Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Humanity of Vogue magazine

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Being interested in print and editorial design, I read as well as look through many magazines month to month. Now, before I continue I should mention that from time to time I do read and look through Vogue magazine. (And I am not ashamed of it!)

Yesterday while carefully looking/reading through the October 2009 issue of Vogue. An opening photo from the story, The Bold and the Beautiful on page 254 caught my attention. Something looked off and I could not put my finger on it. On closer examination, I noticed a foot under the thumb on the gold hand chair. At this point I thought I must be mistaken. Then I noticed the foots reflection in the chair. On closer inspection you can also see that they did a quick and rough photo retouch on the chair rail - the chair rail doesn't really line up.

Vogue is seen as invulnerable and ethereal in their editorial and photography. I am not saying that isn't true, but sometimes it's good to see that they are human.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Piece of the Berlin Wall in NYC

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I walk by 520 Madison Ave in NYC all the time, this is the first time I noticed this huge piece of a graffiti wall - it's an actual piece of the Berlin Wall. Incredible, that it's been there for a long time and this is the first time I noticed it. If you want to go to take a look for yourself it's right around the corner from the Thomas Pink store you can't miss it. (Keep your eyes open, if you walk around haphazardly like I do you might miss it.)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cheesy Aliens from the 1980's are Back - V

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Walked past the new poster for the new ABC television series V. Another remake of a show from the 1980's. Sadly, I remember seeing the show back in 1984 - I was around 10 years old.

From what I can recall back in the 80's, there was alot of buzz at my school's playground around the V series. I was super excited to see it. And yes it was super cheesy with bad special effects (but what do you expect, it was an early 80's television show with a small budget).

The basic storyline, a group of aliens come to earth - they look like humans and state that they are here to help the human race. But, we humans are suspicious of them and after a couple of episodes we come to find out they are really lizard aliens disguised as humans! They are here to infiltrate our world - SOMEONE HAS TO STOP THEM!

That's the basic plot, some key points that stick in my head about the show - a scene where they eat rodents, Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) was in it and they wore red jumpsuits. Now if that doesn't make for a great remake then, I really don't know what does.

Friday, October 9, 2009

DOMO at 7-Eleven!

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Domo is at 7 Eleven!
What?....You don't know who Domo is?

Well here is a brief history on Domo, (or Domo-kun). He was originally created by Japanese filmmaker Tsuneo Godain 1998 as a mascot used to promote Japan's NHK's satellite broadcast services. Godain used stop motion animation to create the shorts episodes for NHK. Domo, is a curious creature basically, a brown puppet with a big mouth and sharp teeth. Domo was hatched from an egg that had fallen into a cave, where an old rabbit (Usajii) lived. It is said that the first object Domo ever saw on Earth was a television set. The meaning of Domo's name "domo" translates as "hello" or "thanks."

Domo is very popular in Japan but seems to be more popular in the United States. Last year Domo was used as Target's mascot to promote Halloween, (photos taken from Target Store's last year. I knew there was a reason I was saving them). And now he is being used by 7-Eleven to promote Slurpee's, coffee and hotdogs and much, much more. (There is a 7-Eleven close to home I kept seeing Domo everywhere, finally went in to snap some pics.)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Stefan Sagmeister - (Ted Talk) The Power of Time Off

I know this video has been posted on a couple of blogs and websites. But, I am a big fan of Stefan Sagmeister (like probably many of you are). I feel he is designing in a way most graphic designers aspire too. He has an interesting way at looking at design - also a very introspective way at looking at himself and his design projects. When he talks people should listen and pay attention. I agree with him that sabbaticals are very important, (I have been trying to convince employers of this for years now with no success).

Friday, October 2, 2009

Who is going to get the 2016 Olympics?

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If I was a betting man I'd bet that Brazil is going to host the 2016 Olympics. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding Rio, winning the bid for the summer olympics. It would also be the first time any South American country hosted an olympic event.

I feel Tokyo is out just because a far east country (China) recently hosted it and it would be redundant for Tokyo to host it again since they hosted it in 1964. Madrid has been campaigning hard but haven't heard anything that would indicate they were in the running. They could surprise everyone in the end or be knocked out early.

Chicago is the real contender against Rio. Having Obama physically being there campaigning for Chicago in Copenhagen definitely didn't hurt. But I feel even this won't help America host another olympic event. I only say this becaue we've hosted 8 total olympics and 4 of them being summer olympics.

We shall see though... Announcements will be made this afternoon. Good luck to every country.

To see contender country's logo - click here to my old blog post, Olympic Logos.