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Wanted: Passionate Art Director for Pace Communications

Pace Communications boasts clients like Southwest Airlines, Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts, Wells Fargo and Walmart, and is on the hunt for a new art director with strong ideation skills.

The content agency is looking for a creative thinker and designer to oversee several junior art directors, and ensure that deadlines and standards are met. You should be able to lead and mentor, but collaborate well with others, too.

To be considered, you must have a degree in fine art, graphic design or related field with at least eight years of experience working in content-led publications like magazines or newspapers. You should be proficient in InDesign and skilled in Photoshop and Illustrator, but that shouldn’t be a problem for someone with your cred. Digital design experience is a major plus, as well. Interested? Apply here.

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Wanted: Multi-Talented Brand Director for Dwell Media

Design buffs, listen up. Dwell Media is on the hunt for a new brand director to help maximize sales goals across all platforms, including print, digital, mobile and events.

Using your established relationships with accounts in the East and International, you’ll be the responsible for selling the Dwell brand wall-to-wall. You’ll develop new and existing accounts, while leading ideation of creative programs with clients and agencies. Are your reporting and proposal-writing skills above par? Great. There will be plenty of sales recaps and presentations for you to create in this position.

To be considered, you’ll need extensive experience in digital sales, as well as demonstrated knowledge of the Dwell brand and its platforms. You should be proficient in PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Magazine Radar and Salesforce, and be comfortable analyzing and translating market, consumer and competitive information. Interested? Apply here.

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Quote of Note | Ingrid Sischy

“Here’s an abridged list of some of the ways that [Karl] Lagerfeld gets more out of a day—and often it’s the night too—than anyone I know. Creative director and resident genius fashion designer, at Chanel for 29 years, Fendi for more than 40 years—a world record—and Lagerfeld, the house that bares his name. Artist who sketches with the natural ease of a true talent. Author who writes with the knowledge of the world’s libraries. Publisher who helps keep alive the art of book making. Filmmaker, who is creating the glamorous version of a Cassavetes-like atmosphere by casting his friends and chosen family. Actor-ex-Warhol superstar and current leading man in the many Lagerfeld documentaries that are popping up. Wit—who is every interviewer and writer’s dream, he is so quotable, and deliciously wicked. Collector, who has an eye for design that is as sharp as they come. Interior designer—who makes most of the professionals look like sheep. Letter writer—who would have impressed even Elizabeth Bishop, one of his favorite authors. Advertising’s go-to secret weapon—one who shoots the campaigns for not just his own houses, like Chanel and Fendi, but the competition too, and he also gets a Warholian kick out of creating an aura for all things popular—from Coca-Cola to ice-cream. Tired yet? Karl’s not. He’d modestly say he’s just getting started. And if you congratulate him on any of it, he’d answer, ‘But that doesn’t make the next one.’”

-Ingrid Sischy, presenting Karl Lagerfeld with the Gordon Parks Award for photography, at last night’s Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner and Auction in New York

Wanted: Visual Designer for Gilty Pleasures

(Ralph Morse).jpgHungry for a challenge? Have we got a gig for you. Flash sale juggernaut Gilt Groupe is looking for a gastronomically astute visual designer to join its New York HQ. Ingredients: four cups of digital interfaces, three cups of e-commerce concepts, and two heaping tablespoons of pixel-perfect visuals, sprinkled liberally with mastery of the Adobe design suite, strong collaborative skills, and a keen interest in food, wine, and design, all seasoned with a strong understanding of the latest web technologies. Sound appetizing? Act now, because we suspect that this job opening will last as long as the current Gilt City NYC offer that will allow you to cut the lines at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party.

Learn more about and apply for this visual designer, Gilt Groupe job or view all of the current design/art/photo jobs.

Vintage Ocean Liner Posters Never Get Old!

The Shipping News: Posters and ads designed by Giuseppe Riccobaldi (left) and Adolph Treidler (right) are among the ocean liner and transportation memorabilia that will go on the block today at Swann in New York.

Covet a Christofle silver marmalade holder (complete with attached spoon) that once sailed aboard Île de France? Want a graphic reminder of a mode of transportation in which “The Gentle Art of Civilized Living Reache[d] the Highest Degree of Perfection”? Of course you do! Today Swann Galleries holds a sale of ocean liner and transportation memorabilia. The New York auction house has assembled books, scrapbooks, brochures, photo albums, as well as silver, china, and crystal from famed ocean liners, but the sale is particularly strong in posters and other exuberant, charmingly nationalistic marketing materials. Our first-class choice? A circa-1938 lithograph of A.M. Cassandre‘s famed image of Normandie. The poster, a version of which is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, is estimated to sell for between $15,000 and $20,000. As for the steerage-priced lots, we’ll take Giuseppe Riccobaldi‘s whimsical advertising card for Neptunia ($350-$500) or a silver toast rack that once held the gently browned bread of White Star Line passengers ($250-$350).

