Many times we can’t devote a whole post to a certain topic, news item, event or whathaveyou or maybe we don’t have the time, impetus or interest to develop a long diatribe. Other times we might find something that is not 100% design-related but still think is interesting and linkworthy.
With that said, we would like to introduce Quipsologies, where we (the Speak Up authors) present brief, random notes appearing at brief, random times — but at least twice a month — in the interest of a larger scope of material on Speak Up.
A nice break from designers praising design; Karen Templer and her cohorts at Readerville “sing the praises of some stand-out covers and the designers who designed them”.
Erik S. Lesser for The New York Times
For its centennial celebration during the month of May, Las Vegas will be using its landmark Welcome to Las Vegas sign as the basis for the event’s logo. Perhaps little known is the sign’s designer, 81 year-old Betty Willis, who’s uncopyrighted work was provided to the county for $4,000. She will not be benefiting from the city’s glitzy merchandising prowess.
Congratulations to Sagmeister Inc. for their shiny new addition to their trophy case. Grammy Category 86, Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package.
During my early years in New York, I had the great pleasure to meet artist Gretchen Bender and at one point, acted in a karaoke video she directed — an early step towards her transition from the art world to mainstream broadcast television. Gretchen was an artist’s artist; and I drew from her example as I finally focused my energies toward graphic design — postponing my dreams of success in the fine arts for perhaps a later time. She died of cancer in December, leaving the world a diminished place.
Yet another informative lesson in aesthetics: New Yorker music critic Alex Ross quotes from Debussy. Scroll down to the last paragraph. Then, if you need, replace the word “music” with “design”.