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“Dangers” of stock photography

Stock photos are professional photographs that are bought and sold on a royalty-free basis and can be used and reused for commercial design purposes. They are a cost-effective method for designers to obtain professional photos and images without the costs of hiring a photographer directly.

When you purchase a certain photo this way, you have to be aware that it doesn’t belong to you and only you. As a matter of fact others can also buy it and use it for their own purposes, and isn’t it a bummer when somebody uses the same photo, or the one from the same series, you used.

Well, I noticed just that while I was researching about spam and drugs. One of the spammer Web sites for selling drugs used a stock photo, to complement their design, from the same series as did Medical News Today. Medical News Today is, or at least they claim to be, the largest independent health and medical news website on the Internet, and on their site you can find many articles warning about dangerous of drugs sold through spam messages. Well, it made me laugh, cause it was kinda ironic. Check out the screen shots.

Medical News Today
Medical News Today

Pharmacy Express – Spammer Web site for selling drugs
Spam drug selling website

Did you notice the pretty lady? She can be in different places at the same time, selling illegal drugs or bring you the latest medical news.

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Apparel Inspired by Medical Sciences

Threadless is a hugely popular online apparel store mostly famous for its creative t-shirt designs. What is unique about it is that members from all over the world submit designs online, which are then put to a public vote. Almost all of the submissions are brilliant, because they are mainly the work of professional designers or very talented passionates, but only a small percentage of submitted designs are selected for printing and sold through the store. This process ensures a higher quality of the final product, design version of peer review in scientific journals. 

I have been following submissions to the store for a while and have noticed that quite a substantial number of designs that end up being sold on Threadless are inspired by medicine, anatomy, dentistry, science, and such. At the same time, I have also been following fashion styles of numerous physicians and scientists, and let me tell you it is a sore sight for eyes 🙂 So many people in our profession have literally no sense of aesthetics. To help them (help us) and those who have to interact with them (us), I selected some of the t-shirts inspired by medical sciences from the Threadless catalog. Just imagine how cool you would look on monday morning when you come to your lab or hospital department. You could literally inspire people, make them smile and light up. Isn’t that the best medicine?

Run, Scientists, Run!
Run scientist

Impatient
Impatient

GutteRball
Ambulance

Lab Partners
Lab

And He Just Did Not Have A Clue 
And He Just Did Not Have A Clue

Fill Me Up
Fill Me Up

Bleeding Heart
Bleeding Heart

Connect It
Connect It

X-Ray
X-Ray

The Downside of Genetic Engineering
The Downside of Genetic Engineering

Myopia Utopia
Myopia Utopia

Hooray Cholesterol!
Hooray Cholesterol!

Happy Hospital
Happy Hospital

Fig. 02
Fig. 02

I Heart Color
I love Color

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The 2nd Annual DiabetesMine™ Design Challenge

Second Annual Diabetes Mine Design ChallendeThere is a competition running over at the Diabetes Mine, the all things diabetes blog, designed to foster innovation in diabetes design and encourage creative new tools that will improve life with diabetes. The competition is open to anyone passionate about diabetes and product design, so if you have any creative ideas be sure to apply. Who knows, maybe your idea will be the next big thing and you’ll end up making lives of million of people with diabetes a little bit better. The organizers will make sure that you do just that by awarding you with $1,000 in cash, some pro-bono professional advice from world-renowned design experts, and free access to the next Health 2.0 conference.

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