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Archives: January 2006

Eva Hagberg: I’m Out, Suckas!!!

This post will be a first, and a last. A little housekeeping, a little changing of the guard, and–for the first time–a little writing as myself. A couple thank you’s, the usual, then I’m out.

I have to thank Elizabeth Spiers for hiring me, when the most blogging experience I’d had was one guest post I’d sent to Gridskipper. It was about absinthe. It took me two hours and wasn’t very funny, but she was cool with the idea of potential. I also have to thank Aileen Gallagher, who took over when Spiers left, and dealt with things like my not understanding href hspaces and Movable Type’s constant pissiness. And Rachel Sklar of Fishbowl (also leaving today), as well as Ron Hogan and Sarah Weinman of Galleycat. Haven’t met the others, can’t vouch. But they seem cool. And, of course, Laurel Touby, without whom there would be no

The entirely scandal-ridden thoroughly shocking NC-17 reason why I’m leaving: I didn’t love blogging. That said, I didn’t really hate it, either. It’s a medium that some writers are cut out for and some aren’t. Completely embodying my character (and yes, it was a character) was a kick, and while it’s fun to play valley girl (not always such a stretch), it was the twin dangers of omg-exhaustion and bleeding stylistic edges that in the end killed my metaphorical canary and my unmetaphorical stamina. It’s time for something longer than a post, and I’m looking forward to the long-lost luxury of conviction that thinking about something for more than thirty seconds lends. Not to mention being able to operate at more than one (very high-frequency) creative constant.

Catch you on the TK.

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The Changing Of The Guard: ‘Sup, Steve And Alissa

welcome_carla_mast.gifWe’re out. Steve Delahoyde, ur-guest editor, and Alissa Walker, ur-AIGA-er, are in. So we thought it might be nice to get to know the new kids on the block.

Here’s a little primer:

Alissa Walker, by Alissa Walker: A graduate of the University of Colorado’s journalism school and the Portfolio Center, Alissa has worked for and with designers, art directors, animators, film editors and artists in a variety of roles. She is a regular contributor to STEP Inside Design, has written for HOW, Dynamic Graphics, and the Los Angeles Times, and is a production assistant for the public radio show DnA: Design and Architecture. Alissa considers herself a design advocate, not a critic, and is focused on finding innovative ways to increase public awareness and social relevance for the work of designers, architects and other authors of visual culture. She writes at home, tucked into a hill just below a 1928 Frank Lloyd Wright house and above the lights of Hollywood.

Steve Delahoyde, by Steve Delahoyde:
I work at the ad agency/design firm, Coudal Partners, where, like everyone else there, I’m sort of a jack-of-all-trades. Primarily though, I’m the guy that handles a lot of the writing for the firm, as well as the producing and editing of film/video work, from tv spots to video for the internet. I got my start in the business by making far too many silly short films along with my cohort, Wakiza Gamez, which eventually got some attention by various people and places. Following that, I became a freelance editor and director, as well as a motion graphics designer. My film work has appeared all over the place, from MTV to CBS to The National Lampoon Network, and my writing has popped up here and there from Time Out to McSweeney’s.

They both look strangely whatstheword um… rhymes with kwualified.

Rock on, Alissa and Steve.


nymag.jpgWe love Monday mornings. If only because they bring a new New York magazine. Yesterday, we didn’t love so much. Because the site (or so we thought, foreshadowing) was the same one we’d seen the Monday before. And maybe even the Monday before that. Today, the new site, (thanks to Gawker or we would have’d until we were metro’d in the face) came up. Looks both a little spiffier and… a little bloggier. Hate to say it, guys, but we’re a little unsold. Kinda liked the other one. Found it charming. Easy to navigate once we’d spent six months practicing. NYmetro, we hardly knew you.

