People! Two things: 1) Between now and Monday I am going to start transitioning the existing design and layout into the new design. It will mostly affect the archiving, so the B-Sides might look funny and clicking through archive directories might yield empty pages. Other funky, unexpected stuff might happen so don’t panic. 2) We have had many requests to have a Facebook page and now we do, so go “Like” if you like it.
Described as “Occasional ideas printed on an irregular schedule” — mainly so that we are not committing to more of these at specified intervals — we are starting a new distraction: UC.Prints. The first one out of the oven is time-sensitive, designed specifically for July 4, 2013 using a rebus Paul Rand would maybe probably be proud of. Can you figure what the poster says? (Explanation at the link). Order this week to make sure it’s displayed behind your grill next Thursday.
The deadline for the FPO Awards has been extended. Please note the drop-dead deadline dates:
Wednesday June 12, 2013
Complete online entry forms and postmark materials.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Materials due in our office.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Judging takes place.
Any materials that arrive on Friday will not be judged.
Just a quick apology regarding the polls on the B-Side: For the past week or two weeks, many logos that would normally have a majority of “Bad” votes have been appearing as getting more “Great” votes than they deserve. Some have expressed in the comments that it is the result of bots, or people from that company coming in and voting en masse. It’s not. It was my fault. I’m the dumbass. If you care to know: For every post there is an XML text file that gathers the votes. In theory these text files start out with 0, 0, 0 counts for Great, Fine, and Bad, respectively. But for some reason, the file I have been using as a template for the last week or two had 186 already logged under Great, so that’s why the polls are off. I’ll see if I can fix the old ones.
Very excited to introduce UC.Quarterly, a publication of UnderConsideration, printed quarterly, with a hand-picked summary of the most interesting, relevant, and simply fun-to-see projects published each quarter across our blogs — Brand New, For Print Only, Art of the Menu, and Quipsologies. It’s 48 pages packed with 70 projects printed as a mini newspaper by Newspaper Club and hand-bound in unused makeready and test sheets from Rohner Letterpress, Classic Color, and Doe Eyed that have all been painstakingly rubber-stamped by us — pretty much no cover is alike. UC.Q is available as single issue or 4-issue subscription. More details here and way more photos here.
The FPO Awards — celebrating the best print work from around the world during 2012 – 13 — are now open and accepting entries. Judges: Art Chantry, Pum Lefebure of Design Army, DJ Stout of Pentagram, David Dodde of House Industries, and Brad Murph of Vertallee Letterpress / Main deadline: June 22, 2012 / Early-bird pricing deadline: May 3, 2013 / Follow @fpoawards.
Apologies for the lack of Friday Likes today folks. The week leading up to judging is always a little hectic and we start things early, so there is/was no time to prep a post. Will be back Monday. And good luck to all who entered the Brand New Awards. In organizing the entries I can say that there is a lot of great work and the wins will be well earned.
I normally hold designs very close to my vest. I do not like people looking at what I’m doing while it’s in progress. So what I am about to do goes against fifteen years of habit. As I have hinted in the past, Brand New will undergo a major redesign. The design itself is loosely set and I’ve started building it out. Normally I would just spring the redesign on everyone but, just like you can see a building being constructed from foundation to beams to piping to glass windows, I will be building Brand New in a semi-live way, posting updates online as I reach different milestones. I’m not sure what this achieves other than opening myself up for feedback early on and perhaps giving code-inspectors a chance to see what I’m doing right or wrong.
So: This is where I’m at, warts and all, on the home page. The site is built on a flexible grid and will eventually be responsive (right now, I’m working on the version for people with big-ass displays). I will be implementing Hoefler & Frere-Jones’ fabulous Ideal Sans through their webfonts service — we are Beta testers.
My main goal is twofold: (1) to build a properly coded and CSS-ed website and (2) get the “B-Sides” out into the main fold (they’ll be called “Noted”) and build in a space for linking to fun logo-y things (called “Linked”). And, yeah, in a month or so, it should be fully working. Comments are welcome on this post and follow us on Twitter to get regular updates of what has been achieved with each upload.
Book, high-resolution PDF, and online access are now available for the 2011-12 FPO Awards, celebrating the best print projects from around the world. The book features a sandpaper varnish on the cover that is great for scratching.
PS. High resolution PDFs are also now available for the 2011 Brand New Awards. After choosing to forego that option many of you asked about it, so we are bringing it back.
The worst logos on the B-Side are below, and it’s not a pretty sight. This concludes our lists. Back on the 7th with regular posts. A happy new year to all.