Wally Olins, a tribute

Yesterday I shared a lively interview with Michael Wolff only to discover a few hours after I posted it that Wally Olins, the other half of legendary Wolff Ollins, had died. Creative Review has a lovely tribute.

Wally Olins, co-founder of Wolff Olins and chairman of Saffron Brand Consultants, has died aged 83. CR editor Patrick Burgoyne pays tribute

The Financial Times once described Wally Olins as "the world's leading practitioner of branding and identity" and it's hard to disagree with that assessment. Certainly Wally didn't as, in typical style, he placed it in a prominent position on his website.


Earlier this year Michael Wolff and Wally Olins were reunited at the Kyoorius Designyatra in India, which was chaired by Creative Review's editor Patrick Burgoyne. In this first video, Pat asks the influential pair what drove them mad about the other.

Font War: Inside the Design World's $20 Million Divorce

Joshua Brustein, writing for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, on how Hoefler & Frere-Jones came to be and how it's now splitting apart:

For 15 years, Frere-Jones and Hoefler seemed charmed. They made typefaces that rendered the stock charts in the Wall Street Journal readable and helped Martha Stewart sell cookbooks. They created an alphabet for the New York Jets, based on the team’s logo. And they saw their lettering chiseled into stone as part of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. Last year, the duo won the AIGA Medal, the profession’s highest award. It seemed to be one of those rare situations whereby two successful soloists had combined to make an even better supergroup. Hoefler was asked if there were any troubles in their working relationship for a video produced for the AIGA in 2013. “We do have a longstanding disagreement over the height of the lower case t,” he said. “That is the only point of contention.”

Not quite. In January, Frere-Jones filed a lawsuit against Hoefler, saying that their company was not actually a partnership, but a long con in which Hoefler had tricked him into signing over the rights to all of his work, cheating Frere-Jones out of his half of the business. “In the most profound treachery and sustained exploitation of friendship, trust and confidence, Hoefler accepted all the benefits provided by Frere-Jones while repeatedly promising Frere-Jones that he would give him the agreed equity, only to refuse to do so when finally demanded,” the complaint charges. Frere-Jones is asking a court to grant him $20 million. Hoefler won’t comment on the suit directly, but the day after it was filed a lawyer for the company issued a brief statement disputing the claims, which, it said, “are false and without legal merit.” (About Gotham’s creation, Hoefler writes in an email: “No one is disputing Tobias’s role in those projects, or my own, for that matter. [Our] typefaces have had a lot of other contributors, as well — everything we do here is a team effort.”) According to the company statement, Frere-Jones was not Hoefler’s partner but a “longtime employee.”

Here is a short film of the two of them, shot not too long ago, and yet during better times.

The Week's Links: April 11, 2014

All the links posted on social networks this week: 

