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Signing Off

Hi, designers. As some of you may know, today’s my last day with Print Magazine as a regular contributor. It would appear I’ve been writing Obsessions since the Chicago HOW Design Conference. Not last year’s HOW Conference, the one in 2005. At that point, Obsessions was a sort of catchall column, dedicated to curiosities...

Today's Obsession: Two Concepts Enter, One Leaves

It’s interesting to see related concepts designed in totally different ways—some successful, some not. I’m not specifically talking about visual design; more like concept design—creating the idea that fuels your work. Making sure it stands up to scrutiny. Most recently, we’ve been watching the intriguing sic fi sudser Torchwood: Miracle Day, while seeing a...

Today's Obsession: Prada Candy

Alias, whose work you’ve probably seen glaring at you from the magazine racks in your local bookstore, creates (primarily) typography for fashionable concerns like AnOther Magazine and the London 2012 Olympic Games. They’ve recently expanded Prada’s iconic logotype into a full alphabet, which is lovely. Also a fascinating potential propaganda bomb if it gets...

Today's Obsession: Luxury is Relative

We’re in downtown L.A. For the next few days, doing a lightning round of meetings for new business. We’re staying at this awesome little hostel called Stay, which really strikes me as a shift in the notions of what luxury actually means. The place is a redevelopment of a dive called the Cecil, a...

Today's Obsession: 40 Years of Sacrilege

Let’s talk a little more about what I dug up from the ‘net yesterday. I found Guido Jesus so late in the day that I didn’t get chance to fully think out what’s caught my eye about him. In thinking further, the way he’s come about is actually a great insight into the human...

Today's Obsession: Web Meme, He is Risen

You know, the distance from art to the internet’s cornball sense of humor is really not that far. Today, someone plopped Guido Jesus in my Twitter stream, and what’s weird is: he seems derived from Dogma’s Buddy Christ via Jersey Shore. Here’s another couple of images of this guy; no name given. Buddy Christ...

Today's Obsession: Our Little Corner of the Marketplace

I see a lot of noise in my Twitter stream about HP’s Logoworks service. It’s basically a bottom-tier service catering to the smallest of clients and starter-uppers who really can’t afford an actual design studio. I also see the invariable bitching bitching bitching from designers who are appalled—appalled—at the resounding tone-deafness of the work...

Today's Obsession: A Look Inside the Snakepit

Here’s a nasty little turd the New York Observer dropped on the dinner table a couple of days ago; a tell-all about former WIRED Creative Director Scott Dadich’s apparent failures. It’s pretty clear in the tone of this telling that Condé’s management just doesn’t get the internet on any level, hence this: During the...

Today's Obsession: Pendulum Waves

Here’s a gorgeous programmatic piece, but it’s not on a flat surface or screen (for once)—a nice reminder that visual patterns can be created without actually creating an image. This series of pendulums are all the same weight, but hung on different lengths of thread. When all pendulums are moved at the same time,...

Today's Obsession: GMUNK on Tumblr

GMUNK, less widely known as Bradley G Munkowitz, whom we’ve discussed previously for his gorgeous digital visualizations with JT Nimoy for TRON Legacy, has an inspirational Tumblr account that I love. It’s full of weird, vaguely unsettling imagery that gives us an excellent look into his tastes. Look for a lot of quiet, sad...