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Posts Tagged ‘Sam Potts’

TAXI! NY Times Asks Eight Designers to Comment on the Big Yellow Mess

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We said we weren’t so fond of the new NYC T-Axi design, but does it qualify for an all out design scandal? Of course it does! Why? Because we just found out those ca-raaaaaa-zy kids at Wolff Olins are involved, and as we all know, they’ve made a corporate commitment to be at the center of every branding and identity firestorm on the planet. Wolff Olins did the blobby overinflated balloon NYC portion of the logo and handed it over to Smart Design, who did the rest.

David Dunlap at the NY Times has made a fabulous gesture to the world of design (better than the typical “my kid/grandma/cockatiel with one broken wing could make better logo”) by asking eight local designers to weigh in and craft alternatives, all while generating some rather civil discourse. Our favorites, hands down, are by Sam Potts, one version of which is above. Really, why does it need anything else?

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Sam Potts Makes Funny With Jon Scieszka

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Websites, in all their usefulness for viewing the internet, have forgotten to be funny. Even sites that are supposed to be fun, funnily, are not funny. But Sam Potts and his astute team of website-makers, have done something that puts all those internet posers to shame. They’ve put the ‘ha’ back into websites with one they created for children’s book author Jon Scieszka. And in case you were wondering, his name sounds like “Fresca,” and there’s a handy pronunciation guide, too. See? FUNNY!

We won’t spoil any of the surprises that you may click across while browsing these funny pages, but we will say we laughed out loud. Twice. Once, however was when we saw the photo of Scieszka, above, and thought, man, isn’t that guy a little creepy-looking to be writing kids’ books?

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.