The dog days of summer have arrived. A scorching heat wave melted the faces off Northeasterners this week, and record temperatures are being set around the world. When it’s this hot, moving an inch is taxing. This is the time of year when it’s OK to kick back and relax, which is why we’ve been eyeing up comfy, fun, and stylish hammocks to lounge in. Nothing makes a lazy summer day better than a leisurely swing (or nap) in a hammock, so click through to check out some great… Read More
Urban Outfitters, that corporation of choice for those flirting with counterculture, has gotten itself in trouble again. This time, it’s for putting a pretty unmistakable gang sign on one of their shirts. An online-only men’s shirt bears a design that looks a whole lot like the symbol for one of Chicago’s most violent gangs, the Gangster Disciples. Politically iffy moments like these have earned Urban Outfitters a famously sketchy reputation over the past decade. Despite their hip, left-leaning fanbase, UO is also notorious for plagiarizing indie designers and supporting right-wing politicians like Rick Santorum. Thankfully, the target audience isn’t totally fooled, and young stars like Miley Cyrus have spoken out against the corporation’s inherent shadiness. After the jump, we round up some of Urban Outfitters’ most shameful moments. … Read More
Last year, Indian graphic designer Kapil Bhagat thrilled science geeks with a series of minimalist posters that used typography to illustrate famous scientists’ greatest achievements. The only problem? Every single one was devoted to a man. But Bhagat has remedied that oversight with a new set of posters, celebrating everyone from… Read More
Since their roughly concurrent births, automobiles and films have been eternally intertwined, a film or character’s mode of transportation a vital part of the fabric of cinematic storytelling. Spanish graphic designer Jesús Prudencio, inspired by that marriage, has created Cars and Films, a series of tributes to iconic vehicles and the famous movies that showcased them. Check out his sleek designs after the jump, and order prints from his website here. … Read More
The Internet offers a space to share our innermost thoughts in real time — every amusing, shocking, and dreadfully boring detail streaming on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram for all to see. While some people want to retreat from the spotlight, there’s no avoiding the fact that this transparency has become part of our everyday lives. Designers are feeding this need to display ourselves by creating exhibitionist-worthy furniture, objects, and more that reveals all to the public eye.
We now know that hackers can spy on us through our web cams, and the NSA is reading our texts, emails, and listening to our personal phone calls. It’s enough to make anyone paranoid, pushing the most private people to retreat further into their bubble. Designers have tapped into our desire for seclusion, sometimes with extreme results, as our list of design objects and furniture for the intensely private person reveals. As the traditional work space model shifts and our need for security and solitude changes, these designs offer a bit of quiet and peace of mind. … Read More
“Perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away,” wrote Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. At last weekend’s annual Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, lead industrial designer of Google Glass Maj Isabelle Olsson referred to the above quotation from the author who wrote The Little Prince to explain her inspiration behind the “look” of Google Glass. Appropriately, the title of her talk was “Google Glass: Less Is More.” … Read More
Neil Stevens’ minimalist poster series Don’t Forget the Cassette, which we spotted on Design Taxi, started out as a personal project to fill the wall space of his loft studio. The artist started to realize that the typography, colors, and simple shapes of cassette tape label designs were actually quite nice to look at. Stevens’ bold posters feature printed text from the vintage medium, such as “low noise,” “normal base,” and “standard quality.” It’s also nice to see a few designs from other countries in Stevens’ work. Click through our gallery for more minimalist cassette posters.