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For Picasso’s Birthday, a Guernica Made of Legos

Unbeige - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:11

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Picasso’s Guernica made of Lego bricks by Legoland Discovery Center Westchester’s master model builder Veronica Watson. (Photo: Legoland Discovery Center Westchester)

Today marks the 133rd anniversary of Picasso‘s birth, and while some will celebrate by taking in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s spellbinding show of Leonard Lauder‘s Cubist collection, others will admire the artist’s famous Guernica—recreated in Legos in Yonkers. The blocky birthday tribute is the work of Veronica Watson, a master model builder at Legoland Discovery Center Westchester. It took her a couple of days and 800 Legos to create the replica, which is seven inches tall and just under fifteen inches wide, but little convincing: Guernica is one of her favorite Picasso works. “The style used to represent the chaotic subject matter of the Spanish Civil War makes it an incredibly powerful piece in 1937 and in 2015,” Watson told us, before answering a few of our questions about her Lego homage.

What was the most challenging aspect of making a Lego version of Guernica?
The most difficult aspect of making the Lego version was deciding how much detail to include. There is a lot going on in the painting. Rather then explicitly recreating every detail, I worked at suggesting the right forms so that the painting would be instantly recognizable.

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Exhibition Showcases Five Decades of Michael Graves’ Designs at Home and Abroad

Unbeige - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 18:25

The upcoming Architectural League of New York symposium is but one (aqua-hued, curvy, multi-windowed) component of the Michael Graves 50th-anniversary extravaganza happening this fall (bring your own Peeps!). A show of the architect and product designer’s paintings are on view through the end of the year at NYC’s Studio Vendome gallery. And over in New Jersey, Grounds for Sculpture has mounted a Graves retrospective. Writer Nancy Lazarus visited the latter exhibition—and then followed Graves home.

graves GFSGolden banners hung from the rafters and bearing sketches of now-famous products greet visitors to Michael Graves: Past as Prologue at the Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. The retrospective, on view through April 5, is a festive tribute to Graves and his architecture and design firm as they mark their fiftieth anniversary.

Organizing an exhibit spanning Graves’ prolific and ongoing career was no easy feat. “This was planned as a series of vignettes” chronicling the practice’s interdisciplinary work along with Michael’s owm drawings and paintings, explained Karen Nichols, principal at Michael Graves & Associates, at a recent press preview. The firm’s core values: aesthetics, functionality, and humanistic design, connect seemingly disparate projects.

Few architects can claim commissions as varied as the Portland Building, Louisville’s Humana Building, the Denver Library, decorative scaffolding for the Washington Monument, various Disney Resorts, and Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. The photographs and architectural models tell the stories of Graves’ broad geographic scope.

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Linked: City of Everett Logo Design Contest

Brand new - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:54
So. Many. Bad. Logos. In. One. Page. Yeah… I'm sure there are really good intentions from the well-meaning citizens of Everett, WA, but this is the most painful scrolling I've done in a long time.... Armin
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Noted: New Logos for Tennessee Smokies by Studio Simon

Brand new - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:49
(Est. 1897) The Tennessee Smokies are a Minor League Baseball team based in the Knoxville, Tennessee, metropolitan area. The team, which plays in the Southern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball as of the 2011 season. Smokies Park,... Armin
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Reviewed: Friday Likes 104: From Re:, One Darnley Road, and Anagrama

Brand new - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:00
Plenty of variety today with colorful stuff, non-colorful stuff, stuff with backgrounds, stuff without backgrounds, and other stuff with work from Sydney, London, and Mexico.... Armin
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Ready the Creamed Corn! Canstruction Returns to New York

Unbeige - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:31

“Polarized Against Hunger,” the Canstruction NY 2013 entry by GACE Consulting Engineers

Ever dreamed of recreating a Richard Serra sculpture with tomatoes from the pantry? Erecting a monumental tribute to Alexander McQueen’s armadillo heel using only canned peas and elbow grease? What about constructing a truly giant giant panda that can feed hundreds? Teams from top architecture and engineering firms will prove that they can do it, and for a good cause. The international charity competition that is Canstruction returns to New York City next month and with it the opportunity for teams of architects, engineers, and students they mentor to design and build giant structures made entirely from unopened cans of food—all of which are ultimately donated to City Harvest. The competing teams’ carefully stacked creations will be judged in categories that include Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity, and Most Cans. The works will be on view from November 6 through November 20 in the Winter Garden and lobby of Brookfield Place. Bring non-perishable foods when you stop by, and they’ll be donated along with the cans used in the competition.

