OBSERVATORY : JEZ OWEN
Graphic design has a considerable appetite for talking about itself. Constant book releases, dedicated magazines and an over-saturated digital world creates a cacophony through which it is difficult to define that which is of genuine worth to the discourse. Into this crowded environment arrives Branding Terror
, a title that is rendered in gold foil stamping on black faux-leather hard back, a statement that suggests this book sees itself as an important tome.
PLACES : DAN HANCOX
"For as long as human beings have dreamed, they have dreamed of creating a better world," writes Dan Hancox. "We’ll soon mark the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia
, his short book describing a fictional island whose name in Greek means 'no place.' We are used to utopia as an imagined world or an idealized vision of the future, an abstract intellectual exercise rather than a concrete attempt to forge a new community. But what if you actually tried to build utopia?"
OBSERVER MEDIA : DEBBIE MILLMAN
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie talks to book designer Chip Kidd about his new book Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design
and why his TED talk was the 19 most frightening minutes of his life.
PLACES : PLACES EDITORS
Places Journal is pleased to announce the launch of Places Wire, a companion site that will round up leading news and commentary on architecture, landscape and urbanism.
OBSERVATORY : ALEXANDRA LANGE
"Being in a place where your peers are working on interesting things is critical." Makeshift Society is a successful co-working space for creatives in San Francisco. Now Rena Tom and Bryan Boyer are bringing the franchise to Brooklyn. And they need your help to get the right tools in place.
OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER
I recently discovered a website called The New Post-literate: A Gallery of Asemic Writing. The website was created by Michael Jacobson as a repository for international artists, writers, readers and viewers to share their work. Jacobsen has produced several books, including a novella entitled The Giant’s Fence
, an “evolving visual narrative written in trans-symbolic script that can be read aesthetically.” Jacobsen says that “any meaning drawn from the text is a correct translation; it is open to personal interpretation and exploration.”
OBSERVER MEDIA : ENRIQUE ALLEN
Enrique Allen is currently the co-director of the Designer Fund where he provides angel funding, mentorship and connections to designers creating businesses with positive social impact. He’s invested in companies who’ve developed through the dschool and 500 Startups including Culture Kitchen, Motion Math, Story Tree and Proven. On this episode of Insights Per Minute, he gives advice on introductions.