December 2008 Archive

  • Dec 22
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Microwave “Jingle Bells” from AKQA

I’ll try to put aside my reservations about wasted electrical power on this one. Not to mention unnecessary material consumption (what did they do with all those microwaves afterwards?). Happy Holidays!


Categories: Musings

  • Dec 18
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PBS launches Helvetica mini-site

As part of the build-up to Helvetica’s US television debut, PBS has launched a fairly extensive mini-site with loads of info, clips, and other treats. Helvetica will be broadcast nationwide on Tuesday, January 6th, but check your local PBS listings for exact date and time in your area.

Play the What Font Are You? game… I did, and apparently, I’m Times New Roman!


Categories: Helvetica

  • Dec 17
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Graham Wood at IFC Center this Friday

Attention graphics geeks: Graham Wood, a founding member of design group Tomato and now with JWT in New York, will be doing a Q&A with director Stephen Kijak at this Friday’s screening of Scott Walker: 30 Century Man. Graham did the motion graphics and animation for the film.

Graham and Stephen will be doing a Q&A after the 7:40pm screening. Get tickets.

Categories: Musings

  • Dec 17
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The godlike genius of Scott Walker

As a lot of you know, I’m a big music documentary fan. There’s an excellent one premiering here in New York this week: Scott Walker – 30 Century Man. Walker was a teen heartthrob in Britain’s swinging ’60s pop scene (with hits like “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”) but then completely withdrew from the fame game and for the last 40 years he’s been making dark, dense, complex solo records. Oh, and did I mention the movie stars David Bowie (who also executive produced the film), Radiohead, Jarvis Cocker, Brian Eno, Damon Albarn, Neil Hannon, Marc Almond, Alison Goldfrapp, and Sting? All big Walker fans. If you don’t know his music, you need to. Now.

It’s playing at the IFC Center Theaters for one week only, starting tonight. If you’re here in NYC, check it out… it’ll also be playing in a dozen other US cities in the next few months. Here’s the trailer. I love the snippet from his Jacques Brel cover Jackie. I remember when I first heard it, I thought he was singing, “…about the time they called me Shaggy.” Heh heh.


Categories: Musings

  • Dec 10
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Domo Arigato, Mr. Tripodo

I did some street shooting here in New York over the weekend, getting some b-roll footage of shopping/consumerism. I took a break to get some lunch, and when I sat down at a table, I stood my camera tripod up and leaned it against the wall of the restaurant. While I was eating, a little boy probably three years old walked up to my table, staring at the tripod. It was about the same height as he was, and he was really fascinated by it.

Then, cautiously, he asked the tripod, “Are you a robot?”

The tripod did not respond.

“Hi there,” I said.

He looked up at me for a second, then back at the tripod.

“Are you a robot?” he asked it again.

“Yes, he is a robot,” I told him. “But he’s taking a nap.”

“Ohhhhh,” the boy nodded. He stared very intently at the tripod-robot for another minute, then his dad came over and got him and they left.


Categories: Musings

Design world notes:

IDEO and Smart Design help Ford with fuel efficient design thinking.

Core77 picks 77 Design Gifts under $77

MUJI Award 03 winners announced

Throwback item: Pentagram redesigns Christmas circa 2006:

Categories: Design News

Andrew Blauvelt, Walker Art Center

Andrew reveals the design secrets of a Japanese toothpick:

Categories: Production Stills

Free Helvetica screenings all month!

In advance of the US television premiere of Helvetica on January 6th, ITVS and PBS have organized free screenings of the film in dozens of cities across the country as part of their Community Cinema program. See the film free in your city this month:

December 3
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland CA, USA
James Moore Theatre, 6pm, free.

December 4
Missouri History Museum, St. Louis MI, USA
7:00pm, free.

December 4
The Rotunda, Philadelphia PA, USA
6:30pm, free.

December 4
Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka CA, USA
6pm, free.

December 4
Busboys and Poets, Washington DC, USA
6:30pm, free.

December 6
Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saratoga Springs NY, USA
3:00pm, free.

December 6
SIFF Cinema, Seattle WA, USA
Nelsholm Family Lecture Hall on the lower level of McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. 5:00pm, free.

December 7
Statesboro Regional Library, Statesboro GA, USA
4:00pm, free.

December 9
ISU Pond Student Union, Pocatello ID, USA
Bengal Theater, 5:15pm, free.

December 9
San Francisco Main Public Library, San Francisco CA, USA
Koret Auditorium, 6pm, free.

December 10
San Diego Public Library, San Diego CA, USA
Third Floor Auditorium, 6:30pm, free.

December 10
Starz FilmCenter, Denver CO, USA
7:00pm, free.

December 10
Florida International University, Miami FL, USA
8:00pm, free.

December 10
University of Evansville, Evansville IN, USA
Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall 251A. 7:00pm, free.

December 13
Boston Public Library, Boston MA, USA
Rabb Lecture Hall, 2:00pm, free.

December 16
The Aero Theatre, Santa Monica CA, USA
7:30pm, free.

December 17
Nashville Public Library, Nashville TN, USA
6:00pm, free.

December 18
College for Creative Studies, Detroit MI, USA
Wendell W. Anderson, Jr. Auditorium, 7:00pm, free.

December 19
Guerrilla Griots Media Arts Center, Ithica NY, USA
Henry St. John Building – Suite 103, 7:00pm, free.

December 20
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL, USA
2:00pm, free.

Categories: Helvetica

(RED)WIRE launches today

Today is World AIDS Day, and (RED) has collaborated with Objectified participants IDEO to launch a new digital music service, (RED)WIRE, to help fight AIDS in Africa. For $5 a month, you get an exclusive new song every week from artists like Bob Dylan, Cat Power, Elvis Costello, and Death Cab for Cutie, and 50% of that money goes directly to purchase anti-retroviral drugs for AIDS patients in African countries. Think of it as a digital music magazine that saves lives.

Categories: Design News

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