Laura McHugh

Digital Media and Events Coordinator at Mathematical Association of America in Washington, D.C. Interested in trends in social media, design, and digital content creation.

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You Can Do Better Than “Sent from My iPhone”

"Sent from my iPhone"

It began as a humblebrag and an excuse. It meant, “I am using an expensive mobile device to send this email, so please don’t judge my spelling errors, lack of punctuation, or clipped sentences.”

These signatures, automatically generated, would not have been an auspicious place to look for creativity or wry humor. And yet, it seems like every other day I come across someone who has crafted a little message that says and does a lot more than beg forgiveness and flaunt status.

My sister’s always cracks me up: “Sent from a phone. Regularly foiled by autocorrect. But duck it.”

I’ve seen it hundreds of times and I love it each time. (I read it in my sister’s voice in my head — “But duck it.” — and I laugh.)

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Map of Health by Odra Noel, “a weirdly beautiful combination of epidemiology and microscopy,” depicts the diseased tissues that affect the world.

North America, plagued by its obesity epidemic, is depicted as adipose tissue (fat). Central and South America are represented with pulmonary tissue, reflecting the lethal impact of smoking and respiratory illness in the region. Europe and Russia, their aging populations more susceptible to neurodegenerative diseases, are depicted with brain tissue; East Asia and the Pacific are represented with pancreatic tissue, which is affected keenly by diabetes. Much of the Middle East and central Asia, where cardiovascular diseases are on the rise, are painted with microscopic representations of heart muscle. Africa, where transmittable infections like malaria and HIV pose enormous challenges to public health, is depicted with blood cells.”

A typical comment from users when you run social media for an association that represents mathematicians. 

A typical comment from users when you run social media for an association that represents mathematicians. 

130 years of global temperature data, converted to music

Short, simply designed, and effectively communicates complex data in an impactful way. This is really well executed and just the type of media that should be created to get the public’s attention about complex issues. 

…social media is not an end in itself but rather new channels through which to trade in the timeless currency of human emotion.
With A Single Tweet, President Obama Revealed How To Become A Powerful Social Brand

On The Media’s “The Facebook Show” 

Not a lot of new content for sm folks, but interesting stories about individuals’ experiences and big corporation strategies. 

"I first moved to Chicago at the age of 25, and I had this vague inkling about making a difference. I didn’t really know how to do it. I didn’t have the structure…" 

President Barack Obama thanks volunteers on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. 

Most things that aim for viral just end up fungal.