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Archive: October 2007


A Plea to The New York Times: Index Your Art

I'm in the middle of writing a post about the designer Stephen Doyle and his Word Art, most of which appeared in The New York Times — the Magazine, the op-ed page, Arts & Leisure, and other sections. None of this art can be found by doing a simple search on "Stephen Doyle." The same is true for the 52-designer submissions a year published in the William Safire column, "On Language." (One of these was credited to Fiona Drenttel, our daughter, who did the lettering one week. Search Fiona Drenttel: nothing.) Or, what about the endless Op-Ed art submissions by Chip Kidd, Michael Bierut, Paula Scher, to name other obvious contributors. Nothing. Why do almost none of these turn up in online searches of The New York Times archives?

The only exception are when the art is considered "editorial" and has an editorial byline...

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Wood That We Could


Invitation to exhibition at Moss, detail, designer unknown, 2007

Remember back in the late 1980s, when Minneapolis was a hotbed of graphic creative energy? Back when brochures were tied together with straw braid and twigs? As a counterpoint to the scrappy xerox fragmentations coming out of New York, or the pretty joyousness of work from San Francisco, Minnesota was making a play for the next big thing: the North Woods look.

Hark! What do I receive in my mail last week but this invitation to the newest, hippest thing: an exhibition at Moss of Jasper Morrison's Crate Series, and Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong's Wrongwoods. Wood That We Could.


Young Guns poster, detail, design by Jennifer Lew & WSDIA, 2007

Then, continuing to sort the mail, there's the newest poster from the Art Director's Club by Jennifer Lew & WSDIA | WeShouldDoItAll for the their Young Guns event.

It's in furry moose type!

Could the North Woods look be back so soon?...

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