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Realization made

The problem of designing books, or having the desire to design books, is that content is absolutely necessary. And the problem with content is that it is hard to create. This is my burden.


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I Love Books

Books on a  shelf

I really do. I love the texture of the paper, the crack of the binding, the smell of the ink on the page. Especially the smell of the ink on the page. Mainly uncoated paper, it smells better. Just ask my kids. They think it is weird. One thing I REALLY like is getting free books. And whenever I see a post like this one at Design Observer I find myself thinking “How can I get a stack of free books like that?” And it is a great spread of topics too, not just best business card designs or how to make something spin in Flash books. Those are easy to get for free. I am talking about books like this one and this one.

Man, I need to get famous so I can get some free books.

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Notes on an opening

I went to an opening for an exhibition tonight and let me start by saying that all of the art opening type of people you see at art openings were present. The crazy haired smelly guy, the short haired very well dressed lady, lots of thick framed glasses and designer square toed shoes.

The art scene is growing in Abu Dhabi, and the work was good. The exhibition, titled “Desert Whispers” was held at the Ghaf Gallery which is one of only two or three actual galleries in Abu Dhabi. Two of my former students were part of the show and I was quite happy to see them talk about their work.

There were two notible exceptions tonight. I have never been to an opening in the U.S. where foriegn dignitaries and ambassadors attend in chauffeur driven blacked out Mercedes. Nor have I ever been offered a fresh fruit juice or soft drink by a Fillipino waitress while looking at art. I kind of like it. It should happen more often.

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