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Archives: July 2012

Design Jobs: New York Media, Daily Mail, CUNY Brooklyn College

This week, New York Media is hiring a graphic designer, while the Daily Mail needs a photo editor. CUNY Brooklyn College is seeking a digital designer, and Niche Media is on the hunt for an associate art director. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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In Brief: Pizza Museum for Philly, Getty Images Creative Grants, Tino Seghal as Young Grinch

Montana’s Grinell glacier photographed in 2008 by Project Pressure, a non-profit that is developing the world’s first glacier atlas consisting of hundreds of images of the world’s retreating glaciers.

• Studies show that pizza tastes even better when consumed in the midst of pizza-related memorabilia, and so Philadelphians are in a for a treat with Pizza Brain. The pizza museum-cum-restaurant is the creation of Brian Dwyer, who owns the world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia. NPR recently caught up with the pizza fanatic and his team as they put the finishing touches on the place. “We want this place to feel like [an] interactive art installation,” Dwyer told Elizabeth Fiedler. “Instead of just putting it all in a bunch of cases that are very linear and sterile, where you just kind of stare at it and say ‘There’s a thing’ and walk away, this is like, ‘Oh! What’s this little thing?…There’s a pizza face!’” His buddy Ryan Anderson had a slightly less ambitious goal: “All that I want is to not make this place look like an Applebee’s or a Hard Rock Cafe or a Cracker Barrel with ephemera just like stapled to the walls.”

• Photographers Linka Anne Odom and Klaus Thymann, alongside agencies Good Pilot and Mother London, have been selected as the recipients of this year’s Getty Images Creative Grants. The two teams will each receive $15,000 to cover the costs of developing new imagery to strengthen the communications of a non-profit organization they have chosen to support. Odom and Good Pilot are collaborating with D-Foundation to pursue a project that aims to recruit volunteers to increase effectiveness of medical care provided to vulnerable people in India. Meanwhile, Thymann and Mother London will visually highlight “global glacial history”: the photog will travel to Bolivia to document the fieldwork of Project Pressure and the impact of glacial retreat on the local population.

• In other Getty Images news, the sale of the photo giant is moving right along. Final bids, due Monday, August 6, are expected from Carlyle Group and CVC Capital Partners, according to a report from Reuters. The price tag could be as much as $4 billion.

• Can Tino Seghal turn questions into art? That’s the question posed by Lauren Collins in a profile of the artist that appears in the August 6 issue of The New Yorker. The story includes an interesting portrait of the artist as a young Grinch, describing an 11-year-old Seghal’s decision to cancel Christmas. “I wrote my parents a letter and said, I don’t want to be part of this Christmas thing,’” he told Collins. “I rejected my presents. This whole kind of Christian colonizing of what was a collective, pagan ritual—I’ve mellowed out a bit, but I was enraged, somehow, by that.”
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Last Chance to Register for Mediabistro’s Social Curation Summit

The Social Curation Summit kicks off tomorrow, July 31, in New York City, and time is running out to register (full-access passes go up $100 at the door). Join social media pros, brand marketers, entrepreneurs, and VCs for sessions revolving around brand loyalty, next-generation storytelling platforms, and filtering. Attend expert panels, including “Inspiration for DIY Communities,” “Leveraging Community for Curation and Commerce,” “The Social Media Mixtape,” and more. The summit is the must-attend event for anyone interested in the emerging technologies that are transforming the way we share, follow, and engage online—Pinterest and Tumblr, anyone? Connect with more than 40 expert speakers, including Derek Gottfrid (VP of Product, Tumblr), Scott Belsky (CEO, Behance), Oliver Starr (Chief Evangelist, Pearltrees), and Steven Rosenbaum (Author and CEO, Check out the full speaker lineup and program here. Time is running out to save, so register now and save $100.

Boost Your Brain Power with Frank Lloyd Wright

A successful industrialist once advised, “Work smarter, not harder!” That magnate was, of course, Scrooge McDuck, but we can imagine the same sentiment coming from another dapper, cane-wielding Beethoven lover with a bunch of rascally nephews: Frank Lloyd Wright. The late architect’s brainy, right angle-eschewing ways live on in the Frank Lloyd Wright Designs Memory Game ($13.95 from Bas Bleu), which challenges players of all ages—or at least those between 3 and 103 years old—to match up images of Wright-designed art-glass windows, carpets, skylights, and more. It sounds simple until all of the nature-infused patterns and telescoping triangles begin to congeal into one big Usonian blur. We suggest investing in a few sets and staging your own FLW Memory tournament. Both the winning and losing teams get to take home spooky Wright marionettes, which we hear come alive at night and rearrange furniture.

Wish Big: TED Prize Grows to $1 Million, Now Open for Nominations

Chef and food revolutionary Jamie Oliver accepts the 2010 TED Prize.

With an elite list of past recipients that includes architect Cameron Sinclair, photographers Edward Burtynsky and James Nachtwey, and street artist JR, the TED Prize has proved to be a powerful global platform for designers, artists, and big ideas. So who do you think should be the next creative and/or brilliant person to be granted $100,000 $1 million to help achieve a big wish? Nominate him, her, or even yourself here, where TED has opened nominations for the 2013 prize winner. You have through August 31 to tell TED Prize director Lara Stein and her team about your nominee’s megawish. “A successful nomination will offer a compelling wish, demonstrate how this wish can catalyze a paradigm-shifting action, and show evidence of the nominee’s ability to bring this action to fruition,” say Stein and TED Prize deputy director Anna Verghese. “It will also include a plan for how the larger TED and TEDx communities can participate in the realization of the wish.” The winner, to be selected in the fall by a jury drawn from members of the TED community, will reveal his or her wish during TED2013 in Long Beach, California.

