more Lou dorfsman and link to Typogabor

Pages from a book on Lou dorfsman and CBS scanned in are here.
Many many thanks to typogabor! (Peter Gabor, a brilliant "typographe")
His site has a tremendous collection of other books on typography and graphic design.Among which are books on Neville Brody (not my thing, but still) and by Hermann Zapf

Lou Dorfsman and the gastrotypographicalassemblage

I found this post on the I Live Typography blog. A more complete piece is here on the AIGA site.
Both deal with a great piece of typographic art by Lou dorfsman (bio here) that goes by the name of the Gastrotypographicalassemblage. Apparantly this piece was made for the cafetaria in the CBS bulding in the sixties and took six years in the making. He worked with John Alcorn and the great Herb Lubalin, who did brilliant stuff like this:


Footage of this work and a restoration project can be found on flickr here.
It sure looks delicious. I also love the photo's of the "making of" which is actually a restauration process. The big letters look like loafs of bread. The organization that does the noble work is called the center for design study.


the global village

This site archives images of people from round the globe and shows our "sameness". This sameness has a very american focus, but I don't mind.

many same is an archive of universal sameness –
as observed through the internet.

in isolation from their original context images acquire new meaning. similarity is amplified while any inherent significance or value is diminished. ultimately the viewer is prompted to re-interpret the message, placing new cultural, aesthetic and emotional qualities upon it.

as a publication tool the Internet has facilitated an unprecedented accumulation of privately owned images, which are for the most part freely accessible. this constitutes a vast repository of the ‘everyday’ that provides a unique perspective of minute social and cultural phenomena.

A good idea. And some nice image galleries. I especially like windowseat, leaning tower from the kodak moments section (although the idea is stolen from Martin Parr) golden arches and jesus saves.


directness (to be continued)

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Print is not dead. It just smells funny

Check out the photoset on flickr of an exhibtion called Radar Eyes: A Survey of Hallucinogenic Printmaking that took place in Chicago from 7-22 march. Of course the usual gibberish of line and color vomit and random "droodle style" artwork is well represented, but soem works suceed in making me hopefull for the future of printmaking.
I am gladly adding to this, in the spirit of my posting on Haight Ashbury (the book is long finished, it was great and inspiring) that (well made) psychedlic art is not dead either. Indeed it just smells funny, but that's the whole purpose. By the way; bad psychedlic art has never died aswell and will probably be around to amuse cockroaches that survived a nuclear holocaust.

Robert Kennedy's Funeral train by Paul Fusco

On june 8 1968 Robert Kennedy's body was transported in a funeral train to it's final resting place. He had been shot three days earlier in Los Angeles by Sirhan Sirhan. Here's the whole story.
I came across this story because of a stunning series of photographs by Paul Fusco.
I think the images are truly moving, both literaly and figurely.
I was especially touched by this image.
I think it is one of the best photographs I know. Both chilling, compassionate and intriguing. Epic is also a word. Who needs words though with images like this.
By the way there are also some video interviews with Paul Fusco on the site.

and here's another brilliant photo.

By the way I hope the copyrightholder for who I have the greatest respect won't mind me showing these treasures to those who were not aware they existed, like myself.


prairie schooner

all you Chris Ware hunters out there: The Prairie Schooner, a quarterly of fiction (and more), features a cover by Mister Ware.
Looks good. Too bad the jpg is so small. hey don't feel the need to mention him in the credits. One point less for this magazine, which looks nice enough. I also love the title.
Unfortunately there's no information on international shipping...

Winter '07


Dan Nadels' Comic Visionairies

art out of time
Dan Nadel, who is a faculty member of Parsons school for design illustration department, wrote a good book about unknown comic visionaries. In this interesting interview that appears on the website of the ComicsJournal he talsk about the book and some of the comic artists that appear in it.
Among those artist is a fellow named Charles Forbell who I didn't know. Nadel points out that the panel lay-out and the inventive way of telling graphic stories is a predecessor to the likes of Chris Ware.
The picture below proves this to be the case.


how the rich live

While browsing for images of Adam Dant I came across this excellent blog. It features a series about the most expensive real estate worldwide.
Bizarre palaces, villa's, high tech residences. Somewhere down the line you probably financed a tiny part of them.
Check it out.
PS - scroll down