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‘The Miracle Sudoku’

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Ben Orlin on Twitter:

You’re about to spend the next 25 minutes watching a guy solve a Sudoku.

Not only that, but it’s going to be the highlight of your day.

I didn’t believe that either, but it’s true. Truly compelling. (Via Kottke.)

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codesujal
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Wow
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The New York Times Is Committing ‘Journalistic Malpractice’ on Trump’s Catastrophic COVID-19 Failures

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Gregg Gonsalves, assistant professor in epidemiology of microbial diseases at Yale, on Twitter, responding to a Times story preposterously headlined “Trump Suggests Lack of Testing Is No Longer a Problem. Governors Disagree.”:

This is journalistic malpractice. If we don’t have scale-up of testing, we will be in lock-down for months & months. There is no debate on this, why frame it like there is one? Next: Trump says earth flat, scientists say otherwise.

Time national political correspondent Jonathan Martin responded (lowercase and punctuation sic):

you’re picking the wrong fight, move along

Gonsalves’s thread responding to Martin ought to be reported as a murder:

This is an emergency, act like it. It matters that you’re failing, and it’s not about a lowly reader trying to score points, but the fact that @NYTimes eliding, equivocating on the federal response has consequences for millions of people.

So, get better. Tell us, why 4 months into this we STILL have insufficient number of tests — what happened politically that led us to this point, keeps us still incapable of rising to the task. There are political stories abounding in this world-historical crisis and you surrender to the he-said-she-said variety of reporting, every time. […]

I buried dozens of my friends during the height of the AIDS epidemic and we’re all preparing for burials now of friends and family in this new pandemic. Don’t you dare tell me to move on.

Do your job. We are facing one of the greatest challenges in American history, largely due to political failures of the current Administration. Dig. Find out what is happening, the roots of the failures. Name names. You have the resources of one of biggest papers in the US.

Stop the transcription of press conferences, calls as the news in and of itself. Go deeper. Explain how current American politics led to this epidemiological and economic calamity, and how our leaders are or are not rising to the challenge. You may lose your access to certain prized sources inside the White House, the invitations to the best parties in DC, but you’ll gain the respect of your readers and rescue your reputations from the disdain of history.

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codesujal
60 days ago
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I’ve been talking to my wife about canceling our Times subscription. They’ve lost their way as a newspaper. This is terrible.
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The Drawings Secretly Inserted into Official Swiss Topographical Maps

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Hidden drawing in a Swiss map

Hidden drawing in a Swiss map

For decades, mapmakers working for the Swiss Federal Office of Topography have defied their mandates to create the most accurate maps possible by covertly inserting drawings in official maps.

But on certain maps, in Switzerland’s more remote regions, there is also, curiously, a spider, a man’s face, a naked woman, a hiker, a fish, and a marmot. These barely-perceptible apparitions aren’t mistakes, but rather illustrations hidden by the official cartographers at Swisstopo in defiance of their mandate “to reconstitute reality.” Maps published by Swisstopo undergo a rigorous proofreading process, so to find an illicit drawing means that the cartographer has outsmarted his colleagues.

It also implies that the mapmaker has openly violated his commitment to accuracy, risking professional repercussions on account of an alpine rodent. No cartographer has been fired over these drawings, but then again, most were only discovered once their author had already left. (Many mapmakers timed the publication of their drawing to coincide with their retirement.)

Some of these blend remarkably well within the usual details of the maps — I never would have noticed the reclining nude in the second image above if it weren’t highlighted.

See also trap streets, errors deliberately introduced by mapmakers to catch others copying their work. (via @jschulenklopper)

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codesujal
86 days ago
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in which cartographers have fun with maps...
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Further Research is Needed

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Further research is needed to fully understand how we managed to do such a good job.
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codesujal
105 days ago
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So you’re saying you want the trump administration to start writing “scientific” papers...
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Lythimus
107 days ago
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That's the researcher *mic drop*
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107 days ago
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Further research is needed to fully understand how we managed to do such a good job.

Noted: New Logo and Identity for Intelligence Squared by Studio Output

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“IQ Test”

New Logo and Identity for Intelligence Squared by Studio Output

(Est. 2002) "Founded in 2002, Intelligence Squared is the world's premier debating forum. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues and the arguments that matter, in the company of some of the world's sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate."

Design by
Studio Output (London, UK)

Related links
Studio Output project page

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To complement the intelligent content, Output evolved the existing word mark and brand identity to create a new, elegant design language. Inspired by high-end editorial design, a smart yet classic typeface and a bold but balanced colour system were introduced to inject gravitas and authority into the brand. To bring audiences closer to the action, a more considered photography style has also been added, featuring contributor’s expressions and highlighting subtle details that would normally only be noticed up-close.

