Here in the first few months of 2012 if you turn your radio to a pop station, you’re going to hear a sound that’s not unlike a non-hardcore rave disco fusion with rap rhyming mixed in with mentions of associated labels, drinks, and clothing brands. It’s not all bad, with bands like LFMAO creating such infectious beats as Party Rock Anthem, but here’s a bit of the antithesis: Diplo’s newest single “Express Yourself.” The fellow has been kind enough to release the track to SoundCloud so we can all give a listen at will – so have at it!
Overlord NIGO has blessed the earth with a new weird triad of photos for an upcoming collection of A Bathing Ape clothing. Look at those shoes. They are completely insane. Who else in the world would release something so audacious? Something so fabulously out-there? Something so wildly ungraspable? Look at this and a few more pics from an upcoming line of clothing going by the name “Mr. Bathing Ape” as presented by NIGO and Mr Suzuki. They are buds. They both have cameras.
Look at this wicked set of drawings! These are illustrations from the desk of Markus Raffelsberger & Michael Zagorski, who together form Valence graphic design studio. This set of magical collages, paintings, and drawings was made for a weekly design exercise as initiated by three studios: Mustard, RadioMetric, and Valence! This exercise goes by the name Hard From The Heart and is totally active as this post is written. Check it out! But first look at the gallery in this post, for it is magnificent.
The subject these contributions cover is “Holidays.” Hang loose. Continue reading
Charts, charts, charts, oh how the human brain loves charts. Here’s a couple of charts you’re going to love beyond all other charts today, I bet ya. There’s one for beers and one for rappers. Both are created by esteemed poster creation duo Pop Chart Lab – a collaboration between a book editor and a graphic designer. They’ve got two posters at the moment this post is written, and both of them are for super sale. They’ve got an amazing “how to care for” page (included in the gallery below) and a really really sharp looking site! Continue reading
A few days ago when we spoke about the “MUT ZUR WUT” poster initiative, a call out by Götz Gramlich to some fabulously talented designers of the world to create posters with yelling meaning, from courage to anger, whatever they’d like. Now those posters are up in the streets! Take a look at the photos above and below of the loveliness. Continue reading
Dear world, it is my pleasure to announce the continued modern-day miracle working of Aesthetic Apparatus. Today’s magic: the 2010 label for Minneapolis’ own Surly Brewing Company’s Russian Imperial Stout: DARKNESS. This tasty opportunity was offered in past years to the likes of Adam Turman in 2007, Nic Skrade (misspelled on the label?) in 2008, and Dave Witt in 2009. Each of these artists and designers was (and is) based in the Twin Cities, and to continue that tradition in a highly proper manner, Aesthetic Apparatus has been asked next. Beer plus AA. How else could the world of beer and the beer filled world move on into the future? There is no other way available. Continue reading
Apparently David Choe is the most baddest of all dudes or something because he’s always hanging out with naked women and terrifyingly brutish looking men. Did you know this? Just four days ago he released these photos he took of Danny Trejo. Choe is known on the whole for his undeniably masterful paintings, but he’s also an intense photographer. And he’s got a book out right now to promote, and Trejo has a movie coming out (“Machete”), so they called each-other up on their dial-tone phones and decided to have a play date. Continue reading
So there’s this lady whose name is Erin C that lives in Troy, New York. A few weeks ago she was riding her bike down a hill, and a person in a car had their eyes closed probably because they pulled out in front of her and she basically nearly died smashing into and over it. Now she’s a fabulously talented photographer and stylist, and being the sort of person that people demand more in one season than the others, is in a bit of trouble, this being the top season for the things she does.
