Hi friends! Erin from Apartment 34 here and I’m thrilled to help keep Design Crush warm while Miss Kelly is away. And since she’s in one of my very favorite places in the world – Italia – probably unearthing amazing design, I decided to take a crack at something similar. Only from the comforts of my couch (I begged her to take me in her suitcase but va’ bene (so it goes!).
So I give you Four Design Crush-worthy Finds. I do hope you all agree! Bon Viaggio Kelly, and thanks again for having me.
With the presidential election only a few weeks away, this project seems especially timely. Branding the Presidents of the United States is an ongoing graphics project by Meg Jannott to push her own creativity and give all 44 presidents a branded identity. I’d say it’s going smashingly.
Belgian graphic design studio beshart brought together 100 artists from 28 countries for the 100 Book Covers to Fight Illiteracy project. The goal of the project? Redesigning covers for the 100 greatest novels of all time to raise awareness of illiteracy. You can buy your own, and for each poster sold 5 euro will be donated directly to the fight against illiteracy. When a good cause meets great design you really can’t go wrong.
01/ WHOA. Animated MRI scans of vegetables.
02/ A trailer park. HA!
03/ Blik partners with Carnovsky for some incredible wall (or ceiling) stickers.
04/ A sea of 10,000 discarded library books.
05/ FlipBooKit – a motorized flip book kit!
06/ A candy alphabet!
07/ A history of New York in 50 objects.
08/ Brillant cell charger slash tripod – The Bobine.
09/ A shape shifting magnetic coffee table.
10/ Check out LYHTY, a lighted indoor/outdoor tent.
These geometric prints from Lumadeesa are part of the Flora Fauna: Canines collection (ALSO SEE Flora Fauna: Birds and Flora Fauna: Mammals) and a perfect fit for the modern dog lover. Choose from six breeds – Beagle, Bernese Mountain Dog, Dachshund, German Shepherd, Jack Russell Terrier, and Pug. Sign me up for the Jack Russell, Piper is half!
I love a good graphic poster and I love BKLYN Larder, put ‘em together and tada! Recently released graphic-y food goodness for your walls. The salumi is calling my kitchen’s name with that vibrant red and pink palette.
I think we can all agree that Jessica Hische is a pretty big badass in the hand-drawn type world. If you’ve been following her Daily Drop Cap blog (since 2009) you’ll be just as excited as I am to know that Hische has partnered with Penguin’s art director, Paul Buckley, in the eventual release of a series of 26 hardcover classics. Each book will feature a drop cap unique to the series, the first six of which will go on sale November 27th. I love the gradient that’s apparent in these first releases and I hope it continues on throughout the series. And yes, I’ll need every last one so it’s a good thing they’re available for pre-order right here.
01/ A beautifully designed transparent motorcycle gas tank.
02/ The Candy Wrapper Archive!
03/ A fun street jewelry installation.
04/ Dogs with Napoleon Complexes… dressed as Napoleon.
05/ A line of furniture held together with nothing more than rope!
06/ The Dipr may change your relationship with cookies and milk forever.
07/ Stunning long exposure photographs of fireworks.
08/ And these long exposures of moths in flight.
09/ Musical icons mosaic portraits made from their own CDs!
10/ Design nerd flashcards.
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I’m a total Game of Thrones nerd. After watching the first season last year I couldn’t wait for the second. So I read the entire existing series in six weeks. Obsessed! You can imagine how thrilled I was when I saw this Sigils of the Houses of Westeros poster by Darrin Crescenzi. Crescenzi took the author’s – George R. R. Martin – descriptions of each house’s mark and created beautifully simplistic icons. (He spends his days designing for Nike, can you tell?)
01/ Ever curious about secret staff communications in fancy restaurants?
02/ Stunning photo essay on people with albinism.
03/ When the Louvre’s statues wear modern street clothes.
04/ I want to wear one of these accordion party hats!
05/ Have a great glass bottle you’re saving? Make a lamp!
06/ A staircase made of optical glass that looks like ice.
07/ Big, beautiful head sculptures representing the four seasons.
08/ A real-life version of Super Mario. (Kinda creepy.)
09/ Color Pencil Tree, a proposed installation.
10/ Surf Pops!