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Reviewed: New Packaging for Absolut Vodka by The Brand Union

Brand new - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 12:58
I assume most people know Absolut but, for the record, let's cover some basics of the vodka spirit: First introduced in 1879 in Sweden and imported into the U.S. in 1979; packaging based on a medicine bottle goes supernova with the series of Absolut [blank]... Armin
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Photoshop Fundamentals: Create Three Quick Special Effects - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 00:00
While plugins have their place, it's possible to create a wide variety of effects directly within Photoshop. In this tutorial, Glyn Dewis shows how to turn day into night, create a cartoon/painterly effect and make your own dust, debris, snow and rain brushes.
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Media Minutiae

Unbeige - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 23:00

PRNewser: Abercrombie is looking to rebrand because people finally figured out that their brand is awful.

TVNewser: When Joe Scarborough rightfully blasts the media, you know things are bad.

FishbowlDC: And when Dog the Bounty Hunter defends Hillary Clinton, you know things are weird.

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NY Times Sports Page Goes Text Only

Unbeige - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 21:02

timesfrontThe front page of today’s New York Times sports page is stark. There’s no art; only text. It’s a perfect match for the story that sits at the center of the page.

The sports page showcases a moving piece by Dan Barry. In “A Son Calls His Mother,” Barry chronicles a mother who is dealing with losing her son to a generative brain condition caused by playing football.

Read Barry’s piece here. It’s short, but powerful.

(Image: Jim Romenesko)

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The Funny Thing About Goodfellas Reunion Coverage

Unbeige - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 20:50

Entertainment journalism has changed dramatically since the days of Goodfellas’ original theatrical release. Today, such a topic often engenders some headline numerology.

And so, post-Tribeca Film Festival close, we have:

11 Things We Learned About Goodfellas From Tribeca’s Saturday Q&A [Vulture]

8 Funny Stories from the Goodfellas Tribeca Reunion [Entertainment Weekly]

8 Highlights from the Goodfellas 25th Anniversary Reunion [Indiewire]

Five Things We Learned at Tribeca’s Goodfellas Reunion [Time Out]

As Goodfellas Turns 25, Here Are 25 Things You Never Knew About Martin Scorsese’s Mobster Flick [Daily News]

Saturday night’s screening event Q&A was moderated by Jon Stewart. Absent from the proceedings were director Martin Scorsese, currently in Taiwan filming new movie project Silence, and Joe Pesci. Intriguingly, as noted by various outlets, last week’s Black Mass trailer scene featuring Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger was seen to very much be channeling Pesci’s most famous outburst in the 1990 Scorsese classic.

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Yahoo CMO Disputes Newspaper’s Katie Couric Calculations

Unbeige - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 20:00

There are several intriguing tidbits in today’s Wall Street Journal article about Katie Couric that are tied to unnamed sources “familiar with the matter.” These involve Couric’s alleged annual salary as a Yahoo marquee interviewer and the state of her current contract renewal talks.

There are also, from reporters Keach Hagey and Douglas MacMillan, some other informative nuts and bolts about how Couric and Yahoo have been learning to consistently draw viewers to her online programs. Culminating with this:

All told, Ms. Couric has generated about 118 million views at Yahoo since coming on full-time in June, growing each quarter. If each of these were attached to a video ad sold at the market rate for premium online video of between $15 to $25 per one-thousand views, according to media buyers, then those views have generated revenue equal to about half her salary. That doesn’t count additional revenue from major sponsorships and a Snapchat deal.

Kathy Savitt, Yahoo’s chief marketing officer, who also oversees Yahoo’s content, disputes such back-of-the-envelope math. \"We believe Katie’s tenure at Yahoo has been accretive to our business, accretive to our users, and accretive to the overall Yahoo brand,\" she said.

Couric’s biggest individual show so far was was when she sat down with embattled actor Stephen Collins. One can only imagine the views she might get if she was somehow able to convince Bill Cosby to do an interview with her.

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Using Distractions to Your Advantage and Other Efficiency Tips for Freelancers

Unbeige - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 18:41

It’s easy to feel guilty when you freelance. Even if you spend longer than an average workday at your computer, work weekends, nights–you probably still feel you’re not doing enough. The problem may be that you are working too much, not too little, and it’s slowing you down.

Listen to what your body is telling you the next time you get so lost in the interwebs you’ve forgotten the original reason you went online in the first place. Rather than it being a situation you need to push through, it may be a stopping point:

As for social media, if I find myself checking Facebook every two minutes, I take a moment to assess why I’m feeling the need to switch gears. Sometimes it’s my subconscious trying to tell me I need a legitimate break — a snack, a moment away from the computer or even human interaction.

