Has there even been a pair of shoes whose design were inspired by ceramics? Not to my knowledge, and that’s what makes this collaboration between Los Angeles ceramicist Ben Medansky and New York shoe brand Koio so remarkable. Medansky is well-known for his bold ceramics, which feature speckled glazes and pops of Yves Klein blues, odd, geometric clusters, and repetition of angular shapes.
Applying those same principles to a pair of sneakers sounds challenging, but the resulting outcome couldn’t have turned out more perfect. What catches your eyes first is obviously the cobalt blue sole of the shoe, which is such a stunning color. Complimenting it is the speckled leather uppers which bring a nice balance to the shoe, as it would be in Medansky’s ceramic works.
“The speckle on the leather was appropriated from the clay body I use that has a high iron content. I also wanted to create something that I had not seen before which led me to the ceramic accent on the laces that I call shoellery, like jewellery for the shoe.”
I think the “shoellery” is such a fun, quirky detail. In a time of Off-White zip ties it’s refreshing to see a natural material being integrated into a shoe like this. All in all it’s an unusual but beautifully executed collaboration. You can snag a pair of these for yourself by clicking here.
Jon Hopkins is one of those artists whose music is hard to define. It’s otherworldly and complex, sometimes aggressive but often placid, even meditative. Now, five years since his last proper album Immunity was released, there’s something new coming.
I’m so happy to share some brand new music with you. There is much more news to come soon, but this is where it begins.
If you can, please watch in HD, with full screen and on headphones.
Directed by Stephen McNally
Thanks to Blink Industries
The track features his signature driving base sound with a wavey rhythm of synths hovering above it. It feels like Hopkins this time around is in a peaceful, sort of meditative state in his life. And I might be crazy, but at around the :52 mark, does it sound like some signature Thom Yorke warbles thrown in there? I would absolutely love a Jon Hopkins and Thom Yorke duet!
I’m always looking for inspiration for my projects and the world of fashion is always fertile ground to draw from. Last week, Marc Jacobs showed his FW18 collection at New York Fashion Week and it was a stunning affair. He sent down the runway a love letter to 1980’s haute couture, made up of exaggerated over coats, layers of scarves, and dramatic hats that transformed models into mysterious femme fatales.
What really spoke to me were the striking color combinations and the intense contrast of each piece that made the show all the more profound. The hues were vibrant and jewel-like, which radiated against deep shades of olive, plum, and blacks. The palette is certainly evocative of the 80’s but thanks to his styling and color pairings these look feel contemporary and of the now.
I’ve pulled swipe from Marc Jacobs personal and brand Instagrams to give a more comprehensive look of the output and the decisions that went into the clothes. I mean, how cool are the hairdos below? Those gradients are everything. Hopefully this sparks some ideas in your own work!
If you combine Palm Springs, my favorite Los Angeles getaway location, and pair it with fluorescent shades of pinks, purple, and reds, you’ll grab my attention in a heartbeat. Kate Ballis, an Australian photographer who considers herself an “aestheticist,” creates pieces that capture and explore the natural world in a grounded, but other-worldly fashion.
Her series Infra Realism does exactly that, taking the arid deserts and lush mid-century homes of the Palm Springs area and captures them with infrared film. The result is a version of the city that looks like a Star Trek acid trip (I mean that in the best way possible!). Here’s her take, from last year’s interview with Another Magazine:
“Before this I produced the Glace Noir series, which is very dark and mysterious.” These images use a similar subversion by representing vast glaciers in a palette of inky blacks and blues. “Both projects actually have a lot in common, it’s about representing this otherworldliness, and infrared has simply given me another tool to express what I was already exploring.”
You can see more of Kate’s photography by clicking here.
Last year I came across the work of Hola Lou, a visual artist and graphic designer based in Mexico, who’s site I frequently visit to see what new pieces she’s added. Her style, inspired by her right now home of Mexico’s Caribbean, incorporates bold, geometric shapes brought to life by an invigorating color palette. This the kind of art I want to wake up to in the morning, that gives me a feeling of good energy and life.
One thing I really appreciate about her online store is that she has a range of products at all different prices. If her original paintings are out of your price range you can snag one of her giclées or screen prints which are equally beautiful. She even has a “freebies” section where you can download some of her works as wallpapers for your mobile devices.
I remember my twenties as a very exciting but often frustrating time. I began to feel like the real me, the person I always wanted to be, but it was oftentimes fraught with frustration, self-doubt, and a steady stream of relationships that didn’t seem to go anywhere. So a game like Florence, if a game is really even the right word for it, strikes a chord with me, and I’m sure many others.
You experience the world of Florence Yeoh, a women in her twenties who feels a bit stuck in her daily routine. That is until she hears encounters Krish, a cello player performing in the park, and their relationship begins to unfold. The story is straightforward, but the experience that the team at Mountains has created truly makes you feel involved in Florence and Krish’s time together. From the App Store review:
There is a subtle beauty to Florence. This poignant love story intertwines a succinct narrative with smart interaction design to create moments of surprising emotional weight. Conversations are turned into puzzles that evolve as the characters’ moods shift. Memories fade into focus like old Polaroid photos. The way you touch the screen becomes just as important as the plot, which makes for a story you want to steer as well as follow.
What should also be mentioned is the brilliant art style of the game, which was led by Ken Wong. It gives the experience such a warm and inviting feeling, one that you might experience in a graphic novel or a web comic. The simplified color palette is also a really nice touch.
You can download Florence for iPhone and iPad (coming to Android soon) by clicking here.
American illustrator Eleanor Davis is giving me all the feelings this morning with her expressive and playful art style. I love that her work is expressed in different styles, sort of a hybrid of colored pencil and watercolor which gives everything this dreamy feeling. Beyond that I feel like she does a great job of illustrating subjects that are hard to define, like the second image below, which beautifully captures the idea of understanding Alzheimer’s.
You can check out more of Eleanor’s work by clicking here.
I stopped by the store last night for some much needed “post-airport craziness” bubbly wine, and I was waiting in line at the register I happened to notice a new logo and branding for York. You know, the Hershey company that makes peppermint patties.
The mark is a really nice evolution from the previous version, but what I specifically love about it is how the lettering mimics the look of the peppermint icing inside of a peppermint pattie. If you’ve ever taken a half bite of one of these the icing tends to be slightly stringy and a little messy, and the mark does a great job of mimicking that physical quality of the candy (quite literally in fact at the end of the circle container around the logo).
The letter forms themselves are way more elegant and considered. The old Y is kind of a hot mess balance-wise, with the over inflated upper and shrunken descender. The O to the R has a really nice playfulness, the K flows nicely into the circular container around it now, and I’m a big fan of the Y descending down and out of the blue container lozenge. Getting rid of the “Get the sensation!” tagline really helped the overall lock-up as it provides a lot of great negative space above and below the logo, giving it a much more elevated feeling overall.
As you can see in the gross, conveyer belt photo I took above, they don’t seem to be printing that distracting dot pattern on the package which I think is a plus. I thought it was helpful to see how the metallic package is really quite striking with the pop of royal blue, and how the white of the logo has a nice contrast with the blue.
Overall, this is a beautifully refined word mark/focused branding effort that most consumers won’t notice, but clearly it’s remarkable enough for me to notice at a busy check stand. Now the big question: Anyone know who did the work? I’d love to be able to credit them! Email me if you have details.