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Inclusive children´s book for Hispanic Markets – Support us!

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Adelia Cook, one of three books of the Adelia Collection – Help little Adelia reach all the kids around the world!

 
 
I am launching a project in  Catarse ( brazilian crowdfunding site) about an inclusive children’s book developed with an innovative Braille print created by author and graphic designer Wanda Gomes from Brazil. This Braille print developed by her is unique in the world and brings a whole new experience for children with visual impairment or not; it allows textures, reliefs and even scents to be printed!
 
 The collection is called Adélia and is already in Portuguese with 9 thousand copies distributed.
 
The funding is to print 500 copies in Spanish for dissemination in Book Fairs in México, Argentina  and Colombia with the Spanish publishers who have already requested the collection and also the american hispanic market.
 
 A very important project for the education and inclusion of children with visual impairment.
 
The project also seeks investors to cover or exceed the total value for a larger print run and distribution.
 
(Google Translator at the bottom of the site)
 
 
Spanish article at:
 
ADELIA

Blind girl feeling the textures of the book with her face.

 
 
Thanks in advance for your support, sharing and network! Help little Adelia to reach all the kids of the world!
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Predatory scholarly open-access publishers

From PHD Designer Ken Friedman:

“It was with shock and sadness that I learned today that Jeffrey Beall’s list of predatory publishers is no longer.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/01/18/librarians-list-predatory-journals-reportedly-removed-due-threats-and-politics

This is unfortunate for the field — Jeffrey Beall performed a great and valuable service. Given the problems in so many fields with the avalanche of crank journals and predatory publishers, I understand his decision, but I lament it.

For every research field — including our own — it is time to discuss the ways that people can determine on their own whether a journal is predatory or a conference is bogus. Open access publishing by serious publishers under the same conditions as paywall publishing offers a useful approach for some journals, but the flood of problem journals and predatory publishers is causing untold damage and destruction.

Many of us have used Beall’s list every day. We sent students and colleagues to the list for up-to-date advice. This leaves a massive gap in the field, and Beall’s work will be irreplaceable. I cannot imagine anyone with the capacity to replace Beall’s list — and I cannot imagine, given the repeated attacks on his good name and his character, that anyone will dare to step up.

Since reading this news, I have been sitting here, stunned. I feel the way I felt when the Taliban blew up the great Buddhist monuments.

A global mob of barbarians and pirates found a way to use the university system to open a cash flow spigot, turning earnest young researchers into suckers, and flooding the world with garbage publications. Beall created a solution, at least for those who did not wish to benefit from the corrupt predatory system. Over the past three or four years, the number of enterprises in this corrupt business has quadrupled. To me, this was a monumental effort. In the history of mankind, it may not be remembered in the same way that we remember destroyed monuments and looted archeological treasures. But for those concerned with the integrity of research publishing, Beall’s List was a high point at a low moment in history.”
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Obsolete

With the rise of technology and the real-time pressures of an online, global economy,

humans will have to be very clever – and very careful – not to be left behind by the future.From the perspective of those in charge, human labor is losing its value, and people are becoming a liability.

This documentary reveals the real motivation behind the secretive effort to reduce the population and bring resource use into strict, centralized control.

Could it be that the biggest threat we face isn’t just automation and robots destroying jobs, but the larger sense that humans could become obsolete altogether?

Watch Obsolete at https://youtu.be/jPmUGq25KBk

More Future at:

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/ciencia_transhumanism.htm#Multimedia

Open letter to the Design Community: Stand Up for Democracy

Open Letter to the Design Community:
Stand Up for Democracy

1. There is no need to point out that we are now in difficult and
dangerous times. For many years we were living in a world that, despite its problems, has been nevertheless engaged in a democratization process whereby human rights, fundamental freedoms and opportunities for personal development were increasing. Today, this whole picture has changed. Attacks on democracy are active in several countries, including the ones where
democracy seemed to be unshakable.

2. In these new times, the design community (practitioners, researchers, theorists, students, journalists, publishers and curators who are professionally involved in design- related activities) should stand up, speak out and act. To do that we do not have to share the same idea of what democracy is. It is enough to recognize the strong convergence between democracy and design.

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BIRD New Experimental Research in Design

Call for Papers: BIRD Conference New Experimental Research in Design /NERD, 15-16 June 2017, Braunschweig University of Art (HBK), Germany.

Further information (English PDF)

Additional information about the event + series of Design research books

http://transformazine.de/nerd (German)

Dialectic – Visual Communications Design Journal

 

A scholarly journal of thought leadership, education and practice in the discipline of visual communication design.

Pleased to introduce Dialectic, a scholarly journal of thought leadership, education and practice in the discipline of visual communication design.

