Some people may argue, but I think there is always room for another graphic design related documentary. Graphic Means just wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign. Film maker and director Briar Levit aims to explore and share the techniques and tools behind the profession.
Being a hot sauce, salsa, and general condiment enthusiast you can bet your ass I am in love with Baron Batch’s Angry Man Salsa. I was lucky enough to taste some at a friends apartment, but have been unable to get my hands on anymore as it is completely sold out for the time being. In addition to be enamored by the simple perfection of flavor I am of course swooning over their packaging and identity. Those designs were carried out by the now shuttered Foundry Co.
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Designed by Naturehumaine, the Bolton Residence in Eastern Quebec takes its form from traditional barns in the surrounding countryside. Cantilevered on a wooded hillside. The volume appears to jut out of the hill and as a result provides an amazing perspective of the down into the valley.
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On a recent trip to London we were offered some accommodations with some family friends Fran Giffard and David Wightman. Our stay with them ended up being the most delightful and inspirational part of our trip. The entire time they apologized for their “extremely shabby flat” while we reminded and assured them that it was infinitely more cozy, clean and comfortable than New Yorkers are used to.
They are both artists, and work from home and so we ended up having lengthy conversations about process, commissioned work, gallery snafus and life. The most remarkable part was that we ended up getting a lengthy tour of David’s studio. Where he showed us in detail the methodical process behind his work and the never-ending search for refinement and purity in color.
This renovated ancient stone house is truly stunning. The original elements that were retained provide a sharp juxtaposition with the clean lines of the new modern fixtures and furnishings. This crisp and airy dwelling demonstrates the standout skills of Swiss architecture firm of Wespi de Meuron Romeo.
This concept allows on the one hand the authentic conservation of the historic stone façade, which tells the history of the house and on the other hand, it generates zenith light for the rooms with exceptional light reflections. It would not have been possible otherwise to get sunlight into the rooms, in such a village structure with narrow streets.
After visiting Barcelona in February I am so disappointed I didn’t get to check out Garage Beer Co. It seems like they are only getting up to steam now and are still operating out of what looks like a really awesome garage. Craft beer and micro-brewing is yet to catch on in Europe the way it has in the US. It is always nice to see someone taking the risk. Their straightforward branding and the associations of the name are really spot on. Hopefully I will make over their again before too long and will get to taste their carpark creations. Happy Beer Friday and cheers!
Restaurant branding and design are always some of my favorite projects to work on and also to view or experience. I am sure that stems from the constant push and pull between art and food during my childhood. That said I am in love with the branding which Triboro did for the Narcissa the new restaurant at The Standard East on Bowery. The combination of a hand penciled script and playful rough painted graphics pairs perfectly to create a nice textural identity. The design makes it feel as if the food will have some ingenuity of its own to showcase. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but I am hopefully it will live up to its design.
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The fact that Massimo Vignelli is no longer with us is something that has stuck with me. When I saw “Timeless: Massimo Vignelli” posted on AisleOne it made me smile. Vignelli’s impact on design is still strong and this collection of original and inspired works is proof of that. The show is up until April 18th, 2015 at the Okendo Cultural Centre in San Sebastián, Spain.
The poster above was designed by Mash Creative.
It seems like in the current startup culture each new idea seems more bleak and boring than the last. Thankfully Paperspace has offered some much needed light in the otherwise dark bland technology landscape. The strongest part of their idea will also present the most difficult problem to solve, which is simplifying access and configuration of remote computing power. I am excited to see how their product evolves and what effect they have on personal and enterprise computing.
I have long enjoyed the photography of Cole Barash, and I also admire his journey from professional snowboard to world renowned photographer. His work is always captivating and original. Now his newest project and show is another great departure for him. Entitled “Six Girls Six Cities”. This group of work in made up entirely of double exposure shots, where each roll of film is exposed twice resulting in a random collage of imagery. I will leave you with a few of Cole’s words below and some of my favorite images from the series.
“I generally do not love double exposures, however I felt this process of a cohesive vision all the way through combined with the organic process of the unknown suited it well. After I had finished the last city I boarded the plane in São Paulo and realized I had no idea if any of it would work, I had no idea if any of the film had fogged or if any of the x-rays fucked anything up. I had no way to check it or back it up—it was all based off of gut reaction when photographing and having faith the process would work.”
