Category Archives: Design

Clever Masks Custom Printed With Your Own Face

Danielle Baskin is a designer in San Francisco who created a line of unique N95 respiratory masks that work with facial recognition software.  Baskin has since updated this line to include a machine-washable protective cotton face mask that can be custom ordered with any image desired, including that of one’s own face.

More info HERE.

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Popular Logos Updated To Reflect The Age of Coronavirus

Slovenian graphic designer Jure Tovrljan has cleverly updated a number of familiar company logos to reflect the very real effect that Coronavirus has upon consumer products and services.

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The 100 Greatest Designs of Modern Times

What does it take to become a design icon? There‘s more to it than good looks. These 100 products have made our lives simpler, better, and yes, more stylish.

Check out the list from Fortune Magazine HERE.

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DesignerCon 2019 Returns To The Anaheim Convention Center November 22 – 24

DesignerCon is returning the the Anaheim Convention Center! 14 years ago, DesignerCon made its debut in Los Angeles and established itself as the largest designer toy convention in the United States. In 2018, it outgrew its original home and expanded to three times its original size at the Anaheim Convention Center. The 350,000 square feet of programming space plays host to over 800 artists and vendors, including SuperPlastic, KidRobot, Mighty Jaxx, Gary Baseman, Ron English, Camille Rose Garcia, and Jim Mahfood, as well as street brands like Dumb Good. DesignerCon 2019 returns to the Anaheim Convention Center bigger than ever and just in time for holiday shopping, from November 22 – 24, 2019.

Grossing over $350 million worldwide, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse made one of the biggest impacts on popular culture of any movie in the past year. For 2019, Sony has partnered with DesignerCon to showcase a glitch art tunnel drawing attendees into the Spider-Verse themselves with a cutting-edge VR tunnel, featuring original art and animation from the groundbreaking film.  

Returning for the second year in a row, MEDICOM will immerse attendees in a jaw-dropping array of merch hard to find outside of Japan. The company will be providing VIPs with an exclusive and limited-edition Bearbrick of the DesignerCon mascot. Artists Luke Chueh, Joe Ledbetter, Tristan Eaton, Kano, and Steven Harrington are also teaming up with MEDICOM to release custom-designed Bearbricks exclusively available at the convention on a first come, first serve basis. 

A themed art show this year will honor the Jedi Master himself, Mark Hamill, with an art show curated by Carman Acosta aka Jane Dope, titled Hamilltoon: The Many Voices of Mark Hamill. Mark Hamill is scheduled to appear to check-out the art and celebrate the release of the DesignerCon exclusive Mark Hamill Funko Pop ONLY available at DesignerCon.

New to DesignerCon is Beyond Eden, a new section dedicated to galleries showcasing original works by artists in the low-brow, outsider, pop-surrealist movements, curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Gallery. Juxtapoz Magazine has also partnered with DesignerCon to host a series of panel discussions and podcasts live at the show. 

A new addition in 2018, the Techzone will return for the second year in a row with even more VR and XR experiences to immerse convention-goers in the most cutting-edge narratives in the world. 

Built as a tribute to pop art and the brilliant minds that create it, DesignerCon continues the tradition of commissioning original works to set the tone for each year’s convention. For 2019, artist Steve Harrington has been commissioned to design the attendee badges, while Camille Rose Garcia will design the cover booklet. Additionally, billboard advertisements for the convention will be created by Steven Harrington, Jim Mahfood, Matt Gondek, and Scott Tolleson.

This year will feature a larger selection of cutting-edge streetwear brands like X-Large, and NTWRK will even be doing live broadcasts from the convention. 

After growing for over a decade into the largest designer toy convention in the World, DesignerCon has become a destination for the creative minds behind your favorite pop culture mementos from prints, to pins, to toys, to original art. There is something here for everyone who loves pop culture!

Following its massive success from last year, DesignerCon wlll once again host a special Friday night opening giving VIP pass holders first and exclusive access to all the vendors before everyone else, as well as some of the most exclusive releases in the world. VIPs will be granted early admission at 9am on Saturday morning, one hour before opening to the general public at 10am. Saturday will conclude at 7pm, with general admission Sunday hours running from 10am to 6pm. 

Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased HERE.

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IKEA & Ori Team Up To Develop ROGNAN Robotic Furniture For Small Living Spaces

Cities are booming and at the same time living spaces are shrinking. That’s why IKEA is exploring flexible and innovative solutions that empower people to have big dreams for small homes – introducing ROGNAN robotic furniture developed in collaboration with Ori.

To meet this need, IKEA is collaborating with Ori, an American startup that has developed robotic furniture for modern living and has been challenging the limitations of space in living spaces – now introducing ROGNAN. With ROGNAN as a robotic furniture solution for small space living, people will be able to turn small spaces into smart spaces that have all the comfort and convenience of a home. ROGNAN is a bed, closet, sofa, and desk all in one! 

ROGNAN is built on Ori’s robotic platform with system thinking in mind, working with the IKEA storage solution PLATSA as a standard geometry. This means that people can easily change the function and look of ROGNAN, or move PLATSA to another place if that’s needed, being more conscious and less wasteful of what you buy by prolonging the life of the product and letting the product adapt to your life changes. ROGNAN also works with TRÅDFRI cabinet and wardrobe smart lighting.

The form, function and price of ROGNAN is based on the needs of an urban, extreme small-space living consumer; determined through home visits, data and expertise in the IKEA retail markets of Hong Kong and Japan.

The first launch of ROGNAN will be in Hong Kong and Japan during 2020. 

