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Think Quarterly – New Online Magazine by Google

Posted in blog, ideas, inspiration, Media by aldorf on March 24, 2011

Google has quietly launched its own full-length online magazine, a quarterly publication whose aim is to create a “breathing space in a busy world.”

The first edition of Think Quarterly, based out of the U.K., is a 68-page dive into the world of data and its impact on business. The first thing most people will notice is that it’s a visually stunning piece of work. It’s a rich Flash app with Google’s quirky sensibilities and the in-depth writing you might find in BusinessWeek or Salon. Google’s quarterly magazine is edited and designed by creative agency The Church of London.

The articles themselves are thought pieces about major business and technology topics from a variety of freelancers and contributors. Google was able to snag Simon Rogers (editor of The Guardian‘s Datablog), Ulrike Reinhard (editor of WE Magazine), and other journalists for the project. Many of Think Quarterly‘s articles feature interviews with Google executives and technology leaders. Some of the people featured include Vodafone U.K. CEO Guy Laurence, Google chief economist Hal Varian and famed psychologist Peter Kruse.

“At Google, we often think that speed is the forgotten ‘killer application’ – the ingredient that can differentiate winners from the rest,” Matt Brittin, Google’s managing director of U.K. and Ireland operations, said in Think Quarterly‘s introduction. “We know that the faster we deliver results, the more useful people find our service.

“But in a world of accelerating change, we all need time to reflect. Think Quarterly is a breathing space in a busy world. It’s a place to take time out and consider what’s happening and why it matters.”

It’s unclear whether the new online magazine is another sign that Google is entering the media business or whether it’s just a project to feed the company’s intellectual curiosity. Google doesn’t describe its newest project as a magazine or a publication. Instead, Google calls it a book on its website and a “unique communications tool” on its Twitter account.

Regardless of what you call it, Think Quarterly is an interesting and informative experiment by the search giant.

(via Mashable)

Great App For iPad. Meet Flipboard.

Posted in Media, web by aldorf on July 23, 2010

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We Are Not Out To Save The World But To Tell The Stories Of Those Who Are. (Need Magazine)

Posted in ideas, Media, Quotes Of The Day by aldorf on June 2, 2010

is the first independent magazine dedicated solely to global and domestic humanitarian issues.

Need is an educational artistic hope-filled publication focusing on life changing humanitarian efforts at home and abroad. Their mission is to support humanitarian efforts. The magazine’s dynamic visual narrative is educational, drives awareness, involvement, personal connection and contributions. Need is currently collaborating with: The American Red Cross | The American Refugee Committee | AmeriCares | CARE International | Concern Worldwide | Global Classrooms | ImagineAsia | International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies | International Justice Mission | Justice for Children | Mercy Ships | Oxfam | Plan International | Right to Play | Relief International | UNICEF | UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs | War Child USA | World Food Program … among many others.

check it out.

80*81 Art/Magazine Project

Posted in art, blog, fashion, ideas, Media, photography by aldorf on April 10, 2010

If history repeats itself, if history is cyclical we might just be on the other side of the cycle. Somewhere in between January 1980 and December 1981 something was beginning which has just ended now, 30 years later, or is starting to repeat itself. We zoomed out from New Year’s Eve to a two-year overview then to zoom in again, month by month.
The film set in the Grande Hotel was now called Mozartbique (2011, CR and Franz Stauffenberg) and has a lot of masks in it. Not African ones. But Star Warsand Fantômas, Frankenstein and Bunny. Our idea is to develop the idea of the opera. We asked René Pollesch if he would help us with performative evenings in different theatre houses, to compile a dramaturgic progress from a ‘congress en miniature’ into a play or an opera with a beginning a middle and an end. Like almost everyone we talked to, Mr.Pollesch liked the idea.

In a way we will try to put things back together. Have one story line, one plot and one ending. One or two Grand Narratives, one or two Plateaux. The opera will be performed in Munich on New Year’s Eve 2010.

Georg Diez and Christopher Roth

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and check out the blog with amazing editorial photos of that time.

iTablet + app, the next level of Amazon kindle and Sony ereader

Posted in ideas, Media by aldorf on January 3, 2010

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