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Quipsologies
~ Vol. 35 ~

Over twenty overindulging items in this edition of Quipsologies.

~ GRAHAM ~

Sture Johannesson has a homepage.

~ KEVIN LO ~

Stefan Sagmeister to design the World Changing Book.

~ ARMIN ~

Channel NBC2… Talk about (unfortunate) product placement.

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Asked to do speculative work recently? The AIGA offers a sample letter to get your retort started.

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It’s time to exploit the Wet Floor look on the web, no need to even wet the floor yourself, download the Photoshop action. [Noticed on patricking.com]

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Our own Jimm Lasser gets Daily Candied.

~ M. KINGSLEY ~

The International Phonetic Association recently approved Dr. Kenneth Olson’s proposed symbol for the labiodental flap — a speech sound he encountered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [Via Tenser, said the Tensor)

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I don’t know whether to laugh or just sit here with my head in my hands. Adams Respiratory Therapeutics (makers of Mucinex) has coughed up (sorry) $35 million on advertising that features a big green blob of snot.

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The professionalization and expansion of music coverage, together with the DIY-ization and expansion of music production, topped off by the online DIY-ization of music coverage, have rendered authority, which in any aesthetic matter is provisional at best, an utter chimera, no matter how many 100 best this-es and 50 top thats music media sell ads with. — Rock critic Robert Christgau’s reflections on the state of music criticism also ring true for our profession; as well as most design publications.

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For those desiring their own brush with greatness, Richard Avedon’s former studio on New York City’s East 75 St. is now available for rent. But be forewarned, he shot Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, France in an old horse and carriage stable at 535 West 24th Street in Chelsea.

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Here’s another brilliant example of the potential of design. Once again, it falls under “product design”, rather than graphics. [Via Boing Boing]

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How to spend your marketing and ad budget. [Via AdRants]

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Ok, so you’re stuck on Moonbase Alpha as the Moon is hurtling through space. What better time to redo all the signage? Two seasons of graphic programs for Space 1999.

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From this week’s episode of The Department of Perhaps They Went for the Lowest Bid: Last week, Theo asked why the Presidential Coloring Pages depicted George W. Bush surrounded by children, rather than a more dignified portrait. Well if you look at the kids’ shirts, you’ll see the logo for the USA Freedom Corps, where you can download a PDF file of equally awful coloring book pages.

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Written by Microsoft employees/team members; the month-old fontblog covers on-screen type and readability, and is not to be confused with J�rgen Sibert’s German-language fontblog.

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Cindy Bernard is an artist and the founder/director of Los Angeles’ Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS). Her artwork addresses the cultural coding of public and private, trained and untrained, and ultimately the worthy and unworthy. In celebration of her current exhibition at Tracy Williams, Ltd. in New York City, the premiere reading of The Inquisitive Musician will take place Tuesday evening, November 8, at Tonic. I’m reading the role of a “beer fiddler” and hope to see some of you there.

~ BRYONY ~

An alarming statistic regarding blogs. [Via Sploid]

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Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered what they say are two more tiny moons orbiting the planet Pluto, the first evidence yet that any object in the solar system beyond Neptune has more than one satellite.

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On the corner of Varick and King Street in NYC [Via Gothamist]:

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The New iPod + iTunes TV ad featuring Eminem

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Oded Ezer with some previews of a new typo art project - Biotypography, which shows manipulated Hebrew and Latin “Typo creatures” (Photos by Idan Gil):

For more images.
For his website .

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A Dutch designer has created a wall of fake breasts to help male shoppers buy bras for their girlfriends and spouses.

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In the contract: No grumpiness, complaining, bringing down the mood, whining…

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Things that are broken (including the NYT, Target, ATMs, moving companies and more). [Via Gotahmist]

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One-eyed images.

i.e. Ed Fella

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Comments
Darrel’s comment is:

Oh the irony of Powerline quoting those statistics.

On Nov.07.2005 at 10:19 AM
Darrel’s comment is:

re: 'the potential of design'/hipporoller, there is also a graphic design/marketing aspect to it:

http://www.hipporoller.org/?Task=system&CategoryID=4887&HeadingText=Advertising+Banner

On Nov.07.2005 at 10:27 AM
m. kingsley’s comment is:

Darrel, the application of advertising to yet another context is hardly something worth celebrating. If it's a promotion that helps pay for production and distribution; then that's the power of advertising, not graphics.

On Nov.07.2005 at 12:16 PM
Patrick’s comment is:

Better stock up on silkscreens, Jimm. From this article in last week's Crain's:

Laura Dahl went from unknown to trendy fashion designer with a single nod from a popular e-mail service. DailyCandy.com featured Ms. Dahl's Wifebeader line in a note to its subscribers last fall. By noon of that day, Ms. Dahl's Web site had received more than 13,000 unique visitors, dwarfing its previous daily average of 160 hits. One of those was from a Bloomingdale's buyer. Now Wifebeader sells in Bloomie's and more than 130 other stores. "It changed the lifeline of our business," Ms. Dahl says.

Maybe getting laid off was a pre-emptive strike to make sure you had time to produce more shirts without playing hooky from work?

On Nov.07.2005 at 12:48 PM