Wednesday, November 30, 2005

I'm not sure how I overlooked this great site created for the 2003 (or was it 2004?) AIGA biennial conference. The Vancouver Cultural Guide covers shops, nightlife, restaurants, attractions, and outdoor activities, in an interactive grid and contextual map. It also includes useful print and SMS features which allow you to take information with you, either on a printed page or on your mobile phone. Huzzah! I'm surprised the City of Vancouver hasn't taken this over for its own means. Any city could benefit from such a smart, concise and cleverly designed guide.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Ollie Johnston, the famed Disney animator and one the original '9 Old Men' is finally receiving a National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts. What took so long? I can only imagine those responsible for such decisions are either so young they've never heard of Johnston or even hand-drawn animation, or they are so old, that they had long since forgotten about Johnston. Either way, it's long overdue and well deserved.