Of Tablets, Smart Phones and Books

Tablets, smart phones and books.

Tablet computers, the latest craze driving our technological egos, are getting smaller and more powerful.  Their smaller brethren, Smart phones, are getting bigger and more powerful.  Soon they will be indistinguishable from one another.  The recent releases of the iPhone 5,  iPad 4, iPad mini, Kindle Fire HD and the Samsung Galaxy S3, etc. have garnered much attention in the media and activity in the marketplace.  Today’s release of Microsoft’s Surface tablet and Windows 8 OS might not be as widely anticipated, but is, none the less, a milestone for the preeminent computing environment of the last 20 years.

Is all of this noise drowning out the death knell of books as we know them?  Paper based, tangible and portable, they never run out of bars; battery or connectivity.  They are easily passed from one reader to another.  And won’t set off an airport body scanner.  I’m not about to step in the path of technological progress, I do read from my Kindle in bed each night.  But I have to wonder if books will ever again have a meaningful place in our lives, or are they destined to become just another element of the decor that surrounds us?

The folks at Type, a bookstore up in Toronto, have found another use for their books; the starring role in a short film.  Apologies for the advert that YouTube insists on imposing, the film is worth the wait.

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David A. Lizotte (1936 – 2012), Designer, Mentor and Friend

In Memory of David A. Lizotte

David Albert Lizotte, of Norwell and Sprucehead, Maine, died suddenly this past Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. He was 76.

David was a family man and highly accomplished professional graphic artist and designer. His design career spanned six decades from 1955 to 2002. He quickly rose through the corporate ranks to eventually becoming sole owner and CEO of GunnDesign, Boston’s largest and most prestigious graphic design and corporate identity firm. Both David and his firm of associates won numerous Boston Art Directors Club Awards and national (Communication Arts) recognition for marketing excellence. David’s list of corporate clients and corporate logos was a veritable who’s who of Corporate America: John Hancock, Gillette, Brown & Sharpe Tools, Dunkin Doughnuts, Pan Am Airlines, Northeast Airlines, Teradyne, Zildjian (cymbals), Eastern Enterprises (Boston Gas), & Boston College, as well as corporate identity and collateral design for numerous businesses of all sizes throughout New England. David was also a contributing senior advisor to several regional and national news publications devoted to the graphic arts. David mentored numerous business associates as well as young people over the course of his life, winning people over with his good nature and sound advice.

After selling GunnDesign in 2002, David began a second career in architectural design, producing plans for numerous renovation and new construction projects. His trademark barn designs were considered his forte.

David was a lifelong woodsman, harvesting and selling firewood from his properties for over 40 years. Later in life, the firewood business became a labor of love. For many years David gave all the proceeds from selling firewood to the Norwell VNA and Food Pantry.

David’s beloved wife Mary Constance, to whom he was married for 53 years, predeceased him two weeks ago. David is survived by his three sons, Ned, Matthew and Tim, his daughter-in-law Renee and six grandchildren Alexander, Kate, Garrison, Abigail, Diego and Miranda, his brother Roland and his wife Yvonne Lizotte, his sister Judy and husband David Baker, his brother-in-law Bill and sister in law Judy Bernardi, his aunt Pearl Unis and uncle Fred Lamburn.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 at 11 a.m. in St. Thecla Catholic Church, 145 Washington St. (Rte. 53), Pembroke, MA. followed by an interment at Church Hill Cemetery, Norwell. If desired, donations to honor David may be made to the Norwell VNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Dr., Norwell, MA. 02061 or to the Norwell Food Pantry, PO Box 644, Norwell, MA. 02061. For an online guest book and more, please visit, www.mcnamara-sparrell.com McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Homes Cohasset-Norwell 781-659-2200

Our recent working honoring National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month Logo 2012

Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) each year from September 15 to October 15.  HHM celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.  President Johnson initiated HHM as a one week celebration in 1968, and President Reagan officially expanded the celebration to one month in 1988.

It is interesting to note that among their many accomplishments in North America and long before the John Smith and Pocahontas, the Pilgrims or the Dutch purchase of Manhattan Island, Spanish explorers were establishing their presence with communities all over North America; from St. Augustine, FL north to Bangor, ME and west to Santa Fe, NM.  Further exploration of western North America and the Pacific Coast continued throughout the 18th century establishing outposts as far north as Vancouver Island.

For GunnDesign client, P&G Gillette, HHM provides an opportunity to celebrate and focus attention upon the contributions of the Hispanic community to P&G and its internal community, across all P&G sites and satellite offices. To foster a more inclusive environment where everyone is valued and encouraged to perform at their peak, GunnDesign was tasked by P&G Gillette’s Boston Hispanic Team to develop an umbrella identity for HHM 2012 that would inspire and unite P&G’s Hispanic Employees, and to make them feel  proud and valued for their contributions to P&G.

The resulting logotype inspired our contact to write, “We’ve received amazing feedback on how everything came together thanks to the great logo.”

HHM celebration event