How to Stick Out Like a Severed Thumb

Design // Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Justin Poulsen knows how to make sure his promotional materials get noticed. For his 2015 mailing, the Toronto-based photographer included an incredibly realistic and painfully (in a good way) literal interpretation of a thumb drive. Using silicon, the artist created a series of severed fingers, each handcrafted and painted. Kudos Justin, kudos.

1930s Radio Wave Fashion Design

Design // Wednesday, February 04, 2015
A 1938 issue of Radio-Craft magazine featured these photos of an RCA engineer named C.E. Burnett who was taking radio waves and turning them into patters to be used on clothes and furniture. A radio and TV engineer, Burnett photographed cathode ray tubes (same ones that would later be used to make TVs), fiddled with the voltages and frequencies and created "electronic snakeskin" patterns that could be used to design textiles.

This Machine Will Teach Your Hand How To Draw

Design // Friday, January 30, 2015
Design, science and philosophy blend together in Datta’s creations. For his thesis project at Copenhagen’s Institute of Interaction Design, Datta developed devices that teach simple tasks, like drawing, by stimulating a haptic experience.

LAND "Poison Valley" @ Space 15 Twenty, LA

Design // Thursday, January 29, 2015
This Saturday, January 31st, Ryan Rhodes and Caleb Owen Everitt (aka LAND) will be opening "Poison Valley," a solo exhibition at Space 15 Twenty in Los Angeles. This will the first time the pair have exhibited in Los Angeles and comes just off the heels of their recent Tokyo exhibition with Deus ex Machina. 

Ged Palmer Demonstrates Calligraphy & Lettering Techniques

Design // Wednesday, January 28, 2015
In this short video London-based artist and sign painter Ged Palmer demonstrates calligraphy and lettering techniques.

The White Rabbit and Other Delights: 60s Posters by East Totem West

Design // Thursday, January 22, 2015
In 1967 – 1968, a small group of immensely talented people in the San Francisco Bay Area came together to form a short-lived but highly inventive poster and notecard company, East Totem West. It’s founder, Joseph McHugh, took the poster — heretofore used primarily as a travel enticement or concert announcement to a new, revolutionary place: the poster as art.

Record Cover and Poster Design by La Boca

Design // Thursday, January 22, 2015
Established in 2002, La Boca is an independent design studio specializing in illustration and image-making of various kinds. La Boca strives to "create emotional connections through our work and value any small part we can play in contributing to popular culture as a whole." La Boca has worked on a wide spectrum of international clients on projects ranging from limited edition vinyl record sleeves to full-scale campaigns that touch just about every time of media. La Boca is based in Portobello, West London.

Hotel Designed to Look Like A Precious Quartz Stone

Design // Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Dutch firm NL architects has developed one of the coolest looking proposals for a chain of hotels. The buildings are designed to take the form of a precious gemstone called Amethyst which is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry and for its supposed healing qualities. The crystalline clusters will be your windows!

Interview: Frank Clegg of Frank Clegg Leatherworks

Design // Friday, January 16, 2015
Craftsman and skilled designers have becoming a rare breed in today’s consumer market. Master artisans like Frank Clegg at Frank Clegg Leatherworks set the standard for high quality and beautifully crafted products. Frank Clegg has been producing leather goods for over 40 years in Massachusetts and Juxtapoz contributor Greg Cordeiro had the privilege of asking him a few questions about his story.

A’Design Awards: The 2014 World Design Rankings

Design // Thursday, January 15, 2015
As you have seen on our site over the past month, we have been showing you some of our favorite finalists for the A'Design Awards, which is the world's largest design competition awarding best designs, design concepts and products & services. It's a great chance to see both the future of progressive design, functional design, and, really, just plain really well though-out inventions. We loved the more interior design elements to the awards, looking at museum layouts and architecture, and now A’Design Awards have published their annual World Design Rankings for 2014: the U.S. takes the top spot, followed by Turkey, Hong Kong, Italy, and Great Britain.