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10 facts about the brain that will help you design better websites

10 facts about the brain that will help you design better websites | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Psychology provides a framework for understanding how your users think. Joe Leech explains how to use that knowledge to improve your websites.

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Selected news about graphic design, photography, film studies and media & interaction design for CV students at ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland)
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Graphic Means, a documentary on the evolution of graphic design production, premieres this week

Graphic Means, a documentary on the evolution of graphic design production, premieres this week | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

'Graphic Means', a major new documentary charting the evolution of graphic design production, will premiere on 15 April 2017 at ByDesign film festival in Seattle. The film by Briar Levit marks around 30 years since desktop publishing revolutionised the graphics industry, and explores the progression to this point from the 1950s.

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Synchronistic Images Captured in Soviet Era Swimming Pools by Photographer Maria Svarbova

Synchronistic Images Captured in Soviet Era Swimming Pools by Photographer Maria Svarbova | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Photographer Maria Svarbova is fascinated by the sterile, geometric aesthetic of old swimming pools, especially those built during the Socialist Era in her native country of Slovakia. 

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David Luraschi’s strikingly simple new campaign for fashion brand Jacquemus

David Luraschi’s strikingly simple new campaign for fashion brand Jacquemus | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

French American image-maker David Luraschi has stamped his seal across the fashion industry time and time again. Famed for lensing his subjects from behind using the humblest of tools — his iPhone — David’s ability to capture the characters he spots all around him is much famed and often copied.

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Infrared photos of 1940s movie audiences are a candid study of American voyeurism

Infrared photos of 1940s movie audiences are a candid study of American voyeurism | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

We don’t know who they are, what films are screening, or in which Manhattan movie house. Their faces, crystalized by the faintest of silver light, emerge from a sea of inky blackness, exposed mid-gaze in fits of laughter or sullen concentration, in slumber. The photographer Weegee made these pictures using infrared film and a filtered flashbulb in the early 1940s. It can be assumed he was invisible to his subjects, a silhouette at best huddled in the aisle during a matinee. Their unselfconscious postures and expressions read authentic.

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New printer creates color by shaping nanostructures

New printer creates color by shaping nanostructures | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it
Researchers developed the structure-based color printing technique as an alternative to ink-based printing, in which colors fade with time.
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The New York Times Magazine’s new cover is actually a painting

The New York Times Magazine’s new cover is actually a painting | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

A second tweet by Gail Bichler revealed in a twist that the cover image was actually a painting by Italian sibling duo Miaz brothers, who are known for their blurred, out of focus portraits using spray paint.

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Hacking Heidelberg: how Erik Spiekermann came to reinvent the printing process

Hacking Heidelberg: how Erik Spiekermann came to reinvent the printing process | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

After a career as one of the world’s best-known graphic designers, Erik Spiekermann has returned to a teenage hobby and, almost by accident, ended up reinventing the printing process. His newly developed technique is coined “post-digital printing” and combines a traditional letterpress with laser cut, polymer, metal-backed plates, which allows designers to bring their work direct-to-plate. The results are prints with a much higher quality than letterpress and offset, with dark black ink, a tactile quality and a satisfying sharpness.

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Stéphane Winter, Die Winter - The Eye of Photography

Stéphane Winter, Die Winter - The Eye of Photography | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Stephane Winter was born in 1974 in South Korea. At fourteen, he began to photograph his adoptive parents where he lived in Switzerland. They were "experimentations" that he continued until the death of his father in 2011. Titled Die Winter, his series is just as much an autobiography as it is an exploration of different photographic processes. Interview below.

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Bouquet – Synaesthetic olfactory device to perceive colour through fragrance

Bouquet – Synaesthetic olfactory device to perceive colour through fragrance | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Created by the ECAL’s Bachelor Media & Interaction Design students, and led by Niklas Roy, Bouquet is a synaesthetic olfactory device which allows the user to perceive color through fragrances. The device detects the color it presented and delivers a corresponding mix of fragrances through the nozzle. Bouquet acts as an extension of the user’s olfactory senses in order to deliver a different sort of augmented reality.

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Tate Etc magazine redesign ditches Tate logo, to herald its “maverick position”

Tate Etc magazine redesign ditches Tate logo, to herald its “maverick position” | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

'Tate Etc' magazine has redesigned for the first time in its 14 years, ditching the Tate logo in favour of its own identity. Designed by Ard, a young London-based studio comprising Guillaume Chuard and Daniel Nørregaard, the revamp aims to herald the magazine’s “maverick position”, as editor Simon Grant explains.

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Vivian Maier Estate Brings Lawsuit Over Sales of Her Work 

Vivian Maier Estate Brings Lawsuit Over Sales of Her Work  | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Battles have broken out over the rights to the estate of Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier; a court case has been filed in Chicago.

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Eckhaus Latta SS17 campaign features real couples having sex shot by Heji Shin (NSFW)

Eckhaus Latta SS17 campaign features real couples having sex shot by Heji Shin (NSFW) | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

New York-based fashion label Eckhaus Latta has launched its SS17 campaign that features photographs of real couples having sex while wearing its latest designs. The campaign was shot by Heji Shin who, in 2011, gained recognition for photographing a German sex education book for teenagers. The casting, by Sam Muglia, sees real-life couples from a wide range of ethnicities and sexual orientations modelling for the series. The art direction by Eric Wren Office, design director of _Art Forum_ , sees the most explicit parts of the images pixelated and the models bathed in natural light.

