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Christoph Niemann, RISD’s Rosanne Somerson Among ‘Doodle 4 Google’ Contest Judges

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The 2013 national Doodle 4 Google winner was 17-year-old Sabrina Brady from Wisconsin.

christoph-niemannPut on your inventor’s helmets and break out the fancy Prismacolors, kids, because the Doodle 4 Google contest is back with a new doodling prompt: “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…” (Magical video glasses is probably too on the nose).

“Our theme this year is all about curiosity, possibility, and imagination,” notes Google, which has run the annual competition since 2008. Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in U.S. schools are invited to complete that sentence in the form of a redesign of the Google logo. The winning doodle will be animated and featured, for one glorious day, on the search giant’s homepage, and the lucky doodler receives a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school. Among this year’s illustrious guest judges are artist, designer, and author Christoph Niemann (pictured) and Rhode Island School of Design interim president Rosanne Somerson, who are joined by the likes of Lemony Snicket, LEGO robotics designer Lee Magpili, and Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, directors of The Lego Movie. Start dreaming and doodling now, because all entries must be received by March 20.

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There’s an App for That: Petting Zoo


Acclaimed illustrator Christoph Niemann (Abstract City, I LEGO N.Y.) gets interactive with Petting Zoo, a new app (for iPhones, iPads and now Android devices) that puts a high-tech twist on hand-drawn animation. Users of all ages can swipe and tap their way through the interactive picture book of 21 unconventional animals, from breakdancing dogs to elastic-limbed rabbits. Says Niemann of each creature in his animated menagerie, “You can slowly approach it, touch it, and it will do something unpredictable, but most likely something fun and adorable.”

Got an app we should know about? Drop us a line at unbeige [at] mediabistro.com

It’s the Most Wonderful Op-Ed Art of the Year

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Christoph Niemann‘s jars-o-fun? Andrea Deszö‘s flower power (above)? Paula Scher‘s blog dissection (which we loved back in April)? Yep, they’re all there, in the NY Times’ Notable Op-Ed Art slideshow.

New York Holiday Party Report

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Thanks for the invitations, New York design community (or in some cases, not having a list at the door). Here’s where we found ourselves drinking free toddies this week…

Rockwell Group
Address: Bowlmor Lanes
Crowd: Rockwell Group employees
Specialty Cocktail: Bullshot, served by “celebrity bartender” Laurie Rosenwald
Big Sightings: Maira Kalman, Tucker Viemeister wearing a Santa hat
Just Missed: Chee Pearlman
Highlight (pictured here): A video kaleidoscope created by James Tichenor and Joshua Walton that projected snowflakes cut by partygoers onto huge screens around the room. No word on how many Bullshots were served before bare butts were also projected around the room.

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Debbie Millman’s SVA Class
Address: Millman’s swank pad
Crowd: Students, former “Design Matters” guests
Specialty Cocktail: Champagne (for those of age), as double-fisted by Felix Sockwell
Big Sightings: Chip Kidd, James Victore, Tobias Frere-Jones
Just Missed: Joyce Rutter Kaye
Highlight: Millman giving signed copies of 100% Evil to her students, which were doodled on more by Christoph Niemann and Nicholas Blechman, both in attendance.

The Architect’s Newspaper
Address: The well-appointed loft of William Menking and Diana Darling
Crowd: Architects, writers, architect-writers
Specialty Cocktail: Real egg nog, with fresh grated nutmeg
Big Sightings: The lady design journalist power trio of Julie Lasky, Julie Iovine and Eve Kahn
Just Missed: Teddy Cruz
Highlight: The view.

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Good Design Party
Address: Good pop-up store
Crowd: Green design consultants, graphic designers, Mr. T fans
Specialty Cocktail: Organic wheat vodka with Izze sparkling clementine juice in biodegradable cups made from corn
Big Sightings: Emily Oberman, supercute young’un Jonathan Harris presenting the Whale Hunt
Just Missed: Bobby Martin giving his slam-dunk presentation again
Highlight: Mike Essl showing off his world’s largest Mr. T memorabilia collection, including a clip from VH1′s “Totally Obsessed” where he and his co-collector eat a 20-year-old box of Mr. T cereal.

Nicholas Blechman’s Nozone Is Still All Too Resonant

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Nicholas Blechman‘s Nozone is a brilliant little zine with a star-studded roster of contributors. Issue 9, Empire, which was published in 2004, is probably the most famous, but as Blechman went through the highlights at today’s Cause/Effect, we were like, dude, this could have been published yesterday. The issues of imperialism are handled with grace and wit by people like Paul Sahre, Stefan Sagmeister and Christoph Niemann (his flags from fictional countries are a hoot). You can see some of the issue online here, by clicking Empire, then clicking the contributor names.

