katharine hearts saul bass

i do not like Saul Bass because he’s  an Important Designer. i like Saul Bass because his style tugs at my nostalgic heartstrings. his designs and illustrations are clever and funny without saying “look at me, i’m clever and funny.” i like his movie titles. especially when combined with jazzy bachelor pad music.
if you’re not familiar with Saul Bass, look up his movie titles on YouTube..
and watch the first five minutes of his film Why Man Creates. i’m hoping to meet and befriend the person who owns a copy of the full film. if you are that person, please contact me posthaste!

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katharine hearts the ipod touch

i’m a little late to the iphone/ipod touch party. that happens sometimes. i didn’t switch from tapes to CDs until 10 years ago (but i glommed onto MP3s almost instantly). but now i’m here and waving my Apple flag proudly.

i love that the iTouch (dirty and wrong! i don’t care!) can replace my PDA, laptop, and iPod shuffle.  and i’m addicted to downloading applications.

on a recent tour of a local ad agency, we were given a little presentation on the importance of interactive media in design and advertising. and how the iPhone (and similar gadgets) opens up the possibilities. supposedly we’ll have the capability to scan a bar code on an ad, go directly to the company site, find the item in the ad, order it, and find the nearest location to go pick it up. you can buy a car while waiting in the transit shelter for the bus! hooray for the future! it’s no jet pack, but it’ll do.

with the iTouch, i’ve been downloading video podcasts to watch on my commutes and apps to keep me occupied otherwise. the downer is that a lot of the apps are wifi-dependent. no wifi, no access. but when there is wifi available, it’s so handy to settle bar bets and to satisfy those stream of consciousness ponderances, like what Isaac from The Love Boat worked on in the ’90s. it has not, however, helped me when my partner starts humming the harmony of a song and asks me to name it or when he’s trying to remember the name of that actor who isn’t handsome and often plays the best friend and may or may not have had a mustache at some point. he was in that movie with that awful woman that my partner doesn’t like but continues to get cast in things. so, i still need a device to help me with that. or Art Garfunkel.

katharine hearts typography

i have had a typographical awakening. sometime between mid-may and now, i’ve started noticing typography (and bad kerning) everywhere. as much as i say “that typeface is a friend to my eyes,” i am pointing out the tired and overused. my new hobby to point and shout “Copperplate!” is one that is trying my partner’s nerves.

unfortunately, my pocketbook does not afford me the opportunity to stock up on typefaces with which i am smitten. the best that i can do is pore over type catalogs the way most girls do with bridal magazines. some girls want Vera Wang gowns, i want Hoefler & Frere-Jones typefaces.

i subscribe to a typography podcast, though i haven’t been able to listen to much beyond the first half of H+F-J’s interview. design podcasts are a bit of a downer when they’re audio instead of video.

one of my design instructors liked to throw out names of key people in the design industry to test our knowledge. most of them were met with blank stares and silence. but i looked one of them up (well, more than one as you’ll learn later) and found Lou Dorfsman’s GastroTypographicalAssemblage. i borrowed some inspiration from the installation for my final typography project. i’m hoping to see the wall after it’s reconstruction by Atlanta’s Center for Design Study. mayhaps a trip that might also be combined with a tour of the microcar museum.

on my last trip to Atlanta in August, i saw the Jonathan Adler line of products at Barnes & Noble. i couldn’t resist the umbrella.

for my readers out there who aren’t design aficionados, please stop using comic sans. it makes puppies cry.