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Of Occupy Wall Street, Art and Design

The top news for the past cou­ple of days has been Steve Jobs’ pass­ing away, and the #Occu­py­Wall­Street move­ment. The move­ment started Sep­tem­ber 17th and is still going on. There’s been cov­er­age about it but one can tell that its not the full-coverage that we are all receiv­ing. Though, that is a story for another time and place.

Mean­while, from all of the recent devel­op­ments of it, there has been a surge of pas­sion­ate story-telling be it in a form of a tweet, an inter­view,1 or a writ­ten, poetic “offi­cial state­ment” which was recently read out by Keith Olber­mann.2

Another prod­uct of this, I must say, has been the print-design work that has been made avail­able to the pub­lic by Adbusters. The one that stands out the most to me is the visual-art piece with the dancer on the “Charg­ing Bull”.

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  1. Watch Jesse LaGraca, from Occupy Wall Street, talk to Fox News here. []
  2. Here’s the post of Keith Olber­mann read­ing out that state­ment by the NY Gen­eral Assem­bly, video and tran­script. []

The Sandpit

In the spirit of my Small Worlds post, here’s a short by Sam O’Hare enti­tled, The Sand­pit.

A day in the life of New York City, in miniature. ”

Do note that for the best effect, you should see this piece in HD and full screen.

PS. If you are inter­ested for a descrip­tion of the shoot, cam­era, lenses and work­flow, go here.

Custom Bicycles in NYC

I had this grow­ing inter­est lately of get­ting myself a bike. It’s been a minute since I’ve had one to be hon­est. I remem­ber hav­ing fun w/ my generic-BMX back in the P.I. with my bowl-cut. I remem­ber going through the streets with our generic-BMX crew and hop­ing over speed bumps; mak­ing ramps; and eat­ing it hard on the pave­ment filled with small rocks and peb­bles. We were for­tu­nate we didn’t crack our skulls as we got mad air most of the time, only to be brought back down to Earth by the Law of Physics.

Any­ways, check this video out by Rock­et­boom cor­re­spon­dent Ella Mor­ton when she inter­views Josh Hadar about his hand sculpted cus­tom bicycles.

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PS. For own­ers who are bike offi­ciana­dos, road or moun­tain bike? In terms of rid­ing ver­sa­til­ity for street, hills, dirt, etc. (I’m guess­ing mountain?)

Jackie Robinson Steals Home


Jackie Robin­son Steals Home, orig­i­nally uploaded by stechico.

One of the pri­mary rea­sons why I’ve grown to love the Dodgers.

Base­ball World Series

Sub­way Series: Brook­lyn Dodger Jackie Robin­son charg­ing wildy fr. 3rd base as unwary NY Yan­kee catcher Yogi Berra squats behind Dodger bat­ter dur­ing Jackie’s steal of home plate in the 8th inning of the 1st game of the World Series at Yan­kee Stadium.

Loca­tion: New York, NY, US
Date taken: Sep­tem­ber 28, 1955
Pho­tog­ra­pher: Ralph Morse

This photo is from the LIFE photo archive hosted Google here. It’s very nice of them to do this as more peo­ple can reflect back to the great images that Life has taken over the years.

Typography of “LOVE” by Robert Indiana

With all the cur­rent ini­tia­tives of get­ting peo­ple to go out and vote for this upcom­ing Novem­ber, I got an idea for another DIY project. Think­ing of inspi­ra­tion, I hap­pen to like how the “LOVE” sculp­ture by Robert Indi­ana stuck out. One of the tasks I needed to get me started with the project was to find the type used for it.

After a while, I found a post in the Typophile forums which for­tu­nately was the same sub­ject as my quest. From this, it seems that Claren­don Black is a good start­ing point. Though close, some tweak­ing will still have to be done by hand.

Any­ways, that’s one task down. I’m just hop­ing I can fin­ish the project weeks before Novem­ber. It’ll be a nice Design workout.

PS. Here’s a poster of Robert Indiana’s “LOVE” sculp­ture in NYC if you are dig­ging it for your digs: