Today we feel obligated to share a story that quickly made its way around our studio this week — that of traditional sign-writer and designer, David A. Smith. It’s safe to say we each experienced a moment of complete awe when watching his incredibly intricate process of designing John Mayer‘s recent Born and Raised album cover.
Today’s MOTD was found in the AIGA Design Archive. It is a graphical representation of an orchestra pit and shows the spatial relation of each instrument section.
Design firm: The Boston Globe
Art director: Lynn Staley
Designer: Deborah Perugi
Artist: Roger Leyonmark*
Publication: The Boston Globe, October 22, 1981
*Corrected. Thanks for the feedback Deborah!
Today’s MOTD is a look at the inside of a guitar modified with a Parsons-White Stingbender.
The B-Bender was invented in 1967 by musicians Gene Parsons and Clarence White of Nashville West and The Byrds. The device was originally called the Parsons/White Pull-String, later renamed the StringBender, and is now best known as the B-Bender. Early prototypes developed by Parsons (a machinist as well as a drummer) included multiple bending devices for the E, B, G and D strings, but guitarist White decided he preferred a single B string bender in the final design. The B string is bent up a full tone by pulling the guitar neck down. This puts pressure on the strap, which is attached to a spring-loaded lever at the base of the neck. The lever arm passes through the body of the guitar and is connected to the B string behind the bridge. White’s 1956 Telecaster with the original Pull-String is now owned and regularly played by Marty Stuart.
In 1973 Parsons started making and installing the Pull-String himself, and renamed it the StringBender. He eventually made as many as 2,000 custom installations for guitarists including Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.
Today’s MOTD is a simple chart of the beats per minute and timing information for the Beatles song Yellow Submarine, on a blackboard design. Check out Mean Speed Music Review for more great Beatles information and visualizations!