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Substance Designer Enhanced for Texture Creation - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:00

The application allows designers to quickly generate large numbers of dynamic textures, using a node-based procedural approach.

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Media Minutiae

Unbeige - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 23:00

TVNewser: Karmal Sutra is MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts’ favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor. Now you know.

LostRemote: The Hunger Games created one hell of a social media campaign. As for the movies, well…

PRNewser: KFC has created an edible cup because what Americans truly need is more things to eat.

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NYT Mag Cover Fails Basic Geography

Unbeige - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 20:30

To the slap heard across Newfoundland, you can add some further New-area resentment over the relaunched New York Times Magazine. In this case, we’re talking New Mexico.

#NewMatters #NewYorkTimes #NewMexico

— Eligius (@eligiusromero) March 2, 2015

As we previously reported, the redesigned publication went this past weekend with four different covers to herald its long-in-the-works redesign. Unfortunately, per a report in the Albuquerque Journal by Jackie Jadrnak, one of those four covers has a Houston-worthy problem:

You would think NEW York would know better.

But for sure NEW Mexicans have a good eye for detail.

The state Tourism Department is crying foul over a globe shown on the cover of the New York Times Magazine that, if you looked really closely, labelled the area between Arizona and Texas simply as \"Mexico.\" Comments on the department’s Facebook page were pretty entertaining, according to a news release.

Jadrnak notes that the globe as a whole is not reflective of a full world map. Still, through the portal of the Tourism Department’s Twitter feed, folks in the Southwest are having fun with this. Click over to her Journal item for a close-up view of the Old Mexico cartography.

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Departures Adds Home + Design Editor

Unbeige - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 19:40

Departures has named Dan Rubinstein its home + design editor, a new role at the magazine. Rubinstein will oversee the bi-annual Departures Home + Design issue, as well as Departures’ home and design content.

Rubinstein most recently served as editor-in-chief of Surface. He has contributed to publications such as The New York Times, Monocle and Dwell.

“Dan brings an original, intelligent eye and mind to design that sets him and Departures apart in the field of home and design and I very much look forward to working with Dan on making Departures Home + Design the leader in its category,” wrote Departures editor Richard David Story, in a memo to staff.

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James Dolan Interested in Ruining Daily News

Unbeige - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 19:00

We’re not betting on The New York Daily News being sold, but if it is, Cablevision CEO and New York Knicks owner James Dolan has emerged as a likely buyer. The New York Post reports that Dolan is interested in acquiring the tabloid because it would be a natural add-on to Cablevision’s Newsday.

The Daily News already loses about $20 million a year, so it’d be tough for things to get worse for the paper. However, if Dolan buys it, he’ll find a way. He will locate whatever is good about the Daily News and quickly eradicate it.

How do we know this? We’re Knicks fans.

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What Freelancers Need to Know About Bookkeeping

Unbeige - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 18:47

When you’re a freelancer, being on top of your financials is an unfortunate, but necessary, part of the job. Unfortunate, that is, unless you’re one of those people who lives to file receipts and update spreadsheets. Even if you aren’t, you don’t have to change who you are and how you do things to be good at bookkeeping. As long as you have control of the three essential components, you can find a system that fits your style.

Whether you’re a newbie freelancer or you’ve been grappling with this stuff for years, it’s better to keep things as simple as possible. Here are the basic things you’ll need to keep track of:

Assignments Payments Tax stuff

Seem simple? It is. Of course there are plenty of subcategories to each of these, and depending on the type and quantity of work you do, there are plenty of other things you may need to integrate into your system. But if you’re just getting started as a writer, these are the three most important things.

The upside of having your financial house in order is greater security. You will know who you’ve invoiced, who has paid, who hasn’t — and you’ll have all the proof to back you up if you need it.

