A few months ago a few of us here in the office were bemoaning the fact that cursive handwriting is no longer taught in elementary school. And with our constant communication via Facebook, Twitter, and email very few of us send or receive handwritten letters. Last week I was extremely fortunate to get a special visit to the University of Michigan Library’s Papyrology Collection.
It was good to be back at the North American International Auto Show during industry preview days visiting our client, Clark Hill PLC. And it was encouraging to see that the reigning Detroit-based auto show was up to speed with more of the energy and excitement of new vehicles and new ideas that were missing a few years ago.
OK, I’ll admit it. I’m not a car gal even though I was born and bred in the Motor City.
Last Friday Alissa and I attended the University of Michigan 2011 Alumni Show.
This weekend, a few of the Q crew let loose and Painted the Town at the Ann Arbor Art Center’s 29th annual Winefest. Q has a longstanding relationship with the Art Center and was proud to design the promotional materials for this year’s event. It was a lovely night of delicious food, interesting wines, and unexpected “happenings” to celebrate why art matters.
Nearly 8 years ago, Q designed a new identity for the Ann Arbor Art Center. Perhaps you've spotted the downtown bike racks inspired by the logo? This year, we are continuing our support of this Ann Arbor landmark by sponsoring their largest annual fundraiser—Winefest. Q designed all of the promotional materials for this year's theme: Paint the Town. The big event will be held at a chic—and unexpected—warehouse on the west side of town on Saturday, May 7, and includes a strolling supper, wine-tastings, live auctions, and "random acts of culture". Click here for event details and to purchase tickets.
Brazil’s most famous artist presents Brazil’s national drink.
Last weekend I stopped in the Gallery Project on Fourth Avenue in Ann Arbor. The exhibit, Artifacts, featured a collection of artwork based on found objects. Included was this house made of matchbooks by Mary Beth Carolan entitled Bailout.
Last Friday, I was invited to the Auto Show Charity Preview event. The city was, like the featured cars, electric.
Those of us in the marketing world are familiar with buzz words, those words that seem to find their 15 minutes of fame for whatever reason and infiltrate the media. With the state of the environment ever-present on our minds, the past few years have seen the “green” theme grow (pun intended) to fame. But, it was clear upon entering the awe-inspiring room at Cobo: Blue is the new term synonymous with environmentalism.
BITS (the Bangkok International Typographic Symposium, 30 – 31 October 2010) was the first-ever typographic design conference in Thailand. Typography is still quite mysterious to Thai people in general, even though it has existed for over 170 years, since Western missionaries brought printing machines from Europe to Thailand. Only graphic designers know the art of the letter form. And even among this specialized group, there are only a few Thai designers who make type and create fonts for a living.
Are designers control freaks? We want to control the typography as much as IE will allow, and grimace at a single misplaced pixel on our website, because those small things are what make things "work" in our eyes.
But an exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco called TechnoCRAFT reminded me that we can all throw that notion out the window in the age of DIY and the vast availability of tools out there that sometimes make design an open platform for something that’s anything but nice and pretty.
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