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Posts Tagged ‘Michael Bierut’

Command X Adds Major Comic Relief and Insults Denver Football Fans

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No surprise at all, but Michael Bierut is extremely funny when takes the stage as the Heidi Klum or Tim Gunn of graphic design (you take your pick) in his hosting duties for the design reality show “Command X” which will unfold throughout the AIGA conference. Judges are Brian Collins, Noreen Morioka, Emily Oberman, Bonnie Siegler and seven young designers will be eliminated one-by-one.

The assignment gave them a week to design a new logo for the Denver Broncos. Surprise guest judge is the art director for the Broncos, Annie Hellerstein. Both Morioka and Collins hit on participant Matthew Muñez after his rather eloquent defense of his work, and there are multiple snot cloud discussions based on the nose spray trajectory of huffing horses.

Scott Gundersen and Mike Burton go buh-bye. But where’s the catchy cut line?

Next challenge: Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage packaging redesign. Collins declares it delicious.

All AIGA NEXT coverage here.

Luke Hayman Divulges Pentagram’s Wicca-like Traditions

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In preparation for Thursday night’s Golden Boa Awards, mb.com tossed a few questions to the honorees, including design’s resident boa-wearer, Luke Hayman. Greg Lindsay asks Hayman “How’d You Reach The Design World’s Pinnacle?” although we can’t say that sounds like a very comfortable place to work.

Hayman doles out advice and tells some great stories about his early days at mags from Brill’s Content to Cablevision, but our favorite part of the interview is where we learn the fraternity rush methods of choosing a new Pentagram partner:

How long had you been talking with Pentagram, and how does one start talking to Pentagram in the first place?

Joining Pentagram is a lengthy process. I’m in touch with a guy in London who has been talking to them for 11 years. For me, it was more like a year. You have to fly to each office and meet everyone, and have dinner with them. They’ve seen the work, they like the work, and they want to see how you present yourself, the work, and your philosophy, and basically see if they like having dinner with you.

It sounds like you were joining a secret society.

[Laughs] It really does, especially with the name ‘Pentagram.’ It’s the Wicca Society.

Ah, so that’s why Michael Bierut was running around without his pants. Hazing.

Four or Five Things You Need to Know About the AIGA NEXT Conference

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In a few weeks we’ll be maneuvering the ole UnBeige wagon over the Rocky Mountains and into Denver, Colorado, home of AIGA’s NEXT Conference. There’s still time to register, although at this point if you haven’t convinced your boss you’re worth the $1050 ($850 for members) there’s not much time left for your door-to-door “Dimes for Denver” campaign.

Seeing as we will be there, and seeing as we seem to know a few things about the innerworkings of AIGA, here’s a few things you should look for when you’re there. Or when you’re sitting at home reading about them here.

· The seven young designers picked to participate in Command X, a live graphic design reality show unfolding in real time and hosted by Michael Bierut are Mike Burton, Elaine Chernov, Kelly Dorsey, Scott Gundersen, Matthew Muñoz, Nichelle Narcisi and, our favorite, Ryan Smoker.

· We’ll be making sure no one scares the students, yakkin’ about this here blog and–are you sick of us yet?–discussing design writing.

· Should you be awake, you can also gather ’round a table with one-half of UnBeige on Friday morning at the unseemly hour of 7:45am.

· There will be a gigantic party Friday night hosted by Design Observer, featuring a triumphant return to the dance floor by William Drenttel.

· If you get bored, there’s plenty of beer right around the corner.

John Margolies on Abandonded Gas Stations and Giant Freshwater Fish

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If in NYC, the Architectural League has another of its thought-provoking panels coming up tomorrow night, featuring photographer of Americana, John Margolies:

Over 30 years, John Margolies has logged more than 100,000 miles, and taken some 75,000 photographs of about 15,000 buildings, signs, storefronts, and other commercial and civic structures, relics of a disappearing, uniquely American landscape. He has always had an instinct for the exotic in the mundane, the dreamy and prideful and curious in the everyday. He records what most of us either fail to see or take for granted.

Some of those items include the aforementioned gas stations and giant fish, miniature golf courses, motels, movie theaters, and, apparently, parrots. If you think that sounds fun, how about this to sweeten the deal even more: Margolies will be joined by Phil Patton and Michael Bierut. 6:30pm, all information here.

Newsweek Copy Editors Invent New Typeface

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Forget Helvetica if you’re looking to win the presidency in 2008. This election, it’s all about Ventura.

You heard us right, Ventura.

