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Wanting to take a look back so I can figure out how to proceed with 2009, I grabbed a bunch of notable posts that I thought were worth spending a bit more time with. Below each image I’ve made a note now that I’ve had some time away from each of the original posts. Here’s to the new year and thanks for visiting, and linking and commenting and…
This seemed like a great idea at the time, trade my shuffle with someone else and hear some new music. I ended up trading but due to my own business it took way too long to trade back with her. I learned my lesson – anyone else want to try trading?
I wanted to combine some of my photography with a listing of location. Another idea with good intentions, problem was it took a lot of time to map it out and I had no way of exporting the data offline if I wanted to. So after a while I stopped posting to that map.
This was before things really took off with Obama, I had seen the Hope graphic floating around the web but this was the first image I saw of it actually on the streets. A while after that post someone mailed me a couple of the posters. That was a very good day.
There was an interesting discussion after I posted this – unfortunately when I installed Disqus after the fact that comment stayed in the old database of comments. In effect the person was objecting to the commercialization of the idea of the Ghost Bike. At the time I was pretty much on the opposite side thinking that a company shouldn’t have to worry about worry such things. As I’ve walked a lot through the city and seen those white bikes out there, that person may have been correct with their objections.
This project is still going on for a couple weeks, but the number of people that saw it and contacted me after this post was quite amazing. Not sure where this project will end up but up until now it’s been interesting to watch it grow.
There was three events that were sort of art, sort of design that I really enjoyed seeing. One was MoMA’s Design and Elastic Mind Exhibition, Murakami at the Brooklyn Museum and Buckminster Fuller at the Whitney. I would have luved to have blogged more about the last two exhibitions but since they don’t allow photography inside I’ll just mention that it’s a stupid policy that will hurt them more than what it will help. Banksy’s installations would be up there too in really good things to have seen now that I think about it.
Just like the Frietag instruction booklet I mentioned above, Camper’s shoes are a product that other designers should want to strive for. They are perfect for the weather of NYC and never wear out. There’s only two brands of shoes that I buy, Camper and Giraudon.
There’s a lot of really smart stuff in this book. In my top 3 of things to read, and more interestingly I don’t think this book will date itself as much as some of the others along the same genre that came out this year.
For all the chatter of sites that tagged brands, I think Dear Adobe changed the game more so than any other UGC site. If I was wanting to study site concepts for company’s, this is where I would start. And no, Adobe didn’t design the site.
Of all the events that are socially related to graphic design, I can’t think of anything that I look more forward to then the World Graphic Design Foosball Championship (WGDFC). I played two years ago and was really wanting to play last year though I had a design event in Canada that I was a part of so I wasn’t in the country. I really can’t think of a better night then playing foosball, having some beer and meeting people that look vaguely familiar. Just like last year there were regional tournaments so that there were enough tables to match all the teams. Team DesignNotes played in their backyard which was only a couple blocks walk to Pentagram.
We were pretty lucky to have won our first three games. Our luck ended when we ended up playing at the winners final against O.O.P.S.. My team mate and I played the practice round that Paul put on at his studio last Friday night, so I knew what we were in for. He spanked me Friday night and he did the same thing in the real match. He’s got a brutally fast straight on shot that I truly hate, but it works. I know what he’s going to do yet I don’t think I’ve managed to stop it once – and this was after he even mentioned to me a decent defensive tactic to slow it down. So I really have myself to blame.
After that match we played the winner of the loser bracket as it was a double elimination tournament. That ended up being Big Spaceship 2. What was funny about that was that someone called out to have them do the “Graphic Design Test”. This was created as apparently last year the winners were not in fact graphic designers at all. The first question was naming a well know graphic designer via his portrait, the second question was identifying a typeface, and the third was explaining what PMS stood for. The first answer was Stefan Sagmeister, the second was Helvetica and the third was Pantone Matching System. What I think was lost on everyone is that printers just refer to Pantone now (I think), so PMS is kind of an old term… Either way, I was hopping that those questions would throw them off their game. Sadly that was not the case and we lost again quite quickly. So all in all we won three and lost two.
After those regionals I ended up heading to Fat Cat to see the finals of the finals for the tournament. I thought the vibe was pretty relaxed which isn’t always the case. Of all the teams that were vying for the cup, I’d have to say that watching Your Majesty’s smash mouth style of play to be the most interesting to watch. There were teams that could play faster and cleaner but what’s fun about that when you can just go through a team. I ended up there till the end to see O.O.P.S. win WGDFC 08. I think if someone can stop that evil shot next year, there will be a new champ. Until then, game on as I’ll be practicing up till this time next year.