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Illustration for Fun and Profit

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 02:24

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Take your drawings from the page to publication with the help of Mediabistro’s short course on publishing your illustrations and cartoons. Writer and illustrator Jessica Olien will guide you through the markets for your illustrated work, from approaching online and print publications with ideas to preparing a picture book dummy for submission to an agent or editor (Olien’s own picture book, Shark Detective, attacks next fall from HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray). By Christmas, you’ll have brainstormed ideas for illustrated work and come up with a list of places to submit.You’ll also have a list of resources to turn to whenever you come up with new ideas. The online learning fun starts tomorrow night, so sharpen your Prismacolors and register now.

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Duncan Campbell Wins Turner Prize

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 21:05

duncanportraitArt Basel Miami Beach week kicks off with some breaking news from across the pond: Duncan Campbell is the winner of this year’s Turner Prize. The Dublin-born, Glasgow-based artist is known for his films about controversial figures such as Irish political activist Bernadette Devlin and automotive superstar/conman John DeLorean.

In accepting the £25,000 prize (approximately $40,000 at current exchange) from presenter Chiwetel Ejiofor (star of 1999 Turner Prize winner Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years a Slave) this evening at a ceremony at Tate Britain, Campbell bested the rest of the shortlist: Ciara Phillips, James Richards, and Tris Vonna-Michell. Here’s an excerpt from the winning work, If for Others (2013), a response to Statues Also Die, a 1953 film essay by Chris Marker and Alain Resnais about historical African art and colonialism. Made for the Scottish pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, Campbell’s film includes archival footage and photos, reenactments and monologues, as well as new work by choreographer Michael Clark.

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Friday Photo: The Leica That Took the Reichstag

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 12:58

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(Yevgeny Khalder)OK, so it’s the Leica that took the photo of Russian troops taking the Reichstag, but you get the idea! Alas, there is no Black Friday discount on this camera, which goes on the block tomorrow in Hong Kong as part of Bonhams’ droolworthy Leica centenary sale (note to Tom Sachs: there’s also a fine circa-1966 NASA model up for grabs) and is estimated to fetch between 3 million and 4 million Hong Kong dollars—approximately $390,000-$520,000 at current exchange.

While working as a photojournalist for the Soviet news agency TASS, Yevgeni Khaldei used the trusty chrome Leica III to take Raising a Flag over the Reichstag (above), one of the most famous photographs of World War II. There is more than Khaldei’s eye and the Leica’s Elmar 3.5cm f/3.5 lens to thank for the image: taken on May 2, 1945, it’s a restaging of the moment two days earlier when Red Army fighters had first flown the Soviet flag over the Reichstag (Germans had fought back and dislodged the Red Army, scuttling that photo op). And there was also a bit of Soviet-style proto-Photoshopping involved: more smoke was added to suggest that the fighting was still taking place and the soldiers’ looted watches were made to vanish from their wrists and from history.

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Happy Thanksgiving from UnBeige

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:57

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Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York, 2012,” now available to purchase from our friends at Aperture.

Thank you for joining us through another year of news, events, books, films, and curiosities in the world of design, art, and visual culture. May your Thanksgiving be restful, delicious, and well-designed.

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Jasper Morrison, Yoshio Taniguchi to Receive Isamu Noguchi Award

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:42

noguchiThe Noguchi Museum in NYC’s Long Island City announced today plans to honor designer Jasper Morrison and architect Yoshio Taniguchi with its Isamu Noguchi award. The honor was created earlier this year to recognize “like-minded spirits who share Noguchi’s commitment to innovation, global consciousness, and Japanese/American exchange,” according to the museum. Motohide Yoshikawa, ambassador of Japan to the United Nations, will present the awards at the museum’s annual spring benefit on May 19, 2015, part of a year-long 30th anniversary celebration. Helping to clinch the win for Morrison? His Noguchi-like blend of a “quiet respect for materials” with a “profoundly and purposefully cosmopolitan” approach. The inaugural winners of the Isamu Noguchi award, a Red Cube-inspired trophy created by Noguchi’s longtime fabricator Peter Carlson, were Norman Foster and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Pictured: Yoshio Taniguchi and Jasper Morrison (Photos from left: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Kento Mori).

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Quote of Note | Rem Koolhaas

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 05:10

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“I was born in Rotterdam, but when I was four months old my parents took me to Amsterdam, and I never went back until I was thirty-eight and needed to decide where our architecture office would be located. I had just returned from America and had to choose between Amsterdam and someplace else in the Randstad. My instincts told me that Rotterdam would offer the best breeding ground for the kind of architecture we wanted to create, and I was vaguely aware that, since [Second World] War, and partly because Rotterdam was destroyed then, the city had systematically fostered the whole idea of modernity in the Netherlands.”
Rem Koolhaas

Pictured: A recent addition to the Rotterdam skyline is the OMA-designed De Rotterdam, a mixed-use slab-tower conceived as a “vertical city” on the river Maas.

