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Dave Brown of Holiday Matinee

Dave Brown founded Holiday Matinee after agreeing to be the publicist for his friends in Jimmy Eat World--without even known what a publicist did. After a two-year hiatus from the company, during which he worked for social media startup VMIX, Brown has put his energy--and full-time hours--back into Holiday Matinee, recreating it as a place that "promotes creativity."
March 2, 2010
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The Philosophy of Juxtaposed:Power

At a party last year I was chatting with Mike Simonian of the San Francisco design firm Mike and Maaike. We were talking about a project of his from 2006: Juxtaposed:Religion, a curated, deftly designed bookshelf that comes replete with the founding texts of the world's major religions. He told me that he and his wife Maaike Evers were working on the next in the Juxtaposed series, only this time they were curious about power, not faith.As it happened an old friend of mine, Athmeya Jayaram, was standing with us. Athmeya is studying for a doctorate in political philosophy at UC Berkeley, he and Mike hit it off, and before long he was brought on to curate the texts on the new bookshelf, Juxtaposed:Power. I asked him about the process of choosing the books, and about how we imagine political power. It's a conversation we've had many times, usually at my house, after many drinks, and long after my wife has thrown in the towel and wandered off to bed.
February 26, 2010
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I Swear to Good You are God at This

Finding design inspiration online is as easy as pointing and clicking but there's something special about the feel of bound paper. Design and creative consulting company Holiday Matinee founder Dave Brown has penned a 72-page book, I Swear to Good You are God at This, as "an inspiring guide to being creative and making awesome."
February 17, 2010
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Take Note at the CCA

The 1960s was a prolific era of writing in architecture as masters penned their frustrations with the field and pushed it to become an element of pop culture while also increasing its intellectual alignments with art and philosophy. Earlier this month, the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal debuted Take Note, an exhibit featuring more than 80 items from this time representing 18 artistis and architects like Frank Gehry and Bernard Tschumi. The show is on display through May 30, 2010, but you can view items on exhibit and the space itself in our slideshow.
February 17, 2010
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The Guggenheim Fills the Void

Since it opened in New York City in 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has captivated the world--and its imagination. To celebrate the building's 50th anniversary, the museum invited artists, designers, and architects from around the globe to design their dream intervention for the iconic void of the central rotunda.
February 12, 2010
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Going Out of Tune

February 9, 2010
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For All Mankind

The future of universal design is what’s in store for us collectively. Here’s the heads-up.
February 9, 2010
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Visible Touch

A lot of universal design feels more like a tacked-on concession to special interest groups than an intrinsic element in the design process. Now let’s suppose we flip that around. 
February 9, 2010