To All You Prima Donnas

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Photo by dorywithserifs

Juanma over at TenThousandThings recently posted an open letter to all you design divas out there. Here’s a quick excerpt:

” Quick, grab a mirror or turn over a CD (if you don’t have one close) and look at yourself while asking, “WHAT AM I?” (Not to be confused with “WHO AM I”). You are a communicator. That’s what you are and at the end of the day, you communicate through design with other people. It should be a lot more important to remember WHAT you are, instead of repeating all day WHO you are.”

If you think you’re the shit or aspire to be the shit please, please, please read this letter.

via Core77

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What is Graphic Design?

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I ran across a poster competition (after it was done) that asked the participants to submit a poster design that answers the question, “What is Graphic Design”. Looking over these submissions I noticed a very superficial explanation of graphic design. Is this the truth of graphic design? Is it really just about colors, type, and pixels or is it about something more? Please comment.

Click here to check out the competition entries.

For All The Cat Lovers Out There

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Hello Kitty: The Global Brand with Nine Lives

Thursday, March 27 / 6:30 pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
DeBoest Lecture Hall
Free

The Asian Art Society and the Japan-America Society of Indiana invite you to attend “Hello Kitty: The Global Brand with Nine Lives,” a lecture and book-signing with author and The New York Times Business Reporter Ken Belson. Hello Kitty was Japan’s brilliant answer to Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse. As author of “Hello Kitty; The Remarkable Story of Sanrio and the Billion Dollar Feline Phenomenon,” Belson will discuss how Japan’s most famous cartoon kitten and other Sanrio characters have become a global cultural phenomenon, beginning in the 1970s with the Japanese concept of kawaii or “cute.” Belson will also talk about the inner workings of Sanrio, the company that created Hello Kitty, and how it succeeded in positioning products to appeal to consumers of all ages. Sanrio characters are now found not only on toys, notebooks and backpacks, but also on mobile phones, toasters and even cars!

6:30 – 7:30 pm Lecture
7:30 – 8:30 pm Book-signing and raffle of Sanrio character items

… And The Horse You Rode In On!

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Eric Karjaluoto ideasonideas recently posted an article provocatively titled Fuck Style where he pleas for designers to defend design as a problem solving practice rather than design solely as style. Short read. Check it out and leave your comments.

Old News: IMA’s New Design Curator R. Craig Miller

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This last October the Indianapolis Museum of Art gained a new Design curator. For the past 17 years R. Craig Miller was the curator of design at the Denver Art Museum which was responsible for housing the AIGA National Archives. Below is a link to and Indy.com interview with Miller as well as the Unbeige’s announcement of Miller’s move to the IMA.

Q&A with IMA Curator R. Craig Miller

Denver Curator R. Craig Miller Heads to Indy, Might Take Design With Him

Is Advertising REALLY That Evil?

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Pentagram partner Paula Sher recently gave her two cents about her post 9/11 observations regarding advertising.

Attending The 2008 Brass Rings?

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Wednesday, February 27th, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, IMAX Theater and Indiana State Museum

Cost: $65
Register Here

The Brass Ring Awards is an Addy Award competition and the largest local advertising award show. The Brass Ring Awards are presented annually by the Ad Club of Indianapolis. This will be an awesome opportunity to see the great work that has won awards locally and to mingle with those in the business.