Weekend treat: Brain Pickings

For your weekend free time, here’s a website that goes natch with coffee or an afternoon snack: http://www.brainpickings.org
Brain Pickings describes itself as

“a discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.”

Maybe I can narrow it down more: Brain Pickings is a gallery full of projects, from today and decades past, that successfully combine media in order to explore topics, dissect issues, and narrate events.  Brain Pickings is a great place to browse and find inspiration for multimedia communication. Here are a few posts to check out:

from "At Work Portraits" by Rudiger Nehmzow

Digital Humanities Spotlight: 7 fantastic projects that bring historical materials online and enrich them through high tech tools like infrared scans or geolocation mapping.

Portraits of Workspaces pretty clear from the title, these photography projects capture the job-dictated environments in which we spend half of our waking lives.

from "The Unwilling Tourist" by Adolf Hoffmeister

The Unwilling Tourist: Vintage Czech Illustration on Refugees’ Fate
Highlights a 1941 cartoon-style book by Adolf Hoffmeister, a czech war refugee, and reminds us that the story is a  “timeless tragicomic lament for the fate of refugees, or “unwilling tourists,” displaced by disaster and turmoil, of which the world netted 25.2 million in 2010 per UN statistics.”


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