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Wanted: Art Director to Do a Capital Job

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:41
There's more to Washington D.C. than monuments, symmetry, and Frank Underwood. Locals read all about it in the pages of Washingtonian, and as the magazine approaches its fiftieth anniversary is in want of a new art director for its flagship publication as well as the offshoots Washingtonian Bride & Groom, Washingtonian MOM, and Washingtonian Welcome Guide. Bring your strong editorial design experience, passion for magazines, and "the ability to balance multiple projects in a highly collaborative environment while problem-solving under tight deadlines." Learn more about and apply for this art director, Washingtonian magazine job or view all of the current mediabistro.com design/art/photo jobs.

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Biennale Bling: Rem Koolhaas and Swarovski Sparkle in Venice

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 14:57
(Photo: Gilbert McCarragher) The long-awaited Rem Koolhaas-curated Venice Architecture Biennale is upon us. Along with a newly cohesive approach to the national pavilions, in which the 65 participating nations each address a "key moment from a century of modernization," and the central "Elements of Architecture" exhibition (spoiler alert: "It is nothing to do with design," Koolhaas explained yesterday), there is "Monditalia," a multidisciplinary portrait of Italy in the form of 82 films, 41 architectural projects, and a merger of architecture with the Biennale’s dance, music, theater, and film sections. Mamma mia! Visitors enter Monditalia through a dramatic illuminated archway, which is saved from smacking of Vegas or Disney by its setting in the augustly industrial Arsenale. Dubbed Luminaire, the sparkling facade—spanning nearly 66 feet in length—was created in collaboration with Swarovski using thousands of colored light bulbs and a generous dusting (read: 33 pounds worth) of Swarovski crystals, all encrusting an elaborate wooden frame. Koolhaas describes what lies beyond the gate as dealing with "the current state of Italy, between treasure and crisis, knowledge and controversies, history and politics.”

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Guggenheim Kicks Off Open Competition for Design of Future Helsinki Museum

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:14
Pull up an Alvar Aalto-designed Stool 60, cue up your Sibelius playlist, and put on your Marimekko-patterned thinking cap, design fans, because Guggenheim Helsinki is coming. Today marks the launch of the Guggenheim Foundation's open, international architectural competition—a first for an institution that has had a good run simply by commissioning architects named Frank when the need for a new building arises—for the design of the proposed art and design museum, which is to be located on city-owned land in the southwestern part of Helsinki's South Harbor (you know, betwixt Eteläranta and Laivasillankatu). Guggenheim Helsinki is to be a museum that "would organize and present internationally significant exhibitions of artworks from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries while also specializing in Nordic art and architecture. The museum would feature programs organized by the Guggenheim Foundation that might not otherwise be seen in Finland and would also generate exhibitions to be presented at other Guggenheim museums and at institutions around the world," according to the proposal presented by the foundation last fall. A permanent collection would be developed over time. The construction budget is estimated at €130 million (approximately $177 million at current exchange). continued...

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Elle Décor Welcomes Pitches on Travel and Up-and-Coming Designers

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:57
Elle Décor, the magazine where style lives, takes the creativity of designers and artists from around the world and brings it into its readers homes. Articles focus on under-the-radar designers, artists just creating a name for themselves as well as new and interesting places to travel. While the magazine limits the areas to which freelance writers can pitch, the "Talent" section is always open to writers who have their ear to the ground on an up-and-coming designer, artist or stylist. Another area to focus on is the magazine's travel section. Features director Vicki Lowry invites more writers to pitch travel topics: We are always looking for intriguing places to go and talented writers to cover it. They should really know a place: the right streets, the great shops, the best restaurants and hotels, the museums. They should be very cognizant of that particular area and know what they're talking about. For more about Elle Décor and what editors want from a writer, read: How to Pitch: Elle Décor. The full version of this article is exclusively available to Mediabistro AvantGuild subscribers. If you’re not a member yet, register now for as little as $55 a year for access to hundreds of articles like this one, discounts on Mediabistro seminars and workshops, and all sorts of other bonuses.

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Watch Paola Antonelli Discuss Design and Violence

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:50
Paola Antonelli's twenty-year career at New York's Museum of Modern Art has been a journey through many facets of design, "from cute chairs and fast cars to video games and now also the idea of violence," she told the audience at the recent DLD (Digital-Life-Design) in New York. Watch her talk below to gain insight into the darker side of design as explored—and hacked, penetrated, manipulated, penetrated, and exploded—through Design and Violence, an online curatorial experiment that explores the manifestations of violence in contemporary society.

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Design Jobs: Bauer Media Group, IDEO, Madavor Media

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 18:30
This week, Bauer Media Group is hiring a senior designer, while IDEO needs a digital graphic designer. Madavor Media is seeking a graphic designer, and MIT Technology Review is on the hunt for a deputy art director. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Senior Designer Bauer Media Group (Englewood Cliffs, NJ) Digital Graphic Designer IDEO (Cambridge, MA) Graphic Designer Madavor Media (Braintree, MA) Deputy Art Director MIT Technology Review (Cambridge, MA) Pre-Press Proofer Box Services (New York, NY) Find more great design jobs on the UnBeige job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented UnBeige pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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MFA Boston to Debut ‘Kunstkammer Gallery’

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 12:26
Rare is the human who can resist a cabinet of curiosities—those bewitching, eclectic assortments of man-made and natural wonders that flout traditional taxonomies. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is inaugurating one of its own in the Kunstkammer Gallery, which opens Wednesday. Among the objects that will be on view in the intimate space are exotic natural materials such as amber, ivory, and coconut shells; paintings on copper and hardstone; and virtuoso metalwork, such as clocks and automata. Follow up a visit to that whimsical space with a trip to the MFA’s newly renovated gallery dedicated to Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and sculpture, which will also be unveiled on Wednesday.

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Quote of Note | Annie Leibovitz

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 05:16
"My background as a photographer is as an observer. I'm a terrible director. The performers I have the most rapport with are comedians, who make up a very special group. They're sort of like manic depressives. I sympathize with them. They are usually also very intelligent. For me, the classic photograph of a comedian is Charlie Chaplin just leaning. That is such an extraordinarily funny picture. It's as perfect a photograph as you could ever have of a comedian. Chaplin came from silent films. The challenge for a photographer is to create a visually funny picture without it being stupid. It's difficult to take a funny picture." -Annie Leibovitz, whose images—from the black-and-white photograph of Richard Nixon’s helicopter lifting off from the White House lawn after he resigned as president in 1974 to the formal color portrait of Queen Elizabeth II taken in a drawing room of Buckingham Palace in 2007—are collected in a new SUMO-sized, limited-edition book from Taschen

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Paul Giamatti as an Insane Museum Curator? Make It Happen!

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 12:57
Picture it: A Fellini- and Buñuel-flavored tale of a museum curator forced to face dwindling visitor numbers, harsh economic realities, his crumbling sanity, and...a giant sloth! We were sold on the premise of graphic novelist Paul Hornschemeier's planned animated short even before learning that the crazy curator, one Gordon Boonewell, will be voiced by Paul Giamatti. Saturday Night Live's dazzling Kate McKinnon has also signed on to the project, entitled Giant Sloth, which Hornschemeier is looking to fund through a freshly launched Kickstarter campaign. "Uncompromised by the studio process, Giant Sloth combines the psychologically rich world of literary graphic novels with the all the possibilities of motion and sound that animation allows," notes Hornschemeier. "It treats its characters not as clowns shuffling for an easy laugh, but as people. And as giant sloths. Giant sloths are people too." continued...

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Cooper-Hewitt Appoints Brooke Hodge as Deputy Director

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 21:43
Curator, writer, and critic Brooke Hodge will join the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum as deputy director, a post that has been vacant since Caroline Baumann stepped up from that role in 2012 to serve as acting director following the death of Bill Moggridge. Baumann was named director of the museum last June. Hodge, who been director of exhibitions and publications at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles since 2010, will begin her new position on July 16 as the Cooper-Hewitt continues the countdown to its reopening after an epic renovation that will expand exhibition space by more than 60%. “I’ve known and admired Brooke since her involvement [as a guest curator] with the 2006 Triennial at Cooper-Hewitt, and I’m thrilled she is joining us at this critical juncture,” said Baumann in a statement released today. “Brooke will be diving into preparations for our opening later this fall, while partnering with me and museum teams on the exciting, future plans for the nation’s design museum."

