Quote for today…

“…when you don’t try to impose, you only try to go with the flow, Bingo! you got it…”*
– Chef Jose Andrès

*please note this sounds even better when Jose says it with his own accent and inflection.

Random Inspiration: Elin Isaksson – Glass Artist

YouTube find.

Quote for Today:

“…political language has to consist largely of euphemism., question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. Defenseless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification. Millions of peasants are robbed of their farms and sent trudging along the roads with no more than they can carry: this is called transfer of population or rectification of frontiers. People are imprisoned for years without trial, or shot in the back of the neck or sent to die of scurvy in Arctic lumber camps: this is called elimination of unreliable elements.”

– George Orwell,“Politics and the English Language.”  1946

WANTED: Penguin 75

I’ve been in enamored with Penguin since I was little and used to peruse them in the local bookstore.  Even as I child I appreciated the simplicity of their designs and, of course, the penguin which has, to this day, a sophisticated playfulness that draws you in.  The book Penguin 75: Designers, Authors, Commentary (the Good, the Bad…) takes an in depth look at 75 of some of Penguin’s most successful books and includes interviews with not only the writers but the designers as well (yea!).

Below is a taste of what’s included.  This is definitely making my Xmas list.

Darren Haggar, Art Director:
One of the many beige covers that didn’t get approved in paperback. This was originally meant to be a total repackage from the hardcover, but nothing seemed to work. After months of pursuing alternative ideas – even commissioning a photo shoot (which I thought went really well) – I like to think the publisher took pity on me and went back to the hardcover design, tweaking the colors (removing the beige).

Moustafa Bayoumi, Author:
At first, the Arabic was all wrong. Needless to say, it didn’t endear me to the design. The text on the cover read from left to right, but Arabic is written from right to left. Arabic is cursive, as if the letters are holding hands in a chain, but here the letters were all separated, like lonely people afraid even to look at each other. And it took a while to realise this was supposed to be my book’s title in my mother tongue. The translation was entirely literal, the equivalent of the bad English found on signs in distant countries: Please don’t leave your values unattended.

Movember: Mo’ Charity

I was strolling around over at Creative Review and came across this wonderful  little project from Huw David,

“During Movember (the month formerly known as November) the Huw David Design team once again will be growing Mo’s (moustaches). That’s right we’ll be putting the Mo back on the face of male fashion in aid of The Prostate Cancer Charity and we need your support.”

It’s nice to see the little guys not only making an effort but also getting attention.  Too often, especially in the last 10yrs or so, small causes or cases are overlooked by the media as well as the individual.  But I’ve seen a resurgence in people going to extra mile and the internet has truly become a useful and successful tool to promote large, small, local, or global issues.

Take Aidan’s story, the beginning is something that we’ve seen before.  Continue reading

CreativeEveryone.com (really cool event listings for creatives)

Stumbled upon this cool website that lists tons of creative events for a ton of major cities.  Currently, it has NYC, LA, San Francisco, Boston, Manchester, Glasglow, & London.

I love that you can sort by industry, such as graphic design, and they have a lot of events which make me wish I had more free time.

In memory of the recent suicides due to gay abuse, wear purple.

I came across this event on facebook, ‘In memory of the recent suicides due to gay abuse, wear purple’ and was inspired.  Most of the copy is by Tierney Michele Pomo who authored the facebook event, though he says he was inspired by someone on Tumblr.  I added, ‘we’ve got spirit’.

Poster is free for anyone promoting the cause of LGBQT Rights, though not for sale purposes of course.  Contact me for the hi res.