Archive | June, 2011

CranioDsgn – No More Fukushima!

30 Jun
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A World Without Facebook

30 Jun

Everyone already knows what Facebook is and it requires no introduction. Facebook has created a platform in which we interact with each other without ever having to meet face to face. It allows for businesses to take off without ever having to spend a dime on advertisement; local business now has a voice against the big companies. Facebook has helped level the playing field, everyone and everything can have an internet presence. With their social plug-ins Facebook makes it easy for anyone with a site to gain fans and have their fans share the site with their friends. However, what would life be like without Facebook?

As you may have already guessed today’s infographic is all about the world without Facebook. As previously mentioned local businesses use Facebook for marketing, 70% to be exact. That would mean that over half of of local business would lose access to thousands of potential customers. Today if we want to share a picture we simply upload it to Facebook and anyone we want can see it. If it weren’t for this we would have to wait for people sign into IM, e-mail the photo, or wait until we see them next. What about arranging get togethers? We would have to send out e-vites, mail out invitations, or make tons of calls. Luckily today all we have to do is create an event and add whoever we want to the list.


Your Professor Tweets More Than You

30 Jun

How many of y’all are friends with your professors on facebook? I have friended a couple of my past teachers, but not very many. I feel that the learning community didn’t really know to jump into the social media wave, but they ultimately went for it. Over 90% of college faculty engages with social media compared to less than 50% of other professionals. Those in higher education seem to care less if students know about their real life as to someone with a business client.

I’ve heard that employers and universities will look up applicants on facebook or twitter to see what they are like when they aren’t in an interview. As much as it is creepy, sometimes having a company see that you will fit its culture from your twitter is a good thing.

In my opinion professionals will gradually enter the social media world. Most start-ups and technology companies encourage their employees to have a twitter. This way customers believe they are creating a relationship with the companies through social media outlets. All organizations know the key to repeat customers is post-purchase interaction.


The Pope Sends His First Tweet, From an iPad

30 Jun

Holy tweet! The Pope is on Twitter.

His Holiness used the Vatican’s news account to send his first tweet, which announced the launch of a news information portal (and, of course, praised Jesus).

Unlike other tweets sent from the account, the tweet from the Pope was sent using Twitter for iPad.

Does the Pope have an iPad? You bet! Or at least he used one to launch the new site.

We wouldn’t expect any less, technologically speaking, from the leader who has overseen the launch of the Vatican’s YouTube channel and “Pope2You” mobile and Facebook apps as well as encouraged priests to blog.


John Ferguson – Black Britannia

30 Jun
Pioneering black Britions 

Black Britannia features striking portraits by John Ferguson, Fleet Streets first black photographer in the 1980’s, of some of the most well known – and less familiar – black men and women who have risen to the top of their chosen fields in the UK.
Under the title Black Britannia, the full exhibition comprises of 55 portraits of inspirational black Britons who inspired personally the artist in the past or who are currently making great strides in public life. Of the 55 black Britons, some well know names such as Sir Trevor McDonald, Lenny Henry, Naomi Campbell, Paul Ince, Lewis Hamilton, and others from various occupations such as head teachers to supermodels, boxers to lawyers – these are people from all walks of life.
John Ferguson has selected his favourites portraits of individuals which were first shown at London’s City Hall, and opened by the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The exhibition aims to highlighting the achievements of these individuals, by promoting a positive image of black Britons and a message to today’s black youth through these high quality aesthetic portraits. Photographer John Ferguson says:

“The aim being, first, to inspire black youth to broaden their horizons away from street life by providing non-stereotypical role models, and second, to show London at large, the incredible achievements of black individuals away from the all too frequent stereotyping of black people.”

“I believe that all too often black people are portrayed in a negative light. I want to challenge this preconception by also raising people conciseness and awareness to the contributions made to UK culture, economy and life by black Britons.”

“I’d hope to find an accessible venue that’s free to everyone, an important consideration given that part of the target audience I’d hope to attract would be disengaged youth.”

“London is a wonderful multicultural city, and many of the capital’s key strengths come from its diversity. This exhibition is a chance for the young people to become inspired by the portraits and stories of these black men and women.”

The exhibition had a very successful extended run in London, where it then moved on to Liverpool’s slavery museum for a six month run. It is currently being exhibited by Oldham Arts council, Greater Manchester.

