Win the Business with this Elevator Pitch - Steve W. Martin by Steve W. Martin | 7:00 AM August 22, 2012 Pretend that you are in an elevator at one of your industry’s trade shows. You’re heading down to the lobby when the doors open on the thirtieth floor. You instantly recognize the executive who walks in and quickly glance at his name badge to confirm he is the CEO of the most important account you would like to start working with. Perspective: The Right To Offend Contemporary music does have a duty to engage with problematic, difficult, upsetting and offensive ideas and images and the use and interrogation of these images should no more imply an ideological identification with them than an actor playing a role or a novelist writing a book. But as an adolescent art form rock and pop will always have this unsettling shadow self, this disruptive demon that demands release. Look in the corner of the insert that comes with Breaker 1 2 vs Ekman’s Ratz In The Back 12” on Berceuse Heroique, the one that features a picture of Jacques Doriot. There’s a typewritten phrase that reads “Boris Is A Fuckboy”. It’s proof of Gizmo’s scattershot attempt to get a reaction, to cause some kind of cheap offence, no matter what.
Designcloud Spector by Fiana O’Leary As her graduation project from the Royal College of Art, designer Fiona O’Leary invented a device that scans and identifies typeface and colours — beaming the samples directly to a nearby computer or storing the information for later. While currently only a prototype, it’s clear that Spector could become wildly popular with graphic designers and typophiles. Wired referred to it as “Shazam for fonts” but also pointed out that one major obstacle in its development may lie in its ability to aid in design theft. Mayor to Londoners: Don’t Jump Update: This ad campaign is, thankfully, a spoof. The London Underground has had rashes of suicides on the tracks. Deep tube stations have “anti-suicide pits” or “suicide pits” or “dead man’s trenches” beneath the track that enables responders to help prevent death when a passenger falls or jumps in front of a train. London Underground has a “Therapy Unit” to deal with drivers’ post-traumatic stress, resulting from someone jumping under their train. Now there is an advertising campaign designed to thwart suicides. Whether the approach works or not, only time will tell.
Ichor Danielle Arnaud is delighted to announce Ichor, a three-person show bringing together the work of Robert Cervera, Katarina Hruskova and Alix Marie. Considering the collaborative exhibition and its contained ecosystem as a frame narrative, the works question the porosity of living bodies, objects, products and informations. Robert Cervera’s work explores materiality and our relationship with it. THE MADE SHOP And so the perception – on both sides of the Atlantic – takes hold that racism is not a system of discrimination planted by history, nourished by politics and nurtured by economics, in which some groups face endemic disadvantage – it’s about ignorant old people getting caught saying mean things. By privileging these episodes – outrageous as they are – racism is basically reduced to the level of a private, individual indiscretion made public. The scandal becomes not that racism exists but that anyone would be crass enough to articulate it so brazenly. The reality of modern racism is almost exactly the opposite: it’s the institutional marginalisation of groups performed with the utmost discretion and minimum of fuss by well-mannered and often well-intentioned people working in deeply flawed systems. According to a recent US department of education report, black preschoolers (mostly four-year-olds) are four times more likely to be suspended more than once than their white classmates.
The Unsung Art Of Patent Drawings The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, at 176 years old, has granted patents to some of the most important inventions in American history. It’s also granted some of the dumbest (see: Patent 5,865,192 for a Self-Haircutting Guide Apparatus). All told, the office has approved more than 8 million patents (and rejected countless more). At one time, patent applicants had to submit a physical model of their invention. LAW – About The platform is a limited edition bi-annual magazine, a portrayal of the beautiful everyday, lying right under noses that were so busy searching they forgot to notice. Style is everywhere; it is an act or gesture, an accent or slur or slang, the latest dog, the smoker’s cigarette, short hair is the new long hair; if you couldn’t care you still care. It is important to describe and distill the time we live in whilst always pushing things forward.
DYNAMIC AFRICA On Thursday, June 2 we are honoring Angela Y. Davis, the feminist scholar and social activist for this year’s Sackler Center First Awards—our annual celebration of women who have broken gender barriers and made remarkable contributions in their fields.Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat oppression in the United States and abroad. A Sorbonne-educated scholar and college professor, Davis rose to prominence in the 1960s as an outspoken activist for civil rights and other social issues. An iconic figure to this day, she remains a living witness to the historic struggles of the modern era and a vocal champion in the fight for economic, racial, and gender justice.
11 Of The Most Influential Infographics Of The 19th-Century We live in a world steeped in graphic information. From Google Maps and GIS to the proliferation of infographics and animated maps, visual data surrounds us. While we may think of infographics as a relatively recent development to make sense of the immense amount of data available on the Web, they actually are rooted in the 19th century--a fact that I write about in my most recent book. [John Smith’s “Historical Geography” (1888) portrays a country driven by two fundamentally different ideals: the avaricious slaveholding South and the God-fearing, righteous North.] About : WOOD Bethan Laura Wood graduated with an MA in Product Design from the Royal College of Art, where she studied under the tuition of Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper. Since then, Bethan has undertaken residencies with London's Design Museum, W Hotel Mexico city and worked in collaboration with artisans in Venice & Vicenza. Her work has been purchased by both Musee de design et d'arts appliques contemporains Lausanne and the ABET museum. Bethan regularly holds lectures and talks and currently teaches on the MA in Design and MA in Luxury at ECAL Switzerland. Bethan's work aims to rediscover, explore and celebrate different attributes and aspects of the "mundane", combined with research into the constituent elements of a modern city.
The Design Blog About The Design Blog: Founded, designed and curated by Ena Baćanović - graphic designer based in Zagreb - Croatia, The Design Blog brings you carefully picked high quality inspiration, featuring works of designers and design studios from all over the world, with the main focus on young designers/ students. Except from the daily inspiration, whole week is filled with different types of inspiring posts and sections that are design-related. The Design Blog is designed by Ena and developed by Jen Yuan.
10 Illustrations From The Dawn Of Graphic Design In August of 1922, William Addison Dwiggins, a book designer and the designer of Caledonia (a font you’ll likely find on the computer you’re using to read this), published an op-ed in The Boston Evening Herald. In his essay, "A New Kind of Printing Calls for New Design", Dwiggins proposed a new name for the commercial art that he and his contemporaries were doing: “graphic design.” Today we (maybe lazily) use that term as a catch-all to describe 2-D creative work. But before it was distinguished from fine art, “graphic design” was simply one aspect of the average printer’s job description. A typical printer was both a designer and a crafts-person, laying out and producing commercial jobs, like invitations, posters, and ad signage.