Monday January 22nd 2018



Old Book Smell

Did you know?

“Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin.  When made into paper and stored for years it breaks down and smells good.  Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us.” 



Liquid Typeface by Ruslan Khasanov



In a delightful puff of smoke, Ruslan Khasanov creates a typeface literally of the moment.


Utilizing over 5000 photographs of ink spots dissolving into water, Khasanov achieved a system of type that disappears over the course of reading each letter.



Aakash Nihalani: Tapes Extraordinary Space

Sometimes simple solutions can present the most interesting context.

Askash Nihalani works with lowly tape to change our view of the ordinary into something extraordinary by selectively placing graphics into space, highlighting “unexpected contours & elegant geometry”.

Nihalani says:

I’m not trying to push a certain highbrow logic or philosophy or purposely communicate through the esoteric medium of art. I work instinctively, trying to follow my gut about the sensation of color and space, and have fun doing it.

From the moment one enters his website, Nihalani’s playful solutions offer memorably artful, design moments.  Enjoy.

Video of the day: The Alphabet 2 by Alessandro Novelli

It’s Friday, and we wanted to send you into the weekend with something playful and well-executed.

Designer Alessandro Novelli’s Alphabet 2 is a video experiment in developmental spelling.

Each character represents the meaning of the word itself.  Playing with different techniques and materials, the scale is focused on Helvetica’s font proportions.

Enjoy this collection of words generated by a delightful vocabulary/spelling lesson which is so cleverly animated.

Thanks to my friend Rob for the pointer.

Blood Concept: There’s a Perfume for Your Blood Type

“The human body is totally pervaded by a liquid vital rush that brings us what we are most fond of: Life. Filled with legends and meanings‚ blood is soaked with mystery, fascination and respect: it’s the most tested and studied part of the human body. Hiding the multitude of secrets that reveals our inner and unique way of being. Blood Concept is a ceremony devoted to the pulse of life and its visceral boost. It is actually the river of life.”

Wow.  That’s quite a description of the concept behind Blood Concept by Giovanni Castelli  and Antonio Zuddas.  But we have to admit we are curious, especially hearing the fragrance characteristics:

Perfume O is a leather fragrance, composed of thyme, raspberry, cyperus esculentus, rose hips, leather, birch, cedar wood, metallic notes.

Perfume A is an aromatic unisex fragrance which includes notes of green garden, tomato leaves, basil, star anise and metallic notes.

Perfume B is a unisex woody spicy composition with red apple and black cherry in the top, artemisia, pepper, pomegranate and black tea in the heart; patchouli, tick wood and metallic notes in the base.

Perfume AB is a unisex mineral composition with aldehydes, aluminium and slate in the top, pebble and aqua in the heart, cedar wood and metallic notes in the base.

In no way flowery or expected, the line may not be for everyone, but they are certainly unique.  The scents can be purchased here.

EARonic the Ironic iPhone case by Daniela Gilsanz

Ever feel like the whole world is watching while you are on the iPhone?  Well Daniela Gilsanz created an ironic twist on a contemporary James Bond idea.

The EARonic iPhone Case is designed to camouflage the fact that you’re on the phone.  Now if only she would come up with an invisibility sleeve for our arm!

Of the concept Daniela says she:

…first came up with the idea last fall when applying to art schools. She was getting a portfolio together and while sketching some ears in her sketchbook (one of the prompts from a school) the initial EARonic mockup and portfolio piece came to be. Since then, we’ve improved on the original concept, photographed many an ear, and produced the actual phone cases.


Video of the day: London Bus Tour

Moritz Oberholzer is a director and editor from London and Zurich.  This little piece of London from a bus made us miss the place just a little more than usual.


Lowrider Coloring Book by Dokument Press

Growing up in Southern California, Lowriders were a culture you had to belong to, to fully experience.  Even being Latina did not count if you were not part of La Familia.   So it is interesting to see Lowrider cultural crossover that has transcended the decades, while the basic aesthetics of the cars remain the same.

With its own video, the Lowrider Coloring Book expands the audience.  Take a look to get an understanding of the compelling nature of a car culture that dates back to the thirties with its hopped up hydraulics and amazing paint jobs.

Then, apply your own version on paper.

You can get the coloring book here.


Jay Shells is a Metropolitan Etiquette Authority




We live in times of constant information, constant movement, constant change.  Perhaps it is not surprising that social manners and etiquette have taken a back seat to bad behavior.  And perhaps we should not be surprised when our bad behavior is now called out by artists acting as contemporary Emily Posts.




Enter Jason Shelowitz, or as he is known on the street, Jay Shells.   His Subway Etiquette Campaign caught our eye for it’s very simple, yet needed reminders in public places; namely the New York Subway System and public streets.


Shells says:

I surveyed 100 people on their top pet-peeves (not service related) while riding the Subway. I narrowed the results down to the top ten most occurring issues and rewrote them as a sort of list of rules. I designed posters in the style of the Service Changes posters we see everyday and silkscreened about 40 of each (400 total).

Jay Shells’ latest street missive, care of the Metropolitan Etiquette Authority is this little reminder (below) to pay attention while walking.  Afterall your Facebook status update can wait!

According to Shells “there are four different messages”, be sure to let us know if you see them around.


Katsuyo Aoki’s Predictive Dreams are Ceramic Wonders

According to the saying, we can only predict two things in life: death and taxes.

Katsuyo Aoki‘s Predictive Dreams tend to be prescient of the former.

Though the remnants of this death are a tad more elegant than one imagines our actual skeletal remains.

Based on historical backgrounds, ideas, myths, and allegories, the work makes us stop and consider the story of each piece.

Says Aoki of the work, “…the several decorative styles and forms I cite simultaneously hold divine and vulgar meaning in the present age, having an irrational quality that contradict each other, which I feel express an important aspect in the contemporary age in which we live.”

We would have to agree.

Enjoy this video of Katsuyo Aoki’s work, though language may be an issue, the images are universal.

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