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Face Lifts

These are some places that are in more need of a face lift than Michael Jackson:

- HOW magazine: HOW long has this been like it is? 10 years.

- Emigre: as much as I like them, they need to move out of 1990, even though they got a small shot of Botox when they started using verdana.

- TDC: for an organization that focuses on typography, this is not very encouraging

- Segura Inc.: Another one that is still caught in the 90’s.

- TDR: time to move on guys, people need new stuff to imitate, they are running out of “ideas”.

And some people that just need to get on the internet (it is the year 2002 people):

- Stefan Sagmeister: just how long are we supposed to wait before we can see him take advantage of the web. I found some sort of web site, but not quite what you would expect from him.

- James Victore: ditto.

- I can’t think of any more.

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PUBLISHED ON Sep.18.2002 BY Armin
Steven’s comment is:

You're not kidding about How magazine. Two years ago (2), they published the direction they were moving in. Complete with concepts and layouts. It looked to be mostly finished. While I didn't think it was the greatest design, it was FAR better than the current iteration.

I read an editorial response recently to a reader question about the phantom site redesign. The response was that they didn't have the time or money to finish the site and launch it.

Seems a bit hypocritical after reading all the articles about taking care of your own business and doing whatever it takes to build up your self promotion.

On Sep.18.2002 at 09:50 AM
Armin’s comment is:

Steven, I read the same two articles. Talk about doing what you preach. And, yes, the design wasn't the greatest, but it was more dynamic and it looked more interesting.

This might not be true, but I think Grafik was the firm that was redesigning their site.

On Sep.18.2002 at 10:11 AM
Garrison’s comment is:

Anybody know the deal with Print Magazine. As far as I'm concerned it's the best, but they apparently have fallen on hard times and are having trouble getting issues out. Perhaps all the designers out there can take up a collection and help out. Let's not let that great magazine fall victim to the economy.

On Sep.18.2002 at 11:20 AM
Armin’s comment is:

I read something somewhere that they were having financial problems. A lot of people complained about subscribing and not getting anything. And they have just put out like 2 issues in the last year. It's sad, because it is one of the better publications.

On Sep.18.2002 at 11:28 AM
Steven Maxwell’s comment is:

Re: Sagmeister on the web...

I will been first in line to see a Sagmeister site, but he is so established now, and so good at what he does -- he simply doesn' t need one.

A fact that just makes him all the more bad-ass.

Ditto for James

On Sep.22.2002 at 06:44 PM
jlt’s comment is:

What happened to Graphis?

On Sep.23.2002 at 01:59 PM
Armin’s comment is:

Graphis the magazine? it's still going. I think they have a quarterly publication and not much fanfare.

On Sep.23.2002 at 03:47 PM