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An iPhone Game Damien Hirst Could Endorse

Categories: Art + Graphics
An iPhone Game Damien Hirst Could Endorse

In the market for a time-waster that somehow manages to make you look arty and sophisticated? Say hello to Dots, an iPhone/iPad game app which gives you the most rudimentary of goals—connecting identically colored dots along horizontal and vertical lines—wrapped up in a package of orderly, economical good looks worthy — Continue reading

Paper Patterns, both Modern and Contemporary

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Paper Patterns, both Modern and Contemporary

Patterns this pretty deserve a place on the wall. But Scottish designer Diane Allan has parlayed her formal training in textile design to a line of paper products meant not for walls, but for wrapping presents. Via her company Deesigns, Allan showcases her well-honed design sensibilities with a range of — Continue reading

Delicious Halloween (Eye) Candy

Categories: Art + Graphics
Delicious Halloween (Eye) Candy

Halloween isn’t all ghosts and goblins. There’s plenty of sweetness that marks the occasion, too, and we’re doing our part by rounding up some frighteningly good-looking candy and candy packaging. Not to be wasted on the little tricksters who come knocking tonight, these sweet treats are most definitely meant for — Continue reading

30 Anthony Burrill Posters in Book Form

Categories: Art + Graphics
30 Anthony Burrill Posters in Book Form

Designer Anthony Burrill’s typographic posters—expressed in simple words and black woodblock letterpress type—have become motivational staples of those who toil away for hours in creative pursuit. Now, admirers can access 30 of Burrill’s best-known aphorisms all at once, with the publication of I Like it. What Is It?, a book — Continue reading

Flower Deliveries from Design Sponge

Categories: Art + Graphics
Flower Deliveries from Design Sponge

We can scarcely think of a more uplifting way to start the week than with these rich and lovely images from Design Sponge, which launched a weekly Flower Glossary column last week. With daylight hours waning, and a chill descending, we welcome any opportunity to keep our eyes focused firmly — Continue reading

Design Filters: 2Modern’s Instagram Feed

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Design Filters: 2Modern’s Instagram Feed

We’ll admit that nothing is safe from our Instagram filters. Whether walking on the street, rushing through an airport, or perusing the aisles of a favorite shop; below ground or above the clouds, we always keep our eyes wide open. 2Modern’s Instagram feed is a window into our design-centric worldview, — Continue reading

Lyrical Wall Decals from Blik

Categories: Art + Graphics
Lyrical Wall Decals from Blik

Blik, the wall graphics company, has something to please musicologists, wordsmiths, and typography geeks alike: a line of removable wall decals of pithy phrases extracted from famous rap lyrics. The phrases, originally created in black-and-white poster form by letterpress shop Paper Jam Press, have been given more, yes, power by — Continue reading

Eindhoven’s Energetic New Identity

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Eindhoven’s Energetic New Identity

The city of Eindhoven, The Netherlands, has a new visual identity that may accurately be described as a group effort. The stack of 5 negative/positive zig zags that comprise the logo (and the bespoke typography that accompanies the project) were the collaborative effort of a group of creative firms with — Continue reading

David Band’s Happiness

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David Band’s Happiness

Despite illness and impending death, the Scottish-born artist and graphic designer David Band was not, by all accounts, devoid of joy. In the last few years of his life, Band, who died in 2012 at the age of 51, created a series of acrylic paintings and prints to which he — Continue reading

Alex Chinneck’s Surreal Brick House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Alex Chinneck’s Surreal Brick House

An abandoned house in the British seaside town of Margate has been given a facelift of sorts with an elaborate and ingenious art installation conceived by the British designer and artist Alex Chinneck. As part of an effort to draw attention to the economic woes of the town, Chinneck has — Continue reading

Banksy Loves New York

Categories: Art + Graphics
Banksy Loves New York

Banksy loves New York. How else to explain the month-long “artists residency” the once elusive British street artist has embarked upon on this side of the Atlantic? With his project, entitled Better Out than In, Banksy has taken it upon himself to make his presence felt on the streets of — Continue reading

New Typographical Posters by Ferm Living

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New Typographical Posters by Ferm Living

Ferm Living, the Danish accessories company has released a suite of striking typographical posters, many bearing the signature graphic patterns that grace the company’s textiles. The Bau Deco poster series, encompassing all 26 letters of the alphabet, were designed by Copenhagen type designer Ruth Vissing, whose Art Deco-influenced letters are — Continue reading

Urban Illustrations by Nigel Peake

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Urban Illustrations by Nigel Peake

Having a keen eye for one’s surroundings is one thing; recording one’s observations with skill and originality is another altogether. The Irish illustrator Nigel Peake has made a living from closely observing his environment, be it urban or rural, and then putting pen and watercolor to paper with dazzling imagination. — Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert: Colourful Letterpress Desk Calendar

Categories: Art + Graphics
Kickstarter Alert: Colourful Letterpress Desk Calendar

As admirers of letterpress printing—and of those who endeavor to keep the art form alive—we were happy to see this Kickstarter project by Toronto’s Letterpress Shoppe. The Colourful Letterpress Desk Calendar is comprised of a set of 12 100% cotton cards, each letterpress-printed with a unique illustration and color, and — Continue reading

From Canada, Wooden “Wall Buttons”

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
From Canada, Wooden “Wall Buttons”

Canadian design studio Arbutus + Denman sent over these images of a new project, Wall Buttons, a series of circular, sculptural forms crafted from FSC certified birch wood. The British Columbia-based studio, which specializes in designing and fabricating architectural elements, characterizes these immaculately shaped discs as objects “designed to add — Continue reading

Gareth Spor’s Book Smart Sculpture

Categories: Art + Graphics
Gareth Spor’s Book Smart Sculpture

As far as artist statements go, the British artist Gareth Spor has one that can be fairly described as cosmic: “Often fixating on the physics of light, the cosmos, and the geometries of space and time, I work across a diverse range of media to explore the states of wonderment — Continue reading

Forever Fashionable: 2 Days to Save on Knoll!

Categories: Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting
Forever Fashionable: 2 Days to Save on Knoll!

Graphic evidence that the visual panache of Knoll’s Tulip collection hasn’t wilted one bit 60 years after Eero Saarinen set out to rescue tables and chairs from the “slum of legs,” is this vignette by fashion illustrator Izak Zenou. In his playful, casually chic interior scene, created recently for Knoll, — Continue reading

A New Magazine, Designed From the Heart

Categories: Art + Graphics
A New Magazine, Designed From the Heart

The art director Bob Newman, whose resume includes New York Magazine, Real Simple, and Fortune, and whose Newmanology website is a must for print design enthusiasts, suffered a debilitating injury this past spring. The fallout from this near-fatal event has been, among other things, a crushing financial toll on Newman — Continue reading

The Stendig Calendar, 2014 Edition

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
The Stendig Calendar, 2014 Edition

If it’s not too early to start thinking about 2014, it may only be because the Stendig Calendar lies in waiting, a fresh new year’s worth of days in tow. Massimo Vignelli’s 1966 design for the now-defunct furniture company Stendig (we think it may be time for a Vignelli Calendar — Continue reading

Dimensional Design by Yizi Zheng

Categories: Art + Graphics
Dimensional Design by Yizi Zheng

The concept of dimensionality—the viewer’s perception of a flat image versus a raised surface—is explored in 2D/3D, a series of 5 posters by the Chinese-born, London-based graphic designer Yizi Zheng. Zheng has created an intricate geometric relief crafted from a single sheet of white paper, a faceted repeat-pattern that allows — Continue reading