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New York Holiday Party Report


Thanks for the invitations, New York design community (or in some cases, not having a list at the door). Here’s where we found ourselves drinking free toddies this week…

Rockwell Group
Address: Bowlmor Lanes
Crowd: Rockwell Group employees
Specialty Cocktail: Bullshot, served by “celebrity bartender” Laurie Rosenwald
Big Sightings: Maira Kalman, Tucker Viemeister wearing a Santa hat
Just Missed: Chee Pearlman
Highlight (pictured here): A video kaleidoscope created by James Tichenor and Joshua Walton that projected snowflakes cut by partygoers onto huge screens around the room. No word on how many Bullshots were served before bare butts were also projected around the room.


Debbie Millman’s SVA Class
Address: Millman’s swank pad
Crowd: Students, former “Design Matters” guests
Specialty Cocktail: Champagne (for those of age), as double-fisted by Felix Sockwell
Big Sightings: Chip Kidd, James Victore, Tobias Frere-Jones
Just Missed: Joyce Rutter Kaye
Highlight: Millman giving signed copies of 100% Evil to her students, which were doodled on more by Christoph Niemann and Nicholas Blechman, both in attendance.

The Architect’s Newspaper
Address: The well-appointed loft of William Menking and Diana Darling
Crowd: Architects, writers, architect-writers
Specialty Cocktail: Real egg nog, with fresh grated nutmeg
Big Sightings: The lady design journalist power trio of Julie Lasky, Julie Iovine and Eve Kahn
Just Missed: Teddy Cruz
Highlight: The view.


Good Design Party
Address: Good pop-up store
Crowd: Green design consultants, graphic designers, Mr. T fans
Specialty Cocktail: Organic wheat vodka with Izze sparkling clementine juice in biodegradable cups made from corn
Big Sightings: Emily Oberman, supercute young’un Jonathan Harris presenting the Whale Hunt
Just Missed: Bobby Martin giving his slam-dunk presentation again
Highlight: Mike Essl showing off his world’s largest Mr. T memorabilia collection, including a clip from VH1′s “Totally Obsessed” where he and his co-collector eat a 20-year-old box of Mr. T cereal.

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For Freeway Signage and For Design Coverage, Finally a Clearview


We never thought we’d be writing this on a sleepy August morning, but an article that appeared over the weekend marks a turning point for our country’s graphic design coverage. With one intelligent swoop designers have gone from “those wacky type wonks” to “those smart people who are really doing something valuable for culture.”

The Road to Clarity” is by Joshua Yaffa (who we’re planning on marrying later this week) and it’s a massive six-pager in the NY Times Mag about how the freeway signage across America is slowly being re-set in the superior Clearview, not the fuzzy Highway Gothic we’ve come to love. The article is a truly in-depth look at these tinkerers of type, with WSJ-like headshot illustrations of the designers behind the movement, Don Meeker and James Montalbano, as well as Tobias Frere-Jones (looking quite dapper, we must say).

Along the way we learn many valuable facts, like how Helvetica didn’t make the cut (this is no popularity contest), why they didn’t use Interstate (well, it seemed like the obvious choice to us), and the excruciating process of selling Clearview through the many layers of government (enough to make you want to run for office). In the end, it’s an incredibly-detailed and much-overdue look at the work of all the peeps we surely have no shortage of love for, but this time it actually seems like the rest of the world is finally coming around.