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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.

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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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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

Victore’s Plate Gets Fuller, Rubino Kills Animals

For those not stuffing themselves with cake last night in celebration of mb.com’s boa models, the place to be in NYC was the Art Directors Club. And that’s exactly where our Stephanie Murg was.

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Designers James Victore and Chris Rubino headlined the third in ADC’s series of four Adobe-sponsored “Young Guns” events. The pair kept the crowd amused and riveted by discussing some of their DIY-flavored projects and how they relate to their client work.

Cliche-clobbering Victore hinted that he’s close to a deal to produce plates featuring his designs with Royal Tichelaar Makkum, the Dutch ceramics firm that has collaborated with the likes of Hella Jongerius. The venture would build upon a series of recent Victore plate exhibitions (at venues including Design with Reach and The Future Perfect) that stemmed from the designer’s habit of drawing on plates in restaurants during his salad days.

Victore emphasized that he went after the project, cold calling and e-mailing the company during a trip to Europe. For him, DIY doesn’t mean going solo. “Don’t do it yourself,” he told the audience. “At my studio, when we want to do something, the first thing we do is figure out who we know that can make this shit happen.” Among the shit they’ve currently got happening is work on the Yohji Yamamoto men’s collection, a line of handpainted surfboards, and, intriguingly, “starting a school.”

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Rubino, who was off to Hong Kong today for the Tuesday opening of a solo show of his work, had the crowd in stitches over a series of his hilarious “Something I Saw This Week” snapshots. Then he talked about killing animals–specifically how the animal-adorned holiday packaging that he designed for Banana Republic led him to draw more animals that factored into a number of personal projects, until finally, he said, “I had killed animals.”

Our pick for quote of the night, however, came during Rubino’s discussion of the evolving poster-based work he has done for Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz‘s Labyrinth Theater Company. Explained Rubino, “The meetings are like, you won an Oscar, you won a Pulitzer, I’m eating pizza.”

Stephanie Murg

Victore & Rubino, Reaping the Whirlwind

Another New York must-see by Stephanie Murg.

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“Young Guns” invade the Art Directors Club of New York on Thursday evening, but Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, and rugged mustaches will (probably) be nowhere in sight. The mavericks in question are two of our favorites: James Victore and Chris Rubino. They’ll discuss not their dizzyingly vast array of client work but some of the projects they pursue for themselves. Expect knock-your-socks-off visuals and creative boundary-pushing that, in turn, fuels the work they produce for clients.

You’re probably already versed in Victore, who helms “an independent design studio hell-bent on world domination,” among other things. And whether you know it or not, you’ve seen Rubino’s work on everything from Banana Republic bags to Outkast‘s DVD. After Young Guns Live, stroll a dozen blocks uptown and check out the Original Penguin Store, for which Rubino created the pitch-perfect visuals, merchandising, and packaging.

We’ll be there, hoping that someone has the foresight to open and close the event with Bon Jovi’s “Blaze of Glory.”

Tickets and information here.

Stephanie Murg

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.

James Victore Hangs Ten (Times Four)

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If our saltwater-swollen brain serves us correctly, it was about a year ago that we spent a day surfing with James Victore. He swore us to secrecy that day about his plans for combining his two greatest loves to create surfboard art. Now, we’re free to spread the word about the “American Badass” collection, hand-painted by Victore and shaped by Mike Becker.

The shortboards are inspired by Picasso and say (translated): “Danger, what curves! And me with no brakes!” and “and cold beer.” Longboarders get one of Victore’s signature skull illustrations. For more information, you know where to go. Rockaway Beach. Ask for James.

1000 Show For BubbleBath’s Good Clean Fun

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Saliva-strewn soap never looked so good. 1000 bubble-blowers floated into Union Square Park last weekend for the first-ever BubbleBath, thanks to SVA student Anthony DeFranco. Photos by Ryan Brenizer and BubbleBath mentor James Victore.

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