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Visionaire Teams with John Baldessari, Samsung for ‘Celebrity Selfie’ Art Issue

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blue visionaire“I’ll probably be most remembered for putting dots over people’s faces, so its funny to do an issue devoted to the selfies of famous people,” says John Baldessari, who has applied his signature “color interventions” to a suite of celebrity self-portraits for the latest issue of Visionaire. The sixty-fourth incarnation of the shape-shifting publication, creating in partnership with Samsung, is now available in three editions—Red, Green, and Blue—each with a distinct set of portraits tucked in a canvas-clad portfolio that folds out to become a display case. After meeting with Baldessari in his Venice Beach studio, Visionaire founders Cecilia Dean and James Kaliardos recruited the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Cameron Diaz, Miley Cyrus, Marina Abramovic, KAWS, Bill Cunningham, and Gisele Bündchen to contribute self-portraits that were printed in black and white and then altered with embossed shapes and colors created by Baldessari. The resulting images range from the exotic (as when a turbaned Lupita Nyong’o gains a second chapeau in a floating, noseless face) to the serene (the clasped hands of Ed Ruscha, amidst a yellow orb and swoosh of orange). “Now we live in an age of self-celebration and constant surveillance in which nearly everyone carries some form of camera,” notes Dean. “It seems ironic and hilarious that an artist so famous for putting dots over people’s faces would devote an issue to the technology that celebrates face-time.”
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Murray Olderman Talks About Becoming a Cartoonist

Murray-Olderman-DrawingMurray Olderman has had a storied career as a syndicated newspaper columnist and cartoonist. Although this 92-year-old is officially retired, he’s actually working on a new book, comprised of illustrations and cartoons of people in sports he’s known and drawn.

In our latest So What Do You Do column, we spoke with Olderman about journalism school in the 1940s, his most memorable interview and how he got started as a cartoonist:


I was captivated as a teenager (when I was also writing sports for a county weekly) by the looks of cartoons on sports pages and started copying them, gradually perfecting my techniques through trial and error. I was first published in the Columbia Missourian, a city newspaper paper produced by the Missouri School of Journalism, in my junior year. My first hire, by the McClatchy Newspapers of Sacramento, was as a sports cartoonist. I have written and drawn conjunctively. No preference. A lot of guys have written sports. A lot of guys have drawn sports. Few have done both.

For more from Olderman, read: So What Do You Do, Murray Olderman, Iconic Sports Journalist and Cartoonist?

Creativity, Innovation Are Key at Communication Arts

CommunicationArtsCommunication Arts, a trade journal for visual communications, covers everything from graphic designers to photographers to advertising agencies. The subscription-only mag features in-depth profiles, tips on design trends, book reviews and more.

CA is approximately 80 percent freelance written, and it’s on the lookout for fresh new writers. So what are the editors looking for? Someone who will inspire:

“We want to improve the way our readers work and think, whether that means introducing a revolutionary technique with dozens of potential applications, challenging disparate disciplines to work together in new ways or refuting common wisdom about, say, what it means to be creative or successful,” said managing editor Robin Doyle. “If your article can do that, we want to see it.” CA editors are always on the lookout for stimulating content for “Columns,” “Profiles” and “Book Reviews.”

To hear more details about CA, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Communication Arts.

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MOO Expands with Luxe Business Stationery

Who says print is dead? The world’s appetite for Moleskine jotters remains unquenched, Paperless Post is doing a brisk business in tangible notes as well as e-pistles, and over in Europe, IKEA is piloting a vast array of affordably-priced papergoods (the “VÄXTGLÄDJE” notebooks are described as “handmade by a skilled craftsman”). Now online digital printer MOO, the company that brought you Sagmeister & Walsh’s continuum of flattering to insulting business cards, is expanding its Luxe family of products to encompass “premium business stationery,” including customizable (and ultra-sturdy) notecards, postcards, and minicards. “Here at MOO we want to make beautiful design more affordable and accessible,” said Richard Moross, MOO founder and CEO, in a statement issued Tuesday. “With Luxe notecards we’re re-booting stationery, the original high-impact communications tool, by using new technology to make super-high quality print available to our customers for a fraction of the cost.”

Watch This: Martin Puryear on Printmaking

Art21′s year-long celebration of having profiled 100–count them!–artists on its its PBS Series Art in the Twenty First-Century rolls on, and with it come journeys into the vault for footage that never made it to air. The latest is this archival gem, filmed in 2002, in which Martin Puryear discusses his interest in printmaking and how the directness of the process contrasts with the accretive approach he takes with sculpture. Watch Puryear at work at Berkeley’s Paulson Bott Press, where he employs skills he learned as a student at the Swedish Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm, and see how the ideas explored in his sculptures manifest themselves on the page.

