Thursday, January 26, 2006

Artword Theatre is About to Bite the Dust

The Portland Street building known as Artword Theatre is about to bite the dust, making way for a condo. Its final production, The Gambler, runs to Feb. 19. It's adapted from a Dostoevsky novel by Ronald Weihs, artistic director of Artword (the company). He and managing director Judith Sandiford created the 150-seat mainspace and 60-seat studio theatre in 1999, in a former clothing factory.


Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Design for maximum engagement

Just as industrial design is integral to creating hit toys, cool gadgets, comfortable furniture, and streamlined kitchens, media design is now more important than ever as content becomes available on a variety of devices and across multiple platforms, ranging from high-definition television sets, video iPods, and RSS feeds to broadband video advertainment, blogs, IP/TV, and more. Design savvy can make or break consumer adoption of new products and services, lure or repel advertisers, and enable a business to flourish or flounder.

Design for maximum engagement is the name of the game across multiple media platforms, ranging from video-on-demand and satellite radio to search engines, video blogs, and wireless text messaging. But not all media designs are winners...

For more on this, check out Media Design: What It Is, Why It Should Matter To You
by Alissa Walker, January 2006 issue of Media Post...

Read on...

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Art & Activism

Where: YYZ Artists' Outlet
When: January 14, 2006 to February 25, 2006

For the next six weeks, YYZ should post an invitation: BYOA - bring your own activism. Or art. Actually, make that both. Culled from over 200 submissions - encompassing a range from Auckland to Amsterdam and Vancouver to Vienna -- "Art & Activism" spotlights 20 artists and collectives of political bent. Yet, there is also an unplanned, open-call DIY component that reflects the politic of activism itself.

Check out the review in Eye Weekly...

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Apple Announces iLife 06

An upgrade to Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications, iLife ’06 features iPhoto 6 with Photocasting for sharing photos over the Internet, iMovie HD 6 with new motion themes, iDVD 6 for authoring custom DVDs for today’s widescreen TVs and GarageBand 3 for creating professional-quality Podcasts. iLife ’06 also introduces iWeb, a new iLife application making it super-easy to create amazing websites and publish them on the Internet with just a single click.

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Friday, January 06, 2006

Design Boom Interviews

This is a great resource with loads of interviews with the likes of Marcel Wanders, Milton Glaser, Maurizio Cattelan, Karim Rashid, Helmut Knewton, David Byrne, etc..

Check em out...

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Consciousness. Meditation. Watcher on the hills.

On Kawara

Where: Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
When: 9 December 2005 - 5 March 2006

A retrospective exhibition of selected works by On Kawara, one of the world’s most respected and influential artists, Consciousness. Meditation. Watcher on the hills. marks a unique and rare opportunity to view the work of a contemporary master. Kawara is a central figure in the development of late twentieth-century art, and an artist whose unique focus over the past four decades has resulted in a singular dissertation on the nature of consciousness, time and human mortality.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Typographica Publishes its Favourite Fonts of 2005

Last year’s “best of” list was far more popular than they predicted. The interest in type design is stronger than ever — and the audience is broader too. As public awareness of typography increases, it becomes even more important to use something other than the same old stuff that lingers in your font menu.

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