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It is hard to have a conversation about early space suits without talking about the defense industry. Not only did space suits evolve from pressure suits worn by Air Force pilots but their development was accelerated during the Space Race thanks to the Cold War. We’ve looked at suit prototypes developed by defense contractors, but today, we’re looking at graphic design commissioned by one of these contractors. General Dynamics is a “defense industry contractor for shipbuilding and marine systems, defense systems , land and amphibious combat systems and munitions.” The company hired Matthew Leibowitz in 1965 to make a recruitment video as a way to lure talent to the company.
I’m not sure if their strategy worked at the time, but the stills from that video are certainly alluring my eyeballs in the present. These images are nearly fifty years old and they’re clever and compelling, not just because of their subject but because Leibowitz was insanely talented. He was working for a company of military and technical experts- a company that relied on his skill to bring in new experts. Going to space presented two challenges: ability and motivation. It was the technical experts who provided the means for arriving in space, but it was the expertise of folks like Leibowitz that compelled the drive to go there.
How appropriate that the King of Hearts would be an astronaut.
Found through Aqua Velvet
People who are excited about design always gets me excited, but when they start releasing passionate, foul-mouthed, rants about the current state of half-ass design out there, well now you really have something! Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co. along with the folks over at Coudal are creating a three part documentary called Draplin Project, which obviously stars Aaron and I guess it’s going to be his thoughts on the world.
But what they’ve decided to do is give everyone a sneak peak of the film, with Mr. Draplin going on an amazing tirade of how design in America can seriously blow, and how we need to take back design and make it something amazing again. The clip is titled, Why America Is Fucked, and is really amazing, like I couldn’t agree with him more. It’s also filled with a lot of “fucks”, so if you’re sensitive you probably shouldn’t watch the video. As a sidenote, Aaron wrote a note to his parents with the video post, which I’d like to share with you all as well:
DEAR MOM AND DAD: I know you raised me well, and taught me how to speak and behave like an appropriate adult and all that, but, Jess asked the question and I got all fired up and then started swearing like a sailor. These things happen. Don’t excommunicate me.
Click here to watch the video directly, but definitely visit his Aaron’s site as well if you’ve never been. I can’t WAIT to see what else he has to say!
Found through Chris Glass
Born in a small town in Iceland in 1984, Siggi Eggertsson is a graphic designer who just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I saw his work on all sorts of sites last night, and for good reason. His muted lend of colors and shapes really stands out amongst the rest out there. His work feels almost similar to that of eBoy’s, but not really, I think their both just obsessed with tiny details.
He’s only 23 and he’s already worked with Coke, H&M, Stussy, Arkitip, Readymade and a ton more. Color me jealous.
What happens when you take a young Hungarian man with a degree in window dressing and a past in graphic design? Well that would be the work of Lehel Kovac.
Currently working in Budapest, Lehel has an awesome portfolio of work. His architectural pieces are my favorites though. The way he renders them are amazing, and then when he lays colors over the top of them, they look absolutely amazing.
Also be sure to check out his blog, which he seems to update pretty regularly.
Angelique over at MU was kind enough to e-mail some pictures of Bend the Void, Geoff McFetridge’s most recent show.
Man oh man it looks so rad! I want that giant pencil in my apartment, although it would probably fill the whole thing, easy. I need to fly to the Netherlands ASAP!
Check under the cuts for more pictures!
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