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3rd Annual MINT Benefit at WonderRoot

WonderRoot a non-profit will be holding a benifit for the Mint Gallery at the WonderRoot Community Arts Center. The people at WonderRoot are awesome and doing amazing things for the city.  One of those things is hosting a benefit for Mint on July 24th, 2010.  The event will feature:
Music from  The Back Pockets, Roman Photos, Social Studies, Buffalo Bangers, and Muleskinner McQueen
Vintage clothing from PonyUp!
A Magical Merlin Polaroid Photobooth
and of course, artwork from Sam Parker, Jason Travis, Harold McNaron, Nikita Gale and more!  Art will be sold via silent auction throughout the month of July and the winners can take home their pieces during the closing party on the 24th.
Help MINT keep doin’ it’s thang for the rest of 2010.

When: July 24, 2010
7pm to 12am
Where: WonderRoot Community Arts Center
982 MEMORIAL DR SE ATLANTA, GA 30316

Mint Presents America

Where: MINT – 684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. Unit B Atlanta, GA 30312

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When: Saturday, July 3, 2010 from 7pm-11pm

How Much: FREE!

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MINT gallery is proud to host an amazing group exhibit featuring art inspired by our beloved country. Come out and salute the flag, have a PBR, and be proud to be an American. Each artist created a piece about their feelings and views on our great democratic republic. Come to the show! It’s fun, it’s free and It’s your civic duty. Support the arts.

Featuring work created by some of America’s finest citizens: Tindel and Michi, Sam Parker, Stephanie Dowda and John Paul Floyd, Brandon Crawford, Bethany Collins, Teresa Bramlette Reeves, Ashley Anderson, Jessica Scott Felder, Mike Germon,Brandi Supra, Erin Bassett, Jim O’Donnell, Chris Walter, Katy Malone, Andrew Cho, InKyong Chun, Katie Coleman, James McConnell, Paul Rodecker, Claire Paul, Bean Summer, Baxter Crane, Preston Snyder, Jessica Orlowski, Don Robson, Travis Smith, Andrea Sanders, Jimmy Alvarez, Marcy Starz, Kelly O’Brien, Beau Torres, Edward Smucgyz, Edie Gonzales, Nikki Grote, Jessica Miller, Mike Devine, Egg Tooth, Ben Goldman and many many more.

London’s LOGOversy

When I think of European cities, I think of London, Paris, Rome, and Berlin. I think of the rich history. I think of classic and modern architecture and a continent saturated with avant-guarde artists, fashion, city life, and an eclectic mix of cultures. I think of some of the best designers to ever influence the design world: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Vincent Van Gogh, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo Davinci, Salvador Dali, Christopher Wren, and Yves Saint Laurent, to name a few. Over the years, European design has become synonymous with modernity, quality, and innovation.

So, what happened to that design legacy when it came to London’s 2012 Summer Olympics logo?

Back in July of 2003, several cities were vying to become the host city of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) narrowed the field to London, Madrid, Paris, New York, and Moscow, and by March 2005, had visited and reviewed them based on very specific criteria set by the IOC. That July, the IOC announced London and Paris were neck-and-neck, but London was ultimately selected.

As London celebrated the announcement, they also immediately created an Olympic Committee to begin program and project management of this large endeavor. One of the first tasks, was branding and logo design.  Designed by Wolff Olins, the first logo was revealed in June 2007. It consists of the numbers 2-0 and 1-2 with the classic 5-ring Olympics symbol within the zero. The numbers are stylized, jagged, brightly colored and graffiti-like.

The intent of the logo, was to engage young people, while creating a brand that was easily flexible to adapt similar logos for Olympic sponsors, such as Adidas, Lloyds Banking Group, and British Airways. And ultimately, the logo would be plastered on t-shirts, hats, bags, souvenirs, athletic gear, etc to bring in revenue to the U.K.

When the logo was first released, there was public outrage about the sheer ugliness of it. According to Wikipedia, early reactions to the logo in the U.K. was largely negative: “more than 80% of votes gave the logo the lowest possible rating.” Many have complained it looks like a swastika. Others say it resembles Lisa Simpson engaged in a sexual act.

The controversy didn’t stop there. A segment of animated footage that appeared on the Summer Olympics website reportedly triggered seizures in a small number of people with photosensitive epilepsy. Shortly after the controversy, the video was removed from the website. The London Mayor, Ken Livingstone, said the company who designed the film should not be paid for what he called a “catastrophic mistake.”

Alice Rawsthorn of The New York Times and a Londoner herself, writes, “Blessed with so much talent, London has no excuse” not to produce creative and innovative graphics for these Olympic Games. She goes on to say the organizers have “already squandered their opportunity to commission great architecture by replacing some of the original designs, except Zaha Hadid’s aquatic center, with inferior ones…But it isn’t too late to make the [logo] design much, much better, and they could start by dumping that dodgy typeface.”

Jan Moore, of The Sun, wrote that the Olympic organizers say the design will grow on us. Her reply: “so does foot fungus.”

All in all London has paid out over ₤400,000 (approximately $615,000) for this controversial logo design. Is this appropriate? Is this the best or the worst logo you’ve ever seen? Will Londoners and people worldwide eventually like the logo? Should the Olympics just be about the sports and athletes and not so much about the logo? These are the questions I asked myself, and now you.

Past Olympic Logos

Personally, when I first saw the logo, with its garish colors and odd arrangement, I didn’t immediately recognize that it said “2012.” The loudness of the shapes prevented me from even understanding what it was. When I finally realized that there were numbers, I thought perhaps there was a kindergarten design competition for the logo – surely, London got this for free. It just looked so unrefined, not well-thought out, and well, dated. It looked like something out of ’80′s music video. Or perhaps that 1960s Batman and Robin series, when Batman is attacking evildoers, and “POW!” shoots across the screen.

One thing is for sure, publicity over the logo and the Olympic Games has certainly stirred opinions worldwide. In my opinion the logo could have been much, much simpler and still appealed to the younger generation, exemplified good sportsmanship, and met sponsors’ needs. If designers in Europe are out of good ideas, there’s no hope for the rest of us!

Sources:

Wikipedia

The New York Times (article by Alice Rawsthorn)

2012 London Olympics (official website)

Objects of Desire Exhibit

When: Opening Event – Friday – Feb. 26th from 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm
Exhibit on display February 12th to March 13th
Where: Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
285 Peachtree Center Ave Marquis Two Tower
How Much: Free but a requested donation of $10
The event on Feb 26th will have snacks and drinks

About the exhibit:

Our mind creates wonders we can only imagine, technology allows for explorations beyond our imagination. This exhibition explores the process of creation through computer-adapted design and technologically aided process of making. Objects convinced in the mind were explored virtually and then brought to life through fabrication using computer-aided technology.

Objects of Desire seeks to display a collection of work by various individuals that used the computer as a way to conceive beyond the world of representation. Technology allows for the process of digital fabrication, methods enabling the production of physical objects directly from digital models, allowing for new forms and aesthetics previously unconceivable.

Works exhibited were part of architectural experimentation in spatial interaction originally developed at GaTech – College of Architecture. Participants were asked to evoke a parallelism between the perception of the individual and the perceived object. Within each piece presented issues of topology, structure, pattern, fabrication, detailing, and many others are essential considerations that evoked the design. Many other new works will be displayed as well.

Presenting:
Cassi Niemann, Karen MacKay, Gabe Landes, Lindsay Miller, Ritesh Rathi, Virginia Byers, Sal Lalani, Senya Zaitsev + Others