SpearTalks: Chuck Anderson

Ah, Chuck Anderson. Fresh, brave, and brilliant from all angles, we turned our sights towards this self-taught, Michigan-based designer in 2005, when the then 20-year old's portfolio was already competitive with those of players twice his age.

Since then, Chuck (aka NoPattern) has been filling his time with work for clients like Burton, Dolce and Gabbana, and Microsoft, and his light-filled designs have had us seeing stars all along. Graphic designer, digital illustrator, 23-year old basking in the glow he drew up himself; whatever he is, he's good at it, and we can't wait to see what's next.

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Exclusive: McCain's VP Nominee

It’s Mayor McCheese. Ji Lee, the absurdist genius who brought us tiny towns, thought bubbles, and the occassional straight ad, has crafted this politically charged representation of the Republican presidential candidate. He looks delicious — full of beef, cheese, and anecdotes about his time in a Vietnamese prison camp. After last night’s historic speech by Barack Obama, we suspected McCain to try and steal some of the Dem’s momentum. Turning your head into a sandwich … well played sir.

Big pic after the jump.

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Malin + Goetz

We don’t claim to be experts in health and beauty products, but we are clean boys and girls. If a situation ever arose where the JS staff ever needed to share skin care products it would definitely be Malin + Goetz — because it is an all natural unisex product. That and the smooth bottle design. Originally whipped up in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, the skin care products are, as they say, now available at fine retailers nationwide.

ARTSPROJEKT x Zazzle Skateboards

ARTSPROJEKT, a new online “interactive and culturally relevant online community for the arts, pop culture and action sports” has teamed up with print-on-demand company Zazzle to make high-tech, high-art skate decks. Some of the many artists and micro brands involved include: Lil Jon, Shepard Fairey / OBEY, Crooks & Castles, Blood Is The New Black, Angry Woebots, Alex Pardee, and Dalek.

Zazzle’s engineering team collaborated with Andy Howell to develop the decks, which are produced within 24 hours, a first for the industry. The decks can be ordered in a handful of sizes or as a complete board with veteran boarder-approved parts. Need more authentication?

“Skateboard graphics were one of the main things that inspired me to become an artist, so it goes without saying that I want my art to translate beautifully on skateboards,” said Shepard Fairey. “In the past, printing on a curved board surface had detail limitations or smudging could occur at the bends. The ARTSPROJEKT boards utilize new digital technology to create perfectly crisp graphics with impeccable detail.”

And from Alex Pardee: “I actually got to see first-hand this insane technology and the quality of the final printed deck, and I was blown away. It seriously was like looking at a Giclee print ON A SKATE DECK!”

ChangetheThought posters

As you collegiate types head back to school you’d definitely be wise to drum up some dope new posters to decorate your dorm room walls. Heck, even if you’re not in college you could probably use a few splendid images to spruce up your wall space. We recommend checking out the first series of A3 sized posters from Changethethought. The array of lush pop art images from Chris Cox are printed in sets of 100 on 100 lb True White Paper and are individually signed and numbered. They present a vivid visual feast that will show anyone entering your domain that your taste is undeniable when it comes to art. Head over to the Changethethought online store.

Sheet Art

We like pretty linens. They don’t make our three hours of sleep a night any more restful, but knowing they were designed in Paris at least makes us feel special. With that in mind, Kiolla digitally prints designs featuring such subjects as blue flamingos, sleeping geisha-like princesses, and devil duckies on 100-percent cotton sheets. If you don’t see something you like, the company is currently holding a competition for designers to submit their works for the chance for them to be used as future prints.

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