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Pantone Declares ‘Marsala’ Color of 2015

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Think wine, not veal. Redder than russet, browner than carmine, more mischievous than maroon. Today Pantone declares Marsala (18-1438 on your fandeck) the “hearty, yet stylish” Color of the Year. In the wake of picks including Radiant Orchid, Honeysuckle, Turquoise, and Mimosa, it would seem that 21st-century color trends are defined by a box of Crayola “bold colors” markers.

“Marsala enriches our mind, body, and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” said Pantone Color Institute directrice Leatrice Eiseman. “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.” Those eager to embrace the “naturally robust and earthy wine red” can purchase a a Pantone USB drive in Marsala or start stocking up on Pantone paint in the color of 2015, and Amazon sells the real stuff by the jug.

Sweet Tweets: Follow Jessica Helfand’s Adventures in Paris

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Une euphorie, s’il vous plaît. (Photo: Jessica Helfand)

It is a land of fluffy monster meringues and artfully displayed legumes, architectural flourishes and taxidermied rodents. Around each corner are enchanting surnames etched in limestone and splendid emporiums, many of them offering a single object—umbrellas, chains—in seemingly infinite variety. There are doted-on dogs and impressively impractical shoes and enough scuffed doll parts as to suggest an elaborate prank by the chortling ghost of Hans Bellmer. This is Paris as seen through the eyes of designer and writer Jessica Helfand, who is well into the 140-day adventure in the City of Lights that she is chronicling—evocatively, tersely, brilliantly—via Twitter (@ParisOneForty). “A picture a day for 140 days. A caption a day for 140 days. Every caption will be—wait for it—140 characters,” she promised at the outset. “There may be video too. And eventually a book!”

Design Jobs: Pratt Institute, Fusion, Levine/Leavitt

This week, Pratt Institute is hiring an associate director of project management, while Fusion needs an art director is looking for a studio manager, and Columbia College Chicago is on the hunt for a media center technician. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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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.

Studio Job, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Manuel Ameztoy to Debut Works in Miami

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Gonzalo Fuenmayor, The Unexpected Guest, 2014 (Photo: Collection of Alan Faena and Ximena Caminos)

The Rem Koolhaas/OMA-designed Faena Forum doesn’t open ’til the next edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, but that won’t stop it from being the talk of this go-round. The building-in-progress, slated to be the 50,000-square-foot centerpiece of Alan Faena‘s Miami Beach mixed-use wonderland at 33rd and Collins, is making a splash with the newly opened Faena Collaboratory.

Designed with Koolhaas and Atelier Marko Brajovic, the pop-up pavilion provides a window into the creative process behind the Faena Forum through an installation of models, drawings, notes, and research and will also serve as the temporary home for site-specific commissions by Studio Job (we hear the Antwerp-based design collective is riffing on the Fountain of Youth) and Colombian-born, Miami-based artist Gonzalo Fuenmayor, who is promising nothing short of “Eden”: an outdoor installation of tropical-themed, trans-American opulence.
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In Which We Seek Your Design News

If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times: “I could tell you this Big Design News, but then I’d have to kill you.” Now you can give us the scoop and skip the messy task of plotting murder, thanks to our handy “Anonymous Tips” box nestled in the menu bar at right, below the search box. Simply type in your news—design happenings, movements of the Revolving Door, scandalous revelations, a designer’s hidden talent, or any newsy, design-y morsel—and click “Send.” And for those not inclined to clandestine tipping, we’re still just an e-mail away.

Quote of Note | Yang Liu

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“Pictograms are the earliest means of communication in all cultures. Simple illustrations slowly developed into pictorial characters and then into scripts as we know them today. I want to keep my visual means as concise as possible so that the content is in the foreground. In traditional Chinese culture, it is considered the highest of art forms to portray profound content with the fewest visual means. That tradition has also undoubtedly influenced me on a formative level.”

-Beijing-born, Berlin-based designer Yang Liu, who has followed up her East meets West with Man meets Woman (Taschen), “a documentation of my impression of gender roles and equality” in clever pictograms

Illustration for Fun and Profit

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Take your drawings from the page to publication with the help of Mediabistro’s short course on publishing your illustrations and cartoons. Writer and illustrator Jessica Olien will guide you through the markets for your illustrated work, from approaching online and print publications with ideas to preparing a picture book dummy for submission to an agent or editor (Olien’s own picture book, Shark Detective, attacks next fall from HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray). By Christmas, you’ll have brainstormed ideas for illustrated work and come up with a list of places to submit.You’ll also have a list of resources to turn to whenever you come up with new ideas. The online learning fun starts tomorrow night, so sharpen your Prismacolors and register now.

Duncan Campbell Wins Turner Prize

duncanportraitArt Basel Miami Beach week kicks off with some breaking news from across the pond: Duncan Campbell is the winner of this year’s Turner Prize. The Dublin-born, Glasgow-based artist is known for his films about controversial figures such as Irish political activist Bernadette Devlin and automotive superstar/conman John DeLorean.

In accepting the £25,000 prize (approximately $40,000 at current exchange) from presenter Chiwetel Ejiofor (star of 1999 Turner Prize winner Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years a Slave) this evening at a ceremony at Tate Britain, Campbell bested the rest of the shortlist: Ciara Phillips, James Richards, and Tris Vonna-Michell. Here’s an excerpt from the winning work, If for Others (2013), a response to Statues Also Die, a 1953 film essay by Chris Marker and Alain Resnais about historical African art and colonialism. Made for the Scottish pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, Campbell’s film includes archival footage and photos, reenactments and monologues, as well as new work by choreographer Michael Clark.
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Friday Photo: The Leica That Took the Reichstag

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(Yevgeny Khalder)OK, so it’s the Leica that took the photo of Russian troops taking the Reichstag, but you get the idea! Alas, there is no Black Friday discount on this camera, which goes on the block tomorrow in Hong Kong as part of Bonhams’ droolworthy Leica centenary sale (note to Tom Sachs: there’s also a fine circa-1966 NASA model up for grabs) and is estimated to fetch between 3 million and 4 million Hong Kong dollars—approximately $390,000-$520,000 at current exchange.

While working as a photojournalist for the Soviet news agency TASS, Yevgeni Khaldei used the trusty chrome Leica III to take Raising a Flag over the Reichstag (above), one of the most famous photographs of World War II. There is more than Khaldei’s eye and the Leica’s Elmar 3.5cm f/3.5 lens to thank for the image: taken on May 2, 1945, it’s a restaging of the moment two days earlier when Red Army fighters had first flown the Soviet flag over the Reichstag (Germans had fought back and dislodged the Red Army, scuttling that photo op). And there was also a bit of Soviet-style proto-Photoshopping involved: more smoke was added to suggest that the fighting was still taking place and the soldiers’ looted watches were made to vanish from their wrists and from history.

Happy Thanksgiving from UnBeige

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Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York, 2012,” now available to purchase from our friends at Aperture.

Thank you for joining us through another year of news, events, books, films, and curiosities in the world of design, art, and visual culture. May your Thanksgiving be restful, delicious, and well-designed.

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