This just put a huge smile on my face. Produced by Dress Code this is the story of Steve Frykholm, Herman Miller’s first in-house graphic designer. Frykholm stayed with Herman Miller for 44 years working on internal projects for the company. One of his favorites, and the subject of this film, are the posters he created for the annual company picnic. This is the story of how the posters came to be, and their induction into the Museum of Modern Art. I love how Frykholm’s laid back attitude about how these came to be runs in stark contrast to the creative process of the digital age. There is no way a committee could have deluded his concepts with an endless sea of changes, revisions, and interjections. Because of it, the posters Frykholm created are as fresh and original today, as they were when he started making them in 1970.
I actually own a set of the original Harman Kardon Soundsticks. I’ve had them for about 6 years and I really do love them. The clear plastic design helps them fade away into the background of the room, and they put out some solid sound. (at least my rock scarred ear drums think so. I’m probably not the best judge though thanks to my punk rock years) Like all speaker systems, actually like all modern electronics, one thing that has always bugged me are the wires. With the original Soundsticks there are copious amounts of cable, but now Harman Kardon SoundSticks have been updated into a wireless version.
SoundSticks III now use Bluetooth technology to deliver a signal to the six-inch subwoofer, and two satellite speakers with eight full-range drivers. The speakers still deliver 40 watts of amplification which won’t blow the windows out of your humble abode, but will fill a good sized room with lots of sound. Harman Kardon Soundsticks III can seamlessly stream audio from any of your Bluetooth enabled devices. No word on iPhone 5 support, so I know I won’t be buying these right away. They will be going on the wish list though.