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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Quote of the Week

If we think about the tree as a design, it’s something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, provides a habitat for hundreds of species, accrues solar energy, makes complex sugars and food, creates micro-climates, self-replicates. So, what would it be like to design a building like a tree? What would it be like to design a city like a forest? So what would a building be like if it were photosynthetic? What if it took solar energy and converted it to productive and delightful use?

William McDonough

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 9:15 am  

Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday Fluff: Helvetica vs. Arial

See who wins the smack down here.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:31 am  

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Fashioning Felt

Photo via Cooper-Hewitt

The Cooper-Hewitt’s Fashioning Felt exhibition explores how versatile one of the earliest techniques of textile making actually is, as well as how it’s being used in contemporary design.

This past week we had the luxury of speaking with artist/educator Rachel Miller, who will be teaching “The Fabric of Fashion,” a workshop at the Cooper Hewitt this spring.

Miller says… “This exhibition displayed some of the most diverse and innovative works in the felt medium. Being that felting is one of the most ancient fiber techniques, this exhibition shows incredible versatility: from fashion, to installation, industry, product design, and interior design. As a fiber artist myself, I find great inspiration in seeing how this historical medium has such strong contemporary presence in both the arts and design world, and it is an exhibition that is definitely worth seeing.”


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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

15 Years of the Public Theater in 45 seconds

In 1994 Paula Scher developed the brand identity for the Public Theater that pushed the norm with its playful, bold typgraphy. Her designs have recently been honored by the Art Directors Club.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 11:47 am  

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Visualizing the Power Grid

NPR has put together an eye-opening interactive map that exposes the aging electrical infrastructure of the United States. This comprehensive study enables the user to rollover each state to view the statistical breakdowns of the sources of power each state uses.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 11:32 am  

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Goods for the Greater Good

Social Designer strives to spark new thinking about the issues that matter most by encouraging the design community to create fun, socially-relevant graphics for apparel, canvass bags, and many other things. Find out more here.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 11:03 am  

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Big Black Dot

The New York City Opera is the latest in a slew of NYC cultural institutions to overhaul their image. George Steel, the Opera’s new ambitious director hired esteemed design studio 2X4 to develop their new identity that is bold, direct, and confident in its treatment and application.

The dot triggers a philosophical discussion. City Opera is a bare-bones operation that produces spare versions of a luxury product. In theory, that could make it the ideal cultural entity for this lean age: What better way to forget about your troubles than to watch people sing about worse ones? “Luxury needs to engage ideas,” Sellers says. “Opera deals with darkness and schizophrenia, and in a time when we’ve been so deluded, that directness is reassuring.” She stops talking. The black dot sits ominously on the table, and for a moment no one speaks. Finally, Steel smiles, and the room relaxes. “I love the graphic strength,” he says. “I love it. We have a swell season, and we want it to be, Bam! Bam! This is what we’re doing: You got a problem with that?”


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 5:36 am  

Monday, May 4, 2009

For Print Only

With Speak Up bidding farewell this month, Bryony and Armin over at Underconsideration just launched a new blog in-line with the structure of Brand New.

FPO is for the ‘print’ enthusiast and is sure to be a valued resource.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 11:55 am  

Monday, May 4, 2009

Recycling, Philly Style

Photos Courtesy Nancy Packer

The Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia has transformed 10 of Philly’s colorless recycle trucks into vibrant murals. These colorful graphics were designed by students from the after school Big Picture Program. Instructor Desiree Bender explains, “I scanned in the drawings, colorized them, laid them out in Illustrator, sent them to the digital printers. It’s printed on vinyl, and it’s like a giant sticker.”

For many years, Philadelphia has ranked at the bottom in terms of its diversion rate (the amount of trash picked up as recycling) but has seen an increase since Mayor Nutter’s ‘single stream’ initiative and now stands at 12%.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 10:41 am  

Monday, May 4, 2009

Quote of the Week

“I always think of the design world like the medical world; we have people who are plastic surgeons, but we have a lot of people who are in the emergency room and a lot of our designers are in the emergency room dealing with the critical issues like post-disaster issues or systemic issues or poverty.

Cameron Sinclair

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