At this point there’s a documentary about nearly every topic. And now, thanks to Netflix, design is continuing to become more mainstream. Sure, we have Gary Hustwit’s documentary trilogy of Helvetica, Objectified, and Urbanized. Outside of Helvetica though, they mostly played to those particular audiences.
Abstract: The Art of Design, will be a documentary series that focuses on a wide variety of creatives (think Chef’s Table but for design) which Netflix describes as showcasing “their creative process, explore their work, and discover how their innovative designs have profoundly affected our every day lives.” Featured in the series is Paula Scher, Christoph Niemann, Platon, Tinker Hatfield, Ralph Giles, Bjarke Ingels, Ilse Crawford, Es Devlin.
It’s a pretty phenomenal line-up, but I find it interesting that there are some folks like Bjarke Ingels who I’d classify as an architect, not a designer. Same with Christoph Niemann, phenomenally talented but I’d certainly put him more int he camp of illustrator. Either way, it’s great to see creatives in our line of work being highlighted in this way. Hopefully the show is a hit and we get several seasons to enjoy.
Photographer and director Charlie Schuck caught my eye with his knack for composition as well as his use of color and texture. His work captures a dreamy, fictionalized lifestyle, a wonderland of pristinely knolled items that compliment each other perfectly. Even his less composed pieces, like the arrangement of oysters or the woman with the lamp below, employ a deft use of negative space that focuses your eyes and their attention.
I’m a sucker for bright colors, plants, and strong women, which means Ayumi Takahashi’s work is right up my alley. She’s a well-travelled artist, being born in China, raised in Japan, moving to California to study at Art Center and then London at Central Saint Martin. She’s currently settled in New York, drawing, painting, and designing for clients like The New York Times, Paramount Pictures, Coca Cola China, and more.
What I love about her work specifically is the boldness and the cleanliness. I was totally sure that the images you see here were all digital. I was totally wrong, as they’re all done in acrylic, with all the edges finished so perfectly. Her color palette is extremely lovely as well, she does a great job of contrasting colors to give emphasis, it’s extremely well done.
If you dig her work you should check out her online shop. She has 16″ x 20″ prints available as well as smaller (and affordable) originals, one of which I happened to buy. Support artists you love!
Today is a difficult day for me, and I believe a lot of people feel the same way. It’s hard to imagine what the next four years are going to look like. I’ll admit, it’s a bit daunting. Last night, while I was on the exercise bike, watching that horrid countdown to inauguration, all I could think of was, “What can I do to help?”
I landed on reinvesting in this site, taking up writing again (I’m still a horrible writer, FYI), and getting back to what I started. Sharing beautiful ideas, inspiring projects, writing about the new… that’s what I can do. With all the bad that’s going on in the world hopefully I can bring some positivity, and shine a light on the people who are doing amazing work.
To help kick things off, I’d love help from those of you out there who still read the site to contribute. If you think someone/yourself is doing amazing work, email me and let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org
#000000. Most designers are familiar with this hexadecimal code and understand it represents the color black. Black is timeless, it’s chic, it’s mysterious. A color that, when worn, works for any occasion, pairs well with any other color (yes, even blue, don’t believe the myth), and gives anyone wearing it a sleek, sophisticated look. Black products tend to look futuristic (Apple is particularly good at this) as well as seeming to be more precious and luxurious.
No matter the application, black will never go out of style. Please enjoy this list of products that explores the range and versatility of #000000.
Flowing gowns made of pink smoke. Haute couture hobbled together with blocks of wood. This is the idealized world Johanna Goodman is creating in her series The Catalouge of Imaginary Beings. Johanna describes the series as way to “explore a range of themes in popular culture – the role of the individual in fashion, history, the artistic imagination and the collective consciousness. The body of work draws its inspiration from Magical Realism, Surrealism and Symbolism and references such cultural artifacts as talismans, idols, and totems.”
The abstract nature of these feel playful and fun. Arms and legs jut out of tree stumps and the bits of background elements help to give each piece a bit of grounding, a sense of a world one could explore.
Since 1991, Mark Pritchard has been making genre-spanning electronic music that ventures from House, to Ambient, to Drum and Bass. His most recent effort Under The Sun was aptly described by Pitchfork as “deeply atmospheric and richly impressionistic, Under the Sun is an easy album to disappear into.” The album feels like science fiction journey with moments of wonder and mystery.
The music video for “Beautiful People” is a perfect manifestation of this feeling. The song features TFIB favorite Thom Yorke, both vocally and as a transcendent robotic spirit wandering a seemingly deflate landscape. Director Michal Marczak has truly encapsulated the feeling of the album into six minutes of visual narrative.
2017 is nearly upon us (honestly, it can’t come soon enough) and now it’s time to start thinking of the year ahead. Planning is essential to your business and a trusty calendar hanging on the wall (or sitting on your desk) ensures your projects are organized and completed on time. Business aside, it’s critical to have that persistent reminder that your anniversary is just around the corner and worse, you still need to buy your mother a birthday present.
The 2017 calendars below are minimal in a way that won’t distract from your important work yet will serve to dress up your space with a bit of style. You’ll agree, these calendars are all you’ll need.