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Hershey’s Redesigns Milk Chocolate Bar For First Time In 125 Years

The Hershey’s brand came up with a new way to satisfy America’s love for emojis. For the first time in The Hershey Company’s 125-year history, the iconic Hershey’s brand is changing the look of its original milk chocolate bar and transforming each piece to include an emoji. The new Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Emoji Bars will feature 25 of the most popular emojis across six different emoji packaging designs – all designed to collect, share and eat. The new bars are set to launch this summer, nationwide, for a limited-time only in both standard size and snack size bars.

For those wondering why certain emojis made the cut, each one was carefully selected by parents and kids to feature meanings that would help to spark a conversation. Research showed that 87 percent of kids agreed that the new Hershey’s Emoji Bar is something they would want to share with others¹. This limited time offering will arrive just in time for summer and will also be available in the run up to back-to-school, while supplies last.

The new Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Emoji Bar has an emoji for every emotion. It offers a fun way for kids to connect with others, whether on the first day of school or if they just moved to a new neighborhood, so grab them while you can. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Emoji Bars come in standard 1.55 oz. bar (SRP: $0.99), 9.45 oz. snack size bag (SRP: $4.09).

The new Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Emoji bar will arrive in stores this summer.

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USA Today Interview: Chip Kidd, How I Became a Book Designer

With a body of work spanning from designing the iconic cover of “Jurassic Park” to writing his own novels, Chip Kidd has worked with some of the most famous names in literature and cartoons. The words and designs of the TED speaker, book cover designer, author and editor have been seen around the world, and Kidd’s advice rings true: “Do it because you love it.”

USA TODAY caught up with Kidd to talk about everything from doppio macchiatos and Carrie Fisher to developing a thick skin and what will be on the first line of his obituary.

Read the interview HERE.

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Scholastic’s New Headquarters Is Unlike Any Corporate Office You’ve Ever Seen

Clifford the Big Red Dog, Harry Potter, and Captain Underpants are staples of any kid’s bookshelf, courtesy of the New York-based book publisher Scholastic. So when the publisher redesigned its headquarters in 2018, it was only natural to decorate the walls with these famed characters.

But that posed a problem: children’s book illustrations look fantastic in context, but they can seem childish when blown up on the walls of a publishers’ office. “It looks great small, in a book, but if you blow it up on vinyl it becomes tacky looking,” says Paula Scher, the Pentagram partner who designed a series of supergraphics for Scholastic’s HQ in New York. “It feels like a promotional piece in a store–if you were at a retail [store] and they blew up a giant image from the book that’d be on some kind of cheesy stand that you threw out in five minutes.”

To elevate the classic imagery, Scher decided to approach the space as if it were a contemporary art gallery and then display each illustration in the style of a modern art piece. A Harry Potter illustration, which decorates the ceiling above the receptionist desk, looks almost like stained glass–a stylistic nod to U.K. artists Gilbert and George. An illustration of the crime-fighting characters Dog Man and Cat Kid looks like a giant comic book, inspired by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Others are just downright playful. The Magic School Bus comes to life in the form of a giant yellow pegboard with 15,000 dowels. Clifford the Big Red Dog’s portraits are actually shaggy with red fur. A large sculpture of Captain Underpants explodes through one of the walls. In fact, that wasn’t Scher’s original vision. “I wish I could have had Captain Underpants completely as Jeff Koons,” she says, though ultimately she decided that the reference wouldn’t come across to her audience.

Beyond the graphics, Scher’s crowning glory in the space is the reception desk, which is encased in what looks like a floating bookshelf. The 800 books are all replicas of titles from the Scholastic library, with Pentagram-designed fonts along their multi-colored spines.

To achieve the illusion that they’re floating, the Pentagram team pinned all of the books to the desk itself, making the appearance as magical as the contents. “Those are their heroes on the shelves,” Scher says.

    

Fast Company Story Link HERE.

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Gillette Razor Maker 

Developed in collaboration with Formlabs, the Gillette Razor Maker is a new service that lets you put your own touch on your razor’s handle. 

Dozens of designs are available, each in a handful of different colors or finishes. Once you’ve settled on a design and head 5 and 3 blade options are offered. Your razor will be created using stereolithography printing technology at their Boston headquarters and shipped right to your door in a few weeks.

Order HERE from Gillette for $19+.

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Mickey: The True Original Exhibition Celebrates 90 Years of Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse has been shaping our lives and winning our hearts for 90 years, and we think an icon like him deserves to celebrate his anniversary longer than just one day. And we’re not the only ones who think that—just announced today, Disney is opening an interactive art exhibit in New York in honor of the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse. Titled Mickey: The True Original Exhibition, the exhibit is an immersive, pop-up art exhibition inspired by Mickey’s status as a “true original” and his global impact on popular culture and art.

Running from November 8, 2018 – February 10, 2019, Mickey: The True Original Exhibition will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 60 10th Avenue, New York. Tickets are available for $38 per person at disney.com/MickeyTrueOriginal.

With 16,000 square-foot of interactive experiences, you can experience the magic of Mickey through original work from renowned and emerging contemporary artists. Curated by designer Darren Romanelli, the exhibit will feature exclusive original artwork from contemporary artists including Kenny Scharf, Amanda Ross-Ho and Shinique Smith, with more artists to be announced in the coming weeks. The experience will captivate the senses to surprise and delight guests, evoking the inspiration, creativity, and true original spirit of Mickey Mouse. The exhibit will span from Mickey’s beginning in black and white in Steamboat Willie to the technicolor world of more than 100 cartoon shorts. Get ready to step into an unforgettable journey unlike which you have ever experienced—all to celebrate Mickey!

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