Luca Agnani, an Italian designer and animator, has taken the classic works of Vincent Van Gogh, and brought them to life. He’s created a short film called Van Gogh’s Shadow which shows over a dozen of Van Gogh’s paintings suddenly filled with life and movement, perhaps giving us an insight into how the artist may have seen the world he lived in.
Dylan Davis and Jean Lee founded their Seattle-based Ladies & Gentlemen Studio in 2010. Though their products encompass everything from furniture and decorative objects to jewelry and lighting, every piece is conceived via curiosity and exploration. I’m wild about their current collection—the Maru/Mirage Series—though it’s hard not to be enamored with each and every piece they create be it a super streamlined copper, wood, and felt chair or a wind chime made of metal tubes and broken ceramics.
Having just moved away from Missoula, Montana I am really missing the Northwest. But the letter-work from designer Tyler Thorney’s portfolio takes me back to the mystic mountains of my former home so quickly. Thorney’s hand sketched type compliments its surroundings rather than standing out starkly. Even when he overlays images with type, they could both stand alone yet they work together without conflicting.
These days I’ve found that bookshops have become my galleries and art museums. I’ll frequently visit old vintage book stores and high-street chains just to wander through their shelves and soak up all the cover art. They say “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but if you ask me, there’s few things more enjoyable then walking through a book store and guessing what lies just behind that striking image on the front.
One cover artist who has recently caught my eye is Chris Silas Neal. Based in Brooklyn, Chris has worked on a variety of projects over the years including posters, packaging, advertising, television and magazine work, but it’s his book covers that I think I love the most.
Came across this new app for iOS called Isometric, which is enables you to create some pretty rad geometric art (I made the piece above in about 20 minutes). A 60-degree rhombus is the basis for everything, which means it’s easy to end up with an interesting pattern. You also can save out the images with a “filter” over the top which ends up making your image look like a printed piece or like it’s on a folded poster, etc. You can see a gallery of examples over on the Made With Isometric Tumblr as well, which gives a good idea of the diversity of patterns you can make.
Snarkitecture is the brainchild of Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham, a pair of designers who tread the line between art, architecture and product design. Recently they released a new product called Pillow, the perfect resting place for your over-worked iPhone.
Pillow creates an identifiable place for your phone, whether on an entry table when you return home, on a bedside table at night, or on a desk at work. A small niche on the underside of the object also holds a charging cable in place.
It’s hard to tell, but the Pillow is actually made from white gypsum concrete, so your phone is actually pretty well protected. I love the wit and humor to a product like this. It’s not necessary, but it would certainly be great to have on your nightstand or even on you desk at work.
Based in Copenhagen, Sine Jensen is an illustrator and graphic designer. Working chiefly in pen and pencil, her portfolio is filled with a fantastic collection of drawings. I particularly love her pictures of jungle animals dressed in stylish clothes.
I was at an art show in an old bookstore in York, England, when I spied a girl wearing a curious scarf. When I stopped to ask her what the graphic was, she unfurled it to reveal the most lively and detailed illustration of Coney Island. Rarely have I come across an item of clothing that I’d frame, but this was frame-worthy. Later that evening, I met the maker of the scarf, Karen Mabon, who runs her own Yorkshire-based scarf and accessories line, Red Brick.
These days I spend a lot of time randomly crawling around Soundcloud looking for interesting music. It’s pretty amazing what you can find on there. I’ll think up an artist that I really enjoy or a record label I’m a fan of, do a quick search and then BAM… something rad pops up. That was the case when I came across Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., the indie band from Detroit most notably famous for their track “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)”.
The duo has miraculously revived the concept of the mashup (which rightfully died a few years back) combining The Beach Boys Notorious B.I.G. for a track titled “Beach Blanket Biggie”. The track manages to combine the 1966 classic “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times” with Biggie’s “Hypnotize”, which have then been mixed up with an 8-bit, underwater Mario Bros. level sort of vibe to it. That hopefully makes more sense once you hear the track. Pretty damn catchy, prepare to listen to this on repeat.
Russian designer/typographer Ruslan Khasanov (who we’ve featured on the site a couple of times for his typography) has crafted a rather beautiful video titled Pacific Light. Ruslan mixed together colored ink, oil, and soap, producing a wonderfully colorful short video that defies standard descriptions. Sit back and enjoy 2 minutes of trippy, technicolor footage.