Category Archives: design
Today, Jalopnik features a memorial to the late-lamented Pontiac: fifty ads promoting products that proudly bore the Chieftain (if in name only).
In 1958, Pontiacs were featured in scenes showing our
belated nascent space effort. Rather than the usual Redstone or Nike Hercules rockets, the background of this ad features a primordial lifting body, precursor to the cancelled Dyna-Soar, and the soon-to-be-lamented Shuttle, Pontiac of the heavens.
Though consumed with the latest coolishness (something called the Mantide, a vehicle that proves that a BMW Z4 is not the ultimate in phallic irony), they were smart enough to kick off their post with the photo above, and to include a second photo:
And though the best looking and most interesting bent metal in their report, Jalopnik neither identifies nor describes this pleasing design. Clearly a pre-war Lancia, I’d like to know more.
Wunderkammer, the on-line magazine, has an interview with designers (landscape and graphic) Shalansky and Lee on the subject of typography and culture. Thought-provoking, especially as electrons replace ink.
In case you missed Maira Kalman’s wonderful drawings and perspective on justice and her visit to the Supreme Court on the NYT Opinions blog. Included were codes of conduct, including her father’s two laws:
Law No 1. No Singing at the Dinner Table.
Law No 2. Do good deeds for Strangers, but beware of relatives.
Plus, we get the anti-circumcision people, a reminder of the Santa-Claus looking guy who has been standing outside of the University of Chicago Medical Center for years, carrying his sign and some kind of grudge. Maybe serious.