Date Archives February 2013

Formal Design Education Is Necessary for Practicing Designers. Yea or Nay?

Formal Design Education Is Necessary for Practicing Designers. Yea or Nay?

The Designer’s Debate Club recently took on a topic that I think a lot of us have a strong opinion on: Formal Design Education Is Necessary for Practicing Designers. Yay or Nay? The debate was done in the traditional sense, with two teams taking a yay or nay position and arguing their side, the winner of the debate being chosen by the audience.

On the two teams you had Alice Twemlow, co-founder at SVA’s D-Crit MFA, Matteo Bologna, founding partner and principal at Mucca Design, and Abbott Miller, a partner at Pentagram arguing in the affirmative. Arguing against the motion was Kate Proulx, a designer at HUGE, Able Parris, an associate design director at Big Spaceship; and Peter Vidani, the design director at Tumblr.

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Pitchfork Classic revisit Belle & Sebastian’s “If You’re Feeling Sinister”

Belle & Sebastian's "If You're Feeling Sinister"

If You’re Feeling Sinister will always be one of my favorite albums. Released in 1996, it wasn’t until college that I was finally introduced to it. Although unknown to me at the time, my introduction to the band couldn’t have been more aptly clichéd; a mixtape from a girl far hipper then me, the backdrop of an art-school, a heavy helping of introspection and countless trips on city buses. In truth, there was no way that this album wasn’t going to play an important role in my developmental years.

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Top Five From LAIY: Week Of 2.19

Top Five From LAIY: Week Of 2.19

Oscar Week Diary 2013
If you follow movies or have visited LAIY this week, you may know a big LA happening is upon us all: it’s Oscar Week. Thanks to our friends at Vanity Fair, we got to attend some kind of ridiculous parties that we spoke about on the site this week. Moreover, we shared some special LA/Oscar items all Friday which we’ll talk about more in a minute…

A Tour Of Gensler Los Angeles
International architecture and consulting company Gensler has a fantastic Downtown space in an old Bank of America. It feels like a more high tech cousin to Wieden-Kennedy’s Portland office and is super, super fabulous. We’d love work here!

Questions With A Visitor: Terre Thaemiltz, AKA DJ Sprinkles
Terre Thaemiltz is the best working house artist around. Hands down. He’s making his long awaited LA debut at a show tomorrow night. We had the chance to speak with him about his thoughts on LA. What does he think? We’ll just say he won’t be moving here any time soon…

Billy By Tyler Adams
Tyler Adams is a young fashion photographer currently attending Art Center. He does a great job with editorial photography but his personal work, where he gets weird, is super great. The best example of this is his series Billy which sees a genderless/genderfull androgynous guy. He is super colorful and juxtaposed against LA and the result is an almost futuristic, not LA photo set. It’s great.

Oscar Prints From Gallery 1988
One of our favorite things we shared in our Friday Oscar postings was some work The Academy commissioned Gallery 1988 to do. It included everything from an Olly Moss interpretation of every year’s big Oscar wins to Nan Lawson making cutesy cinema Valentine’s. This is a huge collaboration and we’re so glad it happened: a rare moment of The Industry supporting local art!

Thinking about Color and Light

Hayward Gallery Light Show

I’m envious of Londoners for many reasons, this is one of them. These are images of the Light Show, an exhibition currently on view at the Hayward Gallery until the end of April. The show presents the work of artists generated over the past fifty years, all using light to create a variety of stunning effects. There’s just something about light that is so alluring. Even when it isn’t warm and inviting, it can still be captivating… like when it’s saturated and immersive as it is in several of these installations.

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Space Suit of the Week

Snurk - Astronaut Duvet

Snurk - Astronaut Duvet 2

Dream big. Dutch ‘horizontal living’ design firm Snurk unveiled their latest duvet cover featuring an exact replica of a European Space Agency (ESA) spacesuit, right down to the last buckle mirrors of the European spacewalkers. Now when you’re tucked up in bed, you’ll be counting exoplanets rather than sheep. As much as I love the concept and the beautiful product photographs that accompany it, I do really wish they included a young girl and/or someone with a little diversity. Astronauts/Cosmonauts is an exclusively bro club–but we all can dream.

