August 30, 2009

Gehry Cups 'n Saucers

Leslie Cicurel Engel was kind enough to send these to me:

Hi Steve, To my surprise, while packing up my kitchen in advance of a renovation,I found a coffee cup set from Chiat/Day days. These were given to us in commemoration of the opening of the Venice Beach 'binocular' office. Don't know if you can see the date on the back of the saucer ; it's 1991.They have a reproduction of the drawing Frank Gehry scribbled on a napkin and gave to Jay when trying to describe what the new building would look like... or so the story went. In any event, thought you and other C/Ders would get a kick out of seeing them again. I'm wondering if anyone else still has a set. Hope you are well. Best regards - Leslie


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November 20, 2006

Design Awards

Design awards

Some mind-candy from the Cooper Union Design Museum: The People's Choice Awards. From Ferraris to "acoustic wi-fi radios" (whatever those are) to hurricane relief housing to subway maps.


October 05, 2006

Advice from Milton Glaser


Famed Illustrator Milton Glaser on 10 Things I've Learned.


February 17, 2006

"Virtual Office" car


Take a gander at Nissan’s concept car, the Terranaut. It’s designed for “scientists, geologists, archaeologists or adventurers” whose office is the great outdoors. The interior is modeled after a U.S.S. Enterprise shuttlecraft. The “spherical laboratory” is accessed from a seat that swivels 360 degrees to give any intrepid scientist access to all of the vehicle’s workstations.


January 30, 2006

Champagne Chair


Eve Luppert spied this and sent it to me. It's a design contest which challenges contestants to design a chair using everything on a champagne bottle except the bottle.


January 04, 2006

Favorite fonts


The journal Typographica has announced their favorite fonts of 2005. And the winners are ...

November 18, 2005



A team from the London College of Communication have scanned and indexed all the issues of Design from 1965 - 1974


November 11, 2005

Olympic Mascots

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The design of the mascots for the 2008 Beijing Olympics have just been announced. They look to be an amalgam of a panda, a fire-spewing dragon, and those overly-made up little girls they drag out on Chinese variety shows. And what is the concept behind the trunks of their bodies: fortune cookies?

That's Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan in the middle of the cuteness mosh pit.

October 02, 2005

A wacky idea

On Monday night, Oct. 3rd, the ABC Evening News is going to be doing a story about a new type of workplace, where people come and go when they please and are accountable only for results, not for hours.

Have you ever heard of such a dumb idea? I mean, a "virtual office?" C'mon.

September 19, 2005

Saul Bass


I've always considered Saul Bass to be the pre-eminent designer of film titles. For over four decades, his designs graced such films as West Side Story, The Seven Year Itch, The Man with the Golden Gun, and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

Someone has put together a collection of 28 of his greatest title designs on one website.


August 16, 2005

Chalk vs. Powerpoint


Some of Oxford University's most famous chalkboard creations. Who needs Powerpoint to express a good idea?


May 16, 2005



Need a cheap logo for your own little business venture? How does $25 sound? I saw the GoLlogos website mentioned on Kevin Kelly's "Cool Tools" website, which is where I go for my daily fix of what's neat.

November 19, 2004

Francine Zaslow


I am constantly astonished by the beauty and imagination of the online creative portfolios I run across on the Internet. Here is the work of Francine Zaslow, a photographer in Boston. The photos and their presentation are stunning. (The music could use some help.)


November 18, 2004



I'm not quite sure who (or what) Saltburn is or does. It appears to be a really brilliant creative team who creates short films for the web.

My favorite: Herbert Wiggins, the cow whisperer


July 22, 2004

Fonts galore


A fontographer's paradise: the website, My Fonts. Over 23,000 fonts from just about every known foundry (many just one person shops.) Ever wanted to have a font just like the one used by certain publications, corporations, or ad campaigns? Well now you can, using the WhatTheFont font recognition system. Upload a scanned image of the font and My Fonts show you the closest matches in their database!


July 05, 2004

Pull the plug


The Design Center of Toyoma in Japan says "the movement to reconsider the relationships between product, environment, and people has spread throughout the world. The Universal Design, which is getting more familiar lately, is typical word originated from the same movement."

I'm not quite sure that translation is lucid, but the winner of their design competition certainly is: a circular electrical cord.


June 25, 2004

Magazine Art


A visual database of illustrations from a time when magazine cover art was the pre-eminent commercial art form.


April 16, 2004

Font Fetish


Are you into Bondini or bondage? Play naughty quizes involving typefaces on this interactive site. But watch out: your answers had better be correct or you're going to be punished.


February 12, 2004

Public Lettering


The Rail Alphabet is a typeface designed by British Rail as a tiled system to enable correctly spaced signs to be assembled by untrained staff. These and other work-a-day design wonders await you at Public Lettering, an online walking tour of British signage design.


November 10, 2003

Ugly and banal


No, we're not talking about Liza's ex. We're talking about your living room.

Most consumer electronics brands are so focused on studying their competitors' products (benchmarking) that they forget about where their products are going to end up; as part of the customer's life, part of their homes.


November 03, 2003



Greetings from Savannah, GA, home of one of the world's largest design schools, The Savannah College of Art and Design. The campus is unique in that it is spread throughout the city.

Founded in 1978, SCAD, has more than 50 facilities throughout Savannah -- many of them architectural treasures that have been preserved by the college -- located throughout the historic and Victorian districts of Savannah, including classrooms, theaters, studios and galleries, computer labs, film and television production studios, photography darkrooms and digital imaging labs, residence halls, book and supply stores, dining halls, an extensive, library and office space.

Visit SCAD's website.

September 05, 2003

Making the world safe for design


The author of "The Joy of Style" says "Having spent a century or more focused primarily on other goals—solving manufacturing problems, lowering costs, making goods and services widely available ... we are increasingly engaged in making our world special.... "


August 25, 2003

What time is it?

Watches are SO five-minutes-ago. Let this web page show you what time it is. (May not display using older computers and browsers.)


August 21, 2003

Design Within Reach


Adelaide and I were exploring all of the great new shops in NY's meatpacking district last weekend. One of our favorites was Design Within Reach, which aims to be a small, upscale Ikea. (After watching every episode of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," I realized that when they were passing out chromosomes, I did not get the "taste in home furnishing" gene. The last time my apartment was painted, Reagan was in the White House.)