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Listen: Milton Glaser Talks ‘Global Dying’

glaser billboard“It’s easy to describe. It’s just a black dot with a little bit of green at the bottom,” said Milton Glaser when asked to translate his latest graphic design project for radio listeners. “Either Earth is dying or it’s beginning to grow again. My preference would be that it was beginning to grow again, but for the moment I have no evidence of that.” Glaser appeared today on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss “It’s not warming, it’s dying,” his new campaign to bring awareness to the potentially world-destroying force of what is best known by the rosy-sounding terms “global warming” and “climate change.” As for how the black-to-green gradient orb could stand alone, in the form of a button, and still convey the message, Glaser explained, “In the relationship between dark and light, there’s always something that people implicitly know.”

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Design Jobs: Amazon, Variety, Institute of Culinary Education

This week, Amazon is hiring a senior visual designer, as well as a photography manager. Meanwhile, Variety is seeking an associate art director, and the Institute of Culinary Education needs a web and graphic designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.


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Rich Gorman Reveals Green Branding Secrets

According to Rich Gorman, more and more companies are getting serious about green activism and social responsibility—and that is very much a positive thing. While reports about planetary peril are increasingly common—and increasingly worrisome—there are efforts that corporations can take to make a difference, and many of them are seizing the opportunity. From the use of recycled products to “paperless” office settings, companies can do much to help the environment.

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Art Directors Club Takes Miami Beach, Debuts Annual App

What’s better than winning a cube from the Art Directors Club? Accepting the coveted block of metal in sun-drenched, hot-pink Miami Beach, where the ADC decamped last week for its 92nd annual awards and Festival of Art and Craft in Advertising and Design, a three-day creativity confab that included Laurie Rosenwald‘s famous yet top-secret “How to Make Mistakes on Purpose” workshop and other inspiring presentations by the likes of Bruce Mau, Kyle MacDonald of the One Red Paperclip project, Rafaël Rozendaal, and LEGO pro Sean Kenney.

And there were awards, lots of them. Among this year’s cumulative winners were Dentsu Inc. (Design Firm of the Year), the School of Visual Arts (School of the Year), and McCann NY (Agency of the Year), while the third annual Designism award, honoring work that drives social or political change, went to Buck for its work promoting Good Books, the online bookseller that funnels all of its profits to Oxfam projects (see Buck’s take on Kafka’s Metamorphosis below).

Gold cube winners included Taku Satoh Design Office’s mouth-watering anniversary posters for Issey Miyake Pleats Please (design), Henry Leutwyler‘s breathtaking Ballet (photography), and The New York Times Magazine‘s “The Wild Life of Silent Spring” (illustration). Salivate over these and all of the big winners by downloading the first ever Art Directors Annual in digital form, produced in partnership with Brazilian digital technology company, the goodfellas. Grab the Art Directors Annual 91 app for free here.

Design Jobs: Bath & Body Works, Orlando Magazine, New York University

This week, Bath & Body Works is hiring an art director, while Orlando magazine needs a photo editor. New York University is seeking a graphic designer, and Haute Living magazine is on the hunt for a senior graphic designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Inside the Wacky, Wonderful World of Wayne White

Fans of Pee-wee’s Playhouse will recognize the distinctive work of Wayne White, one of the creative minds (and voices) behind the show’s delightful puppets and madcap charm. The designer, painter, puppeteer, sculptor, and musician gets his well-deserved close-up in a new documentary, Beauty is Embarassing, now in limited release. The film not only examines White’s deliciously wacky creative process but also retraces his steps from childhood in Chattanooga, Tennessee to parenthood in Los Angeles. “It has been the time of my life,” says director Neil Berkeley of the three years he spent making Beauty is Embarassing. “I hope audiences get that sense of joy that Wayne has about what he does everyday. That’s the lesson I learned from him…spend everyday doing work that makes you happy.”

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This Week on the Job Board:, Meredith, Financial Times

This week, is hiring an interactive graphic designer, while Meredith needs an assistant art director. Financial Times is looking for a senior web designer, and Norma Jean Roy is on the hunt for a senior retoucher. Get the scoop below, and find more just-posted gigs on

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National Mall Redesign Competition Selects Finalists

The hunt for someone to redesign the “loved to death” sections of the National Mall in Washington D.C. has been somewhat quiet since the competition selected its all-star jury lineup back in October. That’s changed this week with the announcement that twelve finalist teams have been selected and are now on display both online and in person, though just for this week only, at the Smithsonian Castle. The finalists include the usual selection of top-name firms, including Rogers Marvel, Balmori Associates, Diller Scofido Renfro and Snohette teamed with AECOM. Strangely, no James Corner Field Operations, who we’ve grown so accustomed to being selected for this sort of project, meaning they either didn’t submit or, and this seems even more strange, that they weren’t picked as finalists. All in all, we certainly dig all of the finalists’ plans for the three spaces slotted for $350 million worth of improvements (anything’s better than the aimless stretches that permeate the area now), but with so much wide-open space and so many limitations on views that can be blocked and what can be built where, there’s part of us that speculates that the renovations will look a whole lot better from an aerial view than from the ground. We’ll have some time to wait before we can test that theory out, as winners for the three projects will be named in May, with construction estimated to be completed by sometime in 2016.

Wanted: Hungry Art Director for the Institute of Culinary Education

Are you hungry for a new gig? The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) is looking for an art director to join its team. Trust us, this is a job for which you want to apply.

Not only is this art director position a newly created gig, but the institute is also on the brink of launching an exciting national rebrand. In this role, you’ll be able to use your creative juices to think strategically and conceptually about ICE’s brand, and working to develop a new look and feel for the company. Read more

Wanted: ‘Exceptional’ Art Director for Hearst Magazines

Hearst Magazines is looking for a new art director in its San Francisco, Calif. office, but not just anyone will do. The company is seeking an “exceptional” individual, who is also “smart, hungry, humble and passionate.”

If you fit the bill and land the gig, you’ll be responsible for the conception, design and execution of visual materials for sales and online advertising, as well as print and digital marketing. You’ll lead production artists on a daily basis, while producing materials in several mediums. The ability to multitask is key. Read more