Can graphic design save your life?

The Wellcome Collection Can Graphic Design Save Your Life

From the Bayer cross to anti-smoking cartoons, Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? covers a lot of ground in a relatively small space.

The provocatively titled Wellcome Collection exhibition best lives up to its questioning title when it looks at design’s role in public health initiatives.

The Don’t Die of Ignorance AIDS campaign remains chillingly effective, even after 30 years. The appearance in the exhibition of the tombstone prop from the 1987 UK campaign’s leaflets is a sobering reminder of the devastation the disease was causing. Read the rest of this entry »


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Voice disruption, messaging changes, visual search and other technology and media trends for 2018

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism’s Journalism, Media, and Technology Trends and Predictions 2018

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has a new report out today that offers a potential roadmap for technology in 2018.

Although its predictions predominantly cover the future of media and journalism, Journalism, Media, and Technology Trends and Predictions 2018 also contains much food for thought for those in communications and marketing too.

This is what caught my eye, though there’s certainly more to digest. Read the rest of this entry »

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Digital Music roundup: Apple buys Shazam, Spotify to go public, UMG deals struck, Goodbye Groove

Apple buys Shazam Nicolas Nova Fickr

Apple acquires Shazam, Spotify prepares to go public, Facebook strikes UMG rights deal – as does YouTube, Microsoft shuts down Groove

Apple has acquired Shazam in a deal worth a reported $400m. The UK company, which was already integrated with Siri, is best known for allowing users to identify music via their smartphone or computer, but it also has an AR platform and visual recognition technology. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reality bites for Uber, Facebook and Twitter

US Army Camp Taji obstacle course

The world’s largest taxi company Uber owns no vehicles, begins an oft-quoted observation from 2015 on the digital disrupter and its peers Facebook (no content), Alibaba (no inventory) and Airbnb (no real estate).

Fast forward to the last couple of months and there are increasing signs that disruption will no longer absolve you of real-world responsibilities.

Notably Uber – ownership of vehicles or not – was found to be a transportation service in a strict, legally enforceable way by the EU’s top court, opening it up national regulation across Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

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The ugly and the bad, but also the good, as seen in Google’s 2017 Year in Search

Google search trends 2017

The world’s search history is a revealing repository, and this year’s reveals a lot about how bad 2017 was.

From Hurricane Irma to Las Vegas Shooting, North Korea to Harvey Weinstein (and Kevin Spacey and Matt Lauer…), Google’s global search trends paint a pretty dismal picture of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

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The 3D-printed ‘living’ tattoo that could enable next generation wearable sensors

MIT 3D printing cells living tattoo

The last couple of years have seen an acceleration in the use of 3D printing techniques, from the US launch of the first 3D printed prescription medicine to advances in producing human organs and prosthetic legs.

Techniques continue to be refined all the time, and this month MIT engineers marked another first, creating a ‘living tattoo’ from a new kind of ink that’s made from genetically programmed living cells. Read the rest of this entry »

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Digital music roundup: Alphabet funding for United Masters, sold and Pandora suffers

United Masters digital music

Alphabet backs digital data-powered record company United Masters, acquired by a Chinese media firm, Pandora’s suffering continues, Spotify buys a digital music production company and YouTube partners with Ticketmaster

Google’s parent company Alphabet made a $70m investment into United Masters last year. The news surfaced earlier this month as the firm emerged from stealth mode. Founded by former Interscope Records president Steve Stoute, United Artists aims to be a new kind of record company, one that combines music, marketing, data and technology to offer artists a direct-to-consumer relationship with their fans across digital services. Read the rest of this entry »

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