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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.

Jasper Morrison, Yoshio Taniguchi to Receive Isamu Noguchi Award

noguchiThe Noguchi Museum in NYC’s Long Island City announced today plans to honor designer Jasper Morrison and architect Yoshio Taniguchi with its Isamu Noguchi award. The honor was created earlier this year to recognize “like-minded spirits who share Noguchi’s commitment to innovation, global consciousness, and Japanese/American exchange,” according to the museum. Motohide Yoshikawa, ambassador of Japan to the United Nations, will present the awards at the museum’s annual spring benefit on May 19, 2015, part of a year-long 30th anniversary celebration. Helping to clinch the win for Morrison? His Noguchi-like blend of a “quiet respect for materials” with a “profoundly and purposefully cosmopolitan” approach. The inaugural winners of the Isamu Noguchi award, a Red Cube-inspired trophy created by Noguchi’s longtime fabricator Peter Carlson, were Norman Foster and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Pictured: Yoshio Taniguchi and Jasper Morrison (Photos from left: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Kento Mori).

Learn Infographics and Party Like a Chart Star

daniel zeeviReady to respond to requests of “Show me the data!” with more than a sad little bar graph? The Mediabistro mothership is now recruiting would-be data visualizers for an online course in infographics that can “engage an audience in your brand, cause, or mission.” Guided by tech-meets-branding whiz Amanda McCormick, whose resume includes work with organizations such as New York City Ballet, Bitly, and SocialFlow, students will get up to speed with online tools (we’re looking at you Many Eyes) and develop a robust spec for a data visualization. The infographical fun starts Tuesday, January 20. Learn more here.

Quote of Note | Rem Koolhaas

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“I was born in Rotterdam, but when I was four months old my parents took me to Amsterdam, and I never went back until I was thirty-eight and needed to decide where our architecture office would be located. I had just returned from America and had to choose between Amsterdam and someplace else in the Randstad. My instincts told me that Rotterdam would offer the best breeding ground for the kind of architecture we wanted to create, and I was vaguely aware that, since [Second World] War, and partly because Rotterdam was destroyed then, the city had systematically fostered the whole idea of modernity in the Netherlands.”
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Pictured: A recent addition to the Rotterdam skyline is the OMA-designed De Rotterdam, a mixed-use slab-tower conceived as a “vertical city” on the river Maas.

Blank Space Kicks Off Architectural Fairy Tales Competition

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Once upon a time (OK, last year), in the vast, virtual land of Blank Space, there was a great flowering of architectural ideas for a competition of Fairy Tales. Who’s up for a second round? That’s right–Blank Space’s Fairy Tales competition is back, inviting architects, designers, writers, artists, engineers, illustrators, students, and other creative types to submit their own architectural stories. “The scale, location, and program of the submission is up to each entrant,” according to the organizers. “A successful entry crafts a text narrative, along with five images, in the most spectacular way possible.”

As if you needed more pressure than the word “spectacular” in the guidelines, the 2015 jury includes artist Anish Kapoor, MoMA’s Paola Antonelli, Fuseproject CEO Yves Behar, and OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu. “Architecture is an untapped source of magnificent stories waiting to be imagined, visualized, and built. The world can’t wait to be told stories like this,” says Blank Space co-founder Matthew Hoffman. “We hope many people will accept the challenge and write and design their own.” You have until December 12th to to tell your story, and procrastinators have until the late registration deadline of January 16th.

Design Jobs: Amazon, Pratt Institute, Q by Equinox

This week, Amazon is hiring a graphic designer for Comixology, as well as a senior e-commerce graphic designer for Quidsi. Meanwhile, Pratt Institute is looking for an associate director of project management, and Q by Equinox is on the hunt for a photo editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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