The New Yorker’ dapper gent, Eustace Tilley is offering himself up for another make-over. Deadline is January 18, 2010. Learn more about the contest.
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It’s that time of year again and Core77 has again presented their 2009 Gift Guide. A great list with well-designed and creative items.
My favorite is the Woolly Pocket which allows you to grow plants on your wall.
It’s perfect for us apartment-dwellers!
Noted fashion photographer Ruven Afanador's most recent work is called Mil Besos, or one thousand kisses. He creates an intricate choreography of poses and gestures that embody the passionate song and dance of flamenco. Photographs of older and more traditional dancers are joined with images of younger women who today infuse flamenco with other musical traditions.
The show includes recent posters, publications, and motion graphics by internationally recognized graphic designers that spotlight an emerging trend toward expressive lettering and typography.
Original sketches, magazines, logotypes, and posters selected from the Lubalin Center Archive will illuminate Herb Lubalin’s influence on contemporary graphic design. Work by artists include Marian Bantjes, Deanne Cheuk, Gretel, Jessica Hische, HunterGatherer, Justin Thomas Kay, Like Minded Studio, Christopher Martinez, Non-Format, Roberto Quiñones, Strange Attractors Design, TV Land and Herb Lubalin.
On view through December 8, 2009.
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“As plastics revolutionized the making of furniture, toys, health care products, and electronics, museums of industry, design, and medicine began snapping up plastic objects that were either historic (the first artificial heart) or culturally important (Barbie dolls). Plastics hold up well for the decade or so during which a consumer uses most products. But museums, unlike consumers, are in it for the long haul, and when plastics crash, they crash precipitously.”
I admit that I'm a bit of a frustrated DIY-er. I have cross-stitched, knitted, flirted with sewing and continue to do some basic crochet. I would love to make my own books. Yet I've never been able to fully immerse myself in any one field. So I am so inspired by these upcoming events. Princeton Architectural Press is publishing Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design by Faythe Levine , Cortney Heimerl. And it is accompanied by a documentary film.
And, thanks to the good people at DART, I have learned powerHouse Arena is hosting a panel discussion with the authors on Feb. 11. The film premiere will be at the the Museum of Art & Design the following day.
Amidst all the despair in the last few years about the slow extinction of various design-friendly formats—the vinyl LP, the newspaper, the book, etc. — one vehicle for graphic design has vaulted to almost instant ubiquity: the canvas tote. More....
[Dutton's] considered view (though he sometimes strays into more ambitious explorations) is that Darwinian aesthetics sheds light on literature, music and painting not by demonstrating them to be evolutionary adaptations, but by showing how their existence and character are connected to prehistoric preferences, interests and capacities.
“The only way to create a logotype that is truly unique is for the designer to transcend the limitations of the available fonts and typefaces on the market. Dangerous Curves provides a roadmap for that very worthy endeavor.”