“Hotcakes” Combines Burlesque Illustrations and Playing Cards

"Hotcakes" Combines Burlesque Illustrations with Playing Cards

I don’t link to Kickstarter’s very often but this is a project I can’t resist. Created by Peter Dunham and Linnea Gits, the creatives behind Uusi, they’ve created a beautiful deck of cards that are inspired by burlesque and the illustrations of Andy Warhol.

Our inspiration for Hotcakes came from traditional 17th Century, full figure court cards that have a cartoonish flair and lent themselves easily to a burlesque-style exaggeration. This new and “naughty” court was then mixed with the Pop Art era’s hot-neon colors, Andy Warhol’s playful illustration style, the one-off art decks of Charles Pry and the distinctive quality of the Italian designer & artist, Emillio Pucci’s gorgeous patterns to arrive with the final look of Hotcakes.

Love the creativity of these. If you play cards often this will certainly be a conversation starter for your next get together. You can snag yourself a set by clicking here.

"Hotcakes" Combines Burlesque Illustrations with Playing Cards

"Hotcakes" Combines Burlesque Illustrations with Playing Cards

Bobby Solomon

May 5, 2014 / By

Mondo Creates ‘The Shining’ Inspired Clothes & Products

Mondo Creates 'The Shining' Inspired Clothes & Products

Jack Torrance: Mr. Grady, You WERE the caretaker here.
Grady: I’m sorry to differ with you sir, but YOU are the caretaker. You’ve always been the caretaker. I should know sir, I’ve always been here.

One of the most iconic aspects of the film The Shining is not Stanley Kubrick’s direction, nor Jack Nicholson’s demented acting: it’s the repeating carpet that lines the Overlook Hotel. The honeycomb pattern made up of warm reds and oranges is both menacing (when you think of the film) though quite aesthetically beautiful in that sort of House Industries sort of way.

Mondo, the Austin based gallery known for the appropriation of pop culture, has released the Mondo 237 collection, which is a series of clothing and home items that utilize the print. For those of you who’ve dreamed of having a cardigan (or balaclava) with the iconic pattern look no further. Personally I think the doormat is pretty rad, and the detail of having the key on the clothing tag is a nice touch. Really nice implementation all around.

Mondo Creates 'The Shining' Inspired Clothes & Products

Mondo Creates 'The Shining' Inspired Clothes & Products

Bobby Solomon

May 5, 2014 / By

‘The Endangered Song’ with Portugal. The Man is Saving Tigers by Going Extinct

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Can creativity change the world? Advertising agency DDB NY would like to think so, as demonstrated in their new campaign for the Smithsonian National Zoo, the Endangered Song. In an effort to spread awareness of the less than 400 Sumatran Tigers left in the world, the two teamed up with rock band Portugal. The Man to manufacture and record a song. Not just any ol’song, but one created to go extinct, unless digitally reproduced. It’s a wholly clever solution, reminding us of creativity’s importance and influence. I was afforded the opportunity to pick the brains of the two creatives behind it all to find out more. Continue reading this post…

Nick Partyka

May 2, 2014 / By

CYLO: A Handsome, Well-Designed Urban Bicycle

CYLO: A Handsome, Well-Designed Urban Bicycle

It’s always fun to see new takes on an old classic, and the makers of Cylo, a well-designed, urban bike, have certainly made their mark. Based in Portland, Oregon Cylo is an effort to create a bike that’s both stylish and functional while at the same time a bike that’s easy to hop on and go.

We grew up in a small town where we could do everything by bike. Once we got our first jobs in bigger cities like New York, London, Berlin, and Portland, we kept on cycling. There is nothing on the market today that answers the rigorous needs of the city with an iconic design for today. Our mission is to build beautiful bicycles that you can simply jump on and ride without having to think.

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Bobby Solomon

May 2, 2014 / By

CCTV Camera’s become Animals Thanks to Designer Eleonora Trevisanutto

Eleanor Trevisanutto - 3 Cricket

Eleanor Trevisanutto - 1 Tropical

It’s like George Orwell’s Animal Farm meets 1984 with these CCTV camera cases by Italian designer Eleonora Trevisanutto. Her creations transform dull security equipment into friendly looking animals and in the process she creates security equipment which feels far less intimidating. It’s a really interesting concept and I must say I quite like Eleonora’s brightly-colored creations.

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Philip Kennedy

April 30, 2014 / By

5 Things Instagram Should Change For A Better User Experience

5 Things Instagram Should Change For A Better User Experience

I tend to throw my random thoughts on Twitter a lot. Sometimes it’s a release for my brain, other times it’s to incite a conversation. Last week I mentioned that “Instagram could really use an in-app browser” which spurred a deluge of replies with other features that folks would love to see. So here are some of the suggestions that I thought made a lot of sense with a few of my thoughts.

 

Instagram - In App Browsing When I wrote this I was thinking specifically of the links you see on people’s profiles and how annoying it is that I have to leave the app to view them. From a product perspective you’d think the Instagram team would want to keep you in the experience no matter what but this inability defies that logic. In my mind an in-app browser, much like you use in Twitter or Paper, would fit the bill. It starts to create a tiny ecosystem from which you can discover new things. But my guess would be that there’s a larger issue when it comes to…

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Bobby Solomon

April 30, 2014 / By

In-Depth and Up Close Process Video of a Watch Being Made

NOMOS Glashütte

German based watchmakers NOMOS Glashütte are known for their high caliber of watchmaking and this video proves it. Aptly titled Look over the watchmakers’ shoulder we get an intimate look at the intricate process that goes into the making of a watch. It’s honestly mind-boggling to think of how confident these makers are at creating something with such small scale. I think it also clearly shows why these watches are so expensive: it takes a lot of work to make something so perfect.

Bobby Solomon

April 29, 2014 / By

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