Whoa… you damn well can’t do that anymore!
This is what graphic design looks like
Dyslexie, A Different Kind of Beauty
Well, if it isn't the old typeface bait-and-switch
Seeking a full-time position in hurricane logo design
Today I am a Red Sox fan (did I just say that?!)

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Today I am a Red Sox fan (wait–did I just say that?!)

On June 1st, the San Francisco Giants became the first professional sports team to join the It Gets Better Project with a video featuring a handful of its players and coaches speaking out against bullying and homophobia towards LGBT kids and teens. This was quickly followed by similar videos from (in order) the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, and Baltimore Orioles (with a commitment from the Seattle Mariners to be next). Many other baseball teams are being petitioned as well. As a New Yorker – and Yankee fan – it was a surprise (a wonderful surprise) to see the Red Sox being one of the first teams in. Sure, Boston is a great city, but the social climate is simply not the same as it is in San Francisco, making it perhaps even more impressive in my eyes.

While I was appreciating this welcome breakthrough on the part of professional athletes, I happened to come across this opinion piece in the Boston Globe online. A Boston attorney named Bennett Klein writes:

“Given the varying silence or negative messages about being LGBT, young LGBT people need to hear from their role models that yes, gay is good. Instead, the Red Sox video is full of generalities and platitudes that are at best meaningless and, at worst, unintentionally demeaning. Is Jason Varitek’s comment, “It’s okay to be your own unique being” really telling LGBT youth that they are not like everybody else? Jason, it would have been so powerful to simply say, “It’s okay to be gay.” The Sox video demonstrates that it is still too risky for professional athletes to make affirming statements about LGBT people. Professional athletes are so esteemed in our society that their statements can be real “game changers.” The Sox missed a great opportunity to change the game for LGBT youth.”

His piece can (and should) be read in its entirety.

And while I agree with him on many of the specifics, I still cannot see this as a “missed opportunity”. As a (very) jaded sports fan, this is far more than I would have ever expected, and a very promising first step.

Yankees, your move.

A Different Kind of Beauty

From fastcodesign.com:

Dyslexie, A Typeface Designed To Help Dyslexics Read

Reading printed text is so fluid and transparent for most people that it’s hard to imagine it feeling any other way. Maybe that’s why it took a dyslexic designer to create a typeface that optimizes the reading experience for people who suffer from that condition. Christian Boer’s “Dyslexie” doesn’t exactly make the letterforms look conventionally beautiful, but since when is that a prerequisite for well-designed? If it works, it works. And according to an independent study by the University of Twente in Boer’s native Netherlands, it does work. (more…)

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.