If you have serious design chops, here’s a heads up. Cut & Paste has just extended the deadlines for this year’s Digital Design Tournament. There are three areas for you to enter – 2D, 3D, and Motion Design for a chance to win killer software, and more. Once Cut & Paste selects the 48 winners from 16 international cities, they’ll fly them to New York so they can compete on a global scale and see who comes out on top.
Our pal Jeff has a nice little round up post from our Reed Annex Shopping Spree Contest"“ 74+ guesses later, there were a bunch of right answers, but only 4 winners were chosen. And 30 seconds each later, they piled all the best stuff they could get into one large shopping bag. Thanks again to the Staple crew for letting us rummage through their shop and make a big ol’ mess! Hat tip to the winners, congrats again!
We’ve written about the music of Daft Punk, Barack Obama action figures and Daft Punk designer toys, but I never imagined I’d have the occasion to write about all three in one post. In the latest mashup of politics and pop culture, UK DJ/producer Adam Freeland remixes Daft Punk in a video animated by the progressive directing team, GOLD. The stop-motion music video is meant to function as a celebration to commemorate the upcoming inauguration of Obama as the 44th president of the United States. While plastic Obama makes an appearance, designer toy fans will be interested to see Qees, Be@rbricks and other mini-figures getting down on the dancefloor. How many items from your own toy collection can you spot in the video?
Personally, we’ve always wanted an iPod dock that looks exactly like a bent staple. Haven’t you? Should it be put into production, not only will this little device help you have dreams of Office Space with its helpful bed light, the Sang-Hoon Lee designed device will also blast out your music while its speakers go unnoticed. What are you going to do, go buy the iHome at Target? Really. But, while you’re checking out the Korean artist’s work and waiting for this concept to become a reality, don’t miss another of his concept designs: a lamp in the shape of a coffee cup that pours out light through a little bendy straw. How cute!
Why mess with a winning formula? What’s good for ’08 is a good bet for ’09. Onitsuka Tiger has once again teamed up with the Japanese inspired, but Italian created brand Tokidoki in a sneaker collaboration. This time, two low-top kicks were created (in white and gray colorways). The shoes have classic Tiger styling with bright accents you’d expect from Simone Legno.Â A lace charm and a full bottom gumsole depicting the characters adored by junior high girls and collectors everywhere round out the creation.
Let’s get this straight: there’s exposure and then there’s Explosure. Tierney Gearon’s newest exhibition relies on the old trick of double exposure to create some really surreal and amazing visuals. Pair that with the large scale photographs and its really an amazing body of work. A ton of the photographs are up at Designboom’s website, but if you are in London you should definitely check out the exhibition because the photographs are big — like huge big. They’re on display until January 27 at the Phillips de Pury auction house.
If there’s any time to say out with old and in with the new, it’s midway through January. Australian T-shirt producers 2×4 T-shirts have taken cue and are slashing prices on their current crop of tops. The clearance sale features designs by talents like Emil Kozak, Jeff Canham and Noah Butkus, for the minuscule cost of $10 AUD. Time to toss those ’08 shirts and and grab some discounted tops at the Wearewere.com.
It’s hard to avoid drawing paralells between Oki-Ni (London) and the Parisian powerhouse Colette from across the pond. Both carry the most exclusive items, and though their collaborations are not as frequent as some other brands, they are always grade A. To celebrate the new year, they worked with Oakley for 50 exclusive pairs of the iconic Frongskin sunglasses. In addition, the Timex 80 (which we’ve mentioned before) is back with some new metallic casings. And finally, if you did not get a chance to grab some of last season’s wares, head on over now and save 50% off sale items.