Reform School

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Lisa Congdon (Big Little Show) has a new show, called "School Daze", opening February 10 at Reform School in Los Angeles. I'll actually be in LA that week (taking a little holiday), so I hope to attend the show.

Good design...

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I'm looking forward to reading the new book by Gordon Bruce about Eliot Noyes (published by Phaidon). My particular interest is Noyes' involvement in the industrial design of typewriters. (via Coudal)

Eliot Noyes (1910–77) was a remarkable figure in twentieth-century design. An architect who began his career working in the office of Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, he went on to become the first Director of the Industrial Design department at MoMA in the 1940s. From the late 1950s until his death in 1977 he was Consulting Director of Design for IBM, Mobil Oil, Westinghouse and Cummins Engine Company, and was responsible for bringing about a change in the way that these corporations, and others that followed, were to think about design and its impact on business. He enlisted pioneering designers, notably Charles Eames, Paul Rand, Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar, to help him bring about innovative architectural, graphic and industrial design. He was personally responsible for the design of some notable twentieth-century classics, such as IBM’s Selectric typewriter

Victorian Valentines

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These are some of the vintage valentines from the "Hearts Aflutter" display in the gallery ($60 apiece). There are also valentines from the mid 1930s through the early seventies ($1.50 - $10).

Kate Spade

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Kate Spade's design sense is always impeccable and now it is translated into a beautiful website called "Behind the curtain." It has a nice mix of readable content plus some great eye-candy. (Found via Oh Joy! who is doing a fantastic job of guest-blogging at Design*Sponge.)

isaac.jpgAnother great fashion-oriented site is Isaac Mizrahi's Style Book, which offers a preview of the inaugural issue of his print magazine. You can download the entire magazine from the website, since his mandate states "Style is free!" Unfortunately, the actual magazine design isn't as elegant as the website.

Speaking of fashion...

Old Valentines find new love

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Here are some treasures that combine my two obsessions: vintage papers + typewriters. I'll be rearranging the gallery to display a wonderful collection of vintage valentines (1890s through 1960s). The majority of the valentines will be for sale for $3 - $30 (except for a few that I can't bear to part with!)

The lost art of the Trade Card

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The Fulton Street Trade Card Collection is a wonderful online resource of over 200 trade cards offering a snapshot of businesses from the late 19th and early 20th century. The collection is housed at the Brooklyn Public Library

A new Beyond

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It took over a year since the last one, but there is indeed a new issue of Beyond available in UPPERCASE or through the magazine's website. Beyond is a non-profit magazine based in Calgary and it was one of the very first design projects I had when I was fresh out of college (thanks to Aaron Leighton with whom I co-designed the first issues). In the past decade, the magazine content has changed considerably — along with my design sensibilities and ability. This issue sports a new masthead and typographic style to reflect the maturing content. Preview Issue 15's content at the Beyond site.

The cover image is by photographer Karin Bubas

A Terrific Show

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Thank you to Aaron Booth and his Merry Band of Woodpigeons (Mark Hamilton, Annalea Sordi, Foon Yap) for performing at the opening of the Posteriffic show. Their music was great and very much appreciated by the crowd. The poster show is off to a fantastic start – over half of them have sold already!

You can catch Woodpigeon January 21 at Emmedia.

Sister Corita: Juicy Silkscreens by a Nun!

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Couldn't resist posting this image from Design Observer! What an amazing article by Lorraine Wild about Sister Corita, a Catholic nun and her artwork.

Corita’s commitment to the cheap and ordinary medium of the silkscreen print reflected values inherent to her vows of humility and poverty; but the intense visuality of her work, particularly its catholic (small c) use of the vernacular, was both a reaction to her immediate environment, the Pop Art paradise of 1960s Los Angeles street scenes (the same streets that inspired Ed Ruscha, who worked in the same neighborhood) and a uniquely creative invention for addressing the Vatican’s turn to the vernacular without succumbing to banality or kitsch. The joy, humor and surprise in Corita’s work is a result of her intense compositional skill and the deftness with which she manipulated the visual junk around her. Like the Eameses (with whom she was close), she used a 35mm camera to create a visual archive for reference, inspiration and use, and while her work is two-dimensional and typographic, it is entirely dependent upon a design process driven by camera cropping, framing, and photomechanical manipulation — a process as creatively responsive to contemporary art and design thinking as any of the many more celebrated Pop artists working during those same years.

Posteriffic

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I'm really looking forward to the opening of our next show: Posteriffic. I've been admiring the work of many of these silkscreen poster artists for a long time – and the work is even more impressive in person! (The Books poster above by The Small Stakes)

Thank you to James Jensen of Burnt Toast Studio for helping to organize the musical guests, and for creating a commemorative poster for the show. The poster design will be unveiled on Saturday and will be available online as well. This poster will be the first of a series of collectible posters designed for each of UPPERCASE's exhibitions.