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Linked: OS X Yosemite Icons

Brand new - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:02
A side by side comparison of old and new Apple system app icons. Sayonara skeuomorphs!... Armin
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Noted: New Logo and Identity for Signature Golf UK by SMR Creative

Brand new - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:54
"Signature Golf UK was established in 2013 comprising a team with many years experience in the world of golf and hospitality. During the past year we have established an unparalleled network of associates who play an important role in allowing us to deliver the ultimate... Armin
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Happy Birthday, David Zwirner! You’re (Still) the Art World’s Second Most Influential Person

Unbeige - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:13


A birthday comes but once a year, as does the ArtReview Power 100. The two tend to coincide for ubergallerist David Zwirner, who has two reasons to celebrate today: his fiftieth birthday [insert Kusama-dotted sheet cake here] and clinching the number-two spot on this year’s Power 100, which appears in ArtReview’s November issue (on newsstands today). Zwirner is ouranked only by Tate director Nicholas Serota, who has held onto the top slot since the London-based magazine’s list debuted in 2002. The mind boggles at the power to be concentrated when Zwirner artist Marlene Dumas’s retrospective opens at Tate Modern in February.

Rounding out the Power 100’s top ten is Zwirner’s former partner in erstwhile Zwirner & Wirth, Ivan Wirth (#3), MoMA director Glenn Lowry (#4), and Marina Abramović (#5), who the magazine describes as a “performance artist turned celebrity inspirer and admirer.” At #6, Serpentine Gallery directors Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones come down a peg from 2013, while Jeff Koons’s stellar year zooms him up to #7, just ahead of Larry Gagosian (#8), Marian Goodman (#9), and Cindy Sherman (#10).

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Reviewed: New Logo and Packaging for Aspall by NB Studio

Brand new - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:13
Established in 1728 (not a typo), Aspall is a cider-making business that has been using the same orchards planted at Aspall Hall in Suffolk, UK to produce a range of ciders and cider vinegars. Owned by eight generations, it is one of the ten oldest... Armin
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Pixelmator Image Editor Released for iPad - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:00

There is no shortage of inexpensive Mac image editing applications but let's be honest and say up front that most of them are pretty lame. In fact, there's only one that can be considered even remotely as a Photoshop challenger and that's Pixelmator. Built from scratch as a Mac application, Pixelmator has progressed steadily since its debut and version 3.2, released in May of this year, marked a significant step forward, adding such things as a greatly-improved Repair tool, support for 16 bit per channel images and a Lock Layers feature.

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Call for Entries: HOW Poster Design Awards - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:00

The annual poster competition is open to submissions of any kind.

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Original Comic Art from the Glenn Bray Collection - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:00

Over the last 50  years, Glenn Bray has amassed what is arguably the most eclectic collection of original comic art in private hands. The Blighted Eye is thus the most copious, diverse and lavish compilation of original comic art ever published.

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Linked: Yelp Logo History

Brand new - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:28
In case you ever wondered, Quora answers: Who designed the Yelp logo? [Spoiler: Michael Ernst]... Armin
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Noted: New Logo and Packaging for Sierra Mist

Brand new - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:21
(1999) "Sierra Mist is a lemon-lime flavored soft drink […] introduced by PepsiCo in 1999, replacing Slice and Storm, and eventually became available in all United States markets by 2003 and competed with The Coca-Cola Company's Sprite brand." (Wikipedia)... Armin
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Guggenheim Reveals Submissions for Helsinki Museum Design Contest

Unbeige - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:29


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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Reviewed: <![CDATA[New Logo and Identity for K&bull;Swiss done In-house]]&gt;

Brand new - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:12
Established in 1966 by Swiss brothers Art and Ernie Brunner after emigrating to California, K•Swiss is a "heritage American tennis brand" credited with designing the first all-leather tennis shoe fifty years ago, now called the K•Swiss Classic and an icon of both athletic and casual... Armin
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Wanted: Graphic Designer Who Seeks Better Living Through Chemistry

Unbeige - 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.

Apply for this art director, American Chemical Society position or view all the current design jobs.

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Corel Releases Low-cost Digital Signage Solution - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:00

Since the creation of professional digital signage content requires the skills of a designer, this growing field represents a potentially valuable new service for creatives to pitch to new and existing clients. To meet this growth, it should come as no surprise that there are a number of vendors of digital sign creation software — but would you believe there are almost 300? To make sense of all this, a good place to start is the Digital Signage Magazine site.

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Monochrome Enhanced for Batch Conversion of Color Photos - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:00
The latest version of the Monochrome batch color conversion utility for OS X expands the available GPU-based image rendering effects and adds new options for slide show playback.
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