Tag Archives: NYC

Time Magazine: Beyond 9/11 – Portraits of Resilience

It’s hard to believe that 9/11 happened a decade ago. While many memories from ten years ago fade away, that event is still so fresh in my mind. Time magazine has recently launched a nicely designed new site devoted to “Beyond 9/11” – the stories and the people that were instrumental in the minutes, hours, days and years following that tragedy. It acts like an interactive memory cloud, a way to listen and learn from others and to remember their stories.

Visit Time’s Portraits of Resilience here.

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Pop Chart Labs – The Evolution of Video Game Controllers Print

Brooklyn’s Pop Chart Lab is back with a brand new print and this time they set their well honed sights on “The Evolution of the Video Game Controller”. Like most of PCL’s designs, they chart and document a varied and crowded topic, in an extremely detailed and organized way. Be sure to also check out their other great prints, especially “A Visual Compendium of Notable Haircuts…” and my personal favorite, “The Splendiferous Array of Culinary Tools.”

Visit the Pop Chart Lab here.

Studio: Love & War

New York City’s Love & War recently received a huge accolade in the form of the 2011 James Beard Award for Outstanding Graphics for their identity work for The National restaurant. With a minimal wordmark (and a lovely abbreviated alternate), excellent typography and wonderful illustrations, it’s a classy and elegant identity that also doesn’t take itself too seriously, much like the majority of Love & War’s portfolio of work.

Partnering and creating distinct projects for such high profile clients as Sony, Martha Stewart and NBC, there’s a distinct air of restraint and thoughtfulness in both the copywriting and design that is rarely found when working with such large corporations. Be sure to also check out their work on social media campaigns for both Malibu Rum and for the movie Despicable Me. Adorable and clever.

Visit Love & War’s site here.

James and Karla Murray – “Storefronts”

Sometimes the simplest of ideas can produce the most beautiful results. I came across this great ongoing series of storefront photos by James and Karla Murray and marveled at the results of such an elementary premise. By presenting the storefronts in a simple straightforward format, they allowed the artistic elements, and sometimes the lack thereof, to become the prime focus. Gorgeous hand painted lettering, massive lighting displays of neon and bold color combinations all attempt to lure the customers in off the street, and create a vivid canvas that tells a story of not only that establishment but of the history of that block, and the people that frequent it.

See more “Storefronts” photographs here.

MoMA – 23 Fonts added to Design Collection

NYC’s prestigious Museum of Modern Art announced today the addition of 23 “digital” fonts to it’s permanent Architecture and Design Collection. Why is this important you may ask? It signifies a great moment for type designers and typography enthusiasts everywhere as “digital” or commercially available fonts are included alongside artwork and design milestones of the 20th (and 21st) Century, acknowledging their ubiquity and popularity as well as their aesthetic beauty and the craftsmanship of the foundries that produced them. Gotham, Didot, OCR-A and Big Caslon (all used in the graphic above) were selected along with 19 others and will be celebrated and on display at the upcoming Standard Deviations show, opening March 2nd.

Read more about MoMA’s acquisitions and upcoming show here.

Carlo Van De Roer

I recently took a small photography group show at the Taschen SoHo store and amongst the really talented work, a moody monochrome portrait (part of a larger series shown in the top image) by Carlo Van De Roer spurred me to delve deeper into his portfolio of work. Carlo’s work is varied and his subject matter spans many different spheres, but there’s a cohesive aesthetic to all his pieces, a sense of unknown, or unseen powers seem to permeate his craft. I was especially drawn to his “Blinded By The Light” series (see last image), where he incorporates carefully placed flashes of light into existing natural history dioramas to inject a sense of spirituality into the settings.

Visit Carlo Van De Roer’s portfolio here.