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Guggenheim Reveals Submissions for Helsinki Museum Design Contest

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:29

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The world is one step closer to Guggenheim Helsinki. The open, international competition for the design of the the proposed art and design museum, to be located on city-owned land in the southwestern part of Helsinki’s South Harbor, is nowhere near its big Finnish finish, but today the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation cut the virtual, Marimekko-patterned ribbon on an online gallery of submissions. The featured entries, which were received from 77 countries and can be filtered using trait-based tags (dome, glass, opaque, concrete, twisted, shiny, and more), are for stage one of the competition. Now it’s up to an 11-member jury chaired by Mark Wigley, Dean of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, to convene in Helsinki to select six finalists on the basis of their architectural design, relationship to the site and the cityscape, practicality for users (including criteria for the use of materials), and feasibility. Stage two begins next month, and the big voittaja (winner) will be announced in June 2015.

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Wanted: Graphic Designer Who Seeks Better Living Through Chemistry

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:48

magicliquid.jpgDo you have a longstanding fascination with the periodic table? Do you remain confident in the power of space-age polymers? Are you surrounded by limiting reagents? If so (and even if not), you might consider seeking a better living through chemistry as an art director for the American Chemical Society. The Washington, D.C.-based organization—the world’s largest scientific membership association—is seeking a creative services manager to “create and develop branding guidelines and best practices” as a member of its marketing department. Bring your Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Flash skills, and don’t forget to balance your equations.

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Design Jobs: TYR, Meredith, Levine/Leavitt

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:32

This week, TYR is hiring a senior graphic designer/associate art manager, while Meredith needs an assistant art director for More. Levine/Leavitt is seeking a studio manager, and Catholic Review Media is on the hunt for a staff photographer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Senior Graphic Designer/Associate Art Manager TYR (Farmingdale, NY) Assistant Art Director, More Meredith (New York, NY) Studio Manager Levine/Leavitt (New York, NY) Staff Photographer Catholic Review Media (Baltimore, MD) Graphic Designer – Print and Digital Hogarth Worldwide (New York, NY)

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In Brief: RIP Oscar de la Renta, Banksy Riffs on Vermeer, Istanbul Design Biennial Update

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:31

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• Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died last night after a long battle with cancer. The bon vivant, whose fashion house announced last week the appointment of Nina Ricci veteran Peter Copping as creative director, was 82.

Banksy is back. His latest work, painted on a building in his hometown of Bristol, is a pierced-eardrum riff on Vermeer‘s Girl with a Pearl Earring.

• It’s all systems go for the second Istanbul Design Biennial, which kicks off November 1. Curated by Zoë Ryan and associate curator Meredith Carruthers, the biennial will host 53 projects created around the theme “The Future Is Not What It Used To Be.” The list of participating designers, announced this week, includes Elena Manferdini of Atelier Manferdini, Sissel Tolaas, Beth Schechter and Eric Rodenbeck of Stamen Design, and Atelier Bow-Wow’s Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima.

• The Museum at FIT holds its fourteenth fashion symposium—Dance & Fashion—this Thursday and Friday. Speakers including Wendy Whelan, Narciso Rodriguez, and Valerie Steele will explore topics ranging from tutus and ballet shoes to African-American dance and the trend of tapping fashion designers to create dance costumes. Don’t miss the wrap-up session: a tango performance that will inevitably evoke the dearly departed Mr. de la Renta. Register for free here.
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Now Read This: Louise Fili’s Grafica della Strada

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:34

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fili book sideLouise Fili has done it again. The designer of all things bello, including stunning packaging and branding for the likes of Jean-Georges, Tiffany & Co., and Sarabeth’s, turns her Italophilic eye to signage in the pages of Grafica della Strada: The Signs of Italy, new from Princeton Architectural Press. The chunky yet compact book is a photographic diary of sorts, revealing the most inventive restaurant, hotel, street, and advertising signs spotted by Fili over three decades’ worth of Italian travels. “These signs chart the highs and lows of Italian typography, from a classically elegant gold leaf script for a Turin jewelry store to a very spirited (and unreadable) type rendered in orange and blue dimensional plastic letters for a shop selling doormats in Rome,” notes Fili by way of introduzione. “From the sublime to the ridiculous, each and every one, in its unique way, is dear to me.”

