The Art Directors Club annual Portfolio Night is fast approaching—a “global portfolio and recruitment event” for young advertising creatives (or, in my experience, an evening of industry canoodling and general debauchery). The campaign surrounding this year’s event has aptly been titled “Blood, Sweat and Tears.” A theme any creative can no doubt relate to. 12 typographic executions have been created by 12 different designers, each reflecting a personal interpretation of the aforementioned phrase.
Having grown up in Switzerland, those that know me are no stranger to my fondness of the country. Those that know me also know of my relentless affection towards Japan—a nation I often refer to as “the Switzerland of Asia.” This is the 150th year of diplomatic relations between the two nations. Surprised? I’m certain everyone is. What’s actually thrilling about this is that to celebrate, the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich has organized an exhibition, Japanese Poster Artists: Cherry Blossom and Asceticism, showcasing the stellar exemplars of renown Japanese graphic design. The exhibit is reflected in an accompanying book, Japan – Nippon, which marks the 26th release of the Lars Müller Publishing’s poster collections.
Once upon a time, somewhere on this very planet, a simple, yet utterly accurate secret was revealed from one fox to a tiny visiting prince of another world:
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Whoever would have thought that it would take a talking fox within a children’s tale to so simply sum up the human condition? This fox, of course, belongs to none other than Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famous French tour de force, The Little Prince.The Morgan Library and Museum of New York City has turned Saint-Exupéry’s beloved tale, and the stories behind it, into an exhibit, The Little Prince: A New York Story. If you’re like me, and often gaze at the stars, perhaps wondering if a particular sheep has eaten a certain rose, then you’re sure to enjoy this exhibit as I have (oh-so-very-much).
Work in a creative industry? Then chances are you’ve seen Stefan Sagmeister’sThings I Have Learned in My Life So Farkicking around the office. Sagmeister has managed to establish himself as one of contemporary design’s household names, and his book, a bible of sorts to the design-orientated. If you’re not familiar with Sagmeister, Things I have Learned, or modern design, then there’s no better time to grab Abrams Books’ updated release, which contains everything the book is famous for, and then some.
If there’s one video you watch today, you best make it “Notes on Blindness.” A beautiful short documentary by Peter Middleton and James Spinney, which captures the thoughts of a blind man trying to grasp a world without vision. It utilizes the actual audio recordings of writer and theologian, John Hull, aforementioned blind man, and couples them with dramatization. “Notes on Blindness” artfully documents the assimilation of grief, yet eventual insight, in what Hull describes as a “world beyond sight.” It’s an uplifting tale that’s sure to leave a lasting impression and open your eyes to the world that surrounds you. Continue reading this post…