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Archives: December 2013

Poulin + Morris Creates Identity for NPR Retail Store

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NPR moved into a new Washington, DC HQ earlier this year, and as if the dulcet tones of Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish weren’t enough to woo visitors into the 440,000-square-foot complex—LEED Gold, bien sûr—there’s a two-story digital mosaic and now a place to purchase assorted NPR merch (do they have the heavily discounted Carl Kasell pillow? Wait, wait, don’t tell me). Part retail store, part event space and tour group corral, NPR Commons makes it debut with a visual identity by Poulin + Morris. The New York-based firm anchored the branding program in the iconic NPR logo and brought in dynamic patterns and colors that nod to radio frequencies. And of course, every shopping bag, gift box, label, hangtag, and sign is made of recycled materials.

Design Jobs: Quayside Publishing Group, F+W Media, Agora

This week, Quayside Publishing Group is hiring an art director, and F+W Media needs art director, too. Meanwhile, Agora is seeking a graphic designer, and Middlebury College is on the hunt for a senior designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Quote of Note | Miuccia Prada

look36“Ugly is attractive, ugly is exciting. Maybe because it is newer. The investigation of ugliness is, to me, more interesting than the bourgeois idea of beauty. And why? Because ugly is human. It touches the bad and the dirty side of people. You know, this might have been a scandal in fashion but in other fields of art it is common: in painting and in movies, it was so common to see ugliness. But, yet, it was not used in fashion and I was very much criticized for inventing the trashy and the ugly.”

-Designer Miuccia Prada, in an interview with Andrew O’Hagan for T: The New York Times Style Magazine

Pictured: A look from the spring 2014 Prada collection

Season’s Greetings: Cards That Give Back

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Americans spend around $2 billion on Christmas holiday cards each year. Wouldn’t it be great if that amount could also go to help organizations ranging from animal shelters and art museums to international relief organizations and environmental groups? That’s where Cards That Give comes in. The site provides links to–and information about–more than 200 nonprofits that sell holiday cards to help fund their charitable work. Notes Houston-based founder Anne Furse, “If it were easy for individuals and businesses to buy their greeting cards from non-profit organizations, card sales could generate millions of dollars for worthy causes.”

A is for Animal, Z is for Zombie Boy: Color Your Way Through Artists’ Alphabet Book

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coloring bookO is for…eyeballs, at least according to Jake and Dinos Chapman. An unconventional take on the alphabet book goes interactive in the pages of The Artists’ Colouring Book of ABCs, published by Humpty Dumpty Publishing in partnership with Alteria Art. Editors Charlotte Colbert, Alix Janta-Polczynski, and Lauren Jones rounded up 26 artists and divvied up the letters. Between Tracey Emin‘s “A” (for animal, specifically her cat) and Marc Quinn‘s “Z” (for Zombie Boy, laden with slices and scars), there’s Harland Miller‘s “D”-clutching Dracula followed by an escapist “E” from Chantal Joffe, while Yinka Shonibare‘s “Y” is being spirited away by exotic balloons. “I was lucky to get H,” said Betty Woodman, “because it has an architectural geometry I could hang my ideas on.”

New York Historical Society Readies Bill Cunningham Photo Exhibition

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Bill Cunningham’s photo of Editta Sherman on the subway dates to around 1968-1976.

With the first snow flurries behind us and the deep freeze still ahead, we turn our thoughts briefly to spring, a season inevitably heralded by a selection of pastel-hued or floral-dappled ensembles captured by Bill Cunningham. This March the beloved New York Times photographer gets a spotlight of his own as the New York Historical Society mounts “Façades,” an exhibition that will explore Cunningham’s eight-year project documenting the architectural riches and fashion history of New York City. The photos, taken between 1968 and 1976, pair models in period costumes with historic settings such as St. Paul’s Chapel and Rockefeller Center. Fellow photographer Editta Sherman, captured in profile in front of Grand Central Station crowned in an elaborate hat (recall Cunningham’s early career as a milliner), manages to give Jules-Félix Coutan‘s mythological statues a run for their money.

Buon Natale, London! Dolce & Gabbana Design Claridge’s Christmas Tree

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ImageA Dolce & Gabbana Christmas conjures images of leopard-print stockings hung by the chimney with care and a tree draped in black lace, but the Italian duo have put on their Santa hats (red velvet, ermine trim) for one of their favorite casas away from casa: Claridge’s. The London hotel enlisted Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to design its annual Christmas tree (pictured). This year’s festive fair is decked out in hand-crafted Sicilian puppets known as pupi, hand-painted Italian glass baubles, and a custom-made “luminaire” framework created in Southern Italy. Note the designers, “Our Christmas tree isn’t only a celebration of Christmas as we celebrate it in Italy, but it’s at the same time a tribute to the artisanal Italian tradition.

Freudian Font Is Based on Sigmund’s Scrawl

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Sometimes a font is just a font, except when it is based on the handwriting of Sigmund Freud. Harald Geisler turned his fascination with the famed psychoanalyst’s century-old letters into an elegant typeface. “It made me smile to imagine a person writing his or her shrink a letter set in Freud’s handwriting,” says the typopgrapher, who studied original documents in the archives of Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna and Freud Museum London to develop four alphabets that are interchanged at random. Don’t be surprised if the elegant letters show up in your dreams.

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Bermuda Museum Honors John Lennon with Sculpture

More than three decades after John Lennon‘s untimely death, a Bermuda museum remembers him with a stylized sculpture. Writer Nancy Lazarus takes a closer look.

Double Fantasy Sculpture NL1The picturesque island of Bermuda is a long way and a far cry from the hectic urban settings of Liverpool, England where John Lennon grew up, and from New York City, where his life ended on December 8, 1980. The British musician and artist spent several months in Bermuda during his last trip abroad, and the island served as his muse. Bermuda pays special tribute with “Double Fantasy,” a sculpture dedicated last year in Lennon’s honor.

Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art commissioned local sculptor Graham Foster to create the six-foot Cor-Ten steel structure. The work shows a stylized double-sided profile of Lennon and his “granny” glasses with his Rickenbacker guitar, doves of peace, and the double fantasy freesia flower. At approximately 4,000 pounds, it’s a weighty piece, and sits on a raised flowerbed in a courtyard near the museum’s entrance. The sculpture is located in Bermuda’s Botanical Gardens, on the island’s south shore in Paget parish.
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Design Jobs: Amazon, Plastics News, JMI

This week, Amazon is hiring a photographer, while Plastics News needs an art director. JMI is seeking a stylist director, and Agora is on the hunt for a graphic designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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