Guggenheim Books Digitized and Free!

 

The Guggenheim Museum has offered a nice gesture especially for designers and artists by digitizing many of it’s out-of-print books and presenting them for free, according to the news by Imprint magazine:

Guggenheim Offers Free Books! — Imprint-The Online Community for Graphic Designers.

Definitely worth a look!

Designing on Benches in Hamra Street! UPDATE!

The two benches I have designed-on and executed in Hamra street:

One is at the corner near Jack & Jones (Modca corner) and the other is facing Fransabank on the right side of the street.

The first bench tries to capture the spirit of Hamra, the energy & hype, the lights, the crowd, the restaurants and pubs during the day and at night.

While the second bench is a typographical interpretation of a quotation from Steve Jobs.

The quote says:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something” ~ Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Address, 2005

Once you read the quote and walk past it, you can look back at the bench and connect the black dots to read something else…

I knew I wanted to design the bench with a typographical approach using an inspirational quotation, but I couldn’t come up with anything yet that day. I woke up that morning with the sad news that Steve Jobs passed away, so it came to my mind to use one of his inspiring quotes. I thought it would also pay tribute to him that way too. It is a really interesting that even by passing away, he inspired me to do this design.

I hope you enjoy both benches.

To view the Interview on Helwé Beirut at LBCI, please check the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151237016269758

Designing on Benches in Hamra Street!

As part of Hamra Street Festival Maraya 2011 follow up events, I will be designing / painting on 2 of the concrete benches recently placed. One will be at the corner in front of Jack & Jones and the other will be near Fransabank.

Two other selected artists – Dalia Baassiri and Nisreen Mohtar – will be there too to work on 2 other benches each.

Painting of the benches that were placed on Hamra Str. during Maraya 2011 will take place on Tuesday & Wednesday October 4th & 5th, 2011 and is sponsored by Blom bank, Credit Bank & Fransabank.

Pass by and take a look. Pictures will be posted later.

image by Danny Khoury ©2011

Paul Rand :: The Politics of Design

I have encountered an interesting and inspirational article by Paul Rand.

Good to read for both, designers and clients…

It is no secret that the real world in which the designer functions is not the world of art, but the world of buying and selling. For sales, and not design are the raison d’etre of any business organization. Unlike the salesman, however, the designer’s overriding motivation is art: art in the service of business, art that enhances the quality of life and deepens appreciation of the familiar world.”… read more at:

Paul-Rand.com :: The Politics of Design.