Aaron Draplin Takes On a Logo Design Challenge

Design // Thursday, December 18, 2014
Most logos aren't designed in fifteen minutes, but most designers aren't Aaron Draplin. Aaron's a Portland fixture by way of the Midwest, the owner of Draplin Design Co., and an advocate of "blue collar" design: design that works. Here he takes our logo design challenge, creating a dozen iterations of a logo for a fictional construction company. Not inspired? Just wait. Watch as he sketches, brings his ideas into Illustrator, and tests and tunes the different iterations...

Best of 2014: 1968 - Radical Italian Furniture

Design // Thursday, December 18, 2014
1968: ITALIAN RADICAL DESIGN is the newest project from Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s TOILETPAPER in collaboration with the famed art collector and DESTE Foundation in Athens founder Dakis Joannou.

"Willy the Wheel" by Horfee x Case Studyo

Design // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Case Studyo closes out an amazing year of limited editions with artists with this fantastic "Willy the Wheel" sculpture with French artist Horfee. The graffiti/fine artist Horfee has already had one of those "mega years" with shows around the world and mind-bending graffiti work. The Willy the Wheel character shows up in Horfee's work, and now you can get it in an edition of 8 + 4APs. 

A Shrine to Circles and Dots, Squares and Rectangles

Design // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Today our continued obsession with typographic album covers has lead us to Project Thirty-Three, a collection and shrine to "circles and dots, squares and rectangles, and triangles, and the designers that make these shapes come to life on album covers." Maintained by Jive Time Records, a Seattle-based store specializing in used vinyl, the site also features other record related galleries that you can spend way too much time getting lost in...

The New Cooper Hewitt Experience

Design // Saturday, December 13, 2014
The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York just re-opened with some exciting, futuristic new features, which is a big step for the only US museum dedicated to historical and contemporary design.

Troels Carlsen for Wiibroe Årgangsøl Beer

Design // Friday, December 12, 2014
It is Friday, it is the holidays, and we could use an afternoon beer. And now we are even more thirsty after seeing that Danish artist Troels Carlsen created a unique label design for Danish specialty beer Wiibroe Årgangsøl. This is the 27th time that the company has had a Danish artist create a special label, and Carlsen being one of the best in contemporary Danish art, we love the look. 

The Typography of Blue Note Album Covers

Design // Friday, December 12, 2014
We've been a little obsessed with typographic album covers lately. It started when we got our hands on the lost James Brown/Bootsy Collins "These Are The J.B.'s" and continued with this article on Creative Review's blog about the typographic covers of Blue Note. The legendary jazz label turns 75 this year and Creative Review looks at the long history of covering its music in "wild typographic expression." 

A'Design Awards: Packaging Design

Design // Friday, December 12, 2014
As you have seen on the site over the past few weeks, the Juxtapoz staff has been looking through all the finalists for the various categories in the A'Design Awards. In summary "In a world where there are millions of products and designs launch each year, the award was born out of the desire to underline the best designs and well designed products." Today, we look at some really awesome ideas for packaging design, which could be anything from Coca Cola cans, wine bottles, rum bottles, cookies, and some really good branding for meats and fish. 

Max Bill: Timepieces for Junghans

Design // Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Swiss architect, designer, and sculptor Max Bill is widely known for his connection with the Bauhaus where he first studied under famed creators such as Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Oskar Schlemmer. Bill comes on the latter half of a generation of highly influential designers and artisans that revolutionized the way we create things today.

J Dilla figure by Pay Jay

Design // Monday, December 08, 2014
We are so excited to have the J Dilla vinyl figure by Pay Jay sitting in our office today, especially because the first edition has completely sold out! But have no fear, the second edition is in the making. Here is the lowdown The J Dilla Figure is an official Pay Jay Productions release, produced under the oversight of the Estate of James Yancey. The Figure was conceived and rendered by Detroit artist Sintex, designed and sculpted by Seoul-based toy artist P2PL. It was manufactured by Blitzway on behalf of Pay Jay. It is a collaborative release with Stussy, whose logo is officially licensed.
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