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Vice President for Development, Grand Rapids Symphony

Now in its 91th season, the Grand Rapids Symphony invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Development, available in the first quarter of 2021. The Organization Now in its 91th season, the Grand Rapids Symphony (GRS) is a highly acclaimed orchestra that presents more than 400 performances annually, reaching a diverse audience of more than 200,000 concertgoers from 14 West Michigan counties. Nearly half of those who attend are st...
Tags: Art, New York, Jobs, Microsoft, New York City, US, America, Chicago, Ford, Michigan, Richard, Wall Street Journal, Expedia, Verdi, Grand Rapids, Forbes

Penumbra Theatre Is 44, And In Middle-Age It’s Sitting Pretty Even During The Pandemic

With Ford and Mellon grants plus pledges of twice its annual operating budget from other sources, the St. Paul theatre is on firm financial footing. The artistic director says, “This allows us to dream,” while the managing director is happy that “We’re now resourced in a way that we’ve never been, so we’re getting out of grind mode.” It’s an enviable position to be in right now, but it only comes after decades of that grind. – Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Tags: Art, Theatre, Ford, St Paul, Mellon, 11.06.20

The Time When National Lampoon Parodied Mad Magazine: A Satire of Satire (1971)

I grew up on Mad Magazine. It was the one magazine I made sure my parents got me every month. I bought the Super Specials, the paperback reprints, the flexi discs, and even the board game. When we’d go to swap meets, I’d bring home older issues from the 1960s, and try to figure out the politics from a decade before I was born. It was why this eight-year old kid knew anything about politics, and knew that Nixon sucked, Ford sucked, Carter kind of sucked, and Reagan definitely sucked. And then, I...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Reagan, Fbi, Ford, Mad magazine, Kane, Nixon, Carter, Facebook Twitter, Gaines, KCRW, National Lampoon, Berg, Don Martin

How Henry Ford’s Production Model Shaped Our Politics Ford would likely find his relevance to the current crisis of globalization a testament to his “producerist” philosophy. But as historian Stefan J. Link writes in his new book, Forging Global Fordism: Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and the Contest over the Industrial Order, Ford’s peculiar ideals “projected a political (and moral) economy that hardly anticipated the American consumer modernity that eme...
Tags: Art, Germany, Russia, Ideas, Ford, Henry Ford, 10.14.20, Stefan J Link

First-Ever National Award For Disabled Artists Launched By Ford And Mellon Foundations

“After a yearlong research study in conversation with disabled people, the initiative” — called Disability Futures — “has named 20 artists, filmmakers and journalists in its first class of fellows, each of whom will receive a grant of $50,000 administered by the arts funding group United States Artists. The 18-month initiative not only pledges financial support, but aims to foster a creative community across mediums and generations.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, United States, Ford, Issues, 10.14.20, Mellon Foundations

1960 Ford Spaceliner, a Vehicle That Looks a Bit Like a Spaceship From a Science-Fiction Movie

There was a time when bubbletop concept cars were all the rage, both in the design studios of Detroit as well as on the hot rod and custom car show circuit. They ranged from mildly modified factory cars to one-off, completely fabricated show machines with exposed engines and wild paint jobs. Guys like Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Darryl Starbird, and Dean Jeffries made a name for themselves building these... Source
Tags: Design, Technology, Cars, Ford, Retro, Futuristic, Detroit, 1960s, Dean Jeffries, Spaceliner, Roth Darryl Starbird

Before Tesla, There Was Anadol, Legendary Turkish Dune Buggy

Turkey’s indigenous (but with an American Ford engine) Anadol Böcek (Bug), was designed by Jan Nahum of the Ford-Otosan corporation in 1975. The car was produced between 1975 and 1977, in a very limited production run of 200-or-so vehicles. The vehicle, similar in appearance to a fiberglass dune buggy but different in design concept and characteristics, was developed upon request for a similar... Source
Tags: Design, Technology, Cars, Turkey, Ford, Retro, 1970s, Anadol, Ford Otosan, Jan Nahum

2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door and Four-Door: Forward to the Past

Eventually, the absence of a body-on-frame, go-anywhere, dedicated off-road SUV was too great for the Ford lineup to bear — which is why, after a quarter-century absence, the Bronco triumphantly returns to do battle with its Mopar foe, the Jeep Wrangler. Talked about endlessly since Ford announced the storied model’s return and leaked as often […] The post 2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door and Four-Door: Forward to the Past appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Ford, Autos, Retro, New Cars, SUVs, Off-road, Ford Bronco, Bronco, News Blog, Product Planning, Ford Bronco Two Door

