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Collective Design Fair Throws a Few Curves

Unbeige - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 19:14
The Collective Design Fair returned to the Frieze-time fray this year, and we sent Nancy Lazarus to check out the new venue and the many curvaceous works on view. A screen by Taher Chemirik was the undulating centerpiece of Galerie BSL's booth at Collective. International in scope yet moderate in scale, New York's Collective Design Fair debuted last year "to provide new commercial and educational platforms for vintage and contemporary design," according to Steven Learner, the fair's creative director. The sophomore edition ran from May 8-11 in a new venue—Skylight at Moynihan Station—and added to existing strengths in Scandinavian design and ceramics with a new focus on wearable art. We chatted with some of the 36 exhibitors and joined a tour led by Cooper-Hewitt curator Sarah Coffin to round up five highlights. Todd Merrill 20th Century Studio Contemporary, New York City: "A tour de force of woodworking" was Coffin's apt description of Irish designer Joseph Walsh's Enignum Canopy Bed (at right), since it consists of ribbons of olive ash wood positioned on a raised platform. Walsh explained the craftsmanship involved in the accompanying materials: "In the Enignum series of works I have stripped wood into thin layers, manipulating and reconstructing them into free form compositions. The title derives from the Latin words 'enigma' (mystery) and ‘lignum’ (wood).” Sienna Patti Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts: "Jacqueline Lillie's beaded jewelry plays off of Wiener Werkstätte, but is updated to be contemporary," said Coffin. The French-born, Vienna-based designer works with materials including glass beads, corian, and stainless steel. "In addition to form and function, I also insist on flexibility," Lillie has said. "That's essential because all good jewelry should adapt to the wearer and be an extension of that person's character." continued...

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Design Jobs: Lincoln Center, Everyday Health, American Girl

Unbeige - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 18:30
This week, Lincoln Center is hiring a graphic designer, while Everyday Health needs a senior designer. American Girl is seeking a senior art director of content, and College of the Holy Cross is on the hunt for a director of creative services. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Graphic Designer Lincoln Center (New York, NY) Senior Designer Everyday Health (New York, NY) Senior Art Director - Content American Girl (Middleton, WI) Director, Creative Services College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) Senior Designer Time Out New York (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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Linked: Publicis and Omnicom Merge. NOT.

Brand new - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 15:49
In July we reported on the merger of Publicis and Omnicom — the deal is now off. (Composite image: yours truly).... Armin
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Noted: New Logo and Identity for Rowing Dock by Sputnik Creative

Brand new - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 15:42
"Founded in 1999, Rowing Dock is a hidden treasure in Austin, TX. Originally developed for sculling, the dock evolved into Austin's favorite location for paddle sport rentals, renowned for its serene and crystal clear waters. Flanked by the Zilker Nature Preserve and just up the... Armin
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Reviewed: New Name, Logo, and Identity for Internet Matters by venturethree

Brand new - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:57
Launched today, Internet Matters is a joint initiative from the four major internet service providers in the UK — Sky, Talk Talk, BT, and Virgin Media — that establishes "an independent, not-for-profit organisation to help parents keep their children safe online." By compiling facts, organizing... Armin
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Quote of Note | Harold Koda

Unbeige - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:45
"[A]t the end of his life, if you went down to the street and said, 'Charles James lives there,' nobody would care. But think about Anna Piaggi—she had Antonio [Lopez] do all these drawings of his work immediately after he died. The people who were really savvy never forgot him. It's just that he was never a household name, even when he was at his peak. He was always known as being at the cutting edge of the design world. I think what will happen with this exhibition is that fashionable people will come in, and they'll be inspired by the colors and the shapes, but they will [translate] them in a more traditional way so that [the clothes] can be easily manufactured. But I think the people who will come away with even more inspiration will be industrial designers, graphic designers, and architects, because you will see such interesting ways of thinking." -Curator-in-charge of the Costume Institute Harold Koda, who organized "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" with Jan Glier Reeder. The exhibition is on view through August 10 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Pictured: Clover Leaf Ball Gown designed in 1953 by Charles James

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PDF Studio Receives New PDF Editing Capabilities - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 00:00
The updated program adds such functionality as the ability to design interactive forms and improvements to reviewing and commenting on documents.
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Building 3D Scenes in Photoshop CS6 and CC - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 00:00
You can go a long way with modeling, lighting and rendering just one object at a time. But things really start getting interesting when you combine several objects into a single scene in Photoshop.
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Linked: "Brandalism"

