I tried using intensedebate for comments but, I could never get it to work with Tumblr properly. I recently found DISQUS and it worked, basically, from the get go.
The comment link is under the post on the left. The number of comments for the post is above it to the right. I am working on how to get the comment under the post but closer to it rather than the top of the post below it. I also want the number of comments for the post to be on the same line as the comments link.
“She went in to look around and came out of the back door and stood in the doorway in this red suit, and she said in her Southern accent, “Well, is this anything?” And I literally said to myself, “Oh my God.” I knew that was it. I had an Indian blanket from Mexico that served as the seat cover for my beat-up 1937 Chevy pickup with colors that, it just popped into my head, would match the suit. I’d like to make it sound like it was all planned. But it was a spontaneous, happy intersection of coincidence. I didn’t do anything. I just put her in a spot and asked her to turn it on. When I saw the film processed, I knew we’d gotten it — somewhere in these 36 frames, there’s a poster. I went back over to her house, and I showed her all the pictures. She told me later that she had picked out her top two favorites and marked them on the slides.”
Farah earned $5000 an episode for Chariles Angels and $400,000 in poster royalties in 1977!
“For Mike and Ted Trikilis, the two Ohio brothers who created the pinup, it was the engine that powered a multimillion-dollar poster empire called Pro Arts Inc. Before Farrah, they were just a couple of college dropouts, trying to make a quick buck selling black-light posters to hippies at Kent State. After her, they became celebrities in their own right, star-makers whose services were highly sought by Hollywood. Ted was even crowned “King of the Posters” byThe Washington Post.”
“As visual creatives, graphic designers are well informed about photography. They often carry around a camera, but rarely share the same concerns as professional photographers. As a result, the photographs they produce are distinctly unconventional and often appear in their design work - in fact, a glance at a designer’s personal photography will offer vital clues into their working methods and obsessions. Selected from the personal portfolios of the world’s most innovative and creative graphic designers, “Photographs by Graphic Designers” includes every type of photographic image, from macro details and funny moments, to found type, street scenes, rare objects, and monumental vistas. The book also includes personal portraits, quirky fashions, and organic and manmade colours, textures, and environments. Featuring work from big name international designers such as Armin Vit, Ellen Lupton, Sean Adams, Bryony Gomez-Palacio, Ann Willoughby, James Victore, Ed Fella, and Marian Bantjes, this is a unique and inspirational reference library of innovative imagery.”
Facebook is a way for an individual to have a brand network, so to speak. That is, a way to network who you are outward to a larger sphere.
Companies are using it to do this with products and services but, maybe for the first time, anyone can distribute their personal brand to an exclusive or not exclusive network.
OK, I know, this is not new. I saw a talk at one of the first ACD Living Surfaces conferences in Chicago by a guy who set up a social network for the gay community. (It was the first but I can’t remember the name.) That was in the mid 1990s and he talked about the potential but, none of the web was happening as much as it is now.
But I, like many others, joined Facebook for the first time in the past 6 months or less. Previously we may or may not have been on LinkedIn or maybe Myspace. Probably most adults were not on Myspace but are on Facebook now.
The numbers have become big and it starts to have potential cultural and creative shifts in how we think of each other and how we communicate. (Also, not new. Rick Poyner probably wrote about this years ago.)
Well, Facebook is much more interesting to me when I think of it this way.
Part of me is against it. One more time sucking distraction to pull us away from reality. But it is fascinating to catch up on decades lost from friends far away. To connect with designers on the other side of the planet.
I used “but” a bunch of times as I wrote this. This is the problem/promise of Facebook. To some, it looks like one thing, to others, it looks entirely different. To most it is a dichotomy or dissonance of problems and promises.
I’ve been thinking recently about film and design. This past evening I finally saw the 2001 documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures.
I knew most of what was in the documentary (I had three film history classes in undergraduate school, hung around with filmmakers and actors as a young man, and have seen thousands of movies before and since) but, it brought all the parts together and much of it has re-gelled in my mind.
Kubrick was a self trained genius. He started as a still photographer in high school (as did I). He was good too. A photo he shot post FDR’s death got him a job at Look magazine as a photographer. From there, he went on to become a film maker.
The crossover between photography, film, and design are present in many times and places. The Russian Constructivist Alexander Rodchenko was a photographer and designer. The Bauhaus was full of photographers and film makers. Brodovitch ended his career doing photography. Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell blend design and photo to the point where you are not sure if the type is image or the image is type.
