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Pictures in the Aftermath and Watchers of the Earth

Pictures in the Aftermath and Watchers of the Earth

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of April 16th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Ideas

Pictures In The Aftermath: In Japanese photographers’ responses to the Fukushima disaster, there is a visual language for pondering future catastrophes.

Watchers Of The Earth: Indigenous peoples around the world tell myths which contain warning signs for natural disasters. Scientists are now listening.

Massive Attack: How a weapon against war became a weapon against the web.

Our Puny Human Brains Are Terrible At Thinking About the Future: FMRI studies suggest that when you imagine your future self, your brain does something weird: It stops acting as if you’re thinking about yourself.

Products

Verily: A health-tracking watch that will be used in observational and longitudinal health studies.

Physio: A VR app that lets people participate in physical therapy without having to go to an office or have someone come to their home.

AutoDraw: A new web-based tool that pairs machine learning with drawings created by talented artists to help you draw.

Visuals

(Re)defining A Post-Soviet Aesthetic: From Cyrillic script slogans on oversized hoodies, to the popular use of brutalist buildings as photoshoot backdrops, we are witnessing a revival of soviet aesthetics.

Decades-Worth Of Design Magazine Covers: The covers for the annual RDA—which is now nearly 40 years old—serve as an evolutionary chart for the field’s aesthetics and trends over the years.

The Art Side Of AI: It is crucial to add more diverse voices to the current discussions around the development and social impact of AI. This is exactly what art can help with.