4 Presentation Apps to Put on Your Radar

It is important to stay current in the ever-changing presentation landscape. With online presentations representing the majority of events lately, technology is transforming to keep up. With so many options available to users these days, how can your presentation stand out? Inundated with information, attendees are looking for a way to differentiate your brand from the rest. Let’s review some presentation apps that can take your upcoming event to the next level. Kahoot First, who doesn’t like ...
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Ford Foundation: Record $160 Million Lifeline For The Arts

The Ford Foundation this week is announcing an unprecedented $160 million-and-growing initiative called America’s Cultural Treasures, with substantial grants going to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) organizations across the country. The grants are, in most cases, the largest ever for the 20 recipients in the first round. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, America, Issues, Ford Foundation, 09.24.20, Cultural Treasures

Christgau: Remembering The Volatile Stanley Crouch

“Crouch was a fervent American who was an even more fervent African American. He loved to perturb all comers by arguing that in the end the Middle Passage was good for Africans, but nowhere near as much as he loved to praise the richness and diversity of the Black cultures that the horrors of slavery made possible. For him, the peak of these cultures was jazz — from Armstrong to bebop, please, post-’60s not so much.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, People, Armstrong, Crouch, Stanley Crouch, Christgau, 09.23.20

This Fall’s University Enrollments Are Down

Although the enrollment declines were steepest at community colleges (-7.5 percent), undergraduate enrollment fell at all types of colleges, including private nonprofit four-year colleges (-3.8 percent) and private for-profit four-year colleges (-1.9 percent). The decline was more modest at public four-year colleges (-0.4 percent), although there were differences across public four-year institutions according to location, with rural institutions seeing the biggest decline (-4 percent) and urban...
Tags: Art, Issues, 09.23.20, University Enrollments Are Down

Working from Home and Needing Design Inspiration? Peek at These Celebrity Home Offices

As we move well into month six (or is it now seven?) of the pandemic, it’s become clear that home offices are not a fleeting trend, but rather an essential staple of many homes — particularly for those in the entertainment industry. With that in mind, we couldn’t help wondering what their home offices look […]
Tags: Design, Interior Design, More Dirt

The Pervasive Toxicity Of Online Misinformation

Today, those wishing to sow discord don’t need bots to post and spread their falsehoods and distortions. They have plenty of unwitting people to do that, their beliefs and actions warped by a “behavioral modification system. That mistrust has destabilized democracy around the world. – Wired
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.22.20

The Census Is Seriously Undercounting. How Artists Can Help

Artists, designers, filmmakers, and writers and the organizations that serve them have a unique power to craft and circulate art and stories that illustrate what is at stake — schools, hospitals, infrastructure, and more — and inspire people to respond. They can adapt quickly and touch people in our new digital reality. The census and organizers in the civic engagement space need them right now. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Issues, 09.23.20

The Hidden Environmental Costs Of Streaming Music

Kyle Devine writes, “The environmental cost of music is now greater than at any time during recorded music’s previous eras.” He supports that claim with a chart of his own devising, using data culled from various sources, which suggests that, in 2016, streaming and downloading music generated around a hundred and ninety-four million kilograms of greenhouse-gas emissions—some forty million more than the emissions associated with all music formats in 2000.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Music, Kyle Devine, 09.23.20

Behind Americans’ Addiction To Crap

It’s not just that these goods are shoddily constructed and add to the world’s clutter. Often, they’re actively harmful. The labor exploitation crap relies on dates back as far as crap itself. Many of the “decorative knickknacks” we consumed in the nineteenth century, for example, were produced in British factories where thousands of people, including young boys, worked with materials that contained lead and arsenic for a couple of shillings a week. – The Baffler
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.23.20

Could A Drive-In ‘Nutcracker’ Work This Christmas? This Company’s Trying It

“For five nights [Atlanta Ballet] will construct a pop-up drive-in movie theater on its surface parking lot, and will welcome patrons at $100 a carload ($150 for the front-row parking spaces). … The film will feature the new staging of The Nutcracker, with its outsize sets and startling video projections, introduced to Atlanta audiences in 2018 by artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin.” – Atlanta Journal Constitution
Tags: Art, Atlanta, Dance, Audience, Atlanta Ballet, 09.24.20

Fort Worth Opera Names New General Director, Its Third In Four Years

Afton Battle, a native Texan with degrees in voice from the University of Houston and Westminster Choir College, “previously worked in development and consulting for the Joffrey Ballet, New York Theatre Workshop, Red Clay Dance Company, the National Black Theatre, and the African American Policy Forum. [She] is also one of the founders of the recently announced Black Theatre Coalition, [which] has a mission to increase employment opportunities for black theater professionals and eliminate syste...
Tags: Art, Music, University Of Houston, Fort Worth Opera, Westminster Choir College, Afton Battle, Black Theatre Coalition, 09.21.20

