Email Newsletter: Oh sh*t. I've made it! | N°01 It's done. My very first email newsletter has arrived to my subscribers' inboxes. I'm a lover of all types of email newsletters. Over the years I have categorized my favorites by layout, by concept, by target audience and delivery style. Now with my very own email newsletter I hope to showcase those elements in various ways throughout the year.
See: Female Force from Japan Antwerp-based IBASHO gallery directors Martijn van Pieterson and Annemarie Zethof have a passion for presenting the works of established artists, as well as younger talent and foreign photographers who are clearly inspired by the country and culture. In the gallery's first survey show, entitled Female Force from Japan, presents some of the country’s most promising female talent.
Event: It's Nice That | Here London 2017 I will not be attending this year's "It's That's Nice - Here 2017 event" but it hasn't stopped me from fanning out over their dope list of speakers this year. Two artists I've been following for while now are photographer Juno Calypso and photographer and art director Carlota Guerrero.
Listen: I Like My Jazz With A Dash Of Punk I often listen to jazz when I am working on design projects. I find jazz lets me find my focus and blocks out my distractions. Here is a new artist I just came on in a jazz curated playlist. I love his voice and grit. It reminds me of punk. There it is - I will have my jazz with a dash of punk.
See: Tazugane Gothic The first Japanese typeface from Monotype is a humanist sans serif, designed to work in partnership with Neue Frutiger. Tazugane Gothic sets out to introduce a new typographic standard, allowing designers to comfortably set Latin and Japanese characters alongside one another while maintaining visual harmony.
Sneakers: Premium Stop Sign As a long time Nike Cortez fan I'm really enjoying all the new designs and colorways launched through the Nike Cortez “Stop Sign” line.
Nike’s recently-launched Nike Cortez “Stop Sign” line features pretty interesting detailing on the heel in the form of its stop sign graphic. Then on the tongue, you’ll also find additional detailing in the phrase “The Traditional Never Stops” being sewn on.
Must Have: What's Your Moniker? "No. I wasn’t a graffiti artist, but I hung out with graffiti artists through people I knew at Alife. Each artist had a moniker. Rob Jest, the owner of Alife, said, 'Kimou, if you want to make it in the art world, you need a name. You can’t just be Kimou Meyer.'"
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Swiss-born creative director Kimou Meyer, a.k.a. Grotesk from his interview in The Great Content. Read the entire article and be inspired too.
Music: Jamming On A Thursday Toro Y Moi – 現 A 実 S は I 何 A も B あ O り I ま Z せ Z ん Why wait until Friday to make your hips roll when Thursday is right here. Crafted during Toro Y Moi’s last Asia Tour, Chaz Bundwick taps into ‘70s and ‘80s Japan. Delve into Toro Y Moi’s ever-expanding palette with this nostalgic mix. I'm jamming and I haven't even left the office yet.
Art Direction: Beaded Beauties I so in love with the art direction for Klaylife campaign. This month Klaylife launched an inspired collaboration with Melbourne stylist Jacqui Moore called Klaylife X Moore Concepts. Klaylife creates a stunning range of handcrafted clay bead chandeliers, all made by hand in South Africa. For the Klaylife X Moore Concepts collaboration, Jacqui has injected blush and teal into the range, as well as offering a range of new pendant shapes that can be hung singly or as a cluster of three, five or more.
Let Me Introduce You To: Yo-Yo Lin In the words of one of her artistic influences street artist Swoon, she desires to make people think "the world is a lot stranger [...] than you imagined five minutes ago." Whether that be making experimental animation or projecting on alternative surfaces, Yo-Yo reminds the world to find strength in dwelling in the realm of infinite possibility. I came across her work in a review of Monkey Town, downtown Los Angeles' new cinema and dining experience installation.
Let Me Introduce You To: Willian Santiago I came across his work on another website and I was immediately drawn into his bold, textured portraits in his Kalemba series. The Brazilian graphic designer and illustrator richly applies bold colors and captures texture of plant life.
