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Link About It: This Week's Picks

Gaga's PSA, gadget style, Barbara Kruger in NYC and more in this week's web roundup

by CH Contributor in Design on 19 September 2010

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1. Lady Gaga PSA

Lady Gaga recently released a seven-minute homemade PSA speaking out against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," asking fans and local senators to repeal Clinton's controversial policy toward gays and lesbians in the military. Her timely video comes out as the policy faces senate vote on 21 September 10.

2. Display

Ever wanted to know more about midcentury modern graphic design and where grid systems came from? Fortunately for those who do, Swissmiss shows us Display, a beautiful new website archiving and selling a variety of rare books on the subject.

3. The Story of Eames Furniture

Designers and modern furniture fans alike will no doubt want to get their hands on The Story of Eames Furniture, a new book that documents the rise of the designers behind the most iconic and timeless furniture pieces in our history.

4. Barbara Kruger Downtown New York

In anticipation of the Whitney's new location in Manhattan's Meatpacking district, the museum commissioned three artists to create installations on the site. Currently Barbara Kruger's trademark black-and-white text delivers striking messages to passersby on the Highline.

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5. Door Wedge

The Artist and His Model points us to the clever Door Wedge, designed by Singapore-based studio The Bureau. Converted hardback books, the wedges were created as part of a recycling and repurposing project and are actually strong enough to stop slamming doors.

6. Act Up x Opening Ceremony T-Shirts

Debuted during Fashion's Night Out, Opening Ceremony has made a series of tees resurrecting designs from the '90s heyday of the AIDS activist group Act Up.

7. Typography for Lawyers

Matthew Butterick, an attorney with a strong graphic design background, must have read one too many legal documents with poor typographic structure that provoked him to make Typography for Lawyers. The attorney-centric typography how-to guide provides a strong (and extensive) enough argument against anyone who dares to challenge its importance or acceptance in the legal world.

8. Techpeek

Profiling people and their devices, Techpeek.me is a blog that acknowledges the role of gadgets as an element of personal style. Sometimes posts include an intriguing piece of technology and other times someone stylistically clever, but the best are when the two combine.

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