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Posts Tagged ‘David Womack’

Heller Good! Two New Books to Celebrate Steven Heller Week

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It’s fitting that during Steven Heller Week, the one person who has written more design books than any man or machine on this planet would have two new books coming out. Add titles #3,124,342 and #3,124,343 to your library today: Becoming a Digital Designer, which he co-authored with one of the greatest dancers on this planet, David Womack, and New Vintage Type, which he co-authored with one of the best storytellers on this planet, Gail Anderson.

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And because we know you can’t stop/won’t stop when it comes to getting your Heller on, don’t forget tonight’s chat with Michael Bierut at 7pm. It’s yet another chance to check out that beautiful exhibition by Kevin O’Callaghan, which runs ’til December 1.

Update: The Great One himself says the show has been extended until December 8, giving you a whole ‘nother week to bask in Hellerosity.

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Dirty Dancing Observer Party

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Sometimes at these conference things it’s nice to escape the pristine white hallways for a hot, filthy little basement packed thick with grinding graphic designers. Where legends of print, stage, screen, the airwaves, and a movie about graphic design take the stage for guest DJ sets. Where you not only don’t know which body part is being violated by which person’s gyrating sweaty loins, you don’t care because Kevin Smith is playing Prince and you just gotta dance, dammit. Oh yes, this was the Design Observer party.

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Head DJ Smith with Debbie Millman, throwing out a little J-Lo.

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Laurie Rosenwald was anything but “tired”; Gary Hustwit, who spun his own real records, prepares to take the stage.

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Host Michael Bierut looking dapper, Bill Drenttel (we can call you Bill, right?) becomes possessed by the demons of the dance floor.

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Randy Hunt gets jiggy; Marian Bantjes‘ hot bow-topped boots.

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Dancemaster David Womack takes a break to compare tans with Nik Hafermaas; Eric Heiman can’t control himself.

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Print’s Party Was Packed, But Ours Had Craig Newmark

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Although we were nearly deterred by the swamplike streets of Little Italy (don’t tell us to get over it, we’re from Los Angeles), many braved the overflowing gutters to check out Print’s New Visual Artists last Thursday night in NY. The roster of 20 very international artists–all under 30–and hundreds of their new best friends packed into the superskinny Groupe space on Elizabeth Street and toasted each other with two flavors of vodka–huckleberry (pretty good) or peach caffeinated (dangerous).

Among the wet and well-dressed were Print editor Joyce Rutter Kaye looking glamorous in a blue silky top, Leif Parsons, looking tall, and bespectacled Debbie Millman (heading home to prep for her show with Barbara Kruger the next day). Print staffers Emily Gordon and Lindsay Ballant were both busy playing hostess. We congratulated 2007 inductee Kevin Smith and past honoree Rob Giampietro, who informed us that Rudy VanderLans was in town for a photo show at Park Avenue Armory.

Print contributors Alice Twemlow and David Womack nodded their heads to the strains of almost-too-old school hip hop, although, really, how can you go wrong with “Cool It Now“? We gazed at Jane art director Jeff Glendenning‘s t-shirt but couldn’t quite place it until he told us he used to work at the NYT Magazine…oh yeah, that one. Afterwards we ducked around the corner for fresh-n-fruity drinks at Cafe Habana with Khoi Vinh, Aviva Michaelov and Brian Rea, and we were later joined by the delightfully-bookish Rodrigo Corral.

It was much drier the next evening when we gathered around the koi ponds and cocaine-fabulous decor of Chinatown Brasserie (Seriously, mirrored club chairs? No.) for the mediabistro.com party, where more than a few mai tais were tossed back by familiar faces that included Adam Greenfield, Liz Danzico, Rachel Abrams, Sam Potts and Louise Ma (later we collected Allan Chochinov and Emma Presler). Man-of-the-hour was a toss up between a jovial Craig Newmark (of List fame) or Jesse Kirshbaum, who is now the proud owner of the first-ever UnBeige shirt. Even though he had absolutely no idea what we wrote about.

Meeting the Teachers

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After Peter Turchi‘s mind-mapping adventure, we followed the Schools of Thoughts luminaries to the speakers’ dinner. We found the unofficial design writers’ table where we enjoyed a seemingly endless stream of steaming Thai dishes and hot sake…also, fortunately, endless.

We were joined by mainstage speaker Allan Chochinov finally told us the story behind Core77‘s name, moderating duo Alice Twemlow and David Womack, conference organizer Louise Sandhaus (who confirmed, yes, her studio is named LSD) and Lorraine Wild, who’ll have to split for a bit Sunday to fulfill her Sister Corita duties.

New to UnBeige, although we’ve talked about her before, is Susan Yelavich, who we met for the first time at the perpetual feast. Her absolutely delightful article about the decorative implications of the paperweight can currently be found on the back page of I.D. Oh yeah, and she’s also a “South Park” fan.

Taking a Gamble

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Two architecture students from USC have the greatest dorm rooms in the greater Los Angeles area: They live in servants’ quarters of the 1908 Craftsman masterpiece the Gamble House in Pasadena. As you can imagine, competition is fierce.

We had never made the trip over the hill to see this Greene and Greene gem (even though we’d been enamored with it ever since it was featured as Dr. Emmett Brown’s house in Back to the Future), but we were lured over by visiting cool weather-dwellers David Womack and Alice Twemlow (plus our own visiting parents who were luckily fans of both Craftsman architecture and Christopher Lloyd).

One thing we were totally unprepared for: It’s dark in there. It’s so dark that the docent had to use a flashlight to point out the ornamental details in the woodwork. It’s so dark that when the Gamble family considered selling the house, a prospective buyer told his concerned wife, “Don’t worry, we can just paint all the woodwork white.” The house was taken off the market immediately.