  • 5 Unexpected Ways To Get More Doneowl.li/vosL1
  • Actresses Lucy Lawless & Jaime Murray Perform Jean-Paul Sartre's "No Exit" for The Partially Examined Life Podcast owl.li/vouhK
  • ◉ Caro Emerald: Tangles, Transitions and Textures owl.li/vaDsz
  • Humanism and the meaning of stories - The Chronicle of Higher Education owl.li/vomup
  • ◉ Recommended: 100 Ideas That Changed Art owl.li/vtliH
  • Buzz Aldrin On Tinkering With The Bounds Of What's Possible owl.li/votTQ
  • What Books Should Every Intelligent Person Read?: Tell Us Your Picks; We'll Tell You Oursowl.li/vn3Qw
  • Elon Musk's Rule About Job Interviewsowl.li/votGf
  • Great: Tools for the Classroom - 21st Century Literacy owl.li/vn3PC
  • Beautiful Equations: Documentary Explores the Beauty of Einstein & Newton's Great Equationsowl.li/votsn
  • What Problem Are You Solving? owl.li/vothJ
  • New York Public Library Puts 20,000 Hi-Res Maps Online & Makes Them Free to Download and Use owl.li/vfY04
  • Lists of the Best Sentences — Opening, Closing, and Otherwise — in English-Language Novels owl.li/vn3Og
  • ◉ Should we put up with disruptive behavior at the theatre? owl.li/vaDrP
  • The Internet's Telltale Heartbleed: The New Yorker owl.li/vEPO2
  • Toward a Pill That Helps Us Learn as Fast as Kids - Health owl.li/vbBsn
  • ◉ What Does Sound Look Like? -smartercreativity.com/blog/2014/4/10…
  • ◉ Recommended: To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Othersowl.li/vtlhH
  • Bill and Melinda Gates: Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we've done owl.li/vn1ix
  • Grammar's great divide: The Oxford commaowl.li/vbtKe
  • 5 Things Your Brain Needs More Of Every Dayowl.li/vn1bR
  • How “no worries” infected American Englishowl.li/vaBKJ
  • Fabergé’s NYC Easter Egg Hunt Marks the Largest Beacon Deployment Ever in the U.S.owl.li/vn17s
  • Why do zebras have stripes? Scientists have the answer owl.li/vn0MK
  • LastPass Now Tells You Which Heartbleed-Affected Passwords to Change owl.li/vCIHm
  • After ‘Catastrophic’ Security Bug, the Internet Needs a Password Reset. Seriously. Change your passwords. owl.li/vCIxl
  • MAP: Here Are the Countries That Block Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube owl.li/vaBsw
  • Career Rocket Fuel: Whether You're A Millennial Or Eyeing Retirement, Here's What You Really Need To Get Right About Work...
  • Chris Anderson, Curator of TED Talks, Builds his Brand - NYTimes.com owl.li/vazpM
  • ◉ Made by Hand: The Bike Makerowl.li/vaDoR
  • Winners of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Part I owl.li/vayNj
  • ◉ Recommended: Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now owl.li/vtlg5
  • Brilliant: Interviewly - Interviews with interesting people, pulled from reddit, organized, and made prettier. owl.li/vazhh
  • iBeacon Technology Begins Moving Into the Home and NBA Arenas owl.li/vayLT
  • ◉ We all have the same 24 hours, this is how really creative people use theirs -smartercreativity.com/blog/2014/4/8/…
  • Reddit thread on the best Apple keynote of all time owl.li/vaz7A
  • MIT Technology Review: Facebook Creates Software That Matches Faces Almost as Well as You Do owl.li/vaybn
  • Library of Congress scans classic books, puts them online for free owl.li/vayXi
  • We've come a long way: The birth of desktop publishing owl.li/vayVF
  • Children’s Feelings About Brands Persist into Adulthood owl.li/vay6C
  • BBC News: Robot writes LA Times earthquake breaking news article owl.li/vaxyD
  • Why Wolfram|Alpha's Algorithm Still Relies On Human Smarts owl.li/vay4y
  • ◉ The End of Traditional Ad Agenciesowl.li/vaDlm
  • Facebook app revealed to be cause of iPhone battery woes owl.li/vzGB6
  • Made by Many launches Sugata Mitra's School in the Cloud at TED2014 owl.li/vaxvW
  • ◉ Recommended: Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits owl.li/vtlfd
