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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Effects of Denial

Artist and photographer Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics -- like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day. We use 40,000,000 cups every day, mostly for hot beverages.

He makes large-format, long-zoom artwork from the most mindblowing data about "stuff" and what we consume. His 2003-05 series Intolerable Beauty examines the hypnotic allure of it all: cliffs of baled scrap, small cities of shipping containers, endless grids of mass-produced goods. His 2005 book In Katrina's Wake: Portraits of Loss from an Unnatural Disaster is a chilling look at the toll of the storm. And his latest series of photographs, "Running the Numbers," gives dramatic life to statistics of US consumption. Often-heard factoids like "We use 2 million plastic bottles every 5 minutes" become a chilling, viewable reality. This past April, Jordan traveled around the world with National Geographic as an international eco-ambassador for Earth Day 2008. This is his speech from the last Ted conference.



Via my dear friend Elizabeth Boyle.

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Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for over 25 years. She is President of the design division at Sterling Brands. She has been there for nearly 15 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s, Colgate, Nestle and Hasbro. Prior to Sterling, she was a Senior Vice President at Interbrand and a Marketing Director at Frankfurt Balkind. Debbie is President of the AIGA, the largest professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine, a design writer at FastCompany.com and Brand New and Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled “Design Matters with Debbie Millman” and it is now featured on DesignObserver.com. In addition to “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” (HOW Books, 2009, she is the author of "How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer" (Allworth Press, 2007) and “The Essential Principles of Graphic Design” (Rotovision, 2008).

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