ALIENS BANKRUPT NATIONAL ENQUIRER
Despite the headline, it is actually the very human publisher
of the National Enquirer and Star supermarket tabloids who has
filed a Chapter 11 plan. In a bankruptcy petition in U.S. Bankruptcy
Court, American Media lists virtually no assets, and debts
of between $500 million and $1 billion. Like other magazine
publishers, the company has struggled with a weakened economy
and the tendency by readers turn to internet alternatives for
news, information and gossip. Which gives me the opportunity to
note that, in contrast, GDUSA magazine made it through year
48 – thriving – a testament to the talents of our
wonderful staff and the vitality of the graphic design
community. As for the Enquirer, the hope is that it will emerge
from the bankruptcy in 60 days, says Chairman, President and
CEO David Pecker. And, yes, that is his real name.
— Gordon Kaye
Printing Made In The USA
Always enjoy your letters from the publisher in the magazine
and enewsletters. In reference to the “I Wish America Made
More Things” piece (September 2010): All printing done in
the US is “Made in America” and since 9/11 I have been
trying to make that point within the printing industry with little
traction. I’m proud to be an American and all of printed
products manufactured here should exhibit the label “Made
in the USA.” The quality of American printing is
outstanding… and we are rarely recognized for our contribution
to the economy or the culture. I have never met anyone in the
industry that wasn’t proud to be an American… I wonder why
my industry doesn’t show it more? We are excellent craftspeople,
and one of the oldest and most resilient industries that mankind has
created. We are creative with an endless capacity to manufacture that
creativity. GDUSA is one of the few to throw the printing industry
a “life vest” of praise in a sea of negativity.
— Jon Kaufman, Allied Printing Services,
Digital Death Becomes Her
In regard to the item in last week’s GDUSA enewsletter about
Kim Kardashian posing in a coffin and other celebrities faking their
“digital deaths” by refusing to Tweet or participate in
social media until a certain amount of money was raised for charity…
I usually roll (the eyes) with the psychosis
that is pop fame but this “Digital Death” really offended
me. These stars stopped doing something for free to gain something for
cash. I agreed with Danny Bonaduce that it’s emotional
blackmail. I also agree that it would have been better to do something,
anything, to show even a modecum of sincerity. People are people. I
still can recall all those fraternity/sorority college parties masquerading
as social awareness. At least they did something, even if it was self
indulgent awareness. This event sought to raise cultural sheep herding
to a new greener pasture. Apparently they had to call in $anta to save
their cause by paying for 50% of the drive. I wish the masses would
realize why every star/athlete creates his or her own
charity. It’s taxing to sit through yet another new charity that
shelters the innocent and the earnings. Lastly, I found it offensive
to fake death. Anyone who is currently going through a family loss,
like myself, finds joking about death in poor taste. What’s next?
Gosselins camping with Palins? Now that’s Taste Free TV.
— Tom Renk, Principal, Designcog, Indianapolis IN
AMERICAN PACKAGE DESIGN AWARDS
You can now download an entry form for
GDUSA’s fastest-growing national competition. It is presented
by GDUSA and sponsored by Neenah Paper. The deadline is December 22,
Chen Updates Freemasons
Chen Design Associates collaborated with California Freemason
magazine’s editorial team in a redesign of the publication. No small
task with a readership that ranges from 18 to 103 years of age, and comes
from a broad range of careers, cultures and lifestyles. The redesign
launched with the October/November 2010 issue, and CDA will continue to
art direct, design, illustrate, and produce future issues. Lest you believe
Freemasonry has been relegated to history, it remains the world’s
first and largest fraternal organization.
Animation Domination. Not.
Advertisers are rolling out their holiday-themed ads, many of which feature
animated character. Research from The Nielsen Company suggests that marketers
may be sacrificing audience engagement when heavily using animation in
commercials. In an analysis of television ads across all product categories,
Nielsen found that live action ads were more effective than animation ads. For
all major categories, live action ads scored 22 percent higher than
animation-only ads in Brand Recall. The pattern also held across all major
demographics and both genders.
