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so im writing this line and i come across a nice word in my brain – diacritic.

"a resource for thinkers and doers; designers and diacritics; a library-lab-lounge"

but i only used the word because it sounded nice, didn’t really know what it meant to use it in a sentence, other than my vague knowledge of it in academia.

diacritic, as a noun, usually associated with the realm of theory and literary criticism *1 *2, but i had no clue what its official definition was –

A diacritical mark (pron.: /d.əˈkrɪtɨk/); is a glyph added to a letter, or basic glyph.

ancient Greek διά (dia, through)

κρίνω (krinein, to separate)

from the Greek διακριτικός (diakritikós, "distinguishing").

(wiki < is way harder to read than the above!)

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anyway, realizing it was something typographical [dope], and with the relationship of graphic design, linguistics, perception, cognition and communication… something creative can be done with the word itself.

soI wondered if there was a magazine called "diacritic".
and fuckit, there was. and from the looks of it, still being borne.

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but maybe other things to do with the word. it’s not bad.


Camera Cinemas presents a 25th Anniversary film retrospective of Studio Ghibli, the famed studio of the great director, Hayao Miyazaki…

However, this is also interesting:

GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning filmed entertainment specializing in animation for both adult and family audiences. The company has scored three Best Animated Feature Oscar® nominations in the past three years, with The Secret of Kells in 2010 and both A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012 – marking the first time an independent distributor has had two simultaneous nominations in the category. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for Oscar® winner Hayao Miyazaki’s famed Studio Ghibli library of films, and is longtime producer of the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar®-qualifying event and North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. Go to 

I’m going to surprise The Lady with this one.

He speaks with such conviction. It is heartfelt. But strongest of all was a sense that he was damning society for allowing such beauty to disappear unnoticed, uncalled for, unusable. Such an Archive should be a playground for human spirit, another intellectual, humanist landmark to visit on the ride across the country; and not an unopened, empty room.

Perhaps he is goading, guilting us; He indicts us for letting this beautiful collection die.
Soft-souled sentimental, it is an appeal of despair and love – which is fitting, two sides to the sleeve.

An EP titled “APPEAL” with a-side “Despair” and b-side “Love”.


MARCH 19th, 2011
Show Runs March 19th to April 10th.
Book signing from 7:30-8:30pm.

RSVP : Marc_McKee_Opening Artist bio: In 1989 Marc McKee started creating skateboard graphics for World Industries and many of its subsidiaries, like Blind, 101, Menace, A-Team and Almost. Spearheaded by McKee, this era is considered the golden age of skateboard art, touting funny and offensive graphics that were hugely popular then and remain so today. McKee was also the editor of Big Brother Magazine during its first four years and later worked on the Blunt Snowboard Magazine, before selling both to Larry Flynt Publications. Today, McKee continues to make art for skateboard companies.

Book info: The Art of Marc McKee marks the first installment of the Seen Unknown series edited by Winston Tseng, art director for Enjoi Skateboards. Tseng has worked with some of today’s most genre-defying visual artists and designers whose work extends well beyond skateboard culture. From sneaker and apparel design to product packaging, posters, high-profile ad campaigns, and fine art galleries, the work of Seen Unknown artists is often recognizable, though their creators’ names remain unknown—until now. With Seen Unknown, Tseng unifies the diverse range of work by some of his favorite artists, putting it all in once place for readers to enjoy.

Exhibit info: The exhibit will consist of a selection of McKee’s personal favorites from over 20 years of legendary skateboard artwork. From old classic decks to new limited edition prints to never-before-seen original drawings and paintings, McKee’s work is a must see for skateboarders and art enthusiasts alike.

Gallery Info: HVW8 Art + Design Gallery represents and facilitates the spirit and collaboration between art, music and design. In 1998 Tyler Gibney founded HVW8 in Montreal and in 2005 he and Addison Liu opened HVW8 in Los Angeles. With a focus in supporting avant-garde graphic design, it soon became the premier underground gallery in Los Angeles and over the past three years has featured artists such as Parra, Geoff McFetridge, Kevin Lyons, Ed Templeton, Lance Mountain, Mos Def with Cognito, Charles Munka, Michael Leon and Alvaro Illizarbe.

Marc McKee Interview in Vice

More HVW8;

ahem. nuff said. this is some research I’m doing for a current project.
Design suggestions/pr0n: vintage stocks & bonds certificates.
– borders, type, insignias, mythology, watermarks, company brands, names, historical significance.

I told Val about the vintage paper fair @GGP i went to yesterday.. I am not joking there were seriously gorgeous goods there.
I’m talking old stock bonds and certificates. The actual printed paper forms were beautiful and the details were insane.

