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Archives: July 2010

Wes Craven to Create Graphic Novel

craven_w.jpgFilmmaker and horror maven Wes Craven has inked a deal to create an original graphic novel, although he prefers the more old-school “comic book.” The gore-loving director (Scream, The Hills Have Eyes, Nightmare on Elm Street) will work with Liquid Comics and producer Arnold Rifkin of Cheyenne Enterprises on the project, which will take the form of a four-issue comic book series launching early next year. Expect to see the story ultimately make its way to the silver screen. “I’m thrilled to be working with Liquid Comics and Cheyenne Enterprises on the development of an original idea for both a comic book and for a subsequent film based on it,” said Craven in a press release announcing the deal. “It’s an idea I’ve been dying to get out there.” There he goes with the death imagery again! Although the comic concept is still under wraps, we suggest going meta—with a graphic novel about the filming of Scream 4, now underway in humid Michigan. Craven has been chronicling the “shocking” developments on set via Twitter. The cast and crew have been dodging tornadoes, traffic cops, and flying trampolines while enduring torrential rains, sweltering heat, and cockroach infestations. The most recent scene stealer? Lightning:


Wanted: Web-Savvy Visual Designer


bloomberg072610.jpgReady to put your creativity to the test? Bloomberg is looking for a passionate senior visual designer to work with product managers, engineers, and user experience staff to develop the aesthetic for the company’s Web products.

If hired, you’ll also be expected to conceive visual solutions that meet user, product and brand strategy needs. You’ll be overseeing these projects through and through, so you must have a sense of leadership and the ability to work in a team environment.

To be considered, you should have at least five years of experience with highly trafficked consumer Web products (we’re talking page views and uniques in the millions, yes millions). Your portfolio must be top-notch, and a little CSS and Javascript knowledge will make you look like a star. If you’re up for the challenge, apply here.

RELATED: Attend Mediabistro Career Circus on August 4 in New York City to find out where the jobs are, develop a career plan and engage with media peers and leaders.

Rodrigo Corral Reimagines Literary Classics as Airport Paperbacks

Graphic designer Rodrigo Corral gives J.D. Salinger a J.D. Robb-style makeover and domesticates Orwell’s Animal Farm. (Photos: UnBeige)

As students continue to procrastinate their classics-laden summer reading lists in favor of vampire tales and steamy romance novels, Rodrigo Corral is taking a walk on the mass market side. The acclaimed designer reimagined the jackets of four classic works of literature for the August issue of Print, which collects design “Rants and Raves” from the likes of Steven Heller, Art Chantry, Felix Sockwell, and Barbara Glauber. Corral begins with pitch-perfect palettes, typography, and graphics and then loads up his faux covers with critical blurbs (“A literary triumph,” raves the Tribune of George Orwell‘s kinder, gentler Animal Farm. “It’s not even about farm animals!”), bestseller callouts, and price-saving corner stickers borrowed from Barnes & Noble. His cover for the notoriously jacket-controlling J.D. Salinger takes its cues from those of J.D. Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts when she’s feeling sci-fi), while Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein is reborn as a sizzling romance in Hulk green. A hot pink sticker notifies would-be readers that the title is part of “the Super Steamer Series.” Meanwhile, Shakespeare‘s Julius Caesar (members save 95% off!) is updated with a nod to John Grisham-style shadowy figures, here encircled in a laurel wreath. “Friends, Romans, and countrymen alike will love this read,” raves Corral’s critic. “There’s nothing tragic about this one!” Et tu, Rodrigo?

In Brief (Green Edition): Marriott Builds LEED Protoype and Blair Kamin Gets Fed Up with Vanity Fair‘s ‘World Architecture Survey’


A very miscellaneous collection of all-things-green here, so let’s just jump right in. First comes an announcement from the hotel chain Marriott that they’ve developed a new prototype for future building projects with full LEED certification. Working with the U.S. Green Building Council, the company plans to have 300 LEED-certified hotels by 2015, with this first using this prototype completed by 2012 in a suburb of Charleston, South Carolina. Less positive greening news comes in this story from the University of Kansas’ School of Architecture, Design and Planning, where students worked on a long-term project building impressive, energy efficient, LEED platinum homes in the Kansas City area, only to see them continue to sit on the market for months, unsold. Says the professor at the head of the project, “…many people ‘talk the talk’ about sustainability, but don’t want to pay a bit more for it.” Last, the Chicago Tribune‘s Blair Kamin finally decided that he could sit quietly no longer and had to respond to the much-discussed “World Architecture Survey” published recently by Vanity Fair. Initially ignoring the piece because he’d found it “a pretty harmless, attention-getting device,” he then heard one of the authors of the Survey’s connecting essays, Matt Tyrnauer, talking to NPR about why no green buildings made it on to the list. “These buildings in general don’t look so hot because they have to do a lot of things that buildings traditionally never did,” said Trynauer in the interview. This was Kamin’s breaking point and he files this great response, bringing out Renzo Piano‘s California Academy of Sciences building and Jeanne Gang‘s Aqua along the way to prove that the writer’s comment was more than a bit foolish.

