The Art of Toys: A Left Coast Retrospective of Designer Toys @ the Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, California

Design // Monday, July 13, 2015
Christmas comes in July, and there’s no age limit, especially for toy and comics aficionados. Riding on the happy heels of Comic-Con in San Diego, enthusiasts can slide right into The Art of Toys: A Left Coast Retrospective of Designer Toys at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California, which opens this weekend, July 18. Julie B. from Pretty in Plastic and Heidi Johnson of Hijinx have curated a dazzling display. To help out with your early holiday hoarding, we asked a few questions.

The Picnic Posters of Steve Frykholm

Design // Friday, July 10, 2015
In 1970, a young Steve Frykholm arrived at the legendary Herman Miller Furniture Company, where Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard and George Nelson built their reputations and created the canon of modern furniture design. It wasn’t long before Steve began making waves of his own with a series of screen printed posters for the annual company picnic.

The 10 Best Logo Redesigns of All Time

Design // Monday, July 06, 2015
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a well-designed logo can be valued at twice that amount. Sure, a memorable slogan or catchy jingle can help to keep a business in the forefront of a consumer’s brain, but in the increasingly important world of branding, the logo is king. Adapting, reinventing, and refining a logo is fundamental to keeping pace. Today, most of the company logos that you recognize instantly look almost nothing like their original iterations. 

Mira Cuba: The Cuban Poster Art from 1959

Design // Thursday, July 02, 2015
Many eras have passed in Cuba since Fidel Castro took office in 1959 after the Revolution, but the special character of the graphic art spawned in that chaotic, fertile moment has endured, as this volume shows. In Cuba, posters were, and continue to be, popular tools to disseminate ideas, to encourage the Cuban people in the construction of a new society and to spread information on government programs and/or propaganda...

Adam Nathaniel Furman's Sculptures Emerging from a Fictional Shut-in

Design // Wednesday, June 24, 2015
In 2014, Adam Nathaniel Furman entered a three-month long residency with the London Design Museum. For the duration, he isolated himself in his studio and, guided by the residency's theme of identity, worked as a fictional character on his 3-D printed designs. 

Drew Leshko’s Paper Architecture

Design // Monday, June 22, 2015
Philly artist Drew Leshko creates paper-based sculptures of the places we inhabit—apartment buildings, campers, houses, and home-made structures, as well as newsstands, dumpsters and more. The detail on these pieces is pretty unbelievable, especially in person, and you can currently see his solo show at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, and in the “LAX/DTW” group show coordinated by Thinkspace Gallery and exhibited at Inner State Gallery in Detroit.

Shirane-Miyazaki's Kaleidoscopic Origami Dome

Design // Monday, June 08, 2015
Japanese artists Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki have created one of their special three-dimensional kaleidoscopic domes for Vivid Sydney 2015. The structure, made up of more than 320 geometric shapes, constantly shifts and alters the spectrum of light projected within the space and mirrors it against a reflective perspex materials which mimics the interior of a kaleidoscope. The artists are part of a space design firm in Japan that has been recognized for its work in architecture, interior design, and spatial art. 

Treehouse & Skate Bowl Living in the Woods by Foster Huntington

Design // Thursday, June 04, 2015
I want to live in the woods, too. I'm not sure I can design a treehouse fort type situation with skate bowl and hot tub beneath, but this feels very West Marin and pretty on point to living in the woods creatively. (If you live in the Bay, or have taken mushrooms and listened to the Dead, you know the West Marin reference). Foster Huntington created this treehouse with friends, and the making of is now part of a Kickstarter instructional book project, as well as a great documentation video of the process. 

Tomoo Gokita x Case Studyo "A Bathing Beauty" bronze edition

Design // Wednesday, June 03, 2015
We are huge fans of the paintings of Tomoo Gokita, and loved having him in the magazine a few months back (March 2015 to be exact). His past show at Honor Fraser (hey, it's an Honor Fraser day!) was a standout in 2015, and it is good timing that our friends at Case Studyo are about to release the "A Bathing Beauty" bronze edition of Tomoo's painting of the same name. The black and white patinated bronzes measures 28cm. x 22cm in an edition of 8 and 4 AP’s. Packaged in a silkscreened wooden box with a certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist. The edition will be released on June 4, 2015.

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.

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