission:

ArtServe Michigan supports and advocates for the arts and cultural education in the state of Michigan. ArtServe Michigan accomplishes its mission by working with artists, educators, cultural organizations, businesses, volunteers and others through statewide programs, services and a variety of collaborative efforts.

Register online for Michigan Artist Directory's free monthly email listing of competitions, commissions, grants, calls for entries and job opportunities.

Visit the gallery/members pages.


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  • one problem i have with the Michigan Artist Directory is that is essentially a &...more
    - [ben]
  • This also means that anyone with $40 can be a member. Not to be elitist, but th...more
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  • What I mean to say is that good art comes from all income levels, not just those...more
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color in motion

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if you thought color theory was a blast before, hold on to your crayons... top props for claudia cortés' color in motion. it is a stellar interactive site that makes learning, teaching, and experiencing color theory possibly as fun as it ever could be. it's clean and impeccably well crafted design is a pure delight for all who enjoy color, it's symbolism, and it's universal and cultural communicative powers.  created as cortés' MFA design thesis at Rochester Institute of Technology; it has won numerous web design and teaching awards and recently won ID magazine's best of category (the highest award) for it's annual student design review. jospeh albers would definitely dig it.




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  • Great site ben. This is very cool. Yellow and Blue are friends.
    - [nick]

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ArtLex - Art Dictionary

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ArtLex has definitions for more than 3,600 terms "used in discussing visual culture, along with thousands of supporting images, pronunciation notes, great quotations and cross-references."

ArtLex is a creation of Michael Delahunt, an art instructor, around 1994. The information is utilitarian and beautifully hyperlinked - combining definition with movenments and media. Very neat stuff.

Check out Minimalism as an example.

(also visit the website to see how artists, students, educators, collectors, and galleries can use ArtLex)



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  • a fine example of practical hypermedia.
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FILMS WANTED

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Hi all! Sorry its been ages since I've posted anything, but I've been in Nepal shooting a documentary for my masters... anyways, a friend of mine told me about a great resource for independent filmmakers called: Shooting People,and although its sardonic humor doesn't always make you smile in the current political state of the world, its really a great database for anyone interested in filmmaking. It is based in England but they started a branch in NY a year ago... and here's a sample of the sorts of things you'll find on their website:

The Reel Deal
From: Matthew Glasson <matthew*at*reeldealtv.com>
http://shootingpeople.org/cards/Glasson

  NYC's independent film showcase, The Reel Deal, is now accepting submissions
  for the next series of episodes beginning on Thursday, August 12.  The Reel
  Deal is a 30 minute program started late last year as a new television forum
  for independent film and video shorts to be broadcast to the borough of
  Manhattan.  In addition, the episodes have had live screenings at various
  venues for the filmmakers and other good folk.
  
  In preparation for the next series of episodes, Reel Deal is now open for any
  and all short film submissions.  Works can be of any sort or origin:
  animated, documentary, drama, experimental just so long as they were done
  independently!     It's absolutely free to submit - up to three shorts at one
  time.  Put your shorts on either mini-DV or DVD and send to this like so...
  
  The Reel Deal
  78 Norman Ave., 1st Floor
  Brooklyn, NY 11222
  
  get out your dusty cameras and send me your shorts
  
  Matthew Glasson
  http://reeldealtv.com
  matthew*at*reeldealtv.com
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jowai: the journal of words and images

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jowai: the journal of words and images is now available for your consumption. jowai is the outside circle collective's publication documenting the creative work of it's international membership. poetry, short story, essay, photography, painting, mixed media, and graphic art created by OCC members from 3 continents is showcased within on 24 full-color pages. It is available at several fine bookstores (more info to follow) or from OCC members Nick Gaydos (US), Antonio Zirion (UK/EU, Mexico), Ben Gaydos (US, UK/EU, Asia) Julia Yezbick (UK/EU, Asia) and Nick Lyon (UK/EU). For more information or to place an order please email info[at]outsidecircle[dot]com



jowai specifics:
  • 24 pages of your full color art, photos, poems & stories (pages 2-3,4-5 shown)[3]
  • Slip cover with transfer & origami [1]   
  • It transforms into two 2' x 3.5' murals
  • Rubber band binding (removable pages) [2]
  • Featured artists: Jennifer Brigham, Noah Ullman, Julia Yezbick, Benjamin Gaydos, Antonio Zirión, Nick Lyon, Scott McGlaughlin, Peter Richards, John Lindenmayer, Nick Gaydos, Kristen Kaszeta, Rebecca Gaydos, Louis Rawlins, Jan Fox, Joe Scott, Chris Vanwyck, Tim Lane, Sam Coffman, Andrea Eckert, and Jeremy Couilard


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  • jowai is available at magma books, manchester, a hearty visual arts and design s...more
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  • jowai is available in michigan at Shaman Drum bookstor in Ann Arbor, and Gallery...more
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  • contact info[at]outsidecircle[dot]com for more information.
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$14 will build a cheap steadycam

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"Steadycams (or camera stabilizers) are attachments used to capture smooth looking video even when the camera and camera operator are in motion. The camera operator may walk (or even jog), move through tight hallways and doorways, and even climb up and down stairs without shaking the camera.

