Monday, February 23, 2009
So this weekend we narrowed down our favorite cover images. We've now reached 5 images!
Everyone in the office offers their opinion. And it is always interesting to see who likes what. But in the end, you have to choose what works best—aesthetically, conceptually, as well as on the newsstand!
The next step, and possibly the most difficult step, is to start putting type on the cover. We'll post those results in the next day or two.
No doubt you've heard a lot about Tropicana's new packaging—and much of it not very good. It seemed as though much of the design community was less than impressed with the new packaging. Well, it appears as if designers weren't the only ones unhappy with it, as Tropicana's parent company is going back to the original design: ie the straw in the orange.
I would venture a guess that not only were consumers unhappy with the new design, but that as a result they weren't buying the product. No doubt design can help or hinder the bottom-line.
Via the New York Times
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Right now we're pulling together our next issue, CQ14. And we're at the point where we begin the process to choose the cover. Now as some of you may know, when your work is included in CQ, we request an 'inspiration' image from you. And we select one them as the image for our cover.
Laying the mock-ups on the ground, we slowly start to pick our favorites...
I will be posting updates on this process over the next few days.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
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.
Monday, February 9, 2009
I've been a fan of Castle's work for years. It was nice to see such a lovely little look at this artist. He captured not only his surroundings (rural Idaho in the mid-20th century), but also his inner thoughts. To see the entire documentary, here are the show times.
Last Friday night the NY chapter of AIGA hosted a lecture by Paul Sahre. The subject of his lecture? Problems. Specifically problems he's run into as a graphic designer.
It was refreshing to see a designer talk about his career and take a look at the pieces that (for whatever reasons) did not work. It was a nice reminder that a piece you work on can fail for reasons within your control and out of your control. Sometimes it fails on a technical or formal reason. Sometimes it can fail on a more personal level. And not matter how embarrassing or aggravating your problem is, you always learn something from it.
It was an engaging talk and Paul provided everyone with a lovely little pennant. A lovely little reminder when you're in the midst of a bad day that, yes, you're not the only one that has problems.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
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....
Found at Design Observer
Monday, February 2, 2009
And if you've missed this call for entries, don't worry, the deadline for CQ16 is Friday, May 1, 2009. Check here for updates, or join our mailing list.
I have been a fan of the website Arts & Letter Daily for almost 9 years—I can't start the day without a look at it. A&LD is run by Denis Dutton, a professor of the philosophy of art, and he has recently published the book The Art Instinct.
[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.