meshugene men

Promo for the Purim show at 92Y Tribeca*, via Design Observer:

*-I’ve never understood why they keep the 92Y branding. Tribeca is nowhere near 92nd. The geographic center in my brain hurts.

not getting any tamer

One might wonder whether NY conservablogger Karol Sheinin is losing her snarky edge, what with her impending wedding and all. I submit this is not the case:
NY Mag:

The true legacy of Governor Eliot Spitzer is Governor David Paterson.


Actually, no, it’s getting caught with hookers.

biting the hand that feeds you

From the Economist this week:

New York state’s comptroller said that BONUSES paid by Wall Street firms to their New York City employees (residents and commuters) fell by 44% in 2008, costing the state $1 billion in lost tax revenues and the city $275m.

Finally, an end to the bonuses! The rich no longer getting richer at the expense of the proleteriat! Oh wait, that’s what New York’s morbidly obese state government has been feeding on. I hate Atlas Shrugged parallels, but the resemblance is rather uncanny.

helvetica and the subway

Over at AIGA’s site, calligrapher and typographer Paul Shaw has an awesome nine-page article about the long history of unified wayfinding design in the New York City Subway.

There is a commonly held belief that Helvetica is the signage typeface of the New York City subway system, a belief reinforced by Helvetica, Gary Hustwit’s popular 2007 documentary about the typeface. But it is not true—or rather, it is only somewhat true. Helvetica is the official typeface of the MTA today, but it was not the typeface specified by Unimark International when it created a new signage system at the end of the 1960s. Why was Helvetica not chosen originally? What was chosen in its place? Why is Helvetica used now, and when did the changeover occur?

These are questions that only an actual designer, or someone who is a HUGE NERD, wants answered. He looks at the origins of NYC Subway wayfinding, as well as the modern design’s origins in Milan and (ugh) Boston, and along the way shatters the old “Massimo Vignelli created this identity with his bare hands” myth.

Vignelli still kicks a lot of ass, though. [article via Design Observer]

NY acting gov may have used campaign money for extracurriculars

The NY Daily News reports that Governor David Patterson (D) may have used some money from his 2006 campaign along side Elliot Spitzer to pay for a hotel room during the previously admitted “rough patch” in his marriage. Alarming News’s Karol Sheinin calls for his resignation if the allegations are true.

I’m just praying that no single news paragraph ever mentions 78-year-old Acting Lt. Gov. Joe Bruno and “sex”.