September 26, 2007
Posted By: Marc

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I’ve just returned the from the AIGA‘s annual 50 Books / 50 Covers opening exhibition. For tonight’s event, it’s okay to judge a book by its cover. In fact, that’s the point.

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September 25, 2007
Posted By: Sheri

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Passionate designers tend to get the incurable need to design everything down to the smallest detail. This past Friday I met a fellow designer who is turning that obsession into art. Kate Bingaman-Burt is a graphic design instructor by day and a obsessive documenter of commerce by night. Her show Obsessive Consumption, currently running at Jen Bekman’s Spring Street Gallery from September 21st-October 27th, features a daily diary illustrating one thing she purchased that day as well as cleverly redesigned credit card statements using pink, yellow, and orange markers. I had to marvel, wouldn’t life be more fun if receiving your credit card statement came in such fun colors?

The piece de resistance are two dresses hand embroidered with the amount of every purchase she made for one month and another with her credit card balances and APRs. Kate’s attention to detail — in every piece down to the little hooks she has selected to hang these works on the wall — are truly the mark of an obsessed designer.

September 24, 2007
Posted By: ellen

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Sheri made these awesome cases for our phones. I love mine! So much better than the old sock I was using…

September 24, 2007
Posted By: ellen

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Breaking news: the sink hole outside of MSLK (that we’ve been complaining about for months) has finally erupted with some sort of gas. We’ve called in the authorities who have roped off the street. This could be serious, people. And we’ve got front row seats.

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September 23, 2007
Posted By: katie

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This weekend, Ellen got some friends out to a new and soon to be popular Williamsburg/Greenpoint hangout. The Gutter (opened by the owners of Williamsburg’s Barcade) is Brooklyn’s new bar/bowling alley. With the new growing trend of tacky disco-like bowling alleys, The Gutter is actually cool. Located amongst the abandoned factories near the river the atmosphere is right on.

The vintage-chic decore is authentic—brought in from Nebraska. Not only is the refurbished alley equipment cool, it is the perfect repurposing fo Nebraskin trash. The night was…

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September 22, 2007
Posted By: katie

wine1.jpgThere’s a small wine shop in downtown Long Island City with a great little sign. A number of us in the studio have passed by it and noted its ingenious simplicity. The sign flashes back and forth from WINE to VINE by simply bisecting the W. The no frills red neon tubing matches the idea perfectly.

September 21, 2007
Posted By: Marc

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The new design for lifesavers completely captived me while walking into a local deli. This package cut through all the clutter due to its sheer simplicity. I just had to buy it. Never mind the fact that if I just landed on planet Earth today, I would no doubt be saying “I love the Life-O-Savers packaging.”

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September 20, 2007
Posted By: emil

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The Storm King Art Center makes for a perfect Labor Day weekend, or any long weekend for that matter. On this Labor Day, both the weather and location delivered. Just 90 minutes outside of the city, Storm King has 500 breathtaking acres of landscape, filled with an awesome collection of postwar sculptures by internationally renowned artists. Unlike other museums, Storm King is a place where you can picnic, run barefoot, breathe in fresh air —you can even touch the art. I truly enjoyed the endless variety of greens, blues, reds, oranges and grays. Storm King is a great place to release stress and escape NYC’s craziness.

Tips: Bring your camera with at least 1 GB memory and some food (unless you don’t mind the vending machine’s snacks). Thanks to Ellen Johnston for her recommendation. For more information visit their site.

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September 17, 2007
Posted By: ellen

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Taglines can be tricky. But then again, who doesn’t know what Police Cars Unlimited means?

September 12, 2007
Posted By: Sheri

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The Burning Man festival is where one can find emerging art, fashion, music, survival gear, etc. This is why we were particularly excited last September when 2007’s theme would be “The Green Man.” Burning Man isn’t normally a particularly green event, but with carbon footprints on everyone’s mind, it seemed inevitable that eco-consciousness would make its way out to the playa. Sadly even with a guideline to ponder visions of a green future, the visionaries had little to offer. If this was the latest and greatest that could be produced, I am even more concerned about how much further we have to go. It seems to me that we may have more greenwashing then we actually have people taking actions that make a difference.

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