After what seemed like a perpetual polar vortex, we think it is finally safe to say our puffy coats and mittens can be stored away for spring. The days of sunshine have been few and far between, but it seems they are now here to stay. This latest post in our Shots from the Street series serves as a gracious welcome to Spring and all of its Instagram-able sunshine-y glory.
Last October, Two Twelve participated in Image of the Studio: A Portrait of New York City Graphic Design, an exhibition that created a shared a portrait of what it means to be a New York design studio in 2013. Similar to how we approach design challenges we sought to visually represent our studio's philosophy and aesthetic in a 30'' x 30'' square.
We work on multiple projects at a time for hours each day. While we love what we do, the heavy workload can wear on us and our imaginations from time to time. To ease our minds and avoid falling into one of those ever-dreaded "creative slumps," we find inspiration in everyday activities. Morning commutes, after-work errands, and even seemingly gloomy, rainy days can become muses for art. Here are a few of our favorite recent design inspirations as captured on Instagram.
Yesterday I pulled into the parking lot at one of the stops on my pre-Christmas Saturday shopping outing. As it happens, a reading of Dickens Christmas Carol was playing on the NPR station, read by a selection WNYC and WQXR radio hosts.
As the story transitioned from the Ghost of Christmas Present to the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, the warm familiar voices gripped my spirit and I started weeping.
Currently the U.S is operating without a long-term strategy for meeting our national priorities. By understanding the current state of America’s infrastructure, can we learn how to build a sustainable future for ourselves?
Two Twelve worked closely with Building America’s Future Educational Fund to feature these issues in a report, “Falling Apart and Falling Behind.” The report presented a storyline, information hierarchy and critical data in a straightforward way that highlighted the urgency of a growing problem.
An Interview with Ouliana Ermolova
What is the project background?
The Post-Sandy Initiative project was born out of the necessity to share expertise and practical knowledge in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The architecture and planning community of New York came together in a collaborative effort and used their experience to make thoughtful recommendations. The project was organized by AIA New York Chapter (AIANY) and the AIANY’s Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfFRR) in collaboration with a group of like-minded professional organizations; it involved development of the report, creation of the exhibition (which has been on view at the Center for Architecture since this past May) and a website. The content was developed from volunteer working groups that were organized by specific areas of investigation: transportation and infrastructure, housing, critical and commercial building, waterfront, zoning and codes.
By David Gibson
I'm sitting in the window of a restaurant in Chelsea looking out at the streetscape, reminiscing about a great little restaurant that used to sit across the street. Called Eighteenth and Eighth, it was a cozy place in a handsome early nineteenth-century brick row house. That building was a fragment of old New York. Alas it and its two neighbors have been replaced by an ugly bank that adds nothing to the neighborhood and looks like any bank anywhere.
An Interview with Sharmi Patel
Two Twelve was recently selected to develop a comprehensive wayfinding and signage system for the city of Provo, Utah. Sharmi Patel is a Senior Designer who has been at Two Twelve for 3 years and is a senior designer on the team for the Downtown Provo City Wayfinding project.
What were you doing in Provo?
We went to Utah to kick off the downtown Provo wayfinding project. Our first step in all downtown wayfinding projects is to conduct site surveys, interview stakeholders, and generally get to know the town in order to proceed with our wayfinding analysis, strategy, and design. One of the groups we met with in Provo was the Strike Force, a group comprised of city government officials and others who meet regularly to work on initiatives to better Provo. One of the gentlemen on the Strike Force told us that we happened to be in town on the first day of the new FrontRunner suburban train service. The ribbon cutting was happening later that day and he invited us to attend. This was a great opportunity for us to witness first hand how the community runs and what the people and culture of Provo are like.
Today is February 12th, 2013 - in other words 2/12/13. For us, that makes it Two Twelve Day. Sometime in the mid 1980's I realized that this company, founded at 212 York Street in New Haven and located for almost thirty years in the 212 area code, could lay claim to one of the days in the year and make it ours. So what does it mean? Is it just another day? After all one day can seem much like all of the others on the annual calendar...