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“Design Matters” Season Five Schedule Announced

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Effervescent host (and quite the hostess as well) Debbie Millman has leaked the new season of “Design Matters” to UnBeige first, kicking off January 18 with our Man of the Year, Chip Kidd. Graphic designers, writers, illustrators, authors, scientists, editors, a Nobel Prize winner and many, many UnBeige favorites will be featured on the show, which, incidentally, was voted a “favorite podcast” on PSFK’s IF Marketing Podcast survey. Tune in every Friday at 3pm to hear these fine voices:

January 18: Chip Kidd
January 25: Eric Kandel
February 1: Kurt Andersen
February 8: Vaughan Oliver
February 15: Jonah Lehrer
February 22: Petrula Vrontikis
February 29: Stefan Bucher
March 7: Laurie Rosenwald
March 14: Jeffrey Zeldman
March 28: Abbott Miller
April 11: Robynne Raye
April 18: All Music Show with DJ and Designer Michael Hodgson
April 25: Lawrence Weiner

Full bios for each guest can be found below.

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826′s Time Travel Mart Opens In LA

Have we before oohed and aahed over TED prize-winning Dave Eggers826 mentoring centers-slash-retail stores before? Of course we have. Do we get a huge kick out of the San Francisco pirate supply store, or the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.? Definitely. But when the Echo Park Time Travel Mart opened in our hometown this past weekend, well, our allegiances shifted. Most of all because we love the store tagline: “Whenever you are, we were already then.” The space was designed by R. Scott Mitchell and Stefan Bucher took time away from his monsters to design the packaging for products from Mammoth Chunks (mmmm, meaty) to Robot Milk (robots have nipples?). And he even gives us the party report, where celebs like Natalie Portman were seen giggling at his wares, and this walk-through video, so you feel like you were right there at the opening, too.

But of course you really didn’t miss the opening, since you can just travel back to Saturday whenever you please.

The GUM Guys Dedicate Themselves to Being Lemon Men

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Before we lost our minds in Miami, we met up over PBRs, ever so briefly, with Kevin Grady and Colin Metcalf, who were in town giving a presentation at Art Center. You might remember their bubblicious GUM, which was kinda like a comic book, kinda like a magazine, kinda like a limited-edition toy. Then they launched Lemon, a straight-up zine, which we praised awhile back for both its creativity and its amazing list of contributors: Malcolm McDowell, Billy Corgan, Leelee Sobieski, Ray Bradbury, Pop Levi, Matthew Modine, Gary Baseman, Chip Kidd, Stefan Bucher and Jill Greenberg were just in the last issue alone.

Grady and Metcalf told us that as much as they love making GUMs, they sure are a heckuva lot of work (they have day jobs, too, if you can believe it); instead, they’re looking to plump up Lemon, making it more like an annual. Their next issue, which we can’t divulge much about yet, sounds awesome. Let’s just say they’ve been watching a lot of men in white spandex. Events to celebrate the release will be in the form of Milk Bars (we don’t know what that means, but apparently it involves rum) held in NY and LA in early 2008, so keep your eyes peeled.

Seven Questions for Stefan Bucher

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Besides being one of the nicest designers on the block, Stefan Bucher has suddenly become one of the most popular. While minding his own business at his firm, 344 Design, Bucher embarked on an experiment called Daily Monster, which not only celebrates its one-year anniversary today, come February, it will also be a book. This month he’s also putting the final touches on the products for the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, the latest 826 retail establishment, which will open December 15. Luckily, he had a few minutes between monsters and time travel to answer our questions…

1. What’s the first thing(s) you read in the morning?

I usually go to bed around 3 or 4AM, so technically the first thing I read every morning is the New York Times e-mail digest that tends to roll in around 1AM. I follow that by catching up on Russell Davies and Last Night on ER. Once I actually manage to crawl into bed, I usually read a New Yorker article or two before I turn off the light.

Once I wake up again, I actually really look forward to going through my stack of e-mails, because there is always something new and fun and exciting in there.

2. Last movie you saw?

The last movie I saw was Elizabeth: The Golden Years. I was in Seattle to give a talk the next day, but I had the night off. The night before out-of-town talks is as close as I come to complete relaxation. The files are done, I’m away from the office, nobody expects me to do anything other than show up the next morning. It’s how I used to feel during summer vacation in high school. As beautiful as Seattle is, I just had such a longing to go see a movie, something sprawling and epic that would be so much better on the big screen. So I walked from my hotel to the theater, got myself a hotdog, a pretzel, and some M&Ms and let it all wash over me. It’s a fun movie, too—both gorgeous to look at and satisfyingly soapy. That was one of the nicest nights I’ve had in a while. Thank you, Shekhar Kapur.