For more, read: Doing Better Business: Bookkeeping 101

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Baltimore Sun Cartoonist Wins 2015 Herblock Prize

Unbeige - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 18:20

The competition for the annual award, created in 2004 by the Herb Block Foundation, this year came down to a pair of talented editorial cartoonists: Mike Luckovich, who draws for the Atlanta Constitution-Journal, and the Baltimore Sun‘s Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher. From a Washington Post report by Michael Cavna:

KAL has been an editorial artist for nearly four decades, and his cartoons are distributed by CartoonArts International and the New York Times Syndicate. He is also a four-time recipient of the Overseas Press Club’s Thomas Nast Award, and has also won the National Press Foundation’s Berryman Award.

Not to mention last month’s The Economist‘s Europe Grand Prix Award for “cartoon of the year.” Kallaugher will be presented with a $15,000 cash prize May 7 at the Library of Congress. As part of the ceremony, former Washington Post publisher Don Graham will deliver the keynote Herblock Lecture. See more of Kal’s award-winning work here.
[Cropped cartoon image via:]

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Yahoo Launches ‘Yahoo TV’

Unbeige - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 18:00

Yahoo’s latest singular-focused site — Yahoo TV — is live. As has been Yahoo’s strategy with its other similar sites, the publisher is referring to Yahoo TV as a “digital magazine.” We will not be doing that. Because it’s stupid.

Yahoo TV is edited by Kristen Baldwin, with Entertainment Weekly alums Ken Tucker as TV critic and Mandi Bierly as deputy editor.

Here’s Baldwin’s take on what readers can expect from the new site:

Whether you’re looking to plan your weekly watch list or to decide the most binge-worthy shows to stream, our Yahoo TV writers will guide you to must-watch content through expert analysis, exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and more. Like you, our writers and editors are obsessed with TV, and we’re excited to start an ongoing conversation that helps you discover the best of what’s next on TV and catch up on today’s most talked about shows.

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Uber Surges Into the Print Magazine Game

Unbeige - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 17:40

MomentumCoverThe catch: you have to be a driver with the service, in a select geographical area, to receive a copy of the first issue. But no doubt if the quarterly offering is well received, that purview will be expanded.

From Busines Insider reporter Alyson Shontell’s item:

Momentum, which Uber employees devised and put together over the past five months, is launching in six markets: Boston, New York City, Chicago, Ohio, Oklahoma and San Francisco.

The reason: Uber says it wants to better connect with its drivers. Momentum’s launch issue includes stories about how to get exercise when you’re behind the wheel, the best places to eat on the go and where to find restrooms when you’re on the clock.

There’s also a profile of Uber Uber driver Sofiane, who has clockedmore than 20,000 trips for the service in the Bay Area. Read the rest of Shontell’s piece here.

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Forbes Releases Billionaires Issue

Unbeige - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 17:09

Forbes has published its annual Billionaires issue and once again, you didn’t make the cut. A few people who did:

Bill Gates, who grabbed the number one slot with a net worth of $79 billion Michael Bloomberg, the highest media exec on the list at #14 A record 197 women, including Elizabeth Holmes and Anne Cox Chambers Newcomer Michael Jordan Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, two of Snapchat’s founders

For the complete list, click through

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Wired Revamps Site

Unbeige - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:15

Wired’s site just got a complete makeover. The site features responsive design, a cleaner look and six sections, including Business, Design, Entertainment, Gear, Science, and Security. It’s the first redesign since 2007.

Each section has its own unique appearance; it gives the site the feel of a newspaper, which is a different and welcome approach. The sections now constantly refresh with content. In a note about the revamp, editor Scott Dadich explained that “the new section fronts should become your dashboards for the day’s news and feature stories.”

The new is also swift — testing revealed that pages loaded 16 times faster.

The revamp was two years in the making, and judging by our exploring, the team nailed it.

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Better Fashion Week Luck Next Year

Unbeige - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:00

It’s a big deal for a new fashion blogger to be showcased on Teen Vogue’s Fashion Click network. It’s an equally big deal for that same fashion blogger to get summoned to New York Fashion Week.

