Archive for 2009

You are who you read

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Virginia Woolf

According to a list of authors with whom I identify (by Lauren Leto, link below), I found out that it I’m “a bondage loving, lying, sommelier that is also a confirmed 90’s literati.  While I am good at crosswords, I don’t like John Cusack movies and missed my calling as a high-school french teacher because I was caring for my grandparents.”  Well, now that I’m all straightened out, who are you?  Find out here: Who am I?

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Written by Francesca Gangitano
Francesca Gangitano

December 23rd, 2009 at 3:06 pm

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I.D. Magazine is no more

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Here’s an excerpt from a letter from Jesse Ashlock’s blog (I.D.’s current editor).

“Lately, the i word I’d been thinking about most with regard to I.D. was “individual.” Whatever has changed over the years, I.D. has always been a one-of-a-kind platform for exploring the personalities and processes of individual designers, the needs and desires of the individual human beings designers serve, and the ways in which the common language and logic of design can bring disparate individuals together. In an era of “design thinking” and “human-centered design,” the loss of such a platform leaves a real void. As a contributor remarked to me over the weekend, there are certain stories that just aren’t going to be told anymore. I.D. wasn’t a redundant title in a crowded vertical market, it was truly unique, and though we can blog and tumbl and tweet ourselves silly, I think we all know what’s being lost.”

Full Blog Post Here.

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Written by Francesca Gangitano
Francesca Gangitano

December 22nd, 2009 at 5:43 pm

The only compelling reason to go to Cambridge, MA in the Winter

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Trust me.  I lived there for years and winters are awful in Boston.  Anyway, this Exhibit at the MIT Museum Luminous Windows is one reason to make a date with the Acela.  One of the more famous holograms is below:

The Bartlett Head

The Bartlett Head

Have a beer (or many) at the Miracle of Science bar (just down the street) and then go next door to Middlesex and have the “Ten Tiny Tacos” and you’ve got a trip making trifecta.  Oh – you could also look around the corner and see the sight below.

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MIT Stata Center designed by Frank Gehry

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Written by Francesca Gangitano
Francesca Gangitano

December 17th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

An Illustrated Proposal

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The final seven panels of the proposal

Seven pivotal panels of proposal

Cool folded final product, but the series that gets us here is really great.  Read Story and View Illustations.

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Written by Francesca Gangitano
Francesca Gangitano

December 16th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Posted in Art,Experience

And now for an eensy bit of self promotion

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Clinique Fresh Faces Kicks Off In Union Square

Clinique Fresh Faces Tour 2009 Kicks Off In Union Square, NYC

Clinique and Teen Vogue Bring Young Women to Beauty Tour, Send Them Online
Taylor Momsen Cuts the Ribbon for the Clinique Fresh Faces Tour 2009 Kickoff

Taylor Momsen Cuts the Ribbon for the Clinique Fresh Faces Tour 2009 Kickoff

Clinique and Teen Vogue sought out their shared target audience this fall with a college tour that spanned 10 markets—including Los Angeles, New York, and Orlando—and gave young women the chance to emulate the brands’ respective images by sitting for makeup styling and a professional photography session.

The nearly two-month event series required the creation of a mobile beauty studio, designed and produced by Mktg. But to get extra life out of the Fresh Faces initiative, the brands wanted a compelling online tie-in that would keep the event on participants’ minds long after it ended.   Full Story

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Written by Francesca Gangitano
Francesca Gangitano

December 15th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Reason Number 456 Why Communism Failed

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I can only assume this was filmed in Cold War era Mother Russia, and considering the strong stick work and skating skills it makes you wonder how the Iron Curtain fell. It most likely had something to do with the fact that rather than focusing on world domination and beating Rocky they allowed teams of scientists to train bears to play hockey. Way to take your eyes off the prize fellas.

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December 9th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Posted in Experience

Hospitalis Restaurant, Where you inject your drinks?

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Nah – would be weird. But from the blog “Cool things in Random Places”  we get news via this post of Hospitalis Restaurant. From the blog, “In Riga, Latvia, a truly cool and bizarre themed restaurant, accented with all things medical. Once you arrive at Hospitalis, patrons check in as patients, and are served by nurses, as doctors prepare the dishes. Doctors will also prepare your drinks in beakers and test tubes.”  Um, wow. You see a  Full Story here.

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Written by Francesca Gangitano
Francesca Gangitano

December 8th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

“A man got to have a code.”

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"Come at the King, you best not miss."

The title of this post comes from “The Wire.”  It’s a reference to one of the show’s central players – Omar Little.  Omar is arguably one of the best characterizations TV has ever seen. In the show, he was a bad guy, but he had a code and never deviated from that code.  He lived it and we loved him for it.  Most notably,  he never robbed or harassed people who were uninvolved in the drug trade.

Neither do we.  Here’s our code.

We Believe

in creativity and accountability

that working smarter beats working harder

in proving people wrong, exceeding expectations and taking chances

there’s no such thing as out-of-the-box, because there is no box

that change is good—and sometimes, just for the sake of it

a great idea can come from anyone at anytime and anywhere

in process, as long as it leads to results

that blending art and science can make magic

not everybody believes in this list

in being first, being best and being the last to leave the party

So say we all

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Written by Francesca Gangitano
Francesca Gangitano

November 20th, 2009 at 10:52 am

“Now that man is going to give his money to a total stranger.”

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DVD Art

DVD Art

This title of this post is a line from the movie “House of Games” written by David Mamet.  I maintain that all I’ve ever needed to know about human nature I learned from it, which is kind of odd since it is all about the pyschology of “confidence games.”  Watching the season finale of Mad Men last Sunday I found myself thinking that Don “just pulled a ‘House of Games’” on Peggy (they are two central characters).  It got me recalling a dialogue from “House Of Games” that has always resonated with me… “It’s called a confidence game. Why?  Because you give me your confidence?  No. because I give you mine.”

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Written by Francesca Gangitano
Francesca Gangitano

November 13th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Cogency

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From Scott Monty’s blog, ’nuff said. Full StoryApple product

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Francesca Gangitano

November 13th, 2009 at 11:53 am

Posted in Design