Lyon&Lyon’s Six Mile Pencil

Lyon & Lyon's Six Mile Pencil

While this project isn’t exactly new it’s still extremely charming. The duo of Lyon&Lyon have dreamed up the Six Mile Pencil (or if the Ten KM pencil if you’re smart and your country uses the metric system) which is meant to highlight just how much use you can get out of it.

In a bid to create an honest low tech product, the six mile pencil was born from the idea of encouraging people to get back in touch with the almost redundant skill of using a pencil. The pencil displays how many miles of graphite you have used and how far your thoughts have travelled.

The pencils are packaged in a superb way, harkening back to the good old No. 2, but with a distinctly brighter palette that makes it feel fresh and contemporary. Simple and effective! You can purchase a pack of 4 in either style (which also comes with a snazzy notebook) by clicking here.

Lyon&Lyon's Six Mile Pencil

Subway Syntax by HunterGatherer

Subway Syntax by HunterGatherer

Really enjoying this new project about New York City commuting called Subway Syntax, an ongoing series by HunterGatherer that puts words to your underground feelings about the daily slog. I’ve never experienced the pains of commuting in the Big Apple but THE HG team has brought a light hearted perspective to the matter with their combination of wooden figures with animated faces. Check out the video below to get a taste and then view the full range of shorts so far by clicking here.

And if you want to learn more about Todd St. John, the brains behind HunterGatherer, you should read this interview he did with Pilgrim Surf Supply. It’s kind of a long read but he’s an incredibly interesting guy so you definitely won’t get bored.

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Sawdust continues to prove they’re the best studio for experimental type design

Sawdust studio - typography

London based design studio Sawdust, made up of Jonathan Quainton and Rob Gonzalez, are leading the way in type design and their new portfolio update proves it. Creating work for clients like Wired, IBM, Coca-Cola and more, their approach is more akin to art or illustration, beautifully communicating a bold message. I personally love the path they’re traveling because a lot of the pieces have a futuristic, somewhat alien feeling to them. I feel like I don’t see this style in editorial all that often and would love to see it pop up more frequently.

Sawdust studio - typography

Sawdust studio - typography

“We’ve been weaned off this culture in recent decades by the emergence of the platform as picker, with the voice stripped back. The DJ, when vocal, must act as a Nick Carraway to our moment–in it but above it–and like Orson Welles, a commanding voice forcing us into the future. The eternal joy of this vox as a knowing guide might account for the rise in podcasts, too. It is an on-demand friend, a lone accompaniment to the freelancer and commuter nation.”

Sam Valenti, founder of Ghostly Records, wrote a piece on Medium that echoes my thoughts on curation, specifically how important it is to music. Services like Rdio or Beats rely too heavily on algorithms to make your experience “customized.” Unfortunately, you end up being bucketed with everyone else who may have listened to a similar set of albums or artists. Curation offers a point of view, a variety of options which can even contradict each other and surprise you.

Complex, moody photographs by Joss McKinley

Joss McKinley

Oxford born, New York based photographer Joss McKinley makes a lot out of a little. That is, he takes photos that seem simple in nature but are in fact filled with nuance, extremes of contrast, and rich depths of color. I see McKinley’s work focused on capturing and isolating certain aspects of life itself. People, food, animals, and plants are all treated with a sort of dignity, their individual aspects of beauty highlighted for the viewer to take part in.

Joss McKinley

Joss McKinley

Beautifully moody photographs by Joss McKinley

Ugmonk Black Series – Part II, for the designer wardrobe

Ugmonk Black Series - Part II

For the past year or so my wardrobe has progressively headed toward limited palette of black, white, and grey. Perhaps I’m becoming that stereotypical creative director, perhaps it’s the fact that I’m nearing 33? Either way I feel good with the change but I’m always on the look out for some stylish black clothing.

That’s why I was stoked to see the Ugmonk Black Series – Part II drop yesterday, a tightly designed collection of mostly black garments and accessories. I’m guessing there’s literally something for everyone in this collection, though my personal fave has to be the stitched ampersand crewneck sweatshirt. Totally on point.

Ugmonk - Black Series - Ampersand Sweatshirt

The Heinrich Manuever, a work of art in motorcycle form

The Heinrich Manuever, a work of art in motorcycle form

My knowledge of motorcycles is extremely limited though my appreciation is great. Their design, like the design of any product, can be akin to a work of art if done by the right people with great skills. I’d place the Heinrich Maneuver from Dues Ex Machina into that category, a fully customized BMW R nineT which now has a refined, futuristic feeling to it. From an aesthetic standpoint I liked this point they included about the color of the bike.

Colour was critical for the tank. Craftsmanship that deserved to be showcased, and the gloss white livery is a winner, leaving enough exposed alloy to highlight the hands on approach.

It’s all about the details. You can read more about Deus’ customization, or even order this bad boy for yourself, by clicking here.

The Heinrich Manuever by Deus Ex Machina

The Heinrich Manuever by Deus Ex Machina

The Heinrich Manuever by Deus Ex Machina

The Heinrich Manuever by Deus Ex Machina

SF Design Week’s 2015 campaign reflects the cities spirit

SF Design Week's new identity reflects a cities spirit

Attempting to capture the essence of a place, such as the city of San Francisco, must be a daunting challenge. What’s defines the city to you may not resonate with others. Character, one of the finest design firms in SF, has taken on such a challenge and succeeded with stunning results.

For this years San Francisco Design Week, the Bay Area’s largest design event, Character crafted a campaign called “Look Closer” which highlighted the idea that design is all around us, even if it’s not obvious. This message was exemplified by a four physical letters made from intricate frameworks fronted by mirrors.

Each letter was hand-fabricated and placed into an environment with a direct relation to the SF Design Community. Beacons of timeless design. Epicenters of commerce and innovation. Nature and places of preservation. The designs we make as designers reach far and wide as do their implications for the future.

SF Design Week's 2015 campaign reflects the cities spirit

SF Design Week's 2015 campaign reflects the cities spirit

SF Design Week's 2015 campaign reflects the cities spirit

While the large letters in their beautifully photographed surroundings may be the centerpiece the entire campaign is a treat. 99% of the time I’m not a fan of orange but that’s absolutely the perfect shade. The type is clean, legible, and confident and the whole endeavor feels exactly what you’d want a contemporary design week to feel like.

You can learn more about the campaign’s design by clicking here.