The folks over at Gestalten were kind enough to send me one of their newest releases, a book called Naive: Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design. I had seen the book around on a couple of blogs and as soon as I saw the beautiful Pietari Posti cover, I knew I needed it.
The book is 176 pages of art, drawings, paintings, cut outs and illustrations that have been inspired by minimalist designers like Saul Bass, Charley Harper and Alexander Girard. It’s an ode almost, to a more simple kind of art that was prevalent in the last 50 years, but seems to really be making a resurgence lately.
There’s a ton of great artists inside including Adrian Johnson, Darling Clementine, General Pattern, Human Empire, James Gulliver Hancock, Josh Cochran, Patent Pending, Silent Giant, The Heads of State and ton more. If you’re into any of the artists mention, I think you’d really love this book.
The Here & There project is a pretty ingenious map that let’s people see not only where they are, but where they’ll be if they keep going. Alright, every map does that, but this one does it in a peculiar fashion. At the bottom the buildings stand upright in front of you, and the farther you go the more overheard the map is. Pretty neat, huh?
So far there are two versions, one looking uptown from 3rd and 7th, and the other looking downtown from 3rd and 35th, which is the one you see above. You can grab these maps for $65 each by clicking here.
Think someone could make one of these based around LA? Maybe looking down Santa Monica toward the ocean?
One of my more recent obsessions as of lately is the Zebra mechanical pencil you see above. They were introduced to me by my amazing assistant Sarah whom I had over at Causecast. These things are cheap and plastic, but they’re designed pretty perfectly. They’re not too big and not too small, come in black and white, and have a great eraser to them.
You can get a 28 pack with both black and traditional yellow pencils for $10 on Amazon.
Combine three amazing brands, Ace Hotel, Generic Surplus and Arkitip, and what do you get? A sweet pair of shoes and a cute tote bag. The brands decided to work together on creating a shoe that captures “the essence of Palm Springs and the eclectic style of the (Ace) hotel grounds.”
What they came up with was a shoe that has a cotton mesh upper that is breathable, quick drying and non-slip for wearing around the pool. The soles and toe cap are rubber, and on the back there’s a little army green heel pull. They also created a fun little tote as well, which is made of the same material as the cotton uppers of the show.
I think these shoes are so rad looking, they honestly look like prfect little summer shoes. Plus if they’re being made by Generic Surplus, the offshoot of Generic Man, they’re probably going to be damn comfy. The shoes are only $85, and you can preorder a pair from Arkitip by clicking here.
I got an email from Greg over at Gama-Go last night telling me that they just opened their first flagship store in the SOMA neighborhood in San Francisco. The shop used to be home to a flooring company, but when the space opened up Gama-Go decided to move in. As Greg says, “We’ve always really liked the SOMA neighborhood & wanted to offer something that you couldn’t really find around here – namely a clothing and gift store!”
I asked Greg if they had and plans to open any stores in the future, and he said, “We’re definitely interested in opening other stores. This first one is great for helping us visualize what we want our stores to look like & what sort of experience we want to offer our customers. We have a strong relationship with LA and of course we love NYC and Chicago. I can also see us opening stores in the Northwest & perhaps overseas. Anyways, that’s all down the road a bit. Right now we’re excited to be giving our home town some love.”
The shop is located at 335 8th St. at Folsom, so if you live in SF or happen to be visiting, definitely go by the shop and say hi. They’re also having an opening party on May 2nd, so go have some beers on Gama-Go!