Pattern: Dance Floor Installation Architect Jean Verville has created Dance Floor, an installation of 5,000 gold painted footprints for The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Canada. The paving is reminiscent of classical hammered gold mosaics, a nod to the museum’s current exhibition Pompeii, but with a contemporary slant. At first glance it appears as an abstract motif, but on closer inspection the footprints have a fun interactive element. It’s a simple idea with alluring effects.
Career: The Future of Design (and how to prepare for it) The age-old standard of working your way up the ladder at a single company for the duration of your life has been disrupted by career professionals blending skills that were once thought to be mutually exclusive — like design and computer programming — to make entirely new hybrid careers in anticipation of the market needs of tomorrow.
Career: Invite Yourself To The Table Have you ever had an idea that you wanted to be involved in and execute, but it never quite happened for you? For Tillman, Design Director for Society of Grownups, this was not only true for her, but at times it felt like the defining sentiment of her career. While we live in a world of interconnection, it’s still so easy to feel like we’re not making the impact that we’d like, or that we’re not taking advantage of all of our opportunities. But instead of asking for permission or waiting for opportunities to magically unfold before us Kristy challenges us to make our own opportunities. How? By inviting yourself to the table.
Books: Transatlantic Bookshelf Founded in 2009, DesignStudio was set up by Paul Stafford and Ben Wright. With offices in both London and San Francisco this is run down of their transatlantic bookshelf with their favorite books.
Fashion: Sound Waves The latest collection by Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen concerns itself thematically with cymatics, the study of visualising sound waves, making use of such evolving, oscillating patterns as motifs and structural forms throughout the garments. Geometry and symmetry feature heavily, liberally recalling the forms of fossils, crystals, waves and water.
Quote: Uzo Aduba Listening to one of my many favorite podcasts, actress @uzoaduba dishes out some serious knowledge about staying focused. As a former sprinter in college her track coach would say to her -"Stay in your lane. When you turn your head to the left or to the right to see what is going on beside you, you take a tenth of a second off your time. Don't give them your race, because in sprints a tenth of a second is the difference between first and last." - instagram: @rradishstudio
Quote: Tracee Ellis Ross She further says in an interview that this favorite quote of hers - "This (quote) captures exactly where I am right now: yes, I have goals but I want to be gentle with myself and figure out practical steps--keeping an eye on where I want to go, yet still honoring where I'm at." - instagram:@rradishstudio
This is the way I like my Superstar Suedes - clean gray, white tones and the upper decked out in premium suede. The classic colorways rounds out with a contrasting Shell toe, Three Stripes branding, sole and heel tab.
Officially dubbed the Very Spezial Primeknit and this is cleanest silhouette from The Spezial Three Stripes Adidas collection. Can we first take a moment and admire the cool dual-colored knit constructed on the shoe? And then the classic gum rubber sole? I can't wait to get my hands on these.
Pedro Paulo Venzon totally nails the delicate balance between paying homage to the legacy of his forebears, and developing an aesthetic that's new, cool, and relevant to the international contemporary scene.
Design: The Harvard Library That Protects The World's Rarest Colors
Rewind to a few centuries ago and finding that one specific color might have meant trekking to a single mineral deposit in remote Afghanistan—as was the case with lapis lazuli, a rock prized for its brilliant blue hue, which made it more valuable than gold in medieval times.
Heat pot and add curry powder to dry toast for about a minute. Once the spices become fragrant, add 3 tablespoons of coconut oil to pot. When oil is hot, add ginger for a minute, then garlic for 45 seconds. Then sauté onions together for about 2 minutes, and add salt and pepper. Once onions have browned, add cashews and stir well.
Casa Horta, a 1920s single-family Barcelona home now occupied by the young designer Guillermo Santomà, who used vibrant shades of green, pink, and blue paint to delineate space as well as provide a gorgeously saturated, incredibly dramatic backdrop.
Design: 15 Of The Most Obscure Supreme Box Logo Tees
Here are 15 of the most obscure Supreme box logo T-shirts – including some you may have seen, and some you’ve not – with illustrations by our in-house artist Dan Freebairn and words from Supreme expert Ross Wilson.