In Conversation: Book Jacket Designer, Richard Bravery

Design // Tuesday, June 02, 2015
“What book are you reading?” or “This work reminds me of a quote from the post-modern author XYZ.” Invariably bandied about in culture conversations since the invention of the printing press, it’s fun and enlightening to match literature with visual art. In the past several years, UK-based art director and book cover designer Richard Bravery has envisioned these connections, and invariably paired prominent emerging artists with some of the most classic novels of the last 100 years. From Cleon Peterson on a Philip K. Dick novel, Parra on Kurt Vonnegut, and David Hockney on Ali Smith, Bravery enhances storied literature with a multi-faceted identity.

Tracey Emin covers Henry MIller for Penguin Classics

Design // Monday, June 01, 2015
As we have learned multiple times from the great people at Its Nice That, Penguin Classics in the UK is doing some great things in terms of their book cover designs. We interviewed designer Richard Bravery recently in our print edition on the topic, and today we see that YBA cornerstone Tracey Emin has lent some slightly naughty illustrations to Henry MIller's classic novels, Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. Read naughty things, cover it naughty. 

Graphic Design and Playing Cards

Design // Friday, May 29, 2015
One of the most versatile items ever invented is the playing card. The number of decks sold each year is staggering; the US Playing Card company alone sells more than 100 million decks to individuals per year and another 20 million decks to casinos. The number of games played with standard playing cards is impressive as well. Pagat, one of the largest collections of card game rules on the internet, lists more than 1,200 games, not including solitaire and newly invented, but not well known, games.

The Evolution of the Personal Website

Design // Friday, May 29, 2015
We were recently reminiscing about a stenciled t-shirt "company" that we started in High School and were disappointed to discover that the MySpace page we had created to promote it no longer existed. Remember when MySpace was where you would show how cool you were by blasting people with your favorite song on some blitzed-out template you tried to customize when they clicked on your page? 

Kaleidoscopic Tunnels Create Mesmerizing Children's Playground

Design // Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Architecture studio A2arquitectos has taken everyobody's favorite toy and/or psychedelic experience and inspired a real-life children's play area at Hotel Castell De Hams in Porto Cristo, Spain. Hexagonal reflective tunnels 9 meters long by 2 meters high reflect external views and bring natural light to the children playing in them. The rest of the space looks pretty neat too...

New Yacht Has Submerged Rooms

Design // Monday, May 11, 2015
For those of you that have more money than you know what to do with and could see yourself enjoying sleeping under water, well, this might be the perfect yacht to add to your collection. Kleindienst Group's "Floating Seahorse" debuted in Dubai (obviously) at the Dubai International Boat Show and is a marine yacht that has underwater rooms that potentially could have incredible views depending on what body of water you choose to float it in.

Design History: Vico Magistretti

Design // Saturday, May 09, 2015
Although Vico Magistretti set out to be an architect, his approach and design execution allowed him to explore more avenues than such. He would be come one of the most influential designers of his time. Magistretti made his mark by winning 2 coveted Compasso D’ Oro awards, was nominated as Royal Designer for having taught for 20 years at the Royal College of Arts, and 12 of his pieces are part of a permanent collection in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Submit Artwork or Photography That Captures "Looking Good" for LG

Design // Friday, May 08, 2015
Partnering with the global creative community platform Talenthouse, LG has released a creative brief commissioning artists to create artwork or photography that captures the theme of their new LG G Flex2 phone, "Looking Good." Artists are asked to interpret one or all of the features of the new phone through their own artistic medium and bring it to life.

ELECTRIC Gets Honoree Gear of the Year Award by Outside

Design // Tuesday, May 05, 2015
We wanted to take a second to give a shout out and send our respects to our friends at ELECTRIC eyewear who were recently honored by OUTSIDE as an honoree of OUTSIDE's annual Gear of the Year award. We love seeing all our friends doing great things, and ELECTRIC are doing a great job.

Tokyo Restaurant Decorated with Recycled Cables

Design // Friday, May 01, 2015
Designed by Japanese artist and architect Kengo Kuma, this bar-restaurant located in Kichijoji outside Tokyo is adorned withheaps of colored recycled cables. "We applied recycled LAN cables, which we call Mojamoja – to describe its shaggy, wooly look – and what is called acrylic ball (left-over melted acrylic byproduct pieces) to everything from interior materials to furniture. As the result, some amazing interior emerged, where form becomes invisible and only materiality and various colors appear as if floating in the air.


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