Archive for January 20th, 2009

20th January
2009
written by Tony
I made this. Why does that matter? I'll tell you later.

I made this. Why does that matter? I'll tell you later (yes, I did the illustration myself).

This is a post for anyone who is going to or has worked with a designer. However, this is mostly a post dedicated to new and (to use a fine arts term) "naive" designers out there. And also to you experienced designers who haven't stopped to think about some of the things we do every day and why we do (or don't) do them. This is also a post that will touch on how I see the design world changing (briefly - I'm planing another post on where I see design going in the next 10 years) and what I think a good designer needs to know in order to stay relevant. This is going to be a long post. I have been designing for a little while now (going on 4 years as a "professional") and it recently hit me that I may finally know some of what I am talking about when it comes to design. I guess I had one of those moments, moments I assume all brilliant  designers have :), when I realized that my eye for good type and aesthetics has finally matured. The moment occurred when I was looking over some old work a former intern did and I started reading my comments for revisions. He was doing things with the type and layout that I know I did when I was a student and as I looked over my suggested changes I realized that I understood why I suggested them, and it wasn't just rote recitation or arbitrary preference. This lead me to think about design vernacular and realize just how much time and work goes into having a good design vocabulary. It's one thing to know what you should and shouldn't do, but entirely another to understand why. I believe that basic understanding of why is what really informs good design. (more…)
20th January
2009
written by Steph
Yes you can (watch history happen)!

Yes you can (watch history happen)!

Remember back on November 4th, when there was that historic election in which Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the United States?  Well, that decision is finally paying its dividends today, as he gets sworn in at 11:30 am EST on Capitol Hill (where America happens, and which Tony and I saw the inchoate beginnings of the inauguration stage and hoo ha, all the way back in November).  Everyone knows that Tuesday is a slack day, so even if you aren't out in Washington, D.C., (and who could blame you when a single night in a hotel in the area is setting people back my month's rent (and that's just for the cheap seats)!), you can still watch the festivities online; I'll be tuning in to CNN's coverage.  I suppose that every day, history happens, it's just that some parts of history will be better remembered than others, and I promise you this will be one of them.  I mean, come on!  He's gonna get sworn in using the same bible the Abraham Lincoln used... No one's ever done that before!  That's what all this hubub is about, right? And if you are in D.C., let Obamania reign supreme!  Head over to Asia Nine, won't you, and have the Lame Duck sushi roll in honor of Dubya.  Apparently George W has never been so sweet... or spicy!  Personally, all the way out here in Nashville, I think I'm gonna celebrate with an Inauguration Partini (recipe below)... has American politics ever tasted so sweet?

Inaugural Partini

1 part Grey Goose Le Citron flavored vodka

Sweet taste of liberty!  Hope it doesn't taste like pennies...

Sweet taste of liberty! Hope it doesn't taste like pennies...

½ part Mandarin Napoleon ½ part honey ¾ part hot water ½ part lemon ½ part orange juice Pinch of star anise powder 1 star anise

In a cocktail shaker, place the honey and hot water; stir to dissolve. Add Le Citron, Mandarin Napoleon, lemon juice, orange juice and star anise powder. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass. Garnish with star anise and relish with pride.