For more tips to maximize your freelance workday and workload, read: 7 Ways to Be a More Productive Freelance Writer

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WSJ. Magazine Catches Up with the ‘Beethoven of Noodges’

Unbeige - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 18:00

IanSchragerWorksCoverA new book and three New York City hotels. In honor of all this forthcoming activity, Andrew Goldman has put together a wonderful profile of hotelier Ian Schrager.

The \"Beethoven of noodges\" mantle is bestowed by Goldman following a description of how Schrager is still driven crazy by green floorboards in the designer’s NYC apartment. Schrager, at great expense, had most of the offending bits of floorboard removed. But a few could not easily be extracted and hence, remind to this day of some stain gone wrong. Overall though, Schrager makes no apoligies for his fastidiousness:

\"People don’t come in and say, ‘I love the bathroom because the grout marks are a 16th of an inch,’ \" he says [of 1984 opened hotel Morgans]. \"But they come in and it just kind of viscerally feels good. I can’t say which one of these details even makes them feel that way. Maybe none of them. But every project I’ve ever done, it always comes out good at the end of the day, so there’s a redemption.\"

The New York Edition, created in partnership with Marriott, opens on Madison Avenue next month. Public New York opens in 2016, and a second New York Edition hotel, in Times Square, is slated to open in 2017. And per Goldman, the coffee table accessory arriving May 5 sounds fabulous:

The book is also a compendium of America’s glamorous set cutting loose at Schrager’s places, whether it’s Baryshnikov and Liza Minnelli dancing at Studio 54 in the ’70s, Madonna showered in rose petals at Palladium in the ’80s, Calvin Klein and David Geffen sunning themselves at the Delano in the ’90s or Tom Ford and Donatella Versace sharing secrets at the Gramercy Park Hotel a few years ago. Schrager has never relaxed at any of his venues and, amazingly, never indulged in a particular rite of fabulous New Yorkers of a certain age. \"He certainly never danced at Studio 54,\" says one close friend, designer Norma Kamali, his girlfriend in those days. \"I never felt comfortable,\" Schrager says. \"It was my office.\"

[Jacket cover courtesy: Rizzoli]
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Daily News Loses Two

Unbeige - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 17:39

The New York Daily News is losing two talented staffers. Brooklyn courts reporter Oren Yaniv and transit reporter Pete Donohue are both departing, according to Capital New York.

Yaniv has worked for the Daily News since 2004. He is leaving to join the office of district attorney Ken Thompson as a senior communications officer.

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Unbeige - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 16:24’s disappearance continues. The latest sign that the style site is finished? According to WWD, Condé Nast is transforming into an e-commerce destination and folding any editorial content into’s end was written on the wall last year. In a move that signaled all was not well with the site,’s publisher Matt Rice began reporting to Vogue’s publisher Susan Plagemann. Likewise,’s editor—Dirk Standen—started reporting to Vogue’s editor, Anna Wintour. Then, just a month later,—the print extension of—was folded.

Now, with becoming a shopping site, one question remains: What’s going to happen to’s staffers?

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New York Press Club Award Winners Announced

Unbeige - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 15:55

The winners of The New York Press Club Awards for Journalism have been announced. Awards are given out for more than 25 categories, so click through to see them all. Below are the winners of the awards exclusive to the New York Press Club.

(Single Award) Outstanding enterprise or investigative reporting.

“Death on Rikers Island”
Jake Pearson
The Associated Press

(Single Award) Best journalistic effort by an individual with three years or less professional experience.

“Taylor Strikes a Chord”
Jack Dickey

Story or series that is most complimentary of New York City.

“How Sweet It Is: Riding in the Candy Cab”
George Bodarky

“Clown Care – When Laughter Heals”
Alix Cohen

“WSJ Urban Gardner”
Ralph Gardner Jr.
The Wall Street Journal

“How NYC Works”
Roger Clark, Davide Cannaviccio, Jessica Steiner, Dan Komarinetz, Yoojin Lin, Ryan Cooney and Michael Dudley
NY1 News

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Writers Uncomfortable with Charlie Hebdo Honor Withdraw from PEN Gala

Unbeige - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 15:40

When the Pen American Center presents its Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo on May 5 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, at least six host organization members will by choice not be present. Per a report Sunday in the New York Times, novelists Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner and Taiye Selasi have withdrawn from the gala in protest:

Mr. Carey, in an email interview Saturday, said the award stepped beyond the group’s traditional role of protecting freedom of expression against government oppression. “A hideous crime was committed, but was it a freedom-of-speech issue for PEN America to be self-righteous about?” he wrote.

