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Posts Tagged ‘Paul Sahre’

Nicholas Blechman’s Nozone Is Still All Too Resonant

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Nicholas Blechman‘s Nozone is a brilliant little zine with a star-studded roster of contributors. Issue 9, Empire, which was published in 2004, is probably the most famous, but as Blechman went through the highlights at today’s Cause/Effect, we were like, dude, this could have been published yesterday. The issues of imperialism are handled with grace and wit by people like Paul Sahre, Stefan Sagmeister and Christoph Niemann (his flags from fictional countries are a hoot). You can see some of the issue online here, by clicking Empire, then clicking the contributor names.

If you haven’t bought it already, we still say Empire would make the perfect Christmas gift for the social activist/graphic novel fan in your life. Or you could always wait until the next issue, which will be arriving at an undisclosed time: Forecast.

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Best Book Covers of 2007? You Be the Judge

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The nice people at Murketing directed us towards the first of many, many, many, many, many, many, many end of the year round up lists, compiled by The Book Design Review blog. Peruse these picks of the best book covers of 2007—including some of our favorites by Chip Kidd, Rodrigo Corral, Paul Sahre and the fabulous specimen to the left by Evan Gaffney.

Vote for your favorite at the end or enter into the fray in the comments. Let the best-of season begin!

The Balls May Be Small, But the Stakes Are Huge

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As the days grow shorter our attention turns to 6th Avenue and the home of the most important design event of all time: The fourth annual World Graphic Design Foosball Championship will be held in New York City on Friday, November 18.

Although the competition is usually waged at the offices of karlssonwilker and Paul Sahre (conveniently located right on top of each other), this year the tournament committee (conveniently consisting of tournament supervisor Paul Sahre, tournament treasurer Hjalti Karlsson and tournament treasurer supervisor Jan Wilker) has decided to expand the brackets by starting the competition at three additional venues (the somewhat convenient Pentagram, Type Directors Club and Number 17). The final rounds and ensuing frat-like party will still take place at the original karlssonwilker/Paul Sahre location. Trust us: Bring your own beer.

Deadline for registration is November 9 and the brackets will be posted November 14. But we suggest you begin coordinating your 70′s-inspired uniforms consisting of iron-on letters pressed on American Apparel clothing now.

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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A Slimmer NY Times Has No More Room For Graphics?

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When a major paper shrinks everyone panics for one reason or another due to the loss of real estate. But in the case of the NY Times, Nieman Watchdog writer Gil Cranberg advocates a semi-insane plan of ditching the graphics for more words, something he’s apparently stumped for before:

I am renewing the complaint because, with newspapers narrowing their widths, it’s more urgent than ever that they quit shortchanging space for news by running splashy, oversized graphics that make minimal contribution to understanding the news. It’s as though there’s a virus in the land causing copy-cat editors addicted to excessive art to follow each other over a cliff.

Cranberg calls this abomination the “Invasion of the Space Snatchers.” Ooooooh. Scawy. We also like this bit:

It’s surprising, to say the least, for a paper with the kind of serious readership the Times has, to go overboard on graphics. Other publications should resist the temptation to follow its lead.

Because, let’s face it: “Serious” readers do not look at pictures. Ever.

Luckily, our hero Steven Heller, an art director at the NY Times for three decades, can type some sense into this argument:

Now, Mr. Cranberg does not object to pictures that provide information – graphics or photos – but not all imagery can or should provide the facts, and nothing but the facts. The role of illustration is to enhance and illuminate, not always to echo a story, particularly a “think piece,” like those published on OpEd pages. There are aesthetic pleasures provided by good, well drawn and conceived illustration. They are often hooks that help the reader enter a story, or when superb, stand alone as integral commentaries. They don’t just eat up valuable editorial space, but optimize the space at hand by giving allure to a story that a headline, blurb, or even info-graphic may not be able to do on its own.

Case in point, says Felix Sockwell, who writes in to suggest that Paul Sahre‘s illustration about the Barry Bonds “*” (above) is “one of the best minimalist 2′ x 2.5′ (standard Times size) op-eds in a while.”

We agree. Worth every precious column inch.