We are still not yet the nation we could become, and it behooves us all to remember that fact.
Leaving it at that for now. I don't know if I'll have anything more worth saying right now...
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Mavis Garland clearly remembers the sign stuck in the window of her stepdad's barbershop: "No Discrimination."
That was back in the early 1950s. Garland's mother, a white woman and British immigrant, made the sign. Her Chinese stepfather wanted clients of all races to know they were welcome.
Garland says it worked.
Her family's story is one of six depicted in an art project — called Picturing The Ward — on the wooden construction hoardings surrounding what will eventually be a new courthouse in downtown Toronto, at 11 Centre Ave., northwest of city hall.
The street art covers two blocks, recounting life stories from the gritty, impoverished area that used to be known as "The Ward." It was a first home for new immigrants to the city dating back to the 1800s.
I'm listening to a guy complain about a squirrel stealing broccoli from his garden at the ByMUG meeting right now, speaking of what he's done to avenge the theft. "Avenge" is strictly my choice of verb for it, mind you. It entertains me to listen to such things, as well as family misadventures in an Israeli desert, discussions of various software compatible with more recent iterations of Mac OS X and on and on it goes.
I'm on warrenellis' "Orbital Operations" mailing list, and from there, I read this interview on tor.com about life on the Internet of today. Disturbing, yet hopeful. Maybe we - as a species - manage to salvage enough of whatever else is trying to survive us living on this planet, maybe not.
Last night, I rummaged through YouTube and found that The Agenda's people salvaged a 1976 interview from The Education of Mike McManus with the late Mel Hurtig. It's a bit of video history archeology in action there, dating back to when a kid in grade school in Saskatchewan wouldn't have a hope in Heaven or Hell of seeing a TVOntario show without some expensive intervention from either CBC or the local school board or public library. VHS and Beta were just starting their fight at the time, I think, right?
More as it occurs to me.
So there's this article on Fast Company's design section today that Todd Maffin pointed out via the CBC Fan Club's Google Plus feed. It's about the CBC's logo redesign from 1974, as engineered by the team led by one Burton Kramer. The reworking of the visual style of CBC's brand was hitting the airwaves back when I was getting settled into Regina after my father got transferred from Selkirk. Space: 1999 was also premiering on the Ceeb around the same time here in Canada. So, small wonder that, between those factors and others, I started getting hooked on typography and graphic design around that point, despite not having clue one what those things were until I got into high school and one of my arts teachers introduced me to Letraset catalogues.
Anyway. Back on point.
"Now, following the unlikely trend of republishing vintage standards manuals, a group of design-loving Canadians are trying to bring Kramer's 1974 CBC Graphic Standards Manual to Kickstarter."
The details of the Kickstarter campaign are here. CBC is interested, according to the guy working on pulling this together - a gentlebeing named Adrian Jean - but they want to know how widespread that interest is. first. I've already signed onto the pledge (despite not being sure that I'll be able to put up the money when the time comes), and I'm hopeful that interest will go well beyond the extent needed for a "limited edition" reprint. This is a piece of Canadian cultural and graphic design history we're talking about here. I want to see this in regular bookstores, in public and school libraries, far and wide, across the country.
How about it?