I love the work of Maurice Sendak. I don’t agree with everything he says about what young children need to be exposed to, but that’s something else. He was a great writer, thinker, teacher, artist and human being. And who better to illustrate his last interview with NPR’s Terry Gross than Christoph Niemann? Beautiful. I’m sorry Terry Gross couldn’t reciprocate the love he gave her, but that’s how it is. We pass like ships in the night…
There’s a good remembrance of the design leader Bill Moggridge on the Smithsonian blog. I am sorry I did not have the opportunity to get to know Mr. Moggridge. He was on the faculty of the new SVA Products of Design department. We met a few times at early faculty gatherings and meetings but that was it. I often wanted to confess to him that it was I that had taken a jovial dig at him in a blog post on Core77 years ago (misspelling his name!) when I was a smart-assed upstart– as if anything I could have said then would have been a speck of dust floating through his expansive contribution to the field of industrial design and to the way all humans live in the new digital age. Thank you and rest in peace, sir.
Excellent stuff on the state of technology and consumer response. He’s right. Why?
Shane McAdams presented his thesis for Pratt’s MFA program while I was an ID grad student year ago and I was blown away by his work. I don’t usually see abstract painting that melds color and texture with a mastery of manipulated media on the level of his show. And I’ve stayed on his mailing list and remain impressed and happy to follow his work. The introduction of more representational imagery is an unexpected direction. But it is definitely no less psychedelic. Next time I trip I want to do it in his studio. (not gonna happen.)
Steven Heller wrote a lovely obituary for the late and great Alex Steinweiss in today’s New York TImes. I had never heard of Steinweiss and I’m sorry because his contribution was huge. As advertising manager for Columbia Records he essentially introduced original artwork to the record sleeve. If you consider a time before records used covers for marketing but consider how cherished is the tactile experience of holding a sleeve and hearing amazing music, you get not only the idea of the contribution he made toward elevating that music purchasing and listening experience, but also what an impression that must have made onto other marketed and decorated product packaging. Records are at the center of cherished products and they are so largely for their unique art. What an amazing contribution to make to industrial design in general. Read the full obit.