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Archives: January 2007

The Architect’s Newspaper Launches Left Coast Edition


While other architect publications are doing the architecture magazine shuffle, the NY-based Architect’s Newspaper is expanding, with a California edition launching on February 21. You remember they did that one CA issue last year? Well, six issues are planned for 2007, with 20 issues for 2008.

Same deal as the NY edition, CAN (did we just name it that?) will be mailed free to AIA members and other registered architects. They’ve also scored writer Sam Lubell as their chief California editor. Lubell was news editor at Architectural Record from 2003 to 2006 and remains a contributor there. Lubell, and CAN, welcome.

Reading…And That’s It


Finally, to close out the day for this writer, comes the latest essay, in case you missed it, from Andy Rutledge, a man of great talent and many onions. This time around, in “Design & Business 101 — Don’t Just Read: Think” he calls out the readers of stories on design, in this case focusing on pieces that appeared in Fast Company and online at the AIGA forum, to not just take in the information on the page, but to be an active participant in what it’s saying, even if your ideas run contrary to what’s being presented. It’s sound advice. And we’re not just saying that because we just read it.

The What’s What for ’07


Don’t come crying to us when we get to mid-June and you write into say, “How was I to know that Transparency Tyranny was going to be such a big trend?!” Because all we’re going to do is send you a link to this very post, linking to one of our favorite features, Trend Watching‘s new Trend Report for January (and for 2007), and you’ll see that “Transparency Tyranny” is right there, as the number two topic.

Real-time Transparency Tyranny is on the rise for another reason as well: as more people are contributing, the sheer mass of reviews will lead to daily and who knows, hourly reviews on any topic imaginable…Pleasant side-effect: mass postings will also unmask, outnumber and neutralize any fake reviews posted by desperate brands trying to piggy back on the powers of transparency.

A Room of Mark’s Own: Hamburg Talks Lightroom


From Xplane comes a great feature from the site since1968, part one of an interview with Mark Hamburg about developing Adobe‘s new Lightroom. Also some bits about Photoshop in there, as he was Hamburg was also one of the creators of that program as well. Here’s some:

I started out worrying about alternative paradigms for image editing, but then my manager at the time, Greg Gilley, who was an avid photographer, started to push toward: “Well, we just have all this stuff, and how do we deal with lots of images and what can we get out of pushing ACR further.” Actually the way he got me to deal with that was he pushed me to go get a camera and start shooting more. I very rapidly determined that as interesting as it was to do image editing there was clearly just a general problem that comes from shooting far more than the tools are really built to deal with. At this stage it’s focused on “I’m shooting gigs of images and I need a tool to deal with that.”

Architects to Potential Clients: You Were Young Once Too!


An interesting piece by way of Things Magazine, from the Telegraph, “Time To Give Our New Architects a Break,” which lays out a bunch of famous examples to the contrary, saying it isn’t always necessary to give the big-time projects to only those individuals and firms who have been in the business for decades. Here’s a couple of said examples:

Some of the most iconic buildings of the past century were the work of relative beginners whose talent shone through in open competition. In 1957, Jorn Utzon had completed only a couple of housing schemes in his native Denmark when he won the commission for the Sydney Opera House.

In 1995, London-based Foreign Office Architects were less experienced still when they secured the $200 million International Port Terminal in the Japanese city of Yokohama. At that point, the firm had been running for only two years and had yet to complete a building.

Levi’s Locks Horns With Other Shops, Claims They Invented ‘Pockets’


This writer’s a bit beat today from burning the candle at both ends lately. So expect good, solid posts, with interesting topics (we hope never to let you down in that department, except for when we have really good excuses, like hangovers or that we slept in), but somewhat shorter. First up, a story that’s begun making the rounds in the world of fashion. Levi’s, the jeans company, has become the leader in litigation, suing other designer jean companies like crazy. Here’s a bit:

Levi Strauss charges that many competitors have stolen its signature denim stitches — two intersecting arcs and a cloth label — for their own pockets, slapping them on the seats of high-priced, hip-hugging jeans that have soared in popularity.

So Levi’s is becoming a leader in a new arena: lawsuits. The company, once the undisputed king of denim and now a case study in missed opportunities, has emerged as the most litigious in the apparel industry when it comes to trademark-infringement lawsuits, firing off nearly 100 against its competitors since 2001. That is far more than General Motors, Walt Disney or Nike, according to an analysis by the research firm Thomson West.

Cox-Arquettes Become Bored With Lautner


Since we are now officially obsessed with the comings and goings of our most architecturally-enthusiastic celebrities, we’re pleased to announce that Courteney Cox and David Arquette are selling their Malibu mansion, a famous John Lautner building. The Segal Residence was built in 1979, according to the John Lautner Foundation and is on Carbon Beach, off the PCH. A cool $33.5 million will get you in the door.

Just so you know, the link back there goes to TMZ so don’t read it unless you want to get sucked into the next article about Britney. It’s okay, we did it, too.

Baseman and Biskup Engage In Tomfoolery at Kidrobot’s Not-So-Standard Event


Forget the toys, lines were the theme at Kidrobot’s party at the Standard Hotel. One freaking long line to get in. Lines to get up the escalator. Lines for cotton candy. Lines for drinks. Lines to get your limited-edition “Hello My Name Is” Dunny signed by Huck Gee.

To give you a sense of this event’s urgency, the hotel’s uberglam roof was empty–hipsters were squeezed into conference-type rooms on the second floor and more eager to customize their 3-inch Munnys at several art tables. Peanut Butter Wolf spun old school hip hop in the corner; accompanying videos played on a monitor (we saw a sweet Tribe one from the ’90s). Sadly our buddy KR founder Paul Budnitz was nowhere to be seen but folks like Tim Biskup milled about. On the way out, Mena Suvari was spotted wearing this hoodie.

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Turning the Tables On Steven Heller

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We couldn’t have planned it better ourselves, really. Yesterday Steven Heller writes yet another knockout article about design, today, our interview with the man goes live. Even though the thought of interviewing the Dick Cavett of design made us quake in our little UnBeige boots, we were thrilled as could be that he answered our questions with wit and wisdom. For today’s lunch, have some Heller.

Logoblog’s Best Of Swooshes and Swipes


Kind of a late-comer to the “end of year lists of things” category, which we kinda promised to stop posting after about the second week in January, but this one bucks the trend and is a lot more interesting than yet another pick of best albums. It’s a brief piece from Logoblog, entitled, “The Best of 2006 Logo Trends” and it is exactly what it sounds like. Try and take a look if you can, though be aware that, on last inspection, they’d exceeded their bandwidth for the day. Guess everyone else took a breather from those lists too and now they’re missing them.