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The Best-Selling Books Of 2020 – Obama Tops The List

“A Promised Land, the first volume of Barack Obama’s presidential memoirs, was the top print title in 2020, moving nearly 2.6 million copies at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. That number is lower, however, than the 3.4 million copies of Michelle Obama’s Becoming sold in 2018, and the former first lady’s book hit the top 25 overall list yet again this year, selling almost 596,000 copies.” – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Obama, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Words, NPD, 01.12.21

What Will The Biden Administration’s Arts Policy Look Like?

“The big idea was to create a White House office on arts, culture and the creative industries,” says Megan Beyer, the co-chair of the campaign’s Arts Policy Committee and a former executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities under Obama. She compares this to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which was established by Congress in 1976 with a broad mandate to advise the president on domestic and international policy that could be applied across ...
Tags: Art, Obama, Congress, White House, Issues, Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Biden Administration, 11.24.20, Megan Beyer, Arts Policy Committee

Why Did President Obama’s First Memoir Take So Long To Write?

The 44th president’s memoir was indeed much longer than he originally planned, and this is only volume one. “He writes in a very classic way. … He sits down with a pen and pad.” And that’s another way he differs from many former presidents: Obama writes his own books. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Obama, Words, 11.21.20

An Obama May Save Bookstores, Again

At least that’s the hope of many U.S. booksellers – that the 44th president’s memoir will juice sales in a way that will help offset pandemic losses. “Demand among American customers is so high that Penguin Random House, Crown’s parent company, has printed 1.5 million copies in Germany to bring over on cargo ships.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Obama, Germany, Words, Penguin Random House, 11.15.20

Insider Retail: Stores suppress news of workplace COVID-19 cases, sneakerheads flock to Discord, and Ruby Tuesday stops paying pensions

A major avocado distributor had a "disappointing" IPO this week. olindana/Getty Images  Wake up! September is officially over!Happy first Friday of October. Congrats, it is now acceptable to actually drink your PSL in public, even though you've probably been doing so since Starbucks launched it in August. (Shade.)  I'm happy to bring you another week of Insider Retail, Business Insider's weekly round-up of everything that's happening in restaurants and retail. If you haven't already subscri...
Tags: Asia, Europe, UK, Design, Technology, Obama, Washington, Newsletter, Trends, Fast Food, Retail, Stores, Starbucks, Apparel, Grocery, Catherine

Biden-Harris: Here's the typeface they're using.

Typeface nerds, prepare to scrutinize the new logo design of that just-announced Biden-Harris ticket. “The solo Biden campaign logo used the typeface Brother 1816 and the new Biden-Harris campaign logo uses the typeface Decimal,” says Hunter Schwarz [@hunterschwarz]. There have only been four female candidates on major party presidential campaign logos: Ferraro, Palin, Clinton, Harris. — Yello (@yello_zine) August 11, 2020 Writes Hunter: The new Biden logo u...
Tags: Post, Politics, Design, News, Obama, Typefaces, Fonts, Graphic Design, Biden, Yello, Kamala Harris, Hoefler Co, Robyn Kanner, Hunter Schwarz, Biden Harris, Ferraro Palin Clinton Harris

First Inklings of Fame

The class of 2020 has no idea what the future holds — and neither do we. Here’s a look back at some icons starting on their paths to renown.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, Obama, David, Theater, Smith, Eddie, Jones, Barack, Maya, Lee, Murphy, Glenn, Spike, Ginsburg

Smithsonian To Send Popular Obama Portraits On A National Tour

Kehinde Wiley’s official portrait of President Obama and Amy Sherald’s painting of the first lady, like the Obamas themselves, broke boundaries. L.A.-born, New York-based Wiley and New York-based Sherald were the first African American artists to be chosen by the National Portrait Gallery for such commissions. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, New York, Obama, Wiley, National Portrait Gallery, Visual, Obamas, Kehinde Wiley, Amy Sherald, Sherald, 01.23.20

Everyting's Changed

And here we are at another year's end. The cable news networks are looking back on the top news stories of the year -- and the decade! (Yes, I know the decade isn't over for another year, but I fear we've lost that argument.) It's very funny to me that the vast majority of the pundits and experts still seem genuinely baffled at what's happening in our politics and our culture.They shouldn't be.I've been thinking and writing about this for a while now. We are in the middle of massive, fundamenta...
Tags: Politics, Obama, White House, Theatre, America, Nano, Broadway, Fear, Theater, Finn, Broadway Musicals, Trump, Rodgers, Gordon, Hammerstein, New World

