Bill Moyers on the government shutdown: “Secession by another means.”

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John Barros finished outside the top two last night in the preliminary election for Boston Mayor. He impressed voters, his opponents and the media with his ideas, energy and campaign style.

We take some solace that his campaign logo – created by Hairpin – came out on top, at least to the Boston Globe and the design experts the paper polled to evaluate the signs of all the candidates.

Edward Boches, a Boston University advertising professor, and Lindsay Kinkade, a graphic designer in Phoenix, both agreed the best-designed sign belonged to John.

His two-toned, blue and green background adds depth, Boches said in the article. “It’s modern and clear,” Kinkade said, “but more considered and beautiful.”

When we first met with our team, John came to us with a clear vision, about himself and for the city. This clarity, we thought, came through in the mark.

The blue in the logo was a personal reference to the Cape Verde flag and John’s family roots. The two tones of blue spoke to the candidate’s sophistication.

The tall letters remain readable yet differentiate the mark from what we anticipated to see from the rest of the pack, especially the san serif type popularized by the Obama campaign.

Hairpin first met John during a video shoot we produced for the Barr Foundation. (He was a recipient of the foundation’s well-regarded fellowship program.)

While John will not be moving on to the next stage of the mayoral election, he had his share of victories during the campaign. He received a laudatory endorsement from the Globe and praise from the Boston Herald.

We hope it’s not the last we hear from this promising candidate.


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This from the fine blog PopSci: “Nickolay Lamm, a 24-year-old researcher and artist based in Pittsburgh, created this series of photo illustrations of the watery tourist traps of the future — due to climate change. This is what the Boston Harbor Hotel would look like under 25 feet of water:”

And here is San Francisco and perhaps the second-best baseball park in the country:

Time for action? (Thanks to David Lewis at Save The Bay:

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The day after the marathon bombings, Hairpin Senior Designer Aaron Bouvier posted his graphic of Boston’s skyline on social media sites as a personal gesture of solidarity with the victims. The graphic went viral, shared among thousands via Facebook, Twitter and other social media services.

Everyone at the Hairpin office had the same idea at the same time: this was an opportunity to help. Two days later, Hairpin launched an online store to sell t-shirts, tote bags and prints bearing the graphic — with all proceeds to benefit One Fund Boston, the central source charity created by the governor and mayor to aid victims.

As word spread, some supporters opted to wear the One Heart Boston graphic — permanently. At least 20 people (we know of) turned it into a tattoo, and the trend was reported by Boston Magazine and the Boston Herald.

More than a thousand orders and countless hours of sorting, stuffing and stamping later, Hairpin declared the store a sellout and mission accomplished.

This week, we had the pleasure of mailing a check for $31,035.79 to One Fund Boston. (Hairpin made no profits from the project.) We were heartened by the response of so many people, especially One Heart Boston customers, to help those harmed.

A special thanks to Repeat Press for donating the printing costs for the One Heart Boston letterpress prints, InTouch Labels for donating printing costs for One Heart Boston stickers included in every order, as well as Crane & Co. which donated the super-fine paper for the letterpress prints.

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One Heart Boston

In the wake of the terrible attacks at the Boston Marathon, Hairpin Senior Designer Aaron Bouvier was moved to create a graphic that captured the city’s sense of resolve and community. He shared it among friends via social media and, like so many good ideas, the graphic went viral across the internet.

Now, Hairpin Communications offers products featuring the One Heart Boston graphic as a way for people to convey their own resolve and sense of community shared with the victims, their families and the city. You can order your tee and other swag at a special site we set up, One Heart Boston:

All proceeds beyond the direct material costs, postage and applicable taxes will benefit The One Fund Boston ( All design and labor are donated by Hairpin.




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Susan Crawford on Why U.S. Internet Access is Slow, Costly, and Unfair from on Vimeo.

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Recommended this month in Boston:

Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001–2012 showcases a selection of 122 posters to offer the public a chance to experience this magnificent body of empathetic and visually compelling messages for our time. The exhibition will be on display at Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Stephen D. Paine Gallery in Boston, January 15–March 2, 2013. It will then travel within the continental United States.

More via the MassArts website, here:

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From a must-read essay in the New York Times this week, by Firmin DeBrabander, an associate professor of philosophy at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore:

I have always suspected, but found difficult to articulate: an armed society — especially as we prosecute it at the moment in this country — is the opposite of a civil society.


Our gun culture promotes a fatal slide into extreme individualism. It fosters a society of atomistic individuals, isolated before power — and one another — and in the aftermath of shootings such as at Newtown, paralyzed with fear. That is not freedom, but quite its opposite.

More at The Opinionator blog.

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