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Last week I posted a visual essay on Imprint entitled “Love the Box.” It’s an outline of my struggles, benefits, and concerns with the overly sedative phrase, “thinking outside the box.” Thanks to everyone for all the nice feedback and retweets on Twitter!
1. New York vs. California
Recently, I elaborated a bit more on my leaving Apple, returning back to NYC, and the internal debate between NYC & California. Have I mentioned how immeasurably happy I am that I live in New York again? And the myth that you’ll never move back to Manhattan after living in Brooklyn is NOT true.
2. They Might Be Giants + Paul Sahre
Last month I wrote a brief synopsis on Paul Sahre’s album design and collateral for the band, They Might Be Giants, that included the construction of an amazing life-sized monster truck hearse. Paul is a big design hero of mine, so I was honored when he asked me to do this. If you’re one of the few people who haven’t seen this project, make sure to watch the music video.
Last week I posted a letter on Imprint entitled, “An Open Letter to Graphic Design Students: Don’t Follow the Web, Follow Your Heart.” I’m touched and thankful for the hundreds of responses and retweets on Twitter!
My intention was not to provoke anyone, but instead lend solace to students who might make decisions based on fear. However, I understand that it might have ruffled some feathers. And I’m not, as some speculated, anti-technology. I basically spend my life (sadly?) on the internet—not to mention I work in Silicon Valley! Anyway, I hope we continue to have healthy dialogue like this in our community.
I was asked to curate a week of posts for AIGA’s Design Envy blog. Design Envy is a new daily blog featuring the “best” in design today as chosen by a new curator each week. Curators are encouraged to choose examples of design (completed in the last year) they wish they had done themselves.
It wasn’t easy to narrow down five pieces I envy in the last year, especially considering the onslaught of visual homogenization on the internet. I chose carefully, and tried to stay outside the box of traditional graphic design. It was super fun, and I’m honored to be asked. Big thanks to Gabriela Mirensky and Rasika Welankiwar!
IDPURE is a quarterly Swiss design magazine. Pick one up at Barnes & Noble for $17. Yes, another expensive design magazine based out of Europe—but cost aside, it does have some great work inside. It even won the “red dot award” in 2009.
Thanks to my buddy, Matt Judge, they published an article I wrote (along with the supporting art I created) for Imprint, entitled “Chasing the New.” One small thing they forgot to get right, though: The title of the article! Not sure where “When to Leave the Logo Alone” came from?
No worries, IDPURE, you’re still cool. Thanks for having me.
I have a new article on Print magazine’s blog, Imprint, titled “Should Designers’ Business Cards be Designed?” It’s generated some great dialogue so far, and I thank everyone who retweets and spreads my articles on Twitter!