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And the winner is… This edition of Quipsologies.


The solution for idle flat screens. Only $24.95.


Do you wish to hold a book with your name on the cover? Do you have a blog, and you would like to have see it automatically formated into an elegant design you can then share in Royal format (8x10) or Modern size (7x7)?


The Snow Show explores the issues related to Art and Architectural investigation by creating works from the ephemeral materials of snow and ice. This year, the artists and architects have created interactive experiences inspired by the dramatic natural beauty of Sestriere and the athletic competitions of the Olympics.


Is it just me, or were the Oscars — for a change — typographically handsome last night? That News Gothic on the screen at the top of the stage was quite yummy. And Crash? Seriously?


If you received your March Veer catalog and enjoyed it (or even if you haven’t received it and maybe didn’t enjoy it) you can spend some time building your very own isometrical surreal world.


A propos this topic from last week: and the winner is…


B propos an earlier post from Marian: Cute Overload.


C propos The Gates: Julia Hall and Chrissy Leggio’s Slaves of Christo.


The designers of both the New York City Subway kiosk and the new subway cars, Antenna Design, currently have a show at Frederieke Taylor Gallery in New York. Also on sale is their book, which was beautifully designed by Allen Hori and Sarah Gifford.


If it wasn’t for the new-ish (and badly designed) co-op outside our window, we would have a perfect view of Shit-Kicker — one of several pieces by current Whitney Biennial participant Marilyn Minter which are installed throughout Chelsea.


Ben Davis considers the wall text at the Whitney Biennial 2006.


Perhaps you’ve guessed by now that the Whitney Biennial is open. For the first time it includes non-Americans like Canadian Michael Snow — who has an amazing piece in the show, by the way. The Museum has a specific charter to feature only American artists.


In the first decade of the twenty-first century, the processes of archiving and preserving have been distributed and democratized. So has the ability to remix and mash up sounds and images. With limited investment, people can generate powerful new forms of communication and cultural expression and distribute them globally at no marginal cost. The long-term effects of this power are unclear. There is much boasting and bombast about what might happen, both good and bad. But one thing is undeniable: we have a different sense of possibility now. We can do what was unimaginable just two decades ago. And we must harness this radical democratic power for the best. Before the powerful and anxious capture and kill it. — the last paragraph of New York University professor Siva Vaidhyanathan’s essay for the Whitney Biennial: The Technocultural Imagination: Life, Art, and Politics in the Age of Total Connectivity.


John Perrault reflects upon the work of artist (and designer manque) Andrea Zittel from A-Z.


The current exhibition at Apex Art, Neo Sincerity: The Difference Between the Comic and the Cosmic is a Single Letter, features Art Spiegelman’s post 9-11 work, as it appeared in the French press; Matt Forderer’s Wdeck playing cards, which depict G. W. Bush in drag; and Olav Westphalen’s film of a bicycle with swastika-shaped wheels. More information, and a nifty credo, can be found here.


One of my greatest sources of inspiration — and acknowledgment of like-minded souls in the world — listener-supported radio station WFMU (available as a streaming broadcast) is currently holding their annual fundraising Marathon. They deserve your support, they need your support. Consider it your psychic rent.

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PUBLISHED ON Mar.06.2006 BY The Speak Up Authors
m. kingsley’s comment is:

I dunno Armin, I thought the Oscar typography was timid and boring. The heavy-gothic-face-with-negative-leading-so-the-lines-touch thing is so ten years ago. Plus there were unfortunate spelling errors. (Scroll down to the picture)

And if you want to speak about the graphic program as a whole, what's up with the disembodied hands? Best Adapted Screenplay showed a hand, holding a pencil and writing on a piece of paper; Best Original Screenplay had hands on a typewriter; and so on... And as they cut to commercials — yes, you're right: applauding hands!

Timid. Boring. Simplistic.

On Mar.06.2006 at 01:56 PM
Andrew Twigg’s comment is:

Was that Oscar type News Gothic? Looked like Franklin Gothic (which has been a long-time favorite) to me...

On Mar.06.2006 at 03:14 PM
Caleb’s comment is:

Wow, the books at blurb.com look pretty good. I'm in the process of working on a photo/portfolio book right now. The pricing is much better than what I am looking at right now, to bad I have 3/4 of the book completed in 10x10x format!! :( Blurb only offers 8x10 and 7x7. But man the prices are good.

On Mar.06.2006 at 04:27 PM
David E.’s comment is:

Andrew beat me to it. I was about to say it was Franklin Gothic — but I agree, it was handsome, especially compared to the cheesy vector illustration of the statue they had last year.

On Mar.06.2006 at 04:29 PM
Armin’s comment is:

Mark, I'll take timid and boring (if timid and boring in this instance is some white chunky type on a black background) over stupidly colorful.

On Mar.06.2006 at 05:18 PM
Darrel’s comment is:

re: money logo...

Interesting (or maybe not) that, once again, the 'commitee' picks the total opposite of the 'experts'.

On Mar.06.2006 at 05:56 PM
dan’s comment is:

Darrel — that’s quite funny, yet I don't think they really had something 'expert' to pick from! And… this years Oscars graphics (I think) are better than the previous style Armin linked to. Is there a catelogue of all Oscars posters? I dont really know much about the past 'design' of the Oscars.

On Mar.07.2006 at 10:13 AM
dan’s comment is:

I managed to find a site with Oscar graphics - Check this Link if you want to see some of the old awards posters. There are some very successful posters and some well... interesting solutions. I'm not sure what one is my favourite but maybe 1995!? It's a hard choice.

On Mar.07.2006 at 11:37 AM
Josh B’s comment is:

Mark's link to Cute Overload had me saying "Hey! They stole Just A Little Guy's routine." Check it. Turns out CO is "biting his sh*t."

On Mar.10.2006 at 03:26 PM