This $6,300 backyard tiny office made out of plywood and polycarbonate offers just 40 square feet to work from home in — see inside

My Room in the Garden. Boano Prišmontas Design studio Boano Prišmontas created tiny office pods. They're made in the UK and start at about $6350. The pods are 40 square feet and designed to go in a backyard or on a roof.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Since March, millions of people around the world have been forced to figure out how to work from home, from improvised office space to quick childcare solutions. London-based design studio Boano Prišmontas created one so...
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StudioPress Review:Turbocharge Your WordPress Site With The Genesis Framework

WordPress is the CMS of choice for most site owners – almost 76 million of them to be exact. Users with little knowledge about development and design can easily get into the platform’s intuitive dashboard and interface. More importantly, WordPress users will benefit from its customization options and thousands of useful plugins to choose from, […] The post StudioPress Review:Turbocharge Your WordPress Site With The Genesis Framework appeared first on
Tags: Design, Blogging, Cms, Functionality, Build

Make the Logo Better!

In the beginning, there was pulp. We took this excess fiber from the communications industry and made it into something. This is what our logo looked like in 2004 when the site launched and for many years thereafter. Thank you, Shawn Hartley. In 2017, I hired a designer in Portland who had recently graduated from […] The post Make the Logo Better! appeared first on Adpulp.
Tags: Design, Advertising, Brands, Portland, AdPulp, Shawn Hartley, Emerging Voices

Lost Arts: What New York Would Have Had This Weekend If There Were No Pandemic

“We look at the toll the shutdown is taking through data (jobs vanished, revenues gone), visuals (picturing the season that isn’t) and personal stories (22 arts workers who should have been working this weekend, and what they’re doing instead). One weekend, lost, but also, so much more.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Issues, 09.24.20

TikTok Asks Judge To Nullify Trump’s Threat Of A Ban

TikTok contends that Trump has exceeded his presidential power in ordering the ban, which it says amounts to impermissible regulation of users’ “personal communications” and was not “motivated by a genuine national security concern, but rather by political considerations relating to the upcoming general election.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, Trump, Tiktok, Nullify Trump, 09.23.20

‘Enormous Upsurge’ In Complaints Of Racist Behavior To UK Equity

“‘In a period of time [during the lockdown] when nothing was happening, we were receiving dozens of complaints from groups and artists, and we’re still receiving them now,’ said [union general secretary Paul] Fleming. ‘There has been a huge amount of dignity issues around hair and makeup through to reports of casual racism in dressing rooms and racist language in casting processes when people are at their most vulnerable.'” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, Theatre, PAUL, 09.24.20

We Thought Phone Calls Were Over. Then The Pandemic Came And People Rediscovered Talking

“Verizon said it was now handling an average of 800 million wireless calls a day during the week, more than double the number made on Mother’s Day, historically one of the busiest call days of the year,” reported The New York Times back in April. “Verizon added that the length of voice calls was up 33 percent from an average day before the outbreak. AT&T said that the number of cellular calls had risen 35 percent and that Wi-Fi-based calls had nearly doubled from averages in normal times.” – Na...
Tags: Art, Verizon, Ideas, New York Times, 09.23.20

How A Viral Video About Math Ignited A Philosophical Debate

Cunningham had unwittingly re-ignited a very ancient and unresolved debate in the philosophy of science. What, exactly, is math? Is it invented, or discovered? And are the things that mathematicians work with—numbers, algebraic equations, geometry, theorems and so on—real? – Smithsonian
Tags: Art, Ideas, Cunningham, 09.23.20

Architecture diagrams

I am starting to experiment with different chart types in SlideMagic. One experiment: IT architectures that consist of users, servers, databases, clouds and lots of lines. The built-in icon search, combined with the new line drawing feature does a pretty good job actually. And while SlideMagic is not a dedicated tool to design network architectures, it might actually force you to make better architecture diagrams in presentations. Let me explain.Detailed network diagrams have the same problem as...
Tags: Design, Data Visualization, Layout, Speaking

Arts Fundraising Needs To Be Fully Professionalized As A Field

“As many as 44% of fundraisers fell in the profession by accident, with only 5% gravitating to fundraising as an intentional career choice. … We wouldn’t, for example, find a surgeon, accountant or lawyer who said they had got into their role by accident. All those roles would require a set period of study, with key milestones for passing training and competency-based testing. Yet in careers such as fundraising, there is no such pathway.” – Arts Professional
Tags: Art, Issues, 09.23.20

