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Posts Tagged ‘Ed Fella’

Finally! Emigre Becomes a Blog! Kinda. Not Really. No, Not at All.

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When Emigre went bye-bye, we cursed, we cried, we accepted that anything in print that good would never find its way online again. But what to our wondering eyes should appear? Emigre essays and interviews online, as their physical back issues sell out!

First up is Emigre #30, aptly named “Fallout” because of its theme: A response to a controversial Steven Heller essay named “Cult of the Ugly” that was published in a 1994 Eye. In addition to Cranbrook student David Shields–one of the designers of the publication that inspired Heller to write the “Ugly” essay–Michael Dooley interviews Mr. Keedy, Ed Fella and Heller to get the full story. So why read it now?:

For those of you who missed the typographic debates of the 90s, or for those nostalgic for those turbulent times in design, these interviews are not to be missed as they define a historical moment in graphic design.

There’s plenty more where that came from, too. We recommend oldie but goodie “Saving Advertising” that Jelly Helm wrote in 2000 (still very relevant today, although sadly, advertising is not). Also recently posted is an interview with born-again blogger Rick Poynor, who coincidentally announced his first retirement from the blogosphere when reviewing the final issue of Emigre. And there you go, the internet is suddenly cool again.

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The Martha Stewart Moment at the AIGA Gala

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It was only a few months ago that the boozy reports from AIGA’s Design Legends Gala trickled in to our eager UnBeige ears. Although we seem to have forgotten most of the highlights, one in particular has stuck with us. Apparently, a certain Martha Stewart delivered the biggest hit of the night while accepting the Corporate Leadership Award for Martha Stewart Omnimedia. And now, we have the video (scroll down, mid-page, that’s it…click).

Although it’s a real treat to see Medalists Bruce Mau, Ellen Lupton and Ed Fella get their awards, along with Georg Olden Jr. accepting for his father, Georg Olden, the comedic trio of Kurt Andersen, Gael Towey and Martha Stewart are an unstoppable, wildly entertaining team. The video is over 18 minutes long but it includes some pretty pictures of Martha Stewart Living at the beginning and a hilarious, heartfelt story about how Andersen almost ruined Stewart’s life. She does say the j-word, too.

CalArts Design Students Launch pub

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We’ve just been handed the first issue of pub, the new journal-zine by those crazy kids at CalArts. A nice pink and green cover gives way to a dozen interviews with people like Karin Fong, Jens Gelhhaar, Mr. Keedy and Geoff McFetridge. Our personal favorites are ten pages of Ed Fella‘s “collections” and drawings by Beau Johnson. Copies are $10 but it doesn’t look like online ordering is enabled; we bet you could email them for one.

Dare we say this group of very ambitious students is trying to fill some Emigre-sized shoes? Hmmmm?

The Eternally Backwards Ed Fella

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We love the Lives column in the NY Times Mag, but we love it even more when people we know get to commandeer it for a Sunday. Recent AIGA Medalist Ed Fella talks about his choice to return to school at the ripe young age of 45 in yesterday’s essay “Backwards to School.” There’s no image of the college collage of which he speaks, so if anyone happens to have one of those things made out of real paper hanging around, send us a shot.

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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Graphic Design Is the New Porn! Sweet!

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What an outstanding mid-afternoon delight here at Schools of Thoughts as David Cabianca announced graphic design as the new porn and rolled out some of his signature luscious prose with a succession of indulgent imagery to prove it’s okay to create some superhot, sticky design every once in awhile.

Among the over-the-top examples were five slides of 2007 AIGA Medalist Ed Fella‘s work, who just so happened to be sitting in the front row. If he was flattered to be included in the too-sexy lineup, he didn’t show it.