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Friday, November 21, 2008

Interview on Deep Glamour!

From Deep Glamour.net
Levi's and Loubouton's!

Virginia Postrel, author of The Substance of Style and The Future and it's Enemies interviewed me for her wonderful website Deep Glamour. The interview is here. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Stray Shopping Cart Project

Stray Shopping Carts
Specimen 198, photograph by Julian Montague

Stray Shopping Carts
Specimen 168, photograph by Julian Montague

From the Daily Heller:

Julian Montague, a designer in Buffalo, New York, is obsessed with shopping carts.

He writes on his website: "Over the last several decades, the stray shopping cart has quietly become an integral part of the urban and suburban landscapes of the industrialized world. To the average person, the stray shopping cart is most often thought of as a signifier of urban blight or as an indicator of a consumer society gone too far. Unfortunately, the acceptance of these oversimplified designations has discouraged any serious examination of the stray shopping cart phenomenon."

He has made it his mission to categorize "stray shopping carts" according to an intricate identification system (here). Enter at your own risk, his notions are addictive.

Starting on November 21 through December 18, two pieces from "The Stray Shopping Cart Project" will be in a group show, "Sign / Age: Lost in the Supermarket" at Armand Bartos Fine Art in New York, including William Eggleston, Martha Friedman, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, and more. "It seems crazy that my work is in a show with all these huge artists," says Montague, "I'm hoping the gallery people won't change their minds about me before the opening."

His project is also featured in The Design Entrepreneur by Lita Talarico and Steven Heller.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Designing Ants: The Superorganism



Via Kottke

And another, to "see" how they do it:



Humbling.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Eno to Einstein, Blackboard Drawings

Blackboard drawing by Albert Einstein
Blackboard drawing by Albert Einstein

Blackboard drawing from Camelia Parker
Blackboard drawing by Cornelia Parker

It’s hard to compete with Albert Einstein’s calculations. But if you want to see how Brian Eno and other 21st-century luminaries responded to the challenge, visit the Oxford Museum of the History of Science.

Setting out to create an exhibit around the museum’s most prized possession — a blackboard full of (relatively) simple equations that Einstein chalked up in 1931 — the curators asked scientists, artists, sports stars, actors, journalists, musicians, and politicians to sketch whatever they wished on an actual blackboard. The results are wonderfully varied: Eno drew a global map of the “Arabic singing diaspora.” The British soccer star Bobby Robson charted a complicated play. And pianist Joanna MacGregor sketched a bass line from Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” that illustrates the connection “between Bach’s supersensitivity to the contemporary styles around him . . . and today’s musicians.” This collection serves a similar purpose, connecting past epiphanies to the sudden impulses of the present.

This exhibition marks the centenary of the Special Theory of Relativity and the blackboards were prepared in the early months of 2005. The result is a gorgeous exhibit about science, art, celebrity and nostalgia. So many of my favorite things.

Via the always amazing Very Short List

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Why

Why

Via Eric Baker.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Why Proposition 8 is Hateful and Wrong



Keith Olbermann's Special Comment of the day, today. Bravo, Keith, bravo.

Friday, November 07, 2008

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

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Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for over 25 years. She is President of the design division at Sterling Brands. She has been there for nearly 15 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s, Colgate, Nestle and Hasbro. Prior to Sterling, she was a Senior Vice President at Interbrand and a Marketing Director at Frankfurt Balkind. Debbie is President of the AIGA, the largest professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine, a design writer at FastCompany.com and Brand New and Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled “Design Matters with Debbie Millman” and it is now featured on DesignObserver.com. In addition to “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” (HOW Books, 2009, she is the author of "How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer" (Allworth Press, 2007) and “The Essential Principles of Graphic Design” (Rotovision, 2008).

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