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For the Love of Tools

Creativebits - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 13:27

It wasn't so long ago that "graphic artist" was a trade like most others, with a set of skills and practices that traced their origins back decades, if not centuries. In those days designers were surrounded in their studios by tools, few of which remain in widespread use in the digital age. But as designers, our love of tools, and a sense of the importance of the hand of the creator, remains. Just think of Photoshop's Pencil, Pen, Brush and Eraser tools — it's clear that we're still closely attached to the notion of using tools, even if they're just metaphors of real-world counterparts.

If you're a big fan of tools, you'll probably want to check out the latest offering from Pop Chart. This small firm has made a name for itself with its goal "to render all of human experience in chart form." While this might take some time to complete, along the way we've been treated to some worthy infographics, available as large-format prints. Now comes The Chart of Hand Tools, which packs 300 carefully-rendered tools into a 24by26-inch space, printed on archival stock with brass and aluminum metallic inks, priced at $32.

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Noted: New Name and Logo for The Tonight Show by Pentagram

Brand new - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 13:06
"The Tonight Show is an American late-night talk show that has aired on NBC since 1954. Currently recorded in Los Angeles, it is the longest currently running, regularly scheduled entertainment program in the United States and the third-longest-running show on NBC after Meet the Press... Armin http://www.underconsideration.com
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Reviewed: New Name, Logo, and Identity for the Charlotte Hornets

Brand new - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 12:58
Originally established in 1988 as an expansion team in the NBA, the Charlotte Hornets became one of the league's most exciting teams — best demonstrated by an impressive streak of 364 consecutive sold-out home games — in the 1990s until the start of the 2002... Armin http://www.underconsideration.com
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Extreme Design Documentary Follows Stanford D.School Students

Unbeige - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 12:30

Design for extreme affordability. That’s the challenge presented by one course at Stanford University’s Institute of Design (better known as the d.school); how students address it—drawing on methods from engineering and industrial design in combination with ideas from the arts, tools from the social sciences, and insights from the business world—is the subject of a new documentary. In Extreme by Design, now available on iTunes, filmmakers Ralph King Jr. and Michael Schwarz follow d.schoolers as they create and test potentially life-saving products for those in the developing countries they visit. Here’s the trailer:

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Twitter Along with UnBeige

Unbeige - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:44

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Famed literary critic Lionel Trilling once described Henry James as a “social twitterer.” Sure, he meant it as an insult, but it makes us feel better about having jumped on the microblogging bandwagon. Look to the official UnBeige Twitter feed, for up-to-the-minute newsbites, event snippets, links of interest, design trivia, and free candy (OK, we’re still working on the physics of that last one). The Mediabistro tech wizards have added to the sidebar at right a handful of our most recent word bursts, but you can sign up to follow all of our twittering here.

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Adobe Summit 2014: The Digital Marketing Conference set for March in Salt Lake City

Graphics.com - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 00:00

Adobe claims that "Marketing in a digital world is increasingly complex, but savvy marketers now have more opportunities than ever before to successfully reach consumers and deliver results."

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Announced: The Best and Worst Identities of 2013, Part 5: Most Liked Friday Likes

Brand new - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 14:14
Here are the 12 most liked individual projects from Friday Likes based solely on the percentage achieved through the polls. No commentary provided on this one. Also:Part 1, The Best ReviewedPart 2, The Worst ReviewedPart 3, The Best NotedPart 4, The Worst Noted... Armin http://www.underconsideration.com
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Watch: IKEA, the Final Frontier

Unbeige - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 12:28

In the deepest reaches of an IKEA superstore, no one can hear you scream. OK, so they can hear you, but they cannot be bothered to listen, because who can heed the anguished cries of others when attempting to decide between the Söderhamn (in Replösa? in Isefall?) and the Härnösand, or maybe the Tidafors, but what about the Strandmon (does that still come in Skiftebo)? Grab your morning course of meatballs, pull up an Esbjörn, and treat yourself to Daniel Hubbard‘s dramatic reenactment of the lost-in-IKEA-by-way-of-Alfonso-Cuaron‘s-Gravity experience. We think it’s out of this world.