Hollywood Bowl Season Canceled Due to the Health Crisis

In response to the latest guidance of public health officials and in an effort to protect artists, audiences, and staff from the spread of COVID-19, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association is canceling the 2020 seasons at the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Ford, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, BWW News Desk, COVID, Hollywood Bowl Season Canceled Due

2021 Ford F-150 Looks to Avoid Enemies

Given that domestic full-size pickups generate more money for their respective builders than a war bonds drive, every redesign is fraught with danger. OEMs walk an especially fine line in this segment, fearful of making a vehicle too bland or too similar to the previous generation, but understandably nervous about breaking out of the box […] The post 2021 Ford F-150 Looks to Avoid Enemies appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Ford, Autos, F-150, Trucks, News Blog, Ford F-150, Full-size Pickups

3D: Ferrari P4 The Beautiful Loser

3D: Ferrari P4 The Beautiful Loser abduzeedoFeb 12, 2020 Inspired by the Ford vs Ferrari movie that I watched last night I had to share this awesome work I saw on Behance this morning. The description of the work goes: In this latest addition to INK Studio’s ‘Plain Bodies’ series, in which they free historic race cars from their period liveries, they honor the sculpted curves and seductive form of the Ferrari 330 P4, cited by many as the most beautiful car of...
Tags: Design, Ferrari, Ford, Daytona, Behance

Where to Buy Used Equipment, Tools, Vehicles, Medical Supplies, Furniture and More on the Cheap

At a website called, you can buy a wide variety of things the government's getting rid of. Twice a week they hold two-day auctions with relatively low starting bids: $5,000 for a Humvee, $25 for a pair of plasma cutters, $25 for a box of air tools, $105 for a "Surgical Field Light," $25 for a stationary belt sander, $125 for a 2015 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor that is mysteriously missing two doors.Pelican cases, firefighter jackets, office furniture, combat boots in lots of 90, ...
Tags: Design, Ford, Object Culture, Army Navy

Ford's Prototype Emoji Jacket Aims to Help Cyclists and Drivers "Share the Road"

As part of Ford's "Share the Road" campaign, the Michigan-based automaker's European division is putting forth a new idea for curbing road rage between cyclists and drivers: emojis. They partnered with linguists and industrial designers from Designworks to create a prototype jacket that features an LED mesh panel on the back. Cyclists use a wireless remote mounted on the bike's handlebars to activate the display with turn signals, a hazard sign, or one of three emojis meant to quickly communicat...
Tags: Design, Bikes, Ford, Michigan, Road, Designworks, Emmanuel Lubrani, Neil Cohn

The 24 Hours of Lemons: An Endurance Race Where Your Car Must Be Worth $500 or Less

Never mind Ford v. Ferrari and your childhood dreams of competing in Le Mans; it's out of reach for most human beings. But there is a competing and much more accessible endurance race in America called "The 24 Hours of Lemons," where your team can consist of two to four drivers, unlimited crew members, and your car of choice.The catch: Your car must be worth $500 or less. All entrants' cars are inspected prior to the race, and "If our judges decide you spent over the $500 limit," the organizatio...
Tags: Design, Cars, US, America, Ferrari, Ford, Don, Hours of LeMons, Spec Miata

Did Streaming Kill The Oscar ‘Box Office Bounce’?

Five of the nine Best Picture nominees are already available on Netflix or Amazon – and the others won’t be far behind, meaning that theatres don’t necessarily see much more money per screen after the awards ceremony. What about the four that aren’t streaming? Well: “For the record, the box-office Oscar bounce still exists for films that manage to hang on at the multiplex. Jojo Rabbit, Little Women and Ford v Ferrari have each made additional millions since the nominations were announced. And t...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Media, Netflix, Ferrari, Ford, 02.07.20, Jojo Rabbit Little Women

Emoji Jacket

Innovative cycling jacket displays emojis and helps people on bicycles safely share the road with cars. “Emoji Jacket” with wireless remote control designed by Ford to improve communication between cyclists and drivers.  Also check out: Cycling Backpack Shows Turn Signals
Tags: Design, Tech, Ford

