Absolutely cool headphones by AIAIAI. I won’t spoil the surprise (you’ll have to click through) but I’ve had the Swirl 2.0 headphones for six months now and I love them. AIAIAI was born out of Copenhagen’s nest of creativity known as the A-house. Apart from hosting a club on top of the old industrial building AIAIAI initiated a collective consisting of more than 200 young artists, musicians and designers.
Since 1991, fashion and art magazine Visionaire has constantly turned publishing on it’s ear – this time making use of technologically advanced printed processes to bring a new element to photographs in print. Visionaire 56 uses innovative printing technology that transforms black and white artworks to vibrant colors when exposed to direct sunlight. Contributing artists include Yoko Ono, Richard Phillips, M/M (Paris), Udo Ronginone, Alex Katz, David Sims, Ryan McGinley, Richard Burbridge and more. You can pre-order Visionaire 56 here.
Mr. Bowlegs & The Wizard’s Hat
I’m a huge fan of the work of Jeffrey Bowman, better known as Mr. Bowlegs. Jeffrey is a freelance illustrator, designer and all round maker of imagery who is living and working in the UK. I’ve been remiss in posting about his work but he’s so amazingly prolific I finally had to concede. His work has many influences, from space exploration and the wonders of the universe to the intricacies of type face creation and pattern repetition.
The Wizard’s Hat is an illustration house and zine created by Jeffrey Bowman and Andy J. Miller as the platform for producing collaborative projects under one name. The house focuses itself on self initiated projects involving many of today’s most established illustrators as well as producing its own body of projects based on their love of illustration.
Andy Spade at Liu Lecture
Andy Spade will be speaking on Wednesday, April 15th at the Liu Lecture Series in Design at Stanford University. He’s the branding and marketing man behind Kate Spade and Jack Spade (the companies that he and his wife created.) Spade’s latest project is Partners & Spade which includes a highly conceptual retail experience in downtown Manhattan.
Backpedaling with Girard
Alexander Girard is best known for the design and management of Herman Miller’s textile department from 1952-1975. Girard was an avid collector of folk art, prints and wooden toys and this love for playfulness and simplicity was reflected in his own designs. Although Girard has been gone for over 15 years, his illustrations are still alive and well. They now live on in the form of classic cycles by Electra who has chosen to decorate their Amsterdam model with Girard’s illustrations Madonna and Tree of Life.
Design Business Review
Introducing the launch of Design Business Review. What is Design Business Review? Designers are in the business of doing business; their clients rely on them to make smart, market-savvy decisions and yet there is no resource to provide the necessary knowledge to make these decisions wisely. DBR is simple, pragmatic advice on the business of creativity. Our readers will gain a strategic advantage in their profession by learning how to get a job, win clients, and survive the recession.
Don’t Judge People
Don’t judge people according to their appearance, a brilliant photographic project firmed by Peter Chmela.