Downloadable Plans for 3D-Printed Guns, Backed by Trump Administration, Blocked by Federal Judge

There's so much news of impeachment hearings out there, it was easy to miss this piece of State-Department-related news that has to do with digital fabrication. Specifically, 3D-printed guns. The story's a bit convoluted here, so stick with me: Sequence of Events - In 2013 Cody Wilson, a crypto-anarchist and staunch proponent of 3D-printed guns, posts plans for them online.- That same year the State Department, then under the Obama administration, sends him a takedown notice. Wilson complies.- I...
Tags: Texas, Design, Supreme Court, Obama, Washington, Taiwan, United States, State Department, Seattle, District Of Columbia, Digital Fabrication, Wilson, Trump, Reuters, Bob Ferguson, Cody Wilson

"Trump Administration's Effort" to Allow Downloadable Plans for 3D-Printed Guns Blocked by Federal Judge

There's so much news of impeachment hearings out there, it was easy to miss this piece of State-Department-related news that has to do with digital fabrication. Specifically, 3D-printed guns. The story's a bit convoluted here, so stick with me: Sequence of Events - In 2013 Cody Wilson, a crypto-anarchist and staunch proponent of 3D-printed guns, posts plans for them online.- That same year the State Department, then under the Obama administration, sends him a takedown notice. Wilson complies.- I...
Tags: Texas, Design, Supreme Court, Obama, Washington, Taiwan, United States, State Department, Seattle, District Of Columbia, Digital Fabrication, Wilson, Trump, Reuters, Bob Ferguson, Cody Wilson

Turns Out Barack Obama, On Top Of Everything Else, Is An Excellent Editor

Adam Frankel, a former member of Obama’s speechwriting team: “‘Something about this draft just doesn’t feel right.’ That, or something like it, is probably the most frequent feedback a speechwriter ever receives, and it is typically accompanied by precisely zero suggestions on what to do about it. I never heard Obama utter those words. In fact, I was always struck by the precision of his edits. If a certain sentence or structure had problems, he’d tell us exactly how to fix them.” – Literary Hu...
Tags: Art, Obama, Barack Obama, Words, Adam Frankel, 11.11.19

EPA repeals water protections, choosing industry over wetlands

On Thursday, the Trump administration repealed the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, an Obama-era policy designed to protect waterways. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the EPA plans to reinstate 1980s water rules. The EPA and U.S. Army will decide this winter which waterways to regulate. “Today’s Step 1 action fulfills a key promise of President Trump and sets the stage for Step 2 — a new WOTUS definition that will provide greater regulatory certainty fo...
Tags: Design, News, Obama, California, Environment, Policy, North Dakota, Wheeler, Epa, District Of Columbia, Environmental Protection Agency, Trump, Environmental Working Group, Water Issues, Earthjustice, Reuters

Tubman $20 Delay Is A New Front (But The Same Old) In The Culture Wars

Alumni of the Obama administration say the symbolism of the Tubman decision is hugely significant. Dan Pfeiffer, Obama’s White House communications director, told me last night: “It has all the hallmarks of Trumpism — racism, misogyny, pettiness and whatever the opposite of virtue signaling is.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Obama, White House, Issues, Tubman, Dan Pfeiffer Obama, 05.24.19

How National Parks benefit the environment

The U.S. has over 400 national parks across the country, which host a combined total to 330 million curious visitors every year. National parks have clear economic benefits for national and local economies, yet they also have important benefits for the environment within and outside of their borders. If you thought national parks were just a common place to visit for recreational activities, you might want to think again as parks are incredibly beneficial to the environment.  Here are some reas...
Tags: Design, Obama, Senate, Wyoming, Hawaii, Parks, Yellowstone National Park, Maui, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Haleakala National Park, U S Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, San Francisco Bay Area Many

Energy-efficient light bulb production could take a major hit

The production of energy-efficient light bulbs could be hurt by a new proposal. The Trump administration is looking to get rid of Obama-era laws that encouraged companies to make energy-efficient bulbs. If the regulations are rolled back, experts warn that less-efficient bulbs will increase energy bills and lead to additional pollution. The bulbs in question were not originally included in President George W. Bush’s 2007 law, which pushed for more LED bulbs. These products include decorative gl...
Tags: Design, News, Obama, Energy Efficiency, LED lighting, Npr, George W Bush, Department Of Energy, Green Lighting, Trump, Energy Department, Save Energy, Trump Administration, Hartke, Energy Efficient Light Bulbs, Jason Hartke

