The British Design Council is making a big push to educate the public (especially businesses) about the value and importance of our field. Design is key! So i’m glad they are launching a campaign to reinforce that, and their new site Design Fact Finder is a place to explore exactly HOW critical design is - chock full of numbers for those business types that don’t believe why they need to hire you.
You’ve been seeing Oddica’s shirts around the usual tee sites, and i even posted about their philosophies and sweet designs previously… The brilliant and nice folks over there sent a shirt over to Jermacide to review, and while he’s busy with work at the moment, i couldn’t help forcing him to let me post the packaging first! Isn’t it fun? T-shirts shouldn’t be just another piece of clothing stuffed in an envelope - the experience of opening and exploring mail isn’t dead. So check out the great custom printed ziploc like envelopes they use, and the great slew of postcards, pins, stickers, and the really fun old school “library book card” that gives you an easy way to a) keep track of what shirts your have and b) loan them out to people and track them. [envelope close up below]
Oooh the work of Kustaa Saksi is a must see portfolio that spans many mediums from illustration to fashion - and he’s done some incredible campaigns with Diesel, Wallpaper, Playboy, Citroen, and Issey Miyake. This Finnish born designer, turned Parisian transplant - will give you a brainful of inspiration via strong scandinavian surrealist colorful imagery! [via NOTCOT.org]
I love the Fabulist. ESPECIALLY their incredibly well designed little ads… they are like snippets of enticing visual goodness. AND they are having a contest on until June 23rd! Prizes You’d Like* -Elf Power’s “Back to the Web” 180 Gram Vinyl -Ladytron’s “Witching Hour” 2-LP Set/180 Gram Vinyl -Osaka Popstar CD -Soul Asylum’s Best of the Twin*Tone Years CD -limited 4x5 art print from Tiny Showcase -Noupa toy from UglyDolls creator David Horvath -one-of-a-kind plush doll from PainfulCuteness -Molley Malone Mini-Tin from Elizabeth McGrath. FUN!
Routledge Classics have gorgeous covers. The catalog made its way past my desk, and i couldn’t get over how pretty and simple these covers were.
Sorry for the slowing in posting - two things - 1) oxford is slow yet busy somehow. 2)NY ICFF jealous, and have too many pictures and designs to check out popping up on all the usuals (d*s, mocoloco, core77) - that i’m overwhelmed as to what to show you, while wishing i were there! And its really sweet to be reading about FlowMarket, that i checked out in Copenhagen, and their new ICFF setup - its a great concept/thought-provoker. Also - well, 3) I should be back in the city of angels monday. So things will be picking up again… many side projects ready to launch…
My random picture up there is that UNBOXING is a fun newish blog - that plays to your voyeuristic + shopaholic + package design loving sides.
AJ posted the Pabhaus project, a “graphic and furniture design collaboration”, over to NOTCOT.ORG and it features some great pieces, including this incredibly enticing glowing ottoman featuring some really interesting vector eastern influenced designs. The project features works from AJ Dimarucot, Inksurge, Electrolychee, Guadakomeda, Mark Salvatus, Team Manila, and Doy Lagos… and all products are on sale for a limited run!
So i’m working on Hello-Friend to write for NOTCOT again [his life got busy for a while] - Here’s his first of many to come … COVERS is dedicated to the appreciation of book cover design. From the folks at FWIS (a design studio that primarily creates book covers ), this is a comprehensive look at trends in an often overlooked medium that even Steven Heller would put his name on. Furthermore, this site boasts perceptive, well-informed visitors who provide a running dialogue on the design and its origins.
Fornarina and Miss Van team up often (there are even fashion pieces featuring her art now), and i remember loving her birds on the walls of the Milan store in 2004. This time i’m loving her hedgehogs (and i’ve recently been doing a lot of research on hedgehogs for a logo project, so it was somewhat exciting to see her take on the creatures) - So this is crop of a quick pic of the Stockholm Fornarina store you can see below, as well as super hedgehog close up!
The STADSMUSEUM in Stockholm has this great little plaza, with these 4 sculptures that double as children’s play things. In keeping with featuring playful art - just had to share this image… what can one say about that half of a powerpuff girl? And that Playsam-esque piece that little kids kept using as a slide? And that giant guy with the sand, not to mention the sandbox the toddlers couldn’t get enough of? This was the Stockholm City Museum, and they also currently have an interesting Design: Stockholm exhibit on, covering the history of Stockholm’s design. [more perspectives below.]
Possibly one of my new favorite stores internationally. I’ve been addicted to Muji from the first time i laid eyes upon one, as well as Ordning&Reda, and to join that genre - i am now adding GRANIT - basically its a Swedish Muji. With incredibly brandless simplicity they provide you with everything from notebooks and boxes to bags (and some great simple luggage tags i bought) and travel accessories, to flatware in both japanese and wooden looks, to even bath accessories… and much much more. It’s ok if you don’t read Swedish you can still browse through the categories pretty easily or check out the pdf catalog. Although it seems they are only in Sweden currently, hopefully they will find their way out to the rest of the world, and definitely put it on your list of “to see’s” when you visit.
Ok everyone, its friday here in Boras, Sweden - and off to check out Stockholm for the weekend - laptop free. So the next few days may be a bit lighter (hence my little postfest in the last hour) - but it may not - Jermacide and Shade Elaine have tendencies to surprise me. But my quick parting note on Boras - you know those many little lamps at Ikea? (this is possibly more american oriented) - i never really could come up with a purpose - or for those smaller lamps in general, not quite for reading, but oh so cute? Well, here there are many smaller windows in every house/apt and in every (ok maybe 90%) of them you will find some adorable lamp! Its like tradition - they all just do it, even my friends don’t remember/know why exactly, it is just how it is? And its so cute, i must take a night walk when i get back next week to get pics of it, but when they are all lit up at night, it is truly romantic/cozy and it feels great inside as well - not to mention its a designer/shoppers dream excuse to lamp shop. So put it in your window and pass up your usual big bright floor/ceiling lamps?
Remember my friend Joakim Harneborne from Wallpapers Design Issue’s TOP 10 Designers to watch? Well two big pieces of news about him - he made it into Bulgarian Brava Casa - a two page spread! But unfortunately we can’t read it. Any Bulgarian readers out there, we would really love a translation - all we’ve gotten out of it is that they have renamed him what looks like Noakum Xepheooph [click the pic or see below to read the article] And secondly, he’s now been titled Notcot’s Sr. Western European Designer/Editor [aka SWEDE] - so welcome him, he’s just joined me to help you cover design around the world for Notcot, which is why i’m out here hanging out with him in Sweden!
There was the goose that lay golden eggs, and those machines you put 50 cents in as a kid that clucked and lay plastic eggs - and then in 2005 there was an interactive art installation at Stanford that was a Vending Tree that lay Golden Plastic Eggs! How fantastic is this? I want one, no one should be without one?
“The tree was an art experiment to challenge perceptions of nature, technology and communication in a fun way. How it works: The tree senses you passing by and alerts you with a welcoming sound and flashing lights. When you place a coin in the slot and press a button, a golden egg falls out of the tree and lands at your feet. The egg contains a packet of California poppy seeds, a map of campus, and a poem.” By Deena Rosen (and 9 other students!) - who will also be having an art opening at Propeller in SF Thurs night.