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WEEKLY EMAIL: SEPTEMBER 02, 2010


James Victore: Straight Up

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MICHAEL BIERUT

James Victore: Straight Up

There are two kinds of graphic designers in the world. One kind sees each project as an opportunity for self-expression, producing a body of work that bears an unmistakable mark, that is more alike than different, that is more about the maker than the message. The other kind of designer attends first to the client, to the message and to the audience. This graphic designer's role is to be neutral and invisible, an efficient conduit between broadcaster and receiver.

James Victore is good because, amazingly, he combines the very best of both ways.
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ALEXANDRA LANGE, MARK LAMSTER

Lunch with the Critics: Park51 & 15 Penn

For this second installment of Lunch with the Critics, Mark Lamster and Alexandra Lange traveled to midtown to visit the Hotel Pennsylvania, across from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden on Seventh Avenue.
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JESSICA HELFAND

In the Palm of Your Hand: Dexterity Puzzles

Dexterity games — also known as skill games, palm puzzles and hand-held games — have fascinated adults and children since the 19th century. The essential hand-eye challenge of rolling a ball into a hole or tilting a capsule through a maze has proved among the most delightful, maddening, and enduring diversions of the modern age, despite — or perhaps because of — its sheer simplicity.
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ERIC BAKER, THE EDITORS

Today: The End

Goodbyes are never easy. And so it is with Today, our weekly smorgasbord of images curated by Eric Baker, which concludes with this final post.
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