Is the pigeon New York City’s unofficial mascot?
There may be more people who think so following the global unveiling of Destination: NYC, a collection of 200 New York-designed products for sale at MoMA Design Stores. The collection’s visual identity is the handiwork of students graduating from the MPS Branding Department at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), chaired by Debbie Millman.
The next installment of our 50th Anniversary “readers choice” survey is now at the printer. (C’mon, you remember: ink, paper, presses.) The first installment listed the great designers. There was controversy, of course, but a consensus built nicely around Milton Glaser, Saul Bass, and Paul Rand. Now the focus turns to great design projects. Here there is less accord, in part because of the “apples and oranges” quality to the question. How do you compare the 1984 Olympic Signage to Massimo Vignelli’s NYC Subway Map to Shepard Fairey’s Obama Hope poster? And did you vote for your personal favorite or the most historically influential? Consistency aside, it should again be fun when the next installment arrives by mail. (C’mon, you remember: postman, stamps, something real in your hands.) You can see all 20 of the Top Design Projects here and you can see the Top 25 Logos here. We always love to hear from our readers so let us know what you think in the comments section.
I love newspapers. I read an (unnamed) New York City tabloid for 45 minutes every morning. When I hold a newspaper, I grasp an achievable and enjoyable goal, a process I want to return to every day.
When I see a news site designed like a newspaper, the feeling is much different. I consume a lot of my online news through aggregators, often ending up at a predictable handful of established “old media” sources. Yet I have no desire to click around the twenty sections and sub-blogs of those dailies just to see what the paper is offering today. The navigation lacks joy, lacks flow, those UI elements that make you want to explore further. It isn’t nearly all it could be. It is a dangerous time for establishment news organizations: a time of deep Lock In.
Lock In is a peculiar problem – it sneaks up on industries, it takes them over, it renders them structurally obsolete.