Colin Forbes, a graphic designer who had a hand in countless logos, book covers and interior spaces, but whose most enduring work may have been, essentially, designing a design organization, Pentagram, which grew from its founding in the early 1970s to have worldwide influence, died on Sunday at his home in Westfield, N.C., near the border with Virginia. He was 94. Read the full NY Times recognition here:
The ever curious David Byrne (Talking Heads) has created an antidote to the everyday downer news: the website Reasons to be Cheerful is chock full of feel-good stories of people doing good. Check it out here: reasonstobecheerful.world
Discover the Life and Work of Vincent van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum website. Zoom WAY in and see every brush stroke. While museums are closed this is the next best thing. Van Gogh Museum.
A hero to all living graphic designers, Milton Glaser worked until his death at 91. His Dylan poster made it into nearly six million homes. Read the NY times obit here.
A woman is repeatedly pulled over for no apparent reason until she realizes her poodle, who rides in the front seat, has been mistaken for a black man. Read the essay here.
One of the great things about being a graphic designer is getting to work on such a variety of projects. For many designers, the poster is one of our favorites, and sadly, one that comes around all too seldom (at least for us). Recently Greg was privileged to get to design a poster for an annual music and song festival in Sturgeon Bay, WI. With a limited budget but an extensive trove of photography from past events, a collage seemed a good solution.
Some great tips for anyone who writes: fiction, non-fiction, essays or blog posts. Reprinted from Open Culture. (See the full article here.)
1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”
2. Don’t use passive voice. “Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe.”