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  • Reduce the Effort Needed to Find Information
  • That flyer is clean, then, because it helps people find and consume the information within it with less conscious effort.
  • a clean design is one that supports visual thinking so people can meet their informational needs with a minimum of conscious effort.

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  • As Andrew Wagner, former editor of American Craft Magazine, explained in an interview in the 2009 documentary film Handmade Nation, “That’s kind of the definition of crafting: It’s someone making stuff for themselves, by themselves” (2:42–2:52).
  • But if we want to think about the human activity aspect of crafting, then a definition of crafting as “people making stuff for themselves, by themselves” might not be enough.
  • Perhaps even more importantly, when music is recorded it can be, as Mark Katz claims in his book Capturing Sound, “distinctively tangible, portable, repeatable, and manipulatable—in other words, it is differently able than live music” (Conclusion). So the craft of music-making is not only complicated because it can involve many people acting over time and multiple artifacts, productions and tools, but also because the activities that people engage in (especially when making recorded music) are shaped by the things the tools allow them to do.

  • When you win as much as he does, who the hell cares what anything means?
  • The whole Trump run is like a Jerry Springer episode, where even the losers seem in on the gags.
  • The presidency is serious. The presidential electoral process, however, is a sick joke, in which everyone loses except the people behind the rope line.

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  • In Donald’s case his preferred figure is “hyperbole”
  • They are angry, and he’s showing that he is angry too — which is vastly more effective communications than the bland assertions by the professional politicians that they “understand” there is a lot of anger out there.
  • This figure, apophasis (from the Greek word for “to deny”), emphasizes a point by pretending to deny it, stresses an idea or image by saying you don’t want talk about it, as with Trump’s use of “pussy.”

  • to a degree that is strikingly different from other politicians of this era.

  • “Our Convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.”
  • Clinton’s cool, brainy language versus Trump’s hot, from-the-belly delivery
  • His speech is a jungle of verbal intensifiers

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  • “It’s like patting yourself on the back and saying, ‘My nonfiction is creative.’

  • Now, just a few days later, we’re realizing just how important that human element was.
  • it’s becoming increasingly easy to do so on social networks
  • But it’s hard not to believe that recent accusations of political bias have influenced its decision.

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