Stuff posted in the ‘Design’ Category

XLR8R’s Vis-Ed

The other day I walked into some random convenient store in Los Angeles and found the special edition magazine that XLR8R recently published (I love that convenient stores carry ‘zines like this in LA). The magazine is dedicated solely to the section of XLR8R called Vis-Ed, and is cover-to-cover full of featured artists. XLR8R is one of my favorite magazines, if not my favorite magazine out there and I think what they are doing with Vis-Ed is really cool. They have also launched a website dedicated to Vis-Ed which I am hoping is updated frequently.

Krop Portfolio and Resume Builder

When it comes to your portfolio, in most cases, the simpler the better. Krop who is known for their creative and technology job posting website has just launched a new website for creative professionals. The new site is a portfolio and resume building website that gives you everything you need to showcase your work without all the extra, unnecessary bells and whistles. The tools they provide for building your portfolio are super easy to use and really fast. Of all the portfolio sites out there this is one of my favorites. The basic account is free and it’s only $9.99 per month to upgrade to a pro account.

Hydro74 Updates

I have posted about Hydro74 here before and it’s with good reason, he is an amazing artist. He has recently updated his website with over 55 new works. His illustration and type styles have kind of a neo-gothic style that is easily recognized. His new work includes designs done for Endeavor Snowboards, Nike, Lucas Films, DCMA, Burton, Quiksilver and many others. He also has some great typefaces available for some very reasonable prices.

Sebastian Onufszak

In an age where it’s becoming increasingly easy to get your hands on the tools necessary to become a great digital artist, it’s also becoming increasingly difficult to stand out from the others. Sebastian Onufszak isn’t having much of a problem with the later. HIs work is bright, vivid and intense. With clients ranging from Ray Ban (as shown above), to Ed Hardy, to Nike, to Jeep and more. His portfolio site, In Graphics We Trust, has just been updated and is definitely worth a look.

Nooka VS Hellz

There’s no doubt Nooka makes some of the coolest watches I have ever seen, and they have added yet another amazing timepiece to their collection. The new limited edition watch is a collaboration with the bad girl streetwear label Hellz. Although the collaboration is with a women’s brand I would say it looks unisex, I know I would wear it.

[via :: Gorilli]

New 123Klan Website

I have been a big fan of 123klan for a long time now. I really love the way they mesh digital vector with graffiti style art. Their logo and identity work is also some of my favorite stuff out there. It has been a while but they have finally updated their website. They have a new, more simple blog-type site with a bunch of new work including the EP cover and logo for Don Rimini. In celebration of their new website they have teamed up with LOWCLUB to bring you a special hour long mix including some of their favorite tracks.

My Wish List

In order to help my friends and family out with their Christmas shopping I devised a little list of realistic wishables. I know it’s a bit late, but just in case you are able to add a few more things to your own wish list I thought I might share some suggestions of things you might like as well.

At the top of the list is the WESC Stretch Armstrong Bagpipe Headphones. Even though WESC makes quality stuff, at first I had reservations about these. But after listening to them, and then seeing this colorway with the maroon and baby blue I was sold. Read more below to see more goods that topped my list.

Available here for $149.00

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Cut&Paste Accepting Entries Now

The Cut&Paste Digital Design Tournament is calling for all those who want to compete this year. If you think you have what it takes to handle the pressure of this intense design competition you had best get to it. North American competitors have until January 23rd to sign-up, Asian and European competitors have until February 20th. Cut&Paste will be hitting up 16 cities worldwide this year, including my second home Shanghai. The tournament kicks-off in March in the U.S., then heads to Europe and Asia. One grand prize winner from each city will be selected and will win an all expenses paid trip to compete in the Global Championships New York City in June. For a complete list of the prizes click here.

Danger Skis by Jared Nickerson

In the spirit of the season, have a look at the new Danger Skis with graphics designed by Jared Nickerson. The skis are the pro model for skier TJ Schiller and are available now. I really like Jared’s illustration style and the concepts within them. Jared has an impressive roster of clients including Kidrobot, Suicide Girls, Danger Skis, LaFraise and more. The skis are available for purchase now.

Also make sure to check out the desktops Jared did for suicide girls, pretty hot stuff.

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55 DSL Logo Remix Contest

During my recent visit to NYC I didn’t get a bunch of time to check out shops and boutiques. However, I did get a chance to stop by 55DSL’s shop, and I was more impressed than I thought I would be. I really like 55DSL’s clothing and the overall feel of the brand. With their recently announced Logo Remix Contest 55DSL has partnered up with Cut&Paste to give you the opportunity to put thier own spin on their brand. Submit your own “remix” of the 55DSL Sheild logo in a way that represents the companie’s culture and spirit and you could have the chance to win 1,055€. Not only that but your remixed logo will be featured on a t-shirt in the company’s 2010 line. Creative people get to crackin’, the contest ends December 5th.

