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Production Type

Based in Paris, Produc­tion Type is a digital type design agency. Its activ­i­ties span from the exclu­sive online distri­b­u­tion of its retail type for design profes­sionals, to the creation of custom type­faces for the indus­trial, luxury, and media sectors. · Go to Produc­tion Type →

What 10 years of smartphone use mean for the planet

From Truth-Out: If you’re among the more than 2 billion people in the world that now uses a smart­phone, chances are pretty good you remember your first smart­phone. You remember how your life changed when your phone suddenly became connected to the internet and became a tool to find your way around almost anywhere instan­ta­neously, send emails on the go, stay in touch with loved ones 24/7, and answer all your random curiosi­ties.   · Go to What 10 years of smart­phone use mean for the planet →

The New York Times joins the debate about the truth in minimalist ads from Droga5

n a world of fake news and alter­na­tive facts, The New York Times is asserting the primacy and impor­tance of the truth—and the role inde­pen­dent jour­nal­ists play in searching for it, and telling it—in a big new brand campaign from Droga5.

Stripped-down TV, print, outdoor, digital and social ads tackle head on the sense of eroding faith in the knowa­bility of the truth, and acknowl­edge that what’s asserted to be the truth in today’s hostile and over­sat­u­rated polit­ical media land­scape is often just opinion, or even outright lies.

The campaign includes a 30-second spot that will air on the Academy Awards on Feb. 26 (where such ad slots are going for up to $2.5 million). The spot features audio of people debating poli­tics, while on-screen text finishes the sentence “The truth is…” in various ways. · Go to The New York Times joins the debate about the truth in mini­malist ads from Droga5 →

Five habits to heal the heart of democracy

From Parker Palmer at Global Oneness Project: The human heart is the first home of democ­racy. It is where we embrace our ques­tions. Can we be equi­table? Can we be generous? Can we listen with our whole beings, not just our minds, and offer our atten­tion rather than our opin­ions? And do we have enough resolve in our hearts to act coura­geously, relent­lessly, without giving up—ever—trusting our fellow citi­zens to join with us in our deter­mined pursuit of a living democ­racy?
—Terry Tempest Williams

We the People” called Amer­ican democ­racy into being. Today, the future of our democ­racy is threat­ened. How can “We the People” call Amer­ican poli­tics back to health at a time when, in the words of Bill Moyers, “we have fallen under the spell of money, faction, and fear”? One answer is close at hand, within everyone’s reach. We must return to the “first home” of democ­racy, which, as Terry Tempest Williams points out, is found not in a centuries-old docu­ment or in a distant city, but in the human heart. · Go to Five habits to heal the heart of democ­racy →

Poster perfect: The art of James McMullan

From NY Times: No other living artist is more closely iden­ti­fied with an Amer­ican theater company than James McMullan. For 30 years, his painterly posters for Lincoln Center Theater have been turned into collectibles that are more than adver­tising: They’re synony­mous with the shows them­selves. It’s hard not to think of “Carousel” without recalling his artwork for the 1994 revival that depicts a brooding Billy Bigelow, vividly illu­mi­nated from below, atop wooden horses that rear beneath an angry sky.

To commem­o­rate Mr. McMullan’s artistic tenure with Lincoln Center, a perma­nent exhi­bi­tion of some of his best-known works was recently installed in the lobby of the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. For play­wrights, having Mr. McMullan, 82, spend so much time consid­ering and visu­al­izing their created world is like having Picasso paint their child’s portrait. · Go to Poster perfect: The art of James McMullan →

Unlike you, your Facebook account can be immortal

From NY Times: Face­book allows you to desig­nate a friend or family member as a “legacy contact.” If you want to have your account memo­ri­al­ized after you die, this person basi­cally serves as the executor of your Face­book account by managing your profile and can update your cover photo and profile photo, post infor­ma­tion and accept new friend requests. (Memo­ri­al­ized accounts without legacy contacts cannot be changed.) · Go to Unlike you, your Face­book account can be immortal →