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

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150/15

ny-based artist darcel is celebrating french boutique colette’s 15th anniversary as one of the world’s biggest innovators of fashion, art, design, and retail with an exhibition of his infamous character darcel disappoints.  150 of the era’s biggest influencers in art, photography, fashion, design, cinema, and music, from coco chanel to wes anderson to kaws, are “darcellized”.  the exhibition runs from february 27th until march 31st.

some of my favorites:

michel gondry

spike jonze

wes andeson

tom ford

 

victor...

and rolf

karl lagerfeld

coco chanel

anna wintour

andy warhol

takashi murakami

jeff koons

marc jacobs

there are just so many…and they’re all great!  see the rest at colette.  OR, even better…download the pdf of all the darcels!

yet another reason i hate the gmat

i want to go to this harry potter tribute exhibition!!!  unfortunately, it’s the weekend before i take the stupid gmat.  so…if you like harry potter, you’re in the area, and you’re not taking a stupid exam…go!

nucleus art gallery & store
210 east main st.
alhambra, ca 91801
saturday, 7.09.11 – monday, 8.01.11

The Harry Potter Tribute Art Exhibition is a collection of work gathered through private invitations, open submissions and the common love for all things Harry Potter.

Opening in our gallery July 9 2011, a week before the final Harry Potter film, the exhibition will feature over 50 artists and nearly 100 tribute works in paintings, sculptures and installations.

ADMISSION:
$2 per person at the door,

  • FREE to those who come in costume
  • FREE entrance prize of exclusive exhibition buttons (available while supplies last)
  • FREE admission when you Facebook, Twitter, or Blog about the event before July 2

EVENT FEATURES:

  • Complimentary Butterbeer (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Harry Potter Trivia Contest (sign in at gallery entrance, contestants picked at random)
  • Snitch Seeking Competition
  • Raffle prizes and giveaways (hourly)
  • Mystery flavored Jelly Bellies tasting station
  • Hogwarts Themed Photo Booth
  • Costume Contest (contestants sign in at gallery entrance)(3 staff judges. Winner based on: Presentation, Likeness, Craftsmanship)
  • Pop up shop by Whimsic Alley


EVENT SCHEDULE:
7pm – Exhibition Opens
7:15pm – Photo Booth Opens
8pm – 1st Raffle Giveaway (Gryffindor Scarf & Beanie Set)
8:15pm – Trivia Contest Begins (Magic Wand)
8:15pm – Snitch Seeking Contests Begin ($20 gift certificate & more)
9pm – 2nd Raffle Giveaway (Warner Bros Studio Harry Potter Exhibit Tour)
9:15pm – Costume Contest (The Sorting Hat)
10pm – Grand Prize Raffle Giveaway (Exclusive print by Mary Grandpré)

*all attendees will be sorted into houses via FREE door prize.

CONTEST DETAILS:
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/blog/harrypotter/view/1397

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Abby Boeh
Adam McDaniel
ADi
Adolie Day
Alfred Paredes
Amy Kim Kibuishi
Ana Galvañ
Andrea Rossi
Bannister
Becky Dreistadt
Bill Perkins
Bob Doucette
Britni Brault
Brittney Lee
Cheri Scholten
Chuck Groenink
Corey Godbey
Cory Loftis
Dan Krall
Dan Santat
Ellen Kim
Felicia Cano
Graham Annable
Israel Sanchez
Jaime Zollars
Jake Parker
Jared Andrew Schorr
Jason Caffoe
Johane Matte
John Hendrix
Julianna Brion
Justin Gerard
Kaspian Shore
Kazu Kibuishi
Kei Acedera
Keith Noordzy
Manuel Arenas
Mary Grandpré
Mindy Lee
Nick Iluzada
Nicole Gustafsson
Patrick Moore
Peter Breese
Sebastien Mesnard
Shannon Bonatakis
Sean Chao
So Youn Lee Tran Nguyen
Tang Kheng Heng
Tim Wood
Tony Lombardo
Whitney Mitchell
William Stout
Wilson Swain
and more…

check out the blog:
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/blog/harrypotter

submission details:
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/forms/blog/8

here’s what one of my favorite artists, scott c. campbell, submitted:

ok, i didn’t read it too carefully until i started blogging it and now i REALLY want to go…maybe i will…

especially since i get free admission for blogging (purely unintentional)!

well, even though i won’t (shouldn’t be) able to make the opening reception…i’ll at least check out the exhibition since it runs until august 1st.

cold mailman | time is of the essence

pretty cool cold mailman “time is of the essence” music video from norwegian director andré chocron, starring nothing but architecture.  through the use of time lapse, he creates a light animation using the windows of residential towers in eastern oslo.  he makes the buildings look like equalizers; i particularly like the parts where words are spelled out and graphical icons are made…the setting moon is pretty cool too.

:: from fast co design ::

hotel missoni

i’m pretty excited that my firm’s working on hotel missoni belek, antalya in turkey.  we have some amazing designs and projects, but unfortunately i can’t afford to stay at any of these luxe hotels.

to give you an idea of what it might look like, here are photos from the other hotel missoni properties.

hotel missoni edinburgh

hotel missoni kuwait

hotel missoni belek, antalya isn’t slated to open until 2014.  other locations in the works are oman (2013) and brazil (2014).

i normally find missoni clothing too loud and 70’s-looking but i’m loving how it looks as an interiors palette…especially the vibrant colors and patterns.  now i’m really excited for the target collaboration.

and here’s a sneak peak to that!

over 400 products, priced all the way from $2.99 to $599.99…thankfully, most are supposed to be under $40.  i’ll be counting the days until september 13th.

the china comic & animation museum (ccam)

i saw renderings of and was pretty excited for the china comic and animation museum (ccam) but i didn’t realize that china is hoping to overtake the u.s.  in animation.  whoa whoa, china…a little ambitious trying to transform hangzhou into the animation capital of the world.

the best animation studios and histories are from the u.s., but even still, let’s not forget japan and korea.  a lot of animation is currently outsourced but none of these studios are getting acclaim for the work they’re producing, because well…it’s not really theirs to own.  if they want to be true animation masters, that means more than the technical animation–it means they have to be master storytellers, because that’s the real key (i.e. pixar, disney in the “golden age”).  most entertainment globally is still coming from hollywood/the u.s., i’m not sure how china plans on breaking this–even bollywood hasn’t done it and it’s been doing it for a lot longer.

but in any case, the museum designed by mvrdv still looks amazing and i hope to visit some day…especially since i’ve never really been to china.

mvrdv designed the buildings to look like 3d speech/thought bubbles…cute right?

for more information on the museum and how spending $130 million may not be the best way to stimulate china’s economy, read fast company design‘s piece on the subject.

the shoes appreciation society

a visual guide to shoes of all styles:

design by niege borges

 

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.

chanel + colette

two legendary fashion addresses–chanel 31 rue cambon and colette 213 rue saint-honore–are collaborating for a boutique located at 336-34 rure saint-honore.

the boutique is a former garage and the installation will combine fashion, visual arts, and musical performances.  the chanel spring/summer 2011 collection is being juxtaposed with selections by young designers chosen by colette.  a mademoiselle bag in the famous colette color will be originally customized by various artists, such as kevin lyons, soledad, andre, fafi, and so-me.

below are some images by karl hab for hypebeast from the opening:

 

can't get over my shock of having a chanel flap getting scribbled on

wish i was feeling colette blue, so electric…

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.