Three TEDTalks that inspire designer Johnny Selman, BBCX365

[Johnny Selman] I was unsatisfied with my awareness of world news, so I set out with the purpose to inform not only myself but the American public. To increase our cognizance of global current events, I am designing a poster a day for 365 days based on a headline taken from BBC News each day. Here are three TEDTalks that affirm my belief in the importance of being globally aware.

TEDTalks: Alisa Miller shares the news about the news

“How does the news shape the way we see the world?” Alisa Miller asks. She reflects the supply and content of world news on a funhouse mirror, where bloated America discusses the equally bloated Anna Nicole Smith (RIP).

TEDTalks: Patrick Chappatte, the power of cartoons

Are cartoons the future of journalism? Patrick Chappatte shows how art can bridge religious, political and cultural divides in the Ivory Coast, Kenya and Lebanon. If, as Picasso says, “art is a weapon,” then Chappatte says it’s OK if that weapon makes you laugh.

TEDTalks: Ethan Zuckerman, listening to global voices

Zuckerman explains that as the world becomes more and more connected, our media becomes less global. The web connects you to the entire world … or more likely it connects you to a bunch of other people that look like you. Step outside the flock.

A native Virginian, Johnny Selman created BBCx365, a year of world news in posters, for his graduate thesis project at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He began this project Sept. 8, 2010, on his 30th birthday, and celebrated his 100th poster with an event on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District. See new posters each day on his site, or here, on Facebook.

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