1. Ms Dynamite R&B rapper singer/songwriter
2. Naomi Campbell supermodel
3. Nicholas Tung- first black Irish Guardsman to guard the Queen of England
4. Johnny Sarpong- Top international fashion stylist
5. Shevelle Dynott Dancer with England National Ballet
6. Billy Ocean International singer
7.Heneretta Brockway -Top international female golfer
8.Estelle- R&B singer
9.Lenny Henry- Actor and comedian
10. High Court Judge Linda Dobbs
11. Jamelia soul singer
12. David Wabso Head engineering for London Underground
13. Samantha Tross- Leading Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
14. John Coneth Ex- light heavyweight world champion boxer
15. Lewis Hamilton –  World champion F1 racing driver
16. Michael Fuller Chief Constable of Kent, British highest ranking Policeman
17. Sir Trevor McDonald- Britain’s leading Tv News Anchor man
18 Gina Yashere- One of the few leading female comedians in the UK
19.Chris Houghton The UK’s only black soccer manager
20.Courtenay Griffiths QC The UK’s leading black criminal defender Barrister

More about John Ferguson:

  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • John is an experienced documentary and environmental portrait photographer working out of London and UK. He has travelled extensively working for leading national and international newspapers and magazines as well as NGO’s. From the raise of the Aids/HIV pandemic in Africa and Asia, to feature stories from conflicts zones in Afghanistan and Iraq. John as talent for conceptualisation and delivering strong and innovative ideas and works well in a team environment, taking direction as well as working independently. His work as also covered various celebrity and high end editorial and commercial work. In 2009 John’s first solo exhibition ‘Black Britannia’ was opened by the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown at London City Hall. He is currently finishing a two year personal project which as gained interest from a leading Sunday Supplement in the UK.
  • Exhibition: Black Britannia – Celebrating black success in the UK
  • Ferguson reveals the stories behind his pictures:

Frederick McSwain – Tobi Wong Portrait with 13.138 Dice

30 Jun

Making of:

A time lapse film by Stephen Dirkes for core77 of Frederick McSwain’s, “DIE” installation at Gallery R Pure “Broken Off Broken Off” group show in memorium to Tobias Wong for NY Design Week 2011. Music by Twi the Humble Feather.

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Zoran Lucić – Posters (various)

30 Jun

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Sonia & Mark Whitesnow – Psychospa

29 Jun

Ironic world of Psychospa, the world which reflects a modern man living in a metropolis, unsociable and full of fears and anxieties but “attracted” to nature. A person, who does his best to achieve harmony of his body and soul and in so doing, wishes to stay young and healthy. Driven by a “set of procedures” such as therapeutic mud baths, volcanic minerals, plants, chocolate and honey his inner energy awakes in him. The man turns into a strong and resolute creature with a significant moment of clearing the body of “chemical and toxic waste”.


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Social networking ‘utopia’ isn’t coming

29 Jun

(CNN) — As 2011 dawned, Facebook released a map that spoke to our era of social media in much the same way the first pictures of Earth from space spoke to the 1960s.

The map showed the connections between the world’s Facebook friends — a number now approaching 700 million — as beams of light. Gossamer-thin threads linked every major city on the planet. The cities shone like stars.

No one has done this, but just think what that map would look like if you were to add Twitter users, whose numbers last month surpassed 300 million.

A grand total of 1 billion accounts, and who knows how many billions of connections? (Facebook friends max out at 5,000, but there’s no limit to the number of people who can follow you on Twitter.)

Then consider that all these threads connected in the last five years. And that at the rate of growth both services are enjoying, the connecting party is just getting started.

You might be forgiven for looking at this imaginary map and thinking some very 1960s-style thoughts — that we are forging some kind of global consciousness where everyone will end up friending and following everyone else, right?

Not so fast, man.

A study released this month shows that digital tribalism is alive and well in the social network era. The tribes I’m talking about aren’t nations, corporations or sports teams, though clearly these brands all matter as much as they ever did.

I’m talking literally about tribes — as in the kind of village-sized small groups most of us lived among for nearly all of human history, right up until the 20th century. Small groups that we now seem to be organizing ourselves into again — virtually.

Scientists at Indiana University collected the conversations of 1.7 million Twitter users over six months, a total of 380 million tweets.

