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Comments (36) Posted 02.08.11 | PERMALINK | PRINT

The Editors

Name That Design Person!


Three months from today, Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day*. In advance of this holiday, we’ve invited a number of designers to share with us a long-lost kiddie pic. On the 8th of every month leading up to Mother's Day, we’re asking our readers to guess the identity of one featured baby.

We’ll post another baby picture on the 8th of March and April. The remaining photos will go up on the 8th of May. Write your guess in the comment line, first to guess the correct name, wins a Design Observer T-shirt



* With apologies to our readers in the UK, where "Mothering Sunday" occurs on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which falls this year on April 3.
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That's Paula Scher.
O
02.08.11 at 09:52

William Drenttel
Rob Henning
02.08.11 at 10:00

Abbott Miller
jk
02.08.11 at 10:15

April Greiman

John Bielenberg

Bernard Canniffe

A Draplin

M Beirut

S Sagmeister

S Bucher

D Millman
Ian Roberts
02.08.11 at 10:21

Wayne Brady
joe
02.08.11 at 10:44

Michael Bierut
William McCrery
02.08.11 at 11:00

Bruce Mau
carl shura
02.08.11 at 11:35

Jessica Helfand
Noeleen
02.08.11 at 12:03

James Bull?
Sam
02.08.11 at 01:19

Aaron Draplin
Scott Sullivan
02.08.11 at 03:32

Ian Anderson
Laura
02.08.11 at 03:32

Paul Rand
Patrick Timmes
02.08.11 at 03:36

Too bad the focus is on the trees behind the baby. Is that why he/she looks so mad? :)
I have no idea who it could be...
Ingo
02.08.11 at 03:36

With the little nose, it can't be anyone but David Carson.
Dabitch
02.08.11 at 03:41

Charles Eames
Brian Minards
02.08.11 at 03:46

Hmmm. Somewhere cold. Aspen, poplar or birch trees? An old blanket, a cardboard box. Issues of abandonment? or isolation. The photo, probably Brownie Box of mid-50s to mid-60s? Is the baby angry, or thoughtful?
(my capcha is psycho63!)
the baby
02.08.11 at 03:56

Jonathan Barnbrook
jk
02.08.11 at 04:13

Err... one of the people who redid the Gap logo last year?
pr
02.08.11 at 04:34

Eric Baker?
Joe Moran
02.08.11 at 05:29

Lorraine Wild
Jay
02.08.11 at 05:48

Steven Heller?
cmkg
02.08.11 at 06:05

Buckminster Fuller
Nicholas Masso
02.08.11 at 06:17

It's obvious that the damn baby is, Walter Gropius.
Marty McFly
02.08.11 at 07:18

Erik Spiekermann?
etcpp
02.08.11 at 07:37

Marian Bantjes or James Victore
EFH
02.08.11 at 07:39

No more calls, please: we have a winner! It is indeed the lovely Marian Bantjes. Congratulations, EFH!
Jessica Helfand
02.08.11 at 08:41

Damnit! How much are the T-Shirts again?…

:-)
Joe Moran
02.08.11 at 08:56

Marian Bantjes
Jeff
02.08.11 at 10:29

why is this baby being sudjected to this emeviment anyway
mchael d teal
02.09.11 at 12:03

Marian Bantjes
Timea Bradley
02.09.11 at 02:03

Winston Churchlll?
D Berlow
02.09.11 at 03:56

It appears that this month's winner is the same as last month's winner. Congratulations to Eric Heiman from San Francisco. Since he's already won a Design Observer T-shirt, we are sending him instead a Designers Designing Design T-shirt from Bill Drenttel and Michael Bierut's class at Yale School of Management. (In the case, the SOM student hired someone from the school of art to design his logo submission, and received a A for business acumen.)

However, we are implementing new rules, which will appear in the fine print of future baby picture posts.

1) Only one name per comment. Shotgun approaches are not allowed.

2) Any entry which ignores the above rule, and guesses both a male and a female possibility in the same comment is also disallowed. Eric Heiman, you won and you couldn't even guess the sex? Shame on you.

3. Comments which appear to be thoughtful and include a plausible rationale for being put forward are encouraged, and may receive extra bonus points, maybe even extra T-Shirts.

4. Correct guesses after the winner has been announced suggest that the submitter is not reading the entire comment stream. Jeff and Timea lose points, and definitely do not win a T-Shirt.

5. Anyone who could be so wrong as to guess Winston Churchill might want to encourage smarter guesses by offering an entire font family from the Font Bureau as the prize for next month's contest.

More new rules are likely. Reader suggestions also welcome.
The Editors
02.09.11 at 09:30

OK, OK, wait a minute. Shame on me? A blue coat, the photo out of focus—in terms of gender, it could have gone either way. (Marian was my first choice, if that makes any difference.)

Nonetheless, I humbly ask forgiveness and promise to play by these new rules next time.

EFH
02.09.11 at 01:51

LOL.
Guy
02.09.11 at 09:08

"EFH's" new DO nickname is -- LuckE FH.

VR/
Joe Moran
02.09.11 at 09:35

All I have to say is "Marian Bantjes or James Victore"? Really? Really?!
marian bantjes
02.10.11 at 01:34


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