If you haven’t bought it already, we still say Empire would make the perfect Christmas gift for the social activist/graphic novel fan in your life. Or you could always wait until the next issue, which will be arriving at an undisclosed time: Forecast.

We Heart Christoph Niemann, With a Cute Illustrated Arrow Through It

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See that illustration over there, that got the biggest laughs tonight? We’re the toothpaste and Christoph Niemann is the brush.

“Every morning I get dressed, I tell my kids I’m going to work and I go to my studio and I draw fried chicken.” But although his work is loaded with brush strokes and pencil sketches, Niemann approaches his work like a graphic designer, starting with the ideas first. It’s as if he gets the assignment as an illustrator and then he goes and talks to himself as the art director. And basically, he’s just having too much fun entertaining himself to do anything else.

After showing two exceptionally hilarious New Yorker covers, he reveals he has no problem pillaging famous pieces of work or artistic styles. He definitely would do conceptual work, he just don’t have the balls to do things people don’t laugh at. Illustration (“cheap jokes” as he says) gives him the kind of reaction that design just doesn’t get. It even goes against his upbringing, as he says people say to him: “Oh, you’re German, you’re funny, that’s unusual.”

He even treats us to a reading of his Police Cloud book he wrote for his children (we’ve heard rave reviews from four-year-olds). He’s writing a new book that uses personified Chinese lettering to teach the letterforms to kids. And his final slide was an amazing mosaic he’s creating for his kids’ bathroom that’s a customized NYC subway map created with 4-inch tiles (the subway is their very favorite thing). What we wouldn’t give to be adopted by the Niemann family.

All AIGA NEXT coverage here.

AIGA NY’s Talking Small, Thinking Big

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The fall series (oh gosh, can we really say ‘fall’ if it’s 95 outside?) of AIGA NY’s Small Talks kicks off on September 11 with a blockbuster of an event. Be/Seated features Felix Sockwell (designer of the unflappable banner you see above), Steve Frykholm of Herman Miller and Peter Bell, Creative Director of Fairly Painless Advertising. The three collaborated on the Herman Miller “Be” collection, which we got excited about here a few months back.

Now, should you want to be a truly dedicated NY design patron, be sure to buy a season pass to all the AIGA NY Small Talks, which are peppered with all sorts of big names like Tamara Shopsin and Christoph Niemann.

AIGA’s NEXT Conference Promises Big Names, Beer and Drama

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Lots going on at the Organization Formerly Known as the American Institude of Graphic Arts that we need to catch you up on. The site has just launched for AIGA’s national design conference, NEXT, which is taking place this October 11-14 in Denver. Kurt Andersen, Marian Bantjes, Janine Benyus, Paul Budnitz, Katherine & Michael McCoy and Christoph Niemann will all be hitting the mainstage, and you can look for us poisoning young minds once again. Tickets to the concurrent Great American Beer Festival are sold separately, but the $15 designated driver ticket could come in very handy for either event, depending on your idea of “design thinking.”

Secondly, they’ve just announced the component of the conference we’re looking forward to the most, Command X, an onstage reality show/design contest that will unfold in real time throughout the three days–get it, Command X? We’d say it’s like “Top Design” but we’d rather say it’s like “Project Runway” because that show was better.

Contestants get to attend the conference for free; the winner will get $1000 and other prizes. You must be 26 or younger and an AIGA member to apply, deadline is June 30, details are here, and anyone who makes it up there better make it interesting for us–we are creating an entry for “Hysterical Designer Threatens Peers With X-Acto Knife” right now.

If Christoph Niemann’s the Toothbrush, Consider Us the Paste

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Today it was a true treat to view the latest in the School of Visual Arts MFA Designer as Author podcasts, which we keep on going back to, mainly because they have video. (Honestly, unless you’re paying $1200 for a two-day conference, how else are you going to see your favorite designers in action?)

Christoph Niemann stars in this two-parter and although we’ve enjoyed his design and illustration for quite some time now, we’ll admit that seeing him speak came as quite a shock. He’s as funny and articulate as his work–not always the case when it comes to those who doodle. Plus, he’s incredibly young–we imagined this graying German elder, which he’s definitely not. We might even consider making Niemann our next internet crush. Once Ze goes off the air, that is. Only 15 days left!