Many designers are friends with photographers. The friendship of designer Malcom Grear and photographer Aaron Siskin comes to mind.
Designers can learn a lot about life, light, shadow, texture, pattern, composition, timing, editing, and many other features one finds in film and photography.
There are key films which I think all designers should see. If you can, you should try to see all or most of the Kubrick films.
In no particular order, here is my list of the Kubrick films design students should watch:
- 2001: A Space Odysey - again, details. There were no good color images of Earth from space at the time. But they got it pretty close to right, the sets are based on real information, and the film set the stage for future space films.
- Barry Lyndon - for this film, which most people will not like, what you want to look at is the incredible quality of color and light. The photography, sets, and costumes were mostly based on paintings from the period the film takes place in. The candle lit dinner scenes were shot with a Carl Zeiss Oberkocken Planar 50 mm lens designed for NASA to be used for dark side of the Moon photography with an f-stop of 0.7. For normal photographic purposes, this was and remains the fastest lens ever made. The lens was necessary as film stock was only around ISO 100 and the only light was that of actual candles. The narrow depth of field added an etherial quality to the scenes but was challenging for the actors to keep in the field of focus. More here
- Paths of Glory - a great anti war, war movie. Sometimes called the forgotten Kubrick movie but it uses many of the camera techniques and angles used in later films.
I’ll be adding to this list of “design movies” in time.
Here are some other movies to consider in the mean time:
Sullivan’s Travels, Foreign Correspondent, The Killing, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Blow-Up, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Manchurian Candidate (original), City of God, Grand Illusion, Amélie, North by Northwest, Rear Window, Vertigo, The Lives of Others, Joyeux Noel, My Girl Friday, Frida, Funny Face
There have been many many books written on Kubrick and there is much on the web too.
“The CCA MBA in Design Strategy program has compiled an index of the top 63 public companies internationally using design strategically in their organizations, for the 10 year period from January 1998 to January 2008. The index shows that for companies who invest in design and use it as part of their strategic management, on average, they’ve gained 274% of their value. This considerably beats all market averages and indexes for the same time period.”
Sure, OK. But really, design is not the entire picture. Many companies with well designed products and better services, were beaten by or taken over by horrible companies. Most of which, ended up in a big mess in the end.
Erik Spiekermann is formerly of MetaDesign then United Designers (not to be confused with Designers United of Greece) then SpiekermannPartners Berlin. Now there is edenspiekermann, a merger of Eden Design Amsterdam with SpiekermannPartners. Nice web site and work!
Hey, smoke, outdoors, on your own property only. Period.
“Probably the most important issue is that many people who claim not to smoke actually do. But they don’t smoke actively, with a cigarette stuck between their lips. Rather, they are passive smokers. This means that they breathe in the cigarette smoke that is exhaled by others.”
…“some have blamed the runaway success of Yellow Tail, with its distinctive wallaby logo, and of hoards of “critter label” imitators, for giving consumers the impression that Australian wine is a mass-market commodity. Others say it is glib to dismiss Yellow Tail, which is extremely successful in its niche, but they concede that the emphasis on low-cost, high-volume exports has damaged the rest of the sector.”
"PDN’s September issue will be devoted to celebrating The Concerned Photographer, highlighting photographers or photo organizations that have lent their time and talents to affecting positive change. We’ll be looking at both community-based and international projects, independent efforts and works done in partnership with charities and NGOs. They will be selected by the PDN editors on the basis of originality, ingenuity and in particular their impact. All projects must have been underway from June 2008 to present. To nominate a project or photographer, send sample images or a URL, a brief mission statement and a summary of the project’s impact and outcome to:firstname.lastname@example.org.”
“For more than 12 years, web designers have been held to a very limited selection of fonts to choose from. Most choose only “web safe” fonts that will display correctly across all browsers and all computer platforms. They specify fonts that are readily available and pre-installed on most people’s computers. You know the ones: Arial, Georgia, Helvetica, Times, Verdana, etc. There are only about a dozen fonts widely-used by web designers, although there are over 40,000 fonts available at a web font store like MyFonts.
“Ironically, the technical ability to select any font in the world for the text on your web page is already there. Almost. The solution most likely will be delivered via a simple HTML stylesheet feature called “@font-face” and Microsoft’s solution for Internet Explorer, called “.eot”.”
