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Graphic Design Prominent In Triennial
New York NY
The third National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, which spotlights experimental design and emerging ideas at the center of American culture, is open until July 29. "Design Life Now," as the exhibition is entitled, gathers work from many areas, including animation, new media, fashion, robotics, architecture, product design and medical design. Graphic design features prominently. Artists whose work is represented include Rick Valicenti, Trollbäck & Company, Armin Vit, Planet Propaganda, Chip Kidd, Judy Geib plus alpha, Nicholas Blechman, Joshua Davis, Deborah Adler and many others.
Glaser Family Posters
Raise Darfur Awareness
New York NY
Posters intended to increase public awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur appeared throughout New York City over the last few months. The images were created by Milton Glaser, with funding from the School of Visual Arts, for the International Rescue Committee. A banner from the campaign appeared outside SVA headquarters, and posters were placed inside hundreds of subway cars and station platforms. The campaign calls attention to what Glaser describes as "one of the great humanitarian crises of our time. It is our job to keep up the pressure against this despicable event. The European Holocaust was a demonstration of how human indifference added to a disaster." The posters link Sudanese families to families in America. The tagline — "500 Family Members Killed Today and Every Day" — emphasizes the massive nature of the crisis.
Smog Lifts On Gonzo Journalist
Los Angeles CA
Gonzo, a visual biography of Hunter S. Thompson, the famed wild man and "gonzo" journalist, is the debut production from Ammo Books. Designed by Smog Design, the book features hundreds of photographs, some by Thompson himself. Gonzo covers Thompson's stint as a foreign correspondent in Puerto Rico, his time in Big Sur CA during the 60's, his travels with the Hell's Angels, his campaign for Sheriff of Pitkin County in 1970 and many personal moments with friends and family. Johnny Depp, who played Thompson in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998), penned the introduction. Creative credits go to John Heiden and Ryan Corey of Smog, based in Los Angeles.
Hardcore Mountain Athletes Exposed
Cloudveil Mountain Works, makers of mountain clothing, tapped TDA Advertising & Design to create a series of lighthearted print ads that expose the secret rituals of hardcore mountain athletes. A classic example: One piece depicts a skier carrying a cafeteria tray piled high with ketchup and soup crackers. The campaign emphasizes Cloudveil's credibility with the hardcore skiing and mountain climbing community. Credits go to Creative Director and copywriter Jonathan Schoenberg, art directors Alex Rice and Thomas Dooley, copywriter Justin Horrigan and photographer Brooks Freehill. Cloudveil is a division of Fila USA.
Moving In Results In Moving Profiles
New York NY
1919 Design NY crafted a heart-touching annual report for ImClone Systems, makers of the cancer drug Erbitux. Entitled "Getting [beyond] Cancer," the annual uses words and photography to profile, three cancer survivors who benefited from Erbitux. The intimate book — Art Director and photographer Peter Klueger actually moved in with subjects to capture their daily lives — underscores the benefit of ImClone's work: namely, extending lives. Says Klueger, "We pitched the concept of profiling real people with real stories. Our job is to find the emotional connection and combine it with the logic of the message. The more truthfully and genuinely told, the more you connect with the audience." Nick Wollner, the founder 1919, was copywriter on the annual.
G2 Interprets Pantone Chip
as Window on Creativity
At the center of a new brand identity for Pantone is a contemporary reinterpretation of the iconic Pantone chip. Developed in collaboration with G2 Branding and Design, the logo departs from the traditional solid color chip, instead evoking an open window or a lens — a metaphor suggesting the power of Pantone tools and expertise to open up designers to creative inspiration. A new brand line, "The Color of Ideas," reflects the company's role as a stimulator of ideas and creativity. Says President Richard Herbert, "We decided to change our brand identity to convey the company's transformation as we expand our product line to include innovative products that help a broader creative audience use color."
Young GUNS Book presents
big talent in small size
New York NY
Alan Dye, formerly design director at Kate Spade and now senior designer at Apple, fashioned the fifth ADC Young Guns book in a small, solid format that "creates a greater sense of intimacy." The limited edition book documents ADC's fifth biennial showcase of exceptional talent aged 30 and younger. Produced in collaboration with Moleskine, ADC Young Guns 5 is a custom-designed version of the legendary little notebooks prized by artists and designers going back to the 19th century. It is 3.5"x5.5", bound in black leather, with a suede-like deboss of the ADC Young Guns antlers logo. International in scope, the book features 63 young professionals from the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, Spain and Croatia.
Fossil Book Preaches Tinspiration
A coffeetable book by Fossil, the watchmaker known for bringing fashion and style to consumer products, showcases hundreds of the company's unique and creative signature tins from the last two decades. Conceived as more than just a container, the tins have long delivered a fun and vintage brand message to millions of consumers worldwide, and the iconic boxes are often sold and traded at flea markets and antique shops worldwide. The book is entitled TINSPIRATION: The Art and Inspiration of Fossil Tin.