January linkfest

I’ll get to the regularly scheduled links in a bit, but I wanted to lead off with some recommendations from my 2019 media diet (a term I’ve borrowed from Jason Kottke, whose blog always makes for tasty consumption). A couple of magazine articles: “What I Learned in Avalanche School,” by H eidi Julavits for the New York Times Magazine. The story is indeed about avalanche school, but because Julvaits is a brilliant writer, it includes passages like this one: “The pursuit of joy, even if tha...
Tags: Books, New York Post, Science, Design, Television, Writing, Film, China, New York City, Advertising, Sports, Tel Aviv, America, Domains, Amazon Prime, Chinese

The Peculiar Case Of The Artists Who Lived Like They Were Living 100 Years Earlier

They dressed in Edwardian clothes, drove a 1913 Model-T Ford and eschewed modern conveniences. As lovers, they shared an apartment on Avenue C that lacked a telephone, television or electric lights. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Ford, 01.11.20

The Most Unusual Vehicle Designs of 2019

We saw plenty of strange vehicles this year, both designed and DIY'd.Rachel Kohout figured out how to build a height-changing bicycle, and shows you how to build your own.More nuttiness on two wheels: This police motorcycle can transform into a towing vehicle.Weirdness on four wheels: We took a look at AeroMods, or DIY aerodynamic improvements to cars made by hypermilers.How about no wheels at all? Check out Hyundai's walking car concept.Or Nissan's snow-conquering .Meanwhile the Russians came ...
Tags: Design, China, Cars, Porsche, Ford, Fiat, Tokyo, Nissan, Hyundai, Year In Review, Syd Mead, Narita Express, Rachel Kohout, Marouane Bembli, Volkswagen Outbox Cargo, Kenji Ekuan

This 1966 Syd Mead Design for Ford Looks Like a Proto-Tesla-Cybertruck

Who knew? In the 1960s Syd Mead worked for Ford's Advanced Styling Studio, and designed this then-unimaginable Ford Ranger II concept: What's crazy is that it could somehow transform from a single cab to a double cab, according to Ford's press release of the time:Ford Division's Ranger II is an ultra-modern pickup truck with a custom designed passenger compartment. Seen as a two-seater vehicle in the above photo, the Ranger II converts into a four-passenger pickup (below) at the flick of a finge...
Tags: Design, Cars, Tesla, Ford, Mead, Syd Mead

Tesla Cybertruck is an electric pickup truck with Blade Runner appeal

At a press conference last week, Elon Musk presented the Cybertruck, an electric pickup truck that promises all of the utility of a truck and the performance of a sports car. Defined by a sharply angular and futuristic form, this latest addition to the Tesla line of vehicles has been hotly anticipated — pre-orders for the truck recently surpassed 200,000, despite the gaff of two shattered windows during a demonstration of the Cybertruck’s “unbreakable” glass. Created for both on-road and off-ro...
Tags: Elon Musk, Design, Tesla, Ford, Innovation, Electric Cars, Tri Motor, Tesla Cybertruck, Tri Motor All Wheel Drive, America Meanwhile Ford

The era of Blade Runner is here, introducing Tesla's Cybertruck

The era of Blade Runner is here, introducing Tesla's Cybertruck AoiroStudioNov 26, 2019 Well it is November 2019 and carmakers from Tesla didn't hold back and introduced the Cybertruck. What was your first impressions? At first, I didn't like the design (still don't) but it definitely looks straight out of the 1982's Blade Runner which is pretty dope if you ask me. I think why the design is so brutalist and 'Cyberpunk' is to pierce a pretty well-established m...
Tags: Design, Tesla, Ford, Tesla Image Courtesy

YD Talks: A design critique of the Tesla Cybertruck

A whole day (and a half) after I called the Cybertruck a Toblerone on wheels, here’s a more detailed breakdown of the Tesla’s launch of the new Cybertruck, and why (as a designer, and not a customer) I still don’t like it. My opinion, if definitely more nuanced, still pretty much remains unchanged in its essence.The most popular professionally circulated adjective to describe the Tesla Cybertruck has been ‘polarized’. It’s perhaps the most appropriate term to use. You don’t appear for or against...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Design, Tesla, Automotive, Porsche, Ford, Editorial, Product Design, Mach, Elon, Overton, Tony Stark, YD Talks, Cybertruck, Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla’s Cybertruck is perhaps the most advanced, worst-designed truck in modern automotive history

