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NYC secret

I have lived in New York City going on nine years now, but today was my first trip to the Museum of the City of New York.

mcnyIt’s located at Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street, just a quick jog across Central Park from my Upper West Side neighborhood.  Props to Groupon for giving me the push I needed to pay a visit.

Two for one admission — need I say more?

The space is compact, clean and modern, with exhibits of a number and size that make it easy to see and do everything in a morning or afternoon.  There’s also a nice variety — photography, film, costumes, paintings, advertising, multi-media, miniatures — so everyone in your group will find something to hold their interest.

My favorite on this cold damp day?

paul rand

Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand, an exhibit showcasing the six-decade career of the iconic graphic designer (and Brooklyn native).

While Rand is a legend in the design community, you may find yourself wondering who he is. A quick look at a few of the logos he designed will make you realize you gaze upon his handiwork nearly everyday.

paul rand logosRad designed children’s books (with his wife Ann) and other book jackets as well, and wrote two visionary books on design.

He also taught at the Pratt Institute and Yale before his death in 1996.

A quick Google image search will not only give you an idea of the breadth of Rand’s art and impact on current design, but is a really fun way to entertain yourself on a rainy day.

One man’s trash

At first glance, this looks a bit like a stained glass window.

Mandy Barker

Perhaps that was photographer and graphic designer Mandy Barker’s inspiration.

But her creation uses material debris found in the sea, not glass.

It’s part of her art series ‘SOUP’ which seeks to raise awareness of the mass accumulation of plastic in the world’s oceans. Mandy has even been nominated twice for the Prix Pictet Award, which is the world’s leading photographic award in sustainability.

I’ve learned a couple of things I didn’t know, so I’d say her artwork is doing the trick.


Plus or minus flavor

Love to cook?

Or just love the idea of cooking?

If you spend hours in the kitchen — or in front of the TV watching Food Network chefs spend hours in theirs, you’ll love this guide to kitchen conversions by graphic designer Shannon Lattin.





















No need to break your brain anymore halving or tripling recipes — Shannon’s done it for you!

I’m just gonna use it to check other folk’s work.  (You’re welcome.)


I follow @ohbeautifulbeer on Twitter.

Not because I’m a big beer lover — I’m allergic to hops and have trouble drinking most of it.

No, I love @ohbeautifulbeer because they focus on a beer’s stage presence — the graphic design of its labels, packaging and artwork.  And many of the lesser known brews excel in this department.

Just look at the label for 400 Pound Monkey IPA from Left Hand Brewing. I would order it for its looks alone, it’s so frickin’ cool.

(I’d be sick as a dog later, but it would be worth it.)

And check out this poster for the Pan American Coaster Tossing Championships that took place earlier this month in Raleigh, North Carolina.

I love so many things about this.  The retro-Olympic styling.  The subdued color palette.  The great tagline “Drink Beer, Throw Stuff.”  And the fact that the event exists at all.

I mean, tossing coasters?  How hilarious is that?  I suppose it is safer than darts, but someone must have been pretty drunk when they came up with that idea.

Wonder what they were drinking?  Perhaps…this beer?

It’s called Moo Brew. That’s a cow on the label…a really cool, stylized cow. And the bottle is such an interesting, elongated shape.

Funny — I never knew beer could be so inspiring (and I’m not even drinking it).