Date Archives February 2013

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Tom Froese

Tom Froese - Anti-Bullying Day Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Tom Froese

Anti-Bullying Day, from Wikipedia:

Anti-Bullying Day (a.k.a. Pink Shirt Day) is a day celebrated during the last Wednesday of the month February in Canada, which originally started as a protest against a bullying incident at a Nova Scotia high school (Central Kings Rural High School). On this day, participants wear pink to symbolize a stand against bullying.

That’s the subject of today’s wallpaper from Vancouver based illustrator and designer Tom Froese. Tom wanted to create a piece that supported Anti-Bullying Day in an interesting and beautiful way and I think this wallpaper does the perfectly. If you look up images around the day you’ll see a lot of horrible fonts and cheesy, 90’s looking slogans, which definitely isn’t the best way to get this important message across.

What’s Tom done so well is elevated the day into something beautiful and refined. In my own opinion I think he’s made the day rather cool. It’s not a bunch of parents in ill fitting t-shirts, it’s stylish men and women in crisp pink button-ups. It’s also worth noting how lovely all the textures are on this piece, they really sell it. A huge thanks to Tom for bringing Anti-Bullying Day to my attention and for creating something so perfect to celebrate it.

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper!

Neck Plus Ultra: The Work of Henrik Vibskov

Henrik Vibskov Gestalten book

Henrik Vibskov fashion

Henrik Vibskov is a mainstay in the world of avant garde fashion. The Scandinavian designer is known for his graphic prints, outrageous knits, over-the-top runway shows, and witty way of naming his collections (aka “The Transparent Tongue” and “The Shrink Wrap Spectacular”.) A graduate of the esteemed Central St. Martins school in London, he has produced more than 20 collections, his line is carried in specialty boutiques worldwide including in his own shops in Copenhagen and New York,  and he spends his downtime drumming for the electronic band Trentemøller. As if this wasn’t enough for the artistic polymath, Gestalten recently published a monograph of Vibskov’s work and Galerie des Galeries in Paris is currently celebrating him in a solo show.

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The science behind why we love beautiful things

Baptiste Alchourroun

There was a great opinion piece in the New York Times last week from Lance Hosey who wrote about the science behind why we love beautiful things. A lot of the things he wrote about I’ve heard before but he does a great job of speaking to so many interesting aspects of science influencing beauty. Certainly worth a read.

Certain patterns also have universal appeal. Natural fractals — irregular, self-similar geometry — occur virtually everywhere in nature: in coastlines and riverways, in snowflakes and leaf veins, even in our own lungs. In recent years, physicists have found that people invariably prefer a certain mathematical density of fractals — not too thick, not too sparse. The theory is that this particular pattern echoes the shapes of trees, specifically the acacia, on the African savanna, the place stored in our genetic memory from the cradle of the human race. To paraphrase one biologist, beauty is in the genes of the beholder — home is where the genome is.

Kyle Poff’s vibrant packaging for Compartes Chocolatiers

Kyle Poff's vibrant packaging for Compartes Chocolatiers

Chicago based designer Kyle Poff is one of those rare talents who no matter what he applies his touch to it always turns to gold. We’ve been lucky enough to have him create a wallpaper for us previously, but now I wanted to speak about some of his newer work that he’s done for Compartes Chocolatiers, a local Los Angeles chocolate brand.

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The Paper Sculptures of Irving Harper

Irving Harper's paper sculptures 1

Irving Harper's paper sculptures 1

At the end of last year the guys at Herman Miller put together a wonderful series of videos called Why Design. Each one features a designer from the company’s creative network and they all give a fantastic insight into the minds of some very talented people. My favorite of the eight is with Irving Harper who talks about how he likes to make paper sculptures. Harper finds that paper is a really versatile medium and he says that it’s really easy to work with. “All you have to do is sit down, cut paper out, and score it, bend it, and glue it.” he says. He makes it sound like it’s pretty easy but once you see what he creates you’ll quickly realize that it takes far more then simple cutting, scoring bending and gluing to make work this good.

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Ursus Wehrli Organizes Everything

Ursus Wehrli The Art of Clean-Up

Ursus Wehrli The Art of Clean-Up

Last week, after several years and two talks about organizing art, Ursus Wehrli published his latest book The Art of Clean Up, wherein he attempts to organize… just about everything. Bowls of soup, a single pine branch, or even a sky full of star, it seems nothing is immune from his penchant to introduce order. His process (photographed by Geri Born and Daniel Spehr) is carried to absurd extremes, where flower arrangements are made into tidy stacks of detached petals and stems, convoluted train maps are turned into neat stacks of lines, text, and dots, and even type itself is broken down into useless stacks of lines and curves.

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