c>log 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.
c>log 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.
c>log 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!
c>log 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!