Design


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Feb 17

Jason Markk does Infomercials

If you are tired or don’t have time to clean your sneakers (hey! it’s a real thing) and a fan of daytime infomercials, then Jason Markk has something for you. Located in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles, the Jason Markk Flagship Store is a concept space which is “The world’s first drop-off shoe care service” and retail boutique that was opened up back in May of 2014.


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Jan 17

Behind the Stranger Things Title

if you, like many others, are hooked on Netflix’s Stranger Things, you’ll agree with me that besides the show’s great storyline and superb production, its 80s themed opening titles are refreshingly engaging thanks to the perfect combination of nostalgia – think Stephen King, Spielberg, John Carpenter, John Hughes, and a powerful, eerie synthesized track. If you’ve ever wondered who worked on the design or how it came to be, here’s a brief look into the process behind this beauty.
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Jan 17

La Vecchia Signora + Botox

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It’s been a long and much needed break, but we’re back and what better way to reconnect than with a rebrand that is buzzing all over the web, specially amongst football/soccer lovers. As you probably heard, Juventus F.C. recently launched their new identity and branding, courtesy of Intebrand and while most people hate it, there are a few that think it is a refreshing approach. Me? I’ve never been against rebrands, but in this case, I think Interbrand might deserve a red card. Get it? :) Let me explain…
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Dec 16

Lexus LIT IS

If you are in that Holiday, Clark Griswold spirit and already finished decorating your house with thousands of bulbs you’re going to love this idea by Lexus. The Lexus LIT IS is equipped with 41,999 LED lights, programmed with dynamic designs, and able to react to music and movement. Imagine driving down the street with a fully illuminated car, blasting Bing Crosby. If that doesn’t say Christmas spirit, what does!?


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Dec 16

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is a black and white stop motion short crafted by filmmaker Simon Scheiber over the course of 7 years and made up of over 14,000 photographs! A lighthouse keeper’s surprising discovery pulls him out of his monotonous, daily routine and takes him onto a journey into uncharted territory. Yes, I know… 7 years!


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Dec 16

Stunning Paper Architecture by Ingrid Siliakus

TheeBlog-IngridSiliakus During my first years of College, as an Architecture major, I learned to appreciate and love the immense amount of detail, planning and labor that goes into creating beautiful structures. And although I switched careers, my love for Architecture remains and only grows stronger as I gracefully age :). So, if you love beautiful Architecture – and origami, today you are in for a treat. Ingrid Siliakus is an Amsterdam based Paper Architect/Artist whose stunning work has been featured in numerous publications, galleries and award shows. Her intricate paper structures range from Architecture studies and models, to stunning Escheresque works of art. Check out some of my favorites after the jump…
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Nov 16

KAWS x NIKE

TheeBlog_NikeKAWS Nike’s deep roots in New York City are represented in its latest campaign: New York Made. Made possible through partnership with the New York City Parks and Recreation Dept., Nike’s commitment to the city and its community is at heart of the program, which kicks-off through the opening of the New York Made: Stanton Street Courts by Kaws. Designed by Brooklyn-based, world-renowned artist Brian Donnelly, the court embodies Nike’s drive to elevate sport, culture and community through innovative collaborations.
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Nov 16

UNSATISFYING

During the summer of 2016, the folks at Parallel Studio created and directed a video about unsatisfying situations: the frustrating, annoying, disappointing little things of everyday life, that are so painful to live or even to watch. If you haven’t seen this yet, I encourage you to watch it as I am sure you’ve also experienced at least one of these situations lately…


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Oct 16

Barth’s 36 Days of Type

Jordan Coelho, a freelance Graphic and Motion designer residing in France decided to join the 36 Days of Type challenge and animate 36 different explorations for each letter (and numbers) in the alphabet. If you enjoy Type and Motion Graphics, then you’re going to love this series.