Lasers, holograms of ex-girlfriends, and techno music. That’s what kicked off Tesla’s truck reveal event, and to be honest, I was pretty stoked for the first 3-5 minutes… right before Elon announced and revealed what the Tesla Cybertruck looked like. The truck made its appearance, amidst fog and laser beams, and my heart instantly collapsed. It was a silver Toblerone on wheels.The Tesla Cybertruck looks like someone accidentally rendered out a low-poly version of what the actual truck was suppos...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Design, Tesla, Automotive, Porsche, Ford, Pickup Truck, Elon, Citroën Karin, Cybertruck, Tesla Cybertruck

Ford Unveils Electric Mustang Mach-E

This week Ford unveiled their electric Mustang Mach-E (which unfortunately sounds like "Mustang Mocky" when said aloud). I didn't find much to get excited about in the $60,000 car's specs. It's basically a Tesla competitor: Very fast, electric, can be had in all-wheel drive, and has cutesy names for the driving modes like "Whisper, Engage and Unbridled." So instead I've been looking over the physical design of the car in search of something noteworthy.Supposedly inspired by their storied pony c...
Tags: Design, Cars, Tesla, Ford, Volkswagen, Mustang Mach, Ford Unveils Electric Mustang Mach E, Mustang Mocky

Ford Debuts Electric Mustang Mach-E SUV

Undeniably of the beloved muscle car family, this new vehicle offers exciting updates The electric pony is a fast gallop away: Ford says it will deliver its electric Mustang SUV, the Mach-E late next autumn, with a GT version available the following summer. The Mach-E hopes to do for electric cars what the original Mustang did for sports cars 55 years ago: offer high performance …
Tags: Design, Interview, Cars, SUV, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Mustang, SUVs, Ev, Gt, Test Drives, Mach-E, Ford Debuts Electric Mustang Mach

Ford Mustang Mach-E: America’s favorite muscle car just turned electric

Personally, I saw the electrification of classic cars coming years back, but the Ford Mustang Mach-E feels like one of those debatable franchise reboots that’s been done rather spiritlessly… I’m talking potentially Planet of the Apes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles spiritless.Earlier today, Ford unveiled their electric Mustang, the Mach-E… an unconventional take on a classic. The famous pony gets electrified and turned into an SUV, a compensation of sorts because the Mustang has always been percei...
Tags: Transportation, Design, America, SUV, Automotive, Ford, Electric, Mustang, Ford Mustang Mach, American Muscle, Ted Cannis Ford, Mach-E

Hating on the Mach-E? It Could Have Been Far Worse

Apologies for another Ford Mustang Mach-E post. Clearly, Dearborn got its wish when it set out to get people talking. While the brand’s new Mustang-inspired (and now Mustang-badged) crossover has generated both acrimony and praise, often split along generational and ideological lines, the story of what could have been is now leaking out. There’s a […] The post Hating on the Mach-E? It Could Have Been Far Worse appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Ford, Autos, Crossovers, Mustang, Dearborn, Ford Mustang Mach, News Blog, Styling, Product Planning, Mustang Mach-E, Ford Mustang Mach-E

Social Media Campaign Teases Ford’s Forthcoming Mustang-Inspired Electric SUV

The all-electric vehicle fuses future-forward aspirations and the aesthetics of the brand's beloved sports car Rumors have surfaced and dissipated on numerous occasions since news of Ford‘s forthcoming Mustang-inspired, all-electric SUV broke. Neither confirming nor denying (or even actively hinting it), Ford quietly waited until today to give us something prior to the vehicle’s global reveal at the LA Auto Show. Ford has trickled out …
Tags: Auto, Design, Campaigns, Instagram, Cars, SUV, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, La Auto Show, Electric, Teaser, Electric Cars, Mustang, Influencers, Social Media Campaign Teases Ford

This Futuristic 1966 Ford Ranger II Concept Truck

1966 Ford Ranger II concept truck with a futuristic look created with a streamlined windshield, high-intensity head lights of rectangular design and Clearwater Aqua finish. Syd Mead created a design for a convertible Ford pickup, similar to the modern Chevrolet SSR. According to Syd, “This was designed to mount onto a ’63 Ford station wagon frame. It was fully operational with A/ Source
Tags: Design, Technology, Future, Ford, Truck, Retro, Futuristic, Concept, 1960s, Syd Mead, Clearwater Aqua, Syd This

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