Category Archives: News & Events

Cheeky Street Art Send-Up of Donald Trump … Miracle Mile, Los Angeles 

Real-Estate developer, New York City fixture, celebrity, reality TV show star, and politician, Donald Trump is at the center of U.S. media coverage these days while he campaigns to win the Republican nomination as its candidate for the American presidency.

A polarizing, attention-hungry personality and demagogic political figure, Trump’s controversial views and bombast has in recent months made him the target of satirists and a subject of politically-charged street art by artists like Hanksy and Teacake poking fun at the presidential candidate.

Teacake’s circular wheat-paste poster on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles (pictured below) depicts “the Donald” on a playground ride holding what appears to be a sex toy. It’s funny street art as political commentary and as a mirror of contemporary culture.

In Brazil … World’s Largest Animated GIF Created by Artist INSA

The British street artist INSA, famous for his “GIF-iti” — online-only animated GIFs he creates from his actual street art pieces — has painted a land-based artwork and had it photographed in stages by a satellite 431 miles above the earth to create the largest GIF ever. The short video below shows the process. More details on Mashable.

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Global Graphica in Tokyo …

We’re in Tokyo this week and as those of you who follow us on Twitter and Instagram  may have already seen, we’ve been posting some pix from the Japanese capital literally from the moment we stepped off the plane (see below). It’s good to be back in Tokyo, one of our favorite cities and a source of much inspiration in terms of great design, creativity, urban living and style. Plus there’s all the amazing food. We’ll be posting from Tokyo all this week as part of our “Tokyo 14 Project,” so look for pix and updates here, as well as on Instagram and Twitter.

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World Cup Meme du Jour … Mexico Team Manager’s Explosive Reaction

The World Cup has a meme. As U.K. newspaper the Guardian has pointed out, the explosive celebrations of Miguel Herrera have gone viral. As the manager of the Mexican national football ( soccer ) team, Herrera presided over a well-deserved 3-1 win over Croatia in the final group stage match in Brazil. As the picture from the Guardian article and Vine clip below attest, Herrera is prone to intense facial expressions and joyous sideline celebrations that are perfect fodder for the Interwebs meme machine.

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On the Scene … TV Reporter and Crowd in Milan, Italy

We’ve been in Milan, Italy, for a few days where we made time to join the crowd of thousands at Piazza Castello to watch the Italy v Costa Rica World Cup football ( soccer ) match on a big outdoor television screen. Pictured below, an Italian TV journalist does a live report from the scene. Sadly for supporters of the azzuri, Italia lost the match, but that didn’t stop the crowd from enjoying the party atmosphere.

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Design … The NYC Subway Map by the Late Great Massimo Vignelli, R.I.P.

A giant of the design world passed away earlier this week. The New York City-based Italian designer Massimo Vignelli died in New York Tuesday morning at age 83.

Vignelli was one of the world’s foremost designers, and in a career that started in Italy, where he was educated, and saw him immigrate to New York and start his own firm, Vignelli created an enduring vision and legacy of work that influenced several generations of leading designers, architects and creators.

The New York City subway map below is a design classic and a testament to his vision and style. Created by Vignelli in 1973, it became an iconic example of information design that would be copied the world over.

Over on Design Observer, the Pentagram founder Michael Beirut has written a personal tribute to Vignelli and shares some of his experiences and what he learned working for Vignelli Associates in the 1980s.

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Urban Life … Mexican “Mariachi” Band at Rooftop Cinco de Mayo Party, New York

In celebration of the annual Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo, our ad agency threw a rooftop party complete with a mariachi band atop its global headquarters building in New York City. Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone!

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