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Archives: May 2007

AdFight: The Hottest Advertising Reality Show on TV (And the Only One)


From the Oxygen Network, we’ve caught wind of the advertising industry chance of a lifetime. Producers are currently casting for “AdFight,” a pilot that pits ad teams of all levels against each other for a chance to produce a national TV spot for Office Max. True, this may already be a crucial part of your daily existence, but here, you’ll get to do it wearing a lot of makeup. Filming will take place in the end of June and the time commitment is 3-5 days, but first you’ll have to ask yourself these questions:

Are you part of a creative duo with the talent to make your mark in the Ad World?

Does your team have what it takes to land any account?

We are looking for advertising teams with all levels of expertise.

So, whether you’re an amateur, rookie, or veteran in the industry this is your opportunity to land a National TV Spot and show America what you’ve got!

Send all submissions to:

adfight AT

All submissions must include a photo of you and your teammate, contact information, resumes, and selling points of why your team has what it takes to win this AdFight!

Mediabistro Course

Online Production for Writers and Editors

Online Production for Writers and EditorsStarting July 17, learn how to create multi-dimensional content for your digital mediums! Taught by a mulitplatform journalist, Darragh Worland will teach you how to create content that is multi-dimensional and editorially relevant, use the web to its full potential, create stories that have social media campaigns built in and increase your value as an employee. Register now! 

IDEO’s Planning a Quickie and You’re Invited


The too-smart-for-their-own-good kids at IDEO are organizing what they’re calling a unique event celebrating unusual, stimulating thought and behavior.” And they’re calling it a Quickie. Stimulating, indeed.

Rapid-fire talks, performances, music and mind-candy are guaranteed from Wired’s Chris Anderson, Toychestra, 826 Valencia, Pixar’s Teddy Newton, the 25-woman choir Conspiracy of Venus, Jane McGonigal from the Institute for The Future, Visionary State author Erik Davis on Californian cults and someone called The Mighty Stallion. Stimulating, indeed.

For a good time, head to IDEO’s San Francisco office on June 6 from 6pm – 9pm, which is located at Pier 28 Annex The Embarcadero, San Francisco. Tell them you heard about it on UnBeige to get in. Actually tell them that UnBeige wants to know more, lots more, about this Mighty Stallion.

A full paragraph of additional directional information follows, for those who have problems finding their Quickies.

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Inside Art Center’s Open House


The exhibition “Open House: Architecture and Technology for Intelligent Living” is a contemporary take on the “Home of Tomorrow” concept–it even opens with dozens of actual models you’ll recognize from those flickery 60s movies. There’s one by Bucky Fuller and the Monsanto House that used to be at Disneyland (until it was torn down, waah). But after a little history lesson, the content shifts to the exciting concepts of ten design teams instructed to envision living spaces 30 years from now. Our hands-down favorite was the creation of Joel Sanders, Karen van Lengen and sound designer Ben Rubin which turns the home into a giant microphone where residents can capture and mix ambient sounds to connect with their environment. Finally, the third portion of the exhibition poses questions to the audience along one long wall about their visions for the future of the home.

All of this takes place, quite miraculously, in the Art Center’s South Campus, which is named the Wind Tunnel for a very good reason–it used to be one. That’s a big, dark, empty, echo-y 16,000 square foot footprint with 60-foot ceilings. The show–which originated at the Vitra Museum in Germany–was adapted to this large white box by UeBERSEE (that’s “over sea”). Last night Nik Hafermaas, Boris von Bormann, Jamie Barlow and Carolina Trigo walked an attentive audience through the challenges, like scaling the space to human-size and down again to serve the tiny models, stringing fluorescent lights close to the exhibits using a cable car-like web, and guaranteeing accuracy when water jet-cutting the perforated typeface into the floor-to-ceiling panels. (The answer to the last one is lots of X-acto work by hand.) Good questions after the presentation–and there were a lot of them–were rewarded with custom police tape printed with messages like CONNECT TO YOUR CITY. We snagged a roll in blue.

Hafermaas passed along plenty of photos he shot with Jessica Haye…

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Sears Swipes Shirts From Threadless

Chris Glass posted up a Flickr set yesterday of theft-most-foul: found in a Sears in Mexico, their own company brand, JNS Jeanious has been caught stealing designs from Threadless. Here’s the first of a handful of other incriminating photographs:


For shame.

Revolving Door: Linda Mack Fired, Minneapolis Goes Critic-less


Interesting local story coming out of Minneapolis late yesterday: despite the booming architectural and design scene in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area, The Minneapolis Star Tribune has eliminated the position of architecture critic and reporter, Linda Mack who has worked in that capacity for the paper for the past twenty years. It’s another story of a newspaper suffering in a tighter and tighter market, but you’d think there’s probably a reporter somewhere that just covers the every gossip-y move of Jesse Ventura or Al Franken that we certainly could live without. Here’s a bit:

In addition to reporting on architecture, planning, and landscape design, Mack had covered the urban landscape in a weekly features column for 20 years. Her position was one of 50 newsroom jobs cut — part of a larger effort to trim the paper’s staff by seven percent, or 145 jobs — affecting arts, classical music, and film coverage.