“All this is complicated by PEN’s seeming blindness to the cultural arrogance of the French nation,” Carey added, “which does not recognize its moral obligation to a large and disempowered segment of their population.”

PEN American president Andrew Solomon sent an email to organization trustees on Sunday, acknowledging the withdrawals but also defending – per AP – the “appropriateness” of the Courage award. Salman Rushdie, a former PEN president, told the Times he thinks the decision by Ondaatje, Carey and the others is “horribly wrong.”

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Journalists Beaten, Arrested by Baltimore Police

Unbeige - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 15:20

Another night of protests, another case of police seemingly abusing their power. While covering the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore, two journalists—J.M. Giordano and Sait Serkan Gurbuz—Baltimore City Paper’s photo editor and a Reuters photographer, respectively, were allegedly mistreated by the city’s cops.

Giordano was knocked to the ground by police after someone in the crowd behind him threw a rock. “They just swarmed over me,” Giordano told City Paper. “I got hit. My head hit the ground. They were hitting me, then someone pulled me out.”

Serkan Gurbuz was arrested but was later released. He was cited for disorderly conduct.

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Linked: Google Maps Leak

Brand new - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 15:19
A vetted Google Map contributor placed an image of Google's Android bot logo peeing on top of the Apple logo south of the Pakistani town of Rawalpindi. Apple plans to toilet-paper Google's HQ in retaliation.... Armin
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Noted: <![CDATA[New Logo and Identity for Demarest by TR&Uuml;F Creative]]&gt;

Brand new - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 15:08
"Founded in 2011, Demarest Films is a film and television production and financing company. Demarest has produced several films to date including Neil Jordan's Byzantium, starring Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Jonny Lee Miller and Sam Riley; Max Nichols' Two Night Stand, starring Miles Teller and... Armin
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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Unbeige - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 15:00



(Images: Newseum)

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Reviewed: New Name, Logo, and Identity for Salt by Publicis

Brand new - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 13:20
Orange entered the telecommunications market in Switzerland in 1999 as the third mobile operator and has to grown to 1.6 million customers. In 2011, Apax partners bought Orange Switzerland from its owner, France Télécom, and kept the well-recognized brand name by licensing it, which is... Armin
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Creative Cloud Chronicles: Say Hello to My Little Friend - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 00:00

The Creative Cloud is now on your wrist, at least if you're one of those sporting an Apple Watch. The first reviews are just coming in but it's safe to say that many Apple-based Creative Cloud subscribers will purchase the Watch this year.

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Marilyn Monroe Emerges from the Archives of Bert Stern

Unbeige - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 17:00

Simply spectacular. The centerpiece of \"From the Archive of Bert Stern,\" a new exhibit at the Staley-Wise Gallery at 560 Broadway, are three dozen photographs of Marilyn Monroe. Many of the pictures have never before been publicly displayed.

A trio of snaps from the famous 1962 Vogue magazine shoot known as “The Last Sitting” have orange marks drawn across them, an indication that Monroe did not want them used. In all cases, Monroe was obviously completely at ease with the late Stern, who passed away in 2013.

The Staley-Wise Gallery first began working with Stern in 1982 and continues to be the exclusive dealer for his estate. Other photos in the exhibit, which runs through May 25, feature Marlon Brando, Kate Moss, Twiggy and Elizabeth Taylor.

The exhibit comes on the heels of recent feature documentary Bert Stern: The Original Mad Man. Vanity Fair called the film an \"unflinching portrait of the first photographer superstar,\" while Seattle Times’ Moira Macdonald suggested that ‘If Don Draper had been a photographer… Well, he might have been a bit like Bert Stern.’ The documentary spawned a lawsuit last fall.
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Cecily Strong Asks Media to do The Impossible

Unbeige - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 16:18

Cecily Strong’s performance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was impressive. Not just because she opened by saying “It just feels right to have a woman follow President Obama, doesn’t it?” Her monologue was great because she asked the gathered media to do the impossible: Not discuss Hillary Clinton’s appearance during the election season.

“Alright guys, this next part is a repeat-after-me, so I’m going to need your help here,” said Strong (14:55 mark). “I want all the media to put their hands up and swear something this election season, okay? ‘I solemnly swear, not to talk about Hillary’s appearance, because that is not journalism.'”

How long do you think the media will abide by that pledge?

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