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Vignelli on Film

“Design is One,” a film about iconic design couple Massimo and Lella Vignelli, was shown last week as part of a sneak preview for the upcoming 4th annual Architecture & Design Festival in NYC. Vignelli will also be on hand for panel discussions at the festival, along with Diller & Scofidio. Mark your calendars for October 18-21, and check out the films shown in conjunction with the Noguchi Museum’s First Fridays until then.

Candy that Pops

Melbourne shop the Candy Room is designed as a play on the childlike fantasies that candy inspires. The balance of 2 and 3D,highlights the decadently colorful candy with black sketched drawings on the stark white walls.

Walls of Color

Italian illustrator Agostino Iacurci creates wonderfully moving and color-rich murals in various public spaces, from a hospital in Rome to a 300 meter mural in a school in Algeria. His murals are lovely, bright surprises – especially two huge murals in the yard of the “maximum security” zone of Rebibbia prison in Rome, created in collaboration with a group of 15 inmates.

Infographic World

Long before the current buzz around infographics, Bauhaus designer Herbert Bayer was paving the way for thinking of information and data in a visual way. Stephen Heller writes about Bayer’s seminal World Geographic Atlas, published in 1953. In it, Bayer and his team visualized complex information on the solar system, topography, and climate change, forever altering the way these and other concepts were considered.

This is Britain

The flurry of excitement surrounding the London Olympics has brought about pride amongst the English for their homegrown talent, including those in the art and design arena. Until August 12, the V&A will host ‘British Design‘, the first major exhibition to celebrates post-war design from the country. The TATE London have begun using short videos to promote their collection, including fashion designer Vivienne Westwood discussing two paintings which capture her vision of London.  And if you’d like to carry these beautiful creations around in your pocket, you could always collect these  British Design Classics stamps issued by the Royal Mail.

Color Block

A little color can shift the mood of a room, an outfit, a yard, etc. So, simply, artist Jessica Stockholder wondered what a LOT of color would do to a busy intersection. Commissioned by the Chicago Loop Alliance, Stockholder’s installation Color Jam swaths the streets, sidewalks, and buildings of State and Adams in downtown Chicago with bright, bold colored vinyl. Color Jam will remain until September 30, and until then, will hopefully shift the moods of cars, pedestrians, busses and bikers who share the intersection.

Book Art

A group of 100 artists and illustrators are re-interpreting 100 classic book covers to fight illiteracy. The group Doedeeme organized the event, in which the cover designs will be sold online as posters, with proceeds benefitting the cause. This portion of the Don Quijote cover was meticulously crafted of cut paper (and check out a nice making-of montage here.) Selection of the artists involved here.

Beautiful Wthr

A new app makes the weather beautiful, (whether) it actually is sunny and 85, or rainy and chilly. Based on Dieter Rams classic 10 Principles of Good Design – it simplifies all the necessary weather elements – with a rotating dial showing cloud coverage, and an easily-navigable look at the coming week.

(Via SwissMiss)

Modern Calligraphy

The ancient art of calligraphy and hand-drawn type remains a gorgeous, unique and personal artform. Several talented practitioners who draw their intricate lettering in many mediums on various canvases (walls, cars, and fabric in addition to paper) are collecting documentation of it in a tumblr site – Calligraphi.ca. The work is masterful, engaging, and wonderfully modern.

(Via It’s Nice That)

Tweets on a Page

“Due to absolutely no demand, I’m publishing a book of my tweets.” Steve Martin followed through – recently publishing a small paperback collection of some nonsensical, observational, and of course, funny tweets. Illustrator Serge Bloch created companion drawings for the book, inspired by what “Steve Martin’s cocktail napkins might look like after an evening sitting through the Oscars.”

(Via CommArts)

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