Jennifer Lawrence removed from Israeli Hunger Games posters

Posters for the final part of the dystopian action franchise in some parts of Israel have been redesigned so as to remove the Oscar-winning actor. Instead, Katniss Everdeen and her bow and arrow have been replaced with a mockingjay in a handful of cities across the country, including Bnei Brak and Jerusalem. “We discovered that public posters with the image of a female are often torn down in Jerusalem, while Bnei Brak does not allow posters with female images,” a representative of the film’s Israeli PR firm said to Ynet.

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Closing down: the couple chronicling New York’s disappearing storefronts

The Murrays’ new book Store Front II: A History Preserved, the Disappearing Face of New York is the concluding part of a trilogy. It’s their second “daytime” book; the first was published in 2009 – with New York Nights (2012), chronicling Big Apple facades after dark, sandwiched in between. Another volume is unlikely, given the commercial quicksands undermining these businesses. There is a sense of urgency to the images: one-fifth of the stores in the current book have since closed; while two-thirds of the stores featured in the first book are no more

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Why aren’t vibrators as good as other gadgets?

In the design world, human anatomy is important. For instance, if a designer is making something to be held by a hand, there are measurements for every dimension of the hand. And not just for one hand, the average hand, either — measurements exist for every dimension of the 5th and 95th percentiles of hand size as well. “But that’s just not available for designing sex toys,” Lieberman says. There is no corresponding data for vulvas. There is no official classification for the many different types of vulvas, and no sense of how common each type might be. Nor does anyone know how any particular vulva will react to a particular product. Take, for instance, a two-pronged vibrator: for many women, they won’t hit both the clitoris and the g-spot as promised. Sex toy designers don’t actually know the ratio that’ll work for most people: at best they’re providing an educated guess based on a limited sample of vulvas.

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Racist, ​s​exist, ​r​ude​ and crude​: the worst of 20th century advertising

Beyond Belief, a new book by Charles Saatchi, brings together the most shocking advertising campaigns of the last century. From racism and sexism to dodgy health claims, nothing was out of bounds for the real-life Mad Men

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Star Wars Battlefront and the art of retro sound design


Interesting article on the sound design of the Star Wars movies and the recent Star Wars Battlefront game. Did you know, for example that:

The screech of the original TIE Fighter, for example, was the sound of an elephant, slowed down, and mixed with the sound of car rolling on wet pavement as recorded through a long tube.

There’s a scream that is featured in all the Star Wars films (so far as I know) and crops up as a bit of an in-joke in movies and cartoons everywhere. It’s called the Wilhelm Scream and there’s a compilation here.

Yes – it even shows up in Battlefront…

How Jean Jullien’s simple doodle spread around the world

Jullien is a graphic designer originally from Nantes but based in London. It wasn’t particularly an illustrator’s response, he said, “more an instinctive, human reaction”. But the simplicity of his design, rendered in just a few brush strokes, did not diminish its power. In the days since the atrocities, his arresting image, captioned “Peace for Paris”, has been shared many thousands of times on social media worldwide, becoming a global expression of solidarity, resistance and hope for peace

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World leaders to don pineapple shirts for Philippines Apec summit

The “barong tagalog” holds a special place in a Filipino man’s closet, reserved for special events like weddings. It also serves as his burial shroud. The cloth is made from the hard, spiked leaves from the pineapple’s crown, which are pounded and dried. For the leaders’ shirts, Cabral mixed it with silk to make it more comfortable.

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Apple is still UK’s top storytelling brand

The 2015 Brand Storytelling report, now in its third year, surveyed 2,800 UK adults about their views on 154 major brands. Respondents rated all of the brands they were familiar with against nine criteria, including the brands they feel have “a clear sense of purpose and vision,” those that “produce content you want to share or talk about,” and those where “you are intrigued to see what they will do next.”

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