Brand new - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 15:24
Branded spray cans by Antonio Brasko — the intersection of branding, fashion, and graffiti.... Armin
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Noted: New Logo for VCU Institute of Contemporary Art by Sullivan

Brand new - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 15:09
(Launching 2015) The Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Contemporary Art will be a non-collecting museum dedicated to exploring the art and issues of our time. It will be an incubator and creative center for the entire university dedicated to presenting the innovative visual art,... Armin
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National Building Museum Explores ‘Designing for Disaster’

Unbeige - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 13:37
The Washington Monument reopens to the public today—nearly three years after sustaining severe damage from the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the East Coast in August 2011. Total cost of repairs to the towering obelisk? Approximately $15 million. Amidst rising costs associated with natural disasters, the National Building Museum is exploring new approaches to disaster resilience in “Designing for Disaster,” an exhibition that runs through August 2 at the Washington, D.C. institution. Organized by the destructive forces associated with each of the elements—earth, air, fire, and water, the show is a mix of case studies, artifacts (including singed opera glasses from the Waldo Canyon wildfire, and stone fragments from the earthquake-damaged National Cathedral), and immersive experiences (DIY disasters?) such as a “wall of wind” against which visitors can compare how various roof shapes perform in hurricane-force gales. Those that find even simulated disasters overwhelming can take refuge in the FEMA-specified tornado safe room.

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Reviewed: New Logo, Identity, and UI for Codecademy by Pentagram

Brand new - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 13:04
Established in 2011, Codecademy is an online education platform that offers courses on six popular programming languages — HTML and CSS, jQuery, JavaScript, PHP, Python, and Ruby — through a community-driven environment of over 24 million users. Last month, Codecademy introduced a redesigned website and... Armin
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AKVIS OilPaint Plugin/application Updated for Giving Images that Hand-painted Look - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 00:00

The latest version of the natural media application and Adobe Photoshop-compatible plugin adds new tools and support for additional RAW files.

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Stefan Sagmeister on Why Beauty Matters

Unbeige - Sat, 05/10/2014 - 03:51
When did beauty become a dirty—or at least obsolete—word for artists and designers? Stefan Sagmeister weighed on the issue in his stimulating—ok, beautiful—presentation at last week's DLD (Digital-Life-Design) conference in New York City. Watch the video below for an aesthetic journey that goes from the industrial shed that is Memphis's Cook Covention Center ("Elvis had truly left the building.") to a consideration of the impact of Sagmeister's fellow Austrian Adolf Loos to faux Mondrians (can you tell the real from the fake?) to a mesmerizing coda complete with jiggly gelatin typography.

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Linked: Pied Piper's Lowercase Logo

Brand new - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 13:57
A semi-serious analysis of Pied Piper's new logo. No idea what I'm talking about? Then you need to start watching Silicon Vally. NOW.... Armin
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Noted: <![CDATA[New Name, Logo, and Packaging for Mr Parker by Str&oslash;mme Throndsen Design]]&gt;

Brand new - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 13:48
(Est. 2014) Mr Parker is a new line of of shaving products for men developed under the private label of Unil, which is responsible for the development of over 2,500 products for NorgesGruppens, a Norwegian grocery wholesaling group which also runs various retail outlets.... Armin
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Reviewed: Friday Likes 86: From Werklig, Museum Studio, and Confetti Studio

Brand new - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 13:46
Today, for some odd reason, we are going with quirky, spare, typographically awkward identities that kick ass with work from Helsinki, Stockholm, and Melbourne.... Armin
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Call for Entries: HOW International Design Awards - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 00:00
All Outstanding Achievement winners will see their work in the 2015 HOW Design Annual issue.
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Missed the D-Crit Conference? Watch the Videos

Unbeige - Thu, 05/08/2014 - 13:05
The fifth annual School of Visual Arts MFA Design Criticism (a.k.a D-Crit) conference, "Lingua Franca," drew an impressive, international crowd to the SVA Theatre, where members of the Class of 2014 presented their thesis research alongside guest speakers such as writer and curator (at Hong Kong’s new M+ museum) Aric Chen, material anthropologist Emily Stokes-Rees, and creator of the MIT Press Mediawork project Peter Lunenfeld. Those that missed—or want to relive—last Friday's proceedings are in luck: videos of the sessions are now available online. We suggest beginning with novelist and critic Nicholson Baker's keynote address, "Wrapping Sentences Around Things":

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Linked: Native American Sports Logos

Brand new - Thu, 05/08/2014 - 12:16
USA Today takes a look at the pro sports team still using Native American references and names in their logos.... Armin
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