What do we do? We have a FUNDRAISER. Not just any kind of fundraiser, a bicycle-ride fundraiser. So jump up. And do it. Continue reading
So Stussy, international streetwear brand and pioneer, all that neat crap, have begun a collaboration with MTV owned Ren and Stimpy brand. It’s a singular t-shirt, one of two they’ve made – one came out last year, you’ll find that at the top of the gallery below in black and white. See the story on 6.21.10 at Stussy Japan. Now I love that they’ve got their eyeballs on something I hold so near and dear to my heart, but in my grand opinion, they approached the wrong group. MTV owns the rights to most of the Ren and Stimpy artwork, but the creator, John K, is still alive and still has the skills of a heavy cartoon master. Below is what I imagine might have happened if they’d gone the with the K. Continue reading
The image you see above of a rather epic looking Neil Young with guitar is the latest in a series of famous persons portraits by modern artist Shepard Fairey. These images were all had their debut at the May Day show that took place on May 5, 2010. There’s been a wild cross section, boy howdy. This is the first landscape style to be released. Neil Young. Musician and political activist and one classy looking mother. Continue reading
So. The internets hath provided the world with some nicely-produced movie footage of a Mortal Kombat story in short-film format. It’s meant to be spread virally, which I’m sure it’ll do, and is doing, and it’s meant to create EXCITEMENT – which it IS doing. The clip you’re about to see is made by a … dance video director?! Kevin Tancharoen, who, because he was tentatively signed on to do a “caught in pre-pre-production limbo” Mortal Kombat, decided to make his own short, teaser version of what the film might look like. This is that. Many/most of the people in the short donated their time (maybe to get the chance to be in the final version), and the entire thing cost $7,500. And it’s gruesome. Totally gruesome. Continue reading
So graphic design and poster printing team Aesthetic Apparatus is ten years old. …wait a second, weren’t they ten years old LAST YEAR? Yes, yes they were. That’s why there’s an exhibition at the MCAD gallery here in Minneapolis that’s going by the name “AAXI: A DECADE OF AESTHETIC APPARATUS, ONE YEAR LATE.” View MCAD-approved photos of the opening night below. Continue reading
Just don’t get in the way of his digital drawing pad. He’ll kiss you so much! With his art. Bobby Chiu is a digital artist and designer. He’s worked on everything from teaching digital painting to designing Star Wars toys. And today, well! I’m going to show you some of the concept work he did for the Tim Burton version of Alice in Wonderland, just in time for… is the DVD out now? Probably it is. Continue reading
This is a print collaboration pre-drawing by two masters of weirdness. Designer / artist / illustrator the both of them. First there’s Stefan Super A, a sculptor and painter also who makes great big giant things that you’ll be seeing in the gallery below, too. Then there’s Emilski, whose got a knack for drawing, and whose drawings in the gallery below I’m sure you’ll be able to identify. Together these titans have creating this masterful work of fabulous bullets and bombs all aimed right at your face! This image (seen above) goes by the name “NO HOPE” and will be a print sometime in the near future (2010 I hope!) Continue reading
Holy carp. I would eat anything off this menu just to say I did. Look at the starkness! Designed by design duo “The Empty Page” aka Ross Teperek and Paul Robinson, this menu is made for a Leeds-based bar by the name of Nation Of Shopkeepers. Seems like an alright place to eat, yes? I do love being surrounded by artworks when I’m chowing down, that’s for sure. Design works are even better when they’re not overbearing. And if this menu is any indication, they’re not. They’re friggin fantastic and perfect all at the same time. Red. White. Bright. Lovin it. Continue reading
Shepard Fairey is in New York. Everybody knows it. Two gigantic murals up, paste-ups galore, a show called MAY DAY on the way. Both of those murals? They are right here, in daredevil fashion. All photos presented by COPE2 who you can see in the photos, he’s the guy with the black shirt spraying COPE everywhere. First in the post here you’re going to see photos of the Deitch mural, made in most direct response/preparation for the May Day show, with one photo of Shepard Fairey and COPE2 together smashing brains about what they’re going to execute, when they collaborate, then the rest of the gallery is the second mural. The second mural is half Shepard Fairey and half COPE2. I don’t think anyone will have a problem distinguishing between the styles. Continue reading
Where it is the mission of World Famous Design Junkies to act as a hub for fabulous ideas, so to is it the mission of World Famous Design Cellar to act as a swap meet for magnificent bits of matter. It is to act as a store for those who wish to collect these treasures as well as a helper for those who’ve got the knack for creating them.
