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01. Eisenhower Memorial / Frank Gehry

“Last year Frank Gehry won the design competition for the Eisenhower Memorial, which included six other firms (Perkins & Will, Krueck & Sexton, Rogers Marvel Architects, Moshe Safdie & Associates, Natoma Architects and PWP Landscape Architecture). After that, the firm was asked to produce three options for the members of the Eisenhower Memorial Commision to choose from, from which the final design was chosen a few days ago.” (archdaily)

02. Logorama’s Chaotic Critique of Corporate Rule

“When the French film Logorama won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, producer Nicolas Schmerkin remarked in his acceptance speech, ‘I’m the producer of the film, so I have to thank the 3,000 non-official sponsors that appear in the film. And I have to assure them that no logos were harmed in the making of the project.’  It was a good joke, considering Schmerkin’s directors made use of fast food icon Ronald McDonald as the film’s antagonist, who sprays machine gun fire, curses, and takes hostages. ” (flowtv)

03. Fast Track Songlines For Type

“The new media landscape demanded ‘a new kind of typography’, declared Herb Lubalin before an international assembly of designers back in 1960. Television, though comparatively primitive at the time, required typefaces that could be read while in motion. Similarly, the speed at which advertisements flew by on cars, buses and trains signalled a need for typefaces that were easy to read at peak velocities. Lubalin’s prognostications were spot on in the 1960s, and they still resonate.” (eyemagazine)

04. 100 Years Of Bicycle Posters! (above)

“This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the two machines that have had a profound influence on us. It was roughly in 1872 that color lithography, which made colorful pictorial posters possible, came into popular use; it was also about 1872 that the modern bicycle evolved. It is the coincidence of these two inventions—the modern bicycle and the modern poster—converging and maturing at about the same time, that interested me. It is this founding and parallel growth, as evidenced by the bicycle posters, that this book illustrates.” (tracko)

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