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Blank Space Kicks Off Architectural Fairy Tales Competition

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:57

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Once upon a time, in the vast, virtual land of Blank Space, there was a great flowering of architectural ideas for a competition of Fairy Tales. Who’s up for a second round? That’s right–Blank Space’s Fairy Tales competition is back, inviting architects, designers, writers, artists, engineers, illustrators, students, and creatives to submit their own unique architectural stories. “The scale, location, and program of the submission is up to each entrant,” according to the organizers. “A successful entry crafts a text narrative, along with five images, in the most spectacular way possible.”

As if you needed more pressure than the word “spectacular” in the guidelines, the 2015 jury includes artist Anish Kapoor, MoMA’s Paola Antonelli, Fuseproject CEO Yves Behar, and OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu. “Architecture is an untapped source of magnificent stories waiting to be imagined, visualized, and built. The world can’t wait to be told stories like this,” says Blank Space co-founder Matthew Hoffman. “We hope many people will accept the challenge and write and design their own.” You have until December 12th to to tell your story, and procrastinators have until the late registration deadline of January 16th.

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Design Jobs: Amazon, Pratt Institute, Q by Equinox

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:30

This week, Amazon is hiring a graphic designer for Comixology, as well as a senior e-commerce graphic designer for Quidsi. Meanwhile, Pratt Institute is looking for an associate director of project management, and Q by Equinox is on the hunt for a photo editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Graphic Designer, Comixology Amazon (New York, NY) Senior E-Commerce Graphic Designer, Quidsi Amazon (Jersey City, NJ) Associate Director, Project Management Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) Photo Editor Q by Equinox (New York, NY) Graphic Designer Boston Properties (Boston, MA)

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Reminder: UnBeige Call for Gift Ideas

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:40

present.gifWhat do you get the designer or design buff who has everything (besides another typography-themed calendar)? No, really, what do you get them? We’re asking because we’ve decided to assemble the first ever UnBeige Holiday Gift Guide, a round-up of design-minded gift ideas—or just plain nifty things. So what are you giving or hoping to get this Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and/or Voodoo Day? Let us know by e-mailing your ideas to unbeige AT mediabistro.com with “gift guide” in the subject line. You’ve got until Thanksgiving, at which point we’ll be making our list, checking it twice—oh, you get the picture.

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Michael Graves and Peter Eisenman Dazzle with Comedic Stylings, Incisive Critiques

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:03

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The dashing Peter Eisenman was the lone speaker at “Past as Prologue,” the Architectural League of New York symposium held Saturday in honor of Michael Graves’s fiftieth year in practice, to appear twice: first in the Paul Goldberger-moderated panel on architectural pedagogy and again for a day-capping conversation with Graves himself. Between the two appearances, Eisenman snuck away to watch the annual Harvard-Yale football game. As the Crimson was busy besting the Bulldogs 31-24, plenty of other longstanding rivalries simmered on stage, where even the conference venue (the recently constructed and steeply pitched Tishman Auditorium at the New School) was not immune to attack. The architectural symposium’s version of the Game’s last-minute 35-yard touchdown was what Eisenman, after initially professing that he felt like he had “gone to the wrong parade,” later described gamely as “The Michael Graves-Peter Eisenman Comedy Hour.” Here are some of the highlights.

On driving forces:
Michael Graves: Jean Nouvel and Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas have their phones ringing all the time with “Would you do this for us?”
Peter Eisenman: For what reason?
MG: To keep ahead of Frank!

On form:
PE: What is it that makes your buildings look like they are?
MG: Architecture! I believe in architecture.
PE: So do I. How come they look different?
MG: It doesn’t matter that they look different. They don’t look like [the buildings of] those other people. That’s what’s important.
PE: That’s true.
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Young Designers Take Aim at ADC Young Guns

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:30

The competition that spotted Stefan Sagmeister, James Victore, and Mike Mills when they were but wee design/art powerhouses-to-be is back. Behold Young Guns 13, the Art Directors Club‘s international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based competition to identify the young creative vanguard. By “young,” they mean 30 or under, and by “creatives,” they mean those doing great things in graphic design, photography, illustration, advertising and art direction, environmental design, film, animation, video, interactive design, object design, and/or typography. What’s so special about Young Guns? It recognizes an individual, and considers a body of work, not a single ad or design. Also, you get a really cool cube if you win. Young Guns 13 is open to ADC members and non-members worldwide. A jury of past ADC Young Guns will select the 50 winners. Ready to take your shot? The deadline for entries is January 31, but apply by the early bird deadline of December 1 to save $99.

