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Core77 Owns Up to the Great Tobias Wong Switch

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When the guy to the left took the stage pretending to be Tobias Wong (the guy to the right) at Core77′s Design, Wit and the Creative Act, Stephanie’s BS radar blipped right away. However, this was a panel on design wit (more disturbing perhaps was the fact that the crowd of designers didn’t seem to get the joke). A few months later, Core77 has finally delivered the punchline. So who was this impostor?

Rama Chorpash, chair of the Undergraduate ID Dept. at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and a great designer to boot, did what can only be described as a pitch-perfect job of presenting Tobias’s work (and later answering, Q&A as Tobias, remaining authentic to the designs as well as the philosophical underpinnings of the Wong oeuvre.

You can watch video of the event for proof of his acting skills; Chorpash never breaks character, and neither does Wong (oh, how we wish we could say the same for Jimmy Fallon). Wong assumes Chorpash’s identity during the cocktail hour and praises Wong’s “genius,” a priceless little moment in design wit itself.

Also up, and every bit as funny, are videos from the rest of the presenters: Ze Frank, Paul Budnitz, Steven Heller and Kelly Dobson.

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Core 77′s Offsite Highlights Design, Wit and the Creative Act

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You’d be crazy to miss an opportunity to see UnBeige heartthrob Ze Frank in the flesh, and in this instance you’d be especially crazy, since Frank will be headlining a well-rounded roster of folks all very special to the Un, for an entire afternoon sponsored by Core77.

Their next offsite event on November 9 features Paul Budnitz, Kelly Dobson, Steven Heller, Tobias Wong talking about using humor, wit, irony, even subversion, to entice and entertain a new type of consumer. It will be moderated by aforementioned witty designer Frank, who even has a fancy, new and quite appropriate job description: Digital Age Satirist.

Early bird prices end October 19, so snag a seat, won’t you?

Core77 presents Design, Wit, and the Creative Act:
Leveraging the power of humor towards great customer experiences

November 9th, 2007
Art Directors Club, 1106 W 29th St., New York, NY
2 to 6pm
$125 by October 19th, $175 after October 19th

Register here.