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Oct 16

In case you want to update your desktop…

TheeBlog_GBTWwallpaper If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my recent post and are here to get your goodies. If you don’t, well, you can still get them :) So, last Friday I was playing with an acrylic marker and decided to test some lettering after a very long time. Then I realized “why not turn these letters into something I can always carry with me?” so I made a digital version that can be shared. So, if you want it, you can DOWNLOAD IT HERE!
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Sep 16

Ugo Gattoni + Mcbess

Sweetbread is the result of a week of artistic residency with Ugo Gattoni and Mcbess at the URDLA print shop, located in Villeurbanne. For seven days, the two artist friends ate together, drew together, cooked together, laughed together, and created this stone lithography entitled Sweetbread. This residency was the occasion for Ugo Gattoni and Mcbess to immerse themselves and experience one of the major themes of their illustrations – food. Thanks to Ben for the tip!


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Sep 16

Emirates’ $21K First Class Experience

To be honest, I find Casey Neistat very annoying. But that’s not the point here (I watched the video on mute in case you are not very fond of the dude either). He recently scored a first class upgrade worth $21K and filmed the experienced. I know some of us have traveled business or first class and think it is pretty cool, but this… this is beyond cool. Check out the video and start saving for your next trip ;)


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Sep 16

The Making of Movie Titles

By now, I am sure you’ve witnessed the coverage and hype around the titles for Stranger Things. Movie Titles have always played a significant role in films, depicting the genre, mood and sometimes quality of the product. In this great mini-documentary, title designer Dan Perri explains how he designed movie titles for films such as “Star Wars,” “The Exorcist,” and “Raging Bull.” Enjoy!


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Aug 16

Tuesday Bassen vs ZARA

TheeBlog_TuesdayBassen-ZARA It is no secret that ZARA has seen its fare share of legal battles and accusations of stealing artists’ work, but this new case including LA artist Tuesday Bassen might make you cringe. To explain it briefly, Tuesday Bassen asked ZARA to stop stealing her artwork, and ZARA said “the lack of distinctiveness of your client’s purported designs makes it very hard to see how a significant part of the population anywhere in the world would associate the signs with Tuesday Bassen”. Then they stole her art five more times. Yup, crazy. Check out an interview and article about this case HERE Stay legit, peeps!


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Aug 16

DMM Planets

TeamLab in collaboration with DMM.com recenlty launched the world’s largest digital installation at the Odaiba Yume-Tairiku festival in Tokyo. The huge installation will invite participants of all ages to immerse themselves in the multi-room environments spanning around 3,000sqm and showcasing multiple digital works. Participants will be invited to explore inside interactive artworks —including the largest Crystal Universe ever shown.
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Jul 16

Empty, Dense, Merge.

TheeBlog-EmptyDenseMerge We all know that the differences between urban and rural America could be… abysmal (pun intended). But what happens if they are combined? What if, one of the country’s busiest and probably most over-habited cities is combined with one of the largest and most desolated landmarks to compose a new landscape? Well, Zurich based Photographer and Artist Gus Petro decided to find out. After traveling to Manhattan and The Grand Canyon for his series Empty, Dense, Merge, Petro combined photographs of both places to create a fascinating new world, where Manhattan becomes a valley… yup.
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Jul 16

ESPN Euro Cup 2016 by Imaginary Forces

As we approach this year’s Euro Cup Final, I wanted to share the lovely title sequences the talented folks at Imaginary Forces created for ESPN. With a lovely ‘paint’ interpretation of each country’s national flag and paying homage to classical sculpture and the patina of old soccer trophies, the opening roars through the ‘field’ of Europe, setting up the 2016 Euro Cup package to push the limits of what a major sporting event identity can be. Check out the behind the scenes video after the jump to see how this intro came to life!
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Jun 16

Dieter Rams. The Film.

Gary Hustwit, the director of the documentaries Helvetica and Objectified is working on his new documentary: RAMS, and he needs our help – if you are a Designer, or someone who loves Design, you need to pay attention and check out this Kickstarter project. The documentary will include in-depth conversations with Dieter, and detail the process behind some of his most iconic designs. This needs to happen!


