Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations.
Thus spake designer Paul Rand, a man who knew something about making an impression, having created iconic logos for such immediately recognizable brands as ABC, IBM, and UPS.
An example of Rand’s observation, La Linea, aka Mr.
Ever been taken aback by a vintage photo of a Facebook friend? “Look how young he was! An infant!” If you’re a member of comedian Louis CK’s generation, it’s likely that at some point, the person in the photo was you.
Louis model 1987, above, is close to unrecognizable, with a full head of red hair and a trim belly.
Michael Jackson took one giant leap for pop history on March 25, 1983 when he gave an adoring public their first taste of his signature moonwalk in honor of Motown Records’ 25th birthday. (See below)
Novelty-wise, it wasn’t quite a Neil Armstrong moment. Like many artists, Jackson had many precedents from which he could and did draw.
When young artists, be they writers, painters, or musicians, aim to strike it big, they invariably choose to move to New York.[...]
Jump back, what’s that sound? Oh, it’s just Reggie Watts covering Van Halen‘s 1984 cock rock anthem, Panama, in a crazy-ass golf sweater. Carry on.[...]
Caslon, Baskerville, Helvetica… these names have graced many a pull down menu, but what do they signify, exactly?
Graphic designer Ben Barrett-Forrest spent 140 hours animating the 291 paper letters on display in the History of Typography, an introduction to the ways in which language has been expressed visually over time.
Remember that scene in Nashville, when Keith Carradine sings “I’m Easy,” and every woman in the club thinks he’s speaking directly to her?
Breaking the fourth wall—also known as direct address—can have the same effect on a filmgoing audience. The compilation video above makes it clear that actors love it too.
Few of us possess the physical strength and even steelier will to follow in the handprints of professional balancer Jaakko Tenhunen, but most of us have other projects that could benefit from the sort of relentless determination he brings to his work.[...]
Which best describes your museum-going experience? Inspiration and spiritual refreshment? Or a soul crushing attempt to fight your way past the hoards there for the latest blockbuster exhibit, with a too-heavy bag and a whining, foot sore companion in tow?
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to lose yourself in contemplation of a single work? What
Most professional musicians have a very special relationship with their instruments. Male guitarists treat their favorite guitars like girlfriends—maybe better in some cases. Traveling cellists buy airline tickets for instruments. It’s just too risky to put your livelihood in cargo.[...]