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All The World's A Fair


When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby in 1925, the Valley of Ashes he described as “fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens,” was a very real place. This wasteland between Brooklyn and Queens was known as the Corona Dump, where the Brooklyn Ash Removal Company disposed of the vast quantities of coal burned in New York furnaces. It may be hard to imagine, but the bright and beautiful scene gracing the cover of this issue of the New Yorker from 1939 is the very same place!  
Ilonka Karasz, New Yorker, magazine, illustration, New York, world's fair, party, Robert Moses, F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Washington

Baby, It's Cold Outside!


With the temperature outside at record lows this week, I can’t help but think of William Henry Bradley’s The Blue Lady.  Clutching her ice skates in her left hand, she makes a cold winter’s stroll through the thin, bare trees look elegant and placid.  (It is a sad contrast to the bundle of blue layers I’ve been hunkered down in as I head for the subway).
William Henry Bradley, Winter, poster, The Chap-Book, illustration, magazine, graphic design, Art Nouveau, blue, cold, lithography, Edward McKnight Kauffer, advertising, California, American Airlines

Designing Media: Chris Anderson


One of 31 video segments featured in 'Designing Media', the new book, DVD and website by Bill Moggridge. More info on 'Designing Medi'a available at http://www.designing-media.com
Chris Anderson, Interview, magazine, print media, print, distribution, wired magazine, Bill Moggridge, designing media, MIT press

ReadyMade Magazine Tries out On-Demand Printing


Readers of ReadyMade magazine were busy last fall submitting their DIY projects for the 100 contest in one of these categories: Home & Garden, Food & Entertaining, Design, Craft, Fashion & Style, Culture, Travel & Places, and Technology & Work.  
Readymade, magazine, on-demand printing, DIY projects, Espresso book machine

Designing Media - Chris Anderson


I interviewed Chris Anderson in the offices of Wired magazine in San Francisco. He had taken the job of Editor in Chief just before the crash in 2001, so he was faced with hard choices about the future of the magazine.
Chris Anderson, Wired, magazine, editor, publication, new, traditional, media, technology, format, value, differences, print, online, Web, internet, niche, Free Future of a Radical Price, book, long tail, mass, personal, premium, Bill Moggridge, designing media, Interview, MIT press, design media

Designing Media - James Truman


I was lucky to be able to interview James Truman in Napa Valley, not so far away from my home base, where he was staying in a visitor’s cottage on the Francis Ford Coppola estate.
James Truman, conde nast, magazine, publications, publisher, traditional, new, media, mass, personal, re-purposed, repurposed, versions, print, luxurious, reading, experience, balance, objective, subjective, creator, hierarchy, financial, models, revenue, overhead, technology, roles, Bill Moggridge, designing media, book, Interview, MIT press, design media

It's a Magazine, It's a Book, It's a Mook


The magazine Make, featured in Design Life Now, bills itself as a “mook,” a hybrid between a book and a magazine. The smallish paperback size recalls Popular Mechanics from the 1950s
Make, Design Life Now, Exhibition, Triennial, feature, mook, hybrid, book, magazine, paperback, size, format, craft, publications, feel, efficient, resources, Martha Stewart, miniature editions, fashion magazines, print vs digital, virtual vs physical, compact, permanent, eco advantage

Natalie Jeremijenko is GOOD


Triennial honoree Natalie Jerimijenko is featured on the cover of the current issue of GOOD magazine, the hip new eco/business/culture journal. On GOOD’s web site, you can see a video of Jerimijenko at work in her new Environmental Health Clinic, a floating desk and research station built from recycled soda bottles. Jermijenko reports that you can best experience environmental ills when you are in the environment.
Triennial, honoree, Natalie Jerimijenko, GOOD, magazine, magazine cover, feature, website, internet, video, Environmental Health Clinic, office furniture, recycled, materials

But is it craft?


The makers of Make, the techie-geek D.I.Y. magazine featured in the Triennial, have a new publication out, now in its third issue, called Craft:. This hip and beautiful little zine got me thinking about the craft revolution, which has reinvigorated the lives of design professionals as well as the lives of a vast and passionate general public.
Make, techie, geek, DIY, D.I.Y., magazine, Triennial, Exhibition, feature, publication, craft, zine, revolution, Readymade, how to, skills, maker, acquire, embodiment, grounding, craft-based, practice, try, design education, educator, process, conceive, produce, develop, incremental, experience, writing, rework

Is D.I.Y. Bad for Design?


Viriginia Postrel has a piece on D.I.Y. design in the March/April issue of Print magazine. Postrel is a professional writer, not a designer, whose crossover book The Substance of Style helped convince people in business and cultural institutions that design has something to offer the economy. Her book was directed not at designers, but at the rest of us.
Virginia Postrel, DIY, D.I.Y., Do It Yourself, print, magazine, writer, crossover, book, The Substance of Style, audience, tools, available, amateur, professional, practice, develop, blog

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