I would love to take a walk through the Shoreditch studio of ‘object’ artist Tithi Kutchamuch. She rethinks objects and their purpose and is interested in giving consumers a pause to consider what it is they are engaging with and why. There is a lot of thought put into each of her projects and each must be considered for the purpose it fulfills and how the viewer/user/consumer interacts with it. She is a bit of what you might call a ‘design engineer’. To gain a little insight into her approach, there is a nice little interview here.
Illustration and design representation agency Colagene has a unique roster of talent generating some beautiful examples of design, illustration and typography work just waiting to inspire.
There is some pretty fun and inspirational visuals collected within the visual diary of Salva López. It’s only 3 pages deep so far but shows a lot of promise.
This chair by Vladimir Tsesler (the combined works and studio of Tsesler and Voichenko) is nothing short of hot hot hot. The chair is just one tiny piece of their large and rather indescribable body of work.
I have read about this program and expressed my interest in helping and/or contributing as it is here close to home. I was hoping to teach a class this fall for CU’s advertising program, but was unable to commit since I am taking a long vacation in Europe. Fall is also usually when things ramp up for me both at my job as an Art Director at Cactus and with my work for Changethethought. I am hoping maybe I can teach in the spring of this upcoming year.
Nevertheless, this looks like it could be a really good program and there are some really intelligent people involved in making it happen. I was asked to help spread the word since this is a great contribution to our advertising and design community here in Denver/Boulder. Here is what I received as a description in my inbox:
“Opening in Boulder, Colorado this August is Boulder Digital Works (bdw.colorado.edu), which is a digital program that will teach the integration of technology, business, and creative fields. This is a unique program that is the first of its kind in America. BDW has and is working with: Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Society of Digital Agencies (SoDA), Hyper Island, Modernista, IDEO, Goodby, AKQA, Google, Microsoft, EA, Facebook, Amazon, Hulu, R/GA, Twitter including FL2, The Foundry Group, Spiremedia, Effective UI-whom will recruit from BDW. At BDW business people will experiment with the technology side, creatives will embrace the business end and technologists will pitch ideas.”
“LucyandBart is a collaboration between Lucy McRae and Bart Hess described as an instinctual stalking of fashion, architecture, performance and the body. They share a fascination with genetic manipulation and beauty expression. Unconsciously their work touches upon these themes, however it is not their intention to communicate this. They work in a primitive and limitless way creating future human shapes, blindly discovering low – tech prosthetic ways for human enhancement.”
Artist/Sculptor Xavier Veilhan has updated with more of his unique and amazing work including this sculptural piece, entitled Sophie that was created for the restaurant Le Germain. The work is so large that it starts at the ground floor and peaks through to the second floor. Its installation art that no doubt must be experienced to be appreciated in it’s entirety.
Just received word that good friend, Tami Churns has a new website put together – it is gorgeous! The site itself is a true breath of fresh air, and the work that’s featured makes me endlessly jealous. Just another taste of the kind of design that’s coming out of Baltimore right now.
I’m telling you… look out.
Director/designer Christian Bevilacqua has posted a new reel. Wow is all I have to say. For my money, it doesn’t get much better than the dancing baby in his reel.
Kinkyform sent a note about a new project they have ongoing titled the ‘Neo Gramophone‘. Its a really attractive design and sounds like an interesting concept that would make for a nice design piece at home.
“Playing vinyl back in the days the gramophone is now able to play your personal musical selection via streaming directly from itunes or directly by loading music on it via bluetooth. A simple subsurface menu (reacts upon touching the menu area) provides easy playing, simple usage like the traditional gramophone. Clean and perfect sound is a must today so the inside of the neo-gramophone features multiple speakers and a subwoofer with the horn as the bass-reflex tube.”
Kinkyform is currently seeking investors to complete their final vision of the project.
Interesting projects for a variety of mediums showcasing a really wide breadth of talent from young Tab Brown. Keep your eye on him. I don’t even know what to file him under.
Computational architects, We Are Dag were selected as one of the five finalists in the SXSW Web Awards.
They have some wild, virtually indescribable code-driven artwork in their portfolio. I wish I knew how to create work like that. Unfortunately (although I worked as a Flash developer for 3 years) I have since tried to stray from code at every turn.
I honestly abandoned the entire sneaker craze about a year ago and never looked back. However, Zuriik Shoes brought about a change of heart with their clean, modern and just flat out attractive shoes. Design goes beyond the printed page and these shoes are a shining example of that. I gotta score me a pair of those black joints. Haute.
Apparently there are no creative prima donnas at the graphic design consultancy Purpose. They could have fooled me.
The David report has got your 5 key design trends right here.
The worldwide design consultancy Ideo has relaunched their site which now features a multitude of amazing projects and examples of downright beautiful design.
Wow, I mean wow, I am just loving, absolutely loving the Analogue Miniatures from artist Dan McPharlin. I love all of his work actually but I really really love the analogue miniatures. They are brilliant. Just brilliant.
“News Knitter is a data visualization project which focuses on knitted garments as an alternative medium to visualize large scale data.
The production of knitted garments is a highly complex process which involves computer support at various steps starting with the designs of both the fabric and the shape of garments until they are ready-to-wear. In recent years, technical innovations in machine knitting have especially focused on the patterning facilities. The patterns are designed by individuals generally depending on the current trends of fashion and the intended target markets and multiplied through mass production. News Knitter translates this individual design process into a world-wide collaboration by utilizing live data streams as a base for pattern generation. Due to the dynamic nature of live data streams, the system generates patterns with unpredictable visuality.
News Knitter converts information gathered from the daily political news into clothing. Live news feed from the Internet that is broadcasted within 24 hours or a particular period is analyzed, filtered and converted into a unique visual pattern for a knitted sweater. The system consists of two different types of software: whereas one receives the content from live feeds the other converts it into visual patterns, and a fully computerized flat knitting machine produces the final output. Each product, sweater of News Knitter is an evidence/result of a specific day or period.”