Freelance Photographers Wanted at Time Out Chicago

As the go-to guide for seven-day snapshots of local arts and events listings, Time Out Chicago boasts service-oriented stories that help urban explorers find the best ways to spend their free time.

And if you’re a freelance photographer, is wide open for those looking to add to their portfolios. The site gets over 3 million page views a month and features lots of photo galleries that speak to the mag’s cultural core.

“We have the broadest, most in-depth cultural coverage of Chicago of any media outlet and the largest cultural reporting team in the city, so if it’s about Chicago culture, we’d like to hear about it,” said editor-in-chief Frank Sennett. “Our target readership is anybody who actively consumes culture in the city of Chicago, people who are going out and doing things. They tend to be people in the city, but it could be anybody who wants to go out and do something fun.”

For editor contacts and more details on breaking in, read How To Pitch: Time Out Chicago.


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‘The Printed Blog’ Plans for a Second Coming


Remember The Printed Blog? It was all the talk all over the place at the start of last year. A newspaper that was composed of blog posts and online photography, assembled into a weekly free paper. Only launched in a few select cities, we saw a couple of issues and were impressed. Although very well designed and fun to read, it never quit seemed to catch on, and by July of 2009, it had folded. But now it looks like they’re preparing to try again. The good folks at our sister blog, Fishbowl LA, have found a Craiglist post from the The Printed Blog hunting for “editors, writers and trendsetters.” Calling their original business plan “flawed” and apparently moving from a free weekly to something you’ll pay for, it looks like they’ve made some changes but are sticking to the same basic content. Will be interesting to see how round two plays out.

In a Strange Coincidence, 3D Print Turns Out To Be All-Too Real


On Tuesday, we posted about writer Ben Greenman‘s very funny McSweeney‘s piece wherein he explained his solution for how to save print: 3D. Wearing special glasses, the words popping off the page to push emphasis, it’s clearly an absurd, totally ridiculous concept, right? Not so quick. Just hours before Greenman’s piece was published, the Belgian newspaper Derniere Heure released the fruits of two months of their labor: a special 3D edition (“complete with viewing glasses” says the BBC). Although only the ads were transformed to leap at the reader (and reportedly didn’t often work all that well) and it’s only a one-off edition, what odd timing shared between humor and reality. Greenman swears it’s all coincidence and that his piece had begun making the rounds as a submission since early February (so maybe it was the Belgians who copied him?!). If you speak French or can stumble your way through the interface, the whole 3D issue is available here.

The Curse of the Headless Statesman


Rounding out two excessively political days here at UnBeige, we found a piece by Michael Shaw of the Huffington Post about the prevalence of faceless Bush administration images. Later, we also remembered Laura Field’s “Bush Erased.”

We’re not really going anywhere with this, but it seems that the combination of politics and design gets people fired up. And that’s the kind of passion about this industry that we want to see–Bush or no Bush.

Edit What You Read (in their books, not our site)


Late last month, Louis Rosenfeld, launched his brand new publishing company, aptly titled Rosenfeld Media. The company will be printing books on design, focused primarily on design for the web and giving the end user the best, easiest experience possible. But instead of super long, wordy, dull books, Rosenfeld plans to publish smaller, easier to digest pieces that get you right into the thick of the thing you want to learn about. What’s more, the company is also very open to submissions and wants to retain a kind of open source relationship with its publishing, meaning that you can help go in and make revisions to published pieces. Pretty promising deal, it sounds like. But they’ve also got a terrific site going with some interesting topics. It’s still super new, of course, so you aren’t going to find an encyclopedia of knowledge posted yet, but just take a page from what’s currently available, it’s possibly a site to keep checking in on, besides just when you need some kind of fancy new learnin’ book. Here’s a couple of bullet points from “What Makes for a Good Design Book?”

1) Short chapters that can be read in one sitting. Some have suggested that chapters as short as four pages are ideal. Thomas Friedman and Kurt Vonnegut were cited as authors who can write short without writing choppy.

2) Readers asked for books with “layered” orientation and navigation tools. These would help you learn what the book is about and what it contains depending on how much time you have, much like travel books often feature 1-day, 3-day, and 1-week takes on “what to visit”.

3) Anecdotes and brief case studies are good; ones that describe mistakes are even better, even if not directly related to the topic at hand. The impending kayak accident that opens Bruce Tate’s Bitter Java was mentioned as an example.