Andrew Wheeler confirmed as new EPA administrator

Andrew Wheeler is taking over the reigns as the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Wheeler, who used to work as a lobbyist for the coal industry, became the 15th EPA administrator after a Senate vote confirmed his appointment. Shortly after the vote, Wheeler took to Twitter to post his thoughts on becoming the new EPA administrator. Wheeler thanked several politicians for helping him obtain the appointment and vowed to move forward with President Donald Trump’s agen...
Tags: Politics, Design, News, Obama, Senate, West Virginia, Maine, Wheeler, Epa, Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency, Boeing, Scott Pruitt, Susan Collins, Collins, Trump

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Perform the Earliest Version of Hamilton at the White House, Six Years Before the Play Hit the Broadway Stage (2009)

Another immigrant comin' up from the bottom His enemies destroyed his rep, America forgot him…  Holler if you can remember a time when few Americans were well-versed enough in founding father Alexander Hamilton’s origin story to recite it in rhyme at the drop of a hat. Believe it or not, as recently as the summer of 2015, when Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton: An American Musical exploded on Broadway, Hamilton the man was, as the Tony award winning lyrics above sugges...
Tags: Google, Music, Politics, Obama, College, White House, New York City, Theatre, America, History, Broadway, James Earl Jones, Dc, Miranda, George Stephanopoulos, Dick Cheney

Obama Portraits Lead to Major Uptick in Draw at National Portrait Gallery

The exhibition of the Barack and Michelle Obama Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery has grown the museum’s attendance by leaps and bounds, with 1 million more tickets sold this past year than the year prior, the Washington Post reports.  “I thought this is the closest that I’ll probably ever get to [Obama], and of […]
Tags: Art, News, Obama, Washington Post, National Portrait Gallery, Barack, Art News, Minipost, Michelle Obama Portraits

A Million New Visitors Have Come To National Portrait Gallery To See Paintings Of Barack And Michelle Obama

“The Obama portraits have catapulted the Smithsonian museum to the top tier of the city’s attractions by dramatically increasing attendance. The Old Patent Office Building — the historic home to the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum — had a record-breaking 2.3 million visitors in 2018, about a million more than in 2017.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Obama, Michelle Obama, Smithsonian, National Portrait Gallery, Audience, Visual, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 02.26.19

The Case Against The Obama Presidential Library

In the Obama center case, foes of the $500 million plan have centered their objections around the site location—a perch in an historic park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1871. Almost no one objects to the Obama Presidential Center coming to Chicago’s South Side, but some feel that it hoovers up an existing community asset instead of creating a new one. The question has lingered over the project since its introduction near the end of the president’s tenure in 2015. – Cit...
Tags: Art, Obama, Chicago, Issues, South Side, Obama Presidential Center, Obama Presidential Library, Frederick Law, Calvert Vaux, 02.21.19

Obama Presidential ‘Library’ Will Have No Library In It

“The four-building, 19-acre ‘working center for citizenship,’ set to be built in a public park on the South Side of Chicago, will include a 235-foot-high ‘museum tower,’ a two-story event space, an athletic center, a recording studio, a winter garden, even a sledding hill. … In a break with precedent, there will be no research library on site, and none of Mr. Obama’s official presidential records,” which are to be digitized and posted online. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Obama, Words, South Side of Chicago, 02.20.19

How A Teenager’s Lecture On The US Constitution Made It To Broadway

“Much as Hamilton gave America’s founding a progressive cool factor and became the quintessential Obama-era musical, [Heidi Schreck’s] What the Constitution Means to Me captures the mood of a time when institutional protections feel shockingly vulnerable and the country is getting an unwelcome crash course in constitutional arcana. (How many Americans knew about the emoluments clause before November, 2016?)” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Obama, Theatre, America, Broadway, Hamilton, Heidi Schreck, 02.18.19

