Retrofuturistic art by Simon Stålenhag

Art by Simon Stålenhag If you like this particular vibe of retrofuturistic dystopian art, be sure to check out Beeple.  Advertisements

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How design controls behavior

Design dictates behavior. Put a feature front and center like Instagram or Facebook Stories and it’s nearly impossible not to click. Keep a smartphone around while you’re doing work or eating and you’ll fight the urge to pick it up. Listen to enough conspiracy theories and you’re bound to think that they’re true regardless of […]

Airbus Beluga XL 🐳👨‍✈️

Loving the whale-inspired design of the Airbus BelugaXL, due to launch in 2019. According to the plane’s official photographer on Twitter, the aircraft is currently on its 17th test flight. You can read more about the plane’s “whale-inspired eyes and enthusiastic grin” here.

Free the animals 🦁🐘🦓

The design for Animal crackers just got an update. Due to mounting pressure from animal rights group PETA, Nabisco removed the cages from its iconic cracker box. The updated version shows the animals roaming free. The redesign of the boxes, now on U.S. store shelves, retains the familiar red and yellow coloring and prominent “Barnum’s […]

Are video games design objects?

Do video games belong in the museum?  I remember checking out the old Tetris and Pong video games at a MoMA exhibit in 2013. They certainly seemed to fit as artistic artifacts.  The world’s leading museum of art and design in London, V & A, is making its new exhibit Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt even more contemporary.  The show’s curator […]

Moving sculptures

Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen builds wind propelled sculptures that live on beaches. Each sculpture contains a rotating spine that allows it to rotate forward and backward. Even more interesting, these moving pieces of art can detect and avoid waves when they get too close.  But don’t expect to see these mesmerizing “mobile animals” […]

Confuse the eye

There’s a fantastic piece about the history of camouflage in Topic Magazine this week. Before camouflage hit the runway, French artists (camoufleurs) in World War I used creative techniques to disguise soldiers and protect them from aerial reconnaissance and long-range enemy fire. To learn how to blend in, the French military turned to an unexpected group—the […]

Coles Phillips “fade-away” technique

The story goes that he developed his “fade-away” technique as a money-saving exercise. Upmarket magazines would typically print covers in full-colour, but Phillips’ style allowed them to print a single or two-colour cover and have their magazine still look great. Artist Coles Phillips (1880 – 1927)

Nigeria’s World Cup kits are 🔥

In an interview with Fader Magazine, Nike FC’s Design Director Pete Hoppins says the Nigeria kit was actually the easiest one to design: Nigeria was actually the easiest! That’s everyone having fun. We worked closer with the players and the Nigerian federation to make that happen. The hardest were Brazil and England, just like always. […]

The design of the classroom from 1750 to today

The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids by Alexandra Lange  The design of the classroom is a technology, and you can interpret that in a lot of different ways. Architects can make that look more, and less, typical. But the point is the instruction, the interaction in the classroom, not that it looks […]

Balenciaga’s $1490 ‘T-Shirt Shirt’ is ugly but awesome

Luxury fashion house Balenciaga knows how to nail the type of ugly design that gets people talking. In Fall 2017, it debuted the Bernie Sanders-inspired logo he used for his 2016 campaign. But this time around, the company once referred to as “the master of all” by Christian Dior, will release a double-shirt as part of its […]

RIP Bill Gold, one of the best movie poster artists of all-time

RIP Bill Gold, considered one of the best movie poster artists of all-time. Below are a couple snippets from the obituary in the New York Times but the whole article is worth reading. Long before poster artists turned to photography and computer-generated images in the 1980s and ’90s, illustrators like Mr. Gold billboarded movies with freehand drawings, […]

Tom Wolfe: ‘Logos are strictly a vanity industry’

In 1972, Tom Wolfe criticized companies for creating logos for no other reason but to look modern: The abstract total-design logo is the most marvelous fraud that the American graphic arts have ever perpetrated upon American business. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, these abstract logos, which a company (Chase Manhattan, Pan Am, Winston Sprocket, Kor […]