Stefan Sagmeister is no mere commercial gun for hire. Sure, he’s created eye-catching graphics for clients including the Rolling Stones and Lou Reed, but he pours his heart and soul into every piece of work. His design work is at once timeless and of the moment, and his painstaking attention to the smallest details creates work that offers something new every time you look at it.
While a sense of humor invariably surfaces in his designs, Sagmeister is nonetheless very serious about his work; his intimate approach and sincere thoughtfulness elevate his design. A genuine maverick, Sagmeister achieved notoriety in the 1990s as the designer who self-harmed in the name of craft: He created a poster advertising a speaking engagement by carving the salient details onto his torso.
Some of the points he highlighted in his TED talk were:
Helping other people helps me.
Having guts always works out for me.
Thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now.
Starting a charity is surprisingly easy.
Being not truthful works against me.
Everything I do always comes back to me.
Assuming is stifling.
Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on.
Over time I get used to everything and start taking for granted.
Money does not make me happy.
Traveling alone is helpful for a new perspective on life.
Keeping a diary supports personal development.
Trying to look good limits my life.
Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.
Worrying solves nothing.
Complaining is silly. either act or forget.
Actually doing the things I set out to do increases my overall level of satisfaction.
Everybody thinks they are right.
Low expectations are a good strategy.
Whatever I want to explore professionally, its best to try it out for myself first.
These are just out of this world. Jennifer Maestre’s pencil sculptures are just crazy cool. It is just hard to believe how much time and planning it took to get all these pencils together to make something this creative and memorable.
My sculptures were originally inspired by the form and function of the sea urchin. The spines of the urchin, so dangerous yet beautiful, serve as an explicit warning against contact. The alluring texture of the spines draws the touch in spite of the possible consequences. The tension unveiled, we feel push and pull, desire and repulsion. The sections of pencils present aspects of sharp and smooth for two very different textural and aesthetic experiences. Paradox and surprise are integral in my choice of materials. Quantities of industrially manufactured objects are used to create flexible forms reminiscent of the organic shapes of animals and nature. Pencils are common objects, here, these anonymous objects become the structure. There is true a fragility to the sometimes brutal aspect of the sculptures, vulnerability that is belied by the fearsome texture…
For more information about Jennifer Maestre and to see more unbelievable pencil sculptures, check out jennifermaestre.com
Back by popular demand, Hyphen and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) present the 3rd annual Mr. Hyphen competition on October 4, 2008, celebrating the men of the Asian American community. Each year, Hyphen and OACC celebrate Asian American men who devote themselves to worthy community causes. While structured like a pageant with rounds of talent, fashion and Q&A, Mr. Hyphen turns stereotypes on their heads in front of a sold-out crowd. Striking a blow for equal-opportunity all-in-good-fun ogling, Mr. Hyphen is an energy-filled evening of fun and charity. Rounds will be decided alternately by an audience vote and by an illustrious panel of judges. The man who is crowned Mr. Hyphen wins a $1000 cash donation to his nonprofit organization.
Congratulations to all of the participants, especially to Runner-up Maurice Seaty and Mr. Hyphen 2008 himself, Aristotle Garcia (pictured above respectively). Special thanks go to Flickrite/Vaindeer/Hyphen Magazine’s Lanlian for giving me the opportunity to check it out and photograph. It was both entertaining and educational. Good times.
I’m digging these posters from AIGA’s Get Out the Vote 2008.
A juried set of 24 posters were professionally printed and distributed nationally in early September. The posters have been hung in the windows of storefronts, restaurants, dormitories, laundromats and elsewhere around the country. You too can participate in getting out the vote by viewing the online gallery, and then downloading, printing and posting your favorite designs around your community.
In celebration of the Dodgers winning 2 consecutive games against the NL’s #1 team, the 97–64 Cubs… at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, here’s a little something to show some Dodger Blue pride in you. I’m not bagging on or taunting any Cubby Fans out there, but you have to admit, the Cubbies are well favored going into this series. That, and they had home-field advantage.
Anyways, I’ve had this wallpaper a while back on my regular desktop from Mandolux (Mando Gomez—great photographer by the way)1. I have cropped it a couple of weeks back when I got my iPhone. I thought I’d share it with my fellow Dodgers everywhere: