Posts tagged ‘design’
I’m a huge fan of Halloween. Not because I’m a fan of trick or treating or because I’m into anything spooky (I’m the biggest coward ever!), but because I’m a huge fan of dressing up. This year I took it too seriously and did not one, not two, but four costumes. I’m especially a fan of making my own costumes. It’s, like one of my professors said, a chance to be an Art Director and show your creativity.
American Apparel knows this, and is using people’s need to show their creativity as a way to promote their brand and the versatility of their clothes. In their yearly Costume Contest, customers upload their homemade costumes to show off and be scored. The prize is just a a$100 gift certificate, but there’s already 1,163 submissions for this past Halloween.
I’m not going to re-post any of these, but I’ve decided to show my favorite homemade costume made by one of my good friends.
I bought a moleskin more than a year ago thinking I was going to fill it up. I didn’t know what I was going to fill it up with, but it’s still there waiting. Some might call me capricious, but I’m just easily distracted by bigger and better things (or so I like to tell myself).
I found an amazing post on The Jailbreak about Quoteskin a perosnal project by graphic designer Lee Crutchley who uses his pens and a Moleskin to illustrate some of his favorite quotes, thoughts and music lyrics.
Some might say I’m easily impressed (it’s a virtue), but I do admire his ability to take two simple objects and a simple concept and turn it into something that makes me smile. Here are some of my favorites:
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And to make me feel even more useless here’s a link to the My Moleskine 2.0 Exhibition which shows even more creative things to do with your moleskine.
Some things I saw online today that made me laugh:
- A list of the Top 33 Most Deadly Substances: We’re basically not safe to eat, touch or get close to anything. Some of those things are too cute to be posionous!
- How spoil your dog : Yes, I love lists, and yes, I think fur for dogs are ridiculous.
- Pimped out cars: Really? A bedazzled car?!
- Jacob or Edward: A twilight themed crop circle. What is wrong with the world?
I’ve seen a lot of webpages report on the Baby Shaped Pears that are being grown by a Chinese farmer. He’s been trying to figure them out in 2003 and he reportedly grew 10,000 pears this year. In my opinion, they look more like Buddah than a baby, but no matter what they look like they’re not worth the $5 pounds he’s selling them for. He makes them but putting a plastic mold around them at what he’s emasured to be the perfect time and taking them out of the mold before the ripen.
I find them very creepy, and wouldn’t consider eating one.
From a marketing point of view it would be interesting to see if brands would dear to dwell into this. I won’t be surprised if we soon see Mickey shaped apples in Disney World or Logos on certain vegetables.
Mari Kasurinen has taken pop reference sculptures to a whole new level. She transforms classic My Little Ponies into sculptures of some of our favorite categories. I am amazed by her talent, and how unique her sculptures are. My favorite is Edward Scissorhands. Her attention to detail is amazing. I wonder what else she can come up with. The best thing is you can commision your own my little pony.
I’d like to see some Breakfast Club, Saved by the Bell characters and Audrey Hepburn as she’s dressed in breakfast at Tiffany’s
Here’s a gallery of my favorites:
The Sartorialist is one of those pages that I have to check everyday. I love the outfits, the people and the photographs. I would love to spend a day by his side seeing how he works and approaches people. I’ve never been able to go up to somebody and just ask them to pose. But more than wanting to learn how he works I want to be in it (which reader doesn’t?) so I was very amused to find this chart by Refinery29 that, with humor as a medium, uses recent patterns to tell you how to get on the Sartorialist. Maybe I should start dressing in monochromatic suits with chunky and expensive accessories. I’m looking for cobblestones after work today while walking (since i can’t ride) with a vintage bicycle.
I’d love to see this concept in action. It’s a paper bottle to replace the plastic bottle. Though it’s still not as environmentally friendly as drinking regular tap water or using your own reusable thermos it offers users an option other than the typical overused plastic bottle. Yes, it has its shortcomings (it still needs to be recycled, paper production takes a lot of energy, people won’t catch on…), but at least it’s proof that people are thinking the right way.
Each day, Americans throw out 60 million plastic bottles. Only 14% actually get recycled—meaning 86% become garbage or litter. We looked at this as a radical problem requiring an equally radical solution. Could we design a container that would leverage sustainability, be easy to transport, and enhance the consumer’s drinking experience?
The 360 Paper Bottle is a sustainable vision of the future. It is the first totally recyclable paper container made from 100% renewable resources. Versatile in its range of consumer applications and made from food-safe and fully recyclable materials, it decreases energy consumed throughout the product life cycle without sacrificing functionality. It is paper packaging that stands up to all liquid categories.
This is a project from BrandImage that still needs a branded home in order to work.
‘Mourning Objects’ by Anna Schwamborn is a line of concept jewelry that is made up of your deceased loved one’s hair or ashes.Besides pure hair being used, cremated human ashes are mixed with black bone china, the world´s highest class porcelain. In her own words:
Wearable body pieces including human material
The collection of objects contains post-mortem memorial pieces which include aspects of a deceased corpse, namely hair and cremated ashes.
She has worked for Alexander McQueen and Vivianne Westwood, but had definitely gone crazier than both.
I find these to be not only ugly, but also very creepy. They have an erie quality to them and I don’t think anybody I know would like to be immortilized into odd-looking jewelry. This macabre jewelry line is very depressing. Jewelry should make you smile (or drool a little.)
I don’t think even Morticia Adams would be caught dead in these.
The The Anonymous Hugging Wall is an installation by Keetra Dean Dixon that can be found in London. Sadly, the webpage doesn’t say where I can find it or how long it’s up for.
I’m sure you can’t help but smile when you walk by.