Doug Aitken

Had the pleasure of seeing this installation at the 303 Gallery on 21st st. here in New York. Yes, as withSarah’s post, I wondered whether this was fitting material or not, but as stated earlier as well, it communicated with me, so I thought I would share it. It is an interesting installation consisting of three projection screens sitting on what appear to be replicas of billboards. On each of these screens is the same movie, I suppose, prompting viewers to take multiple positions throughout the room. There are no seats. There are no benches. One decides purely what to do. And the movies, this is what gets me, are pretty amazing. A true mix of tranquility and chaos, these movies captured me if for a moment that lead to 30 minutes sitting there. And I can safely say, I potentially could have sat there for a few more hours. And rare is the installation that can do so. But it has happened before. But I was intrigued by the movies themselves. Depicting migrating animals, occupying sparse, almost minimalist middle America motel rooms, it is a captivating contradiction. I guess the premise is that of migratory animals, occupying spaces of typical human migration. But the depiction of the hotel rooms in and of itself is a thing of beauty. The way it is shot, the hues, the composition, the restraint and reduction, and the moments of pure chaos, supplied by the only natural entities in those rooms, is pretty mind blowing. I really dig it. It reminds me actually, perhaps of what shape the work of Saville might have taken rendered in motion. Enough restraint to let the mind wander, and enough of a sway to divvy up his vision. Now, I’ll recommend this to all who may have the time and want to check out such things but I do realize, it may not be everybody’s cup of tea. But for those that enjoy to get lost in a little sparse with a dash of turmoil, I highly recommend it. Really, beautiful work. I have been reading now, that Doug had an installation last year, and that this one, ‘Migration’, is part of a trilogy. I am now more than curious to see the rest. 303 Gallery

So yeah, check it out if you have the inclination. Pretty amazing.

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Typecache a repository of type

Hi, I am very glad to come back here and say hi on Ghug. It has been a while but please allow me to share with you the website, Typecache.com, which I recently made with my friends. It is an online index for type foundries and font sellers, and showcases their collections of type. There are also font lists such as Helvetica/DIN alternatives. As typographic literacy grows, the site will hopefully be a useful resource for designers, art directors, and type enthusiasts. We keep posting typography-related information including new font releases on Facebook and Twitter. Please check them out as well.

Me and James have worked on the first typecache interview with our great teacher Cyrus Highsmith and we are working on the new one. Stay tuned to our website. Details »

Omotesando Koffee

This hidden gem is to become one of Tokyo’s key community players amidst a recent wave of ‘new generation’ coffee shops. It’s owner, Eiichi Kunitomo – operates the serving process from within a kiosk-inspired minimalist steel cube, located within a traditional Japanese house which forms the outlet and the basis of the shop’s distinctive identity. Details »

Port Magazine

Just came across this launch issue of Port Magazine at Borders today. Port is a global quarterly men’s magazine based in London, merging style with thoughtful, intelligent content.

Yoshi Sodeoka

Yoshi Sodeoka has been producing art projects since the early 1990s when he made the leap from his native Japan to New York over two decades ago.

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Designing More With Less

For those of you who are in NYC, check out this MUJI and IDEO event, Designing More With Less. Wednesday, June 08, 2011 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM @ The Cooper Union.

In this panel session, we will explore how consumption of all forms – from media to food – has become a political act.  Consumers are thinking more and more about the morality of their choices.  Conspicuous consumption has given way to conscience consumption.  As designers, we realize the opportunities to create actions, initiatives, movements, and vessels for positive impact.  MUJI has long been a believer in creating impact through less. Over the course of this discussion, we will ask and seek to answer, “How can we design more with less?”

Adam Curtis

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David Lewandowski on Tron

In early 2010 a small team of designers and animators were brought together by Digital domain to do the on-screen interface graphics for Tron Legacy. This team included GMUNK, Jake Sargeant and David Lewandowski.

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Polish Hipopotamus

Ever wondered what a polish hippo would look like? Feast your eyes. For me this is best described as maelstrom of sensory overload, but made for fun and with love. Afraid? So you should be.

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Playtype

The Playtype concept store was launched in conjunction with the revamp and redesign of Playtype.com. Located in Copenhagen’s Vesterbro, the store is the physical manifestation of the online shop.

Naji El Mir

Even at a fairly early stage of his career Naji El Mir has already been involved in many cross-cultural projects, solving Arabic and Latin combinations in branding, logo design, broadcast design and corporate identity, his work can be coined as mixture of both Arabic and Western visual cultures.

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OCAD University

“Brand are not dead…anything is possible”. Bruce Mau Design’s re-brand of OCAD University is a must see.

Alison Haigh

Alison Haigh was nominated winner of the Best Newcomer Award at the Grafik Design Awards 2010 by none other than Peter Saville. She has an intriguing (and somewhat slightly bewildering in parts) selection of work in her portfolio. It’s certainly worth checking out when time permits. Details »

The Khatt Foundation

The Khatt Foundation, Center for Arabic Typography is a cultural foundation dedicated to advancing design research and typography in the Middle East, North Africa and their diaspora, and to building cross-cultural creative networks. As an online creative network they connect designers and visual artists, provide information about various resources, projects, news and events.