My Favorite DOOM

© Groundlift

Due to scheduling conflicts (and apparently really bad communication) Mos Def and DOOM had to reschedule shows in New York, Toronto and Chicago. While I’m glad it wasn’t canceled, I’m bummed because Charlie and I had copped tickets for his 30th birthday (February 1).

In any case, I’ve been a fan of DOOM since he was in KMD and went by the name Zev Love X. Besides the Special Herbs instrumental series, here are my favorite DOOM albums (bootlegs and unofficial mixtapes) in chronological order (if you’re missing one, leave me a comment and I’ll give you the details on it)…

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Sightings: I ♥ AG bag

A denim tote on a girl in Manhattan.

She loves me! Or maybe she just loves her denim.

RGD Ontario Access-Ability Conference

Sorry I haven’t posted anything for the last few days. I’ve been busy finalizing my Keynote orientation for the Access-Ability Conference this Thursday in Toronto. Hosted by RGD Ontario, the event was created in response to proposed Ontario standards for accessibility in information and communications. Looking for people to share guidelines and tools to achieve accessibility in graphic design, I was asked to speak on the topic of cross-cultural design.

ACCESS-ABILITY Conference:
Graphic Design for a More Accessible World
Thursday, January 28, 2010
CNIB Institute – Toronto, Ontario

I’m honored to represent AIGA XCD and look forward to discussing the importance of ethnography and authenticity in design. I’m also super excited to hear all the other great speakers including: CNIB, Enspace, Further Ahead, Forge Inc., Entro, Royal Ontario Museum, A+a and Mies Hora.

25 Logos With Hidden Messages

© Toblerone

Get out your magic logo decoder rings, kiddies, GraphicDesignBlog.org has a sweet list of logotypes with secret symbols and hidden messages in them. While there’s no secret Illuminati revelations, there were lots of great surprises I’d totally missed until I found the post. See how many you’ve noticed!

Shigeru Ban on L Studio

Shigeru Ban is an incredible architect known for his innovative use of alternative and recycled materials. He’s one of the latest featured subjects on L Studio, the broadband internet channel launched by Lexus in 2008. Expanding on the ‘automaker as auteur’ vision started with BMW’s 2001 series, The Hire, Toyota’s luxury mark offers “an eclectic collection of unique perspectives meant to inspire”. All of the site’s video content is free to download, however, if you want “inspiration for innovation”, I’d stick to the topics of modern life and experiential. Unfortunately, if L Studio is going to compete with Honda’s brilliant Dream documentaries, it’s going to need some serious curation i.e. Lisa Kudrow is not funny and her Web Therapy shorts are certainly not inspiring or innovative.

Terribly Curious About Terribly Happy

Critics have described Terribly Happy as a Danish mix of the Cohen Bros. and David Lynch. Sounds like a perfect combination you ask me. Besides the trailer’s talking cat, I was excited to see some promising glimpses of Kim Bodnia who starred in Nicholas Winding Refn’s first Pusher film and looks like a Danish James Gandolfini. The film’s US distribution is being handled by Oscilloscope (who seems to release all my favorite documentaries lately), but unfortunately Chicago’s not part of the lineup. Oh well, I guess I’ll buy the import DVD here.