Monthly Archive for October, 2009

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People’s design awards

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PEOPLE’S DESIGN AWARD

FINDINGS Don’t forget to nominate and vote for this year’s Cooper Hewitt People’s Design Award. I quickly browsed through the selection…not sure which one I will vote for just yet. And for those of you in NY…there will be free admission to Cooper Hewitt for National Design Week, October 18—24.

Coco before chanel

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COCO BEFORE CHANEL

FILMS Seems like there has been a trend in films about fashion lately. Coco Before Chanel is a film featuring Audrey Tautou about the life and passions of Coco Chanel. Many people spend thousands of dollars on luxury branded purses, however, often times they forget that there’s a passionate artist behind a logo. If you’re interested in watching more films on fashion check out:
Valentino The Last Emperor
The September Issue
Coco Chanel
Marc Jacob & Louis Vuitton
Lagerfeld Confidential

Our machine

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OUR MACHINE

GRAPHIC DESIGN The work in this portfolio can be characterized as retro, eclectic, hip, and vibrant. See for yourself…check it out here.

Design for Life

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DESIGN FOR LIFE

VIDEO It sure does seem like anyone can get a reality show these days…even Phillipe Stark. In this BBC program, he will be hand picking 12 young contestants and giving them the opportunity to work with him. The first episode is available on Vimeo.

Felt and wire shop

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FELT AND WIRE SHOP

FINDINGS My friend, Alyson, has just set up shop over at her lovely blog, Felt and Wire. It’s a curated collection of goods by superstar designers. Some products from Chen Design, Michael Osborne, and Adams Morioka just to name a few.

Simsim

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FINDINGS I grew up loving Sesame Street. There was something so magical about a world filled with friendly muppets, nice neighbors, and fun adventures. It’s amazing what Sesame Street does to educate children throughout the world. It’s not just about learning your ABCs but it’s about learning and coping with world issues.

Ben ben world

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BEN BEN WORLD

GRAPHIC DESIGN Benoît Bodhuin’s stunning portfolio utilizes bold geometric shapes to his advantage.

Decoding Mr. Pollock

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DECODING MR. POLLOCK

FINDINGS It might be a possibility that Abstract Expressionist, Jackson Pollock, hid his name amid brush strokes of his legendary 1943 mural. It always fascinates me when artists leave behind messages in their paintings…giving us subtle clues into their life story.

5.5.5

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EVENTS Just got back from the 5.5.5 event held by Chronicle Books. Five wonderful bloggers were invited to speak for 5 minutes and then answered 5 questions from the audience. The event featured:
Dave Cuzner of Grain Edit
Joe Pemberton of Typophile
Suzanne Lagasa of Chronicle Books
Lauren Smith and Derek Fagerstrom of Smartsandcrafts.com & Curiosity Shoppe
David Pescovitz of Boingboing Make sure to check out Boingboing.net tomorrow ‘cus they’ll be launching a new design.

Walter Robinson

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WALTER ROBINSON

ART Walter Robinson is a Bay Area artist who uses his work to investigate the ways that we create identities out of the products we consume. Branding, corporate logos, mascots, cartoon characters, advertising text and signage are the semiotic sources he draws from. He is currently showing his work at the San Jose Museum of Art.