But as San Diego State University marketing junior and Sunday Threds owner-operator Veronica Garcia (pictured) explained to a reporter for her student newspaper The Daily Aztec, it just wasn’t meant to be at the one-year anniversary stage of her blogging efforts. Each Sunday, Garcia posts thoughts and photos about a chosen outfit:

\"A designer emailed me asking if I wanted to go to New York Fashion Week, which is invite-only,\" Garcia said. \"I was so excited and agreed to go — money or school was not going to be an issue. But then I realized I couldn’t.\"

Garcia realized that during NYFW she had two exams for class and was not going to sacrifice her education, even though an opportunity like this only comes around every so often. However, Garcia is using this disappoint as motivation to attend NYFW in the future, maybe as soon as next year.

We have little doubt Garcia will figure out a way to juggle school and invites in a way that changes the outcome next year. Hopefully, she can visit New York with her sister, who also doubles as Sunday Threds’ main photographer.
[Photo via:]

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Marie Claire Names Design Director

Unbeige - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:55

Marie Claire has named Clare Ferguson design director. Ferguson comes to the magazine from London-based Tatler, where she served as art director. Prior to her time at Tatler, Ferguson art directed the first edition of Net-a-Porter’s magazine The Edit.

“Clare’s work has always mixed beauty and power with a keen eye,” said Marie Claire’s editor-in-chief, Anne Fulenwider, in an announcement. “Her fresh, European sensibility makes her just the right person to expand and build on Marie Claire’s strong visual identity.”

In related news, Marie Claire has promoted Wanyi Jiang from deputy art director to art director. Jiang has been with the magazine since 2013.


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NY Times Shutters Home Section

Unbeige - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:40

Slowly but surely, The New York Times is shrinking. In a memo to staff, Times executive editor Dean Baquet announced that the Times’ Home section was shuttering because its contents “would fit best in other parts of the Times, including Food and Real Estate.”

For the Times’ Home section writers, the writing was on the wall (terrible pun intended) when about 10 staffers were laid off during the last round of cuts. The New York Post reports that Noel Millea, the section’s editor, will take on a different role when Home’s last edition runs Thursday.

Home is the second long-running section the Times has shuttered in the last few months. In November of last year, the paper eliminated the Auto section.

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WSJ Adds Digital Director

Unbeige - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:20

Kevin Sintumuang has been named digital director, life and style, for The Wall Street Journal. In this newly created role, Sintumuang will help expand the’s life and style coverage.

This is a homecoming for Sintumuang, who previously served as the Journal’s features editor. He returns to the paper from GQ, where he most recently served as web editor. Sintumuang had been with GQ for nine years.

Sintumuang will report to Emily Nelson, a senior editor who oversees Personal Journal, Off Duty and WSJ. Magazine.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Brooks Returns to News Corp. | Leonard Nimoy Dies at 83

Unbeige - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 14:45
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Rebekah Brooks Set for Social Media Return to Murdoch Empire (Financial Times)
Rebekah Brooks, the former tabloid editor who was cleared of all charges in Britain’s phone hacking scandal, is returning to News Corp. She will reportedly run Storyful, the company’s social media news agency. FishbowlNY Brooks resigned from her News of The World position in 2011. Recent News Corp digital investments have included Move, Inc., Elara Technologies and Capital New York Brooks, a longtime confidante of News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, was cleared last summer of charges relating to her alleged involvement in News Corp’s phone-hacking saga while she presided over the company’s U.K. newspaper arm. In a dramatic downfall, she exited News Corp. as a result of the imbroglio and maintained a low profile as her criminal trial played out. Variety News of The World was shuttered amid the furor in Britain sparked by evidence that the paper’s reporters had hacked the voicemail of 13-year-old murder victim Millie Dowler, impeding the police investigation. If the deal comes together, Brooks would return to a different company than the one she left. In 2012, Murdoch split off his entertainment and media assets into a separate publicly held entity, 21st Century Fox, while newspapers and other publishing assets remained under the News Corp. banner. NYT She has not yet signed a contract, said two people familiar with internal plans, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to reveal a confidential matter, and her precise role has not been formalized. It is likely that she will be based in Britain, though she will not work from the headquarters of News Corp.’s British subsidiary, News U.K.