Found via HiComsumption. Thanks to Alex, Jenny, & Isaac for the tip-off.

André Carrilho’s Live Illustrations for Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue

Andre Carrilho's live illustration for Vanity Fair

Live illustration by Andre Carrilho

The Academy Awards are airing this Sunday, and in anticipation of the event, Vanity Fair has dedicated its March issue to all things Hollywood. To be fair, they do this every March, but this year’s issue sees Tinseltown through an illustration made popular 80 years ago. In 1933, caricaturist Miguel Covarrubias illustrated the brightest stars of the time against a Malibu beach backdrop. This year,  artist André Carrilho riffs on the theme but takes it a step further by filming his entire process—from freehand drawing to Photoshop rendering.

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Bicycled – A Bike Made Out of Cars

BICYCLED » A bike made out of cars

BICYCLED » A bike made out of cars

I got an email the other days from Nicolás Gomez telling me of a new project he’s started at LOLA Madrid called Bicycled. The aim of the project is to create new bicycles from old car scraps. I thought it was a really neat and novel idea so I thought I’d share it with you.

Nicolás tells me that the idea for the project came about from their experiences of being an advertising agency. He says that creating products that connect with people is what they do on a daily bases and for them, Bicycled is simply the perfect example of that. They are concerned about where the world is going now and the project is built from the belief that it’s always better to do then to say.

At Bicycled, bikes are handmade; created by bicycle shop owners. Chains are made from old transmission belts, indicator lights become reflective lights and car upholstery becomes seats and handlebars. Each bicycle is made out of real car parts so it means that no two bikes will ever be the same. Hopefully all this is just the beginning of the project and we’ll get to see more and more parts of old cars being used to become new and inventive bicycles.

As a cycle enthusiast I think it’s great to see a project as inventive as this. It’s terrific to see old cars becoming more a efficient, ecological and healthier means of transportation. You can check out the Bicycled website here and maybe even think about ordering yourself a new bike!

Unit Portables Overnight Bag

Unit Portables Overnight Bag

Unit Portables Overnight Bag

You never know when you’ll want to take an impromptu trip out to Palm Springs or hop on a plane to the Bay Area (those examples describe my patterns fairly well). In those cases you need a good overnight bag and this one from Unit Portables is just about the best I’ve ever seen. First there’s all the customization you can do, like choosing one of the eight colors available or snagging it in 13″ or 15″ model. Then there’s the features like a cable bag, a toiletry bag, a laptop sleeve, plus room for a pair of shoes and couple of key pieces like shirts and a pullover. It’s also great that it’s got a strap and a handle as well, both of which are key to travelling effortlessly. On top of all that it’s one of the sexiest bags I’ve seen with a futuristic vibe to it.

Dancing Inside a Microscope

PhD Dance Contest

PhD Dance Contest

I have to start by saying that while I understand dancing takes strength, grace and skill (attributes I’ve never been accused of having) for me watching dance performances has always been a little perplexing and inaccessible. I think I’ve seen the Nutcracker a half-dozen times and I still have no idea what’s going on for a majority of the ballet. Maybe I’m missing that part of my brain that figures out body language. But these dances are different, because these are folks dancing about science. And these are just a few of the results from the most recent Dance for Your Ph.D. contest, an annual competition where graduate students try to explain the basic idea behind their research using choreography instead of PowerPoint.

The most recent winner is a dance about creating aluminum as a strong as steel. Others are about cell signaling during cancer or what happens to the knee implants inside the body for years. That’s the one below. And what’s clear is that it is not easy to use dance to explain research, but the research isn’t easy to understand in the first place.