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

Adorable Illustrations from Japanese Illustrator Kanae Sato

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Kanae Sato is a Tokyo-based illustrator whose portfolio is filled with hundreds of adorable illustrations. Made with bold and bright colors, her work is so perfectly simple that I can’t help but love it! Her images often feature concerned children and some fantastically quirky creatures. There’s a real playfulness to what she does that and the childlike innocence of her work is just fantastic.

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Philip Kennedy

May 12, 2014 / By

Eye-Catching Books Covers by Books We Made

Books We Made

Munich based duo Stephanie and Tom Ising design book covers for a living and I must say that they do a rather excellent job at it. Working under the name Books We Made, the pair have worked on book covers of all shapes and sizes, often bringing bold typographic choices and restrained colours to their designs. I reckon that a browse through their portfolio is well worth your time.

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Philip Kennedy

May 9, 2014 / By

Portfolio Update: Justin Renteria

Illustrator and mixed media artist Justin Renteria is phenomenal talent who brings a ton of detail into his work. I love the color that he brings to each piece, using vibrant blues, pinks, and yellows, which contrast nicely with the heavy blacks he uses to give definition to many of his pieces. The collage nature of his work is also extremely well integrated, the tiger piece with the weapons as stripes is a real standout.

Justin Renteria Illustrations

Justin Renteria Illustrations

Justin Renteria Illustrations

Justin Renteria Illustrations

Bobby Solomon

May 9, 2014 / By

‘Sunflower’, a new EP from Monster Rally

'Sunflower', a new EP from Monster Rally

Ted Feighan, better known as Monster Rally, is an unstoppable musician and artist who’s creativity knows no end. Last month he released yet another EP titled Sunflower which I’ve been listening to a lot lately.

The Sunflower EP was inspired by an old vinyl audio travel guide to visiting Japan. Various physical spaces during inhabit each of the four tracks, intending to evoke wandering on the street, listening to musicians, having some drinks at a hidden jazz club, walking in a beautiful garden, and drifting into a blissful dream.

Bobby Solomon

May 9, 2014 / By

Obsidian Turns Your Mac Into The Sexy Computer It Should Be

Obsidian Turns Your Mac Into The Sexy Computer It Should Be

Recently I revisited an old classic, Obsidian, which transforms the the top menu bar of your Mac to black. That’s it? Just makes a bar black? Having become a rcent convert to Obsidian I can tell you it makes a world of difference. The once prominent menu is now brought back to be a secondary element which means it’s easier to focus on the tasks in front of you. Though it’s technically a “hack” Obsidian is really easy to install and I’ve personally had no problems using it.

There’s another app they recommend you install which I would suggest as well. Bartender does a great job of keeping the top right of your menu bar clean and tidy, hiding all of your miscellaneous icons hidden away. I’d say Bartender is useful for those who choose to install Obsidian or not.

Bobby Solomon

May 9, 2014 / By

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