What they wanted to know was this: How many real connections do Twitter users have? Not just silent following, not retweeting, not a stray @ message to someone, but a real back-and-forth conversation. How many people can you maintain that kind of contact with online before you get overwhelmed?

The answer, on average, was roughly 150.

If you read Malcolm Gladwell’s best-seller “The Tipping Point,” you probably remember the importance of 150. It’s Dunbar’s number, so named for an anthropologist who predicted the size of the “tribe” we can comfortably handle, based on the size of our brain compared to that of other primates and the average size of their groups.

Turns out we’re hardwired to get along best in tight groups of no more than 150, and have been since we were living on the African savannah. Armies take advantage of this hardwiring, as do the smartest corporations, not to mention wedding planners.

Even if you’re a gregarious soul, Gladwell suggested you list how many people you would actually stop and have a catch-up conversation with if you bumped into them on the street. I might add: How many of those Facebook acquaintances of yours truly deserve the title “friend”?

If social networking were changing our brains’ wiring, then, yes, maybe we would one day live in some utopian world where technology connected everyone in a meaningful friendship. But the Indiana study doesn’t hold out any hope that this will ever happen.

The authors explain it this way: Calculators are great tools, but they don’t turn us into math geniuses. They don’t expand our brain’s natural limits. Neither do Facebook or Twitter.

And maybe this is no bad thing. What social media gives us, for the first time, is the chance to choose our own group of 150.

Instead of being lumped with the village we happened to be born in, as happened for most of history, we each get to construct a virtual village that suits us — cobbled together from family, old friends, our best co-workers and mentors, and that like-minded spirit you met on vacation one time.

The key is to keep it small. For example, a popular iPhone photo sharing app, Path, limits your network to just 50 people.

I predict big things for the first social service to make sure you max out at 150 friends or followers, making the resulting interaction all the more worthwhile.

Perhaps only when we are in such networks can we construct a meaningful map of the world.

*Editor’s note: Chris Taylor is San Francisco bureau chief of Mashable, a popular tech news blog and a content partner.


Facebook Tattoo Video Was Just A Fantastic Viral Marketing Hoax

29 Jun

This is just awesome. The Facebook tattoo video, which I wrote about here yesterday as part of a “videos that become news” article, turns out to be an elaborate fake. A viral marketing video. It’s nothing but a hoax. And what a wonderful hoax it was–and successful! The video has 1.6 million views as of this writing, and it’s barely a week old.

The Facebook Tattoo Video Hoax

It’s been revealed that the tattoo wasn’t actually permanent, but rather it was some kind of temporary thing that disappears after a few days–no doubt it’s already gone. The tattoo artist, Dex Moelker, will surely get a higher profile from this whole thing, though I have so little knowledge of that industry that I can’t say how much it will mean to her in terms of profit or new customers.

No, the real “advertiser” here is Pretty Social. Who’s that, you ask? Well, they’re a company that lets you buy gifts and trinkets printed with… wait for it… your Facebook friends’ faces. In the original video, the company is specifically thanked, and they’re listed as the “tattoo designer” in the video’s description.

Here’s the original clip in case you missed it:

Why Did The Hoax Work?

Viral hoax videos work best when they are squarely on the line between being incredible and being hard to believe. On the one hand, most viewers were critical of the girl, having a hard time understanding why anyone would get such a silly tattoo–and such a big one, covering the entire arm. On the other hand, the clip is completely believable, because honestly… people tattoo unthinkably weird crap on their bodies every day.

Have you ever seen one of those tattoo-parlor reality shows on cable? Watch just one episode and you’ll realize that there’s very little limit to what some people are willing to permanently ink on their bodies. There are entire Tumblr sites devoted to photos of ridiculous tattoos. So ultimately, even though viewers largely thought this woman was crazy, they didn’t have any trouble buying the fact that the tattoo was real.

Over the past few days, the video has received hundreds and hundreds of mentions on mainstream news sites, blogs, and everything in between. It fooled nearly everyone, and it did so because it was a perfectly executed concept intended to be believable and unbelievable all at the same time. In the end, for relatively little cost, Pretty Social was able to use an extreme example to demonstrate their service, and got it in front of the eyes of millions. That kind of thing could put a business on the map, no?