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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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DesignerCon 2018 Moves To The Anaheim Convention Center

13 years ago, DesignerCon (aka DCON, presented by 3DRetro) debuted at the Pasadena Convention Center and quickly became the West Coast’s premier convention for fans, collectors and creators of cutting-edge collectible art and vinyl toys. Now, after over a decade of growth, DCON is moving to the Anaheim Convention Center, tripling in size to 350,000 square feet of vendor exhibition and programming space.

Last year, over 37,000 people attended DCON to buy art and related merchandise from renowned artists and brands such as Paul Frank, KidRobot,Mighty Jaxx, Pop Life and more. This year they’re returning along with over 800 other artists and vendors, and attendance is expected to exceed 50,000. Chevy Metal, the alter-ego of the Foo Fighters, is confirmed as the headlining band of the Saturday night after party. Secret Walls will be returning with their world-class art battle. Universal Studios will be hosting a special Jurassic Park themed art show in honor of the franchise’s 25th anniversary, and the Keith Haring Estate will be celebrating what would have been the late artist’s 60th birthday with a special exhibition of The Pop Shop. For the first time ever, Japanese artist Lauren Tsai, most famous for “Terrace House,” will be exhibiting in the US at the convention. Famed Japanese toy company, MEDICOM TOY, will also be exhibiting at this year’s DCON. This will be the first time in MEDICOM TOY’s history, that they will participate as an exhibitor at a show in the USA on a full scale. More artists, vendors and special programming will be announced as they’re confirmed. 

“In some ways it’s bittersweet for us to leave behind Pasadena where the convention has grown for over a decade,” says producer Ben Goretsky. “But as a lifelong collector, I’m incredibly excited that there is enough interest in the toy world to inspire this move to such a large space. The show has already confirmed many new artists and vendors from around the world that will be joining the convention for the first time ever. This is a whole new chapter for DesignerCon.” 

DesignerCon will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 16 – 18, 2018. The convention center is located at 800 W. Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802.

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Logo-A-Gogo: Branding Pop Culture By Rian Hughes

For more than 20 years, Rian Hughes has been a versatile designer, illustrator and lettering artist working for international clients in the fields of publishing, music, sports, telecommunications, fashion and more. He has specialized in creating logo designs for the comic industry, notably for DC and Marvel products, including Batman and Robin, Batgirl, the X-Men, Captain America, Wolverine, The Spirit, The Invisibles, Shade the Changing Man, and The Atom. He has also designed logos for posters, CDs, and clothing, and produced branding for clients such as Hasbro, the Cartoon Network, Virgin Airways, Eurostar, and the BBC. 

This compendium is packed full of the best of his logo designs and offers an insight into the creative process behind his work. Preliminary sketches are shown alongside the final design, and accompanied by author commentary. An essential reference for designers to draw on in branding and other graphic design projects, the book will also fascinate anyone interested in contemporary culture. This is as good as it gets for those looking for a source of cool and inspirational logo design.

Logo-A-Gogo: Branding Pop Culture will be released on July 1, 2018.

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Coca-Cola Unveils Four New Flavors of Diet Coke

With an updated look, sleek new packaging, and the debut of four bold, new flavors, The Coca-Cola Company is re-energizing and modernizing Diet Coke for a new generation of drinkers – and offering its millions of current fans a new look and more flavors.

The company spoke to more than 10,000 people from across the country to get their ideas and inputs on potential flavor extensions, packaging updates and more. From these insights, Coca-Cola’s R&D team developed and tested more than 30 Diet Coke flavor combinations, featuring tropical, citrus and even botanical notes. Ultimately, Diet Coke landed on four flavors that received the most positive consumer responses.

Ginger Lime, Feisty Cherry, Zesty Blood Orange and Twisted Mango bring more variety to the trademark by complementing the unique, crisp taste of Diet Coke with unexpected-yet-delicious tastes.

Diet Coke and the new flavors will be packaged in sleek 12-oz. cans and sold as on-the-go singles and in eight-packs. Diet Coke also will continue to be offered in all existing package sizes, such as standard 12-oz. cans, mini cans, glass bottles and more. All new packaging and flavors hit store shelves on January 22, 2018.

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Mondo & Cyclops Print Works Partner To Release Jungle Book Print By Daniel Danger

Mondo has now partnered with Cyclops Print Works and their first collaboration will be released tomorrow.

In honor of The Jungle Book‘s Blu-Ray release on August 30th, 2016, Cyclops and Mondo will offer this timed edition print by Daniel Danger.

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The Jungle Book by Daniel Danger
Size: 24”x36”
Technique: Serigraph | 9 Colors
Edition Size: TBD by the timed-sale period.
Features: Hand-Numbered
Paper: French Pop-Tone Limeade
Printed by: D&L Screenprinting
Officially Licensed by Disney.
$60

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The Jungle Book by Daniel Danger
Size: 24”x36”
Technique: Serigraph | 9 Colors
Edition Size: TBD by the timed-sale period.
Features: Hand-Numbered
Paper: French Pop-Tone Limeade
Printed by: D&L Screenprinting
Officially Licensed by Disney.
$60

Timed-edition available from August 30th from 9 AM CST – September 2nd 12 PM CST at www.mondotees.com

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Automaton Table By Craig Thibodeau

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Craig Thibodeau created the Automaton Table, an Art Deco style table with automated movement and a variety of secret drawers and hidden details.

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There is also a circular spinning puzzle hidden inside the top of the table. Inspired by the work of David Roentgen from the 18th century.

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Check Out The First Apple Store Designed By Apple’s Design Guru Jony Ive

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A new Apple Store opened last weekend in Brussels. But this is not your typical Apple Store. Located in the heart of Belgium, this building was designed by Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s design genius who ultimately controls how the company’s bestselling hardware and software looks and feels.

Apple’s cofounder Steve Jobs is famously known for partially designing many of the Apple Stores, including their signature glass staircases, Jony Ive has never designed an Apple Store until now.

The location sports a minimalist color palette, wooden benches, a curved glass facade and potted trees inside the store.

Described as simple, elegant and friendly this pioneer store features a glimpse of what we might expect to see in future Apple retail stores.

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Katerina Kamprani, The Best Terrible Designer

For her Uncomfortable Project, Katerina Kamprani redesigned familiar household objects rendered aggravatingly unusable with a few simple adjustments.

Check out her useless take on everyday things such as open-toed rain boots, a pitcher that pours back into itself and a button as thick as thumb.

Kamprani, a designer and architect in Athens, Greece creates the objects with 3D rendering software. Her first stubborn creation was a closet with doors that opened inward.

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Coolbox Reinvents The Toolbox

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Coolbox, the world’s smartest toolbox, today announced that it is reinventing the toolbox by combining cutting-edge technology with the classic toolbox we all remember. To fund final development of the product, Coolbox has launched an Indiegogo campaign which has raised almost $250,000 in just three weeks, demonstrating the tremendous demand for the product.  The Coolbox campaign can be seen HERE.

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Coolbox will be funding on Indiegogo until March 28, 2015. Project backers can receive a Coolbox for a discounted price of $169, which is $130 less than retail price. For an extra $39, backers will receive signature-edition Coolbox tools. Manufacturing is set to begin in May with volume production beginning in June.

Coolbox features all of the classic storage and compartments you would want in a toolbox but with a modern twist to keep up with the times.  Key features of Coolbox include:

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A 20v rechargeable lithium polymer battery with 5000 mAh to charge devices and operate small power tools while working, including drills, saws and sanders

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Two USB ports for charging devices including phones and tablets

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Built-in, marine-grade 40w Bluetooth speakers that are also compatible with auxiliary cords

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A retractable 12 foot power cord and three build-in 110v/220v electrical outlets

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LED lights mounted internally and externally to help users find and use the correct tool and provide lighting to their project

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A removable, 20”x 12” double-sided dry erase board that is perfect for drawing out construction plans

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Dual cradles to dock a tablet, which enables people to view the directions for their DIY project as they work

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LCD clock that displays the time and the amount of battery level remaining in the Coolbox

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With Coolbox, you can store your tools just like any other toolbox. Fit every tool inside with the 1797.12 Cubic Inch capacity

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With heavy duty construction, Coolbox is built to take a beating. Constructed of high impact resin, heavy duty machined aluminum latches and handles, and an air/water tight lid seal, the Coolbox is engineered to last

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The creators of the Coolbox found inspiration in the frustration they experienced when having to carry lights, phone chargers and speakers with them to job sites. They knew there had to be a way to integrate all of the technology that people use, need and enjoy every day into a classic toolbox design.

“It is kind of shocking that it’s taken this long for toolboxes to catch up with technology,” said Coolbox co-Founder Chris Engelo. “People who work with toolboxes likely use technology in every other area of their life, so there’s no reason for tools to be stuck in the past.”

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40 Of The Most Creative Lamp Designs Ever

We all know that one of the easiest ways you have to light a dark corner in any room or add some atmospheric lighting to your living-room area, is to place your choice of lamp. With numerous designs, shapes, colors, dimensions or lighting abilities, lamps constitute one of the most convenient methods one has to alter the lighting tone of a room. In fact, the lighting selected and used can complete the statement of a house or improve a room’s decoration and give the feeling one is looking for. Click HERE to see 40 of the most creative lamp designs that you can find on the internet today.

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