The ladies at Sight Unseen have put together their American Design Hot List, a compilation of the best ‘Mericans in product design. The goal of their list is to profile “a totally unscientific, unapologetically subjective portfolio of the 25 emerging and semi-emerging furniture and product designers we think you should know now.’ And it’s a damn good list. Amongst the folks profiled is long time TFIB homie Eric Trine, Fort Standard, and Snarkitecture, amongst many awesome designers. If you’re unfamiliar with these folks, this is a perfect time to get acquainted.
Portrait photography is not something we feature all that often on The Fox Is Black. I don’t know why that is. Perhaps it’s just that portraits don’t quite capture me quite like images of distant lands or pictures that tell stories. That said, I recently discovered the portrait photography of Berlin-based photographer Hannes Caspar and was instantly drawn in. His images do seem to tell stories. The faces he captures are filled with emotions, personalities and mystery and I absolutely love them.
One of my favorite new things has to be Rdio’s awesome Stations feature, and specifically in this case, the ability to turn your favorite record label into it’s very own station. Recently I’ve been listening a lot to the Friends of Friends station, which is a Los Angeles based record label with a really amazing line-up.
Through the station I found a band named Evenings, well, he’s a dude named Nathan, but he makes some really great music, and his most recent album Yore is phenomenal. One of my favorite songs on the album is called “Still Young.” It’s kind of a headphone track but it definitely gives you a good sense of the vibe.
You can also discover a bunch of great music over on the Friends of Friends site by clicking here.
Earlier this morning I came across the work of Mattias Adolfsson, a Swedish illustrator who fills his sketchbooks with the most amazing illustrations. I don’t understand how he has the patience and the foresight to create such complete images on two pieces of paper without making a mistake. Or perhaps the mistakes that might make add to the charm and the life of his drawings? Either way, I highly recommend checking out his work, there’s ton of beautiful stuff to pour through.
You can also see more of his sketches below.
Interesting and creative examples of 3D printing are popping up with increasing regularity. It honestly makes me think that we’re getting closer to a Star Trek world where you can simply make yourself a pair of scissors if you needed them. That’s sort of what Taiwanese designer Hao Chun Huang has done, creating an incredibly lovely pair of scissors that he 3D printed out of metal.
Recently I’ve been spotting a few cards around town by the excellent Lisa Jones Studio. Based in an old post mill on the edge of The South Downs in the UK, Lisa works alongside her partner Edward. Together they create greeting cards and home-wares, and have worked on projects for the likes of London’s V&A Museum, the home store Habitat and Japan’s Graphic. I think their work is adorable and I love how simple and effortless the make it seem!
Should you spend any time in Monterrey, Mexico, keep an eye out for El Camino, the community food truck. The black truck coated in white scrawlings would be hard to miss. Inspired by the kind of badassery that comes with biker boys and prison tattoos, the rolling vendor certainly makes a statement while serving up a mix of Texas-style burgers and vegetarian options. Savvy Studio, a design firm based out of Monterrey and Mexico City is responsible for El Camino’s branding. They wanted to convey an “Easy Rider” or “Born To Be Wild” Americana vibe through the use of taglines and claims. As tough as the truck looks, the phrasing creates a very approachable and quite intriguing feel.
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It’s long overdue, but my good friend Jon Setzen and I are back with a new episode of The Build Up. If you haven’t listened to The Build Up before it’s a super casual conversation between Jon and I (he’s the creative director of Media Temple) where we eat, drink, and chat about a variety of topics that interest us like design, apps, music, and the such. In this episode we do a lot of catching up and getting deep with our feelings.
• London, lobster ice cream, turning 31
• Changes are coming to TFIB
• Yahoo! and their logo redesign – will it help?
• Thoughts on the proper use of iconography
• Inspiration quotes from uninspiring people
• We talk about iOS 7 even though we said we wouldn’t
• We heart VSCO Cam
• What the hell is the point of LinkedIn?
• Your Klout score is 20% of your Klout score
• Is sharing photos on Instagram a sad or amazing thing?
• Ranting about the modern state of photography
• People with kids are the worst people on social networks
• Woody Allen is awesome
• Ways in which we clear our thoughts
• Music from King Krule, Shlohmo, and Washed Out
Oftentimes it’s the final pieces that an artist makes that get all the praises, but I was browsing around the Tumblr of Tiffany Beucher and I fell in love with her wonderful sketches. Tiffany is a Frenchwoman living in London, working as a freelance artist and designer.
Started in Tokyo now based in Copenhagen, Studio Arhoj is the creative outlet ofAnders Arhoj which he started in 2005. Looking at his work and his collaborations I feel like he produces a true mixture of Japanese and Danish cultures. There’s a strong sense of craft paired with a bit of whimsy, imbuing everything he makes with a charming personality.
My favorite pieces though are his ceramics, often collaborating with ceramicist Louise Gaarmann. A few of the pieces, lie the Ghosts at the top of the posts or the Lava People below, have a simple set of eyes painted on to them, bringing a sense of life to them. He also creates other beautiful objects like these interesting round “piggy banks” which have a cork stopper in one end, or the simple but lovely glazed brush jars.
You should also check out his site for his illustration work as well, which is equally as whimsical and great to look at.