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“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
— Abraham Lincoln

I am good at giving a damn.

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    A Good Design Glossary to Decode the Jargon via magazine.good.is

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    PragmaticStatisticabout 1 year ago

    There is a need for such a design glossary. However, as a retired marketing communications manager for architectural products applied by architects, engineers, space planners and interior design professionals, I discovered when writing a white paper on building performance, social design, and sustainability issues, that my design professional clients used industry terminology in a manner that makes these words proprietary to them as a design source. In other words, they slanted the use of these words to make prospective clients choose them rather than their competition. Thus, it makes it hard to compare design sources on an apples to apples basis. By doing so keeps them from becoming a commodity.

    So, when dealing with shading coefficients, daylighting, the pros and cons of social design involving large window walls, building energy conservation, and sustainability issues, I found it hard to get a consensus among them on common terminology I wanted to use in my white paper. I ended up applying my own less complex definitions as they applied specifically to shade systems.

    So how the terminology is used depends on who the reader is, and who the writer is.

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    After-school 2.0: How Technology Can Create a Learning Community  via magazine.good.is

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    PragmaticStatisticover 1 year ago

    This article seems to be more about including social networking in the learning environment than about how technology can create a learning environment. A true technology learning environment would be an online site like MyReadingMapped where students can zoom in on over 100 interactive Google Maps of historic events such as famous explorer expeditions, ancient ruins, the American Revolution and Civil War battle sites, sunken ship sites, plane and train crash sites, disease outbreaks, environmental disasters, oceanic trenches and other undersea phenomena. Each location in each map has either a quote, a link to an authoritative source, or the explorers own eBook, or any combination of. Students can zoom in on and see the actual forts and ruins. They can digitally climb Mount Everest and K2 using the routes of famous explorers. In other words, students can digitally experience the historical event rather than just read about it. Now that iss learning.

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    Designing a Phenomenon: Student Designs Inspire a New Approach to Voting via magazine.good.is

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    PragmaticStatisticover 1 year ago

    As a former student of the School of Visual Arts, I find the sample of the student work in this article a poor example of effective communication. What would have been a better symbol of communication a rectangle with four check boxes in a row, with the third check box checked, centered over the words "VOTE GOOD GOV'T."
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    VOTE
    GOOD
    GOV'T

    Such a graphic represents making a choice.

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