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I just read an interesting interview in the NYTimes with designer Brian Collins. He talks about how successful Obama's campaign has been in keeping their design consistent. Obama uses the Gotham font, something Collins describes as cold and analytical but also warm and friendly. Check it out: http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/04/02/to-the-letter-born/index.html
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Partly because I had a brief chance to muck about with the recently arrived XO laptop, and partly because I've just begun background research on educational technologies with the potential to be embraced by youth, I've been doing a little reading on the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) wiki. Check out the key design principles for the project. Most interesting to me were the Simplicity and Recoverability sections, not only for their content, but also for their relevance to PocketKnowl...
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Buddies of mine from Stamen Design in San Francisco have an exhibition up at the MoMA in a couple of weeks, in collaboration with the Exploratorium. The data visualization they are showcasing at MoMA is called Cabspotting; it tracks the speed, position, and velocity of San Francisco taxi cabs. They have done a number of other nifty visualization projects too. I'm hoping to get them to come talk to us! Also, I found this v...
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I just got word that a documentary I worked on (as a post production assistant) is screening at the Center for Architecture in New York. The film is called "Third Ward, TX" and it is about an artist community in Houston. Shot over a period of three years the documentary deals with issues of gentrification, race, class and gender. While it is not necessarily about education, the artists in the film did start an after school art center and playground for the local children. If you get a chance you should check it out! Center for Archite...
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In light of the AfterEd TV Launch discussion at our most recent seminar, I wanted to share two articles with everyone. The first, "Six Strategies for Building Viral Content" provides a framework for creating social media. The second article contains 37 viral marketing ideas. The fact that the AfterEd team has already emplo...
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Just an update for everyone in the lab who *will be* showing off the channel to their families and friends this holiday season... here's a look ahead: Tomorrow, Friday the 21st, is a regular lineup that will run through the 28th. On the 28th, next Friday, there will be a special holiday lineup featuring: "2007 Special: The Year in Education" "Fall Remix - This is After Ed" "Best of" vote-winning episode #2 "Best of" vote-winning episode #4 Then, on January 4th, the first lineup of the new year, After Ed will feature: "2008 Special: Predictions for the Year in Educat...
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Duelity is a project that has some fun with the battle over the evolution/creationism divide. Wherever you stand on this issue (that is, whether you find it laughable or horrific), this is an exercise in aesthetics that offers a glimpse into the complexity of confronting a wealth of information.
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The 12.07.2007 lineup is up. Give us feedback -- this is a great resource for After Ed producers. This week's content:
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Just thought I would brag a bit on behalf of the whole After Ed team — the data shows us breaking the 10,000 view mark today! On average, that means that each of our 80 shows has been watched 125 times. Not bad for an internet media start-up in its first 5 months... thanks to everyone for your strong effort. With a little luck and more hard work, that's the least amount of views any episode we make will ever have again (next year we'll look back and be embarrassed by it). But for now, it's a great beginning. Look out for news about our upcoming on-campus launch party in January. By then, we...
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Visit aftered.tv to see the new home of our nascent channel. We designed this site to serve as an archive of past episodes, but also as a destination for promotional efforts. The next phase of our growth will be getting the word out about the website, and this can take many forms. Write about it. Tell your friends and family. Or send an email to a teacher or administrator (I've written up a generic email below). Our audience is learners and teachers. We are currently working on events and other outreach efforts to broaden our exposure and visibility. Coming up in December, for example, we are working with a New York City school to use After Ed as a resource for thinking about the future of education. At an Edit Jam event on 12/14, the production team will help students and teachers produce their own web video which will be highlighted in our lineup.
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