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~ Vol. 59 ~

This week, a modest edition of Quipsologies.



The Graphic Artists Guild joins ICOGRADA.


Brangelina to launch line of “African homeware products”.


Creative Review launches an online companion to its monthly design publication, E-CR. At £30 this is an excellent offer to keep up with this great magazine.


Fun with fingers.



Westvaco Inspirations for Printers 1956-1961, designed by the great Bradbury Thompson. [Via]


Sponsored by FontShop, the TYPO Berlin 2006: 11th International Design Conference runs from May 18-20. This year’s theme is “Play.”


Curiosity implies a certain immoderation, a certain necessary excess. That is precisely what makes it a passion: it is amoral and follows its own laws, which is why society insists on taming it in various ways.The Dilemma of Curiosity and Its Use [Via]


Bill Keane’s Family Circus: Explained, kinda. [Via ]



The Internet Museum of the Polish People’s Republic maintains a collection of post-Soviet memorabilia including various, and modest, Polish design.



For all you type-in-art fans, there currently is an exhibition of Ed Ruscha drawings at the uptown New York branch of Gagosian Gallery.


In the United States, photography is increasingly coming under attack — with photo bans on the increase. New Jersey state senator Fred Madden is the latest member of a growing list of politicians pandering to an unfocused fear of terrorism.


New for Spring at UbuWeb: a collection of conceptual art documents, Jacques Lacan television appearances, the cut-up films of William S. Burroughs, and an amazing series of Vienna Actionist films — vomit, nudity, blood, animal carcasses, and the creative application of foodstuffs.



World Mustache Championship 2006, images that remind me of beautiful beautiful work.

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PUBLISHED ON May.15.2006 BY The Speak Up Authors
Derrick Schultz’s comment is:

I find it interesting that Thompson used some of Erik Nitsche's work in the Westvaco pieces. Their work has always felt related to me.

On May.16.2006 at 08:46 PM
Ravenone’s comment is:

The Mustache Championship images make me think of H.P. Lovecraft, Cthulhu and Squid.
Mostly squid.
Though I can imagine some of those 'taches attacking people and killing them in the night...

On May.18.2006 at 01:27 AM
Pesky Illustrator’s comment is:

Off-Topic conversation: Yes, I know that when Armin, Bryony, Marian, Debbie and Mark are all gone the lights don't come on, but I'm here......small consolation prizes to everyone!
But seriously- I've been online parts of the day today reading online comments about the reelection of Ray Nagin in New Orleans. Both my wife and I are shocked at the virulent antagonism directed at this, our city. And it's from all around the country. We've felt sick all day reading remarks from various news web sites that invite comments.

I'd like to ask if racism/regional hatred of this kind exists in the design community too. It disturbs me greatly.

On May.21.2006 at 08:49 PM
Ravenone’s comment is:

Pesky- my step-grandad used to be from Baton Rouge (sp). The guy's the most uncouth, foul-mouthed person I've heard in my life, and he's very...racist (ugh).
The only problems I've seen locally haven't been art vs design but rather watching the galleries compete eachother out of existance, in a very dog-eat-dog way... except that this just leads to fewer galleries, and none of the galleries is working to actually get much sold, so... high turnover.

Nice to see someone else talking here :) I'd wondered when someone'd bump my comment.

On May.21.2006 at 10:54 PM
Tselentis’s comment is:

I'd like to ask if racism/regional hatred of this kind exists in the design community too.

That statement implies an existing problem, but whether or not there is seems off topic to this thread.

On May.21.2006 at 11:12 PM
Ravenone’s comment is:

I assume that's why he wrote "Off Topic" when he started the convo. But that's just me.

On May.21.2006 at 11:20 PM
Pesky Illustrator’s comment is:

OK, forget the question then. It's just ME getting bent out of shape by ugly politics. And, yes, it's so off topic.

We're talking about squid, Lovecraft and mustaches:

Love calamari...
Haven't read much HPL...
Don't have a mustache, never will - especially one 3 feet long and ornately curved...
Didn't know they were nocturnal killers...

On May.22.2006 at 07:08 AM
Ravenone’s comment is:

While I've yet to actually SEE a mustache kill someone, I wouldn't doubt it being possible. Stranger things HAVE occured. Death by an ornate 'tache... now there's something for a tombstone.
Bet martial could've come up with a decent epigram for death by mustache.

On May.22.2006 at 03:44 PM
Pesky Illustrator’s comment is:

Death by Mustache. Great idea for an epitaph, Ravenone...Kinda Edward Gorey sounding to me. I haven't shaved today...

On May.22.2006 at 04:41 PM
Ravenone’s comment is:

Speaking of Gorey, I've got a book of his interviews somewhere... Death by mustache would fit into his gatsbycrumb(sp) tinies. "M is for Mustache, which strangled in the dark..."

On May.22.2006 at 04:59 PM
Pesky Illustrator’s comment is:

We're off-topic, again, unless we start talking about Gorey typography too. His lettering was so identifiable and essential to his pictures, don't you think? Those handrawn spindly serifs always looked like rusted iron fencework to me. Has anyone ever come out with a Gorey font book I wonder?

On May.22.2006 at 05:13 PM
Ravenone’s comment is:

I think lithographs count as design. Or were his works all pen/ink? And I'm not sure if we're off topic or not. Where's Tselentis to inform us?!
Tse- is Gorey offtopic?
Pesky- I'll admit to knowing next to nothing about typography.

On May.22.2006 at 10:11 PM
pesky Illustrator’s comment is:

Ravoneone, Typography is the clever letters with the little tiny feet...or not....

On May.23.2006 at 12:44 AM
Stephen’s comment is:

Gorey's hand lettering is indeed enviable. There have been many attempts to fonticize it, but most are failures. Here are some other hand drawn serif fonts, though.

And while I'm on the font kick, Julian Morey's Pacific is inspired by that Ruscha painting and others. There's a screensaver to boot.

On May.30.2006 at 06:24 PM