Design Inspirations: Wassily Kandinsky and Andy Warhol


Today’s beautiful Google Doodle honours Wassily Kandinsky. More info:

Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky’s 148th birthday has been celebrated in a Google Doodle illustration today that reflects his own distinct abstract style.

The artist, who is credited with being the first painter to produce purely abstract works, used colour as an expression of emotion, often likening the process of painting to composing music.

via Wassily Kandinsky’s 148th Birthday: Why is the painter is being celebrated in a Google Doodle? – News – Art – The Independent.

Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the mid-1950s in Britain and in the late 1950s in the United States. Pop art presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular culture such as advertising, news, etc. In pop art, material is sometimes visually removed from its known context, isolated, and/or combined with unrelated material. The concept of pop art refers not as much to the art itself as to the attitudes that led to it.

via Pop art – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

[American pop art] share[s] a direct attachment to the commonplace image of American popular culture, but also treat the subject in an impersonal manner clearly illustrating the idealization of mass production. Andy Warhol is probably the most famous figure in Pop Art, in fact, art critic Arthur Danto once called Warhol “the nearest thing to a philosophical genius the history of art has produced”.

via Pop art – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Twitter Reverses Controversial ‘Block’ Function Change


Twitter announced late Thursday that it’s reversing a controversial change to its ‘block’ function that it made only hours earlier. The change allowed users to view and interact with tweets from a person who blocked them, among other differences.

In a blog post about the block change, Twitter said the reversal came “after receiving feedback from many users.” Many Twitter users were incensed over the changes, which some argued made it more difficult to prevent harassment on the platform. The hashtag #restoretheblock became a popular rallying point for those opposed to the block change.

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An infographic cheat sheet for key concepts in “The Grazing Revolution”

Very informative and love the graphics!

TED Blog

Allan Savory has spent decades studying the devastating effects of “desertification“: healthy land degrading into deserts all around the world and accelerating climate change in the process.

On the TED2013 stage, Savory offered a fascinating idea for reclaiming degraded land — using livestock to mimic the behavior of herds that used to roam these lands. The idea is bold and counterintuitive, and sparked lively debate the minute Savory stepped off the stage. Savory returns today with the TED Book The Grazing Revolution, which digs much deeper into this idea.

The process of desertification is complex, and Savory’s holistic solution requires many moving parts. So we’ve provided these handy visual Cliffs notes of key terms Savory uses in the book,  to help everyone get the footing to understand this fascinating read.

Desertification. A look at the process that's turning more and more land to desert.

Healthy landscape. A look at what it takes for land to support plant life and, in turn, wildlife.

Ancient Land Cycle. How wild herds kept land healthy for millions of years.

Overgrazing. Why its critical that livestock not graze on the same land for too long a period of time.

Overresting. And why its critical that animals not stay away from land for too long.

Burning. A widely-accepted land management strategy, this graphic hints why it may not be so good after all.

Mimicry of nature. A look at what Savory's holistic management strategy aims to accomplish.

Detailed planning. Why land managers must take into account weather and other conditions as they move large herds of livestock.

Return. The end result: land can be revived, with big impact for human beings.

Read much more in the new TED Book, The Grazing Revolution: A Radical Plan to Save the Earth

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Twitter Says New Policy Which Allows Blocked Users To Follow, Interact With Tweets Is To Prevent Retaliation


Update: Twitter has reverted the changes to blocking functionality that it made earlier today. After the changes, an outpouring of negative user feedback appeared on Twitter, blogs and other services. We hear Twitter executives began hashing this one out in internal discussions almost immediately after negative sentiment started to rise and Reuters reported that an emergency meeting was held to discuss the changes.

Twitter obviously made these changes for a reason, and both statements given to us by Twitter and things that we’ve heard indicate that there were many requests made to eliminate the ‘blocked’ notice. Specific accounts of reprisals in response to a blocked person being notified of being blocked spurred this change.

But at this point it appears that at least some re-thinking of the feature is in order, and Twitter appears to be choosing to roll these changes back for now until it can come up…

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I used these water colour swatches:

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To make these palettes for a class (DMA179):

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I haven’t made a palette for this yet, but I also like the colours in this blue jay feather.

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