The great Shepard Fairey is one of the recipients of USA Network’s new Character Approved awards. These awards are given to people who are changing and shaping American culture. Check it out on Wooster, a bitchin’ site for anyone into street art.
“When No News is Bad News” by James Warren, over on The Atlantic. A really interesting article on the decline of the printed newspaper. I, as I’m sure you as well, have been seeing a lot about the “death of print” and all the sensationalism, but this article is about more than just the disappearance of printed material.
In the article, Warren brightly illuminates what it is that’s causing the erosion of the modern newspaper and, ultimately, why a newspaper is important.
“Good journalism keeps public and private officials honest and helps citizens make thoughtful decisions. It does this by systematically gathering, processing, and checking relevant information, and by doing it with a spirit of independence. It’s how two previously unknown Washington Post reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, put together the Watergate puzzle that forced the 1974 resignation of President Richard Nixon.”
The Ontario College of Art & Design has figured out the sure-fire formula for advertising success.
A great piece Michael Beirut writes about his stack of notebooks, amassed over 26 years. This is something that really interests me: getting a peak into the minds (that sounds a little inappropriate, doesn’t it?) and process of others. And it’s always a relief to see someone else — especially a designer as respected as Michael — share my envy of other designer’s pretty sketchbooks.
Paula Scher (previously mentioned here) rebrands the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Certainly not the first to post about it, but if you haven’t heard the rumblings, it’s receiving a lot of mixed reviews. I was a little shocked at first, but after seeing the whole identity program, it’s really growing on me. Perhaps the London 2012 logo deserves a re-review… Nope. That one’s still just plain ugly.