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Posts Tagged ‘Tim Belonax’

Okay, Designers Can Play Sports, But Only If Their Teams Are Named After Genitalia

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You know, when it comes to design and sports, one axiom rings true: You can’t win them all. So when we posted something slightly flip about the Academy of Art getting all jocky, RISD alumni Tim Belonax wrote us expressing concern:

I feel as though I have an obligation to stick up for my fellow athletic designers out there in saying, “Hell yeah, we play sports (poorly)!” A good number of schools on the east coast (Pratt, Cooper Union, RISD) have sports teams (although none are Div. I to my
knowledge). I’ll think that RISD’s teams have the best names; including The Nads (hockey), The Jugs (womens soccer) and The Balls (basketball). We also have the best mascot: Scrotie!

And with utter disbelief, we clinked on his link and saw this mascot, in all its veiny glory. Ladies and Gentleman..

Scrotie.

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And what does Scrotie get them to cheer? Go Nads! We suddenly love Division II hockey.

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Need Someplace to Stay at IDSA? Airbed & Breakfast Has You Covered

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Let’s face it: Designers are poor. And rather incongruously, designers are very picky. These two factors that don’t mesh together well when shelling out thousands of dollars for a hotel room in an expensive city during a design conference. Luckily, designers also happen to be extremely generous. So leave it to two poor, picky, generous designers to design a solution to prevent the usual “six-to-a-room but hey, at least we’re at the W” lodging arrangements.

Airbed & Breakfast pairs designers in need of a place to stay during the IDSA Connecting conference next week with San Fran residents who have a few extra square feet in their pads. Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky came up with the idea after deciding to rent out part of their SOMA loft. Landlords can name a price for whatever it is they have to offer, including wifi, breakfast or even a welcome package (above). Looks like they’re in need of more generous designers at the moment, so, please, if you’ve got the room in your apartment (and in your heart), help give a poor, picky designer a home.

Thanks to Tim Belonax.

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.