Unfortunately, professional steadycams cost around $1500. Even the cheap 3rd party ones cost $600+. Not exactly a bargain considering many of us use cameras in that price range.

So, I decided to make my own version. It turns out, it only costs $14. Not too bad. And I'll show you how to build your own..." [Johnny Chung Lee]



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  • Very cool. I want one.
    - [name not provided]
  • hmmm... julia- wanna build one of these for nepal? ...though try getting one of...more
    - [ben]
  • Is anyone else interested in making these? Maybe we could get a discount if we...more
    - [nick]
  • Huh. I don't know. But, better (for me at least) is that we could pool resourc...more
    - [name not provided]
  • wow! very handy!! ben- maybe we should build one before we go! I love how his...more
    - [pax]
  • in nepal you can build one for under 500 rupees ($7), including the specialty pa...more
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info for the graphic design student

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in my pursuits i came across this document put together by the AIGA (american institute of graphic arts) and NASAD (national association of schools of art and design) for students interested in studying graphic design. i found it quite on track with dealing with some of the questions i had as student, as well as those i have now considering graduate studies. it is relevant and informative. please feel free to pass it on to those who might be interested.

Student_Info.pdf

also, if you are considering grad school, i purchased the USNEW's Graduate Studies web resource which (somewhat biasedly) rates Graduate Programs across the US (as well as lists all contact info) and i would be happy to pass any information to inquiring minds, just email me.



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  • You know.. I just looked at the US News bit about an hour ago -- where...more
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  • louis- USNEWS doesn't review the same areas of study every year (except fo...more
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  • design rankings graphic design: 1. Rhode Island School of Design...more
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  • It's interesting, given the half-baked approach I took to finding a graduate sch...more
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BV's top 105

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This is the top 105 films of a past Professor of mine: hundofive. Though I can't say I agree with the order of all of the films Professor Bill Vincent ranked, I can't say that I've even seen half of the films, I can't speak french, and I also can't say I have a doctorate. I can say though, that if you pick out one of these films next time you go to rent a movie (try the library - Blockbuster has no class), that you will see a film that will make you think... and there's something to be said about that in itself. 

The top ten:

  1. 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963)
  2. REAR WINDOW (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
  3. PERSONA (Ingmar Bergman, 1966)
  4. THE RULES OF THE GAME (Jean Renoir, 1938)
  5. THREE COLORS: RED (Krysztof Kieslowski, 1993)
  6. LOLA MONTÈS (Max Ophüls, 1955)
  7. CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles, 1941)
  8. THE GRAND ILLUSION (lean Renoir, 1937)
  9. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (D.W. Griffith, 1915)
  10. AND THE SHIP SAILS ON (Federico Fellini, 1983)


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the future is now

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In 1969 Charles Eames sketched out a rough visualization of the design process for an exhibition at the Lourve called "what is design?". It consisted of three loose amoeba-like graphical elements floating in the void of his sketchpad, overlapping, intersecting, and connecting to create the most idyllic representation of what design should be. The three layered forms respectively constitute the interests and concerns of the designer, the genuine interest of the client, and concerns of society as a whole. Where the subsets intersect lies the common ground where designers can work with "conviction and enthusiasm". Like much of the Eames' work, the beauty is found in the objects' duality. Floating gorgeously in clarity and in the absence of pretense... churning below are the complexities brought not only by the designer and the client, but society as well. We as designers are given the daunting task of mapping the blurred sovereignty where morals, economics, and personal goals intersect.

We are at the beginning of a new epoch of human viability, where all economies and ecologies are becoming globalized, related and integrated. More than any other discipline, design has placed us, for better of for worse, in this position. More directly, for the last 100 years it has been graphic design acting as the purveyor, instigator, and documentarian of cultural change. Increasingly, however, graphic design has been depreciating its stock as an art form by making itself available primarily as a commercial tool. This, paired with the narrow selection of creative instruments (primarily software), which we allow ourselves to use contributes to the disposable conduit that makes up the majority of design encountered daily. Craft and vocation are left behind, leaving the mass media with unchallenging and comfortable design for the people. We must seek to create work that is both visually and cognitively demanding, but emotionally and intellectually rewarding.

By falsifying our skills as creative artists and knowingly swimming out to the undertow
of an 'autistic economy', where unemployment, inequality, and globalization prevail, finding the area where the "designer can work with determination and enthusiasm" becomes all the more difficult. We designers will not find it alone. Working with colleagues both in and outside of the realm of visual communications cultivates understanding. Collaborating with other fields such as semiotics, social anthropology and linguistics, we educate ourselves in the cultural values that give worth to human life. We must seek to understand, study, and challenge how visual communication determines and reinforces cultural values.

The collective conscious of the design community is beginning to reevaluate its societal role. In his essay published by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, The Citizen Designer, Rick Poyner states, "We must ensure that design, as an interdisciplinary way of thinking, becomes an integral and equal component of significant public initiatives." melding such initiatives with our clients ideals and our morals, we can better all parties involved. Through these means Eames' pluperfect land seems all the more attainable. This is what we must seek.


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  • Ben, a very thought-provoking assessment!"Do not commit design in a vacuu...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I like the use of this space for essays and comentary.
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