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Wired invites four sound designers to explore the psychoacoustics of vintage video games. To wit:

As the games got more complex, so did the audio, and the theories behind it. A loop, or short, repeated section of audio, acts as a recurring cue. Dissonant sounds communicate failure, while consonant ones—think of the sympathetic vibrations of Super Mario Bros.—encourage players to continue. The tones can even mimic human sounds—a modulating synthesizer approximates laughter, like the “wawawawawa” in Duck Hunt.

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Josh Begley’s compilation of every cover of the New York Times since 1852 (the paper actually started publication in 1851 but there are still 50,000 pages here) in under a minute.

First news photo (Glenn Curtis’s flight from Albany to NYC, May 30, 1910); first use of 96pt type (Moon Landing, Jul 21, 1969) and the first colour photo (Oct 16, 1997).

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 Designer Steve McCarthy Paddy’s Day special edition Jameson

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Leah Kilcullen writes:

Every year Jameson celebrates St. Patrick’s Day by commissioning an artist to create a piece of original art for its limited edition bottle. This year Jameson is proud to be working with Steve McCarthy, a Dublin based designer and illustrator. His style is bold, colourful and inspired by the humour and wit of the people that he has been around all his life….

To wit:

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Leah continues:

In 1492, in Dublin, ‘Black James’ Butler and his men found themselves barricaded behind the door of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. On the other side was Gearóid Fitzgerald who, tired of the constant fighting between the clans, decided it was time to make peace.

Fitzgerald ordered his men to cut a hole in the door before extending his hand through the gap as a token of friendship. Rather than cut his arm off with a sword, Butler shook it and the long standing feud came to an end, giving Dublin one of its most famous sayings – ‘to chance your arm’.

In Steve’s design he has brought the ‘chance your arm’ story to life via two outstretched hands exchanging a handshake, which is framed by the St Patrick’s Cathedral door of reconciliation.

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Design legends Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut this year became co-instructors of Yale School of Management’s first design course, and in keeping with the times, have begun a new podcast to accompany the course, making interviews and guest lectures from the course available to the public.

Looking at the intersection between design, creativity and business, the podcast, monikered The Design of Business/The Business of Design, will interview creative people from all over the spectrum on design, with the idea of widening students’ and new designers’ frame of reference.

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An ongoing dispute between LA-based illustrator Tuesday Bassen and Spanish clothing company Zara, which initially peremptorily rejected claims that its stores had blatantly plagiarised four of Bassen’s designs. 

Zara has since removed the items from sale and are ‘ in contact with Bassen’s lawyers to clarify and resolve the situation as quickly as possible’

Zara’s Owner Responds To Artist’s Copy Claims (Vogue)