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Web capture from the CAM Raleigh site. The exhibition opens in twenty-three days. Susan and I are meeting with staff in the galleries on September 8 to consult on the installation. We'll get to lay eyes on the work for the first time. Wow. I was in Raleigh last month... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at twentyeleven
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"Awkward Case" designed by Dustin Rhodes, first semester junior project, Fall 2010 Seasoned graphic designers usually have a firm grasp of typographic conventions and standards, the precedents against which “good” or “bad” typography is measured. Knowledge of them does not guarantee nuanced discretion, however. Nor does it foster abiding judgement.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at twentyeleven
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My new editor at Thames & Hudson, who is not a designer, recently posed a very thoughtful question relative to how my typography textbook compares to existing ones. "... you never start by talking about a typeface (or at least rarely)...I have not spent a lot of time looking at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2011 at twentyeleven
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Artifacts inside the Vinalhaven Historical Society building. Photographed while attending Design Inquiry on Vinalhaven island, Maine, July 2009 Someone said to me recently "You know, Denise, you don't always have to lead." I don't recall what we were talking about, probably because the comment jolted me out of the conversation... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2011 at twentyeleven
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Final logotypes, colors. Banner sketch. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at twentyeleven
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Flour, baking soda, and salt. Add oil and water. Stella talks Susan through the feel. Susan and Stella combine their masa. Las masitas. Susan starts to roll. Stella the expert. Susan's first tortilla! The secret is in a hot comal, says Stella. Yum! Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at twentyeleven
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The boiled chicken and broth Lola starts the mole. Stella and Lola comparing recipes. Mole done. Shredded chicken en mole. Next up, tortillas. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at twentyeleven
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I have a 700 word book review due soon. This sort of assignment has been a relative cinch in the past, compared to writing a 2000 word original article, say. Or to authoring a 60,000 word (plus) book, which, I can boast, I have done. The review won't be favorable.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2011 at twentyeleven
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I will work differently when I again face hundreds of drawers ready to be opened. The next time I'm among thousands of wood and metal sorts I will not design. Rather, I'll wander among the cases, and, one by one, expose the drawers of letters and numbers to light. I'll... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2011 at twentyeleven
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Logotype iteration, not actual size The press release for Deep Surface went out not long ago. As far as I can tell, it sounds like a pretty good show. Soon to follow are announcements and invitations and all that. And those things are going to need something graphic to identify... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at twentyeleven
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Cloud smoke. Earth numbers. Faded. Vivid. Older and old. Newer. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2011 at twentyeleven
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Path leading to the Fishing Pier in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. I landed at the nearly empty Green Bay airport on Sunday evening. When I exited the terminal building I smelled cows. An open air walk to the uncovered rental car lot, situated unceremoniously between two pre-fab hangars, made me grateful... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2011 at twentyeleven
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In the belly of the museum. Left to right:Susan Yelavich (Co-curator), Elysia Borowy (CAM Director), Ollie (Installer), Sarah Mason (Deep Surface Registrar), Kate Shafer (CAM Exhibitions Manager) Exactly 129 days before the opening of Deep Surface at CAM Raleigh, my co-curator and I met with staff in the prep rooms... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2011 at twentyeleven
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May 29, 2011
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(Continued from table of content, journal entries in the offing, re: not in memoriam) CHAPTER 3: DISRUPTION A Moment of Stuck A little ditty characterizing a consecutive series of mundane but effectively immobilizing events that together left me slumped and tearlessly weeping, calling for my mommy. Intentional Interruption A critical... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2011 at twentyeleven
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From the garden of Robert Haight, Architect, Windsor, Vermont, May 17 The bunker month of April and barreling month of May are nearly over, flagged down briefly by this Memorial Day pause — a day of rememberence and, contrarily, the initializing spark of summer vitality. These last transfiguring months were... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2011 at twentyeleven
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(Journal entries in the offing, re: not in memoriam) CHAPTER 1: HANGIN' A Saturday on Sunset Elizabeth Guffey (SUNY Purchase) was in SoCal doing research in support of work she's starting around seminal women designers in California's history. She, Louise Sandhaus, Johanna Drucker, and I talked for 1 1/2 hours... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2011 at twentyeleven
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There's a small mountain of seventy-five year old rotted wood piled in my Eagle Rock driveway. It used to be the stuff of my garage, plus a shed-like structure that perched on its roof. We called it "the eagle's nest." I hadn't ventured up there in years because the steps... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at twentyeleven
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Gail leaned into the back seat of her car from the street hunched over a large canvas bag. She was digging through it like a gypsy rummaging the shallow depths of her earthly belongings, intent to retrieve a treasured something; the very thing that would enchant a newfound traveling companion.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2011 at twentyeleven
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I awoke to the sun filtered by a magenta curtain. A crack in the window was temporarily sealed by the person who busted and would fix it, Gilbert. Hence, the "G." That afternoon I visited Juliette Bellocq, principal designer of Handbuilt Studio. Her offices, perched above those of the architectural... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2011 at twentyeleven
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A review I wrote with Rick Poyner in 2008, A Critical View of Graphic Design History, is to be printed in ink on paper. The book, Graphic Design: History in the Making, is a reader on the history of graphic design edited by French design historian Catherine de Smet, who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2011 at twentyeleven
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With impediments come better ideas. My funding award for "Tools That Make Type" includes materials purchases, and I've been worrying about which materials I will need to construct the prototypes. The deadline to use the funds is May 1st. It's a limitation that doesn't allow much time for process —... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at twentyeleven
Thanks Jay! And, absolutely...projections, interactive tools that generate pattern, hands on materials to play with, etc. One of the designers may even be introducing a phone app (fingers crossed). And thanks for commenting! You're the very first!
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I sometimes assume the character of different people to comment on graphic design activity. Deborah Griffin, for example, is a New York critic who we only hear from in fragments. Cheri Newcastle, a pulp sci-fi novelist, writes about media through a cyber-detective, Priss, and her techie pals who build paraphernalia... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2011 at twentyeleven
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At the Made Up opening a few weeks ago I ran into a woman I hadn’t seen in fifteen years, not since we were students at Cal Arts. The meeting was opportune. I’ll explain why. Her name is Candy Apple. Actually, her birth name is Candice Applebaum, given to her... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2011 at twentyeleven