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Paul Chan Wins Hugo Boss Prize

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:57

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Paul Chan’s Master Argument, a 2013 work made from cords, shoes, and concrete, is currently installed at the Schaulager in Basel. (Photo courtesy Greene Naftali gallery)

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Hugo Boss announced last night that Paul Chan is the winner of the 2014 Hugo Boss Prize. He will receive $100,000 (plus a a terrific tetrahedral trophy, at right), and an exhibition of his work will be on view at the Guggenheim Museum come sping. Other artists shortlisted for this, the tenth Hugo Boss Prize were Sheela Gowda, Camille Henrot, Hassan Khan, and Charline von Heyl. Established in 1996, the biennial award “is conferred upon artists whose work represents a significant development in contemporary art,” according to Hugo Boss and the Guggenheim. Past winners include Danh Vo, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Emily Jacir, and Matthew Barney.
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Pratt to Honor Kim Hastreiter, Iris Apfel, and David Yurman at Legends Gala

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:27

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The age-old battle of statement eyeglasses versus statement jewelry will be waged this evening at NYC’s Mandarin Oriental as Pratt Institute entices art and design-loving donors to open their checkbooks and their autograph books for the school’s annual Legends scholarship benefit. The 2014 honorees, “distinguished individuals whose accomplishments and values resonate with those of Pratt,” are PAPER magazine co-founder and editor-in-chief Kim Hastreiter (fresh from breaking the Internet avec longtime PAPER collaborator Jean-Paul Goude), style icon and designer Iris Apfel, and designer and jewelry honcho David Yurman. Doling out the honors will be presenters Padma Lakshmi, fashion designer Duro Olowu, and Paul Greenhalgh, director of the Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts, respectively. Among guests expected to party the night away against a sweeping backdrop of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline are Pratt alums such as photographer Sylvia Plachy and Publicolor Ruth Lande Shuman, designer and Tolix chair skeptic Karim Rashid, artist Kehinde Wiley (a 2012 Pratt Legends honoree), and writer/host Kurt Andersen, a Pratt trustee.

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Quote of Note | Jonathan Ive

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 05:12

jony_ive_1“What drove the design of the wrist watch wasn’t fashion, but utilitarianism and pragmatism. An aviator commissioned Cartier to design it because he didn’t want to take his hand off the joystick when flying. But when something is worn, issues of fashion, style and personal preference come into it. I think one of the biggest challenges we found with the Apple Watch was that we wouldn’t want to all be sitting here wearing the same thing, which is why we designed a flexible system rather than a singular product.”

-Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of Design at Apple, in a recent talk at London’s Design Museum as part of DM25—a year-long series of events staged in celebration of the museum’s 25th anniversary

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Simplify, Soften, Enrich: Hella Jongerius on Redesigning KLM’s Business Class Cabins

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:51

As if you needed another reason to plan a trip to the Netherlands, Utrecht- and Berlin-based Hella Jongerius recently completed an overhaul of KLM’s World Business cabins. Writer Nancy Lazarus recently got the scoop on the project.

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“Humans dream of flying, of floating, and we have extra time on planes. So I wanted to have a place where passengers can dream, be at home, have a craft feel, and a human touch,” said Hella Jongerius earlier this week at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). “For airlines it’s all about efficiency, but you also need tactility.” The Dutch designer, known for playfully integrating industrial design with craftsmanship, was interviewed by MAD drector Glenn Adamson on Monday evening in an on-stage conversation that focused on Jongerius’s redesign of KLM’s World Business Class cabins, a project she worked on for two years starting in 2011.

Working on high-end aviation design can be equally challenging and rewarding, according to Jongerius. “There’s lots of exhausting moments on planes when you can’t move around. But as a designer you can act and contribute to solving that situation,” she explained. “KLM was open to different approaches, and with business class we wanted to do extra things since it’s for luxury.” The interior redesign started with the curtains, carpets, and seat covers and expanded to include the seats. The new cabin rollout includes twenty-two 747s and fifteen 777 KLM planes.
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Design Jobs: Skip Hop, New York Post, Clinton Global Initiative

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:30

This week, Skip Hop is hiring a graphic designer, while the New York Post needs a photo editor. Clinton Global Initiative is seeking a graphic design coordinator, and BR Guest Hospitality is on the hunt for a senior graphic designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Graphic Designer Skip Hop (New York, NY) Photo Editor New York Post (New York, NY) Graphic Design Coordinator Clinton Global Initiative (New York, NY) Senior Graphic Designer BR Guest Hospitality (New York, NY) Staff Photographer Cricut (South Jordan, UT)

