November, 2009


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Nov 09

The Other Education

Excellent article in The New York Times, about the importance of education beyond what is learned formally in school…

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Like many of you, I went to elementary school, high school and college. I took such and such classes, earned such and such grades, and amassed such and such degrees.

But on the night of Feb. 2, 1975, I turned on WMMR in Philadelphia and became mesmerized by a concert the radio station was broadcasting. The concert was by a group I’d never heard of — Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Thus began a part of my second education.

We don’t usually think of this second education. For reasons having to do with the peculiarities of our civilization, we pay a great deal of attention to our scholastic educations, which are formal and supervised, and we devote much less public thought to our emotional educations, which are unsupervised and haphazard. This is odd, since our emotional educations are much more important to our long-term happiness and the quality of our lives.

REST OF THE ARTICLE here

Photo by Todd Warnock

www.toddwarnock.com



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Nov 09

Instant Inspiration

gaultier_ads Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier is a fountain of creativity,  innovation, and sophistication (but never at the expense of fun) with a reference for the past and tradition and the intention to turn it all upside-down and inside-out.  It’s impossible not to look at his advertising from the 80′s and 90′s and not be immediately inspired.  I found a wonderful gallery of scans of his imagery in this Flickr scrapbook.


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Nov 09

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

I love this animation and watch it every once in a while as a reminder of the power of ideas, simplicity in design, and music.


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights


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Nov 09

Coverage

When the 2008/2009 Magazine Covers of the Year were announced, I had a think about which magazine covers STILL occupy a place in my mind…

elle

I remember being at the grocery store and seeing the ELLE cover of December 1991 …besides thinking it is a beautiful picture, I got a chuckle over how it looks like the model is horrified by who or what is next to it on the newsstand.  Elle magazine at one time was quite innovative and I love how the image (shot by Gilles Bensimon) breaks some of the rules for fashion magazine covers…. the model is not smiling, and she is not even looking at the camera, i.e. the potential reader.  I also like the simplicity of cover lines, and how unknown the model was (it was Elaine Irwin’s first cover, and I remember seeing an interview on Style with Elsa Klensch that when she got booked for it she still thought the title was pronounced “Ellie”).  Nowadays Elle has settled into a pattern, you can see here … they like celebrities and lots of cover lines and lots of arm action.

VoguecoverNov93_XLThe British Vogue November 1993 cover of model Linda Evangelista photographed by Nick Knight shot like a laser through the fashion industry… it was during the “grunge” phase, when designers and photographers were doing their best to out-bore one another, and we were getting our fill of month after month of waifs in flannel shirts with straight hair and no makeup staring at us with tear-filled eyes.  After this cover, photographers worldwide brought out their ring-flash and rediscovered Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton…and my new favorite outfit became a pair of black satin skin-tight pants (dubbed my “Olivias“) paired with a cutoff Tshirt of a white tiger with a red ruby eye.  Kudos to British Vogue for having their cover archive online.

The American Society of Magazine editors has compiled a list of their choices of the Top 40 covers of the last 40 years… there are some iconic George Lois Esquire covers in addition to nice covers of current events and “provocative” images of celebrities.  ( I put provocative in parenthesis because I’m personally not provoked by nudity ).