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.
Traveling rule number one (or at least one of them), always try the local delicacies of the place you’re visiting.
As an international design competition, The Dieline Awards presented by Neenah Packaging recognize the best packaging design in the world. The geometry of the Nike Inflatables 2015/16 Basketball and Soccer ball redesign by OIA Global caught my attention as well as the typography works on Henderson’s Spiced Cider by Sand Creative and the redesign of Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Whiskey by Studio MPLS.
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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