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August 31, 2008

Moving Pictures

access ENGAGE Issue 32.2

from MNartists.org, info about the local/regional animation scene

MASHUP: Homegrown independent animation, curated by Alison Morse

August 30, 2008


Stefan G. Bucher creates a brand new monster every day, time-lapsed before your very eyes. He talks about graphic design, illustration, ... here:

His work is also featured on the new issue of MimoZine, a flash-drive magazine from Boston.

this drive is designed by Gary Basemen. I will bring mine to class for show and tell!

August 27, 2008

Minnehaha on the Block


Duluth council OKs Tiffany window sale
Brandon Stahl Duluth News Tribune
Published Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The city council passed a resolution early Tuesday morning allowing the city administration to sell the “Minnehaha� stained glass window. The window, currently housed at the Depot, could bring the city anywhere from $1.9 to $3 million, money that would go to repairing the city’s budget deficit and building up its reserve fund, Mayor Don Ness has said.

go to the Duluth News Tribune link to log your opinion with a vote.
Duluth council OKs Tiffany window sale


The image was inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1855 epic poem “The Song of Hiawatha.� The poem tells the legend of Hiawatha and his sweetheart Minnehaha by the shores of Gitche Gumee (Lake Superior). The enormously popular poem is partially responsible for historical misconceptions about these fictional characters.

Designed by Tiffany’s artist Ann Westin, the window was commissioned by the state of Minnesota for our exhibition pavilion at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. After the World’s Fair, the state sold the window to the St. Louis County Women’s Auxiliary, (raising money for it by schoolchildren donating pennies...!)

Jim Heffernan's commentary

More facts about the window > Who is Minnehaha? > The history of the window >

August 26, 2008

The Daily Heller

Art Director, educator and curator, Steven Heller is one of the most prolific writers on the topic of graphic design, ever. Does he even sleep?
His bio on Wikipedia.

We are using his Design Literacy book as a text in Graphic Design 2 this semester.
Check out his Print Magazine blog for daily observations about all things design...

The Daily Heller:

August 18, 2008


September 5 -6 2008 / Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU

For one weekend the PICTOPLASMA NYC conference transforms the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts into a character design Mecca. The event brings together an international scene of artists, designers and agencies and offers a unique forum for all those working with the visualization and application of character design. Whether illustration, animation, graphic design, urban vinyl, underground plush, street or fine art - the emphasis is not on the limits of style or format, but on the shared dedication to explore character-driven aesthetics. The lively exchange between the various disciplines highlights the importance of character design in contemporary visual culture.

from their website


i wish i could go to this

Serious Play

2 design students, Saejean Oh and Kathryn McFarlane, from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA talking about their choice of Benjamin Franklin and their creative process in arriving at an innovative solution to a class project based on Serious Play.

Serious Play Conference Link