For some reason I keep getting drawn to these more abstract/collage type artists and British designer Pandayoghurt is no exception. Using computer graphics he creates all kinds of random (but beautiful) imagery that kind of have a very contemporary 80′s vibe to them. He also uses lots of bright colors with punches of black to offset it. Really great stuff.
Unintentionally I’ve got a Spanish vibe going with my posts, though the next post will have to do with the French, so that’s close enough. Ara Pizza is a little pizza place in Barcelona which was designed by architect Pablo Téllez to help invigorate this previously cut and dry space. Before it was just a simple, boxy space, but Mr. Téllez has filled it with triangular prisms painted a bunch of different colors, giving it a rather trippy appearance.
It’s still a rather simple space overall, filled with Dr. Yes chairs and minimal tables but the addition of that… vortex? It really makes the space seem like something unusual and fun.
Pan Pan Atelier, located in Valencia, Spain, got a wonderful bit of branding from Spanish designer Rocío Martinavarro. The new bakery’s pattern was inspired by ears of wheat, giving a nod to the ingredient that makes many of the things Pan Pan creates possible. It’s a nice shape that’s complimented well by the different custom typefaces used throughout the identity. I love the effect of the browns with the white, it has a nice, contemporary feel without being overly earthy or hippy feeling. The space is pretty rad as well, I really like the marble counter and usually I’m not a big fan of marble.
Since my post about the stairs around Julliard I found this video about some musical stairs that were installed in Odenplan, Stockholm. The idea was that if stairs were made to be fun, that more people would use them. As it turns out, the stairs saw a 66% increase in usage because of this. Cute, right?
Now imagine if we did more imaginative things like this with stairs, but instead of music they produced power? Foot traffic is one of the most under utilized forms of potential energy. In my opinion they should rip out escalator all together and make stairs that capture the energy of your step to power buildings. I definitely realize that there are people out there with disabilities and so you have elevators to help them. Wouldn’t it be nice to start using these everyday objects in a more productive way?
I spent a few minutes drooling over the work of Christopher Brand, a book designer who appears not to be able to do any wrong. Chris graduated from SVA in 2007 and since then he’s been designing some really knock out book covers and is now currently working over at Penguin Books.
I grabbed 4 of my favorite covers he did as you can see above. I love the deep blue and reds of the first cover, the faux 3D of the second, the collage-y feel of the third and the fact that he collaborated with Sam Weber on the fourth just makes him all the cooler.