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StoryCorps Founder Dave Isay Wins $1 Million TED Prize

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:07

The creators of the painstakingly produced narrative form of our time–the TED Talk–are handing over their big prize to another intrepid storyteller: Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps. The groundbreaking oral history project will receive $1 million from TED to launch Isay’s wish, an audacious ambition-cum-megaproject that he’ll announce on March 17 at the 2015 TED Conference in Vancouver. Isay joins a diverse list of past TED Prize-winning “exceptional individuals” that have ranged from Bill Clinton and E.O. Wilson to culinary crusader Jamie Oliver and street artist JR.

Launched by Isay in 2003, StoryCorps “celebrates the dignity, power, and grace that can be heard in the stories we find all around us,” including the crowd-pleaser “Danny and Annie” (below). “Under Dave Isay’s leadership, StoryCorps has given nearly 100,000 Americans the chance to record interviews about their lives and leave a legacy for the future,” says TED’s Chris Anderson. “I am thrilled about this winner, excited to see how TED and StoryCorps will collaborate, and eager to see how we can pair an incredible idea with a global community.”

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Ten Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Erik Spiekermann

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:46

EPSON DSC PictureThe avalanche of fan e-mail, likes, and tweets that greeted our recent dispatch from Erik Spiekermann‘s evening with the Type Directors Club at Parsons The New School for Design has inspired us to glean additional knowledge morsels for your reading pleasure. Enjoy these ten things you (probably) didn’t know about the man, the myth, the Spiekermann:

1. He got his start as a gofer for Wolff Olins.
In the mid-1970s, while working the nightshift at a typesetter’s, Wally Olins hired him to work for Wolff Olins in London. “They had 60 or 70 people at the time and lots of German clients [such as Audi and VW],” said Spiekermann. “Some of them couldn’t communicate with their German clients, because the German clients spoke German and the Brits spoke English—at the time not everybody spoke English, unlike today—so I became the gofer, I guess, between the German clients and Wolff Olins.”

2. He used to blow clients’ minds with color prints.
“[In the mid-70s] you would go into clients with color printouts…11 by 17…and it was like glass beads for Native Americans—they would think you were from Mars. They would pass them around,” he explained. “I had the same effect after German reunification in 1990, when we had a client in East Germany and we went there with color prints. By that time in the West everyone had them, but they thought we were from Mars: ‘Look at these guys from the West. They have color prints! Amazing! They have a machine does them. And it’s on ordinary paper and it only take a minute!’ It was like having gunpowder.”

3. Wolff Olins is also to thank for his first project.
“It was a German bank that was Wolff Olins couldn’t handle, so they said why don’t you take this over—the implementation. Because the Brits were never very good at getting sh*t done.”

4. He is wholly unimpressed by the U.S. Postal Service.
“The American Post Office is one of the crummiest design outfits ever,” said Spiekermann matter-of-factly. “It is embarrassingly bad. It embarrasses me at times. So does their service for that matter. UPS and FedEx—they wouldn’t exist if you had a decent post office.”
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Levitated Mass Documentary Opens in NYC

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 13:39

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Now New Yorkers can get the story behind the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s rock star, Levitated Mass (2012), a 456-foot-long slot over which is placed a 340-ton granite megalith. The process of installing the Michael Heizer artwork, which entailed a $10 million, 22-city tour for the boulder and its custom-made trailer, is the subject of a documentary by Doug Pray (Art & Copy, Surfwise) that opens today at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

“I had always wanted to do a film about L.A., so this seemed about as L.A. as it could get,” Pray told us earlier this year. “The idea that they had to get permits and permissions to allow a giant rock to roll through their town, all in the name of conceptual art, was absurdly entertaining, and often drew shrugs and confused laughter, and controversy.” Levitated Mass weaves together Heizer’s biography, the dreams of a major museum, and the uniting of a city—all while proving that it is possible to make a fascinating film about a massive rock.
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Watch: David Weeks Studio Celebrates a Year in Tribeca

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 13:32

A year has passed since David Weeks branched out from Brooklyn to Manhattan with a standalone atelier in Tribeca that is part design studio, part showspace for one-of-a-kind prototypes, collaborations, and work from other artists. The designer—of stunning lighting, fluidly formed furniture, and craggily adorable wooden creatures—is marking the one-year anniversary with this most delightful visit to the neighborhood, produced by Optic Films.

Previously on UnBeige:
Seven Questions for David Weeks

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