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Learn HTML Online, Just as Nature Intended

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:05

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Admit it: Your seven-year-old nephew could out-HTML tag you any day and you think that a Cascading Style Sheet is something with a thread count. That’s where Mediabistro comes in. Our mothership has just confirmed its next online course in HTML and CSS, and it’s never too early to start planning ahead. Over two fun-filled sessions, web design design guru Laura Galbraith will guide you through a variety of web page production techniques, from column-based layouts and search engine optimization to semantic markup and advanced CSS styles. The online learning fun begins November 24, and soon you’ll have brought a pre-designed webpage to life through the magic of HTML. Preview the course syllabus and register here.

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Ayse Birsel Explains It All

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:59

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Intriguing future book alert! According to the readerly repast that is Publishers Lunch, designer Ayse Birsel has inked a deal for Design the Life You Love, “a playful, creative, interactive book that teaches readers how to use Birsel’s own design process to think like a designer, and design the life they love.” The co-founder of Birsel + Seck, an expert at deconstruction at reconstruction, will publish the volume with Ten Speed Press.
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Superior Interiors: NYSID Showcases 90 Years of McMillen

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 17:11

McMillen Inc. turns ninety this year, and the New York School of Interior Design is celebrating the august firm with an exhibition that explores its legacy of superior interiors. Writer Nancy Lazarus got a behind-the-scenes look at the country’s oldest continuously operating interior design firm during a recent visit to NYSID.

30's Cosmopolitan ClubThe white gloves worn in the 1920s, when McMillen was founded, are long gone, but the renowned interior design firm carries on many of the traditions that have accounted for its longevity, said Ann Pyne. As McMillen’s co-president and daughter of the founder, Eleanor Stockstrom McMillen Brown, Pyne shared her inside perspective at a recent NYSID panel discussion. The event coincides with a 90-year retrospective exhibit, on view until December 5.

“Walking into the McMillen office gives you the feeling that you’ve arrived at a company that knows its business,” said Tom Buckley, principal and founder of Brown Buckley, and a former head of McMillen’s design department. “Mrs. Brown had a very progressive mind and was a forward-moving businesswoman.”

As Pyne sees it, the firm’s design authority, non-negotiable business models, devotion to education, and attention to finishes are the cornerstones of its success. McMillen interiors also adhere to the “discipline of the room,” while promoting a sense of conviviality and coziness. That foundation has stayed with McMillen alumni long after working at the firm, noted Buckley.
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Mark Your Calendar: Michael Graves ‘Past as Prologue’ Symposium

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:11

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Stock up on Peeps and reserve your ticket to “Past as Prologue,” a just-announced symposium that will be held “in honor of Michael Graves on the occasion of his fiftieth year in practice.” Organized by The Architectural League of New York and hosted by Parsons The New School for Design, the November 22nd confab will consider Graves’ deep influences on the disciplines of architecture and design. Tackling subjects such as architectural pedagogy, drawing, and the design of objects (fingers crossed for a session on “the Hitler teapot”!) will be the likes of Billie Tsien, Steven Holl, Paul Goldberger, and Museum of Arts and Design director Glenn Adamson, with a day-capping conversation among Graves, Peter Eisenman, and Adele Chatfield Taylor, the former director of the American Academy in Rome. Tickets are now available: they’re $25 each, but League members and students can attend gratis.

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Quote of Note | Pete Wells on Keith McNally

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:02

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“[O]f course, he worries about the interiors. Cherche Midi’s is lovely. Outside is a dystopian intersection. You’d never know it in the dining room, which feels intimate, almost private, although of course every face is on display, bathed in light the color of apricot jam.

For three decades, Mr. McNally has been rooting around in the same Lego kit: distressed mirrors, chipped subway tiles, bottles backlighted to look like stained glass. In his hands, these well-worn tricks give restaurants the battered nobility of a vintage Saab. When anyone else tries, they end up with a 1986 Ford Escort. Sets and lighting will never be the whole show.”

