While it may not be the best quality in the world, you’ve got to hand it to IKEA for continually making exciting products. Their new PS collection, the seventh they’ve released so far, might just be their best one yet. IKEA asked their designers to delve into their 60 year history to find and reinterpret some classic objects. I’m a big fan of these spotted plates and bowls by Anna Efverlund, these brightly colored pendant lamps by Henrik Preutz and this polka dot cushion cover from Maria Vinka.
You can see the whole collection by clicking here.
I don’t know a lot about Smithe, but here’s what I was able to dig up. He’s an Art Director / Graffiti Artist / Dj Producer living in Gent, and I’m pretty sure he’s
Spanish Mexican, but don’t hold me to it. He makes these crazy futuristic, surrealist images though which I’m really enjoying. This is some heavy drugs kind of illustrations here (no offense Smithe), like something you’d see from the 70’s. Still, really nice line work and a unique color palette makes his work stand out.
Los Angeles certainly is not seen as a design city. It’s not Portland or New York, where designers and illustrators seem to be emerging from practically every little hideout in the city. Los Angeles is a bit scattered and coming into its own in a lot of areas, one of them actually being design. We’ve spoken to a few design types in the city previously but this week we have a bonafide boutique design studio from Los Angeles: Ludlow Kingsley.
The studio is led by Roxanne Daner and Clark Stiles, two Los Angeles based designers who met six years ago and started working together under the name Ludlow Kingsley (which is the name of their fictitious boss). They’ve been doing really stellar work and are proof of a rising group of designers in Los Angeles that are doing all sorts of fantastic stuff. The problem, as discussed in our conversation with them, is that the Los Angeles design community is still growing and–therefore–is a bit spread out, many designers, illustrators, and like artists unaware of each other’s presence. In any event, it gives us a lot of hope that we will one day rival all the other design cities in the world here in Southern California. Here’s hoping!
Check out the full interview with Roxanne and Clark here.
Trends come and go, but they’re also good markers of where we’re currently at in the design circle of life. For years now LogoLounge has been creating a trend report surveying what’s going on in the world of logo design, and the 2012 Trend Report is another great look at what’s going on.
As I review logos that are entered onto the LogoLounge site, three distinct categories start to emerge. The first and largest category is replete with trends that already have reached saturation. They may be well-rendered and serve their clients very well. Any would have been excellent candidates for trend reports in past years, but they just don’t move our field forward.
Leaders in the “done to death” category for this year include designs that include birds, dinosaurs, monsters, people as trees, transparent flip books (actually, flipping or stacked see-through pages of any kind), transparent lotus blossoms, fruit, and X’s (this final tribe where two crossed arrows or lines have words or icons in each of the four quadrants is so overdone that designers themselves have begun to parody it).
Another category is on the opposite side of the universe. Here, you might see two and maybe three logos that indicate a brewing trend with promise. But there’s no critical mass here yet, and certainly no guarantees that these will eventually grow into something bigger.
My favorite trends personally are icon clusters, anaglyphs and tesselation. Basically all the ones with multiple, bright colors. Do you find yourself falling into any of these categories?
It’s always nice to come across a room labeled “canteen” on a floorplan, and that’s the case with this project: the Kantana Institute in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. Designed by the Bangkok Project Company Limited, the project uses brick as an exterior finish in a pretty clever way. The brick lines two exterior corridors that cut across the plan perpendicular to each other, and the same brick wraps around the exterior of the building, acting as if it were both pleated and monolithic. These exterior circulation lined with brick have punched out windows, often seeming more interior than exterior. These are spaces intended to give students at the Institute a place to contemplate, even if all they can ponder is how these brick walls are constructed. The student could just look at a section drawing of the project, but where’s the fun in that?
‘Noisy Jelly’ is an amazing prototype project created by two students at Paris’s ‘L’Ensci Les Ateliers’ – Raphaël Pluvinage and Marianne Cauvard. The project works as a game – asking players to make and mould their own unique colored shapes out of jelly. Once the jelly has set it becomes a unique musical instrument unlike anything I’ve seen before. The video above shows exactly how the project works and the finished result really is fantastic looking. Pluvinage and Cauvard are also quick to add that there is absolutely no sound editing in the video – what you see is what you get!
Working on parts of Arduino and Max/Msp, the prototype uses a combination of elements to define the sounds that it creates. From the wiggling of the jelly, to the natural pressure sensitivity of it, and the vibrations of the finger – ‘Noisy Jelly’ combines these elements to create a spectrum of sounds which perfectly suits the oddness of Jelly. It’s a fantastic concept and one which I can imagine kids of all ages would love. Hopefully this project moves on from just being a prototype and someday soon becomes a reality.
Can’t remember how I came across the work of Chiao Ling Lo, but there’s something extremely charming her art. Her work is reminiscent of Nara, though really only in content and feeling, not so much in her style. Her work is mostly children, or pop icons who look like the manga cherubs. I love all the details in her work, the things that let you know she did these by hand like the hair of the girl in the image at the top right.
Of course I’m also a big fan of the colors she uses. The brighter the better. Unfortunately I couldn’t dig up more about her, it seems like she only has her Flickr. If you know anything else about her please shoot me an email/tweet/FB.
Update: Here’s more information about Chiao from a TFIB reader named Grace:
I stumbled upon your latest post on The Fox Is Black. I don’t really know this artist personally, but I happened to know some information about her via my friend. The artist’s name is actually Chiao Ling Lo. Lo is her last name. She graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts, and currently runs a design studio with her husband. I’m very glad that artists from Taiwan could gain your notice. Enclosed is their studio’s website and facebook page.
The good folks at Alamo Drafthouse and Mondo have teamed up for Summer of 1982, celebrating the best summer of movies ever. You’ve probably heard of Alamo Drafthouse, the Austin based cinema whpo shows classic films and makes stunning posters for them. Same thing here, only this around Dan McCarthy has done an incredible job of capturing the awe of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. I’m not even a huge fan of the film but that’s got to be one of the finest illustrations I’ve seen in a while.
You can get a ton of information about the Summer of 1982 by clicking here.