First Class Mail

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Below are the results of an experiment: The premise is simply to capitalize on the excitement of receiving mail. Being as rare as that is these days in our e-universe, we encouraged a group of random participants to create an exhibition that would come together at our doorsteps. The framework of this project was to gather a group and provide every individual with everyone else’s mailing address. A lot of these folks didn’t know each other, which really provided most of the excitement. A theme was supplied, and everyone was off running creating their postcards. We would then mail them out to each other and everyone would then receive a piece of art in the mail! We decided to kick-off the first round with the theme of the Rhizome seeing as how we felt this project was one in itself. Below are the results:

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Ivan Anic & Gerri Lawrence

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Matthew Bardelucci

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Nina Boesch

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James Chae

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Sarah Knotz

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Mia Nolting

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Asad Pervaiz

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Laddawan Prawatyotin

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Fumiha Tanaka

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Jessica Williams – - – Thanks to all of the participants for taking the time to make this project happen! If you would like to participate in the next round feel free to send either of us an email (Sarah or Asad) with your mailing address and we will add your name to the list.

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Typecache a repository of type

Hi, I am very glad to come back here and say hi on Ghug. It has been a while but please allow me to share with you the website, Typecache.com, which I recently made with my friends. It is an online index for type foundries and font sellers, and showcases their collections of type. There are also font lists such as Helvetica/DIN alternatives. As typographic literacy grows, the site will hopefully be a useful resource for designers, art directors, and type enthusiasts. We keep posting typography-related information including new font releases on Facebook and Twitter. Please check them out as well.

Me and James have worked on the first typecache interview with our great teacher Cyrus Highsmith and we are working on the new one. Stay tuned to our website. Details »

Omotesando Koffee

This hidden gem is to become one of Tokyo’s key community players amidst a recent wave of ‘new generation’ coffee shops. It’s owner, Eiichi Kunitomo – operates the serving process from within a kiosk-inspired minimalist steel cube, located within a traditional Japanese house which forms the outlet and the basis of the shop’s distinctive identity. Details »

Port Magazine

Just came across this launch issue of Port Magazine at Borders today. Port is a global quarterly men’s magazine based in London, merging style with thoughtful, intelligent content.

Yoshi Sodeoka

Yoshi Sodeoka has been producing art projects since the early 1990s when he made the leap from his native Japan to New York over two decades ago.

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Designing More With Less

For those of you who are in NYC, check out this MUJI and IDEO event, Designing More With Less. Wednesday, June 08, 2011 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM @ The Cooper Union.

In this panel session, we will explore how consumption of all forms – from media to food – has become a political act.  Consumers are thinking more and more about the morality of their choices.  Conspicuous consumption has given way to conscience consumption.  As designers, we realize the opportunities to create actions, initiatives, movements, and vessels for positive impact.  MUJI has long been a believer in creating impact through less. Over the course of this discussion, we will ask and seek to answer, “How can we design more with less?”

Adam Curtis

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David Lewandowski on Tron

In early 2010 a small team of designers and animators were brought together by Digital domain to do the on-screen interface graphics for Tron Legacy. This team included GMUNK, Jake Sargeant and David Lewandowski.

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Polish Hipopotamus

Ever wondered what a polish hippo would look like? Feast your eyes. For me this is best described as maelstrom of sensory overload, but made for fun and with love. Afraid? So you should be.

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Playtype

The Playtype concept store was launched in conjunction with the revamp and redesign of Playtype.com. Located in Copenhagen’s Vesterbro, the store is the physical manifestation of the online shop.

Naji El Mir

Even at a fairly early stage of his career Naji El Mir has already been involved in many cross-cultural projects, solving Arabic and Latin combinations in branding, logo design, broadcast design and corporate identity, his work can be coined as mixture of both Arabic and Western visual cultures.

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OCAD University

“Brand are not dead…anything is possible”. Bruce Mau Design’s re-brand of OCAD University is a must see.

Alison Haigh

Alison Haigh was nominated winner of the Best Newcomer Award at the Grafik Design Awards 2010 by none other than Peter Saville. She has an intriguing (and somewhat slightly bewildering in parts) selection of work in her portfolio. It’s certainly worth checking out when time permits. Details »

The Khatt Foundation

The Khatt Foundation, Center for Arabic Typography is a cultural foundation dedicated to advancing design research and typography in the Middle East, North Africa and their diaspora, and to building cross-cultural creative networks. As an online creative network they connect designers and visual artists, provide information about various resources, projects, news and events.