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Fuse Is Lit
The popular brand design conference, FUSE, is scheduled for April 11-13,
2011 in Chicago. The aim of the conference is to unite top brand strategy,
identity and design leaders so they may share ideas for enhancing
creativity and innovation. The conference will encompass experts from
many sectors including, brand management, package design, graphic
design & design research. Keynote speakers at the event will
include: Michio Kaku, Jacke Koo, Karim Rahid and Ian Schrager. GDUSA
is a media sponsor of the event.
Former LPK, Interbrand and Chase Design veteran, Gary Whitlock, joins
Marsh, Inc., in the newly created leadership position of Executive
Creative Director. Whitlock will guide and reshape Marsh’s creative
efforts, with key responsibilities in new business development, internal
workflow and creative staff development. COO Alan Roth notes
Whitlock’s deep understanding of “neuroscience and its impact
on how people create, ideate and make decisions…” Whitlock is
trained as a psychotherapist before going on to study design at the Art
Center College of Design.
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Obsession By Wieden+Kennedy
The crazy Christmas shopping lady in Target’s holiday campaign has
been named one of the year’s freakiest characters. This courtesy of
Adweek’s AdFreak blog. The all-in-red obsessed shopper is the work
of Wieden+Kennedy, and is described as the wierdest character ever to
represent a major marketer. You can see all 30 of the blog’s choices
for Freakiest Ads of 2010 at…
Favorite Color? Grey
Addressing the greying of America –for the first time Americans over
the age of 65 outnumber those under 20 –Karen Atkinson has written a
Huffington Post entry called “Aging as an Artist.” Addressing
ageism in the arts, she writes, in part, “In the early 21st century being
an older artist (and by this I mean being over 50) seems to generate the kind
of repulsive response from curators and galleries that being a woman, a
homosexual, and a person of color has generated in the past. Ageism, it seems,
is the new bigoted response to what’s not selling, right up there
with the racism, sexism, xenophobia, and homophobia that have marked art
world snobbery and greed for so many decades.”
NEW GDUSA STORE
GDUSA has teamed with Veer to offer creative
professionals the most fun and interesting merchandise available.
Current offerings include the following items and much
more. And don’t forget that the holiday season is upon us.
1. 2011 Typography Calendar.
Lovers of modern
design and typography will recognize many of the names in this
year’s calendar from Studio Hinrichs.
2. Kern Zip-Up.
Next time you have to explain
kerning to a layman, you’ll have a live demo just a zip
away. The soft navy blue fleece on this fitted lightweight
jogging jacket won’t pill.
3. Three Notebook Designer Set.
A fun 3-notebook
set, each can hold 32 pages of brilliance, with covers featuring
ampersands amper-sandwiched between suggested uses. Made from 100%
recycled paper and soy-based inks.
Veer provides visual elements for
use in professional creative work, such as graphic design,
motion design, advertising and filmmaking. Products include stock
photography, illustration, typefaces, and unique merchandise.
To celebrate the grand opening of the Michigan State University Medical School
campus in downtown Grand Rapids MI, advertising agency Extra Credit Projects
developed a print and outdoor campaign that’s turning heads. Featuring the
familiar Spartan football helmet, the ads are intended to inform the public
about the new location as well as enhance the brand in the region.
“It’s a really big deal for the city to be able to officially be a
part of the Big Ten,” said agency principal Rob Jackson.
Nordstrom Gets Real
Director Andrew Walton of production company IDENTITY has helmed a series
of intimate documentary-style vignettes for Nordstrom. The campaign, titled
“Career Mode,” sits on Nordstrom website and real Nordstrom
customers sharing thoughts on their style and how what they wear to work defines
them personally and professionally. Says Pia Hunter is Creative Director,
Nordstrom and she notes that she “wanted real stories from real people
and of course, to capture our customers in their best possible light.” One
of the four films features a marketing freelancer…