3. Best/most memorable design/designer-related encounter?

Earlier this year I had the great honor of designing the catalog for David Hockney‘s new show of paintings “The East Yorkshire Landscape.” In the process I got to present the design to Mr. Hockney at his Los Angeles home. I’ve been a huge fan of his work for years, as well as of his writing. I was trying to figure out how to steer the conversation towards his book Secret Knowledge about the use of optics in Renaissance painting without coming off as a Trekkie (which I also kind of am, but that’s beside the point.) As it turned out, I didn’t have to do anything. Within minutes he started telling me about his latest findings.

It’s rare that you get to meet one of your heroes and have them exceed your expectations. It’s even better when you get to meet them not as a fan, but as part of your work.

Along those same lines, I visited Stefan Sagmeister‘s studio in the spring of 1999 and he was such a kind and gracious host. He must’ve spent an hour talking with me, when I had nothing more to offer than wide-eyed enthusiasm. His kindness has always stuck with me. On that visit I also met his then apprentice Hjalti Karlsson, which led to a long friendship with both Jan Wilker and Hjalti, which led to my first book [All Access: The Making of Thirty Extraordinary Graphic Designers] which led to… everything else.

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Do the Daily Monster Mask Mash

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Now we’ll segue into the themed portion of the day to get you in the mood for candy distribution and/or flesh-baring exhibitionism this evening. To possibly fulfill your needs for each of those activities, Stefan Bucher has provided us with a wearable Daily Monster mask, which can be downloaded and assembled in a matter of minutes. Bucher demonstrates the mask’s capabilities above, noting “This is not a blurry photo by the way. This is what I actually look like at 6:30am.”

Yes, Bucher pulled a vampiric all-nighter to deliver the goods. In that spirit, he’s also created a Halloween Monster which even has a very scary ending.

Bucher, Lehrer and Trollback: What’s Next

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This morning we ducked into a three-fer session moderated by Steven Heller called Works in Progress. It goes without saying that we can never get enough of Stefan Bucher‘s Daily Monsters, an obsessive, compulsive, and as Heller says, possibly psychotic addiction. But today Bucher revealed that he actually started with the monsters during a difficult time in his life: “I found comfort in ink.” The book is coming this spring, here’s proof. He’s also working on all the products for the next 826 retail store: LA’s Echo Park Time Travel Mart

The second presentation is difficult to reproduce here but we’ll try. Warren Lehrer in essence “performed” his book-in-progress named Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley: A Life in Books, an illuminated novel about the 101 books created by his alter ego, Bleu Mobley. Lehrer actually designed book covers and wrote excerpts for all 101 books, which he’s compiled into this crazy narrative that chronicles Mobley’s early fiction, a string of self-help books, and finally, his habit of blurring fiction with nonfiction, which results in him being jailed. Someone needs to publish this book, but most importantly, you should run if you ever get a chance to see Lehrer present this project.

Seeing as he’s a former DJ, it was fitting that Jacob Trollback, opened with some music to set the mood. Then he presented the absolutely stunning work for an animated wall inside the rippling waves of Frank Gehry‘s InterActiveCorp building. Each InterActiveCorp entity was rendered in a gorgeous little narrative: time-lapse blooming flowers for a dating site, beautiful digital clocks, an iconic 3D newsfeed, and the most incredible computer generated animation for a travel site, where the simple rolling footage of telephone poles, overpasses, train cables and a single plane sailing through the blue sky tells you everything you need to know about the thrill of going places.

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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.

California Design Biennial: The Graphics

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The California Design Biennial, which opened Saturday night, is one of the only design shows that gives graphics a fair shake. In this case, the curators even grouped all of it into one big room for primo exposure. Motion even gets animated, as you can see on the monitors above. Also check out the objects and the party.

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The work of Geoff McFetridge occupied a full one-third of the graphics section and rightfully so.

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Designers We Like and the Stuff They Made

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We just can’t get enough of Stefan Bucher‘s Daily Monsters. Now you’ll be able to not get enough of the blog-book-brand either with a Daily Monster messenger bag.

That’s just one of the offerings in Store344, and the best part is that 5% of the proceeds go to 826LA, who we hear Bucher is designing some top-secret products for…we can’t tell, but we can reveal that you might see them in the future.

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Over at Tamara Shopsin‘s shop, Shopsin’s General Store, the uberwitty designer has created hand-sewn 16 Ton door stops.

The conversation pieces have curious origins, says Shopsin: “The door stop was inspired by a pattern found in the book Simple Sewing and the way ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ ends sketches that have gone on too long.”

UnBeige Wants to Party All the Time, Party All the Time, Party All the Time

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Continuing our one-event-per-quarter streak, we’ve got another UnBeige party lined up for Monday, June 25 at the Geisha House out here in sunny LA. We’re teaming up with our good friends at STEP inside design, who will be giving away copies of STEP and some other very special goodies.

Editor Tom Biederbeck will be in town for the festivities, and we hear the mag’s other LA-based contributors like Sean Adams, Stefan Bucher and Terry Stone will be making appearances as well. Besides, doesn’t that gal on the cover over there look like she knows how to party all the time? Maybe she’ll be there, too.

Monday, June 25 from 7-9pm, RSVP here.

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