Neighborhood was created in the early 90’s by Shinsuke Takizawa in Harajuku Tokyo. I love their overall kick-ass aesthetic. The branding is consistent, from their products to their stores and special releases. Their lines are inspired by the cultural references and stories that make me kick. They also branch out into very interesting projects, for example, SRL (Specimen Research Laboratory), a greenhouse and clothing line infused by the owner's fascination with exotic plants.
From a marketing point of view, Deus Ex Machina did a good job at packaging the custom bike and surf culture. Its consistent and attractive branding made it accessible to the mass. Did that bring a few douchebags and phonies in the mix, it surely did. It always does with this type of things. I doubt their flagship stores are the destinations of choice for bikers and surfers, nor that I think it was the intention of the company. Which would explain clearly the annoyance of life long riders, that’s understandable. I simply appreciate it for what it has offer; cool looking customs bike, nice art and decent coffee.
This old hand painted advertisement gem was hiding behind a street billboard. It makes you want to see what’s behind all of them across the city.
UNIQLO collaborated with an international roster of artists to illustrate the different characteristics of Japan. This ninja was created by Illustrator Stevie Gee.
I liked it. Clean.
I stopped by The Screaming Hand 30th Anniversary touring show at Upper Playground in Portland. A small art show celebrating 30 years of The Screaming Hand, a skate icon created by Jim Phillips.
MadeHere PDX is a shop proudly dedicated to Portland-based makers, artists and designers.
Traveling rule number one (or at least one of them), always try the local delicacies of the place you’re visiting.
I enjoyed my stay at Ace Hotel Portland, I do appreciate the history of the company, the concept and its branding. Yet a feeling was missing. Was it the “escape” feeling? The "I’m not at home right now”… Which is what Ace is providing, a local homy feeling, having a coffee in their lobby, meeting locals and what not. Their bar deliver great cocktails, which makes superfine night caps.
The Standard Hotel, Hollywood
Residency is multicultural gallery and art space that opened in Inglewood in Los Angeles. The mastermind behind this new cultural machine is none less than my dear friend Rick Garzon. I’m super stocked about this new adventure.
Did you get his book yet? Very impressive.
Kabuki is one of Japan’s traditional performing arts and was proclaimed Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. This t-shirt is a collaboration between UNIQLO and Shochiku, the principal Kabuki production company and Ichakawa Ennosuke IV, one of Kabuki’s most popular stars.
just some cool looking stuff snapped in the street...
The HOW Design Live conference is a 5 days weekend covering a wide range of design and creativity subjects. From branding, packaging and interactive design to leadership, management, and entrepreneurship. The conference opening was a complete nightmare, I can’t remember experiencing such a poorly designed checkin process before. The irony for such a well known and respected design conference. Luckily, the excitement and inspirations received from the talks and presentations completely made up for it. With iconic creatives and brilliant thinkers such as Ken Carbone, Aaron Draplin, Josh Higgins, Tiffany Shlain, James Victore, Debbie Milman, Stefan Sagmeister and more.
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One of our favorite place to hang alone and get inspired in New York City is The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography. Founded in 1985 by The Cooper Union and friends of Herb Lubalin, The Study Center boasts exquisite typeface designs, logos, editorial, advertising, posters and more. The collection include work by Herb Lubalin as well as other graphic design masters such as Paul Rand, Massimo Vignelli, Tibor Kalman to name a few. Groundbreaking magazines like Avant Garde, Eros, Fact and other design and typography materials from the 50’s to the 80’s are well conserved and available to explore. This extensive archive is an extremely important resources of design history in our opinion.
The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography
41 Cooper Sq. New York, NY 10003