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a gathering of online resources for instructors and students
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21 Emotions For Which There Are No English Words [Infographic]

21 Emotions For Which There Are No English Words [Infographic] | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
Few of us use all--or even most--of the 3,000 English-language words available to us for describing our emotions, but even if we did, most of us would
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Infographic: What Makes MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech Brilliant

Infographic: What Makes MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech Brilliant | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
Obama did a decent job on the State of the Union address yesterday, though it didn't exactly knock our socks off (not that SOTUs ever do). Which got us wondering: What makes a speech truly great?
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Fascinating visual analysis of an effective speech.  Video and several graphics.  Could be used in a number of ways, but also on the occasions of:

MLK Day in January and near open of the semester. 

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How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell - The Oatmeal

How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell - The Oatmeal | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
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Very funny visual you can use to talk about audience/client communication, as well as bad web design.

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Envisioning Emerging Technology | Visual.ly

Envisioning Emerging Technology | Visual.ly | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
Envisioning emerging technology for 2012 and beyond through to the year 2040.
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Particularly good for 393 and other tech-focused classes.

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Metallica on Stage | Visual.ly

Metallica on Stage | Visual.ly | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
This is an examination of Metallica’s concert history from 1982 to 2012 with a focus on the numbers of songs played live and the albums that they be
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Nature Chemistry by the numbers – 2012 : The Sceptical Chymist

Nature Chemistry by the numbers – 2012 : The Sceptical Chymist | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
As 2012 is winding down, I thought I’d take a look back at volume 4 of the journal. This isn’t a terribly in-depth analysis, and it’s based on what we’ve published rather than what was submitted, but you might find it a little bit interesting.
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Using Worldle to communicate "weighting" of chemistry words in Nature Chemisty article for 2012.

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Science Tarot Cards

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Just for fun...a classic genre (tarot) applied to science themes.  Enjoy.

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Sperm Trajectories, Evolving Humans and a Tomato Tapestry: The Best Scientific Figures of 2012 | Wired Science | Wired.com

Sperm Trajectories, Evolving Humans and a Tomato Tapestry: The Best Scientific Figures of 2012 | Wired Science | Wired.com | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
Figures contained in scientific reports are a neglected area of the design world.
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Difficult-to-read font reduces political polarity, study finds

Difficult-to-read font reduces political polarity, study finds | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
Liberals and conservatives who are polarized on certain politically charged subjects become more moderate when reading political arguments in a difficult-to-read font, researchers report in a new study.
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Candorville by Darrin Bell, October 14, 2012 Via @GoComics

Candorville by Darrin Bell, October 14, 2012 Via @GoComics | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
Darrin Bell’s Candorville is an insightful look at family, community and race through the eyes of Lemont Brown, a young black writer. Bell pulls no punches and delves into even the most controversial of issues.

 

Ah, the limits of Comic Sans font....

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Rhetorical Handbook. Ellen Lupton, Curator. Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography

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To Double-Space or Not to Double-Space...

To Double-Space or Not to Double-Space... | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
A thought-provoking disquisition on the thorny issue of how much space should follow a sentence-ending period.
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Learning Architectural Lettering

Learning Architectural Lettering | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
Lately I have been putting in a valiant effort to change my handwriting permanently to architectural lettering. Continue reading →
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Essential to blueprint genres....

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Information Is Beautiful | Rhetological Fallacies

Information Is Beautiful | Rhetological Fallacies | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
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Highly recommended multi-part infographic by David McCandless of "Information is Beautiful."  He includes sources at the end.  This is a good graphic for several points in the class, including introduction of Aristotelian appeals or broader discussion of faulty thinking.

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Comics :: Grammar - The Oatmeal

Comics :: Grammar - The Oatmeal | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
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Seven nice infographics for teaching grammar.  Don't miss opportunities to accomodate to your audience with visual definitions and humor.

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10 Free Fonts Used by The Oatmeal - The Oatmeal

10 Free Fonts Used by The Oatmeal - The Oatmeal | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
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Nice exhibit with links to free fonts. Can be used to talk about fonts as a choice in documents.

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Information is beautiful! The world's best info-graphics that show us the value of body parts, surname distribution and what makes a great novel

Information is beautiful! The world's best info-graphics that show us the value of body parts, surname distribution and what makes a great novel | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
Among the entries at the Information Is Beautiful Awards ceremony in London last week, the body parts map provides the price in sterling for every limb, organ and flap based on the growing industry of human tissue recovery.
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First infographic might be interesting for 390 and 395 instructors.

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12 Letters That Didn't Make the Alphabet

12 Letters That Didn't Make the Alphabet | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
You know the alphabet. It’s one of the first things you’re taught in school. But did you know that they’re not teaching you all of the alphabet?
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The Perfect Book For the Person Who Noticed This Promo Headline Is In Verdana

The Perfect Book For the Person Who Noticed This Promo Headline Is In Verdana | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
When did we all become amateur typography experts? Perhaps we should credit Steve Jobs, a calligraphy buff who built a bunch of cool typeface options into early Macs.
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Typographic Marks Unknown | Retinart

Typographic Marks Unknown | Retinart | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
There are many typographic marks which are familiar to most, but understood by few.
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Do not miss the Hedera or ivy marks also known as printers' ornaments.

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The life of a Nature paper

From submission to citation, see a manuscript pass through Nature's editorial process. For information on submitting a paper to Nature, go to http://www.natu...
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Essay on the importance of teaching failure | Inside Higher Ed

Essay on the importance of teaching failure | Inside Higher Ed | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it

Including failed design.

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Why Infographics Are Visual Thinking

Why Infographics Are Visual Thinking | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it

Beth Kanter

http://www.bethkanter.org

 

Another way to articulate the importance of sense-making.

 

Think about it this way: Tools are not always actual objects designed to help us with physical activities. A notebook, whether it is a Moleskine or an Evernote digital document, is a tool that expands our memory. A digital calculator, whether it is an inexpensive machine bought in the nearest Dollar Tree or an app downloaded to your iPhone, frees you from the burden of having to retain and execute many complex mathematical algorithms. Non-physical tools (or sets of tools and practices), such as statistics and the scientific method, evolved to let us gaze beyond what we would normally see, and to overcome our deepest biases and lazy habits of mind. The same is true for great visual displays of information...


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The Contemptuous, Myopic, Evil Practice of Breaking Online Stories into Multiple Pages

The Contemptuous, Myopic, Evil Practice of Breaking Online Stories into Multiple Pages | Document Design in PWP | Scoop.it
Slate’s editorial guidelines call for articles to be split into multiple pages once they hit the 1,000-word mark, so I have to keep this brief: Splitting articles and photo galleries into multiple pages is evil.
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