Interviewing our poor misunderstood friend Michael Bierut, the brilliant editors at Newsweek have named Ventura the hot font of campaign bumper stickers:

“Rudy’s logo is like a brick wall,” Bierut says. “It uses an extra bold sans serif font, Ventura, and the design is squared off perfectly…”

On Design Observer, Bierut sets the record straight, saying it’s Futura, which is what he said in the first place. Besides, if Ventura really was a font, don’t you think someone would have used it already?

Don’t Ever Redesign the New Yorker. Wait. Okay, Maybe the New Yorker Needs a Redesign.

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Although lately we’ve been immensely more preoccupied with online-ness when it comes to the design of the New Yorker, we remember a long time ago when someone named Michael Bierut devoted an entire essay to the “slow design” of the publication: “unbelievably, wonderfully, perfectly, exquisitely boring.”

Today, a designer who used to call Bierut boss, KT Meany, shatters that exquisitely boring view with her piece “Redesigning The New Yorker to a High Degree of Fussiness.” The piece is rather awesome in its heavily-footnoted qualities, but Meany goes a step further and provides a step-by-step visual critique of the entire magazine. She also issues what seems to be a call-to-action for someone, anyone, to give ole Eustace another chance at life:

Like Eustace Tilley, the New Yorker design is an anachronism. If this butterfly-lover were alive today, wouldn’t he be sporting a pair of glasses instead of a defunct monocle? Break the gridlock (literally and graphically) and change. Irvin’s three-column grid is a good foundation, indeed. But it needs to work harder. Make every word tell, as Strunk and White instruct, but on a page that sings. Then consult a range of Massimo Vignellis and Michael Bieruts. Listen to them. Locate the impotent typographic and design components. Fix them. Develop the tightest InDesign file, with perfectly considered formatting, so that no decision is by default. (Make that last part a life lesson.)

Bierut Sounding Absolutely Scrumptuous on WNYC Today

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The man who seems to have no shortage of fabulous ties (one seen here with our blog-mama Laurel Touby), Michael Bierut appeared today on “The Leonard Lopate Show” with guest host Julie Burstein. His segment named “Graphic Design Can Cause Seizures” explained the pervasiveness and importance of graphic design, as Burnstein asked him about everything from Target to wine labels to Obama‘s and Rudy‘s winning identities.

We were so captivated by the thought of Bierut’s voice that we neglected to post the link pre-show, but we’re sure you can find the archive through the magic of iTunes.

Command X Deadline Extended to July 16

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Thriving as we do on backstabbing, catfights and tears, why else do we think applying for AIGA’s Command X, the live graphic design reality show, is such a great idea?

· You can get comped admission to the NEXT conference.
· You might win a shiny new copy of CS3 and a shiny new $1000.
· You will be hazed by none other than host Michael Bierut.

If that doesn’t entice you, we’ve also just got the judge lineup so you’ll know who’ll be administering the spankings: Brian Collins, who will be serving clam chowder between rounds, Noreen Morioka, who will be too wasted to know what’s going on anyway, and Emily Oberman and Bonnie Siegler, who, as everyone knows, can be bought.

The deadline has been extended to July 16 so apply today. Send checks, money orders or Prada gift cards to Number Seventeen, 285 W. Broadway, Room 650, NY, NY 10013.

Live From the Shake Shack, It Might Be Michael Bierut

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It’s time to pull up a chair and gather ’round the computer for a little Must See TV, as we spy on those lucky enough to get a proper invitation to Michael Bierut‘s book release party at the legendary Shake Shack. We are now going live to the Shack Cam to get a glimpse of the design stars in attendance.

According to the “Shacksomphere”, it’s a balmy 90 degrees in Madison Square Park, with winds out of the south at 15 mph, but the resolution on the Shack Cam is little blurrier than we’d expec–oh my god, there’s Paula Scher! Oh, that’s just some girl eating a burger. Anyway, it sounds like it’s gonna be one heck of a–dude, I swear I see Michael Bierut! Oh, nope, that’s a chick. But that is totally Abbott Miller! No, wait, that’s some guy digging in the trash can.

Niklaus Troxler Takes New York

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The much-anticipated AIGA NY event starring the quintessential jazz designer himself, Niklaus Troxler, is finally coming to the Cooper Union on June 28. An exhibition features 80 posters from Troxler’s career, while Troxler himself will describe his iconic process of marrying music and modernism, posters and passion. Appropriately, live music will twitter throughout, with Bob Stewart on tuba and Craig Harris on trombone.

Read Alice Rawsthorn‘s excellent essay about Troxler’s work, Michael Bierut‘s effusive ode to the man, including a nice curated gallery of Troxler’s posters, or buy the book, perhaps. And then throw on the Blue Note record of your choice and snag some tickets today. Dig?

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