Blog

This is a blog about various design and technology subjects.

Opportunity

Recently, I had the distinct opportunity of working with the Sudbury Valley School once again, this time on their new book A Place to Grow, a collection of essays and observations by Daniel Greenberg, co-founder of the school and major proponent of the Sudbury Model of education. I’m especially intrigued by the double meaning of the title as a PLACE to grow (physically, as a school building) and a place to GROW (individually, as a person) because both of these modes of growth are required to establish and maintain a Sudbury School.

Essential

Siggi Eggertsson is an Icelandic artist with a knack for extracting the shapes and colors from his environment and composing them into beautiful fields and patterns. At the age of 14 he created posters for jazz concerts and art exhibitions and later studied graphic design. An avid compter gamer, he states that he “Found out that there was a profession called graphic design that combined two of my biggest hobbies, computers and drawing.”

Semiotic

One of the most important human developments is our capacity to understand signs. A few individual animals use a small inventory of symbol-like units using hand signs or small physical tokens, but there is still a huge divide between humans and nonhuman animals in respect to the use of signs and symbols. The philosopher Charles Peirce divided the signs we use into three basic categories, the icon, the symbol and the index.

Amusement

Here are a couple of interesting things I encountered this week:

This Craigslist ad titled “Designer Looking For People To Do Their Job Without Pay (Anywhere)” is just really superb, A+ work:

Hi,

I’m a Graphic Designer and since people on craigslist are always asking me to design logos and websites for free I assume that they must also do their job, or provide their services for free.

Transitioning

In early October 2010, Gap replaced its classic blue square logo. This reportedly happened suddenly without any announcements. Due to negative response from customers, on October 11, one week after the new logo was introduced, Gap announced that they would revert back to the old square logo. Since then, this Gap logo has often been referred to as one of the worst logo failures of all time.

Responsibility

In an interesting progression of events, Tibor Kalman was born in Budapest in 1949, and migrated to Poughkeepsie, New York where he became a U.S. resident. He studied journalism at New York University but dropped out after one year. Working at a book store that eventually became Barnes and Noble, he was made supervisor of the design department.