  • Designer Creates A Beautiful A–Z Glossary Of Design Terms owl.li/vay3C
  • ◉ Rise of the Patent Troll: An "Everything is a Remix" Special Presentation -smartercreativity.com/blog/2014/4/8/…
  • 6 Changes That Will Make You More Imaginative owl.li/vawJU
  • All About Google Loon's Low-Cost Space-Based Competitor, Outernet owl.li/vaxPC
  • On Internet Slang, and how we talk online, IMHO owl.li/vavw2
  • Amazing: 20 Very Interesting Photos From The '30s owl.li/vaxON
  • This Smelly Fork Adds 21 Flavors To Every Biteowl.li/vaxNr
  • This Firefly Time-Lapse Video Is Beautifulowl.li/vauIV
  • The Most Unusual Boy Band In The World : Krulwich Wonders... owl.li/vat9k
  • A Series of Microscopic Castle Drawings Etched Onto Single Grains of Sand owl.li/vatD4
  • ◉ Ken Robinson: To encourage creativity, you must first understand what it is owl.li/vaDko
  • Why Do People Feel Phantom Cellphone Vibrations? owl.li/vat5N
  • ◉ Recommended: Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work owl.li/vtlcJ
  • 8 Extinct Musical Instruments That Mankind Has Forgotten How to Play owl.li/vatzZ
  • ◉ What does, "it's too expensive," mean? -smartercreativity.com/blog/2014/4/5/…
  • Beneath Paris' City Streets, There's an Empire of Death Waiting for Tourists owl.li/vaqna
  • Bran Ferren: To create for the ages, let's combine art and engineering owl.li/vatvJ
  • Toward a Pill That Helps Us Learn as Fast as Kids owl.li/vao0s
  • Responsive, then mobile, now VR: The Search For The Next Platform owl.li/vatqT
  • IDEO's Inspiring Ideas for the Internet of Everything owl.li/vathU
  • On The 20th Anniversary – An Oral History of Netscape’s Founding owl.li/vuaH8
  • On Merging Art and Research: An Interview with Patricia Leavy, PhD owl.li/vinpU
  • The Simplicity of Apple's Advertising: 1977-1997 owl.li/vgbrE
  • Watch This Incredible Slow-Mo Video Of The Underwater Creatures You Never Seeowl.li/vhIxL
  • A Candid Conversation With 5 Women Leaders of Advertising and Media owl.li/vgbip
  • How Facebook's Machines Got So Good At Recognizing Your Face owl.li/vhxsl
  • What Your Logo's Color Says About Your Company (Infographic) owl.li/vgb0h
  • Hear Allen Ginsberg's Short Free Course on Shakespeare's Play, The Tempest (1980)owl.li/vgbLM
  • The art of street typography owl.li/vga9o
  • Searching for time travelers on twitterowl.li/vgbGn
  • The Ultimate Productivity Hack Will Be Robot Assistants owl.li/vgbvA
  • How Chipotle transformed itself by upending its approach to management owl.li/vbeNZ
  • Building the next Pixar owl.li/vaCxK
  • The future of ticketing, conf reg, etc: app uses iBeacons to automatically take attendance as students enter room owl.li/vbdX8
  • Tweets About Music to Get Their Own Billboard Chart owl.li/vaCbG
  • Beautiful: A Mosque That Becomes A Magical, Breathtaking Kaleidoscope At Sunriseowl.li/vaZgn
  • What I Learned Negotiating With Steve Jobsowl.li/vaC6x
  • Kids Get Confused by Anthropomorphized Animals in Storybooks owl.li/vaCZ2
  • Search Google’s newspaper databaseowl.li/vaBTu
  • Researchers have identified people whose cognitive abilities allow them to accomplish much more than the rest of us. owl.li/vaCL8
  • TED: What will blow our minds in the *next* 30 years? owl.li/vaCGs
  • Ha: Hootsuite Plays a 'Game of Social Thrones' Using Show's Opening Sequence owl.li/vsa3L
  • 2014 National Magazine Awards Finalists Lonform Articles owl.li/vaBr5
  • Ernest Cline is the luckiest geek aliveowl.li/vaAef
  • Inside the Shadowy World of Data Brokersowl.li/vaBp8
  • ◉ Apple : Lincoln Center :: Google : Broadwayowl.li/vaDfv
  • Control Your iPhone With Head Gesturesowl.li/vaAaV
  • Terrifying tale about automation and the web: The Afterlife of Pia Farrenkopf owl.li/vaBdR
  • ◉ Recommended: Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative By Austin Kleon owl.li/vbwub