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Jun 16

Muhammad Ali by Louis Vuitton

TheeBlog-LouisVuitton-MuhammadAli It is a sad day for sports. So, I thought I would bring back this post featuring the Greatest of All Time. Rest in peace King — I’m pretty sure you’ve seen those lovely Louis Vuitton ads featuring iconic celebrities, politicians and artists. Yes, they are great, but this new Core Values campaign, featuring the All-Time Greatest, is simply gorgeous! Muhammad Ali – The Greatest Words is a tribute to the champ, beginning with a series of videos featuring the impressive calligraphy of Niels Shoe Meulman and a mesmerizing performance by Poet Yasiin Bey (Mos Def). The videos, created by Ogilvy Paris are beautifully directed and the combination of type, music, historic Ali quotes and powerful delivery by Mos Def is exquisite. Enjoy!
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Jun 16

Semi-Permanent Sydney 2015 Titles

Semi Permanent is well known for its great events around the world, inspiring speakers and captivating titles which seem to get better year after year. Title designer Raoul Marks’ extraordinary opener for Semi-Permanent Sydney 2015 visualizes the challenges that any creator faces when trying to do what they do: create. The sequence, which is essentially a short film, wears its influences proudly on its Ortho-Fabric sleeve — from the isolating paintings of artist Jeremy Geddes and the otherworldly imagery of Kubrick and Scott, to the Neo Tokyoite architecture of Katsuhiro Otomo and even Space Race-era issues of LIFE Magazine.


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May 16

NikeLab x Olivier Rousteing

TheeBlog_NikeLab_x_OR If you are into Fashion and know a good collab when you see it, this is for you! Following its first Summer collaboration with renown Fashion designer Riccardo Tisci, NikeLab just announced a new collection called Football Nouveau, in collaboration with Balmain’s Oliver Rousteing. The collection combines Oliver’s signature style and his love of football, with Nike’s iconic designs and models. Check out some of the styles after the jump and set your calendar for this release!
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May 16

Ron English x Compound Conversations

Hypebeast has teamed up with The Compound, a creative studio located in the birthplace of hip-hop, New York City, on Compound Conversations, a series of interviews in a surreal space curated by Set Free. In this episode, the esteemed “Godfather of Street Art,” Ron English, talks about the relative cultural isolation of his childhood in the Midwest, his first exposure to the art world, and the moment where it occurred to him that his art could go anywhere, legally or not.


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May 16

Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines

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If you are a Designer, brand manuals and guidelines are sacred to you. Well, the good ones of course. And if you are into iconic brands and the great minds and principles behind them, you are going to love this Kickstarter campaign. Manuals 1 offers a comprehensive study of corporate identity manuals from the 1960s to early-80s – the golden era of identity design. Published in a limited edition of 2000 copies in 2014, it is a lovingly assembled collection of 20 style guides. Or as Steven Heller calls them – “sacred texts, revered for how they help shift graphic design from simply an intuitive practice to a rigorously strategic one.”
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Apr 16

Illustrating New York City’s Subway Stations

To put it lightly, Philip Ashforth Coppola loves New York City’s subway stations. For the past 38 years, the New Jersey-based illustrator has been exploring the Big Apple’s underground stations and sketching its mosaics in amazing detail with just a ballpoint pen. In 1984, Copp published his first volume of subway drawings, “Silver Connections.” He continues to document the city’s underground, but doesn’t expect to finish until 2040. Keep at it Phil!


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Apr 16

Pepsi 1893

TheeBlog_Pepsi1893 Pepsi has suffered a couple of fails over the years. Remember when they burned Michael Jackson’s hair? Their ridiculous rebrand? Or their recent fiasco during their Back to the Future bottle release? Yet, their latest attempt at being cool might be a little too much, even for them. Pepsi has announced their new artisanal cola (yes, I had to check to make sure it was not an Onion or SNL joke) in order to market to… you guessed it. Millennials! – Yup, that damn term again :/ Check out the photos and video after the jump…
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