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Learn HTML Online, Just as Nature Intended

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 05:05
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 four fun-filled weeks, 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 September 15, and by Halloween, 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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Seven Questions for Jessica Hische

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 12:00
"The basis of any word is a single letter," says self-described "letterer, illustrator, and crazy cat lady" Jessica Hische, known for performing stunningly beautiful typographical feats for the likes of Wes Anderson, Penguin Books, The New York Times, and—be still our justice-loving hearts—John Hodgman. Among her latest projects is a stationery collection for the Luxe Project, a Moo initiative that pairs top creative talent with Moo's deluxe business cards, letterheads, and notecards, and then gives 100% of net proceeds to the designer's charity of choice (Hische's feline-friendly pick: the ASPCA). She made time in her busy, bicoastal—San Francisco and Brooklyn—schedule to answer our questions about the luxe letterforms adapted from her Daily Drop Cap project, her book jacket for The Circle by Dave Eggers, and more. For those not familiar with Daily Drop Cap, what is it and how did it come about? I started Daily Drop Cap because, when I left working at Louise Fili Ltd., I wanted an excuse to draw letterforms every day, even when I wasn’t being paid to by clients. I wanted a way to experiment and develop my lettering skills since I was about to step out on my own, away from the daily mentoring of Louise. Originally, I had planned on doing an alphabet a week instead of a letter a day, but decided quickly that I wasn’t up for a challenge that enormous at the time. I gave myself the goal of twelve alphabets, a number that seemed daunting but doable, and for a year and a half I drew a letter every single day. It ended up becoming the thing that really kicked my career into full swing and made people pay attention to the work I was doing. What did you create for the Luxe Project? My collection for Moo uses a selection of my Daily Drop Caps, transforming the original artwork into sophisticated monograms by switching the complex original color palettes to two-color. I chose letters that I thought would appeal to many people—sometimes the letters I created for Daily Drop Cap specifically referenced something I was doing that day and wouldn't work as stationery monograms— and tried to pick gender neutral letterforms when possible. The letters are integrated into simple but beautiful designs which could work for anyone, be they a designer or just a lover of letters. I used the typeface Router—which I love—made by a type design friend Jeremy Mickel. What led you to select the ASPCA to receive all net proceeds? I adopted my two cats from the ASPCA in New York and just love what they do to put misplaced animals in good homes. I'm a huge animal lover—it's embarrassing how much I dote on my two cats—and love supporting an organization that obviously cares so deeply about animals. continued...

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Design Jobs: Smashbox Studios, MIT Technology Review, Washingtonian Magazine

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 18:30
This week, Smashbox Studios is hiring a bookings director, while MIT Technology Review is seeking a deputy art director. Washingtonian Magazine needs an art director, and Madavor Media 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. Bookings Director Smashbox Studios (Culver City, CA) Deputy Art Director MIT Technology Review (Cambridge, MA) Art Director Washingtonian Magazine (Washington, DC) Graphic Designer Madavor Media (Braintree, MA) Senior Designer Everyday Health (New York, NY) Find more great design jobs on the UnBeige job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented UnBeige pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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Derk Reilink Redesigns Tape Dispenser with ‘ClickTape’

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 12:06
Unwilling to cede precious desktop real estate to a bulky, weighted tape dispenser nor to look upon the unsightly clear plastic one that accompanies a roll, we've long relegated tape to the drawer, where it spends its days in the company of foreign coins, our second-favorite scissors, and a thicket of novelty USB flash drives. Derk Reilink knew there had to be a better way. The Dutch designer took on the challenge of building a better tape dispenser as part of his graduate studies in industrial design and engineering at the University of Twente in Enschede, Netherlands. "I started to experiment with basic shapes and found the shape of the tape itself to be the best shape for the dispenser," Reilink tells us. "By taking out a section of the ring shape I could create a symmetric chain-linked design." The result is ClickTape, a minimalist dispenser that is useful and portable—think of it as the practical, low-key sibling of the bottle for Bulgari's Omnia fragrance. continued...

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Quote of Note | Elizabeth Diller

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 05:05
"Whenever I ask Siri for directions or a recommendation, I also ask her a trick question. Her answers are usually wacky. She scolds me for cursing, which I love, but she has no problem with ethics. If I say, 'Remind me to rob a bank at 3 p.m.,' she responds, 'Here's your reminder for today at 3 p.m.: Rob a bank. Shall I create it?' She takes orders without imposing judgments, unlike some of my staff." -Architect Elizabeth Diller, partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in the Wall Street Journal

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Photographer Michael Schmidt Wins Prix Pictet

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:57
Berlin-based photographer Michael Schmidt is the winner of the third Prix Pictet. Sponsored by Swiss bank Pictet & Cie and with a purse of 100,000 Swiss francs (approximately $112,000, at current exchange), the entry-by-nomination international photography competition seeks to promote sustainability. This year’s theme was “Consumption.” Schmidt's monumental "Lebensmittel" (food stuff) project, made between 2006 and 2010, was chosen by a jury that included Whitney curator Elisabeth Sussman and photographer Luc Delahaye, who won the Prix Pictet in 2012. "There were many potential winners but, after much debate, we finally agreed to award the Prix Pictet to Michael Schmidt whose 'Lebensmittel' is an epic and hugely topical investigation into the ways in which we feed ourselves," said jury chair Sir David King yesterday evening at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, where Kofi Annan was on hand to announce the winner. Schmidt, 68, was not present due to severe illness. The twelve photographers shortlisted for the Prix Pictet included Rineke Dijkstra, Boris Mikhailov, Allan Sekula (who passed away last August at the age of 62), and Laurie Simmons. An exhibition of work shortlisted for Prix Pictet is on view through June 14 at the V&A.

