I can’t be in London, but I’m excited and looking forward to watching the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, which begin on Friday, July 27 and end on Sunday, August 12. Swimming, diving and gymnastics will be at the top of my list when I tune in, along with the opening and closing ceremonies. Artist David Watkins designed the 2012 Olympic medals, which stand ready in the Tower of London vaults. Watkins’ Olympic gold medal is the heaviest to date, weighing in at 400g, of which 6g is gold, and the rest is solid silver. The Olympic medals have a rich and interesting design history. (MORE)
One of my favorite buildings in New York City, Hearst Tower opened in 2006 and was designed by architect Lord Norman Foster, renowned for his ability to design modern additions to historic structures. In the case of Hearst Tower, he has created an exciting interplay between the historic base and the new tower while maintaining the integrity of both buildings.
In its latest production, Treasures of New York goes on a private tour inside Hearst’s world headquarters. Timed with Hearst Corporation’s 125th anniversary, the film also highlights Hearst’s history and growth into one of the America’s largest diversified media and information companies. Treasures of New York: Hearst Tower premieres Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on WLIW21 and Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 8 p.m. on THIRTEEN. (MORE)
I’ve noticed this poster around midtown Manhattan the past few weeks. I think it’s a great example of typography, color and graphic design for advertising. It’s eye-catching, beautiful and conveys a great message and association with the Bloomingdale’s brand during the holiday season. (MORE)
Lettering sculptor Gary Breeze takes the letterform and turns it into art. Born in Essex, England in 1966, Gary studied Graphic Design at Norwich School of Art followed by an apprenticeship with the letter-carver and sculptor David Holgate. In 1992 he worked as assistant to Richard Kindersley before setting up his own workshop in London a year later. Today the workshop produces lettering cut into stone and wood for a wide range of applications including private and public commissions and exhibitions. (MORE)
“Watch the Throne“, American rapper Jay-Z‘s debut collaborative studio album with Kanye West was released today. Jay-Z also has a pretty cool web site called Life+Times that reflects his knowledge and appreciation of great design. Life+Times covers the artist’s latest interests in the worlds of style, leisure, art & design, technology, sports, and of course, music. Check it out! DESIGN NOTE: The album cover artwork for “Watch the Throne” was designed by Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci and rendered in gleaming gold by Joe Zeff Design.