France is the first country to ban all 5 pesticides linked to bee deaths

In a decisive move, France has become the first country to ban all five of the top pesticides blamed for bee die-off around the world. The phenomenon dubbed “colony collapse disorder” has seen bees dying in record numbers, and scientists are pointing fingers as neonicotinoid pesticides as the primary suspect. The EU led the charge by banning three of the pesticides: clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. However, France took it one step further by also banning thiacloprid and acetamiprid ...
Tags: Design, News, Obama, France, Animals, Eu, Policy, Bees, Pesticides, Iowa, Trump, Bees Affected By Pesticides, Bees And Pesticides, Pesticide Ban, Savethebees, Bees Addicted To Nicotine

10 species at risk of extinction under the Trump administration

The Endangered Species Coalition has released a report titled  , which outlines the possible impact of the current administration’s anti-wildlife policy stances. The report highlighted the 10 species that are in the most danger because of proposed new regulations as well as the specific changes that put these animals at risk. California Condor The California Condor has a 10-foot wingspan, making it one of the largest land birds in North America. These birds can reach altitudes of 15,000 fee...
Tags: Design, Obama, California, Mexico, Animals, Africa, Environment, Features, Esa, Alaska, Endangered Species, North America, North Carolina, Extinction, Endangered, Wildlife Conservation

How environmental policies changed in 2018 under Trump

There is no doubt that President Trump has significantly changed environmental policy since taking office that have caused a great deal of public outcry. The current administration’s decisions have affected everything from rolling back on policies enacted by former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to cutting funding for different environmental and scientific programs. With so much to keep up with, here is a rundown of the Trump Administration’s environmental action in 2018 and how it ha...
Tags: Japan, Design, Obama, Obama Administration, California, China, America, Barack Obama, Cms, Nasa, Ocean, Bill Clinton, Epa, New Mexico, Clinton, Trump

"That whole 'so you can have it all.' Nope, not at the same time. That’s a lie. And it’s not always enough to lean in, because that shit doesn’t work all the time."

Said Michelle Obama, and good for her!Quoted in New York Magazine.The sentiment is important and plainly true, but I think what's getting more attention is her use — in a public setting — of the word "shit." I think it's interesting that she said "that shit doesn’t work all the time" and not "that shit don’t work all the time." This wasn't a descent into the vernacular. She was keeping it lofty, but choosing to deploy the expressive, valuable word "shit."The WaPo article on the subject is titled...
Tags: Art, Facebook, New York, Law, Obama, Wikipedia, America, Language, Michelle Obama, God, Buddhism, Sheryl Sandberg, Trump, Michelle, Buddha, WaPo

Federal judge blocks the Keystone XL Pipeline

In a major setback for President Trump and his administration, a U.S. district judge has issued an order to block construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline while the State Department studies its impact on the environment. Last year, the Trump administration approved the controversial 1,179-mile pipeline, but Judge Brian Morris’ 54-page order is preventing it from being built — for now. The decision does not permanently stop construction, but it is putting the development on hold until the State ...
Tags: Design, News, Obama, Environment, Oil, Canada, Conservation, Keystone Pipeline, Npr, State Department, Keystone XL pipeline, Pipeline, Trump, Environmental Protection, Morris, NEPA

The ‘tacky’ Trump painting artist created similar work for Obama

The artist Andy Thomas, a self-taught painter living in Missouri, said he was surprised to learn Trump has hung the painting in the White House.Thomas also created a similar painting depicting former President Barack Obama alongside past Democratic presidents.Thomas said there's a hidden feminist message lying in both of the paintings. On Sunday's episode of CBS's 60 Minutes, President Donald Trump joined reporter Lesley Stahl for an interview that covered many topics, including his doubts abou...
Tags: Art, Politics, Media, Obama, White House, China, Painting, Barack Obama, Reagan, History, Missouri, Innovation, Cbs, Donald Trump, Eisenhower, Trump

How Strong Political Branding Can Help You Win Your Next Election

  Politics today is more polarizing than ever. Nearly every race is filled with candidates from multiple parties, and it’s tough for candidates to stand out. Good design can help. Design acts as a powerful tool for communication and persuasion, both of which are hugely important to political strategy and tactics and to political campaigns. For a long time, design in political campaigns has followed a certain set of unspoken guidelines: be safe, follow tradition, don’t stray from the red, white,...
Tags: Business, Politics, New York, Design, Identity, Obama, Sales, Cnn, Queens, Bronx, Vox, Donald Trump, Beirut, Hillary, Logo, Hilary Clinton

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