-New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells in his recent review of Keith McNally‘s Cherche Midi, which opened in June on the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery in NYC

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Design Jobs: Kohler, Shutterstock, The Lucky Group

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 18:30

This week, Kohler is hiring a senior art director for its digital department, while Shutterstock needs an image reviewer. The Lucky Group is seeking a photo studio manager, and Prometheus Global Media is on the hunt for a design director for ADWEEK. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Senior Art Director, Digital Kohler (Kohler, WI) Image Reviewer Shutterstock (Telecommute) Photo Studio Manager The Lucky Group (New York, NY) Design Director, ADWEEK Prometheus Global Media (New York, NY) Photo Editor MTV World (New York, NY)

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Infographics (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:37

daniel zeeviReady to respond to requests of “Show me the data!” with more than a sad little bar graph? The Mediabistro mothership is now recruiting would-be data visualizers for an online course in infographics that can “engage an audience in your brand, cause, or mission.” Guided by digital communications pro Amanda McCormick, whose resume includes projects with New York City Ballet, Bitly, and Bertlesmann, students will get up to speed with online tools (we’re looking at you Many Eyes) and develop a robust spec for a data visualization. The infographical fun starts today. Learn more here.

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Holy Philately! USPS Debuts Batman Stamps in Gotham City

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 14:23

batman stampsBatman turns 75 this year (and yet, riddle us this, Adam West just turned 86), and the U.S. Postal Service is celebrating with—you guessed it—stamps! The collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment debuted last week in Gotham City at the Batcave-like Javits Center, where legions of Batfans had conveniently already gathered for Comic Con. No one mentioned Robin. The stamps, a limited-edition Forever affair (which only sounds oxymoronic) now available at a post office near you and on the USPS website, follow the Caped Crusader and his trusty Bat emblem, through four eras of comic book history.

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Spire Wins People’s Design Award

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:39

COOPER HEWITT'S 2014 NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS GALAThe people have spoken, and selected Spire as the winner of the 2014 People’s Design Award, announced by presenter Bruce Mau at the Cooper-Hewitt‘s National Design Awards ceremony and gala held last night in New York. Designed by Zhao Zhao (pictured), Spire—a wearable device that senses and tracks physical movement, position, and breathing patterns—takes its place alongside past winners such as PackH2O, Trek’s Lime Bike, and Toms Shoes.

The mission of Spire, which began shipping this month after three years of R&D, is to “change the way the world breathes.” Data from the device, which is zapped to a mobile app, can provide the wearer with insights about his or her daily activity and state of mind, according to the San Francisco-based team. The app also can help users to boost their activity, relaxation, and focus. Spire bested a slate of 20 nominated works, ranging from elegant and inventive consumer products (Drift Light, Lumio, Soma Water Bottle) and eco-friendly construction materials (Mushroom Building Blocks) to emergency tools (SAM Junctional Tourniquet) and design solutions for human and environmental problems (Deka Arm, Ecozoom Stove).

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Dwell on Design Debuts in NYC

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 13:21

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Architect Daniel Libeskind in conversation with Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron the Dwell on Design keynote. (Photo courtesy Dwell Media)

Dwell on Design has arrived in New York. The three-day event, a long-running hit in Los Angeles, runs through Saturday in SoHo. The design summit includes discussions on topics ‘du jour’ with industry leaders, an open mic forum for up-and-coming designers, a book fair, and installations of innovative products. But don’t call it a trade show.

“Dwell on Design NY has been a long time in the planning,” said Dwell president and CEO Michela O’Connor Abrams. “New York didn’t need another trade show, we needed to galvanize voices and use brands as a focal point of ongoing discussions on local topics, like post-Sandy design and the Freedom Tower,” she added. “We made sure no one brought a trade show booth. Instead, the installations here are meant to bring the brands to life by making art out of building products.”
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Quote of Note | Emmanuelle Alt

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:10

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“This story [for the June/July 2014 issue of Vogue Paris] began with Inez [van Lamsweerde] and me exchanging images by e-mail. Sometimes it comes from almost nothing; it might just be a color. When you’re shooting in the sun—you know that strong blue sky in St. Barths—you need a contrast. So I might say, ‘What do you think about red and white?’ And Inez is like, ‘Oh, yeah, sure!’ I’ll send a picture of a red shoe and a René Gruau illustration, which is full of red, and just a silhouette or a little sketch. It’s not always photographs—often it’s a painting or a frame-grab from a YouTube film. Very quickly, we’ll start to build up an image of a woman, and then we can discuss the casting. Some photographers will keep changing their casting or think they need a stronger idea. But Inez isn’t someone who hesitates. It’s like three phone calls and everything is booked.”

-Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt in an interview with Penny Martin, editor of The Gentlewoman, that appears in the latest, fashion-themed issue of Aperture

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Design Jobs: Country Living, Adfero Group, Guerrero Howe Custom Media

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 18:30

This week, Country Living is hiring an assistant photo editor, while Adfero Group needs an art director. Guerrero Howe Custom Media is seeking a graphic designer, and Harvard Business Publishing is on the hunt for a graphic designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Assistant Photo Editor Country Living (Birmingham, AL) Art Director Adfero Group (Washington, DC) Graphic Designer Howe Custom Media (Chicago, IL) Graphic Designer Harvard Business Publishing (Watertown, MA) Digital Imaging Assistant – Temporary Niche Media Holdings (New York, NY)

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Visionaire Teams with John Baldessari, Samsung for ‘Celebrity Selfie’ Art Issue

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 13:34

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blue visionaire“I’ll probably be most remembered for putting dots over people’s faces, so its funny to do an issue devoted to the selfies of famous people,” says John Baldessari, who has applied his signature “color interventions” to a suite of celebrity self-portraits for the latest issue of Visionaire. The sixty-fourth incarnation of the shape-shifting publication, creating in partnership with Samsung, is now available in three editions—Red, Green, and Blue—each with a distinct set of portraits tucked in a canvas-clad portfolio that folds out to become a display case. After meeting with Baldessari in his Venice Beach studio, Visionaire founders Cecilia Dean and James Kaliardos recruited the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Cameron Diaz, Miley Cyrus, Marina Abramovic, KAWS, Bill Cunningham, and Gisele Bündchen to contribute self-portraits that were printed in black and white and then altered with embossed shapes and colors created by Baldessari. The resulting images range from the exotic (as when a turbaned Lupita Nyong’o gains a second chapeau in a floating, noseless face) to the serene (the clasped hands of Ed Ruscha, amidst a yellow orb and swoosh of orange). “Now we live in an age of self-celebration and constant surveillance in which nearly everyone carries some form of camera,” notes Dean. “It seems ironic and hilarious that an artist so famous for putting dots over people’s faces would devote an issue to the technology that celebrates face-time.”
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John Galliano Named Creative Director of Maison Martin Margiela

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 13:55

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gallianoRenzo Rosso has a reputation for talking trash, but like any billionaire, he dispenses compliments with military precision. “Who wouldn’t like to work with him?” the mogul said last month of designer John Galliano. “If he ever got back his name, I would be the first to produce his collections.” Fast-forward a few weeks, past Rosso’s firm denials and the Milan spring 2015 collections he enthusiastically appraised from the front row (sometimes beside Kanye West), and it’s official: Galliano is the new creative director of…Maison Martin Margiela.

Rosso’s OTB, which owns Diesel, Viktor&Rolf, and Marni, as well as production and distribution powerhouse Staff International, acquired Margiela in 2002, seven years before the departure of its enigmatic Belgian founder. The Paris-based house has maintained its artsy appeal, both preserving and advancing Margiela’s minimal yet experimental bent, which dabbles in Warholian cult of personality, albeit a collective one, while celebrating sartorial anonymity. Galliano, puckish, chameleon-like, and obsessed with historical and cultural references during his dazzling, scandal-capped tenure at Dior, would seem an ill fit for a house that loves nothing more than sheathing quotidian objects in white cotton, but Rosso sees it differently: “Margiela is ready for a new charismatic creative soul.”

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Nan Goldin, Martin Parr Among 2014 Lucie Award Honorees

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:51

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Nan Goldin, Guido on the dock, Venice (1998)

The Lucies, presented annually to honor statuette-worthy achievements in photography, turn twelve this year, and in the run-up to the glittering November 2 gala at Carnegie Hall (tickets now on sale), the Lucie Foundation has announced the 2014 honorees:

• Lifetime Achievement: Jane Bown
• Achievement in Fine Art: Carrie Mae Weems
• Achievement in Documentary: Martin Parr
• Achievement in Photojournalism: Nick Ut
• Achievement in Portraiture: Nan Goldin
• Visionary Award: Pedro Meyer

Top winners of the 2014 International Photography Awards juried competition will be announced at the gala, as will the winners of the Lucie Foundation’s Support Category Awards, including Print Advertising Campaign of the Year, Fashion Layout of the Year, and Picture Editor of the Year.

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