Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lesley and Pea's Aardvark Manifesto!

"This declaration of policies to live by has been letterpressed by hand in Sussex using wood and metal type, creating a wonderful typographic piece. Printed using red and black ink on recycled natural paper."

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010


"Grapefruit is an Artist's book written by Yoko Ono, originally published in 1964. It has become famous as an early example of Conceptual art, containing a series of 'event scores' that replace the physical work of art - the traditional stock-in-trade of artists - with instructions that an individual may, or may not, wish to enact."

Look Both Ways

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dan Gilbert, why are we happy?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Stagmeister interview

Debbie Millman

Stefan Stagmeister

"Stefan Sagmeister (1962- ) is among today’s most important and influential graphic designers. Born in Austria, he has lived and worked in New York since 1993. Renowned for album covers, posters, installations and his recent book of life lessons, Things I have learned in my life so far, Sagmeister brings a fresh perspective to the role and work of a designer. In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, he discusses his year away from his New York-based design practice, his personal time in Bali, as well as discussing his new, in-progress documentary film,Happiness."

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Happiness is Contagious!

Happiness Project

Monday, February 15, 2010

Starification Object

Hannah Wilke
"Starification Object"

return to sender

i collected daily positive moments through e-mail, and am now sending them back to the individuals. their moments are on the front and their addresses are on the top left, as they originally sent these messages. i hope they all get back all right!
what's usually found inside an envelope displayed on the outside...
beginning to send two weeks worth of moments back to those they actually belong to... for another two week process


"You have to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between truth and a human being is a story."
(Anthony de Mello)

Visual Complexity
Alfredo Jaar

"On the frontier of this human-oriented technological revolution – for computers are made for people, not vise versa – there are systems which can sense and cause emotions"

Design Ignites Change

Marian Bantjes

Letters Cut Out of Love poster

Marian Bantjes: Calpoly show
Valentine Letters cut out from "Love" poster

Dear Deer

Marian Bantges: Dear Deer (Cloudy Collection)
"David Huyck asked me to contribute something to Vol 1. Edition 3 of his Cloudy Collection, on the theme of “Scarlet Lettering”. Printed letterpress in red plus blind deboss, this is perhaps the most difficult-to-read piece I’ve made yet."

Sunday, February 14, 2010

happy faces

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Mail Art

"Mail art is art which uses the postal system as a medium... Mail artists typically exchange ephemera in the form of illustrated letters, zines, rubberstamped, decorated or illustrated envelopes, artist trading cards,postcards, artistamps, faux postage, mail-interviews, naked mail, friendship books, decos, and three-dimensional objects."

"Naked Mail is a form of Mail art wherein the sender will send an item in the postal system without any sort of wrapping or protection that one might normally use, such as envelopes or Kraft paper. Due to its tendency to aggravate postal employees, Naked Mail is sometimes referred to as TTPO which stands for "Torture The Post Office"... The purpose of sending naked mail is varied - some ask for participation from the postal workers themselves (such as cameramail) and incorporate that into the art. Others simply just want to see if their item will make it at all to its destination (such as those sent in the P22 mail art project)."

Project Chatter

Project Chatter
"to investigate, to learn about the nation, to understand what we are made up of"
where today's conversations began...

we need newspapers

weather maps

go look at the new york time's weather map... i love the symbols and how the weather patterns are shown

New York Times

went through some newspapers today.... cut out images and article headings... really interesting
"We succeed as individuals, not so much as a community"
"Patient Considered to Be in a Vegetative State for 5 Years Signals Yes or No"
daily moments written on the outside of envelopes.....? interesting reversal. and "return to sender"....

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Holocaust Museum: From Memory to Action

They present individual stories of people fleeing their countries, with voices speaking through reprogrammed ipods.

Green Architecture Exhibit

"C&G Partners designed this innovative green exhibit, along with an interactive kiosk and website, for the AIA."
The poster tubes are used to create a framework to display the posters, then the posters are packed up and sent to the next location in these same tubes!


"The 10-foot-high, custom-drawn, dimensional letterforms create a sculptural installation that changes language depending on direction of approach, either “LIBERTY” or the same word with the same amount of letters in Czech, “SVOBODA.” LIBERTY is opaque colored glass; SVOBODA is stainless steel. Each letter pair intersects on a central vertical axis; the shapes required intensive engineering to create the minimal, graceful final result."

C&G Partners Radio Free Europe project

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Design Thinking

"Tim Brown urges designers to think big"

Kseniya Simonova - Sand Animation (Ukraine's Got Talent)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Jonathan Harris collects stories

Balloons at Bhutan
one line stories
partial glimpse into someone else's life
find similarities of people
bridge gaps

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

Julie Evans watercolor

ideas and categories

how to make journal less personal, more accessible:

-take "me" "I" "my" out of journal entries
-theme of leaving
-list of "i feel" lines (we feel fine site)
-beginnings and endings
-first page journal entries from famous people
-explore human inclination toward story-telling

-France (Paris, Fontainbleau, Alsace)
-Euro trip

1995/6 Anguilla
1997 France
2002 France
2004 Anguilla, Westport
2006/7 UConn
2008 Thailand
2009 Europe

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jerry N. Uelsmann

Jerry N. Uelsmann

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Art is Whatever

Milton Glaser 1996

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Pursuit of Happiness : Back to the Land

Maira Kalman

handwritten article about local, organic food goodness