Weekly Roundup

A series of scholarly or popular articles relating to class readings and discussions

Google’s buys NEST.
Article in The Guardian
Don’t know the call came from inside the house reference? Overview | TV/Movie Tropes | The movie (I think the entire thing is on YouTube).

Paramount Studios says, No more film.

On a related note, an exhibition at Ryerson Image Centre (are you in Photo? Join us on Friday’s bus trip) that explores the demise of film-manufacturing facilities and industrial darkrooms.

A recent court you should care about.
And, relating to that case, three things no one
Three dangers of losing net neutrality


A counter argument to the idea that technology is driving us apart.

Pay special attention to this article because we will be reading excerpts from “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other” by Sherry Turkle.
TED talk by Sherry Turkle

Infographics and Visualizing Data

Related to our discussion yesterday:

He applies the style of corporate annual reports to his life. This is the cover of Feltron 2012.

Good article in the NYTimes about Feltron

NEW YORK TIMES infographics
• Personal blog and sketches from the head of the NY Times graphics department

WIRED’s 13 best infographics

• Obsessed with space like I am? THIS is amazing, well-designed.

• The Year (2012) in graphics

General MULTIMEDIA page of the NY Times –there are infographics nearly everyday, as well as the amazing LENS blog for those of you interested in photography

10 Things to learn about infographics

VISUALIZING.orgA community of people making sense of complex issues through data and design.

Visualizing Data at the Oxford Internet Institute

A leader in thinking about and teaching the visualization of information. His website (scroll down) has examples and his books are exemplary.

For more information, you can search this blog for general references about graphic design.

Too much information (TMI)

An interesting and witty article about the information we share on the internet and how it effects us psychologically.

A couple parts I found really interesting:

“A study published last month in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking found that the more time people spent on Facebook, the happier they perceived their friends to be and the sadder they felt as a consequence.”

“Today, kids who graduate have to drag all their elementary school and high school “friends” along with them.

“The whole system is giving very ambitious people much less chance to reinvent themselves,” said Jaron Lanier, author of “You Are Not a Gadget,” and the change is less dramatic. Who would Bob Dylan end up, he wondered, if Zimmerman were there with him the whole time?”

On another interesting note, I accidentally called the internet Facebook the other day. As in I was trying to talk about the internet in general, and said Facebook. Gasp.