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Posts Tagged ‘Debbie Millman’

How to Party Like a Great Graphic Designer

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You’ve seen the Rodrigo Corral-designed cover, you’ve read the excerpted interview with James Victore, heck, you may have even pre-ordered your own copy of of Debbie Millman‘s new book, How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer. But do you have the invite to Millman’s book release party? Well, now you do.

Tuesday, October 30th
6:30 to 8:30pm

Fifth Avenue Loft
78 Fifth Avenue between 13th and 14th Street

Special performance by Smalls Recording Artist
Chris Byars Trio

Special wine tasting provided by E & J Gallo Winery

Please rsvp to Lisa Grant at lisa.g AT sterlingbrands.com

Debbie Millman on James Victore in Graphic Define Magazine

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Way back when we got giddy about an upcoming book by Debbie Millman, How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer, which will be published this fall. Now we’re coming at you with this absolutely free, no-strings-attached sneak peek at what’s inside. Excerpted from that book is this fabulous interview with James Victore, which you’ll find in the current issue of Graphic Define Magazine. But really, how could you ignore an interview that opens like this?:

The first time I saw James Victore, he was wearing a gorilla suit.

Check Out Miss August 2007

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We don’t normally get to talk about sexy models plastered across the covers of design magazines.

But the eye candy on HOW’s Future of Design issue certainly got our attention.

Just wait until you see the centerfold.

Shepard Fairey Appearing on Today’s “Design Matters” Live From His Hospital Bed

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We were extremely concerned about recent Splasher Target Shepard Fairey earlier today when we heard he was in the hospital. Was the anti-street art pressure getting to him? Did the Splasher go too far?

Turns out, the Godfather of American Street Art went in for some emergency eye surgery last night, cancelling his appearance on “Design Matters” today. However, we just got word that Fairey was still a bit groggy when the powers that be made that decision, and as soon as he woke up, he demanded that he do the show. So, Fairey joins Debbie Millman today on the final “Design Matters” show of the year, live from his hospital bed. What a way to end the season!

Listen live from 3-4 EST, and remember, it’s a call-in show: 1.866.472.5790 There’s more info about today’s show (and all Design Matters shows) here.

AIGA DC Is Cuckoo For Customized Clocks

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Tomorrow night, at the Galleria at Lafayette Centre in Washington, DC, hundreds of designers will be watching the clocks. Not just any old clocks, oh no, these are designer clocks, made by the finest clockmakers in the country: Marian Bantjes (above), Jessica Helfand, Ed Fella, Debbie Millman, and we could go on and on. The clocks will be auctioned off, and the event, Design For the Fun of It 14, will benefit AIGA DC. If you have time, check out all the clocks on this Flickr set. The one below is by Modern Dog (of course).

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Luke “The Man” Hayman on “Design Matters”

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We know they plan these schedules way in advance but, man, could the timing be any better for Luke Hayman to get grilled by Debbie Millman on today’s “Design Matters?” For Hayman (above right, with potty mouth George Lois), the past few months have gone something like this:

1) Join Pentagram
2) Redesign Time
3) Win an Ellie for New York Magazine
4) Praised by Milton Glaser; called “traitor” by Adam Moss
5) Win SPD awards for just about everything in New York Magazine

Tune in today at 3-4 EST and remember, it’s a call-in show: 1.866.472.5790.

Serving Inspiration (and Gelato) at the Portfolio Center

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Hotlanta delivered with a 90-degree day as we made our way to the sizzling little school we used to frequent only a few years ago. As always, the walls were slathered with fine work, the halls buzzed with laughter, Hank Richardson played tennis in a classroom, and students carted boxes of projects in various states of completion up and down the stairs. It was great to be back.

As promised to our incredible audience, we’re posting the links to the many, many people we noted in our presentation who’ve inspired us recently, which also reads like a Best of UnBeige list. Here goes: Steve Delahoyde and the cool kids at Coudal, Dave Werner and his killer portfolio, UnBeige 2006 Crush Ze Frank, Stefan Bucher‘s Daily Monsters, proud parents (of Speak Up and other little things) Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit, Materials and Applications, Treat Street (shhhh, don’t tell!), Jen Bekman and Hey, Hot Shot, Kate Bingaman and her Obsessive Consumption, the lovely Marian Bantjes, Sally Hogshead‘s Radical Careering, Debbie Millman and Design Matters (with Steven Heller today!), Eric Mahoney aka Samurai Love God, Dan Rollman‘s awesome t-shirts, Khoi Vinh‘s Subtraction, Nathan Davidson and his Unibrow, and Keith Scharwath, Aaron Rose and all of the Beautiful Losers.

Thank you to the kind people at the Portfolio Center for having us back and of course, to Ciao Bella Gelato, our favorite gelato in the whole wide world.

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.

David Carson, Where Are You?

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Notorious no-show David Carson has been the butt of two pretty funny jokes in the last few weeks and we’d be downright irresponsible if we didn’t make fun of him, too.

First, Debbie Millman vamped on “Design Matters” when Carson cancelled a few weeks ago by reading the transcript of a previous interview and performing a somewhat brilliant intro. We guess it helps to know in advance that there is a very good chance your guest is going to flake.

But the Be A Design Group boys seem to be seriously offended by his absence since they created this comic strip and wrote a pretty scathing rant, calling him, fondly, “David Car5on.” Marc English has more good dirt in the comments.

The only thing that puzzles us is Carson’s been showing up on time, primped, pressed and tanned for his Helvetica Q&As

Stefan Sagmeister Gives Us Deja Vu All Over Again

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Stefan Sagmeister ended the day with a crowd-pleasing presentation at the Y Conference that seemed to send everyone out into the world with a smile. Now you know we love you, Sags, we do. And we love that thing you do. But as regulars on the conference circuit, we’ve gotta ask you to switch it up a bit. Here’s the recap from a year-and-a-half ago. And one from a year ago. The new developments, as far as we can see, are a cool ad for a economic development agency in Singapore, and that he’s trying to make a giant floating speech bubble out of a blimp.

One thing we did learn is what happened when Sagmeister was performing one scene of a short film which required him to hang out of a window in Debbie Millman‘s office in the Empire State Building, holding a sign that said OVER. The cops came, thinking he was a jumper, and wanted to seize the camera as proof. Millman thought fast and said that the camera contained “personal” footage…they backed off.

Ninja co-conspirator Kent Nichols returned the favor during the Q&A, asking about Sagmeister’s affinity for the painters of light, like Thomas Kinkade. Oh Ninjas, we do hope you’re back tomorrow for more hijinks.

More Y Conference coverage.

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