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The LEGO® Brick Is 50 Years Old!

Today is the 50th Birthday of the LEGO® Brick – five decades full of playing, fun and creativity!

Children all over the world have played with LEGO bricks for the past 50 years, and LEGO sets are still right at the top of many wish lists. Industry and trade associations also recognize the LEGO success.

Just before the turn of the millennium, the LEGO Brick was voted “Toy of the Century,” one of the highest awards in the toy industry, by both Fortune Magazine in the US and the British Association of Toy Retailers.


Happy Birthday Helvetica!

Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. Helvetica is currently screening at film festivals, museums, design conferences, and cinemas worldwide.

The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type. Helvetica encompasses the worlds of design, advertising, psychology, and communication, and invites us to take a second look at the thousands of words we see every day. If you get a chance, check this out. Helvetica is in your life more than you think!

About the Typeface
Helvetica was developed by Max Miedinger with Eduard Hoffmann in 1957 for the Haas Type Foundry in Münchenstein, Switzerland. In the late 1950s, the European design world saw a revival of older sans-serif typefaces such as the German face Akzidenz Grotesk. Haas’ director Hoffmann commissioned Miedinger, a former employee and freelance designer, to draw an updated sans-serif typeface to add to their line. The result was called Neue Haas Grotesk, but its name was later changed to Helvetica, derived from Helvetia, the Latin name for Switzerland, when Haas’ German parent companies Stempel and Linotype began marketing the font internationally in 1961.

Introduced amidst a wave of popularity of Swiss design, and fueled by advertising agencies selling this new design style to their clients, Helvetica quickly appeared in corporate logos, signage for transportation systems, fine art prints, and myriad other uses worldwide. Inclusion of the font in home computer systems such as the Apple Macintosh in 1984 only further cemented its ubiquity.

Logging On

Log may or may not inclusively or exclusively refer to:

Wooden Log
Also known as timber, wood from trees used for construction or wood pulp for paper production

A record of sequential data

A log of important events in the management, operation and navigation of a ship

Web’s log, Weblog, ‘blog, or blog, a reverse chronological journal

The mathematical operation that is the inverse of exponentiation, or the result of this operation.

Log (urban-type settlement)
An urban-type settlement in Volgograd Oblast, Russia

Log (toy)
A fictional toy advertised on the Ren and Stimpy cartoon

An architectural magazine

The Log (guitar)
A nickname given to Les Paul’s first solidbody electric guitar built in the 1930s

The Log (guitar)

An unlockable guitar in Guitar Hero II, homage to the Les Paul guitar

A device used in navigation to measure the speed of a ship

a skateboard team based out of Greencastle, Pennsylvania

What form does your log take?


Art Market 2007 (The Real #1)

Many thanks to Guzzi for pointing out that the Art Market 2007 Top Ten List failed to include the real number one painting for 2007 that actually set a world record on May 16, 2007 at Sotheby’s New York. Look at the sale prices on the Top Ten List — this sale will blow you away:

Artist: Mark Rothko
Title: White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Sold For: 72,800,000 US$

That is $26,839,000 more than the previously reported number one (Francis Bacon/Second Version of Study for Bullfight No. 1) and $38,599,000 more than the Rothko (Untitled-Red, Blue, Orange) listed as number three on the list. That’s quite a difference between two paintings in a series by an artist. Why? Who knows…but, that is why we love the art market. And, the market shows no real signs of cooling off. Stay tuned, and to you collectors and dealers–keep those checkbooks open!

Art Market 2007 – The Top Ten


The top ten most expensive works of fine art sold at auction in 2007.
Total auction sales of over $324.0 million for this group of 10 artists.


Artist: Francis Bacon
Title: Second Version of study for bullfight no. 1
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 78.7 x 58.1 in. / 200 x 147.7 cm.
Sold For: 45,961,000 US$


Artist: Paul Gauguin
Title: Te poipoi (Le matin)
Oil on canvas
Size: 26.8 x 36.2 in. / 68 x 92 cm.
Sold For: 39,241,000 US$


Artist: Mark Rothko
Title: Untitled – Red, blue, orange
Oil on canvas
Size: 66.6 x 49.4 in. / 169.2 x 125.4 cm.
Sold For: 34,201,000 US$


Artist: Henri Matisse
Title: L’odalisque, harmonie bleue
Oil on canvas
Size: 23.7 x 19.5 in. / 60.3 x 49.5 cm.
Sold For: 33,641,000 US$


Artist: Francis Bacon
Title: Self portrait
Oil on canvas
Size: 14 x 15.9 in. / 35.5 x 40.5 cm.
Sold For: 33,081,000 US$


Artist: Pablo Picasso
Title: Femme accroupie au costume turc, Jacqueline
Oil on canvas
Size: 45.6 x 35.1 in. / 115.8 x 89.2 cm.
Sold For: 30,841,000 US$


Artist: Amedeo Modigliani
Title: Portrait du sculpteur Oscar Miestchaninoff
Oil on canvas
Size: 32 x 25.6 in. / 81.2 x 65 cm.
Sold For: 30,841,000 US$


Artist: Pablo Picasso
Title: Tête de femme (Dora Maar)
Medium: Bronze
Size: 31.50 in. / 800 cm.
Sold For: 29,161,000 US$


Artist: Jeff Koons
Title: Hanging heart (Magenta/Gold)
Medium: Chromium stainless steel/transparent color coating & brass
Size: 116.6 x 85 x 40 in. / 296.2 x 215.9 x 101.6 cm.
Sold For: 23,561,000 US$


Artist: Andy Warhol
Title: Liz
Medium: Synthetic polymer, silkscreen inks and acrylic on linen
Size: 40 x 40 in. / 101.6 x 101.6 cm.
Sold For: 23,561,000 US$

On: Shape

“The perception of shape is the most active of visual functions.”

“Seeing shape is the perception of the outstanding structural features of an object.”

“Shapes are the raw stimulus patterns that are transformed into perceivable patterns by vision to create both new and familiar objects.”

“All perceptions are embedded within space and time.”

“Any shape tends to be seen as plainly as conditions permit.”

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Jac Mac and Rad Boy — Go!

Anyone familiar with late-night 80’s cable shows will most likely be into the classic series Night Flight, an program which showcased cutting-edge music videos and state-of-art animation in a strange cut-and-paste montage of non-stop video. Night Flight was kind of a “poor man’s MTV”.

One of Night Flight’s more interesting cartoons was a cult epic called Jac Mac and Radboy – GO! Directed by Wesley Archer (from The Simpsons and King of the Hill) and starred two strange-looking youth who find out about a party and decide to drive over.

The crazy duo stop at a convenience store to pick up some booze. After charging through the front windows of the store with their loot, they zoom past police cars and other whacky obstacles toward the big finale where the boys ram their car underneath a big rig hauling a cargo of nuclear warheads, which sets off a gigantic atomic explosion that blows Jac Mac and RadBoy straight to hell where they must spend eternity, tortured by creepy looking demons and what-not. “We’ll never get to the party now!” screams Rad Boy. No you won’t Rad, no you won’t…and neither will you Jac Mac. Ultimato!