Monday, July 21, 2014

The Replacements (not the cool Paul Westerberg kind)

I have a piece in the current issue of Newsweek. I believe it should be on stands until Friday, at least that's when I picked up my copy last week (it's the one with the cool Nigel Buchanan illustration of a saluting Marine on the cover). The piece is for the weekly Two Numbers column, which contrasts two different numbers, on things like the median wealth of the average American family in 2007, vs. 2013, or sales of kale in the U.S., vs. sales of corn chips, and has featured such artists as Serge Bloch, and Edel Rodriguez recently. I was excited to get the email from Mike, the A.D., as this is one of those big national publications I've been looking forward to working with since I was in art school. Anyway, this week the column compared the price of a knee or hip replacement, at two different hospitals:

At St. Josephs Medical Center in Yonkers, you can expect to pay the princely sum of $17,068. Ouch. But wait- at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, look forward to a bill of $139,072! The article makes the case that, love it or hate it, Obamacare has made medical costs more transparent, which is a good thing.

You can get to the article here, but you may need a subscription to read it. Thank you to Mike, for the great opportunity! Here's a pic of my copy:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Computational justice

I did this little spot for Wired Magazine's UK edition a while back. It appears in the July issue, for an article about recent developments in computational justice. Can computers be given a sense of fairness?

It was a tiny little spot, so the image had to be very simple, and easy to read. A cursor as part of some scales of justice worked out well. Here are some of the other sketches:

Ben, my AD mentioned that I could use a different shape for the composition, other than the usual square or circle. It being a story on computers, it seemed only natural to pixelate it.

You can read the article here. Thanks again, Ben!