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Inspiring IBM Design Lives On in Tumblr Form

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:31
In the course of working on projects for IBM, art director Sue Murphy was forever discovering graphic design gold in the company's deep archives. "Because of the nature of the Internet, not a lot of this is available easily online," notes Murphy, an art director at Oglivy & Mather in New York. "Or God forbid–hi res!" She is changing that with Good Design Is Good Business, a Tumblr that takes its name from a 1973 speech by Thomas Watson, Jr., IBM's second president. The online collection of posters, by the likes of Ogilvy, Paul Rand, and Carl De Torres, is sure to make you THINK. Like this post? Then you'll love LiquidTreat, a weekly newsletter designed to quench your creative thirst. Sip generously from past issues and subscribe here.

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Abbott Miller Designs Exhibition Celebrating Century of Type

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:05
Spending your Memorial Day Weekend in New York City? Don't miss "Century: 100 Years of Type in Design," on view through June 18 at the AIGA National Design Center. Part of AIGA's centennial celebration, the fontastic—and free—exhibition was created by Pentagram partner and AIGA medalist Abbott Miller (we are eagerly anticipating his new book, Design and Content, coming soon from Princeton Architectural Press) in partnership with Monotype. It runs the chronological and technological gamut from Akzidenz Grotesk to Zapf Dingbats with works drawn from the collections of The Type Directors Club, Condé Nast, Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, The Herb Lubalin Study Center at Cooper Union, and many more. Here's a preview:

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Seven Questions for Giulio Iacchetti

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 21:26
More than 10,000 people visited WantedDesign, which wrapped up on Monday in New York. A highlight among the more than 60 exhibitors was Italian design powerhouse Alessi, which presented projects stemming from research and workshops the company has conducted in collaboration with several young designers around the world. Veteran Alessi designer Giulio Iacchetti was on hand to showcase his new "Noè" collection of wine accessories. The name is a nod to Noah, the biblical patriarch. "He is not just famous for building the ark, but also for his passion for wine," says Iacchetti, who is based in Milan. "And it is said that he invented it after being the first to experiment with vine cultivation." We popped open a bottle of bubbly—with the aid of his bottle-shaped opener—and asked him seven questions. What was the concept for the Noè set? The inspiring concept for these objects designed to serve and preserve wine comes by a strong formal reference to existing wine imagery, so the bottle holder refers to a cluster of grapes, the Champagne stopper recalls those corks used to hermetically seal Champagne bottles, the shape of the Champagne cork opener is inspired by the outline of a bottle, and finally, the drop-stop ring is truly the engagement between us and wine! What has distinguished your collaborations with Alessi from those with other companies? When I think of Italian design and design companies, I think immediately of Alessi. Alessi could be really considered the “dream factory”—as Alberto Alessi defined his company years ago—for its exceptional capability to combine real industrial productivity with the openness to collect in its catalog many different products categories. Every time I go to Crusinallo [Alessi headquarters], I personally live a life-long dream. continued...

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Murray Olderman Talks About Becoming a Cartoonist

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 21:20
Murray Olderman has had a storied career as a syndicated newspaper columnist and cartoonist. Although this 92-year-old is officially retired, he's actually working on a new book, comprised of illustrations and cartoons of people in sports he's known and drawn. In our latest So What Do You Do column, we spoke with Olderman about journalism school in the 1940s, his most memorable interview and how he got started as a cartoonist: I was captivated as a teenager (when I was also writing sports for a county weekly) by the looks of cartoons on sports pages and started copying them, gradually perfecting my techniques through trial and error. I was first published in the Columbia Missourian, a city newspaper paper produced by the Missouri School of Journalism, in my junior year. My first hire, by the McClatchy Newspapers of Sacramento, was as a sports cartoonist. I have written and drawn conjunctively. No preference. A lot of guys have written sports. A lot of guys have drawn sports. Few have done both. For more from Olderman, read: So What Do You Do, Murray Olderman, Iconic Sports Journalist and Cartoonist?

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