You can tell that MOST bonds were issued by companies that controlled capital assets of major infrastructural importance – railways, water, lumber, oil, mining, airways, land, financing/banks, electrical/utilities, telephony/telegraph, with the occasional candy factory and sheep company… haha. what I am geeking out on? SF anything, and Bank of China specimen notes.






these images from OldStocks







signed by Lou Gehrig

Gold rush imagery might be a thing to explore.















and get this, this hobby is called SCRIPOPHILY.

SCRIPOPHILY. hah!! like rippin scrips? haha.. let’s roll a scrippophilly blunt. THAT would be a dope concept pic, someone burning a blunt made from an old stock certificate of a dead company (or dying, current company…)…

you could have gotten into the crispness of the visuals in these documents. I found the one guy claiming to have the deepest collection of old San Francisco ephemera at the Fair. Not only was his collection deep, he had a lot of MARKET STREET RAILWAY, and PG&E certificates, Playland SF memorabilia, pre-earthquake photos, all San Francisco shit. His Bay collection of ephemera is solid.

I’m reading that the collecting nature of Scripophily is only about 30 years old, which makes sense because this is probably when the early stock certificates of the 1900s first expired. and what it means is that since collecting the physical goods is new, collecting/providing/archiving the DIGITAL resources is also new, and we all know the Graphic Design community’s trends regarding antiquarian/nostalgic aesthetic. Classic never goes out of style, nor does Victorian. I’m about to be on some shit now – I want to provide these resources in a book or something, maybe a collabo with that collector. No graphic designer in his right mind will turn these images down. I haven’t seen many modern graphic designers other than Shepard Fairey to have successfully incorporated this design history/language. Correct me please.

do image search for "Old stocks and bonds" or "scripophily" and that would start you off.

also: – like the Sotheby’s of Stamps and printed
– the leading galleries/auction houses/collectors that i’m finding image links to

Anyway, this is just for Design suggestion, mainly for the borders. but for graphic heads, these documents represent complete works of Design Art.



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No really, it’s pretty fresh. At times, wicked.
Great on the hedphonez.

(and this is an album opener). info

couldn’t be more amazing of a complement to this humbling, weathered day.

we’re inside a nature envelope.

oh. full album



One Day On Earth

If you haven’t heard of the One Day on Earth project, it’s time you did. On October 10th (10.10.10), people in every nation of the world will be documenting a topic that matters most to them over a 1 day period to contribute to a unique film and archive. Participants that contribute 1 minute or more will receive the film for free and access to the non-commercial downloadable archive. If you’re game for a cool, easy and history-making project to participate in, this is the one for you.

Join the United Nations, over 40 non-profits and many award winning cinematographers.Subscribe to the Vimeo channel and sign up to participate.

One Day On Earth

Legit info here: RSVP: or 415.512.2020 (space is limited. if you want a seat, you better RSVP)

Event: Thursday, September 30, 6 – 8 pm

Panel Discussion presented by Aperture

In conjunction with the publication of its 200th issue, Aperture magazine, in collaboration with SF Camerawork, presents a conversation on the state of the modern magazine.

Join us for a special panel discussion at SF Camerawork as professionals from Dwell, Wired, theBeliever and Chronicle Books discuss the opportunities and challenges of this industry today, and the impact changes are having on photographers.

Panelists include: Kyle Blue, creative director of Dwell magazine; Zana Woods, director of photography of Wired magazine; Nion McEvoy, chairman & CEO of Chronicle Books; andAndrew Leland, managing editor of The Believer magazine.

Moderated by Michelle Dunn Marsh, co-publisher of Aperture magazine, with an introduction byChuck Mobley, curator for SF Camerawork and editor of SF Camerawork Publications.

Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVP at info or 415.512.2020 to reserve a seat.

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yep, another discussion on the state of the modern magazine, which could be considered overdoing it, if not for the esteemed panel that’s been assembled. curious to hear what they have to say.

i mean, things have changed via the iPad, indie/diy/crowdsourced publishing, and luxury/ltd edition production strategies.

*also, is it just me or does everyone (and the companies) involved in the 9/30 panel represent a generally white demographic? not that it matters anyway, maybe i’m projecting/imposing. design/tech/literati just seem to skew that way, to me. maybe it’s just SF. [shrug] i’ll see.

Also of note:

First Exposures & 826 Valencia Collaboration

Be sure to check out the bus shelter project, a special collaboration between First Exposures and 826 Valencia!

Students ages 11-18 merged the power of photography and the written word to create real and imagined stories of San Francisco neighborhoods in posters that will appear on bus shelters throughout the city of San Francisco during the month of September.

Click here for more info, including a map of the bus shelter locations!

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