Stuff posted in the ‘Design’ Category

Humble Voice

Social networks are important for self-promotion, inspiration, boredom, and well… networking! Although, it’s getting more and more difficult to choose which social networks to join simply due to the number of them out there. If you are an artist, or appreciate artistic work I would recommend checking out Humble Voice. This is a social network and portfolio site that showcases the portfolios of musicians, photographers, writers, videographers and other artists. It seems like a very to-the-point website that has filtered out all the extra bells and whistes, and focused on the essentials. Create and customize your own multi-paged portfolio, link-up with and browse the profiles of other artists. The website is very well built and deserves a huge pat on the back, I just signed up for my account and can’t wait to start customizing it.

Blik Surface Graphics

Blank walls are bad. Customization is key. Blik is cool. Offering a ton of designs and different options for wall decals, Blik is the place to go for if you want a decal. If you have a blank wall in your house that you are looking to do something creative with, check out their wall decals. They have original designs, as well as designs from Threadless, Giant Robot, Undoboy and more. You can also do custom designs if you are looking to get really creative. Unlike paint or wallpaper the decals are east to apply and remove. They even have decals for your car and glass surfaces like lamps and windows. Stick away.

Burn This Forever

At first glance it you may want to lump the designs/illustrations of Burn This Forever into the same category as all the other “I learned Photoshop so I could make my Myspace profile cooler” stuff. However, at a second look you will agree that the design done by Burn This Forever is legit. His clients range from Metallica to New Found Glory to Say Anything, but I would have to say his best work is done on his self promotional tees. And at 15 bucks a pop how can you go wrong?!

XLR8R Facelift

XLR8R has given their website a facelift! For years now I have been a huge fan of this magazine. Being out of the country for the past year, and not having access to the print ‘zine, I have also become very impressed with their online presence. It is simply the best all-around resource for music and culture media that I know of. One could spend hours browsing the content on XLR8R’s website. With three frequently updated podcasts, free MP3s updated weekly, daily music videos, event listings, photo blog, album reviews and a huge archive of all of the above I would say that XLR8R’s website had better be on your list daily visits.


DESIGNFLOOD is essentially the web designer’s version of the infamous Hot or Not website (or any of those other rating website people use to try and boost their egos). In this case people post screenshots and links to their websites. This is a great place to find inspiration, or just browse cool websites. However, I am not sure I would ever post a website here. It seems there must be too many design snob members who rate most of these sites much lower than what they deserve. I have checked out many well designed sites so far, and only one has had a score over seven.

S.O.V. VS Zoo York

Since the first time I posted about Lady Sovereign I knew this girl wasn’t going to be just a flavor of the week. Whether you like her or not, she is here to stay. Projects like the new Zoo York/Lady Sovereign skate deck only help support the case. The deck, inspired by S.O.V.’s fashion sense, has an old school feel along with her cute little face displayed right in the middle. Zoo York is only producing 340 of these limited edition decks, so check Ebay for highly priced wood and paint. I would also recommend checking out Zoo York’s second round of Artist Series decks.



Large corporate companies such as Budwieser pay millions upon millions in advertising every year. Much of Budwieser’s ads with the large breasted women and post-frat guys partying with beer in hand would go right over my head, but I have to hand it to them for their colab with webzine Flavorpill. The colab has featured seven new up-and-coming artists do design banners and desktops that are not only amazing artworks, but also double as Budwieser Select’s ad campaign in Flavorpill’s ezine. At the end of the campaign readers will select the artist they feel it the best, and their artwork will be used on Budwieser Select billboards throughout the entire nation. This type of advertising is not only cheaper than traditional advertising, but it also gives exposure to young artists and reaches an audience they normally wouldn’t. Props to the agency who came up with this idea. See the artwork here.

