Posts from March, 2011
I love old large metal light-up signs. No shocker, right?
Aleksi Hautamäki + fellow designers at Bond-Agency have scavenged old light-up signs, gutted them and added some new LED hotness. It’s always great to see iconic things from our past brought back to life with a new age twist. Especially when the photos look this good.
Andrea Kang’s work makes me a smile. Check out her website for more lighthearted things that will brighten your day.
In the wake of this disaster, I have to tack on another post following Kristy’s. The situation is worsening and the sorrow and fear rises.
Designed by Max Erdenberger, printed by Walker Cahall and Steve Denekas and on sale via the Goodness shop.
W+K Tokyo has set up this person finding aggregator http://buji.me.
Our thoughts are with Japan this morning as we woke up to find that they’ve been hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami. If you’d like to help out directly, you can donate to Red Cross disaster relief efforts around the world by visiting redcross.org or text “Red Cross” to 90999. If you text in, $10 will be automatically charged to your phone bill as a donation. If this is the first you’re hearing of this tragedy, The Atlantic is compiling moving images of the disaster, updated by the minute.
Thanks to Friends of Type for the thoughtful design.
I’m not going to get into politics on this blog, but I think it’s pretty safe to say that public discourse these days has gotten a bit absurd. And I think it’s also safe to say that Safwat Saleem would probably agree.
A Pakistani designer living in Arizona, Saleem has seen the brunt of this insanity up close and personal, and decided to do something about it. Something that he fully admits probably won’t change a thing, but something nonetheless. We’ve seen that sometimes the best route to debunking bullshit is through satire and humor (see Stewart, John and Colbert, Stephen). Saleem takes the same route with his politically charged and over the top exhibition. Glad to see his exhibition was fully funded on Kickstarter, and I hope he gets some extra prints, because I’d definitely buy a few. More below the kick.
Over the weekend I was introduced to the work of Malaysian illustrator and graphic designer Lim Heng Swee. He has an ongoing personal project called Doodle Everyday where he uploads a new drawing on his Flickr everyday. I have seen a lot of people do projects like this, but this one stands out to me because the drawings are both cute and clever and there is never a dull day. Check below the jump to see some of my favorites, and check out Swee’s full portfolio for t-shirts, prints and other goodies.
LetterMpress is a will be a virtual letterpress environment (application), released first on the iPad that will allow anyone to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints. The creators intend to introduce a service where a user can have their LetterMpress designs turned into authentic letterpress prints. They are hoping creatives will donate some coin to the cause and help make this happen. Peeps that donate $10 bucks or more receive a promo-code to download the app (when released), a print press thank you card and your name on their site. Though nothing can really capture the raw awesomeness and magical process of the real thing, this is a good step forward.
A+ design work from Boston designer Richard Stewart. His work fits somewhere between the wild west (think hand painted saloon signage) and bad-ass turn of the century east coast metropolis (think butcher shop window treatment).
The land of the Children of the Forest.
The land of two people (the Karen and the Mon) who live without recognition or rights. The Chidlren of the Forest initiative aims to provide protection, education and assistance to those who need it most.
This project, as featured on Behance—is one that will take your breath away without knowing any details of the story. It’s an homage to the invisible good that happen in this world. It pulls at one’s reality and makes it shed a few layers.
Please read the whole story behind the featured photographs.
Thank you, photographer Thomas Cristofoletti, residing in Madrid and killing it from over there.