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A few headlines and pieces that made it onto my reading list this week, hope you enjoy.

The Rising Cost of New Starbucks → (CNBC)
While you may have heard Starbucks has opened their first store in Italy, you might have missed this: according to a Harvard study, there may be a link between raising home prices and new Starbucks locations. Let's hope Milan has rent control.

New book release from Taschen, how Disneyland changed the world → (CNN Travel)

"We had this great confluence of people in the aerospace industry that knew how to build things and people in the movie industry that knew how to tell stories. And so I love that that comes together in this three dimensional storytelling at Disneyland."

Chris Nichols, Architectural Historian and Theme Park Enthusiast

Losing Your 'Cool' → (Wall Street Journal)
The Wall Street Journal made a case earlier this week for dropping the word ‘cool’ from our vocabulary. "Dope, fire," and "lit" are among the Journal's suggested replacements. Oh my word.

Say hello to Scumbro → (Mr. Porter)
Speaking of vocabulary, here's a new word for yours: scumbro (as in, "your outfit is so fire, Jonah Hill should name you the king of scumbro"). 

New Print: Rest as Rhythm

Recently a friend asked me to make a print to hang in her home office with the quote, "rest as rhythm, not rescue." Intrigued by the quote, I spent a week playing with different concepts and struggled to narrow down a single art direction. In the end, she picked her favorite of three pieces and granted me permission to share the others with you.

Rest as rhythm, not rescue available for purchase in the shop. Both are 8x10 inch, archival prints on 140 weight, cold pressed paper with a beautiful texture.

Get 10% off with code: RHYTHM10 

A beautiful evolution, Tiger of Sweden
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Tiger of Sweden is entering a new era in contemporary tailoring with a new logo to usher it in. 

“Our new visual identity has been created in close collaboration between the Antwerp-based design studio A New Archive and our Creative Director Christoffer Lundman. The new logo is based on archive findings. The tiger mark is a revived version of an emblem used on the original range of ‘Tiger’ suits, first produced in 1926. The unique new font is drawn up from a 1960´s marquee, holding that same Roman feature as letters typically used on official Swedish buildings, papers and coins. All this is a way of paving the way for our future whilst also paying an homage to our past; 115 years of tailoring heritage.”

Source: https://www.tigerofsweden.com/se/a-new-era/a-new-era.html

I'm in love with the new mark (top), but I'm most excited to see that they continue to celebrate their past with archive imagery from years before."

Welcome to the McFuture

Earlier this month, a McDonald’s flagship re-opened in Chicago’s North Loop with a whole new look and a taste of the future to come. The newly designed store is reflective of a company wide “Experience of the Future” initiative aimed at elevating fast food dining. Think touch screen kiosks, table service, and an expanded cafe.

“We’re trying to move away from the old, cheap, plasticky, in-your-face fast food culture,” said David Vilkama, McDonald’s global creative director. 

With this new direction, you won't see much of the Golden Arches as the company intends to upgrade and renovate a majority of its free-standing restaurants by the end of 2020 with what CEO Steve Easterbrook calls an "understated confidence".  

Before, the Rock n Roll themed McDonald's. Courtesy McDonald's.

Before, the Rock n Roll themed McDonald's. Courtesy McDonald's.

After, the McDonald's pavilion by Carol Ross Barney. Courtesy McDonald's

After, the McDonald's pavilion by Carol Ross Barney. Courtesy McDonald's

The flagship, designed by Chicago architects Carol Ross Barney resembles more of a modernist, Miesian pavilion than a hamburger stand.

It opened August 9th, took thirteen months from concept to completion, and is made from steel, glass, and cross laminated timber (CLT). The roof exterior is covered in solar panels and includes a cutout where a dropped down living garden hangs. 

Ross Barney

Ross Barney

The space is beautiful and a welcomed upgrade to the thirty year-old rock n roll restaurant-museum that once stood in it's place, but I have to wonder, does it achieves any more than being another beautiful building in a city full of eye catching architecture. Can McDonald's become the progressive and modern burger company it wants to become? Time will tell.

Source: https://www.metropolismag.com/architecture/mcdonalds-design-chicago/pic/45374/

Visualizing Climate Change

Each line in the barcode represents a single year’s temperature and spans from earliest recorded date to latest, left to right.

The result is a set of beautiful, barcode-like visualizations organized by Ed Hawkins, of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) at the University of Reading, to give a clear perspective of the global rise in temperature.

The image here represents the change in global temperatures covering 1.35°C (source). 

Annual global temperatures from 1850-2017. Credit: Ed Hawkins, Climate Lab Book

Annual global temperatures from 1850-2017. Credit: Ed Hawkins, Climate Lab Book

Source: Climate Lab Book, Warming Stripes http://www.climate-lab-book.ac.uk/2018/warming-stripes/

Trump is “In Deep.”

TIME Magazine released cover art once again bearing President Trump's likeness and the caption, "In Deep." The artwork portrays the president in water up to his neck and is third in a series by TIME contributor, Tim O'Brien.

Meredith Corporation

Meredith Corporation

The two previous issues, "Nothing to See Here." and "Stormy." set the foundation of the newest release. Although I can't imagine things getting any worse, I hope to see a few more adaptations of these beautiful paintings to come. 

You can see more about the paintings themselves in this behind the cover video.

Meredith Corporation

Meredith Corporation

Childhood Favorite, Redesigned

Nabisco has updated the packaging for "Barnum's Animals Crackers" box by removing the cages and letting the animals roam free. Mondalez International, the parent company of Nabisco issued the following statement regarding the change:

"To continue to make the brand relevant for years to come, we felt this was the right time for the next evolution in our design, now showing the animals in a natural habitat," said Mondelez's Kimberly Fontes. 
Before - Caged

Before - Caged

After - Cage Free

After - Cage Free

Some of my earliest childhood memories are grocery shopping with my mom. I don't know if it was my penchant for snacks or what, but it seemed like every time we went I ended up with a box of these in my hands or strung around my wrist.

Although I do prefer the illustration style of the previous design, I'm not opposed to the new look. I imagine it will sit well with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Paul Rand Works, Up for Auction
Paul Rand: The Art of Design. Credit: Wright20

Paul Rand: The Art of Design. Credit: Wright20

"From his early advertisements to iconic logos, Rand produced a graphic design style that would inspire and influence the postwar design ideology."

Over 300 of Paul Rand work's are up for auction September 13th. Take a peak through the collection.