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Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?

Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Explore the relationship between graphic design and health in our upcoming exhibition, opening September 2017. Comprising of over 200 objects including hard-hitting posters, flashing pharmacy signs, and digital teaching aids, 'Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?' will consider the role of graphic design in constructing and communicating healthcare messages around the world and will show how graphic design has been used to persuade, to inform and to empower.

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Polaroid Originals pays homage to "one of the most iconic cameras"

Polaroid Originals pays homage to "one of the most iconic cameras" | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

An independent company dedicated to analogue instant photography has rebranded itself as Polaroid Originals, and launched its first new camera.

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Thomas Traum is behind Kenzo’s latest campaign film

Thomas Traum is behind Kenzo’s latest campaign film | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Fashion brand Kenzo has teamed up with Thomas Traum's creative agency Traum Inc for a campaign film to accompany its characteristically colour-filled AW17 collection.

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Josh Penn brings awareness to dyslexia with kinetic typography

Josh Penn brings awareness to dyslexia with kinetic typography | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Kent-based graphic and motion designer Josh Penn has created a 60-second animation that communicates what its like to have dyslexia.

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ECAL grad Jean-Vincent Simonet’s “totally twisted” image-making

ECAL grad Jean-Vincent Simonet’s “totally twisted” image-making | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Where most photographers search for definition through their method, Jean-Vincent Simonet feeds the intersection where digital and analogue blur. The result? Portraits and still lifes made dizzyingly artificial via an arsenal of post-production techniques. 

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Blue Tarantulas Inspire 3D-Printed Color That Never Fades

Blue Tarantulas Inspire 3D-Printed Color That Never Fades | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The spiders' blue hue is created not from pigment but by nanostructures in their hairs.

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BBC’s new typeface BBC Reith is designed to improve legibility on screen

BBC’s new typeface BBC Reith is designed to improve legibility on screen | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The BBC has commissioned a new typeface, BBC Reith which will make text easier to read on screen and “will also save the BBC money”. The “master-brand” typeface is named after the organisation’s founder Lord John Reith, and has started to be rolled out gradually starting on BBC Sport.

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The Top Photos in the 2016 Birth Photography Competition 

The Top Photos in the 2016 Birth Photography Competition  | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Childbirth: it’s one of life’s great miracles. For the last five years, the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP) has held a photography contest which celebrates “the beauty of birth and the skill of birth photographers”.  The contest is split into three categories: labor, delivery, and postpartum. 

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Studio Mathias Clottu redraws Mies van der Rohe’s Allzweck typeface for new exhibition

Studio Mathias Clottu redraws Mies van der Rohe’s Allzweck typeface for new exhibition | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

In 1966 architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created a set of sans-serif extended capital letters. The Allzweck alphabet was used on correspondence and to annotate blueprints by the modernist master and has been redrawn by Studio Mathias Clottu to be used in a an exhibition that explores Mies van der Rohe’s proposed plan for building a 19-storey skyscraper in the City of London alongside the built No. 1 Poultry by James Stirling. “We have drawn a bespoke version based on Mies’ letters with some elements of English vernacular alphabets.” explains Mathias. “The result is a more regular set of capitals but keeps some of the more drawn characteristics found in the Allzweck. Its weight is in between a regular and a medium font."

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Photographer Brian Finke traces the “birth of booze” with his series for National Geographic

Photographer Brian Finke traces the “birth of booze” with his series for National Geographic | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The brief was to unravel the origins of alcohol and led to the photographer travelling for four months around Peru, Germany, the Republic of Georgia, China and the USA. In the mag, the story explores the idea of how alcohol has been a “prime move of human culture” which has fuelled “the development of arts, language and religion” since its beginnings 9,000 years ago.

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Seoul studio Everyday Practice talks about its collaborative approach to design

Seoul studio Everyday Practice talks about its collaborative approach to design | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it
Seoul-based graphic design studio Everyday Practice was founded by Kwon Joonho, Kim Kyung-chul and Kim Eojin, and aims to address “the role of design and how design acts in reality” through its projects. “When we first started our studio, a particular graphic style similar to Dutch and Swiss design was in vogue in Korea, but we have tried to set up our own style,” says the studio. “Each member of Everyday Practice has different design methods and we try to mix and modify them to create a new design practice.”
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Active Arab Women: Lara Al-Hadeedi records the determination of sporting Kuwaiti women

Active Arab Women: Lara Al-Hadeedi records the determination of sporting Kuwaiti women | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Active Arab Women is a project aiming to overcome Gulf Arab stereotypes by publishing the stories of female athletes in Kuwait. Designer Lara Al-Hadeedi wanted to record their struggles and successes, as sportswomen as well as in their everyday lives.

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Seven winners, including Lance Wyman, announced as recipients of AIGA Medal

Seven winners, including Lance Wyman, announced as recipients of AIGA Medal | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Art Chantry, Emmett McBain, Rebeca Méndez, Mark Randall, Nancy Skolos, Tom Wedell and Lance Wyman will be awarded the AIGA medal this year. The medals, presented by the AIGA since 1920, are given to individuals who “have set standards of excellence over a lifetime of work or have made individual contributions to innovation within the practice of design.

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