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A Little Decorum

We’ve been reading about the intense social protocol and cultural sensitivity training the US Olympic team received before the games commenced last Friday. No hugging their Chinese hosts. No improper chopstick spearing of food. No loud, inebriated bar scenes. Seeing our better-conditioned, more-disciplined American selves on the world stage these past few days has prompted inner-office discussion among Greteman Group team members. What impression do we create when we travel abroad? Or closer to home, when we attend public events such as the upcoming Kansas State Fair? (You ARE going, right?)

You have decorum suggestions?

Allow us to start the ball rolling with a few.

  • Don’t push. Your turn will come.
  • Smile. It’s universally understood.
  • Cover up. Leave something to our imaginations.


Reflections from CA: Design Heroes

If you were to make a list of your design heroes, who would make the cut? This is the task we tackled during one of the judges’ late-night conversations.

This effort was actually inspired by Jean Coyne’s (pictured to the right) stories about Paul Rand, who, interestingly, was never asked to judge CA. Of course, Jean had countless other stories, but we were sworn not to let them leave the table. (Jean, you rascal, you.)

So here’s the list we assembled of our favorite designers:

  • Milton Glaser
  • Tibor Kalman
  • Woody Pirtle
  • Herb Lubalin
  • Lou Dorfsman
  • Saul Bass
  • Alexey’ Brodovitch
  • Ivan Chermayeff

Thank You CA. I’m incredibly fortunate to have been selected to judge CA. The work inspired me. The judges delighted me. And the whole experience is unforgettable.