An AI Scientist Explains Why The GPT-3 Bot Is So Good At ‘Writing’ Original Text

“It’s far and away the most ‘knowledgeable’ natural language generation program to date, and it has a range of potential uses in professions ranging from teaching to journalism to customer service. GPT-3 confirms what computer scientists have known for decades: Size matters.” – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Words, GPT, 09.23.20

Poland unveils 'superhuman' John Paul II statue in Warsaw

Jerzy Kalina installation is response to controversial statue of pope being struck down by meteorAn unusual sculpture depicting John Paul II holding up a meteorite has been unveiled in Warsaw – as an artistic response to a controversial statue showing a meteor striking down the late pope.Jerzy Kalina’s installation outside the National Museum, titled Poisoned Source, shows the Polish pope holding the meteorite high over a pool of red water representing blood. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Religion, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Catholicism, Sculpture, Christianity, Poland, Warsaw, John Paul II, National Museum, Pope John Paul II, Jerzy Kalina

Caravaggio As Therapy (Caravaggio?? Yes.)

Teju Cole: “He was a murderer, a slaveholder, a terror and a pest. But I don’t go to Caravaggio to be reminded of how good people are and certainly not because of how good he was. To the contrary: I seek him out for a certain kind of otherwise unbearable knowledge. … I don’t have to love him to know that I need to know what he knows, the knowledge that hums, centuries later, on the surface of his paintings, knowledge of all the pain, loneliness, beauty, fear and awful vulnerability our bodies h...
Tags: Art, Visual, Caravaggio, 09.23.20, Caravaggio As Therapy Caravaggio

Using Video Games To Explore India’s Politics And History

“Through fantastical environments where buildings and oversized monuments are made of rubber sandals and toothpaste tubes, Studio Oleomingus … crafts interactive stories that cast a playful light on India’s complicated past and present.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, India, 09.22.20

Juliette Gréco, Legend Of Chanson Française, Dead At 93

“An acclaimed French chanteuse whose sensual stage mystique and doleful voice bewitched audiences for more than six decades and made her an international recording and concert star, … [Gréco] was one of the last links to Jean-Paul Sartre and other existentialist intellectuals who made her their raven-haired, black-clad muse in the post-World War II bohemia of Paris’s Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Paris, Saint Germain, Jean Paul Sartre, Juliette Greco, 09.23.20

Harold Evans, 92, Investigative Journalist, Magazine Founder, Author, Publisher

Over a seven-decade career, Evans exposed major political and business scandals (above all, Kim Philby’s hidden career as a Soviet spy and the abandonment of children deformed by thalidomide by the drug’s manufacturers), edited The Sunday Times and The Times of London (which he left after a battle with Rupert Murdoch), wrote several books, founded Condé Nast Traveler magazine, and served as president of Random House; he became a Reuters editor-at-large at age 83. In a 2002 British Journalism Re...
Tags: Art, People, Evans, Rupert Murdoch, Random House, Reuters, Conde Nast Traveler, Harold Evans, The Times of London, Kim Philby, 09.24.20, Journalism Review

American Museum Of Natural History Fires Curator For Sexual Harassment

Mark E. Siddall, an invertebrate zoologist whose expertise is in leeches, “was fired this month … after the museum found that he had sexually harassed and bullied a graduate student who was doing research under his supervision.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, 09.23.20, American Museum Of Natural History Fires, Mark E Siddall

Studio Ghibli Puts Online 400 Images from Eight Classic Films, and Lets You Download Them for Free

Japan’s Studio Ghibli has long been protective of their intellectual property, with Hayao Miyazaki and his team overseeing how their characters are merchandized, as well as carefully making sure foreign distribution of their films stay faithful to the original. (Miyazaki famously--although apocryphally--sent Miramax’s Harvey Weinstein a katana sword along with a note reading “No Cuts,” because the mogul and all-around bad person was notorious for recutting Asian films for western audiences). I...
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'True beauty for the ages': $80m Botticelli to appear at auction

Sotheby’s says estimate for 550-year-old painting is largest it has ever set for an old masterA Sandro Botticelli portrait of a wealthy and handsome young man, described as one of the greatest Renaissance paintings remaining in private hands, is to appear at auction with an estimate of more than $80m (£63m).Sotheby’s said it was the largest estimate for an old master painting it had ever set, a reflection of its importance and rarity. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Painting, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Sotheby, Botticelli, Sandro Botticelli

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