World Famous Design Cellar is and shall be your personal trunkful of the greatest to the least of the creatively constructed items made for distribution from design and art minds both current and long-dead. We’ve got items that’ve just been made yesterday as well as objects that are long out-of-print. Sometimes we’ll have an entire run of a print, other times we’ll have a single book. Each item’s situation is unique, thus, each item has the potential to be distributed in a unique way.
It is for the greater good of the design and art community that we work here, in partnership with World Famous Design Junkies and with every one of you do we work.
If you’d like to inquire about having your objects of desire sold in the store, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org Otherwise this same email can be used to suggest items that should be carried in the store, inquiries, hate mail, collaboration demands or shows that you’d like us to buy or sell at. All of it goes to that same email.
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I know you love burgers. Even if you hate the idea of chopped up cows, the burger is an idea that’s permeated this United States culture in a way that’s only rivaled by the hot dog. Lucky for you, there’s hotdogs in this project as well! This is a font called “Burgerlove” made by a few friendly designers that wanted to have fun with food and fun with fonts. Hand made fonts are generally what I would call a rudimentary sort of exercise, but here you see the time and effort and learning that comes with smashing bits of dead animal into letterforms. You’d better believe it! Those burgers aren’t mooing anymore! Continue reading
That’s right. One to one. A perfect replica of a chair that designer Anna Haenko chopped up and stuck together to show. What could a person do with a chair like this? Probably not sit on it. But like a printmaker who whips up 15 different color combinations for their 2 tone print project, it is important to test more than one option. If given the opportunity to test, test you must. Test you should, because it is exactly that, an opportunity, a gift from the experimentation gods. Continue reading
Let’s talk about copying for a moment. Ripping off someone else’s hard work, and using it as one’s own. Let’s start by me saying that I basically have a hard time taking anyone seriously who says they’ve not been properly credited in these modern times. I don’t believe for a moment that any one person is qualified enough to explore a single idea to the fullest. I believe in the sharing and free distribution of ideas, and the idea that once an idea is freed into the world, it is free. For the betterment of the idea. The following set of images (and the one above) were found and set up by designer / artist / internet person / retired design professor Bob Caruthers. Continue reading
Minus book. Photos from a really dudical collector of projects from his prolific brain, designer / artist Vitor Cesar. V.C. takes on this face-covered-up photo shot snaps with photographer Wanessa Malta. It’s called “Retrato Paisagem” aka “Portrait Landscape.” I bet you can tell the similarities between the photos. It’s rather a faced sort of situation. Continue reading
For it is a freaking joyous day! Straight from the team-mates mouth, codename TheOmethod, we’ve got super new super early photo pics of this Shepard Fairey / Smokey Robinson poster collaboration. There’s a gold/black version and a “color” version of each of the two poster prints, with Fairey and Smokey signatures on em all. There’s a series going right now in the OBEY world called American Pioneers, dealing in the fields of art, music, and a slightly general category called “culture.” Smokey’s still hot! Continue reading
If you’ve got some amazing idea, or pop culture crush, or fantastic set of images that you’ve just GOT to apply to as many mediums as possible, consider this: cookie cutters. Especially around and in the holidays, these are always going to be big sellers, even the lesser-holidays love cookies! I believe today that designer Beverly Hsu’s hit a bit of a jackpot, provided she slides through the font-ownership rules like a breeze, with these cutters made to produce cookies in perfect Helvetica letterforms! Continue reading
Go Nigo Go Nigo Go! Go, go, go, go! Nigo, Nigo, rappala, Nigo, Nigo, hook fashion addict. Go! Go! Go! Go! — A Bathing Ape brand has the fishy smarts behind it. Those people know exactly what they’re doing when they bait this hook. What you see above (and below) is their new collaboration with Daiwa (fishing gear brand) – fishing lures with Bape camouflage graphics. Not just to further your total Bape lifestyle, but for the irony of the lure culture! Continue reading
Let me show you this tiny off-the-wall project by some rather intelligent folks who usually make it their business to build the insides of webpages. Designers at Tatiret Compagnie Ouverte have created this small set of collages called “Animaux.” There’ll be one part of an animal, then there’ll be another. Why they are that way, I do not know! But I like what I see. Continue reading