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Posts Tagged ‘Mr. Keedy’

Finally! Emigre Becomes a Blog! Kinda. Not Really. No, Not at All.

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When Emigre went bye-bye, we cursed, we cried, we accepted that anything in print that good would never find its way online again. But what to our wondering eyes should appear? Emigre essays and interviews online, as their physical back issues sell out!

First up is Emigre #30, aptly named “Fallout” because of its theme: A response to a controversial Steven Heller essay named “Cult of the Ugly” that was published in a 1994 Eye. In addition to Cranbrook student David Shields–one of the designers of the publication that inspired Heller to write the “Ugly” essay–Michael Dooley interviews Mr. Keedy, Ed Fella and Heller to get the full story. So why read it now?:

For those of you who missed the typographic debates of the 90s, or for those nostalgic for those turbulent times in design, these interviews are not to be missed as they define a historical moment in graphic design.

There’s plenty more where that came from, too. We recommend oldie but goodie “Saving Advertising” that Jelly Helm wrote in 2000 (still very relevant today, although sadly, advertising is not). Also recently posted is an interview with born-again blogger Rick Poynor, who coincidentally announced his first retirement from the blogosphere when reviewing the final issue of Emigre. And there you go, the internet is suddenly cool again.

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CalArts Design Students Launch pub

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We’ve just been handed the first issue of pub, the new journal-zine by those crazy kids at CalArts. A nice pink and green cover gives way to a dozen interviews with people like Karin Fong, Jens Gelhhaar, Mr. Keedy and Geoff McFetridge. Our personal favorites are ten pages of Ed Fella‘s “collections” and drawings by Beau Johnson. Copies are $10 but it doesn’t look like online ordering is enabled; we bet you could email them for one.

Dare we say this group of very ambitious students is trying to fill some Emigre-sized shoes? Hmmmm?

California Design Biennial: The Party

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Sure, it was tough to tear our eyes away from award-winning white walls of the Pasadena Museum of California Art, but it was a breezy Saturday night just begging for some alfresco design discourse. So after making careful note of the objects and the graphics of the California Design Biennial, we proceeded upstairs to the roof, which provides one of the best Stella Artois-drinking environments in Southern California.

Juror Michael Worthington held court with a bevy of CalArts faculty and grads, including Penny Pehl, James Moore, Caryn Aono and new Green Dragon Office hire Leslie Sun. On a more serious note, the salt-and-pepper-headed Sean Adams discussed hair styles with perpetual brunet Mr. Keedy.

A gang of our friends from the north (San Fran) were looking especially tanned and relaxed (no doubt due to an afternoon soaking up some much-needed sunshine). Eric Heiman and Adam Brodsley of Volume chatted with Jeremy Mende about dinner plans. Christopher Simmons and Stefan Bucher traded Y Conference notes at a nearby table.

Sadly, there was no sign of The Man With the Golden Curls in the house, but we did get to meet two of our local design heroes, the man behind the mighty mustache, Geoff McFetridge, and Atwater Pottery‘s Adam Silverman. Mine designer (and 2007 Project M participant) Tim Belonax had some hero-worship of his own going on, representing with a McFetridge “I’m rocking on your dime” tee. And to end the evening on a perfect Hollywood note, we met the delightful Constance Zimmer, aka Dana Gordon, Ari’s worthy foil on Entourage. What can we say? Nothing like great design to lure a crowd of the best California has to offer.

The CalArts Illuminated Manuscript

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O, is this object of great beauty really a catalog? It’s too pretty to be a catalog. But, you see, it’s not just any catalog–this publication serves as an index of the offerings at the hallowed California Institute of the Arts. And like CalArts, it’s one intense visual experience.

Since CalArts is made up of six schools (Art, Dance, Music, Theater, Film/Video and Critical Studies), designers Mr. Keedy and Penny Pehl created six individual books and one school overview with completely different design strategies. But for continuity’s sake, they’re all united by a standard layout, common patterns and ornaments, and a Keedy-designed type family.

So, should you want to check out CalArts’ offerings, you can ask for a sewn-and-glued volume of all seven books, or one of the mini-books which can be doled out individually. After pretty much reading it cover-to-cover, we simply can’t prevent ourselves from picking the thing up and casually flipping through its pages to see what else we might have missed. At this point, we might just have to enroll.