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January 2013

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So I gave in to the hype and downloaded Vine on my iPhone. I’m already addicted but I did find a few setbacks.

The idea behind Vine is to record a video on your smartphone in short segments or all at once. It took a bit of practice to get the hang of it (which may be in part due to my annoyingly shaky hands) but all you have to do is hold your finger down on the screen to record and let go to stop. Vine — like its parent company Twitter — adds a little twist to the usual post with a resulting video of just 6 seconds. I was impressed with how quickly the video is processed and then can be shared on Vine, Twitter or Facebook (more on that later). It definitely reminds me of Instagram for videos.

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ONE and iStockphoto have launched a mulitmedia contest to fight global poverty.

Whether you’re liberal or conservative, a dog person or cat lover, a Yankees or Red Sox fan, you’re invited to take part in a unique contest that brings opposites together to change the world.

ONE, a 3 million-strong global advocacy organization that fights poverty and preventable disease, and iStockphoto , a major source for user-generated imagery and multimedia, are partnering with Zooppa to raise awareness of the plight of the world’s poorest citizens. The ONE Thing We Agree On contest runs through February 26.

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Let’s not pretend for a second that spec contests are good for designers.

Spec contests have worked out pretty well for transatlantic flight and mapping the human genomebut are more or less a poison for emerging designers. Those businesses who source their design work to internet-based spec contests are promoting a cynical race to the bottom and need to cut it out.

But just as the Bubonic Plague produced some neat triptychs and World War I some readable classic novels, there was once a spec contest that produced an icon of great design, and created the curious case of Gary Anderson. But the takeaway isn’t as simple as it may seem.

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Just a few days ago, Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States. Perhaps that is why this graphic fold-out jumped out at me as I leafed through GDUSA’s archives. Or maybe it’s the fabulous depictions of the 1968 Presidential candidates.

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