In Brief: Macy’s Teams with Haitian Artisans, IKEA Goes Geothermal in Colorado

  • Looking for an exotic and charitable gift for that rapidly approaching fall wedding? We suggest heading to Macy’s, which come October will offer traditional Haitian artisan home décor products including quilts, metalwork (pictured at right, a hand-tooled serving tray from the blacksmith community in Croix des Bouquets), ceramics, woodcarvings, paintings, and jewelry as part of its new “The Heart of Haiti” initiative. The program, which was masterminded by Fairwinds Trading and the Brandaid Project to bring trade and aid to the earthquake-devastated nation, has already provided funds to Haitian artisans to buy needed materials to return to work, and more than 200 artisans are now at work full-time. According to Macy’s, “Heart of Haiti” is the first collection of home décor handcrafts since the January 2010 earthquake. Each item is designed by master Haitian artists, handmade by local artisans, and signed by the artist. The collection will be available online and in 25 Macy’s stores. We’re partial to Carnival Jakmel’s whimsical papier-mache creations, inspired by the mix of colors and prints of Haitian street fashion.

  • Elsewhere in retail news, IKEA is bringing meatballs n’ lingonberries and Malm beds to Colorado. The Swedish furniture giant is going deep in the high-altitude locale with a 415,000-square-foot store that will also be the first U.S. IKEA location to integrate a geothermal system. Slated to open next fall on 13.5 acres in the town of Centennial, the store is on track to be Colorado’s largest single building with geothermal heating and cooling. IKEA has already completed the underground work, which entailed drilling a bunch of 500-foot-deep holes into the earth for pipes holding heat-transferring liquid circulating through underground loops to either warm or cool the temperature inside the store. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is advising the ambitious project (and also kind of hoping that their efforts will be rewarded with some swell chairs). Meanwhile, for those not excited by innovative energy schemes, there’s more in store, including 10,000 items designed exclusively for the Centennial location, 50 different room settings, three complete model home interiors, a children’s play area, and a 500-seat restaurant. Pass the marzipan-accented Princess Cake!
  • Paul Goldberger Talks About World Trade Center Rebuilding Delays

    Now that the seemingly never-ending delays and budget stumbles at the World Trade Center site have caught the attention of outlets like 60 Minutes (who you’ll recall said the slow crawl toward completion was “a national disgrace“), as well as last week’s high-profile rally by construction workers who are trying to keep their jobs and push the rebuilding schedule forward, the effort (and sometimes lack thereof) has become big news. One of our favorite people, the New Yorker‘s architecture critic, Paul Goldberger, was on NPR‘s “All Things Considered” this past Friday, talking not just about the delays (like how much work has actually been done underground that no one sees, so they don’t care much about when complaining), but also looks at the larger picture, how maybe the site’s meaning and importance has shifted since 2001. Here’s the transcript and here it is for the listening:

    If that leaves you hungry for more Goldberger in your ears, the critic was also recently over at “Studio 360″ talking to Kurt Andersen about a more beloved New York site: the High Line Park.

    Quote of Note | Tom Ford

    tomford sizes you up.bmp“I was born in Texas, left school at 17, went to acting school, dropped out, and went to Parsons to study architecture. Graduated, went to Paris to intern at Chloe and decided on fashion design. Architecture was very serious and I didn’t admit that it was what I had just graduated in—I just took a load of sketches about and said I was a Parsons grad—nobody asked me what I’d actually graduated in.”

    -Tom Ford on career planning, in a chat with fashion writer Colin McDowell last week at London’s Selfridges department store

    Sew What’s New in 2009? A Lot Apparently

    61889E+dq2L._SS500_.jpg It’s no secret that crafts are going strong during the recession. It’s the thing to do while anxiously awaiting news about a job or to make time pass when you’ve been laid off. Jo-Ann Stores, the go-to source for fabric, patterns and notions, for many Americans has managed to stay afloat even while other chains have shut down. “Sales in our core sewing and craft categories were actually holding up quite well,” Darrell Webb, Joanne’s President & Chief Executive Officer said of the chain’s third quarter during a Jan. 10 conference call. “Quilting, fleece, and sportswear fabric sales were very strong during the quarter while apparel crafts and food crafting remain strong on the non-sewing side of our business.”
    So while the quest for new crafts-related books have slowed, at least one is sure to stir the blood of sewers who have a Borders coupon or two. Christine Haynes has a tome, Chic & Simple Sewing: With Full-Sized Patterns For More than 20 Projects. A book with that many projects has value in today’s market. What’s more, sewers are heading to class to tweak their skills. This writer is teaching how to make a hat class that’s nearly sold out at a local fabric store.

    Stormtooper Wars IV: A New Lawsuit


    Interesting, fun piece to end this writer’s day upon, before you are shifted over into Stephanie’s capable hands. Out of the UK comes the story of the suit and counter-suit between design Andrew Ainsworth and filmmaker George Lucas and his production company. The battle is over Ainsworth, who created the famous Stormtrooper costumes in 1976 for Lucas’ Star Wars and his insistence that he should still be able to build and sell replicas of the outfits he designed, as he made the original molds and still has them in his possession. Lucas and his galactic attorney power team say otherwise. And after suing Ainsworth into oblivion in the US back in 2006, they’re now trying to do it in the UK as well, as the designer is still selling his wares in that country.