Zune Originals Artist Series

Zune Originals is Zune’s online design studio where you can customize the color, size, engraved artwork and personal text of your player. With tons of different options available they make it pretty hard to select just one design to use. The new Artist Series offers 46 new designs from a bunch of amazing artists such as Dalek, Motomichi, Daniel Jackson/Surface To Air, and more. With so many cool designs available I almost wish they weren’t engraved onto the player, and were printed as some kind of removable adhesive. That way you could choose as many as you like and swap the design when you feel like a new one.

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Incase Parra Slider

Incase has been making quality products for years. Not only are they high quality, but they look good and are always designed well. In general I am not super keen on iPhone cases. Most of them are bulky, rubbery and really detract for the iPhone’s sleek design. However, If there was one iPhone case I would use it would most likely be Incase’s Slider Case. The case is protective with its internal rubber gaurdrails, but doesn’t detract too much from the iPhone’s sleekness with its 1mm thin plastic case. The case shown above is a special new design done by the artist Parra. It will be available October 24th at the Incase webstore, select Apple Stores and Arktip.

Poketo T-Shirts

You have most likely seen Poketo’s awesome artist wallets. But what you may not know is Poketo also has a really cool line of t-shirts as well. Most of them have a really artsy hand-drawn type feel to them that I really like. They are reasonably priced, many of them as cheap as $18.

I am really digging the Diamonds design and Deer in the City.

Buck – Below Deck

I could spend all day watching reels from motion designers and production studios. I have a lot of respect for the studios that create such amazing moving art. Buck is a production studio out of Los Angeles and New York City that just so happens to be one of these studios. This spot that they did for Fuel TV titled Below Deck is one of my favorite pieces they have done. They explain their inspiration…

Remember in the 80’s when skateboarding was illegal and for some reason teenagers would rather die than not skate. These troubling times were accented by an amazing era of deck graphics which we gleefully used as inspiration for this cg/cel

Popdeck Stores

Awhile back I posted about a website called Bountee, Popdeck is a very similar site only it’s for skateboards. Basically Popdeck allows you to setup an online store using their website, upload your graphics to be printed on skate decks and then sold through the store you setup with them. You are able to set your own pricing for your skate decks, and any decks sold over $30 is split 50/50 with Popdeck. You can also print and sell your own wheels, and soon they promise to have trucks and other products as well. Chuck Anderson of Nopattern even has a store.


XLR8R Adds Miami to Their Guide

XLR8R's City Guide now has Miami.

Griffin Slap Watches

Remember slap bracelets? Like those, but cooler.

Eboy’s FixPix App For the iPhone

Great puzzle game with graphics by Eboy himself.

XLR8R Atlanta City Guide

XLR8R added ATL to thier city guide. Check it out.



Hooray For Earth – Surrounded By Your Friends (Twin Shadow Remix)

Thursday, October 21st, 2010


Twin Shadow has been making some waves throughout the internets lately. I recently purchased his new album Forget, and I must say I quite like it. I am also really liking this remix he has done for Hooray For Earth, who I had never heard of before this song, but will surely be checking them out after hearing it.

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Muscles – Girl Crazy Go (Muscles Inception Remix)

Monday, October 18th, 2010


The last I heard of Muscles he had quit the music business because of problems with his label Modular. This disappointed me because I love his music. However, I was happy to see that if the rumors were true at the time he has apparently changed his mind. A new EP by Muscles titled Younger & Immature is due out October 29.

Here’s a remix of the first single from the EP ‘Girl Crazy Go’. Check out the music video for the original version here. From the sounds of it Muscles hasn’t lost his musical touch, or his ego.

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Sleigh Bells – Run the Heart (Bassnectar Remix)

Thursday, October 14th, 2010


Music by Bassnectar isn’t something I would normally post here. For the most part I feel his stuff is for dirty rave hippies, and if you read this blog at all you probably know how I feel about the wobbly bass-heavy Dubstep. That being said this remix done of Sleigh Bells‘ song ‘Run the Heart’ is still bass-heavy, but not completely overboard. It also manages to keep a lot of what makes the original track so good.

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Martin Solveig ft. Dragonette – Hello

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010


Chances are if you spend any amount of time on the internet you have heard ‘Hello’ by Martin Solveig featuring the lovely Dragonette (considering it went number one on Hype Machine). But I couldn’t resist posting this super-fun dance-pop masterpiece. It’s basically impossible not to want to dance to this song. I don’t know a lot about Martin Solveig, but from what I have heard and seen so far I am liking his stuff. Purchase the EP with several remixes on Beatport now.

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Millionyoung – Local Joke (Neon Indian Cover)

Friday, October 1st, 2010


Millionyoung, aka Mike Diaz, is shaping up to be one of my favorite artist of 2010. I really love this cover he has done of Neon Indian’s ‘Local Joke’. He adds his own personality to the song, so much that it sounds as though he could have written it. I am looking forward to a full-length album from him.