Archive for February, 2010
Video By Jesse Thomas
Whoa – it’s been more than a few days since Ian Schafer, CEO of Deep Focus (Mad Men Yourself), disappeared off my TweetDeck and Foursquare radar. I barely know him (met him once at a conference) but he’s a Twitter buddy and I have grown to miss him – a lot. Although Ian’s a great social media thinker and damn good prognosticator and marketer in general (I read everything he writes for his blog here: Ian Schafer’s Blog and various other publications), I particularly miss the less business-y stuff. I don’t hear about where he’s getting his Starbucks, what fashion show he’s attending, and who he’s sitting next to at said fashion show…
That’s the thing about the new social media world. You get to feeling better just because there are thinkers, leaders or just plain interesting people in it and you get a nice feeling when you know they are safe having breakfast at a diner in Jersey. I am sure he’s just off vacationing with the family but I feel like there should have been some kind of notification that he was going off the Blackberry, like Chris Brogan does.
Triumph kills it with the Falcon Bullet Motorcycle. This minimal machine is a steel masterpiece. Santa, if you’re listening…
Roger Dean (born 31 August 1944) is an English artist, designer, architect and publisher, best known for his work on album covers for musicians (particularly Progressive Rock acts). His unique, instantly recognisable style often features exotic, fantastic landscapes typically populated with dramatic, impossible natural rock formations, lush alien wildlife/fauna, and strange organic structures…
With the release of James Cameron’s technically groundbreaking blockbuster Avatar, Dean’s currently enjoying a surge of interest in his work, as it’s obvious Avatar’s design team has borrowed many visual cues… to be fair though, it’s pretty much inconceivable to think of fantasy and sci-fi art without thinking of Roger Dean.
Living in New York City, I am a victim of that common (yet utterly unrealistic) affliction, real estate obsession–I’m talking checking-the-listings-and-dreaming-of-countertops-while-eating-my-morning-oatmeal far gone. Unsurprisingly, then, I was totally heartbroken when Domino magazine shuttered.
Over the past few months, though, a few former Domino-ites have attempted to fill the void by launching an online magazine called Lonny. Happily, they’ve managed to recapture that eclectic, aspirational-yet-doable vibe that no still-standing shelter mag manages to pull off. Admittedly, I usually prefer to read on paper myself, but this thing’s pretty cool. You can click literally every picture to link to sites for purchase (more dreaming), and they’ve savvily promoted the e-mag on Twitter and Facebook (go, social media!). Check out their newest issue, and prepare to drool.
P.S. I made a fun discovery while paging through the latest edition. Turns out that my former classmate/subsequent former coworker, Elizabeth Suda, is featured for her line of cool, natural accessories, Article 22/Article 22 Trading Co. After living in Laos, she set up a partnership with the local women who produce these beautiful textiles, so her line is cool, helps sustain traditional crafts, and supports the women who make them all at the same time. Read about Liz and her line on page 27 of the magazine.
Sister Corita was a political activist-artist who also happened to be a Roman Catholic Nun. Those of you who went to Catholic school and had the John Denver-listening, hippy nuns, as opposed to the stick-wielding “mother superior” type of nuns, will appreciate this especially.
Nuns can kick ass too! http://www.corita.org/
Three essentials in every Graphic Designer’s fantasy:
1. Live in a Neutra home
2. Drive an Avanti
3. Own Helvetica cookie cutters
Am I right or am I right? Right? RIGHT!
The benefit we held for Haiti was a gratifying example of an agency, and more importantly, its people pitching in and giving back. We raised $5k for Voice of Haiti in a single evening (you can always donate more at any time).
It’s been a month since the earthquake and Haiti is no longer the lead story, or often, any story on the news right now. Maybe Angelina Jolie will adopt 75,000 or so kids and grab our collective attention again, but until then, we plan to be part of a continuing effort to help.
The majority of Haitians are still suffering from medical, food and shelter shortages. There are no jobs. Government offices and many businesses no longer exist. For most, the only activity is lining up at dawn hoping to get a sack of rice.
I’ve been a huge Jamie Oliver fan since I was a fluttery high school girl. In fact, when it comes to Jamie, I am still a fluttery high school girl. These days, though, it has less to do with his boyish, British charm than his food philosophy, both in and out of the kitchen. Of course, his cooking style is still as simple, seasonal, and flavorful as always (and just watch the man chop an onion…! But I digress).
New business cards dropped yesterday, and everyone’s been running around the office playing, “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” From what I’ve seen so far these are my personal favs. Does it have anything to do with the fact I wrote several of these? Let’s just say it doesn’t not have anything to do with that.