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Love this line of products by Play Clan from India. I found them quite by chance on a fashion website. They’ve created rich colorful illustrations/ pieces of embroidery etc that are very tastefully applied to a series of products. Wonderfully evocative of the bizarre, poetic, madness that we come to expect of all things Indian, and yet have the right design sensibility. 

Love this line of products by Play Clan from India. I found them quite by chance on a fashion website. They’ve created rich colorful illustrations/ pieces of embroidery etc that are very tastefully applied to a series of products. Wonderfully evocative of the bizarre, poetic, madness that we come to expect of all things Indian, and yet have the right design sensibility. 

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Cool video from Pentagram- commemorating 40 years in business while showcasing some of their best visual design projects.

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Crazy, gorgeous, weird art/sculptures by Jason Hackerwerth. Am watching for more! It had to be on the cover of New York Times, right!?
More amazing stuff on his site.
http://www.jasonhackenwerth.com
From his website:
‘My work is part of a growing dialogue of artists exploring the possibilities of experiential art. Experiments with latex balloons as an alternative medium has evolved into massive forms akin to painting in the spontaneity with which they manifest yet rooted in the language of sculpture.
I continue to explore other materials and processes as a means of artistic expression. My approach is a traditional studio practice of exploring the potency of a material in a state which it can be perceived as both extraordinary yet simple.Inspired by the iconic sculptures and mobiles of past masters and fueled by curiosity, each of my works is an expression in the evolving language of sculpture.’

Crazy, gorgeous, weird art/sculptures by Jason Hackerwerth. Am watching for more! It had to be on the cover of New York Times, right!?

More amazing stuff on his site.

http://www.jasonhackenwerth.com

From his website:

My work is part of a growing dialogue of artists exploring the possibilities of experiential art. Experiments with latex balloons as an alternative medium has evolved into massive forms akin to painting in the spontaneity with which they manifest yet rooted in the language of sculpture.

I continue to explore other materials and processes as a means of artistic expression. My approach is a traditional studio practice of exploring the potency of a material in a state which it can be perceived as both extraordinary yet simple.

Inspired by the iconic sculptures and mobiles of past masters and fueled by curiosity, each of my works is an expression in the evolving language of sculpture.’

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http://www.stitchbystitch.eu

Just found this team/ website that creates lovely textile products for the European market. Working with Indian artisans they create a more understated aesthetic. I love it! I guess projects like this show me how much of a ‘desi’ I still am but living in New York and LA has changed my taste… I like the quiet tone. Usually these women would over-embroider the hell out of a piece! Not that I don’t like that too! But in a different way!

(Source: design sponge)

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AIGA/ LA Presents Emerge. May 12th to June 30th 2012.
(I’m looking forward to the exhibition)
Posted from:
http://aplusd.org/exhibitions-future/aiga-emerge
A+D Museum is pleased to host in our Stephen Kanner Education Center for Architecture and Design, an exhibition of student graphic design work from colleges and universities in Southern California. Be inspired by the tremendous talent of our next generation of Designers. EMERGE is organized and sponsored by AIGA Los Angeles.
Art Center College of DesignCal Poly PomonaCerritos CollegeCalifornia State University, NorthridgeCalifornia State University, Los AngelesFashion Institute of Design & MerchandisingLoyola Marymount UniversityOtis College of Art and DesignUCLA ExtensionUniversity of Southern CaliforniaWoodbury UniversityWestwood College, Los Angeles
A+D Museum will be closed to the public Wednesday, May 16th through Tuesday, June 5th for exhibit installation.

AIGA/ LA Presents Emerge. May 12th to June 30th 2012.

(I’m looking forward to the exhibition)

Posted from:

http://aplusd.org/exhibitions-future/aiga-emerge

A+D Museum is pleased to host in our Stephen Kanner Education Center for Architecture and Design, an exhibition of student graphic design work from colleges and universities in Southern California. Be inspired by the tremendous talent of our next generation of Designers. EMERGE is organized and sponsored by AIGA Los Angeles.

Art Center College of Design
Cal Poly Pomona
Cerritos College
California State University, Northridge
California State University, Los Angeles
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Loyola Marymount University
Otis College of Art and Design
UCLA Extension
University of Southern California
Woodbury University
Westwood College, Los Angeles

A+D Museum will be closed to the public Wednesday, May 16th through Tuesday, June 5th for exhibit installation.

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Mad Men vs. The Pitch

'The Pitch' premiered on AMC last week and I’ve been curious enough to watch both episodes. There have been some insights, some voyueristic moments of peeking into the inner workings of an ad agency…. but overall dispappointing. Disappointing becuase the agancies are all unknowns, the brands (to me) all blah and therefore its not been very satisfying.

I would much rather go back to the scripted television of an advertising era that Mad Men recreates on another time slot on AMC that takes us back to a much juicier time 60 years back. I can’t believe 60 years later advertising is being presented in such a dull and dry manner. Let’s watch and wait.

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Gestalten is the new Taschen?

I picked up a bunch of lovely design books at my favorite Hollywood book store this weekend /hennesseyingalls.com/ and found several of the books were published by Gestalten. (The book Echoes of the future was originally reviewed on the Cool Hunting app that I get my regular design fix from.)

http://www.gestalten.com

Found them again brousing through the New York Times Style magazine this morning. So they are a book publisher founded in Berlin who also publish fonts and videos/interviews on visual artists: www.gestalten.tv. Can’t wait to explore all their offerings!

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Google Play, was lurking on my Gmail page when I logged in this afternoon. I have to say I haven’t been too keen on any of their products in the recent past, Google +, Google Wave or Google Buzz. Lets see how this shapes up. I like the transitions of the images. Can’t say I was too impressed with the rest of the interface. I do like the mark, not so much the logotype. Although it does have a generic technology product-with-gradients kind of feel.

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The 2012 London Olympics are almost here. From my Archives: I had worked on the logo for the NBC broadcast of the Olympics for Troika when I had just moved to LA. Here’s a peek at some of those concepts. 

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