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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.

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Decoding AIGA NY’s Body/Language

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When not moonlighting as an UnBeige contributor, Lindsay Ballant is an art director at Print, where she’s filed a review of Body/Language, the one-day fashion and graphic design conference hosted by AIGA NY.

We like the sheer variety of content, from street art-meets-entrepreneurialism to the raconteurish history of fashion mags–Abbott Miller‘s critique of couture logos seems like it was absolutely hilarious–and although Isaac Mizrahi kept his hands to himself, he delivered at least one juicy quote that helped us remember why we love him so:

“I think you should be able to judge smart people for looking bad like you judge dumb people for not being smart.”

“Aqua Teen Hunger Force” Is the Bomb

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File this under Awesome: An intrepid reporter points us to two street team promoters arrested for plastering Boston with Adult Swim animated series “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” ads. The problem? The ads were illuminated lightboards and deemed “bomblike” by authorities.

Huh? Yeah, that’s what we said, too. We think we’ll go with the opinion of the Parsons student interviewed in the piece who said they looked as harmless as Lite Brites. Also, even though they’ve been placed in cities across the country for 2-3 weeks, no one else has complained. And don’t you think it’s a pretty obvious riff on these little buggers?

Anyway, the ridiculousness of the whole thing makes this exchange between the suspects and reporters all the more appropriate:

When a reporter accused them of not taking the situation seriously, Stevens responded, “We’re taking it very seriously.” Asked another question about the case, Stevens reiterated they were answering questions only about hair and accused the reporter of not taking him and Berdovsky seriously.

Reporters did not relent and as they continued, Berdovsky disregarded their queries, saying, “That’s not a hair question. I’m sorry.”