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Volvo Gives Illustrators Sneak Peek at Latest Concept Car

Unbeige - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 12:10

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Pining for the fjords. An image of the Volvo Concept XC Coupe in Norway.

Volvo is keeping its Concept XC Coupe under wraps—mostly. In advance of the big reveal later this month in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show, the company has released a lone image (above), in which the vehicle—”inspired by modern high-tech sports equipment”—plays peek-a-boo with Snøhetta’s Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion in Hjerkinn, Norway. The next phase of Volvo’s curiosity-piquing campaign was to offer a sneak peak at the Concept XC Coupe, the second in a line of three concept cars, to six illustrators: Mark Riddick, Lovisa Burfitt, Blair Frame, David Puckney, Jesper Waldersten, and Gary Barker each had the opportunity to look at and interpret the car. Here’s what they each came up with…
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Quote of Note | Robin Derrick

Unbeige - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 05:10

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“The branding for the logo was designed to make the magazine look like it had been on the shelf for 50 years, and the challenge was to make it look both classical and also capture the digital newsness of the brand all at the same time. The capital-height lower case ‘e’ is given an italic emphasis to feminize the design, and is a subliminal wink towards the online functionality.”

-Robin Derrick, creative director of Porter, the print magazine from Net-a-porter that debuts next month.

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Inside Bitcoins Conference Set for April in New York City

Graphics.com - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 00:00
The two-day conference will explore such topics as the future of currency, financial technology business trends, investment strategies and opportunities.
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TYPO San Francisco Conference Set for April

Graphics.com - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 00:00
The latest in the series of International Design Talks will have "Rhythm" as its theme.
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TYPO San Francisco Conference Set for April

Graphics.com - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 00:00
The latest in the series of International Design Talks will have "Rhythm" as its theme.
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The Missing Ink: Philip Hensher Explores Lost Art of Handwriting

Unbeige - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 19:18

With thank-you note season in full swing, Lauren Palmer take a closer look at the endangered species that is handwriting. Here’s her take on Philip Hensher‘s The Missing Ink, recently released in paperback by Faber & Faber.

missing ink coverBack when I was in kindergarten, I remember entering the classroom on Monday mornings and marveling at the new letter of the alphabet displayed in masking tape in the center of the floor. One huge letterform in either capital or lowercase, print or cursive, to be traced with our tiny steps before our tiny hands put pen to paper. For the next six years, I was taught the art of handwriting through tedious in-class drills and homework assignments. I can look back now and praise my teachers for instructing me on how to write legibly. Yet the years of typing and texting since have turned my script into a hybrid scrawl: messy, unfocused, and decidedly illegible.

Is handwriting inextricably linked to personality? Does poor script mean moral failure, or vice versa? Philip Hensher evaluates these ideas put forth by early graphologists in The Missing Ink. It’s fascinating to think that one’s handwriting was once a signifier of suitability for a job, or a mate. With examples and analysis taken from literature, psychology, and product design, Hensher examines how penmanship “is what registers our individuality, and the mark which our culture has made on us.”
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Mark Your Calendar: Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston’s Wordless!

Unbeige - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 12:02

wordlessTry as we might, we can never get enough of Art Spiegelman—in the unlikely event that you disagree, treat yourself to a copy of Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps (Drawn and Quarterly). That illuminating and illuminated volume also functions as a catalogue of sorts for the Spiegelfest on view through March 23 at New York’s Jewish Museum. The outside-of-the-box comics/art fun moves from the page to the wall to the stage on Saturday, January 18, when BAM presents Wordless!. Billed as “an innovative hybrid of slides, talk, and musical performance,” the work was created by Spiegelman and jazz composer Phillip Johnston as a commission for the Sydney Opera House. Tickets are going fast. Prepare for the evening of multisensory stimulation with this Spiegelvideo from the Jewish Museum:

