Today’s front page Chicago Tribune headline reads: “Deal, then no deal.” The USA $770M bailout, an excellent example of how not to sell a concept has been bothersome all week. What immediately comes to mind? What would Saul Bass have done?
SB could present! He could fit the pitch for the occasion. Legend has it that in 1973 Saul asks United Airlines for $1 million for a new identity. A lot of money then. With check deposited SB lines up a theatre, clears out the chairs and replaces them with 200 Barcelona chairs. Then he hires “attendants and pilots” in freshly designed uniforms to seat the attendees. He places examples of the color palette, the ticket counter, brochures, signage, the logo, the airplane. Everywhere.
When everyone is seated the lights dim. The stage lighting warms up and out walks SB dressed for the occasion: a purple cape. He walks towards the podium with signature cane — the cane often used as a musical director’s baton. The stage lights dim. The rest is history. A long-lived identity program.
Research for this post lead to this YouTuber ” brooksy362436’s ” school project created as if Saul Bass animated the title sequence for “Star Wars.” The music is “Machine” by the Buddy Rich Band.
Is the bailout a good idea? I’m not smart enough to answer that one. But I wish someone would show up who can convince me it is.
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The Mies Van Der Rohe’s Farnsworth House sets on five – foot – high risers. On 9/14 it was under water. The Fox River near Chicago has risen two feet above that.
The director of the historic site says “It’s gut – wrenching. You have to come to terms with the fact that Mother Nature will always win in a power struggle.”
“It’s an absolutely devastating scene,” said James Peters, president and CEO of Landmarks Illinois, which manages and operates the house for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in a statement today. “At this point, we are fairly confident the 2008 tour season, which was scheduled to extend through November, is over.” Now the nonprofit will have to raise money to repair the steel-and-glass Farnsworth House.
On Saturday, Landmarks Illinois volunteers paddled boats to the house to helped raise the furniture out of harm’s way. The Fox River has also flooded three nearby bridges and many houses.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation bought the 1951 house at auction for $7.5 million in 2003.
“Weather-based damage and destruction of older and historic sites is a national issue, and in the case of the flooding of Farnsworth House, which we saved with our partner, Landmarks Illinois, it is also a personal one,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in a statement today. “Our principal concern is for the safety and welfare of members of the public directly impacted by the storms.”
Mies designed it to let flood waters run underneath, but in sixty years it has been flooded six times, including half a million dollars damage in 1966. Time to jack it up?
found via DesignObserver. Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune architecture critic, asks what can be done.
On May 2, 2008, Nau announced that it was closing shop. The reason? They could not get financing to continue operations. If you don’t know who Nau is, they’re a uniquely new business—selling eco-friendly clothes with a unique business model: brick and mortar stores that displayed examples of their product but the purchases were online.
Ironically last August 06 when they launched, as a groundswell of environmental consciousness grew the economic capital markets were collapsing.
The latest as of September 8, 2008: The Road to Relaunch – Part 5
Who is Nau? In their own words…
Who are we and what are we trying to do here?
Good question. Nau is an outdoor apparel company born out of a desire to do business differently. From designing our clothes and developing our fabrics, to the way in which we build our stores, to our dedication to supporting organizations working for positive change, we are striving towards a more sustainable approach to being in business. At the core of our enterprise is the desire to expand the nature of the outdoor experience beyond athletic endeavors, and redefine what it means to align oneself with the outdoors.
We believe in the power of the collective, and we seek to turn that power towards the goal of positive change, in a variety of forms. Basically, we like to learn. And nothing furthers learning more than listening. So we’d like to listen to the people whose opinions we respect—like yours. We’re pretty sure there are a lot more folks like us out there—concerned, inquisitive people, looking for engaging, challenging and potentially transformative dialogue.
animating water bottle recycling rates 2005 (more…)
The entire Yahoo Design Innovation Team, aka yHaus, has been axed en masse, Portfolio.com has confirmed with one of the team’s former members.
“Yahoo Design Innovation team has been shut down completely,” wrote Doug Fritz, a former full-time staffer for the team, in an email.
The team had been working on next generation design projects. This week, more than 1,000 Yahoo employees have been let go as the troubled Web portal struggles to cope with operating costs that are rising much faster than revenue is growing.
The layoffs mean the end of a font of design innovation at the beleaguered web giant, which is currently trying to fend off a hostile takeover bid by Microsoft. (more…)