Leonard Nimoy, Spock of Star Trek, Dies at 83 (NYT)
Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut Star Trek, died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83. Adweek He died from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to his family. CNN His co-stars, fellow celebrities and fans reacted with heartfelt tributes from around the world and all the way to space, where astronaut Terry W. Wirts flashed a Vulcan salute aboard the International Space Station. Longtime friend and co-star William Shatner remembered Nimoy “like a brother.\" FishbowlNY On Twitter, a great many of those responding to Shatner’s call for discussion agree with his puzzlement at the \"horrible\" headline by the New York Daily News, calling him “Captain Jerk” for reportedly planning to skip Nimoy’s funeral. FishbowlNY Julio Ojeda-Zapata, a technology reporter and blogger with St. Paul, Minn.’s Pioneer Press, dug into his newspaper’s archives upon learning of Nimoy’s death. FishbowlNY CUNY Journalism dean Stephen B. Shepard wrote a tribute to Nimoy Saturday.

Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi-American Writer, Is Killed by Machete-Wielding Assailants (NYT)
A Bangladeshi-American blogger known for his antipathy to religion was hacked to death on the street in the capital city by two assailants wielding machetes, the police said on Friday. FishbowlNY Roy, 42, was attacked along with his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya, 45. He died as a result of the attack; she remains in critical condition. BBC News No one has been arrested but police say they are investigating a local Islamist group that praised the killing. Hundreds of people gathered in Dhaka to mourn the blogger’s death. Roy’s family say he received threats after publishing articles promoting secular views, science and social issues on his Bengali-language blog, Mukto-mona (Free Mind). The Guardian The couple were on a bicycle rickshaw, returning from a book fair, when two assailants stopped and dragged them on to the pavement before striking them with machetes, local media reported, citing witnesses. Roy is the second Bangladeshi blogger to have been murdered in two years and the fourth writer to have been attacked since 2004.

NY Observer Rebrands Site as ‘Observer’ (FishbowlNY)
The New York Observer is dropping the best part of its title — New York — from the paper’s website. The site is now branded as \"Observer\" for the same reasons the New York Daily News expanded its site in 2012 — to attract a more widespread readership. Capital New York “The Observer is no longer simply the Web version of the New York Observer newspaper,” Observer Media chairman and chief executive officer Joseph Meyer wrote in a post published Friday and addressed to the website’s readers. “It is a national destination,” he continued, citing internal metrics that indicate 80 percent of’s current audience lives outside New York.

Dominic Pagone Promoted to New Senior Communications Role at FX (THR / The Live Feed)
FX is upping Dominic Pagone. The network’s former vice president of media relations will move into its newly created position of senior vice president of communications. Variety In the newly created post, Pagone will oversee trade communications, talent relations, public affairs and photo publicity for FX, FXX, FXM and FXP. He will no longer handle consumer media relations, with FX Networks’ vice presidents of media relations Roslyn Bibby and Lana Kim leading programming publicity efforts for the FX Networks portfolio. Deadline A 14-year FX vet, Pagone served as the lead publicist for Sons of Anarchy throughout its seven-season run, The League during its first six seasons and as co-lead publicist on Justified for its entire run. More recently, he handled launch publicity for The Strain, Married and Man Seeking Woman.

Vice Media to Launch Broadly, Its First Female-Focused Channel (THR)
Vice Media is courting women. The edgy, male-driven media company is launching Broadly, its first female-focused channel, this spring. Vice’s plan for the new online vertical is to tell a range of stories that interest women, covering a variety of topics including politics, culture, lifestyle, sex and fashion. PRNewser Tracie Egan Morrissey, a Jezebel alum, will be the director of content for the channel.

Comcast in Talks to Acquire Ad Technology Firm Visible World (WSJ / CMO Today)
Comcast Corp. is in talks to acquire the TV ad-targeting company Visible World, according to people familiar with the matter. Such a move would thrust the cable giant into a stronger position in the burgeoning market for data-driven TV advertising. Variety New York-based Visible World uses technology to help advertisers create commercials tailored to discrete segments of the TV audience, using set-top boxes. The company might help a carmaker alter the copy about the terms of sale in one ad, or change the voiceover or graphic elements in another. Advertisers can use the company to run ads that vary according to the time of day, or even the context in which it appears.

