Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
K. I love magazines, but there are a few things that annoy me, like all of those perfume ads. Why does the magazine have to smell like the perfume section of Bloomingdale's? Also, the subscription cards. Really, does one issue need 10 loose cards that fall out when I pick it up? As you can tell, I've been thinking about this for days.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
One of my new guilty pleasures is Gossip Girl. And I'm not the only one, New York magazine says it's the most important show of our time. I wouldn't go that far. But Gossip Girl is the show we've been waiting for our entire lives: Dynasty meets Harriet the Spy meets Beverly Hills 90210 meets Melrose Place. Of course the show it most resembles is Sex and the City (although, since this show is about teenagers, does that make it Statutory Rape in the City?). For all its flaws, Sex and the City was a New York show. Even though they wore unforgivable outfits, the SATC characters did things real women their age and socioeconomic class in New York did — they ate cupcakes at Magnolia, had brunch at Pastis, went to Bloomie Nails. As cringe-making as it is to admit, those four ladies represented a breed of New York woman. Can we expect Gossip Girl to do the same for Upper East Side teenagers?
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has killed Blueprint. The magazine was billed as a "fresh, fun guide to personal style"... but staffers were told that MSLO had "misjudged the market." Instead, Blueprint is being folded back into Martha Stewart Weddings. Total number of layoffs is unconfirmed but FishbowlNY has it on good word that the company is trying to retain a number of employees. This follows on the earlier reports of firings at Martha Stewart. Update: Final issue will be January/February 2008.
Official press release after the jump, including information on the continuation of Blueprint's blog, Bluelines.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Paramount Pictures has acquired the film rights to the Elizabeth Gilbert memoir "Eat, Pray, Love" and will develop it as a star vehicle for Julia Roberts, according to Variety.
Ryan Murphy ("Nip/Tuck" and "Running with Scissors") is set to adapt the screenplay and direct. Plan B Entertainment's Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner will produce. Plan B also teamed with Murphy on "Scissors," which was Murphy's feature film directing debut.
In "Eat, Pray, Love," Gilbert moved with her husband to the suburbs of New York and began trying to get pregnant, only to realize that this was not the life she wanted. After a painful divorce, she set off on a journey of self-discovery around the world with three main stops in Italy, India and Indonesia.
Friday, December 7, 2007
What sets context in great architecture versus standard buildings so I’ve been told is how the surrounding environment influences the design of the building. For instance if the building were to be set in a different location chances are it would look differently. If the building could be dropped anywhere and would have the same effect it’s perhaps not as good as it could be. Relating that environmental context I really thought that the new Apple Store posters in New York are pretty great. Ya the subway context is nothing new, but the thing is that this poster could not work in any other city. As a pattern when one poster is placed beside each other both horizontally and vertically it very attractive. It even feels natural to be on the walls that I saw it on today. This post is from DesignNotes by Michael Surtees.
The new Apple store opens tonight from 6pm to midnight at West 14th Street (401 West 14th Street at 9th Avenue). You could win an iMac, a MacBook Pro, or an iPod touch.
Wednesday night SPD held a lecture with Scott Dadich, Creative Director & Bob Cohn, Executive Editor of Wired. Scott mapped out each step of his redesign beginning with the history of the Wired brand and logo. Then the concept of the square which lead to various choices about typography. It was all highly analytical, brilliant, and truly inspiring. I'm Wired.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Welcome to GOOD December, a collaborative pop-up community center and gallery store by Openhouse, enabled by the i'm Initiative. Located in Nolita, the heart of downtown Manhattan at the Openhouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry St., the space will be open to the public daily from 11am-6pm December 6th through 23rd. The center is organized around the themes of Media, Environment, Technology, Design, Education, Culture, Business & Money, and Health.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Acclaimed filmmaker Julian Schnabel directs “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”, based on the painstakingly poignant autobiography of charismatic French ELLE magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who at 43 is left completely paralyzed by a destructive stroke and left with only a blinking eye for communication. Told almost entirely through his eye’s perspective, the film follows Bauby as he learns to conquer his condition with a still-intact and flourishing imagination and spirit of the mind.