You Have Some Legos On Your Face...

Design // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I have spent most of the morning trying to figure out these Lego masks. As DesignBoom points out, "for London’s menswear AW 15 show, designers Agi & Sam asked UK make-up artist and beauty editor of ID-magazine Isamaya Ffrench to create LEGO masks like weird outgrowths on the models’ faces." For the most part, I'm trying to decipher if this is about the construction of human's DNA, a comment on consumerism, a way to save money instead of crazy elaborate masks, or maybe someone just likes Legos. It's the latter of the latter.

Design Process: Analog vs. Digital

Design // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
In the past few years of my professional design career I have often pondered over what it might be like to design without the modern tools I have been provided. Would I ideate, sketch, or build my concepts in the same manner? Would my way of thinking about a project be different because of the tools I utilize to create it? Would famed designers like the Eames or Le Corbusier have taken the same steps and been so dramatically influential if they were in a modern era?

Spend the Night in Sweden's Ice Hotel

Design // Monday, January 12, 2015
Bring your parka, this ice hotel is not for the faint of heart. The temperature never drops below 23 degrees Fahrenheit and guests sport thermal underwear and hats and slip into a sleeping bag atop blocks of ice, a thick mattress, and reindeer skins. Now in its 25th year, the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden welcoes 50,000 visitors each year under a new artistic scheme. Each year, thousands of artists and creatives take part in influencing the design of the hotel. 1,000 tons of frozen water and 30,000 m3 of 'snice' (snow and ice particles mixed with air) make up this year's edition.

Nasa's "vintage" travel posters for newly discovered planets

Design // Friday, January 09, 2015
We're going to the moon!!! Or, some really far-off distant planet! NASA, probably just sitting around their offices really bored about looking into space around the holidays, have created "vintage" style travel posters for 3 newly discovered planets, including the ever-popular Kepler-16b. As the Guardian notes, "(The posters) created by the space agency’s visual strategists Joby Harris, David Delgado and Dan Goods, the posters feature art-deco typography, bold colours and classic design, evocative of the golden age of travel."

The Quiet Life with Andy Mueller

Design // Thursday, January 08, 2015
When we first met Andy Mueller, he was a photographer with this little side-project clothing line, The Quiet Life, and it sat, well, quietly in the background. Today, The Quiet Life has grown into a full-force brand with a wide array of apparel and accessories that reflect not only Andy’s history in skate and design but fine art as well.

Alleles Design Studio's Fashionable Prosthetics

Design // Thursday, January 08, 2015
‘The Alleles’ design studio was founded in an effort to create affordable and accessible prosthetic covers for lower limb amputees. This product was designed with the intention of fitting onto one’s existing endoskeletal prosthesis to create the form of a leg without the need of going to a clinic.

"Preserving Human Dignity" by Ben Pawle: The One-handed Condom Wrapper

Design // Wednesday, January 07, 2015
A couple of years ago designer Ben Pawle created a simple design for the project “Preserving Human Dignity”. He successfully did just that, with a simple, awkward life moment that was made easier by a change in package design. As the phrase goes, “it’s the little things in life that make all the difference.” From the artist, “The project evolved from a healthcare project concerning Hemiplegia, a stroke of the womb with debilitating mental and physical effects, with particular focus on how indignity manifests itself when performing simple daily tasks; working to reduce or prevent these moments from occurring by providing an inclusively designed intervention.”

Matija Cop's Unorthodox Fashion Labratory

Design // Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Matija Cop’s designs inspire instant intrigue. What are they made of? Who is the mastermind behind these unbelievable shapes? We tracked down the young Croatian designer, who is not only inspired by throwback futuristic films, but also by literature and architecture. Reminiscent of exoskeletons mixed with futuristic Elizabethan regalia, there is no line between art and fashion in his designs. They are one and the same.

Sori Yanagi: The Butterfly Stool

Design // Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Emerging from a post war climate, Japan began to establish itself as a modern design stronghold in the 1950’s. With influence of Western culture becoming highly prevalent in art, architecture, and design, the traditional Japanese approach began to blend with modern technologies. The Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi is comprised of merely two pieces of bent plywood, a stabilizing rod, and two screws. The profile, as its name is derived, appears to mimic a butterfly in flight. The simplistic form is also reminiscent of the gateways of Shinto Shrines known as Torii.

Ski-Ffy, a Collection of Science Fiction Book Cover Art

Design // Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Being lovers of book cover design, and especially vintage book cover design, and even more so vintage science fiction book cover design, we were pleased to come across Ski-Ffy, a blog that features just that.