The Big Yellow Book

I would be willing to say that typeface design is one of the oldest forms of design. For ages people have scratched symbols and words into rocks, made their marks on paper and now creating digital typefaces. I have great respect for those who create fonts and typefaces. Obviously so do the creators of the book, simply titled, Font Book. With 1,760 pages and 32,000 font samples, the Font Book is the largest font reference in the world. If you are a designer, desktop publisher, typographer or simply just like fonts, the Font Book is a must have.

Cut & Paste Design Contest

The Cut & Paste design contest is an amazing concept that was held for the first time in NYC last year. 8 designers selected from a pool of entries test their skills as they battle each other through 15-minute, single elimination rounds. The last designer/illustrator standing is crowned the Cut & Paste champion. This year the competition is being held in 4 cities across the country, and is currently calling all of you creatives to submit entries. So if you think you stand a chance going up against some of the world’s top talent, being judged by artists including Deanne Cheuk (former Art Director at Tokion), Jeff Staple (Staple Design), Sascha Lewis (Flavorpill), Victor Newman (Freestyle Collective), Buffmonster, Eric Nakamura (Giant Robot), Melissa & Robert von Bjal (Red Car), Chuck Anderson (NoPattern), and Charles Krausz aka Emit (The Firm Graphics), then you’d better sign-up for your chance to go home with a brand spankin’ new Apple MacBook.

Pictoplasma’s Encyclopedia

Pictoplasma is a website that archives the world’s character artists and the characters they create. Pictoplasma has recently released their latest publication entitled “Pictoplasma – The Character Encyclopedia“. This book has combined thousands of characters and artists and sorted, clustered, cross-referenced and inter-linked them all. Making for the world’s first complete character encyclopedia.

Naked & Angry Wallpaper

Well SkinnyCorp has done it again. The same people who brought us Threadless, 15 Megs of Fame, and Extratasty, have now released the Naked & Angry wallpaper series. Designs are submitted by users and then voted upon by fellow members. The designs with the most votes are then hand printed and ready to be purchased and hung on your wall. The 50 square foot rolls are $60 each and there are currently five different designs, Field of Daisies being my personal favorite.

[via: Josh Spear]

Muji Cardboard Speakers

Forget those overpriced iPod speakers with all the fancy-shmancy bells and whistles. When traveling all I really want is some speakers that are very portable, and sound decent. The MUJI cardboard speakers are just that. The cardboard boxes make for a very lightweight, compact speaker. And at $42 a pair, the price is great too. I mean when traveling it’s too easy to lose stuff, and the less expensive, the less you worry. Not to mention they just look cool.

[via: Popgadget]

The Designers Mixtape

In one of the new HP Notebook ads (which are all done very well by the way), master producer Pharrell says “art is like music for your eyes”, I completely agree. Musicians tend to have a keen eye for art, and artists for music. That’s why I thing The Designers Mixtape is such a cool idea. Brought to you by Nitrocorpz Design, The Designers Mixtape asks designers from all around the globe to put together a playlist of the music that inspires them. The playlists are posted and available for listening. I think it’s really interesting to see the different genres designers use for inspiration.

New Toki Doki Goods

If you don’t know by now, I have somewhat of a “thing” for pretty much anything Japan. So it’s no big surprise that one of my favorite artists, Italy’s own Simone Legno AKA Toki Doki, has the same obsession. The latest addition to Toy2R’s Artists Collection series features an 8″ TokiDoki Qee in addition to a bonus 2.5″ Qee modeled after Simone himself. The Qee stays consistant with TokiDoki’s cactus theme that he uses in many of his other designs and figures, as well as his hot nurse everyone loves so much. The release of this awesome little number is scheduled for September or October for $80, and will be limited to 500 pieces. I have got to get my hands on one of these.

[More photos @ Vinyl Pulse]


Honestly, as a designer going by the name of Toothjuice, how could your shit not be cool? Josh Clancy is a designer out of Minneapolis, Minnesota and his portfolio is full of good work. Having done work for the Plain White Tees, Hawthorne Heights and Beautiful Decay, Josh seems to be making quite the name for himself. I am particularly fond of his t-shirt designs, keep up the good work.


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.