This ingenious and simple design by Tsuyoshi Hayashi repurposes discarded Japanese roof tiles. The resulting chairs are both innately Japanese and the addition of colors is amazing.
“Japanese roof tiles are fired at 1200 degrees celsius, much higher than the 800 degree temperature of European tiles, meaning that they can hold the weight of a person up to 250 lbs.”
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The design of Vipp products and their home fixtures have always been some of my favorites. Their newest projects has already garnered a Wallpaper Design Award. Simply named the Vipp Shelter, it is a minimalist lovers dream. A prefab solution to a simple, sleek, no frills sort of home. I have to say I love every element of this living space both inside and out. The price per square meter might be a little steep, but just take a look and see for yourself(180 square feet and priced at $585k).
As a business and design model I have always been inspired by Ikea, however it has been quite a while since any of their designs have really caught my attention. Sinnerlig definitely has though. Designed in collaboration with British designers Studioisle. Due to release around the globe in August the collection features furniture, home goods and fixtures all made out of cork or a subdued palette of other natural materials and fibers.
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A little beer history for you on this lovely Friday. The design for these commemorative cans was carried out by San Francisco based Landor Associates.
“From its origin as the beverage of choice at Colorado miner banquets to its high-quality ingredients, Coors Banquet is the one and only beer that exemplifies the legendary timeless western spirit. The Banquet Beer celebrates its rich heritage with the limited release of three special edition pint designs, each commemorating an iconic symbol that has made Coors Banquet The Legend Since 1873.”
I have long been fascinated by the graphic design and art direction of movies. The products, spaces and often times completely fabricated environments goes so far beyond the scope of what a normal graphic designer is responsible for. Their designs must toe the line between realistic but also perfectly nuanced for the subject matter. I recently saw “The Imitation Game” and the design of all the early technology and cryptographic drawings were remarkable. So when I stumbled across a post about MinaLima on FastCo. I was super excited to read more about them. They have worked on a wide range of movies we all know and love with a truly inspiring breadth of work and depth of skill. Take a look at some of these images capturing their work on the true story of Alan Turing and if you haven’t caught it yet its definitely worth a watch.
The clean and crisp work of Anagrama is always an inspiration to me. Their ability to distill ideas into such beautiful designs is amazing. They recently added a ton of new projects to their site, and after perusing it I am so impressed and in love with so much of their recent work. Pictured here is a small selection of my favorites.
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I won’t waste too many words introducing this besides saying that the self affirmed “trilingual” Jamila Lyiscott is enlightening in this recent TED performance.
A little hiatus from beer and an even longer break from posting has come to an end. Also as the cold weather sets in we in Northeast have begun dreaming of warmer sun dappled climes. In that spirit this week we raise a glass, or can, of Mr. Pineapple from SanTan Brewing in Arizona for all of those folks stuck in the frigid regions. The playful color palette and can design of MR. P is that exact type of vibrance that helps us get through darker shorter days.
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Today we launch our Fall/Winter 2014 collection, which albeit a small release is perfectly timed for the arrival of the cold weather. Thanks for all the support and go take a look at all the great new clothing, accessories and prints.
Knowlita remains one of my favorite “clients” and one of the projects I get to the most fulfillment from. Having control and being involved on every step of the process from concept to packing and shipping orders changes ones perspective. Its less about creating beautiful graphics and artwork and more about delivering a thoroughly realized idea or package to your audiences. Over a fun and arduous first year we have built up a strong base of friends and family on which we can rely to validate our ideas and prove that we are actually creating something of value. I continue to learn, adapt and become a better designer because of Knowlita and I hope that it will remain a platform for me to push myself.
Some of my favorite artists are finally having a show here in New York this month. Kai & Sunny’s new exhibit “Lots of Bits of Stars” is opening on November 22nd at Jonathan Levine Gallery in Chelsea. Their work is beautifully ornate and unique and always printed so perfectly. I purchased an artist’s proof from them a few years ago and its one of my most prized pieces of artwork. Excited to see some new work from them, and possibly add something new to my collection.