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In Which We Seek Your Design News

If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times: “I could tell you this Big Design News, but then I’d have to kill you.” Now you can give us the scoop and skip the messy task of plotting murder, thanks to our handy “Anonymous Tips” box nestled in the menu bar at right, below the search box. Simply type in your news—design happenings, movements of the Revolving Door, a bit of gossip, a designer’s hidden talent, or any newsy, design-y morsel—and click “Send.” And for those not inclined to clandestine tipping, we’re still just an e-mail away.

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Twitter Along with UnBeige

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Famed literary critic Lionel Trilling once described Henry James as a “social twitterer.” Sure, he meant it as an insult, but it makes us feel better about having signed up to twitter ourselves. Look to the UnBeige Twitter feed for up-to-the-minute newsbites, event snippets, links of interest, design trivia, and our exclusive photo of Rem Koolhaas in mid-ponder (it makes for smashing smartphone wallpaper). The mediabistro.com tech wizards have added to the sidebar at right a handful of our most recent word bursts, but you can sign up to follow all of our twittering, and start twittering yourself at twitter.com.

Anonymous Tips: Because Sharing Is Caring

who could it be now.jpgIf we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times: “I could tell you this Big Design News, but then I’d have to kill you.” Now you can give us the scoop and skip the messy murder plot, thanks to our “Anonymous Tips” box, which the Mediabistro tech wizards have placed at the top right of this page. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Type in your news—design happenings, gossip, movements of the Revolving Door, a designer’s hidden talent, or any newsy, design-y morsel—and click “send.” We’ll get the news, you’ll retain your air of mystery.

Happy Holidays from UnBeige

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A Christmas card created by Dan Flavin and sent to artist Andrew Bucci in 1962. (Photo: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

The word from the FAA is that Santa’s sleigh has cleared American airspace, and so as design lovers of all ages get to the business of unwrapping their bottles of Helvetica perfume, radiant orchid plants and foodstuffs, pewter wishbones, cut-paper Shakespeare classics, and 2014 typography calendars, we at UnBeige HQ wish you the brightest of holidays.

Happy Thanksgiving from UnBeige

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Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York, 2012,” now available to purchase from our friends at Aperture.

Thank you, dear readers, for joining us through another year of news, events, books, films, and curiosities in the world of design, art, and visual culture. May your Thanksgiving be restful, delicious, and well-designed.

Happy Fourth! Fun Design Facts to Ponder While You Wait for the Fireworks


Pill Flag,” artist Ray Geary’s prescription for patriotism. (Photo: Jordan Doner)

Happy birthday, USA—you don’t look a day over 200. Before heading out for a day of flag-themed frozen novelties, imported periodicals, and sparklers, lots and lots of sparklers, we assembled this list of a dozen fun facts—all gleaned from recent UnBeige stories—for you to muse upon during your own Fourth of July festivities. Enjoy the holiday!

• Designing brothers Humberto and Fernando Campana grew up in a house filled with crystals, plucked from farms in Brazil by their father, an agronomic engineer.

Kanye West‘s new album, Yeezus, was inspired by a Le Corbusier lamp.

• The Smithsonian’s first crowdfunding campaign is a success, having surpassed the $125,000 goal to back “Yoga: The Art of Transformation,” an upcoming exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. (You have until July 8 to donate.)

• You can spend eternity in a dwelling designed by Tom Kundig: the architect has designed a funerary urn.

• The Soviets made some swell notebooks. Rad and Hungry founder Hen Chung told us that Latvian composition books (with “yellowing pages, faded mint covers, and a simple rubber-stamped logo”) are her favorite of the items that have been included in her company’s country-themed cool-tools packs.
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Wanted: Your Design News

hungry for news.jpgAs you put the finishing touches on your Frank Gehry-inspired gingerbread house and continue to pretend to buy gifts for others while really shopping for yourself, we wanted to take this opportunity to ask you, dear UnBeige readers, to keep us updated with your design happenings now and well into 2013.

We’re always thrilled to receive reader tips (that’s us pictured at right, mulling over a recent e-mail with the help of our newly purchased “holiday fedoras”), whether about a Revolving Door item (who’s leaving? who has just arrived?), an event, a bit of gossip, a designer’s hidden talent, or any newsy, design-y morsel. We’re just an e-mail away at unbeige AT mediabistro DOT com.

Happy Thanksgiving from UnBeige


“Pies,” a 1961 painting by Wayne Thiebaud.

Before we return to our seasonal mission of preparing pies to resemble this delicious Wayne Thiebaud canvas, we offer up a giant slice of banana-cream thanks to you, dear readers, for joining us through another year of news, events, books, films, and curiosities in the world of design, art, and visual culture. May your Thanksgiving be restful, well-designed, and full of pie. And while you go about your own holiday preparations–redoing the placecards that your well-meaning aunt chose to print in Comic Sans, switching out the pilgrim-themed Ziggy napkins, discussing why the term “doorbuster” is not to be uttered in your presence–be sure to keep one eye on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which this year debuts a balloon designed by KAWS.

Macy’s tapped the New Jersey-born artist, also known as Brian Donnelly, to create the new addition to its “Blue Sky Gallery” series that has sent aloft the work of artists such as Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, and Tom Otterness. Donnelly saw his “Companion” character, the first toy he ever made, as ripe for transformation into 40 feet of inflatable, urethane-coated nylon. “I like taking an image and reworking it and having it made in new ways and materials, and communicating in different ways,” he told us earlier this year. And Donnelly is already thinking about the bashful balloon’s future. “Macy’s archives all of the balloons. They have every one that they’ve made since the 1930s, at least those that haven’t totally deteriorated,” he said. “My hope is that in ten or fifteen years, they do something where they show all of the artists’ balloons together.”


(Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images North America)

Twitter Along with UnBeige

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Famed literary critic Lionel Trilling once described Henry James as a “social twitterer.” Sure, he meant it as an insult, but it makes us feel better about having signed up to twitter ourselves. Look to the official UnBeige Twitter feed, for up-to-the-minute newsbites, event snippets, links of interest, design trivia, and free candy (OK, we’re still working on the physics of that last one). The mediabistro.com tech wizards have added to the sidebar at right a handful of our most recent word bursts (limited to 140 characters), but you can sign up to follow all of our twittering, and start twittering yourself at twitter.com.

Until Next Week, Design Fans

bon voyage.jpgIt’s that time of year: when we stuff our vintage suitcases with periodicals, sunblock, and versatile silk scarves; load up on Design Matters podcasts; and hit the road for a week of offline adventures. Not to worry, as we leave you in the capable, well-moisturized hands of Steve Delahoyde. And speaking of our talented co-editor, we would like to take this opportunity to make sure that you have had the pleasure of viewing the short film Copy Goes Here, for which we continue to badger the Academy to give Steve some sort of special Oscar. A bientot!

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