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What We Learned This Week: Cow-Poop Laws and a Safety App for Journalists

This week in photography we learned that a number of environmental and press-freedom groups, including the National Press Photographers Association, had filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of Wyoming's so-called Data Trespass Laws, which in essence criminalize the collecting of information, including photography, on open lands. The laws were passed at the behest of cattle ranchers whose herds have contaminated the state's streams with E-coli bacteria. Meanwhile, there's a new free app offering journalists a quick and convenient lifeline when they're in the field.

Screening Room: See the MTV IDs Killed by Lawyers

Let’s say you’re a giant international media brand (actually, MTV) and you ask a design/animation studio (in this case, Le Cube) to create channel IDs that “make fun of some pop icons.” And let’s say that studio nails it. What could possibly go wrong? Lawyers. According to Stash, MTV’s legal team demanded that the IDs never air.  But you’re in luck, because the creatives at Le Cube, which is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, decided to release their work independently, with this note: “Attention Lawyers – these are just some fun GIFs that MTV decided not to put on air, but they were too cool not to be in our portfolio. So, If you want to sue something, sue boredom.” Bravo!

National Design Week 2015

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum celebrates outstanding achievement in American design this fall with its 16th annual National Design Awards program, the highlight of National Design Week (October 10 – 18). A series of educational programs for all ages begins tomorrow. Information/events calendar. Next week the Cooper Hewitt hosts the National Design Award Winners’ Panel, featuring Roman Alonso and Pamela Shamshiri (Commune), Stephen Burks (Stephen Burks ...

Latin American Fotografia: Ed Kashi

The average lifespan of Nicaraguan sugarcane harvesters is 49. At the root of the early deaths, notes VII photographer Ed Kashi, is Chronc Kidney Disease, an affliction of unknown causes that has resulted in the death or sickness of some 10,000 sugarcane workers over the past decade. Kashi has spent nearly three years on the project, producing photo and video series for non-profit organizations looking for a cure. Kashi's work was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 3 competition.

Art Director Profile - Len Small: "We hope to create artwork that will last"

Len Small is the art director at Nautilus, the smart and modern digital and print science magazine. In a little less than three years on the job, Small's illustration art direction has turned Nautilus into a striking showcase of brilliant visual imagery. His deft direction and wide-ranging tastes have drawn much praise from the illustration community. Working in a format initially conceived by Point Five Design, Small uses his considerable graphic design and visual storytelling skills to present artwork that is bold, elegant, and perfectly in sync with the editorial content of the magazine."We try to create illustrations that will stand up on their own," says Small, "and have meaning and story outside of the article to which they were assigned." Small originally planned to be an illustrator, but quickly found that "I was more interested in what was happening on the other side of this conversation." He was also the designer, along with Esther Wu, of the American Illustration 33 book cover and inside pages.