The entirety of the contents of Volume 1, Issue 01 (V1, I1) of Dialectic, the new, fully open access scholarly journal administrated by the AIGA Design Educators’ Community, can be viewed in full at:
http://www.dialectic.aiga.org<http://www.dialectic.aiga.org/>

A printed version of Dialectic is also available for $19.99 on Amazon at:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1607854155

Each of the pieces that has been published in Dialectic V1, I1—their titles and author’s names appear below—may be read or viewed in full online by navigating to the URL listed above and then clicking on the “CONTENTS” box in the upper right corner of Dialectic’s home page. Additionally, each of these pieces may be freely downloaded in .pdf form by anyone in the world who has a viable internet connection and electricity.

The Table of Contents for Dialectic’s inaugural issue is located at:
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/14932326.0001.1*?rgn=full+text

The content of Dialectic is organized in three sections: “Front Matter,” “The Feature Well,” and “Back Matter.”

The Front Matter section contains the following:
It’s time to stir the pot… An Introductory Letter from Dialectic’s Managing Editor and its Producer by Michael R. Gibson and Keith M. Owens
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/14932326.0001.101?view=text;rgn=main

Journaling through the Back Door by Stephen McCarthy
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/14932326.0001.102/–journaling-through-the-back-door?rgn=main;view=fulltext

A New North American Design Research Organization by John Zimmerman, Carlos Teixeira, Erik Stolterman and Jodi Forlizzi
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/14932326.0001.103/–new-north-american-design-research-organization?rgn=main;view=fulltext

The Feature Well section contains the following:
The Concept of the Design Discipline by Paul A. Rodgers and Craig Bremner
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/14932326.0001.104/–concept-of-the-design-discipline?rgn=main;view=fulltext

First Issues, First Words: Vision in the Making by Jessica Barness
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/14932326.0001.105/–first-issues-first-words-vision-in-the-making?rgn=main;view=fulltext

Tip of the Icon: Examining Socially Symbolic Indexical Signage by Terry Dobson and Saeri Cho Dobson
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/14932326.0001.106/–tip-of-the-icon-examining-socially-symbolic-indexical?rgn=main;view=fulltext

On Web Brutalism and Contemporary Web Design by Aaron Ganci and Bruno Ribeiro
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/14932326.0001.107/–on-web-brutalism-and-contemporary-web-design?rgn=main;view=fulltext

A Visual Essay: My Life as a Fake by Jenny Grigg
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/14932326.0001.108/–visual-essay-my-life-as-a-fake?rgn=main;view=fulltext

A Survey Paper: Doctoral Education in (Graphic) Design by Dori Griffin
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/14932326.0001.109/–survey-paper-doctoral-education-in-graphic-design?rgn=main;view=fulltext

A Position Paper: Defining Design Facilitation: Exploring and Advocating for New Strategic Leadership Roles for Designers and What These Mean for the Future of Design Education by Pamela Napier and Terri Wada
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/14932326.0001.110/–position-paper-defining-design-facilitation-exploring?rgn=main;view=fulltext

The Back Matter section contains the following book reviews:
Developing Citizen Designers by Elizabeth Resnick; reviewed by Ann McDonald
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/14932326.0001.111/–book-review-developing-citizen-designers?rgn=main;view=fulltext

Leap Dialogues by Mariana Amatullo, Bryan Boyer, Liz Danzico and Andrew Shea; reviewed by Annabel Pretty
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/14932326.0001.112/–book-review-leap-dialogues-career-pathways-in-design-for?rgn=main;view=fulltext

Are We There Yet? Insights on How to Lead by Design by Sam Bucolo; reviewed by Heather Corcoran
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/14932326.0001.113/–book-review-are-we-there-yet-insights-on-how-to-lead?rgn=main;view=fulltext

Mapping the Grid of Swiss Graphic Design: A Review of 100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design by Christian Brändle, Karin Gimmi, Barbara Junod, Christina Reble and Bettina Richter; reviewed by Richard Doubleday
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/14932326.0001.114/–book-review-mapping-the-grid-of-swiss-graphic-design?rgn=main;view=fulltext

Submit design work for the book The Design of Dissent

Seeking submissions for an expanded edition of Rockport’s classic title:

THE DESIGN OF DISSENT by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic, first published in 2005.

Graphic design addressing social and political issues.

If you are a graphic designer, send your work until April 10th.

Curated by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic.

More info about the book: http://www.miltonglaser.com/news/993/the-design-of-dissent-socially-and-politically-driven-graphics

More information about submission: http://mirkoilic.com/DesignOfDissent-Forms.pdf