Archive of clichés i.c.w. Loes Verstappen

In a small printing house in the Marrakesh medina Vera Bekema and Loes Verstappen, two graphic designers from the Netherlands, got fascinated by hidden treasures in type-setters drawers. The treasure of the cliché collection. A beautiful variety of images (clichés) carefully preserved in the printing house archive.
A collection of clichés reveals a great deal of information about the identity of the pressroom and its location, on multiple levels. Vera and Loes started collecting, and developing an archive of letterpress clichés originating from different countries all over the globe. This will result in an ever growing online world-wide archive, that will soon go live. Numerous letterpress printing houses from all over the world will present their collection within this online archive and share their hidden treasures. 
The archive functions as a historical document unveiling numerous images in letterpress printing through the ages. It will enable the user to browse and filter through these clichés of different origins, to look at them on many different levels and to make unique connections between clichés that were never linked before. 


Color me Green

Analysis: Vera Bekema, Anne Helmond and Bram Nijhof
Design: Vera Bekema

The color green has been associated with the Iran “revolution” as the color of Mousavi’s campaign. The color green stands for Islam and hope (Black 2009). How can we study the “green revolution” or the spread of green? Current popular green Iran imagery are green clothing and wrist bands and Twitter avatars as visually represented in The Green Thumbnails Wall (Twitter). How can we analyse the greening of media spaces?

Query: Iran Election
Media spaces: Facebook, Flickr, Google News (image version),
Technorati, YouTube
Tools: DownThemAll!
Method: Scrape top 100 thumbnails from Facebook, Flickr, Google News (image version), Technorati, YouTube on 1 July, 2009.
Facebook: Solidarity / Organizing sphere
Flickr: Reporting sphere / Reports from the ground
Google News: Politicians sphere (talking heads)
Technorati: Neda Tribute / Reporting sphere / Cultural heritage
YouTube: Reporting sphere / Reports from the media /
Reports from the ground (in the media)




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Nationality of Issues

Analysis: Vera Bekema, Liliana Bounegru, Andrea Fiore, Anne Helmond, Simon Marschall, Sabine Niederer, Bram Nijhof, Richard Rogers, Elena Tiis
Design: Vera Bekema, Anne Helmond

Most significant rights types per country according to local Google results of the query for rights in the local languages.

Method: Query the term “rights” in the local languages in the local Google versions, e.g., “oigused” in and “direitos” in Manually, read the results and make lists of the top ten distinctive rights types, leaving them in the order that Google provided.
Data storage: The top 100 results per query are stored for validation purposes.
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Note the local Google versions were chosen on the basis of the language skills of the participants of the Digital Methods Summer School, 2009. Note too that when faced with a large quantity of Google versions for a single language, a further selection was made, e.g., the top three Spanish-speaking countries according to population.
For those local Google versions where multiple languages are spoken, the two dominant languages were queried. In certain cases we queried multiple languages in the same Google, i.e., Belgium (Flemish and French), Canada (English and French) and the United States (English and Spanish).
Findings: Countries could be said to have distinctive concerns, compared to other countries, as read from Google results. For example, everyman’s rights in Finland, prostitutes’ rights in the Netherlands, computer programmers’ rights in Japan and the right to oblivion in Italy. Country-specific rights are indicated in black. Given the limited sample of countries and the method for selection, the most greatly shared rights are not listed.


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Early blog features

Analysis: Anne Helmond, Vera Bekema, Bram Nijhof, Niels Kerssens, Simon Marschall, Elena Tiis, Tjerk Timan
Design: Vera Bekema

Eatonweb could be considered the end of the early blogosphere as Bridgette Eaton was no longer able to keep up with the growth of the blogosphere/the number of blogs. The introduction of the Blogger platform which popularized the act of blogging may also be seen as a marking point of the early blogosphere. To study the early blogosphere we use the Internet Archive which seems to breaks the early blogosphere archive instead of preserve it.


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