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New Logo and Identity for Intelligence Squared by Studio Output
Logo.
New Logo and Identity for Intelligence Squared by Studio Output
Full to shorthand logo animation.
New Logo and Identity for Intelligence Squared by Studio Output
IQ2 shorthand.
New Logo and Identity for Intelligence Squared by Studio Output
Online presence.
New Logo and Identity for Intelligence Squared by Studio Output
New Logo and Identity for Intelligence Squared by Studio Output
Visual language.

Opinion
The old logo did a good job in establishing the clever typographic play of hiding “IQ” in “intelligence” but an amply letterspaced italic serif wasn’t the best conduit for it. The new logo is a great execution evolution that makes the visual puzzle more engaging and pleasing while improving the readability of the logo through a bolder and more compact wordmark. The “2” could have been a little bigger but I like how its baseline anchors with the “e”. The IQ2 shorthand is great and I love how neatly it shortens. The rest of the identity is elegant and crisp, definitely exuding a serious but comfortable editorial tone. I feel more intelligent just by looking at it.

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codesujal
425 days ago
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This one’s pretty nice, on the other hand. Very clever.
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Noted: New Logo for Coldwell Banker by Siltanen & Partners

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“Come for the Logo, Stay for the Video Introduction”

New Logo for Coldwell Banker by Siltanen & Partners

(Est. 1906) "The Coldwell Banker brand is the oldest and most established residential real estate franchise system in North America. In fact, in many ways it was the original real estate "start up." Founded by young entrepreneurs Colbert Coldwell in 1906 and later Benjamin Banker, Coldwell Banker changed the way people bought and sold homes across America, ultimately becoming one of the most trusted real estate brands in the world. More than 100 years later, the Coldwell Banker network is still continuously recognized for its innovation and leadership across 3,000 offices in 49 countries and territories."

Design by
Siltanen & Partners (El Segundo, CA)

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Coldwell Banker blog post
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The most striking addition to the logo is the star in the top right corner. The CB North Star symbolizes the brand’s position in real estate as a consistent, reliable presence guiding us all home. The new CB North Star mark is a visual representation of the brand’s commitment to excellence. It is clean and simple, yet elegant. It is modern, but still pays homage to the brand’s storied 113-year history. The North Star also symbolizes the Coldwell Banker® network. Even in a new real estate landscape, agents remain a constant, guiding consumers as they navigate the home buying and selling process.

A transparent rebrand is a bold approach. This undertaking is the brand’s commitment to ingenuity in action, in this case doing things differently for the right reasons. The brand will test the new logo in real-world scenarios providing an opportunity to collect feedback. Based on the results and data collected, the brand will modify and refine materials including marketing collateral, building signs and yard signs to create a final product that represents the brand and meets the needs of the network. In keeping with the transparent process, the brand will release updates periodically on its social channels. The brand believes that this phased approach will best serve its brokers and agents, because it allows them time to plan for the transition that will begin in January 2020, while also giving them a voice in the process.

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New Logo for Coldwell Banker by Siltanen & Partners
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New Logo for Coldwell Banker by Siltanen & Partners
New Logo for Coldwell Banker by Siltanen & Partners
Interior signage renderings. Only real view of the wordmark.
New Logo for Coldwell Banker by Siltanen & Partners
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Logo introduction. DO NOT be fooled by the bland corporate start of the video, things get turnt at the the :50 mark.

Opinion
The old logo was definitely dated, some of it in a good way, some of it in a bad way. There was a lot of really cool things happening in that typography that a few of them could have easily been rescued and reinterpreted with a contemporary spin with the right guidance and commissioned typographer. Even the old “CB” interlocking monogram had something that could have been salvaged. Instead, the new monogram is a random sans serif with poorly overlapping letters and a star because the redesign effort was nicknamed “Project North Star” and, oh god, someone please punch me in the brain. There is so much spin and pretentiousness in this that it’s hard to take it seriously — a sentiment exacerbated by the introduction video. I try to not swear when writing on Brand New but Holy. Fucking. Shit. That is the most delusional identity introduction video I have ever seen. For a moment I even doubted if this was done with knowing irony but both the cufflink application image and that Coldwell Banker’s agency’s motto on their home page is “It’s time to supercharge your brand”, convinced me that, no, this was done with a straight face thinking that this was going to be super cool. It’s not. Video aside, compared to the recent Century 21 redesign or even RE/MAX this is a very poor redesign that lacks the quality or seriousness these other two competitors achieved in their process. Social media is rarely the place to come to conclusions but the response on their Facebook and Twitter pages — from agents that have to use and rely on the logo for their business — is fully negative and I am 99% sure this logo will be retracted.

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codesujal
425 days ago
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Not loving this new logo...
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