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—Joanna Goh Xin Ying, Mediacorp

From this week



Governments & policy

Civil society groups in Singapore are concerned that a proposed public order bill would confer on police the authority to shut down communications in times of unrest.

No live broadcast of police operations. No transmission of text, photos or videos of the incident. No documentation of police action. The government’s apparent goal is to preserve an official version of information, but you can see how this is a source of worry for journalists trying to cover incidents on the ground. The definitions are so broad that the law could even be used to crack down on peaceful gatherings.




Noun Project is a delicious vocabulary of visual abbreviation.

In plain-speak: crowd-sourced icons for everything. But it’s interesting to think about what a hyper-simplified icon says about race, and this essay nails it. “Many depictions of race — icons or otherwise — rely on outdated tropes, stereotypical depictions, or fetishized myths to accomplish recognizability. Icons of race should celebrate physical differences as representative forms because failing to do so will result in misrepresentation by homogenization.”
The Noun Project

The Sydney Morning Herald launched its redesign a couple of weeks ago.

The new design system has a read-later feature called Shortlist (do people still use those?), contextual info-dives, and skimmable ‘talking points’ boxes (us old newspaper designers loved those). The website is now more horizontal in its scroll navigation, with cards in rows going across, compared to the earlier version with sections tottering about in columns. But good design is always about more than just what you see. I asked Frames subscriber and SEO dude Vahe Arabian what he thought. “I like that they’re using Varnish for the shortlist tool, and to to boost site speed. But they still need to work on optimising their topic hubs. They also need better linking to related stories instead of over-relying on their tool.” Thanks, Vahe!
Sydney Morning Herald

One of our favourite beards and designers, Van Schneider, hung out with the folks at Farmgroup, a design firm in Bangkok.

They’re largely a branding shop, but have grown into a full service design consultancy. They work on lots of interior and restaurant design projects, and I really like what they do with menus. “Graphic design is relatively young in this country; we are all still finding a place to stand in the world. I think one of our fortés is being crafty (in both meanings).”
Van Schneider