On this Day Gabriel García Márquez Left Us


“The Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez, who unleashed the worldwide boom in Spanish literature with his novel 100 Years of Solitude, has died at the age of 87.”

“Asked in 1981 about his ambitions as a writer he suggested that it would be a ‘catastrophe’ to be awarded the Nobel prize, arguing that writers struggle with fame, which ‘invades your private life’ and ‘tends to isolate you from the real world”.

“I don’t really like to say this because it never sounds sincere,’ he continued, ‘but I would really have liked for my books to have been published after my death, so I wouldn’t have to go through all this business of fame and being a great writer.”

Sources: the Guardian, the Huffington Post

18 April 2014

Best Beard the Rolling Stone Saw at Coachella 2014

One day, when my Armenian relatives stop being curious about the way I dress and my current hairstyle, I will grow a proper beard. Until then I’ll just “keep calm” and read about people with best beards on music blogs. Like the piece below.

“Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities not only had the best beard at Coachella — luxuriant, Rasputin-like — he may currently have the second-best facial hair in the Western Hemisphere (behind James Harden of the Houston Rockets, of course). The rest of the band ably backed up the beard, not oust with matching white dinner jackets, but an super-fun set of trumpet-heavy dance.”

Source: Rolling Stone

17 April 2014

Oh Frida, You are so Bizarre and I’ve Fallen for You

imageThere is something magical about women with moustaches and thick eyebrows. Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907–54) understood this very well. “She is often called a Surrealist but she never felt comfortable with the label, referring to Andre Breton and his gang as ‘coo-coo lunatic sons of bitches’. ‘I never painted dreams.’ she wrote, ‘I painted my own reality.’ From the age six, when she first contracted polio, this reality was more or less defined by pain”

image“On 17 November 1925, when she was only eighteen, Frida was travelling home from school on a bus when a tram hit it broadside on. She broke her back, pelvis, collarbone, ribs and right leg (in eleven places) and dislocated a foot and a shoulder. A piece of metal handrail also pierced her vagina. Although she was expected to die, after more than a year prostrate in bed, she recovered.”

image“Her father, a photographer (and an artist himself) rigged up a mirror and various contraptions over her bed so that she could see and draw objects in the room. It was this that led Frida to become an artist. In the remainder of her life, she underwent thirty-five surgical operations (as well as several abortions and miscarriages) and her art almost always revolved about her body, her pain and her suffering, sometimes in shockingly realistic detail.”

Source: the Guardian, The Book of the Dead

27 March 2014

Drawings for Garamond by Frederic W. Goudy


The American type designer Frederic Goudy drew this letters(above) in 1921 as the basis for Garamond, which was released later as “No. 248,” by Lanston Monotype Co. The drawings were the first step in the production of the typeface. 

Source: Rochester Institute of Technology

6 March 2014
“Don’t be so sweet that people swallow you up, nor so bitter that they spit you out.”
12 February 2014

A New Home for Cyrillic Typography


Cyrillicsly — initiated by Maria Doreuli and Krista Radoeva — is a blog dedicated to sharing knowledge about the Cyrillic script amongst the curious and the professionals alike. One of the aims of the blog is “to clarify subjects that have not been thoroughly investigated until now,” regarding the Cyrillic; which is the national script of countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, etc.

31 January 2014

Lats Sunday I saw the second episode of BBC’s adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ the Three Musketeers on BBC One. Apart from the mediocre script and the uninspiring acting, something else that made an impression on me was the tittle design which appears at the beginning. The rough, inky, adventurous and imperfect graphics(above) set the mood of what the viewers are expecting to see — only, they promise too much.

29 January 2014

A Wedding in Nagorno-Karabakh


“It was July 2011 and the celebrations began at Armine’s house, where she was getting ready with her friends. It is traditional to have two wedding parties, beginning at the bride’s village and ending at the groom’s. The day is long, there are lots of formalities – and even more drinking, eating and dancing. It was a challenge for me to keep moving and not to drink too much vodka, or eat too much of the delicious homemade cheeses and meats.” Writes photojournalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind.

“This photo(above) was taken at the second celebration, in Artak’s village. Artak and Armine are sitting in between their ‘best couple’ – a pair who have been married for a few years and whose job it is to be their guardians, a bit like god parents. They will guide them through marriage, giving advice and support.”

Source: the Guardian.

25 January 2014

Why Be Happy: When You Can Be Sad & Famous


William Saroyan (Fresno 1908 - Fresno 1981), was an American-Armenian novelist and playwright who wrote many inspiring works of literature. His main writings include; My Name is Aram, The Human Comedy, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze and My Heart’s in the Highlands.

Image Source: Designcrush

15 January 2014

The Return of Stan Smith


“Sometimes simple is better,” says Stan Smith. On 15 January Adidas will relaunch the shoes which bear the name of Stan Smith. Originally called Robert Haillet, after another tennis player; in 1965 the Stan Smith shoes were the first leather tennis shoes ever made. They were designed by Horst Dassler who was the son of Adolf “Adi” Dassler; the founder of Adidas. “Shoes with bells and whistles and different colour stripes and styles. They’re trendy. But, the Stan Smith shoes have become trendy because they’re so simple,” adds Stan Smith — the tennis champion.

Sources: the Guardian, YouTube.

14 January 2014

Stories of Thirty-Six Typefaces


The SHOW INFO websites were created by the second-year graphic design students at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie; under the supervision of their lecturers Sam de Groot and Jakub Straka. Each of the thirty-six mini websites document the lives and the origins of popular and influential typefaces.

11 January 2014

I’d like to kick of the year 2014 with a selection of colorful covers of the Armenian Pioneer magazines dating back from 1980’s. There are more then sixty issues in my collection; there are two issues from 1979 and the rest are the issue from 1980 to 1985.

Pioneer was a Soviet monthly magazine for schoolchildren and since Armenian was part of the Soviet union(1920–1991), there was also an Armenian version of it. Unfortunately there isn’t much interesting information available that I could find about the Armenian edition of this magazine. Only that according to Wikipedia; after the collapse of the Soviet Union the magazine in Armenia has been renamed to ‘Աղբյուր’ pronounced ‘Agaphiour’, which in English means spring — source of water.

I didn’t scan all of the covers, just the ones that caught my eyes. To view them in larger sizes visit this flickr set, additionally in there you’ll find eight more covers.

8 January 2014