Janet Abrams, director of the Design Institute at the University of Minnesota, is among many observers who think that these cuts are ill-timed, if not ill-advised — particularly when it comes to architecture writing. “It’s a shame if there isn’t going to be consistent coverage at precisely the time when the Twin Cities are in an ascendant position.”

Fortune’s Schlender Hates the Apple TV


A damning bit of writing about Apple from Fortune magazine’s editor-at-large, Brent Schlender in “The Trouble with Apple TV.” It not only picks apart all the many things wrong with “the dud” that is the Apple TV set top unit, but Schlender talks about the company’s other business hiccups and casts a shadow of doubt on the upcoming iPhone. Not that that last bit in particular will prevent the company from making a bazillion dollars in the first hour it goes on sale, but still. If anything, it’s an interesting, very in-depth read about a product that just probably wasn’t a good idea in the first place, or was, but purely as a known money-losing business strategy. Here’s some:

There are shortcomings that even Microsoft would not have overlooked: Apple TV doesn’t have a DVD drive or a volume control on its minimalist remote or…but enough. You get the feeling that Apple didn’t create this thing because it was insanely great but in order to freeze competitors out of downloadable video.

Apple TV could have been a versatile transitional product that not only made it easier for people to use their computer-based content in the living room but also helped unclutter their home entertainment systems. Apple got the shape of the box right, and the screensaver is pretty nice, but that’s about it.

The Sights and Sounds of Postopolis!

Following up Alissa’s post yesterday, Daily Dose of Architecture has put up a whole slew of videos and Flickr pools from Postopolis!, like this here one of their prep work in getting it ready:

Postopolis! Posting Now!


Once again the remarkable BLDGBLOG is involved with something else we wish we’d thought of first. The architecture blog leads an awesome and inventive conference-slash-exhibition-slash-interactive experience that somewhat changes the way we think about what we do–they’ve joined forces with City of Sound, Inhabitat, and Subtopia to curate live discussions, interviews, slideshows, panels, talks, and other presentations on architecture, urbanism, landscape, and design.

Postopolis! physically takes place at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in NY, but since bloggers are so good at covering these kinds of things, simply check in periodically on any of the attending blogs.

Eero Saarinen Is So Obviously Obsolete


Nothing really new to report here: Buildings get old, they fall apart, people want to tear them down, other people don’t want to tear them down, drama ensues. But we just couldn’t help but bring up this ridiculously ignorant comment from an article in The Art Newspaper about preserving modernist structures, via our pals at Artkrush:

Take, for instance, Finnish architect Eero Saarinen‘s 1962 Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey, where pioneering communication technologies were developed. Real estate developer, Preferred Real Estate Investments, has entered into an agreement to purchase the property from Lucent Technologies with plans to demolish part of the post-war two million sq. ft campus. A spokesman for the developer outlined the commercial aspect of the venture: “The building is, for all intents and purposes, functionally obsolete in today’s commercial market. The building was…constructed in a manner that would make modernisation extremely costly, if not entirely implausible. Our proposed concept plan for the site, however, does include preserving Phase One of Saarinen’s original design.”

And what in the world do you do, Preferred Real Estate Investments? Maybe you’re the ones who are constructed in a manner that makes modernization costly. You can’t even spell modernization right, how are you going to modernize anything? In fact, we can’t think of anything more “obsolete” than real estate.

Sara Fanelli’s Writing All Over the Tate


When he’s not critiquing design writing, Rick “Don’t Hate the Bloggers, Just Hate the Blogs” Poynor is checking out designed writing, more specifically the hand-lettering that covers the interiors of the Tate Modern. “The writing on the gallery wall,” a web feature on Eye’s site, examines the work of illustrator Sara Fanelli, who hand-wrote (among other things) a 40-meter timeline of modernism that’s sprayed along the gallery walls. While it makes the museum more accessible and certainly more photogenic in general, Poynor’s not sure what goal the installation achieves:

Fanelli’s gallery entrance designs consist of keywords in capitals–authenticity, colour field, anxiety, improvisation, sublime–surrounded by the names of artists found in the gallery: Rouault, Bacon, Dubuffet, Rothko, Asger Jorn, Tacita Dean (these examples are from Material Gestures). The white vinyl letters are applied directly to the dark grey wall (a few are already missing). The names look like signatures, while the concepts are given different graphic emphasis, presumably for the sake of variety, rather than to convey any particular idea. In ‘Existentialism’, Fanelli intersperses small caps with long, spider-like letters; she renders ‘Consciousness’, the smallest keyword in its group, in caps of even height, again for no obvious reason.