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Five Things We Learned This Week: Robert Capa Comics, Black Toothbrushes, and More

• A new book by illustrator Dominique Bertail and writer Jean-David Morvan reimagines Robert Capa‘s iconic 1944 photo of Omaha Beach: as a (French) comic strip—with a hint of Doonesbury. Watch Bertail illustrate the cover in the video above, which is backed by a recently unearthed recording of Capa’s appearance on a 1947 radio program.

• Pentagram’s Abbott Miller and team are behind the fresh look of Sotheby’s, which extends from the 270-year-old auction house’s sharp new workmark (good riddance, strange Gill Sans hybrid! Hello, Mercury!), to the redesigned website, catalogues, magazine, and more.

Paul Cocksedge Studio is looking to Kickstarter to fund prototyping, tooling, and manufacture of the Double O, a bike light named for its distinctive shape. “I wanted to design a bike light and the inspiration for Double O comes directly from the shape of the bicycle,” says the London-based designer. “I wanted something that almost looked like the bike had designed it itself.”

Robert Fabricant of Frog Design is teaming with Cliff Kuang of Wired to pen User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play. The two have inked a deal with Farrar, Straus to publish the book about “how user experience design will rule the coming decade, just as technology ruled the last” according to Publishers Marketplace.

• All the cool kids have charcoal-infused black toothbrushes from Japan. Gets yours here.

Daniel Arsham Rocks (and Minerals)

arshamArtist Daniel Arsham has a knack for transforming familiar objects into fossils of the future: petrified payphones, eroded basketballs, a calcified McDonalds sign. His latest solo exhibition, “Kick the Tires and Light the Fires,” opens Saturday at OHWOW in Los Angeles—and then it’s onto Paris for a summertime show at Perrotin—but in the meantime, his Steel Eroded Hasselblad Camera (2014, pictured), a shimmering relic of steel fragments, shattered glass, and hydrostone, is now up for grabs in the MTV RE:DEFINE Auction on Paddle8.

Judith Dolkart Named Director of Addison Gallery of American Art; Drawing Center Appoints Executive Editor

dolkartSpring has—finally, allegedly—sprung in the land of polar vortices and cultural institutions are in the mood for hiring. The Addison Gallery of American Art, located on the Andover, Massachusetts campus of Phillips Academy, has found its new director in Judith Dolkart (pictured), who currently serves as deputy director of art and archival collections and chief curator at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. She’ll begin in her new role at Andover in July, succeeding Brian Allen, who last summer joined the New-York Historical Society as vice president and museum director.

Also making a move is New York-based arts writer and editor Margaret Sundell. The Drawing Center has appointed her to the post of executive editor of the Drawing Papers. Her duties will include “recruiting writers, commissioning essays, editing the Drawing Papers, and maintaining the highest standards for all published institutional texts,” according to a statement released yesterday by the Soho institution.

Watch: This Is a Generic Brand Video

Rushing water, DNA helices, stop-motion footage of a city at night. Put ‘em together and what have you got? A generic brand video. Royalty-free stock footage purveyor Dissolve.com seized upon the formula outlined by Kendra Eash in a recent piece for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and brought it to life in this amusing short, made entirely with stock footage and narrated with an avuncular twang by Dallas McClain.

Put the ‘Fun’ in ‘HTML Fundamentals’

Admit it. Your seven-year-old nephew could out-HTML tag you any day and you think that a Cascading Style Sheet is something with a thread count. That’s where the Mediabistro mothership comes in. They’ve asked us to tell you about the online course in HTML and CSS that kicks off next week. Over four fun-filled sessions, web designer (and illustrator) Laura Galbraith will guide you through a variety of web page production techniques, from column-based layouts and search engine optimization to semantic markup and advanced CSS styles. And you’re bound to ace the typography sections. The online learning fun begins April 1 (make of that what you will). Preview the course syllabus and register here.

MoMA Collaborates with Uniqlo on Pollock Tees, Warhol Totes, and More

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Cover yourself in Jackson Pollock‘s inky drips, schlep your stuff under the cover of Warholian camouflage, and wear the creative feats of Keith Haring on your feet—all for less than the price of admission to New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The institution has teamed up with Japanese fast-fashion chain Uniqlo on a line of wearables printed with images from works in the MoMA collection, including details from two of Pollock’s 1950 works on paper that have been transposed to cotton t-shirts, a tote bag covered in a collage of Basquiat drawings, and a bandanna featuring Warhol’s tomato-red can of Campbell’s soup from 1962. The Uniqlo at MoMA collection, part of the retailer’s SPRZ NY (“Surprise New York”) project, is now available at at the MoMA Store as well as Uniqlo. Nothing is over $50.

Design Jobs: AAA, Business Insider, Laspata DeCaro

This week, AAA is hiring a graphic designer, while Business Insider needs an interactive designer. Laspata DeCaro is seeking a graphic designer, and NBC Universal is on the hunt for a senior designer of print and digital. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Quote of Note | Kickstarter’s Yancey Strickler

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“From the very beginning we decided—my co-founders and I—that we would never sell, never go public. We viewed Kickstarter as a public trust. This is a place of opportunity for anyone to make their thing happen, and it’s our job to be the stewards of it and to honor it. We were looking at growing this into a living, breathing cultural institution that’s there to represent the interests of everybody. And we think the best way to do that is to be a privately held, independently controlled organization—and that’s exactly what we are.”

-Kickstarter co-founder and CEO Yancey Strickler in an interview with Charlie Rose for Bloomberg Businessweek.

Font Men: A Filmic Flashback to Happier Days for Hoefler and Frere-Jones

Hoefler & Frere-Jones is no more, the namesake duo having been torn asunder by disagreements (over ownership stakes in the powerhouse type foundry) that in January escalated to a lawsuit that had the design world combing through court filings. What remains is one last glimpse into their 15-year partnership: Font Men (below). The short film was made by New York-based Dress Code for AIGA to celebarate H+FJ’s 2013 AIGA Medal, and earlier this month was selected for SXSW.

Young Designers Take Aim at ADC Young Guns

The competition that spotted Stefan Sagmeister, James Victore, and Mike Mills when they were but wee design/art powerhouses-to-be is back. Behold Young Guns 12, the Art Directors Club‘s international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based competition to identify the young creative vanguard. By “young,” they mean 30 or under, and by “creatives,” they mean those doing great things in graphic design, photography, illustration, advertising and art direction, environmental design, film, animation, video, interactive design, object design, and/or typography. What’s so special about Young Guns? It recognizes an individual, and considers a body of work, not a single ad or design. Also, you get a really cool cube if you win. Young Guns 12 is open to ADC members and non-members worldwide. A jury of past ADC Young Guns will select the 50 winners. Ready to take your shot? The deadline for entries is April 7.

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