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Well, if it isn’t the old typographic bait-and-switch…

Have a look at the lettering of the words “Yankee Stadium” as originally proposed in a June, 2005 press conference (above left) and then as it actually appears in the New Yankee Stadium (above right).

As I recall, when every single New Yorker happily agreed to replace one of their greatest landmarks with a $2.3 billion facimile (which they would no longer be able to afford to attend), it was with the clear understanding that we were going with the sans-serif.

Go fix it… we’ll wait.

Alternatively, you can just take a wrecking ball the the whole damn thing and simply bring back the real Yankee Stadium. Oh, and if you feel that you must do something new to it – consider a statue of Roy White out front.

Whoa… you damn well can’t do that anymore!

Tell me, when did we become so damn conservative? Why does it seem impossible to do something like this today? The album being advertised was released in 1970 – making this promotional video over 40 years old!

Unexpected, funny, weird, impressionistic, feeling like some link between Un Chien Andalou and Eraserhead. And, perhaps most importantly, there’s something that’s just so right about this (anyone happen to know who’s responsible? Likely Van Vliet himself). Those familiar with his work will see this as a wonderful visual companion to his music. Enjoy.

…and from Wikipedia:
Lick My Decals Off, Baby
 (1970) continued in a similarly experimental vein. An album with “a very coherent structure” in the Magic Band’s “most experimental and visionary stage”, it was Van Vliet’s most commercially successful in the United Kingdom, spending twenty weeks on the UK Albums Chart and peaking at number 20. An early promotional music video was made of its title song, and a bizarre television commercial was also filmed that included excerpts from “Woe-Is-uh-Me-Bop”, silent footage of masked Magic Band members using kitchen utensils as musical instruments, and Beefheart kicking over a bowl of what appears to be porridge onto a dividing stripe in the middle of a road. The video was rarely played but was accepted into the Museum of Modern Art, where it has been used in several programs related to music.

Understanding How We See

From Wired.com

What Caricatures Can Teach Us About Facial Recognition

Our brains are incredibly agile machines, and it’s hard to think of anything they do more efficiently than recognize faces. Just hours after birth, the eyes of newborns are drawn to facelike patterns. An adult brain knows it’s seeing a face within 100 milliseconds, and it takes just over a second to realize that two different pictures of a face, even if they’re lit or rotated in very different ways, belong to the same person. Neuroscientists now believe that there may be a specific region of the brain, on the fusiform gyrus of the temporal lobe, dedicated to facial recognition.

Perhaps the most vivid illustration of our gift for recognition is the magic of caricature—the fact that the sparest cartoon of a familiar face, even a single line dashed off in two seconds, can be identified by our brains in an instant. It’s often said that a good caricature looks more like a person than the person himself. As it happens, this notion, counterintuitive though it may sound, is actually supported by research. In the field of vision science, there’s even a term for this seeming paradox—the caricature effect—a phrase that hints at how our brains misperceive faces as much as perceive them. (more)

Music (once again) Inspires Great Design

From Core 77:

Peter Saville On How “Autobahn” Changed His Life

As I mentioned in yesterday’s recap of the “Avant/Garde Diaries” launch event, Peter Saville related that the album art for Kraftwerk’s 1974 LP Autobahn was the singular inspiration for his decision to pursue graphic design… (more)