RIP, Nam June Paik

njp_rip.jpgThis happened two days ago but we just heard about it now. Korean-born video artist Nam June Paik, who did the cars in Rockefeller Center a few years ago, died on January 29th, at the age of 74. He was a member of Fluxus, and pretty much rocked video art before it had turned into a Pipilotti Rist/Mika Rottenberg now-you-see-it-now-you-see-it-again form. We’re a little sad, to be honest.

Brooklyn Has A Park And, OMG, It’s Going To Have A Better Park

A long time ago we wrote a little story about a big landscape architect named Michael Van Valkenburgh. This Friday, he’s giving a talk about the new masterplan for the eighty-five acre Brooklyn Bridge Park. While this probably sounds as exciting as something you totally wouldn’t want to do on a Friday, we have the rare privilege of being able to vouch for his being, at the very least, articulately interesting. No skin off your nose.

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Young Architects Are Way Cooler Than Old Architects

congratulations2.gifA couple people deserve our accolades today, for having deserved the accolades of the AIA. Six architects just won the AIA Young Architects Awards. Among them our bff Michael Arad and then five people we’ve never heard of but probably will again soon, given that that’s generally what we imagine the point of these types of awards to be. They are: James Dayton, John Sangki Hong, Shannon Kraus, Soren Simonsen, and Patrick Tighe.

Rock on with your bad selves.

AIGA’s Got A Couple Pretty Sweet-Looking Competitions

aigalogo2.jpgOur bffs at the AIGA (although we’re still not forgiving you guys for the atrocious name-change) have two competitions lined up to take your minds off yourselves. First, there’s the AIGA 365 Annual Design Competition, which aims to “represent the best work across all disciplines of communication design and strategy.” Second, there’s the 50 Books/50 Covers of 2005, a nice little bit of typographic symmetry we’re totally feeling on this admittedly more-glorious-than-last Monday morning.

Deadline for both is March 3. Make us proud.

So, Um, About That Self-Promotion

dickens-oliver-twist.jpgAs many of you know, or as many of you will come to know, we’re leaving the blogosphere. Unfortunately, we lost our trust fund in a freak accident called not having had one in the first place, and we’re kind of feeling the lifestyle to which we have tried to become accustomed. If you’ve got a bone, throw it our way.

Because we’re an excellent amanuensis and an even better [REDACTED].

David Adjaye’s Kinda Into Himself But That’s Okay When You’re David Adjaye

david_po.gifNice profile (via ANN) in the Financial Times about Brit-bad-boy David Adjaye. Who we saw across a crowded Craig Robins’ house but he was too busy conversationally boning Zaha for us to say hi. Peter Aspden hangs out with an immodest architect:

Modesty does not come easily to Adjaye, but he has the endearing habit of occasionally remembering the need for its diplomatic deployment, with comical results, as when he speaks of the clutch of competition wins he has recently enjoyed: “I have won, sort of, 10, as it were, which is slightly unprecedented.”

Sounds just like our kind of guy.

Bad Kitty, Bad!!!

Meow!StickCatBluePillowCaseGlowintheDark.jpgEons–it seems–ago, we came across STEP Inside Design Magazine‘s December issue devoted to overlooked women in the graphic design industry. The cover was covered with kitties. Cute little kitties. The idea being, some inferred, that women are sort of like kitties. Cute, until they claw, scratch, maim, destroy, all for that next shot at the mayline. We remember a bit of an outcry at the time; Folio Magazine’s onto it now. Dylan Stableford wrote and then sent us the latest on what’s up with the magazine. Turns out women don’t so much like to be compared to kitties.

“Congratulations on degrading your well-written, well-researched articles with a cover that portrays these hard-working, intelligent, and creative women as a bunch of adorable, cuddly and nonthreatening housepets,” one reader wrote in a letter to the editor. Wrote another: “I was shocked and greatly disappointed. In fact, my response was visceral to the point of nausea…STEP has shown itself as a magazine short on integrity and depth. I have canceled my subscription.”

Yeah!! Girl Power!!!!!