Music // Monday, February 23, 2015
We've previously admired Australian artist Dan McPharlin's incredible science fiction album covers (Prefuse 73, Pretty Lights). This series of sculptures by the artist are his attempt to pay tribute to early synthesizers and analog recording equipment. Rather than replicating existing machines, the focus was on creating a revisionist history where analogue technology continued to flourish uninterrupted. Each piece was hand-made from framing matt-boards, paper, plastic sheeting, string and rubber bands.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 10, 2015
You've seen "Lost In Translation." And you probably have a friend right now in Tokyo going balls to the wall on their Instagram account taking photos of them. That's right, Tokyo is synonymous with lighted billboards, constant bombardments of advertisements, and just amazingly super-future streets. French designer, Nicolas Damiens, envisions Tokyo with no ads, sort of a Sao Paulo situation, and has created a series of Animated Gifs and photos with no ads, no logos, just blank Tokyo billboards.
Design // Monday, February 09, 2015
For the past few months, we have been showing you a bunch of the great entries and award-winners from the 2014 A'Design Awards, the world's largest design competition awarding best designs, design concepts and products & services. As we have said over and over, the A'Design Awards is a great chance to see both the future of progressive design, functional design, and, really, just plain really well though-out inventions. Well, today is your lucky day. We are pleased to announce the "Call to Entries" for the A' Design Awards 2015, and we hope that our readers will be excited about Lighting Products, Exhibition Design, and Packaging Design!
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.
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.
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 // 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?
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."
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.”
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.