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New Frontiers of Graphic Design Event: Haiku Your Way to Free Tickets

pair o' tickets.jpgThe sure-to-be-scintillating “New Frontiers of Graphic Design” panel discussion is fast approaching. Next Thursday evening, designers, creative directors, marketers, branding junkies, and design lovers will converge on Tribeca Cinemas in New York City to hear from Heidi Dangelmaier, Doug Jaeger, Chris Rubino, and Felix Sockwell about the opportunities and anxieties driving design today. How is the the role of old-school design fundamentals evolving in the age of Illustrator? What’s changing in the way marketing and professionals work with designers? What’s new, innovative, and unexpected? This is your chance to find out.

We’ve got two pairs of tickets to bestow upon the readers who send us the best design-themed haikus. (Haiku insta-lesson: Three phrases/lines of five, seven, and five syllables, respectively.) As you know, “design-themed” is a terribly elastic phrase, so be creative: an ode to a favorite (or particularly evil) typeface, a laconic love note to Steven Heller, a minimalist magazine design critique, whatever strikes your fancy. E-mail your design haiku to (subject: Contest) no later than this Monday, March 23. Those who have an aversion to contests and/or Japanese poetry can buy tickets the old-fashioned way: by clicking here, and as an UnBeige reader, you can save $25 by entering the discount code TW25.

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We Can Hardly Wait For This 2008 Calendar


While we’re on the topic of keeping track of 2008 in a designer-approved manner, let’s venture over to the site of one Jennifer Daniel. She’s the one who created that origami dinosaur mascot that introduced A Brief Message. She also possesses what is possibly the most awesomely-named URL of all time.

Daniel has gathered together a group of people we really like, like Kate Bingaman-Burt, Chris Rubino, and Leif Parsons, to create a 2008 calendar made up of 12 posters, including the February gem by Daniel and Erin Sparling you see above. $30 plus shipping and handling gets you a full year of illustrated joy.

Victore’s Plate Gets Fuller, Rubino Kills Animals

For those not stuffing themselves with cake last night in celebration of’s boa models, the place to be in NYC was the Art Directors Club. And that’s exactly where our Stephanie Murg was.


Designers James Victore and Chris Rubino headlined the third in ADC’s series of four Adobe-sponsored “Young Guns” events. The pair kept the crowd amused and riveted by discussing some of their DIY-flavored projects and how they relate to their client work.

Cliche-clobbering Victore hinted that he’s close to a deal to produce plates featuring his designs with Royal Tichelaar Makkum, the Dutch ceramics firm that has collaborated with the likes of Hella Jongerius. The venture would build upon a series of recent Victore plate exhibitions (at venues including Design with Reach and The Future Perfect) that stemmed from the designer’s habit of drawing on plates in restaurants during his salad days.

Victore emphasized that he went after the project, cold calling and e-mailing the company during a trip to Europe. For him, DIY doesn’t mean going solo. “Don’t do it yourself,” he told the audience. “At my studio, when we want to do something, the first thing we do is figure out who we know that can make this shit happen.” Among the shit they’ve currently got happening is work on the Yohji Yamamoto men’s collection, a line of handpainted surfboards, and, intriguingly, “starting a school.”


Rubino, who was off to Hong Kong today for the Tuesday opening of a solo show of his work, had the crowd in stitches over a series of his hilarious “Something I Saw This Week” snapshots. Then he talked about killing animals–specifically how the animal-adorned holiday packaging that he designed for Banana Republic led him to draw more animals that factored into a number of personal projects, until finally, he said, “I had killed animals.”

Our pick for quote of the night, however, came during Rubino’s discussion of the evolving poster-based work he has done for Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz‘s Labyrinth Theater Company. Explained Rubino, “The meetings are like, you won an Oscar, you won a Pulitzer, I’m eating pizza.”

Stephanie Murg

Victore & Rubino, Reaping the Whirlwind

Another New York must-see by Stephanie Murg.


“Young Guns” invade the Art Directors Club of New York on Thursday evening, but Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, and rugged mustaches will (probably) be nowhere in sight. The mavericks in question are two of our favorites: James Victore and Chris Rubino. They’ll discuss not their dizzyingly vast array of client work but some of the projects they pursue for themselves. Expect knock-your-socks-off visuals and creative boundary-pushing that, in turn, fuels the work they produce for clients.

You’re probably already versed in Victore, who helms “an independent design studio hell-bent on world domination,” among other things. And whether you know it or not, you’ve seen Rubino’s work on everything from Banana Republic bags to Outkast‘s DVD. After Young Guns Live, stroll a dozen blocks uptown and check out the Original Penguin Store, for which Rubino created the pitch-perfect visuals, merchandising, and packaging.

We’ll be there, hoping that someone has the foresight to open and close the event with Bon Jovi’s “Blaze of Glory.”

Tickets and information here.

Stephanie Murg