- Features: Written by Gene Gable on May 12, 2006
I recently splurged and used ten years' worth of American Express points on a pair of Etymotic headphones for my iPod. If you aren't familiar with Etymotic, all I can say is start saving now. After countless stereo systems and several music formats, I thought I was finished being wowed by music. But listening with the iPod/Etymotic combination is like the first time you heard "Dark Side of The Moon" in stereo while stoned, only you can do it on the bus, and you don't get hungry afterward.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on February 6, 2006Body:
When it comes to liberties, the right to bear arms is, for many Americans, one of the most important, defendable by death if necessary.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on December 9, 2005
Inspire and Impress
I idolize Los Angeles designer/historian/teacher Jim Heimann, who, along with German publisher Taschen, has created All-American Ads, a wonderful series of books on great American advertising. They've been extremely valuable to me in writing my "Heavy Metal Madness" column. Each book in the series covers a decade of ads.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on December 7, 2005
Give the Gift of Colorstrology
Most people know their astrological sign, but few know their Pantone color. Pantone's Colorstrology card set shows the unique color for each day of the month, and includes personality traits for people born under that color. The lucky recipient can use the cards to start conversation at holiday parties, pick color schemes for clients, or learn more about the true nature of friends and family. The set includes all twelve months in a durable carrying case. -- Jeff Gamet
Pantone Colorstrology card set, $59.99
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on October 12, 2005
If I was marooned on an island that celebrated only one holiday, I sure hope it would be Halloween. Not only are the images the most fun of any holiday, but you get to pretend to be someone (or something) else, and instead of turkey or ham, you dine all day on candy.
But of course I'm talking about the old Halloween, when the emphasis was on children and community, and the night held a certain innocence. It was scary, but more fun-scary than scary-scary. All you needed for a good time was a sheet to put over your head and a pillowcase to haul your loot in.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on September 21, 2005
The recent hubbub surrounding Quark's new logo has raised several questions, problems, and misconceptions about both the creative and legal aspects of trademarks. Perhaps because Quark is a high-profile company in the graphic arts, or because it's suffering from major public relations challenges, the design industry has collectively elevated this particular trademark conflict to unusually high emotional levels.