And May All Your Christmases Be Carefully Staged So As To Appear White
The Nutcracker at The New York City Ballet, choreography by George Balanchine, scenic design by Rouben Ter-Arutunian. Photograph by Paul Kolnik.
A few years ago, I was invited to a fundraising dinner for the New York City Ballet.
Sitting next to me was a young woman who was a ballerina. I hardly know anything about ballet, so I was a little ill-equipped to hold up my end of the conversation. Because it was the Christmas season, and because it was one of the few NYCB performances I've seen more than once, I reverted to the obvious: "Do you get tired of dancing in The Nutcracker
My new friend was very gracious and said of course not...
The Other Rand
Gary Cooper as Howard Roark in The Fountainhead, screenplay by Ayn Rand from her novel, directed by King Vidor, 1949
When I started wondering, before the election, whether graphic designers all leaned left politically
, I must confess I thought I knew the answer: yes.
Ah, that blue state state of mind! So I was surprised when Republican designers stood up to be counted. What could this mean? As they explained their positions, some phrases popped up here and there: personal responsibility, suspicion of big government, the primacy of the individual. It all sounded somehow familiar. And then it hit me: could the connection be Rand?
I'm not talking about the relatively obscure father of American graphic design, Paul Rand.
I mean the chain-smoking, cape-wearing, Russian-accented best selling author, the founder of "Objectivism,"
the woman who launched a thousand design careers: Ayn Rand...
Just Say Yes
I don't get many emails from the Dow Chemical Corporation, but I did last Friday. At least, that's what it seemed like at first.
The press release from "firstname.lastname@example.org" was headlined, "'DOW' STATEMENT A HOAX: 'HISTORIC AID PACKAGE FOR BHOPAL VICITIMS' A LIE." The message that followed took the form of a typical corporate announcement, but it sounded a little...well, strange. "Today on BBC World Television, a fake Dow spokesperson announced fake plans to take full responsibility for the very real Bhopal tragedy of December 3, 1984...
The Whole Damn Bus is Cheering
Stuck in horrible traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike last weekend, I didn't have much to look at other than the other slowly moving cars. Then I started noticing them, everywhere: those ribbon stickers.
While they come in different colors, the most popular is yellow. While they bear different messages, the most common is "Support Our Troops." And while the sentiments they espouse are noble, the design of these things is just plain awful...