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Posts Tagged ‘Richard Stengel’

Shepard Fairey’s Obama Is Time‘s Person of the Year

time obama cover.jpgIn the event that your holiday celebrations have kept you from newsstands and other non-UnBeige media outlets, we thought it prudent to alert you that Barack Obama has been named Time‘s 2008 Person of the Year. And not just any Obama—Shepard Fairey‘s illustration of him, an update of the iconic campaign poster that Time managing editor Richard Stengel calls “the great populist image of the campaign.” As for Fairey’s latest cover creation, Stengel describes it as “a rich, multilayered poster that echoes but then expands on his original.” The cover is also a nod to the issue’s theme of “citizen art”—the millions of representations of Obama created by ordinary people (and then, frequently, posted to Flickr). Time mined 100,000 such Flickr images and highlights Obama-themed art that includes an Obama photo mosaic (made up of thousands of tiny portraits of those who attended a campaign rally), Obama’s head made out of Legos (Legobama?), and our favorite, artist Zilly Rosen‘s Obama comprised wholly of cupcakes (below).

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Photo: Shasti O’Leary

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The Best Magazine Redesign Joke That Nobody Got

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Maybe that skinny WSJ set off a trend? It seems everyone wants to get the real story about their redesigns off their chests recently. The New York Observer chats with Richard Stengel, managing editor of Time, about its impending transformation headed by Luke Hayman (although there’s no mention of Paula Scher‘s involvement, which we swore was confirmed). The point of the article is that the change will be gradual…coming in increments…no solid date…weeks or months, who knows…nothing set yet…which makes us want to scream at the writer, dude, leave Mr. Hayman alone and let him go back to work! But then Hayman gives the best quote ever, which we see as a brilliant Rumsfeldian kiss-off:

“There will be a significant change at one time, but it is also going to evolve over time,” Mr. Hayman said.

See, what he’s saying is…it’s only a matter of Time.