University of Toronto: From colour-changing lizards to ‘buff’ birds, U of T students create fun, science-focused trading cards

University of Toronto: From colour-changing lizards to ‘buff’ birds, U of T students create fun, science-focused trading cards . “Inspired by the Pokémon collectible trading cards of their childhood, University of Toronto biomedical communications students Shehryar (Shay) Saharan and Michie (Xingyu) Wu developed the BMC SciCard Collaborative project.”

How to Use Twitter as a Photographer: Here’s Some Expert Advice (PetaPixel)

PetaPixel: How to Use Twitter as a Photographer: Here’s Some Expert Advice. This is really good for anyone who has visual images to share. “For example, Twitter might be perceived as just a witty space to carefully craft a succinct 280 characters. But it has features that distinguish it from other platforms to help you build your brand and implement your business strategies. For photographers, the short and sweet style of Twitter can help you easily advertise your photos and your distinct style.”

Creative Boom: Dive into Zara Picken’s treasure trove of illustration ephemera from the mid-20th century

Creative Boom: Dive into Zara Picken’s treasure trove of illustration ephemera from the mid-20th century . “The treasure trove of print, which Zara has titled Ephemerama!, is available for all to see on a dedicated Instagram account. With postal stamps and travel information leaflets, booklets and advertisements, these retro pieces come from anywhere between the 1950s through to the mid-1970s.”

How to Make Comics: Ideas, Activities, and Resources for Learning and Making (Museum of Modern Art)

Museum of Modern Art: How to Make Comics: Ideas, Activities, and Resources for Learning and Making. “Over the course of three articles, writer and comics scholar Chris Gavaler helped us understand what comics are, the potential of the art form, and some of the many approaches to making comics. Still, for many of us, starting with a blank sheet of paper can be daunting—even when we know the basic ideas for filling in the page. To conclude the How to Make Comics series, we wanted to offer a step-by-step approach you can follow in order to transform that blank sheet into a visual story that’s all your own.”

Georgia Today: Electronic Version of Posters to be Published on Website of National Archives of Ministry of Justice

Georgia Today: Electronic Version of Posters to be Published on Website of National Archives of Ministry of Justice. The country, not the state in America. “Electronic versions of posters and programs of Georgian feature, animated and documentary films, theatrical performances or other events have been published on the website of the National Archives of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, reported the National Archives of Georgia.”

The National: Forgotten ‘ghost signs’ of Glasgow mapped by new project

The National: Forgotten ‘ghost signs’ of Glasgow mapped by new project. “THEY are faded fragments of days gone by which offer a glimpse into city life of the past. Now a project working to preserve the ‘ghost signs’ remaining on buildings in Glasgow is launching a map of key sites in the South Side. Since 2018, Glasgow City Heritage Trust has been researching and documenting the remains of the signs, which has included putting together an online archive, a conference and walking trails.”

AV Club: We condemn you to Websites From Hell, an archive of the internet’s ugliest websites

New-to-me, from AV Club: We condemn you to Websites From Hell, an archive of the internet’s ugliest websites. “When we think of heinous websites, it’s usually the words and images displayed on them that come to mind and not the visual design, which templates and decades of wisdom have typically managed to keep at a certain quality bar that only the rare examples fail to reach. The internet is vast, though, and keen explorers can still venture out into the wilderness to find garish artifacts from the past or businesses that have continued to update the digital equivalents of an old house’s never-replaced green shag carpet. To ‘honor’ ​these ugliest of online destinations, we have Websites From Hell.”

Smashing Magazine: Free Open-Source Icons

Smashing Magazine: Free Open-Source Icons. “In this post, we’ll celebrate some of these wonderful freebies that we came across recently. All of these free icons, illustrations, avatars, and animations have slightly different licenses (so please check them), but they are free to use in private and commercial work. But of course, the credit is always much appreciated.” Extensive!

Wine Searcher: Australia Goes to War on Wine Fakes

Wine Searcher: Australia Goes to War on Wine Fakes. “…the system called ELISS (Export Label Image Search System) is a step in the right direction, and it’s possible because Australia has a level of government control over exports that not every country has. The idea is to create a database of legitimate brand labels. Whenever you see an Australian wine in a store, you can use that database to check if it really was legally exported.”

Scientific Data: The Upworthy Research Archive, a time series of 32,487 experiments in U.S. media

Scientific Data: The Upworthy Research Archive, a time series of 32,487 experiments in U.S. media . “This archive records the stimuli and outcome for every A/B test fielded by Upworthy between January 24, 2013 and April 30, 2015. In total, the archive includes 32,487 experiments, 150,817 experiment arms, and 538,272,878 participant assignments. The open access dataset is organized to support exploratory and confirmatory research, as well as meta-scientific research on ways that scientists make use of the archive.”

Smashing Magazine: Color Tools And Resources

Smashing Magazine: Color Tools And Resources. “Do you need a little inspiration boost? We’ve collected some useful color tools and resources that we’ve discovered lately — to help you get the most out of your creativity. We’ve also just recently covered CSS auditing tools, CSS generators, accessible front-end components, front-end boilerplates and VS code extensions — you might find them useful, too.”

NiemanLab: The New York Times is using Instagram slides and Twitter cards to make stories more digestible

NiemanLab: The New York Times is using Instagram slides and Twitter cards to make stories more digestible . “Last summer, Vox’s Terry Nguyễn wrote about the ways that our Instagram feeds had changed in the wake of the Black Lives Matters movement. We started to see more PowerPoint-looking slides that were made to communicate information about the protests, and they’ve since been co-opted for just about every subject…. But slides like these, when done right and with care, make complex stories (about, say, a mutating virus!) more digestible and accessible.”