New Website for NYC’s New Museum

New York’s New Museum, which celebrated the big 3-0 with a stunning new SANAA-designed home on the Bowery, is celebrating its 35th birthday with a fresh online HQ. Today the museum debuted its new website, designed by NYC-based Kettle to address four major new online initiatives: “to expand the conversation about contemporary art in a global context, premiere new works, share our history, and provide expanded resources on exhibitions and programs both past and present,” according to a statement released today. Refreshingly, these goals have already been translated to specific facets of the overhauled site. History comes alive in the museum’s new digital archive, a site within a site that provides access to more than 8,000 written and visual records, as well as a searchable database of over 4,000 artists, curators, and organizations associated with the museum’s history. Meanwhile, the latest and greatest is featured in First Look, a series that will showcase a new digital artwork each month. First up: Taryn Simon and Aaron Swartz’s “Image Atlas” (2012). And with an eye beyond the Bowery, the site includes an interactive, international guide to over 400 independent art spaces from 96 countries and Six Degrees, “a blog about new ideas elsewhere.”

Tom Sachs to Receive Aspen Award for Art

Fresh from his triumphant mission to Mars, Tom Sachs has been named this year’s recipient of the Aspen Award for Art. Previous honorees include artists Roni Horn, Marilyn Minter, Fred Tomaselli, and Ed Ruscha. Sachs will pick up his honor next week during ArtCrush, a three-day benefit gala for the Aspen Art Museum (its new Shigeru Ban-designed building is slated to open in 2014) that kicks off on Wednesday with a wine-soaked soiree and culiminates in a Friday bash at the museum, where we hear that Sachs has “a special intervention” in store for gala-goers inside the tent. After a seated dinner, Oliver Barker of Sotheby’s will take the floor for a live auction of artworks by the likes of William Eggleston, Tom Friedman, and Amelie von Wulffen, who has a solo exhibition opening today at the museum (where she is this year’s Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence). The real pocket-emptier, however, will be Sachs’s own “Poche Vide” (pictured). Completed this year, the mixed media work contains all of the tools for a modern mogul—something of an Aspen specialty—there are speakers, amplifiers, oodles of dials, a kitchen knife, and a necktie, just in case. It’s the perfect accent piece for your chic chalet-cum-rustic ski cabin.

Everybody Loves Raymond Loewy, Including David Lynch, Who May Prefer to Call Him ‘Robert’

American Spirit. Industrial designer Raymond Loewy with one of his designs, the Pennsylvania Railroad’s S1 steam locomotive; filmmaker and Loewy admirer David Lynch.

The late-night show of our dreams is hosted by David Lynch. What this theoretical program lacks in guests or commercials (you’ll recall how the filmmaker feels about product placement) it would make up for in good ‘ol fashioned variety: one night our distinctively coiffed host is screening The Seashell and the Clergyman or enthusing on his favorite hobby of chopping wood (especially pine) and the next he’s shooting on site in the dream forest at Club Silencio, the members-only Paris nightclub he designed. The Wall Street Journal recently caught up with Lynch in the penthouse suite of the Chauteau Marmont, where Steve Garbarino posed “20 Odd Questions” that covered topics ranging from his accessories (“I have a deep love for my Swatch watch.”) to his stint as a WSJ deliverperson back in the 1970s, when he was making Eraserhead.

In Lynch’s words, his L.A. paper route has all the makings of a haunting film. “I’d pick up my papers at 11:30 at night. I had throws that were particularly fantastic. There was one where I’d release the paper, which would soar with the speed of the car and slam into the front door of this building, triggering its lobby lights—a fantastic experience,” he says. “Another one I called ‘The Big Whale.’ There was a place, the Fish Shanty, on La Cienega. A big whale’s mouth was the front door you entered through. I’d throw a block before it, and hit the paper directly into the mouth.” Lynch is not inclined to fandom, preferring to get his kicks from a mix of coffee, transcendental meditation, and American Spirit cigarettes, but he does cop to a love for Loewy…Robert [sic] Loewy. The famed industrial designer usually goes by Raymond, but as far as we’re concerned, Lynch can call him whatever he wants. Meanwhile, the WSJ has corrected the error in its online edition.

There’s an App for That: TED Books

Brainy nonprofit TED is following through on its promise to turn its passion for “ideas worth spreading” into slim volumes that it hopes readers will consider worth downloading—for $2.99 a pop or less, thanks to a new subscription model (three months, six books, $14.99). The technology, entertainment, and design mavens have launched an app that provides easy and instant access to TED Books, short (10,000 to 20,000 words) nonfiction works that are meant to explore one big idea in a way that can be absorbed in a single sitting. “TED Books are to books as TED Talks are to lectures,” according to TED’s Chris Anderson. The free app, designed for both iPhone and iPad, beefs up the images in TED Books while adding features such as video, audio, links to maps, online resources, search, commenting, sharing, and automatically updated editions. With 16 titles published—including Living Architecture by Rachel Armstrong—and an ambitious schedule that promises a new one every two weeks, now is the time for TED to do something about those still-cringeworthy virtual book covers.

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Design Jobs: Amazon, Bath & Body Works, John Paul Mitchell Systems

This week, Amazon is hiring an art director for its visual design team, while Limited Brands is seeking a senior designer for Bath & Body Works. John Paul Mitchell Systems needs a beauty art director, and Hearst Magazines Digital Media is on the hunt for a digital photo editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great design jobs on the UnBeige job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented UnBeige pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.