Today is World Alzheimer’s Day

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[Alyson Kuhn] Today, I will wear the t-shirt designed at Joey’s Corner for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada. The globe of type presents statistics about Alzheimer’s in our world and in our lifetime. I recently spoke with Bill Fisher, the chapter’s executive director, about the role of design in raising awareness about the disease. Here are some of his observations.

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3191: Evenings

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[Alyson Kuhn] When Jane Monast at Mohawk sent me an e-mail two weeks ago about the 3191 project, I clicked on the link… nodded at my screen, scrolled around, started smiling… and promptly sent Maria Alexandra Vettese {aka MAV} an e-mail that said

Have I been living under a rock? I love your project and would like to write about it. Can we talk? We did.

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Thinking about Make/Think

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[Laura Shore] I have attended every AIGA design conference since the early 1980s. Mohawk is always a sponsor, we make our hotel reservations early, and I generally don’t think about the conference much until a few weeks before, when I start checking out the attendee list and the speaker roster. If you’re still thinking about going to Memphis for the 2009 conference, start making tracks. Hotel rooms are selling out…

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Papery pleasures: San Francisco

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[Alyson Kuhn] My Connecticut colleagues, Pam and Kim, were in town a couple of weeks ago, and we spent a long morning devoted to esthetic enrichment. I went to some of my favorite spots, but also arranged to visit Atelier Gargoyle, where I’d never been. To say the Atelier received our seal of highest approval would be an understatement and a pun.

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Flight 93 National Memorial

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[Thomas Ingalls] In the summer of 2004, I received a call from my long-time friend and colleague Helene Fried, asking me to work on the materials for the Flight 93 National Memorial design competition. The memorial would be a new national park comprised of the crash site as well as the fields and hillsides surrounding it. The National Park Service and the Families of Flight 93 had partnered to organize the design competition.

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Impressed by letterpress

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[Tom Biederbeck] Mystery, history and the hands-on appeal of letterpress were in evidence last Saturday at the opening of Impressed by Design: Letterpress in the Heartland. The exhibition is also an homage to the home community of designer Steve Hartman, who conceived this unusual show at the Edwardsville Art Center.

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