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Posts Tagged ‘Felix Sockwell’

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 unbeige@mediabistro.com (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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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.

Debbie Millman’s Party Packs the House

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As we lamented that we couldn’t be there to toast Debbie Millman‘s book release (and revealed we were drinking ourselves to sleep instead) one faithful UnBeige reader had the presence of mind to document the evening. Jonathan Selikoff got three shots, including one of Millman basking in Massimo Vignelli‘s charm above (those Vignellis sure do get out a lot). He also tells us that just as Simon Williams gave a nice, rambling toast on behalf of Millman, there was a chant of “Debbie! Debbie! Debbie!”

Also spotted by our informants: Paul Sahre, James Victore, Felix Sockwell, Rodrigo Corral (who designed her book’s cover), Khoi Vinh, Scott Stowell and Emily Oberman, plus a report that in the elevator on the way down, a woman said that if a bomb had gone off in the room, the NY design scene would cease to exist. Sounds like our kind of party.

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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.

A Slimmer NY Times Has No More Room For Graphics?

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When a major paper shrinks everyone panics for one reason or another due to the loss of real estate. But in the case of the NY Times, Nieman Watchdog writer Gil Cranberg advocates a semi-insane plan of ditching the graphics for more words, something he’s apparently stumped for before:

I am renewing the complaint because, with newspapers narrowing their widths, it’s more urgent than ever that they quit shortchanging space for news by running splashy, oversized graphics that make minimal contribution to understanding the news. It’s as though there’s a virus in the land causing copy-cat editors addicted to excessive art to follow each other over a cliff.

Cranberg calls this abomination the “Invasion of the Space Snatchers.” Ooooooh. Scawy. We also like this bit:

It’s surprising, to say the least, for a paper with the kind of serious readership the Times has, to go overboard on graphics. Other publications should resist the temptation to follow its lead.

Because, let’s face it: “Serious” readers do not look at pictures. Ever.

Luckily, our hero Steven Heller, an art director at the NY Times for three decades, can type some sense into this argument:

Now, Mr. Cranberg does not object to pictures that provide information – graphics or photos – but not all imagery can or should provide the facts, and nothing but the facts. The role of illustration is to enhance and illuminate, not always to echo a story, particularly a “think piece,” like those published on OpEd pages. There are aesthetic pleasures provided by good, well drawn and conceived illustration. They are often hooks that help the reader enter a story, or when superb, stand alone as integral commentaries. They don’t just eat up valuable editorial space, but optimize the space at hand by giving allure to a story that a headline, blurb, or even info-graphic may not be able to do on its own.

Case in point, says Felix Sockwell, who writes in to suggest that Paul Sahre‘s illustration about the Barry Bonds “*” (above) is “one of the best minimalist 2′ x 2.5′ (standard Times size) op-eds in a while.”

We agree. Worth every precious column inch.

Herman Miller Wants You to Be Yourself

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The Leaf Light seems to have ushered in more than just an era of Yves-worship. Herman Miller has launched an entire line based on the simple and sustainable premise, the Be Collection:

The wide-ranging portfolio includes an innovative personal heating/cooling unit (above), a pair of Yves Behar-designed lights, an enhancement of Herman Miller’s revolutionary Babble voice privacy technology, as well as new personal organization, and paper management tools. New keyboard platforms and monitor arms with a fresh approach to design and environmentally friendly materials complete the collection.

Visit the Be Collection site, or, if you’d like to be introduced to the collection and have a catchy whistled tune stuck in your head all day, watch this pretty little animation with illustrations by Felix Sockwell.

This Design Festival Is Coming At You Like a Spider Monkey

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Do not be alarmed. These are simply sneak preview shots of the giant inflatable monkeys that Monika Aichele created for the Six Cities Design Festival in Scotland. The monkeys appeared today, the day before our favorite design conference headliner, Stefan Sagmeister, appears in Glasgow. Thanks to the unflappable Felix Sockwell.

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Ex-Gang Member “Blubberboy” Nussbaum Goes On the Defensive

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Thanks to this photo illustration by Felix Sockwell we can fully envision Bruce Nussbaum‘s current fate had he not disclosed his membership in the bloodthirsty Blubber’s Gang that once roamed Eighth Street between Avenues C and D.

Nussbaum, responding to a Gawker post about his situation, is still trying to bring it into the realm of design, filing his post under “innovation,” calling the situation “crowd-mobbing” and saying we can all learn a valuable lesson here about user-generated content and social media.

Social media? We don’t care about that, Nussbaum. What we want to know is this: How many business writer asses did you have to pop a cap in to get where you are today?