vespalogy

to celebrate vespa’s 60th anniversary, french creative agency nomoon created the below animated retrospective of vespa’s evolution from 1943 until 2013.

i’ve long wanted a vespa/scooter…someday. i like 1969…i do not like 2013.

design by intention

this clip played at the start of wwdc:

with all the hype around ios 7, and the buzz words (“flat”, “skeuomorphism” ) being thrown around…i don’t really care. i’m not surprised that a company so focused on good design and simplicity has such a beautifully-animated design manifesto/statement.

source: fast co design

this makes school and work look fun + cool

stay hungry, stay foolish: remembering steve + michael

steve jobs
1955 – 2011

john lasseter + steve jobs

why?
because he valued design and aesthetics as much as function and performance
because he constantly strove to be the best–even until the end. i don’t think it’s a coincidence he died only a day after the iphone 4s was released. he was in it until the end.
because of his creativity and innovation
because i don’t think pixar would be here today if it wasn’t for him
because of his charisma and his ability to inspire others
because he was a regular guy

an oldie but goodie:

michael jackson
1958 – 2009

why?
because he’s the moon walker
because of his compassion and empathy
because he was also a perfectionist
because he felt lonely
because he truly loved his fans
because i abandoned him

why thrill billie jean when you can be a smooth criminal?

because…they left us too soon…were game-changers, no–world-changers…there will never be anyone else like them
rest in peace
i will miss you both, always

damn you, penguin!

penguin books strikes again.  now they’re coming out with an embroidered collection called “penguin threads” by jillian tamaki.  what kills me is that they’re pretty much the same titles as what’s offered by their other designer collection i posted about earlier.  in fact, i just got my copy of alice’s adventures in wonderland and through the looking glass from amazon this weekend.

but these look beautifully crafted–makes me wonder about the price point.

i liked black beauty when i was younger, so that’s a possibility.  and the secret garden again.  damn you, penguin!  and damn myself for being such a sucker.

work in progress

to see the full flap designs, check out her sketch blog entry.

designers help with japan’s disaster aid

i’ve always felt a personal connection to japan and the japanese culture as i’ve long been interested in it, studied there when i was in college, and visited around this time last year.

with the powerful 8.9 earthquake (and many more aftershocks), ensuing tsunami, and nuclear meltdown worries i can’t imagine the hardship the japanese are facing right now.

the tragedy hits a little close to home as ibaraki prefecture, where i studied, was one of the areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami.  i still have friends who live there–one of them in tochigi and went for over 12 hours without electricity, but is thankfully fine otherwise.  one of the girls i studied abroad with flew into sendai airport the day of the earthquake and tsunami and became one of the missing americans.  her story’s pretty amazing, and even more so for me since i know her.  she has been teaching english in japan for the past several years and recently came home permanently but she flew back that fateful day to see her students graduate in march.  you can imagine the anguish her family experienced after what happened, only knowing that their daughter was “staying with friends”.  her sister tweeted to nbc’s “the today show’s” ann curry for help and boy, did she respond!  ann curry flew out to japan and successfully located her.  i can’t figure out how to embed the video in my post, but for those who are curious to hear the touching story play out, please see the clip on msnbc.

there has been an outpouring of care and aid and i’ve noticed that there has been an increasing trend of designers who want to utilize their talents to help the relief organizations.  i think this is awesome and can be great for those who wouldn’t donate otherwise, or even for those who would like a physical token to remind them of the devastation that happened (and is still happening).  not only does it help these good causes, but it also supports design talent.

i’ve included a lot of the ones i thought were well-designed, but there are many more.  if you’re interested in purchasing or just learning more, click the image to be redirected:

 

bape/baby milo's charity tee, proceeds going to the disaster relief effort

mike shinoda of linkin park's t-shirts (another design available), all profits benefit survivors of the quake & tsunami

adapt's t-shirt (black/white), 100% of proceeds going to the american red cross

jesse ledoux's art print, $25 from each print sold going to the international red cross

ajdimarucot's art print, all proceeds going to red cross

w+k studio's thank you poster for at least a $25 donation to red cross

etsy's thelivingconspiracy's print; 100% proceeds going to red cross

rojo foto's print for a $15 donation to team

james white's print, all profits donated to japanese disaster relief

zac neulieb's poster, all proceeds going to american red cross

rob dobi's print, all proceed benefiting disaster relief

carrrrrlos' print, all proceeds going to global living

daniel freytag's print, 100% of proceeds going to the british red cross

linda yuki nakanishi's art print, 100% of the proceeds going to canadian red cross

lady gaga's $5 bracelet + optional donation to relief efforts

 

roberu's leather wristbands, all proceeds to benefit red cross

corter's leather bracelet, all proceeds going to red cross

ken+dana design's sterling silver necklace, $30 from each sold going to red cross

joan hornig's sterling silver necklace, 100% proceeds benefiting a charity of your choice

scout books' 3-pack of notebooks, all proceeds going to mercy corps

there's even street art for japan!

so as you can see, there are a lot of options out there.  for even more, check out design for japan.

and for those of you near l.a., takami sushi & robata is currently donation 100% of their profits to japan earthquake and tsunami victims.  the restaurant hasn’t set a specific end date so you may want to inquire when you book reservations or while you’re there.  there seems to be a yelp group organizing a dinner event there on march 31st.  i recommend the chilean sea bass.

these are the ones that i’m personally considering: a paperback zine with contributors such as peter taville, alexa chung, and tavi; a 100% cotton oversized t-shirt; and a vintage lucite necklace.

afterzine donates $5 from the sale of each $10 paperback zine to red cross

multeepurpose's oversized tee for women, more designs available, with all proceeds going to red cross

shamila's ivory & gold carved necklace, all proceeds going to japan red cross

as i’ve been scouring the web, i came across one designer who was flamed for the art print he created.  he was accused of trying to gain recognition and profiting off of the disaster.  while the consumer may not know if any of the money used to purchase these goods are actually going towards the causes the merchants claims they are, i think we should give them the benefit of the doubt.  and i think it’s too much to expect that 100% of the sales price go toward the relief organizations (it’s usually just 100% of the profit/proceeds).  most of these are small shops/artists who can’t afford to spend so much time to create these products at a cost to themselves.

daft…coke?!

if you know me, you know i love daft punk.  the past year or 2 has been like daft punk mania because of kanye west’s “stronger”, dj hero, tron: legacy, etc.  there are all kinds of daft punk-related merchandise out there.  adding to all this, coca-cola (the beverage of choice for many) has collaborated with the french duo for limited edition coke bottles.  the set’s called “daft punk x coca-cola club coke” and will be sold at clubs in france and as a collector’s box at colette in paris.  they’ll be released march 2011, when the www.daftcoke.com site goes live.

below is the teaser image.  as you can see, the bottles resemble the famous gold and silver helmets donned by guy-manuel de homem-christo and thomas bangalter to assume anonymity.  i like guy-manuel’s helmet more so it’s no surprise that i prefer the gold bottle.

i personally think the design is too simplistic and lacking.  it’s nice that they kept it refined and sophisticated but the design isn’t very special for a collaboration.  i do like the matte metallic finish though.  and being the sucker i am, i still want a set…so who’s going to france after march and wants to pick up a set for me..??

i have to agree with this comment from stereogum–“I preferred Daft Punk when they made awesome albums instead of sodas, toys, and movie appearances.”

i did somewhat recently acquire these medicom be@rbrick figures:

these are the tron: legacy edition…they also have kubrick (non-bear) and other editions (non-tron).  i was lucky enough to score guy-manuel (left) out of 2 blind boxes.  these are in the artist 21 series; boyfriend scored batman out of his 2 so we got very lucky.  i had to purchase thomas (right) off ebay.  they’re now sitting comfortably on my monitors at work.

other daft punk references in the work space: the tron: legacy soundtrack flier i picked up at the tron night special screening and both dj’s in papercraft form, crafted and gifted by the awesome boyfriend.

book worm

i was in anthropologie at lunch today and found so many interesting looking books.  i definitely want some of these.

these cloth-bound penguin classic books are very appealing.  they’re beautiful…too bad i’m not especially fond of any of these.  i really like the designs for the children’s classics:

these titles are available at anthropologie for $16.99 each: anne of green gables, the secret garden, the adventures of robin hood, peter pan, the adventures of huckleberry finn, and the wind in the willows.  maybe i should get the secret garden…i think i enjoyed that when i was young; i actually already have a copy but this one’s so much nicer.  actually, screw that, i just looked these up on amazon.  as expected, they’re cheaper and have more titles.  i love the fairy tales from hans christian andersen…even if they have sad endings.

there’s also a series with classic literature for the older audience.

anthropologie has sense & sensibility, little women, the sonnets & a lover’s complaint, wuthering heights, and pride & prejudice.  and of course i’m off to see what else is available as none of these titles thrill me either.

my first new york: early adventures in the big city looked interesting too:

it’s a collection of tales recounted by notable figures (actors, artists, etc.) of their experiences in the big apple.

another one that got added to the wish list is a personal style book by amanda brook with a foreword by diane von furstenberg called i love your style: how to define and refine your personal style.

i didn’t actually see these in store but they looked promising:

and since we’re on-topic, i finally got my own collection of the harry potter series.  harry potter is one of my favorite books and i have never had any copies of my own.  i started reading it in early high school and borrowed them from friends.  since i started reading when the series was still new, i had to wait each year for the next sequel and often forgot the details of previous books.  so it’s been a longtime personal goal to reread the series back to back, which i did this past christmas holiday.  and i purchased this box set but haven’t actually read any yet:

these are the british press version so it has the original spelling and text.  this is a special edition that comes with the original illustrations and an embossed signature from j.k. rowling.  it’s interesting to note the subtle differences between the bloombury and scholastic editions.  for example, did you know the original title for the first book is actually harry potter and the philosopher’s stone?  they changed it to the harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone in the us.  apparently they thought that kids wouldn’t be interested in something with philosophy in the title.

stackable giraffe family

i just saw these pots in the new anthropologie catalog and i love them.  they’re so adorable!  i like giraffes and when they’re stacked, they remind me of my “piggy back” art print from artist rachel deacon.  i actually do need a pot for my mini gerbera daisy plant at work but i wouldn’t want to orphan the baby and i wouldn’t know what to do with the others.  i need my own place already!  i have already added it to my amazon future home wish list but i wish i could have instant gratification.

anthropologie giraffe stack pots, taupe

"piggy back" by rachel deacon

the set of 3 stackable giraffe pots is being sold at anthropologie for $128 and is available in taupe (pictured in this post) and rainbow.  there’s also an elephant version.

tea for two

i’ve seen this matryoshka tea for two set on urban outfitters and thought it was cute.

matryoshka tea for two

 

i found out recently that there are more designs, and i think the astronaut and snow white versions are super cute–i added them to my amazon wish list!

astronaut tea for two

snow white tea set

neatoshop sells all of them, including an alice in wonderland one.