Ai Weiwei Returns with TASCHEN Monograph and Brooklyn Exhibition

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2014 brings forth two reminders that Ai Weiwei hasn’t disappeared… Yet. Working in collaboration with esteemed publishers, TASCHEN, Weiwei has put together the first comprehensive monograph of his life’s work. The release is a testament to Ai’s legacy as an artist and activist. When you’re done browsing the book, you can see his work in person at the Brooklyn Museum, which is host to Ai Weiwei: According to What? that marks the last leg of the artist’s wildly successful show.

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Nick Partyka

June 9, 2014 / By

The Greyhours “Essential” Watch

Greyhound Essential Watch

I’ve been on a minimally designed watch kick lately (just got this) so when I saw Greyhours’ newest watch I immediately wanted it. Simply called Essential, the slimmed down watch comes in a white and black versions, each only uses a subtle bit of color for the second and day hands.

When a 40 mm stainless steel case takes shelter under an ion plated silver coating with the dial dressed in white, a subtle seduction is created by the power of the design. The task of powering this beauty falls to an IsaSwiss quartz movement, driving silver hour/minute hands over black markers and a red seconds hand and date display.

If you’re not in the market for a new watch you should check out their top notch product photography, like the image above.

Bobby Solomon

June 2, 2014 / By

Dave Foster’s Intricate Hand-lettered Tweets

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Handlettering tends to be the skill I see designers practicing most outside of client work — taking on personal projects to better hone their abilities and style. Sydney-based letter and typographer Dave Foster  came up with a clever, engaging way to do so while also promoting his name. Using the clever #MayDave, Foster’s been handlettering his tweets for the entire month of May.

“Tweets are engaging, I thought it was a good way to advertise and grow my following while showing what I do,” Foster said on why he chose Twitter. “The length was capped too, which I felt would limit the difficulty somewhat.”

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Carli Krueger

May 20, 2014 / By

INSA Turns His Street Art Into Mesmerizing GIFs

INSA Turns His Street Art Into Mesmerizing GIFs

UK artist and designer INSA has taken street art to another level. He’s taken the idea of photography, street art, and GIF making and combined them all, creating what I’d say is a rather labor intensive new form of art. As the artist states himself, he’s making “cutting edge art for the Tumblr generation.”

You can see more of these pieces over on designboom.

Bobby Solomon

May 15, 2014 / By

High-Res, Printable Posters from the IBM Archives

High-Res, Printable Art from the IBM Archives

Sue Murphy, an art director at Ogilvy & Mather, started Good Design is Good Business, a single-serving site which offers high-res versions of new and classic IBM posters. You’ll find works of design by legends like Paul Rand as well as contemporary classics like HORT. Perfect for the starving student or the design lover who needs some new art for their cube.

I’m an art director in NYC at Ogilvy for IBM. I’m also a design nerd and into the importance of archiving. This is a little spot where I’m saving some beautiful IBM work I come across in the form of hi-res posters.

We also did an interview with Sue which you can find here.

Bobby Solomon

May 14, 2014 / By

An Insightful Interview with Japanese Designer Kenya Hara

Interview with Japanese Designer Kenya Hara

There’s a great interview with Kenya Hara over on Japan Times where he speaks about the future of design. It’s interesting to read that Hara’s idea of the future are intrinsically tied to the past, that Japan needs to change in order to move forward.

“I feel the designer’s role has changed in recent years from one of creating beautiful forms or clear identification for brands to one where the designer himself visualizes the possibilities of an industry.” And just to ensure he gets his point across, he restates his position in English. “Visualizing and awakening the hidden possibility of an industry,” he says.

Bobby Solomon

May 14, 2014 / By

‘My Famicase Exhibition’ Turns Video Games into Art for its Tenth Year

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It’s that time of year when Tokyo based game culture shop METEOR hosts their annual My Famiscase Exhibition, an art show unlike any other, featuring custom Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge designs. Entrants not only design original artwork, but also the creative concept behind the imagined video game. This year’s show marks the exhibitions 10th year and features talent from across the globe. It’s an interesting mishmash of video game culture and design with a unique twist on the traditional gallery experience.

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Nick Partyka

May 14, 2014 / By

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