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Announced: The Best and Worst Identities of 2013, Part 4: The Worst Noted

Brand new - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 13:45
Here are the 12 worst identities of 2013 from the Noted section of Brand New. Minimal commentary added to each selection. Also:Part 1, The Best ReviewedPart 2, The Worst ReviewedPart 3, The Best Noted... Armin http://www.underconsideration.com
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Art Directors Club Convinces Milton Glaser, James Victore to Feed Their Art to Laser Cat

Unbeige - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 01:03

The feline world takeover continues apace, one adorable kitten Vine at a time. Cats have even infiltrated the highest reaches of the creative community, as evidenced by the Laser Cat that has been gobbling up the work of designers such as Stefan Sagmeister, Milton Glaser and Sue Walsh, Kevin O’Callaghan, and James Victore, with plans to project the artworks onto Miami’s Bass Museum of Art. Then it’s onto the moon. Say what?

Laser Cat is an art installation dreamed up by Barcelona-based Hungry Castle, also known as Dave Glass and Kill Cooper. The poptastic duo has joined forces with O’Callaghan, the original Mr. Big Stuff, to create a giant cat armed with powerful “laser” projectors that will be part of the Art Directors Club’s 93rd Annual Awards + Festival of Art and Craft in Advertising and Design, which takes April 7–9 2014 in Miami Beach. Still confused? Just watch these videos—pew, pew!


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Design Jobs: MRM, Living In Media, Photo District News

Unbeige - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 19:00

This week, MRM is hiring an art director, while Living In Media is seeking an editorial graphic designer. Photo District News magazine needs a designer, and the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association is on the hunt for a marketing communications writer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Art Director MRM (Salt Lake City, UT) Magazine Graphic Designer – Editorial Living In Media (Colts Neck, NJ) Designer Photo District News (New York, NY) Marketing Communications Writer Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (Whitestone, NY) Designer Cultural Vistas (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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Chinese Artists Will Transform Your Instagrams into Oil Paintings

Unbeige - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 13:40

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Watch your back, Richard Estes. A photo and, at right, the resulting Pixelist painting.

Make 2014 the year that your Instagram masterworks break free of their pixellated prisons and start a new life as…photorealist oil paintings! That’s the transformative promise of Pixelist. The startup offers handmade oil paintings of any image you can capture or create, with “commissions” starting at $150. How? A bunch of willing and able Chinese painters sourced by founder Will Freeman, an Emory grad now based in Hong Kong. He made time to answer a few questions about the burgeoning business.

pixelist exampleHow did you get the idea to start Pixelist?
Pixelist came from a love of all things custom and creative. We’ve spent years designing our own clothes, shoes, furniture, and art and hunting for the best craftspeople to bring them to life. So we were naturally attracted to the idea of harnessing the popularity of Instagram to revive commissioned painting.

That part really describes me and my years in China and Hong Kong. But my business partner, Conor Colwell, originally came up with the idea. Conor and I used to work together and would always bat around startup ideas on our lunch break. I took him to visit one of China’s “art villages” in Shenzhen and he was hugely impressed by the painting quality. Conor has always been into Instagram, so he thought it would be a great way to immortalize photos people already loved. I loved the idea because I was already deeply into getting things custom made.
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Smithsonian Acquires Video Games

Unbeige - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 13:03

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Flower, which co-creator Jenova Chen has likened to “video game poetry,” is now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The Museum of Modern Art isn’t the only cultural institution shopping for video games. In the wake of its 2012 “The Art of Video Games” exhibition, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has added to its permanent collection Flower by Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago of thatgamecompany and Halo 2600 by Ed Fries. “The best video games are a great expression of art and culture in our democracy,” said Elizabeth Broun, the museum’s director, in a statement announcing the acquisitions. “I am excited that this new medium is now a permanent part of our collections alongside other forms of video, electronic, and code-based art.”
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