I am not generally starstruck; there's been too much evidence lately that the rich or famous are just like you and me, except less so. For many of them, I can only hope there really is a hell. But I find myself suspending cynicism and disbelief at the AIGA's Design Legends Gala each year, as I did once again last Thursday evening at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan. You find yourself in the presence of generations of extraordinary talent who have made communications history, broken boundaries, and shaped the look of commerce and culture. It is hard not to sense that you are in the presence of extraordinary thinkers and innovators and leaders and giants. As anyone who has attended the Gala can attest, just observing the scene of so many accomplished people spanning distances and years evokes a warm and fuzzy feeling that cannot be explained simply by the existence of an open bar.
— Gordon Kaye
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The Good Web
Making The Summer Cool
The Bridgeman Buzz goes modern this month. Check out the work of Anne Truitt: a pioneer of 1960s American Minimalism, as well as new work by leading Bridgeman contemporary artists, and more.
You love to socialize on Facebook, but when it comes to business, it's important to "save face" by ensuring that you don't inadvertently hinder your professional prospects. Following are five common scenarios and tips for handing them like a pro:
1. You're Tagged In An Embarrassing Photo. Untag yourself and change your privacy settings so photos are viewable only by your close friends.
2. You're Friended By Someone You Don't Want To Connect With. It might be best to accept friend requests from colleagues to avoid slighting them, but add them to a "work" list and adjust your privacy settings so you can effectively separate your job from your personal life.
3. You're Considering Friending Your Boss. It may seem like a natural extension of amiable office small talk, but think twice before proactively friending your boss. It could become awkward for both of you.
4. You Want To Join Various Groups. You should join groups that interest you. But if you have colleagues in your network and don't want them to see the groups you join, remember to adjust your application settings.
5. You're Crazy About Quizzes. Stop and think before taking online quizzes and posting the results to your Facebook page — unless you want professional contacts to know which Gilligan's Island character you most resemble.
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Seymour: The Obsessive
Images of Seymour Chwast...
Sagmeister: Made You Look...
Bibliographic: 100 Classic
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Shop Image Graphics in Paris...
Color Harmony Compendium
"More Steve McQueen than Steven
Seagal." That was the design brief for Tungsten, that rarest
of species, a compact and sporty sans serif that's disarming instead
of pushy — not just loud, but persuasive. Flat-sided sans
serifs have been a vital part of graphic design since its very
beginning. A few years ago, the type designers at Hoefler
Frere-Jones started wondering if there was a way to make a
typeface in this genre that was disarming instead of brutish,
one that employed confidence and subtlety instead of just raw
testosterone. The solution: reducing the letterforms not to
circles and squares, but to a manageable set of stated
interrelationships — between inside and outside, uppercase
and lowercase, and one letter and the next — that could be
applied with equal consistency throughout the design. The
result: Tungsten, a tight family of high-impact fonts that
doesn't sacrifice wit, versatility, or style.
September 24-25. Houston
TX. Association of Professional Design Firm Leadership Forum: Rethinking
Firm Compensation. Consultant John Gleason looks at how our firms
are compensated. At the Hotel Zaza.
September 24. Birmingham
AL. A traveling version of the Mohawk Show, at the Four Corners
Gallery. The show honors work produced on Mohawk paper. The judges
were Alice Chung, William Drenttel, and Jessica Helfand and Ellen Lupton.
September 26. Denver CO. Annual
showcase of the Art Directors Club of Denver. It takes place at the
Sherman Events Center.
September 29-October 2. Chicago
IL. NPTA Alliance Convention. Each year leaders of the paper and packaging
industry — distributors and suppliers alike — meet, network,
plan for the future, and solidify relationships.
September 30. New York
NY. Printing Industries Alliance (PIA) has scheduled its annual
Franklin Event at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers. "Over 500 CEOs
and senior executive decision makers attended this event last
September — and we expect the same this year," says Event
Chair Diane Romano of HudsonYards.
October 1. Minneapolis
MN. Luncheon Series 2009: Off the Page-How Companies Use Smart
Design To Shape Their Business Success. At the International
Market Square with Little & Company Vice President, Creative
Director Joe Cecere.
October 2-4. Nisswa MN.
The theme of the AIGA Minnesota Design Camp is Spot-On Inspiration...
Where the stain of an unfinished idea becomes a thing of promising
October 3. Baltimore MD.
After Effects CS4 for Designers at the University of Baltimore: Digital
Design Studio. A look at this software's ability to create compelling
motion graphics and visual effects.
October 4. Brooklyn NY. Type
Directors Club Lettering Walk. The destination this time is the
Brooklyn waterfront: Fulton Ferry, Dumbo, and Vinegar Hill. If time
and weather permit we may finish by walking across the Brooklyn
Bridge into Manhattan.
October 5. Rochester NY. Stefan
Sagmeister presents "Design and Happiness." He has placed his
personal maxims, published in Things I Have Learned in Life So Far, all
over the world, in spaces usually occupied by advertisements, promotions,
billboards and other projects. It is sponsored by Gannett.
October 8-11. Memphis TN.
AIGA National. "Make/Think" is the 2009 AIGA Design Conference,
exploring the dual roles of designers as makers of beautiful things
and strategic problem solvers.
October 9-November 7. New York
NY. The School of Visual Arts presents The Wilde Years: Four Years of
Shaping Visual Culture. Organized in recognition of Department Chair
Richard Wilde's 40th anniversary at the college.
October 14. New York NY. Free
registration to Picturehouse, the only event of its kind bringing together
the buyers of stock imagery with the suppliers, all in one key location, all
in one day. It takes place at the Metropolitan Pavillion in Manhattan, and
is free to GDUSA readers but you must register in advance at...
October 16. Miami FL. PACA, the
trade association of stock image companies, is focusing on social media
and new technologies its 14th Annual International Conference. It takes
place at Eden Roc resort and spa.
October 18-20. Cambridge MA.
Design, Complexity, and Change is the Design Management Institute's 34th
Annual conference. In collaboration with MIT. The conference is about
people and practices that are designing at the edge of change.