March 23, 2010
“You can’t make art with business in mind.”
Photographer Danny Clinch directed this ‘documercial,’ featuring Brooklyn’s beloved HOVA, for the “World’s Most Iconic Vodka.” To be perfectly honest, I didn’t find it that interesting—in fact, it struck me as annoyingly overbranded in the beginning and the end—though I’m a sucker for the unabashed glorification of New York City.
Related: A full explanation of the line “If Jeezy’s payin’ Lebron, I’m payin’ Dwayne Wade.”
December 2, 2009
–My subway obsession continues… though I don’t believe that any of those stations could possibly be real. (DB)
–Steven Holl’s Nanjing Museum of Art and Architecture (top) is nearly finished. I’ve been meaning to check out his Linked Hybrid (bottom) in Beijing, but haven’t had the chance…
–I just discovered Sleevage, a blog that explores album artwork new and old. (The Animal Collective and Jay-Z entries are quite interesting and relevant as year-end list time is upon us.)
–PSFK has brought an interesting phenomenon to my attention: adman George Parker cites Starbucks’ unbranding experiment in his post on a resurgent (No Logo-esque) brand backlash (astute readers will note that I just read Naomi Klein’s manifesto). I followed the link to Bryant Simon’s essay on Reuters.com, which provides a nice rundown of Starbucks’ attempt to appropriate the local, indie coffeeshop aesthetic—i.e., the rejection of its corporate encroachment and supersaturation tactics. Very interesting.
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