Design

Jaw-Dropping Redesigns of the ‘Harry Potter’ Books

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Everyone loves the Harry Potter books — 450 million units sold, at last count — but one Hungarian design student took her love for those books a step further, and came up with something rather (dare I say it) magical. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) “The Harry Potter books are so magical, so mysterious, and so adventurous,” writes Kincső Nagy, introducing her BA degree project at the art showcase site Behance. Nagy says that she chose to redesign them “to show this extraordinary atmosphere of the books.” She created covers for the entire series and devised ingenious “interactive illustrations” for the inaugural volume; check out our faves after the jump.
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Fictional Heroes Drink Booze, Pop Pills, and Read Karl Marx in Lichtenstein-Inspired Illustration Series

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From Disney to superheroes to Star Wars, the lives of our favorite pop-culture characters are well documented. But, of course, if they were real people, they’d do plenty of things that wouldn’t make it to the page or screen. In a fun series of illustrations titled The Secret Life of Heroes (which we spotted via Fubiz), Grégoire Guillemin takes stylistic inspiration from the Pop Art of Roy Lichtenstein and imagines what these fictional icons’ private moments might look like. Click through to see Scrooge McDuck read Das Kapital, Darth Vader nurse a stiff drink, and Aladdin‘s own Jasmine pick up a pack of the birth control pills that (almost) share her name.
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20 Awesome Holiday Gifts for the Movie Geek in Your Life

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Well, kids, holiday shopping season is upon us, and Flavorwire is here to help you figure out what to get the most problematic person on your list: the movie geek, the family film fan with antisocial tendencies and cinematic inclinations. Luckily, there’s an abundance of terrific new books, box sets, and paraphernalia for cinephiles; we’ve picked out some of the …Read More

Cool Illustrations Pair Hollywood Icons with Famous Architects

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Illustrator Federico Babina has carved out an impressive niche documenting and interpreting popular culture through the lens of architecture, fusing building design with music, modern art, and film. Now, he’s used his unique sensibility to combine iconic architects and celebrities with the series Archilife, with each illustration placing a Hollywood star in a home designed by the appropriate draftsman. Check out the entire series on his website; our favorites are collected after the jump.
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Psychedelic Architecture for Radical Residents

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The resurgence of psychedelia comes and goes. If we can have it in our movies (see: Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England, for starters), then why can’t we have it in our architecture? After spotting a cozy home in upstate New York that one artist gave the royal psychedelic treatment, we went searching for other bold architectural statements — structures transformed into trippy environs through paint, light, and several from the ground up. Referencing the colorful hippie communes and crash pads of the 1960s, these radical structures are sure to light your eyes on fire without all those pesky side …Read More

Ingenious Graphic Renderings of Quotes from Pixar Movies

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Everybody loves Pixar movies (okay, except for those Cars ones), but graphic designer Risa Rodil decided to show her love for the films in a way that puts your Tumblr’d Toy Story GIFs and Facebook’d Up clips to shame: her “Pixar Lettering Series,” which renders inspirational quotes from Pixar films in the graphic style of the movie in question. You’ll find a few of our favorites after the jump; head over to her website or Behance gallery to see them all.
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25 Oscar de la Renta Quotes on the Power of Fashion and Women

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He dressed some of the most powerful women in the world — including Jacqueline Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, and Oprah Winfrey. He championed the independent, modern woman—reflected in the strength and femininity of his stunning gowns and sought-after fashions. Oscar de la Renta passed away this week, but his grace and sophistication — as a designer and a man — live on through his words about the industry he helped build and the women he loved to dress.
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