To some extent 2013 can be slashed in half. Before and after Yeezus, I mean. That seems a bit audacious, right? It’s ONE record, maybe not Kanye’s most loved – although the croissants line still gets me. But if anything, like 808s & Heartbreak, it has opened the door for different producers and the darker side of dubstep, grime, and hip hop to become a part of the mainstream.
So who really made Yeezus?
Created back in 2011, this clever bit of packaging, dubbed a “Golden Carrot”, was used as a client gift for communications company Alpha245 to drum up business. The bags of oranges, made to look like giant carrots, were meant to represent a number of clever metaphors that would certainly grab the attention of any prospective client.
Mandarin oranges have always had a symbolic presence during Chinese New Year. Phonetically, they mean ‘gold’, and since 2011 was the Year of the Rabbit, we packed the oranges into a shape that looked like carrots – to signify a golden harvest for the year. These were given to existing and potential clients to wish them a successful and profitable Year of the Rabbit.
Peruvian designer Sebastián Burga has created a playful set of toys called Minimals, which are sort of like LEGO-inspired figures. Made up of colorful blocks, you can put these odd characters together in just a few simple steps.
The name derives, at a time, from the word “Minimalism” and the contraction of “Mini-Animals”. Certainly, they’re set out to expose the essence of toyness through eliminating all non-essential forms, features and concepts. Together, they create a pantone of colors, animals, clothes, styles and archetypes, encouraging people to find themselves between them.
I love these cut-out illustrations by the Russian artist duo People Too. Intricate and utterly incredible, their skills with paper craft are just fantastic. Based in Novosibirsk, the duo’s work has a fantastically vibrant energy about it and I love how much personality and liveliness they capture just with simple paper folds.
I’m a huge fan of Tim Lahan who makes super clever illustrations that I’m always happy to see. Earlier today he released a one-of-a-kind print called Wrinkle which is simple but I think it’s so funny. Minimal humor at it’s finest. If you enjoy this piece you should check out the rest of his work as well.
Turning randomness into something beautiful seems to be the purpose of these Keidos floor tiles. Created by MUT Design, a Spanish design studio and atelier, these Keidos tiles are meant to promote irregularity as the purpose. Happy accidents occur with the placement of the tiles, ultimately (and potentially always) creating a floor design that’s one-of-a-kind. I want a kitchen filled with these!
Sam Kalda is a New York based illustrator who has a real knack for creating extremely expressive illustrations filled with lots of lovely texture. He just recently updated his portfolio with some new work, my favorite of which has to be this creepy/awesome portrait he did of Edward Gorey, which you can see above. The piece is kind of abstract, likw where his legs meet the patterned floor, but also quite realistic, like in the details of his face and arms.
You can see more of Sam’s work below.
I’m so excited by today’s wallpaper, I think it’s a really incredible piece. Our wallpaper was created by Dirty Bandits, the working name of letterer and illustrator Annica Lydenberg. She’s a Brooklyn based artist who started out in graphic design but has now found an incredible place in the world of hand-lettering, as is obvious in the wonderful piece you see above.
We discussed what might make for a great wallpaper, something that was proactive and positive. I’ve always been an optimist, so when Annica suggest “Taking Care of Business” I knew it would be the perfect message to share. She’s done an incredible job of mixing her more fluid, hand done style with a rigid, business-like type that really acts as the base for the rest of the words.
Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper.