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  • Virtual Water Project

    Communication, Environmental Design


    The Virtual Water Project has produced these incredible posters. The water footprint of a person, company or nation is defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the commodities, goods and services consumed by the person, company or nation. The idea of the water footprint is quite similar to the ecological footprint, but focussing on the use of water.

    Very interesting and thought provoking. To order posters just visit their site.

  • Tate Modern



    Doris Salcedo’s Shibboleth is the first work to intervene directly in the fabric of the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern in London. Rather than fill this iconic space with a conventional sculpture or installation, Salcedo has created a subterranean chasm that stretches the length of the Turbine Hall. The concrete walls of the crevice are ruptured by a steel mesh fence, creating a tension between these elements that resist yet depend on one another.

    Salcedo is addressing a long legacy of racism and colonialism that underlies the modern world.

    This work is remarkable, both symbolically and visually!

  • Photoblog 3191

    Peace, Communication Design


    3191 is an inspiring photoblog of two women living 3191 miles apart! Beautiful.

  • Cl30_177_

    On Tuesday evening 30 October Community Links celebrated its 30 year anniversary on the top floor of City Hall The work of Community Links is astonishing, with 50,000 people locally being helped by the Community Centre each year.

    The highlight of the evening, were the presentations by Nicole Tofts, Malcolm N'Diaye, Terry Hawkins and Arpeeta Barua, all children and young people who described their personal experiences of being involved with Community Links. And they each pitched their project ideas, including a band and a football team. . . They were absolutely brilliant!!!

    David Robinson, the founder of CL, is now Senior Advisor is the founder of the movement We Are What We Do. David Robinson has collaborated with Gordon Brown on the Prime Ministers new book “Britain’s Everyday Heroes” and is to lead the recently announced Prime Ministers Council on Social Action. Something is bound to go right now!!

    Happy Birthday to Community Links and to all the great people who work there!

  • Greenest man in Hampshire

    Environment, Industrial Design


    Alex Gadsden has invented a pedal powered washing machine and has taken it to shows all over the country, including the Big Green Gathering in Somerset. The invention has generated a lot of interest and I hope that it really takes off. Perhaps a laptop stand . . .

    To find out more please go to the Cyclean website

  • Graphic Design and Feelings

    Well-being, Audio/Visual Design


    Orlagh O’Brien is a graphic designer who has designer and created a wonderful project which examines emotions and has created a visual impression of 5 different emotions, anger, joy, fear, sadness and joy. Ultimately, 250 men and women from over 35 countries between the ages of 6 and 75 responded. The sample was a mix of friends, their friends, colleagues and strangers.

    The question started as: How do you ask a stranger (not necessarily fluent in English) to recall and describe their private emotions? A survey was developed and tested over a number of weeks. Each final survey contained five sheets of A4 paper, one reusable colour swatch board, a red marker pen and a memento card.

    In describing the project Orlagh O'Brien says, "Emotions can be overwhelming. But not always so. They affect our thoughts and perceptions far more than we realise. It is well established that we are subliminally affected by visual media, and particularly in terms of unconscious emotions, drives and feelings."

    Can people describe their visceral feelings of emotion visually, and if so, would any patterns arise? In order to answer this, I had to develop some way of asking people to reflect on and describe their private feelings in a simple, repeatable manner, the results of which could be correlated visually and demographically.

    I love this project :) Please see more of the results on the Emotionally } Vague Website

  • Wonderful Picture Books for Children

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design


    By Bridget McKenzie from Flow Associates

    Booktrust has just produced Guides to Looking at Books to highlight the importance of illustrations and the value of picture books. This is part of the Big Picture, the Booktrust's campaign launched recently at the Early Years Awards by Michael Rosen, the Children's Laureate.

    There are two guides, one that explores the thinking about visual literacy and how children develop symbolic skills. It covers five dimensions: Pleasure in looking, Imagination and fantasy, Stimulating curiosity, Developing Empathy and Understanding Stories & Art. The second guide suggests a wide range of picture books and loads of creative ideas for exploring them. Both are available to download from the link above.

  • Recess1_177_

    A recently research paper published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation highlights the need for more investment in recess.

    Nationwide, kids between fi rst and sixth grade spend more time on average per week in recess than they do in P.E. or various kinds of after-school programs. With 42 percent of the available opportunity for physical activity, recess represents the most powerful strategy to get the most kids moving, followed by P.E. with 32 percent. After-school pro- grams and activities only represent 26 percent of the available opportunity for physical activity. Investment on recess is invisible, while $1 billion is invested in after-school activities and $70million on Phys. Ed Activities.

    Parents, teachers and school administrators have a tough job. Helping children achieve academically is challenge enough. But raising and teaching kids today also means dealing with such seemingly disparate issues as depression, violence and obesity. What happens in the classroom is essential to preparing children for success, but what happens outside of the classroom, and even on the playground, is just as important – especially considering that only 36 percent* of children meet doctors’ recommendations for physical activity.

    The full report is available by clicking here

  • Plant2_132_

    Uganda on Monday 8th October opened a 38-million-dollar (27-million-euro) plant that will manufacture generic versions of AIDS drugs for domestic and export markets.

    The Kampala-based Quality Chemicals Limited, which was launched by President Yoweri Museveni, will start producing antiretrovirals (ARVs) in January with help and ingredients from Indian giant drugmaker Cipla. The firm will also manufacture artemisinin combination (ACTs), a therapy that treats malaria, the largest killer in the east African nation of 27 million.

    "The government commits itself to its promise of purchasing the ARVs for AIDS patients and ACTs for malaria from the factory for hospitals," Museveni said at the launch ceremony.

    Of the country's 250,000 patients in need of the life-prolonging drugs, only 80,000 have had access, according to official figures.

    "The project offers Uganda a regular and cheap supply of medication," said Emmanuel Katongole, the company chief.

    Starting January, the pharma will be making two million tablets per day -- 600 million tablets a year -- with an ambition of increasing to 1.2 billion tablets a year. Extra ARVs will be exported to Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan. AIDS has killed at least one million Ugandans since it was first diagnosed some 24 years ago, while a similar number carry the virus that causes the disease.

    The country has managed to scale down its infection rates from as high as 30 percent in early 1990s to a...

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