Craig Ferguson to Star in ABC Comedy Pilot (THR / The Live Feed)
Craig Ferguson has found his next broadcast role: acting. The former host of CBS’ The Late Late Show has been tapped to star in ABC’s buzzy comedy pilot The King of 7B. The ensemble comedy, already hailed as one of the season’s freshest scripts, centers on Prentiss (Ferguson), an agoraphobic recluse who ventures outside for the first time in 11 years when he spies what could be his soul mate moving into the building across the street. TV Guide The role is a return to acting for Ferguson, and his first big career move since signing off as the host of The Late Late Show in December. He previously appeared on The Drew Carey Show for eight seasons in the late ’90s and early ’00s.

GMA Sunday Beats Today for First Time Ever in February Sweep (TVNewser)
While CBS Sunday Morning is far and away the most-watched Sunday morning newscast, ABC’s Good Morning America finished the February sweep ahead of NBC’s Today for the first time ever among the adult 25-54 demo. GMA Sunday debuted in its current format in September 2004. Sunday Today still tops GMA Sunday among total viewers.

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Trial Set to Begin in May (TVNewser)
A case against MSNBC’s Ed Schultz is going to trial. Schultz is being sued by Michael Queen, a former Washington, D.C.-based NBC staffer, who claims the MSNBC personality didn’t properly compensate him when he landed his TV gig.

Financial Times Offers $1 Trial (FishbowlNY)
The Financial Times’ paywall typically only allows a non-subscriber access to three articles per month before prompting them to pay up. Readers can now opt for a month-long trial for $1 that gives them full access to the site.

NYT Shutters ‘Home’ Section (Capital New York)
The New York Times is closing down its “Home” section, the latest in a series of moves that have been altering the composition of the print edition. Executive editor Dean Baquet told employees in a Friday email that last week’s installment will be the section’s last.

Kelly Osbourne Departing E!’s Fashion Police (Variety)
Kelly Osbourne is exiting Fashion Police, E! confirmed Friday. The news came just days after co-host Giuliana Rancic made remarks on the Feb. 23 show about Disney starlet Zendaya, saying her dreadlocked hairstyle at the Oscars probably \"smells like patchouli oil\" or \"weed,\" which was understood by some to be racially insensitive.

Fox Sports 1, AT&T in Dispute Over Fees for Nascar, Golf, Soccer (Variety)
At first glance, a new battle between Fox Sports 1 and AT&T U-verse would appear to be the latest in a very long line of skirmishes between media companies and video-distribution outlets over prices for programming. But this one has a twist: Fox Sports 1 will continue to be shown on the AT&T service, even though some of its bigger events may not.

Fifteen Sun-Times Staffers Take Buyouts (Robert Feder)
Fifteen editorial employees of the Chicago Sun-Times are leaving the newspaper after accepting voluntary buyouts, sources said Friday. All 15 are represented by the Chicago Newspaper Guild, which was formally notified that the buyouts had been approved.

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Linked: Everything is Design

Brand new - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:15
If you are in New York between February 25 and July 19, 2015, stop by the Museum of the City of New York to see the first solo exhibition of Paul Rand in New York. It's full of actual objects — books, ads, packaging —... Armin
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Noted: New Logo and Identity for London Craft Week by The Partners

Brand new - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:10
(Est. 2015) "London Craft Week is a new annual event which showcases exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme featuring hidden workshops, celebrated makers, other lesser known makers and highly specialised skills alongside famous shops, galleries and luxury brands. London Craft Week is independent, not-for-profit and... Armin
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Reviewed: Follow-up: Southwest Airlines

Brand new - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:43
It's uncommon that I'll do big follow-ups to well-covered projects but today there is a few reasons I would like to tread again on the Southwest Airlines redesign by Lippincott introduced in September of last year. The primary reason is that I really liked this... Armin
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