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UnBeige Looks Back: The Year In Design Videos

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No, we’re not talking about Gary Hustwit‘s masterpiece, we’re talking about every single YouTube video that tried to take design somewhere it simply did not want to go.

Can someone tell the makers of Comic Sans that last year was the year of typeface parodies? Or maybe let Electrolux know that they can’t rap? We do not, we repeat, do not, want to make our logos bigger (available in hard rock or cream form). And we hope, for their sakes, that both the Graphic Design Avenger and the Original Design Gangsta have been placed in witness protection programs.

We’d show you our favorite design videos of the year, but all the Bill Cahan mashups we posted have since been taken down.

UnBeige is counting down our biggest stories of 2007, all day, right here.

UnBeige Looks Back: The Year In Seizures, Fake Bombs, Leaks, Ugliness and Such As

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Who knew design had such a dark side? Some of our 2007 news was downright scary.

Design was dangerous. An innocent English logo was found to have serious medical side effects. Another made New Yorkers queasy. Guerilla marketing for a cartoon and a student art project were declared national threats. A building attempted to trap people inside with dripping water and/or shards of ice placed strategically around the exits.

Design was controversial. It made people happy, angry, addicted, and fat. It turned Tom Wolfe and a small town in upstate New York against us.

And worst of all, the most inarticulate person in the history of the internet was reported to be a graphic designer.

UnBeige is counting down our biggest stories of 2007, all day, right here.

UnBeige Looks Back: The Year In Realizing, Damn, Design Increases Longevity

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Sure, every industry probably has their share of centenarians. But what is it about design that keeps our ranks forever young? Not only do they keep living, they keep working! Eva Zeisel, still out there signing books, edged past 101 in November, and Oscar Niemeyer hit the big one-zero-zero this month in the midst of ongoing projects.

Which makes Julius Shulman a teenager at 97.

UnBeige is counting down our biggest stories of 2007, all day, right here.

UnBeige Looks Back: The Year In Chowder

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Tracking the comings and goings of Brian Collins could fill an entire blog with posts that sound more like the frenetic tour schedule of the Blue Man Group (BEIJING! NEW YORK! BIRMINGHAM! DENVER! MARTHA’S VINEYARD! ONE NIGHT ONLY!). First he bailed on his gig at BIG for a limited engagement dishing up clam chowder at a Cape Cod seafood shack and a stint helping the kids in China. Then he was back in action with the only design firm we know named after a cocktail: COLLINS.

Okay, so there were a few minor details in need of clarification, but we’ll leave those to our sister blog. Collins remains number one in our hearts for one simple reason: He works for Al Gore.

UnBeige is counting down our biggest stories of 2007, all day, right here.

UnBeige Looks Back: The Year In Those People Who Aren’t Men

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We closed last year out with the bonus question asked at the now-famous panel on book design at the 92nd Street Y: What about that glass “cieling” in design?

This year it seems we were able to discuss the issue in a much more civil manner. Nicolai Ouroussoff had his theories about why it’s not happening for female architects, Zeldman covered women in the web design world, yet, on the other hand, we wondered why the entire craft industry seems to be populated exclusively by ladies.

Then all of a sudden–and completely by accident, they insist–mediabistro.com put together a panel on the future of design that featured five speakers, all women. Was it really that hard, then?

UnBeige is counting down our biggest stories of 2007, all day, right here.

UnBeige Looks Back: The Year In Nussbaum

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Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better than the 2006 Nussbaum-Bierut battle royale over INside Innovation‘s spec-ish design (wait, are they still making that thing?), America’s Favorite Blogger Bruce Nussbaum gave us a year’s worth of entertainment.

In March he came forward with an eloquent love letter to the design industry, “DESIGNERS SUCK,” which earned him eternal admiration from design professionals everywhere. But that wasn’t enough for Nussbaum. He went on to win over the New York judicial system, violent lesbians everywhere, and all legitimate gang members currently operating on Eighth Avenue between Avenues C and D.

But as even as the King of Blubber himself acknowledges, he still can’t spell.

UnBeige is counting down our biggest stories of 2007, all day, right here.

UnBeige Looks Back: The Year In No Spec

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Compared to the firestorm of 2006, the no spec work battle was waged quietly in the trenches this year. Everyone seemed to be in agreement: Don’t do spec, don’t get your kids hooked on spec, don’t spec yourself before you wreck yourself.

And then there was the notorious no spec bait and switch, an ad placed in response to a less-than-desirable search for a designer on Craigslist. No one ever fessed up to writing it, but the positive anonymous vibes flew for awhile, until another opinionated individual came up with his own reasons for why the response was dead wrong. And we’re right back where we started from. Again.

UPDATE: Correction to the above, Catherine Morley writes to remind us that Dave D’Esposito wrote the Craigslist diatribe.

UnBeige is counting down our biggest stories of 2007, all day, right here.

UnBeige Looks Back: The Year In Review

Aw, man, we hate reminiscing. You won’t catch us singing anything with the words Auld, Lang or Syne in it tonight. You couldn’t drag us kicking and screaming down memory lane. Don’t even get us started on the “I Love the _____” genre on VH1. But we do like to pause on this particular day, on this end of everything and beginning of everything else, for a little recap of what got our fingers fired up over the past 12 months.

Call them our greatest hits of 2007, if you will, and like Ryan Seacrest and his shiny new balls at midnight, we’ll be counting them down all day right here.

On the Topic of Our No-Longer-Daily Emails

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We have heard from a great deal of you about the recent stoppage of our Daily Feed emails, which many of you regularly enjoyed as part of your mid-day break, along with your usual snifter of scotch. While we’re unable to discern an exact explanation for this issue, if it has something to do with the ending of daylight savings, we’d like the be the first to blame it on that.

Rest assured that our team is working day and night to restore your Daily Feed emails, and might we recommend signing up in the field above if this sounds like something you might be into. In the meantime, you’ll have to enjoy UnBeige the old-fashioned way, by laboriously typing in a URL into your browser and waiting for the page to load while sipping your beloved Glenfiddich.

And Then There Were Three: Welcome to Stephanie Murg

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Being the dedicated and diligent UnBeige readers that you are, certainly you’ve noticed more than a few posts lately by a woman scribe with an eye for design and a nose for news. Today, as you can see over there in that little column to the right, Stephanie Murg has joined the UnBeige ranks as contributor. Here’s a little more about the fabulous Ms. Murg:

Stephanie Murg is a New York-based writer and art consultant whose work has appeared in such publications as ARTnews and Smithsonian. In her art consulting practice, she advises clients on collecting modern and contemporary art and design and the dynamics of the international art market. Her interests lie at the nexus of art, design, fashion, and capital markets.

For all of you heading out to the National Design Awards tomorrow, Stephanie will be making her grand debut covering the festivities at the Cooper-Hewitt, so if you see her there, be sure to give her the usual UnBeige welcome. (That’s three tequila shots and a hug, in case you forgot.)

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