DS Spotlight: Actually Worthwhile Souvenirs

In case you hadn’t noticed, the folks at eCool love our Design Showcase as much as we do; week after week they share their incredible finds with us — and you. This time around, it’s the collaboration of Pandora Design with Guilio Iacchetti, which resulted in some very kitschy souvenirs for tourists visiting Italy from here on out; Iacchetti took mundane objects such as juicers and fly swatters, melded them together with notable Italian maps and architecture and created updated versions that you’d be totally stoked to get from Grandma upon returning from her annual jaunt to St. Peter’s. We think you should join eCool in the fun and submit your finds now.

Tobi: Nicer than Nice

Tobi, the fifty-million-times-better-than-shopbop online store, has gone soft on us (again) with a 25% off promo running through the entire month of September. By entering TOBIFAF2 at check-out, you can snag unlimited amounts of non-sale clothing by Tobi’s incredible selection of designers, including Graham and Spencer, Artful Dodger, Rebecca Minkoff and freaking yummiest man-duds from Alexandre Herchcovitch. The best thing about this whole deal is you can use the code as many times as you want now through September 30th, leaving you no reason not to get rolling on some fall wardrobe updates. Happy shopping!

mimozine Issue 1

Our pals at mimoco are now loading an exclusive zine onto their newly dispatched blood-thirsty monsters/flash drives. Core Series 2 mimobots ordered after today will arrive pre-loaded with mimozine Issue 1, featuring music by Art Brut, comedy by Poykpac, mimobot animation, games, screensavers, and an uncommon interview with toy bootlegger Sucklord. The mimozine comes complete with a “not suitable for children” clause — which normally indicates a product of worth — so if you’ve been putting off your purchase of, say, undoboy’s King and Queen, now is definitely, absolutely, entirely the right time to get it done.

YOKANG: Styl-ism

I know how excited some of you get when I write about $70 t-shirts, so today, in your honor, I’m going to up the ante and give you something you’re really going to love. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the $186 dollar tee-shirt. Based on the traditional dying techniques and patterns of the Ryukyu Dynasty, YOKANG’s tees, skirts, and Converse Hightops, are starting to see some heavy hype in the Tokyo and Paris design scene. The dyeing process, called Bingata, reflects the unique culture of Okinawa, a characteristic evident through comparison of the patterns and textures of YOKANG to the traditional Japanese kimono. Aside from the layers of historical meaning in a YOKANG piece, most of them also offer the wearer a tasty side-dish of badassness. I’m sorry to say it, but the pricey shirts are super good-looking, and offer the wearer a sort of a gargoyle-ish charm. The winged shirts (check the Guardian Deity (pictured) and the Asian Phoenix) are my faves, followed by the most of the Converses, especially the Tribal Phoenix. So take a look, then leave me another snarky comment about how lame expensive tee-shirts are. I can handle it.

Manystuff

Online creative communities have been surging to an all-time high. Our friends over at Behance have started their new network, Virb was mentioned here a while ago and Humblevoice is another relatively new one. But they all have the stigma of being a “network”. A place where you have to sign up, create a profile, upload your work, or search through other people’s profiles to find things of interest. Not that we don’t love ourselves some social/professional networking, but every once in a while though, I crave something simpler.

In steps Manystuff, where the idea is dead basic: you send in stuff you like, they post it on their blog. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Categories cover graphic design, illustration & painting, photography, and a few that are less defined. Readers are encouraged to share both their own work and the work of others that has caught their eye.

Also take a look at their About the Process pdf, a collaborative document on the methods and processes behind todays up-and-coming designers. Good stuff.

Ray Fenwick, You're Still Perfect

Ray Fenwick is at SQFT Gallery in Nashville. This is good news for me, because I love him, and that makes him one step further from his home in Canada and one step closer to Colorado. I can’t pretend that it’s that awesome — I’m still going to need a front door appearance and an entire comic strip dedicated to me to be really happy — but anything that gets that talented guy over state lines is worth mentioning. Also worth mentioning: A few of Ray’s artworks, composed on vintage book covers in ink and gouache, are up for sale on the SQFT site. I’m running out of good reasons why I don’t need this blog-hating one (a joke, obviously…right, Ray?), so if someone would please get over there and snatch it up, it would make it far easier for me to be fiscally responsible.

Light Bulb

When a magician performs his tricks, I am the type of person who will sit there and rattle off a number of ways he could have possibly executed it because of course, as an adult I know it is just that: a trick and there is no such thing as magic. Or at least I thought so until I saw this Houdini-esque, wirelessly-powered levitating light bulb by Jeff Lieberman. Verifiably not an illusion, the bulb floats evenly in midair and will remain lit for years without anyone touching it, charging it or having to replace the batteries. Compared to an incandescent bulb, it uses less than half the power. Pretty unbelievable, right? But before you get Criss Angel on the phone, here is how it works: The bulb and the case contain hidden circuitry — so sneaky — that uses electromagnetic feedback to levitate the bulb a certain number of inches away from the object nearest to it. It also uses coupled resonant wireless power transfer to beam power from the housing into the bulb itself. If you're like me and this just sounds far too complex to comprehend, you can read up more on it at b e a . s t or you can just chalk it up to the much more fun explanation: it's magic!

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