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WEEKLY EMAIL: OCTOBER 28, 2010


The Bantjes Covers

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MARIAN BANTJES & JESSICA HELFAND

The Bantjes Covers

"Ultimately I am overjoyed with the cover. From the very beginning I had planned to have gold-foiled page edges and I always wanted it to feel like a brick of gold. It does! The book is surprisingly heavy for its small size and it's not only shiny and flashy, but the feel of the satin is gorgeous: it's very sensuous. And visually it's so very me: familiar in a historical way, but also contemporary."

Marian Bantjes exposes the long process that led to the cover of her new monograph, I Wonder.
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ANDY CHEN

Not Queer, But Human

Part of the solution lies in creating images that redefine the very way sexual orientation is understood and discussed. Despite the advances we have made, homosexuality is still portrayed as something alien or pathological to mainstream sexuality. This “otherness” is the basis on which discriminatory attitudes are built and sustained and where designers play a significant role in engaging the struggle for LGBT rights.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 10.24.10

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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ANDREW BLAUVELT

Designer Finds History, Publishes Book

One of the early pioneers of writing smartly and historically about design was Frances Butler, who once remarked that the hard work of history is getting dirty in the garden — a metaphor for the kind of primary research on subjects that have not been previously addressed. While it seemed at the time that the formation of a canon in graphic design history was a potential problem, in retrospect the real antidote wasn’t only a bigger critical toolkit but also a little more crop diversity.
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ALEXANDRA LANGE

Designing with Folk Art

At the June 1964 opening of the Deere & Co. Administrative Center, the new headquarters (in Moline, Illinois) of America’s premier manufacturer of farm equipment, industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss offered a dual tribute to its architect, the late Eero Saarinen and to the company’s founder.
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THE EDITORS

Design Observer Launches iPhone App

The Design Observer Group iPhone App, now available for FREE to all users on the App Store, offers a quick way to survey what's new every day at the world's leading online design journal. It provides a superior mobile reading experience for all articles and allows readers to easily browse a wealth of DOG content by channel, by author or by topic. Our special Mondrian view offers users an innovative, immersive interface for visually exploring articles by key images.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 10.17.10

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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POEM OF THE WEEK

"Design" (1995)

"Design," a poem by Billy Collins.
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