Guggenheim and YouTube Select All-Star Jury for ‘Play’ Exhibition


In mid-June, we told you about the launch of the Guggenheim‘s collaboration with YouTube, a project and future exhibition called “Play,” wherein the museum will be running a short-run show (Oct. 22-24) of the most artistic pieces of online video they’d received during the call for entries (which ends July 31st). The museum and YouTube have now released their jury list and they’ve managed to round up some impressive names who will pick through the entries to form two shortlists, the first featuring 200 videos, the second with just 20 finalists. The latter collection is set for release online sometime in early September. Here’s the full list:

The jury includes performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson; music group Animal Collective, featuring Deakin (Josh Dibb), Geologist (Brian Weitz), and Panda Bear (Noah Lennox); filmmaker Darren Aronofsky; visual artists Douglas Gordon, Ryan McGinley, Marilyn Minter, and Takashi Murakami; artists and filmmakers Shirin Neshat and Apichatpong Weerasethakul; and graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, with Guggenheim Chief Curator and Deputy Director Nancy Spector serving as jury chairperson.

AIA’s Architecture Billings Index Ticks Up Ever So Slightly


Despite some optimistic thoughts in the biannual Consensus Growth Forecast, the American Institute of Architects‘ monthly Architecture Billings Index is still moving along relatively glumly and unchanged. Though better than the sudden dip that took everyone by surprise last month, the Index is up just a touch this month to 46.0 (anything above 50 means there’s an increase in billings and demand for architectural services), though that’s just a 0.2 tick from where it was before. There was also a slightly larger move up in new project inquiries, which is a good sign, but business still remains not fully recovered just yet. Here’s a shorter-than-usual statement from the AIA’s chief realist, who despite these tiny increases, throws in a bit of optimism this time around:

“The steep decline in nonresidential property values has slowed investment in new facilities,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Conditions at architecture firms continue to remain very soft, but we’re optimistic that they will improve before the end of the year.”

Friday Photo: Jocelyn Bain Hogg’s Pub-Based Perspective on the World Cup

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Fans watch England vs. Algeria (0-0) and England vs. Germany (1-4) at a London pub. (Photos: Jocelyn Bain Hogg)

When photographer Jocelyn Bain Hogg wanted to capture the human drama of the 2010 World Cup, he didn’t book a flight to South Africa and gird his ears from the droning B-flats of vuvuzelas. He simply went ’round to London’s Duke Of Wellington Public House and aimed his old-school Tele Rolleiflex at the multicultural patrons as goals were scored…or not scored. The result is “A World of Their Own,” a series of emotionally charged close-ups recently posted to the VII Network. Each image is helpfully annotated with not only the name and nationality of the subject(s) but also the World Cup match that was being viewed and the final score. Hogg’s photo essay is a touching reminder that sometimes it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you watch the game.

Stirling Prize Shortlist Released, Zaha Hadid Favored to Win


It’s that time of year again, when a small handful of architects are shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, the top award handed out by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Said list has just been released and on it are six firms for one of the buildings they’ve completed (the prize is technically a “Building of the Year” award), all vying for a cash prize of £20,000 and bragging rights for the year. David Chipperfield is on the list again, having won just three years ago for his Museum of Modern Literature. But the favorite of the bookies (no kidding, people actually bet on this) is four-time nominee Zaha Hadid for her much talked about MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, which has been heralded everything from just a great building to all the way up to the one thing that will bring Rome into the modern age. But if the Pritzker Prize going to long shot SANAA back in March shows us anything (we remind you that we totally called that one), it’s that 2010 might be a year of surprises. Here’s the shortlist:

Neues Museum by David Chipperfield Architects with Julian Harrap Archtitects
MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts by Zaha Hadid Architects
Christ’s College School by DSDHA
Ashmolean Museum by Rick Mather Architects
Clapham Manor Primary School by dRMM
Bateman’s Row by Theis and Khan

SFMOMA Selects Snøhetta to Design Fisher Wing


An end has come to all the speculation as to who the SFMOMA would hire to build their new Fisher wing. Beating out heavy hitters like Foster + Partners and Adjaye Associates who shared the shortlist back in May, the win has gone to the Norwegian firm Snøhetta, landing their second major, high-profile project in the US (the other is the still under construction National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York).With the announcement comes the launch of this page on the museum’s site, which presumably, will be used to track progress on the new wing, which is planned to add more than 150,000 square feet to the SFMOMA at a cost of approximately $480 million. Here’s some of the official word:

“The distinction and preeminence of all four candidates made this an exceptionally tough decision,” said SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra. “Yet Snøhetta’s dynamic and imaginative body of work demonstrates an outstanding commitment to innovation combined with a solid track record of unique, timely, and fiscally responsible approaches to complex civic and cultural projects. The selection committee was particularly thrilled by the stunning spaces, sophisticated use of materials, and quality of light in Snøhetta’s Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, which we feel is one of the great buildings worldwide to be designed and built in the last decade.”

Plans for the new wing should be released sometime in spring of 2011 and the museum is aiming to have it built by 2016.

DIY Design: Exploitation or Freedom of Expression?

diy23.jpgThat is the provocative question posed by this year’s international conference of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), a four-day confab that kicks off on August 4 in Portland, Oregon. Of course, it’s by design that the City of Roses is a DIY hotbed. “If the next decade is about local, authentic, and personal, Portland is a window into the future,” says IDSA. “Portland also serves as both the epicenter of the U.S. crafting resurgence and home to many top design-driven companies like Nike, Intel, Ziba, and Wieden+Kennedy.”

Get ready to lace up your customized NIKEiD sneakers and settle in for discussion exploring the current and future links between DIY and the industrial design profession. Weighing in on themes such as enabling technologies, crowdsourcing, and “slow craft” will be stellar speakers including MAKE founder Dale Dougherty, Cooper-Hewitt director Bill Moggridge, Nike design exec John Hoke, and Etsy’s Vanessa Bertozzi. And don’t miss the opportunity to get valuable feedback at the portfolio review session sponsored by our friends at Core77. Regular registration has been extended through today, July 23, so pull out that credit card personalized with your photo and head here.