Well, the U.S. is 28th for upload and download speeds for broadband. Coming in at top download are Korea, Japan, and the Aland Islands (wherever the hell they are). We are behind Bulgaria, Romania, and Moldova, to name a few super high tech countries beating us. The top U.S stater for download speed is the great state of Delawar, home to corn, credit cards, and the V.P. - which is on par with that Eastern European tech giant, Bulgaria. Home to corn, more corn, and wine.
For upload, Notable is Japan at number 2. Who is number 1? Lithuania of course!
“Forty-one diners at the Spice Box restaurant in Urbana, Illinois were given a free glass of Cabernet Sauvignon to accompany a $24 prix-fixe French meal. Half the bottles claimed to be from Noah’s Winery in California. The labels on the other half claimed to be from Noah’s Winery in North Dakota. In both cases, the wine was an inexpensive Charles Shaw wine.
Those drinking what they thought was California wine, rated the wine and food as tasting better, and ate 11% more of their food. They were also more likely to make return reservations.”
“as a student at the yale school of art i became friends with one of my professors, paul rand. mr rand and i both collected all things written and designed by jan tschichold. on a particular visit to mr rand’s home he asked me to sit down, said he had something to show me. he went back to his library and returned with a completely tattered old book. the spine was broken and it was in a horrible state. of course i loved it.” from Design Observer
“I have done gift cards for Target that are in stores nationwide and animations for Nickelodeon that run 24 hours a day worldwide on cable TV,” Melinda Beck, an illustrator who is based in Brooklyn, wrote in an e-mail message to Google rejecting its offer. “Both of these jobs were high-profile and gave my work great exposure but both clients still paid me.”
“Forty-two percent of fliers said they would pay more — up to 10 percent of the cost of the ticket — in exchange for five additional inches of legroom. And the middle seat remains a scourge to avoid: When asked if they would consider squeezing into the middle if they could cozy up to star couples like Brad and Angelina, Ashton and Demi, or Tom and Giselle, more than half of fliers (56 percent) said they would decline.”
“Everybody knows the straight and narrow, up-and-out formula for American success: good grades, good scores, good college, big debt … good luck.
Maya and Tom Frost, say forget it. There’s a better way, they say. And the path leads abroad — early.
Stay home studying for SATs and taking on college debt, and you’re guaranteed nothing in this topsy-turvy economy. Go abroad — as early as high school, especially for college, they say — and you’ll find low tuitions, big adventures, and the future.
This hour, On Point: A new American way in the world. Going global, right from the start.”
Interesting interactive info graphic in this article. Near bottom. Choose your state and run the control scroller back months and years. It is interesting to see states (well, specific metro regions where the data is from) go into and out of recession. It also reveals how data can be misleading. In my state, which entered the recession late based on this data, it shows we have not been hit hard, in my metro region, by housing prices falling much. This is compared to much harder drops in troubled states and regions or even the other metro area near me (which has a bit of a wild housing market with large extremes even in good times). What this shows us is that, if this data is fairly reliable, expansion and contraction in the economy is complicated. The media paints with such a wide brush.
Michigan and other trouble spots are special cases but, diverse economies like Virginia, Maryland, New York, Texas, etc. are just not in the same league. Message to states: Don’t put your eggs all in one basket. Spread your risk and level off the highs and lows by having a diverse economy.
“Both boys and girls have issues, but boys seem to be the ones getting the raw deal. According to Judith Kleinfeld, professor of psychology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the US, issues affecting boys are more serious than those affecting girls, but they have been neglected by policy makers.
“Policy attention has focused on the supposed underachievement of females in mathematics and science but these gender gaps are small. In contrast, substantial gender gaps are occurring in reading and writing which place males at a serious disadvantage in the employment market and in college…. Both boys and girls face gendered problems which need policy attention.” Professor Kleinfeld said
This is a big opportunity for the design community to make a difference.
“As a sweeping generalization, art was seen as subversive, introspective and free from the grubby constraints of the same commercial concerns, which were compromising design. Neither stereotype was entirely true. Gifted designers have always succeeded in transcending commercial pressures by delivering complex and provocative work, while mediocre artists have succumbed to them.”
Except, it is not just gifted designers who are free but many designers have done so (in or out of a commercial context) and, not just mediocre artist have succumbed to commercial concerns but almost all artists take advantage of the reality of selling art!
Art world ignorance, arrogance, and denial. Big time.