Ralph Mcquarrie: The Look of Star Wars

January 28th, 2013

Ralph Mcquarrie is a man to be remembered. He was an American conceptual designer and illustrator who designed the original Star Wars trilogy, the original Battlestar Galactica TV series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Cocoon. His work is nothing short of outstanding. Via Paul Pants.


7-Eleven Rebranding

January 24th, 2013

BVD redesigned their coffee identity for the Swedish market. Which unfortunately means that we may not see this in the states for a while, or ever. Regardless, the stripes combined with the number “7” are really what make this identity so great.


Parade of Flower Sculptures in Holland

January 18th, 2013

Each year on the first Sunday of September, the Bloemencorso Zundert flower sculpture parade happens on the streets of Holland. These giant sculptures are made almost entirely of flowers. They only flowers you can use are dahlias, and your additional materials may include wire, cardboard, and decorations as paper-mache. Via Mallforarts.


Critical Dialogues Print Design

January 15th, 2013

Critical Dialogues was produced as a contribution to the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. The publication itself is a collection of essays and public engagement projects. It was designed by Graphicalhouse.

Sculptures Made from Pencils by Jessica Drenk

January 9th, 2013

Jessica Drenk is a South Carolina-based artist who creates amazing sculptures from simple materials such as pencils. In this series she first glued pencils together into a form and then used an electric sander to shape it. Via Colossal.


The Shelby White Podcast

January 7th, 2013

A few months ago I started The Shelby White Podcast to talk with friends and people I look up to about design and life. Past guests have included James White / Signalnoise, Jeff Sheldon / Ugmonk, Jordan Butcher, Shaun Tinney, and Glenn Thomas—many more great folks to come.

On Tuesday, January 8th @ 3PM the podcast returns with guests Alex Cornell and Jordan Butcher. This episode we’ll talk about that Facebook redesign floating around and redesigns done by people outside of the company. Future episodes of the podcast will range from design & technology to space & life. Also if you have any guest suggestions please let me know. I’m always excited to hear feedback.

Update: Podcast episodes are now on iTunes.

Car Built with Painted Human Bodies

January 4th, 2013

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Emma Hack, the skin painter/illustrator that did the Gotye video we all know about, created this really wild optical illustration of a car. She used 17 men and women to lay in the form of the car. The project was created in support of the Motor Accident Commission of South Australia. They used it as a way to highlight the dangers of speeding. Via Scene360.


Dense Doodle Drawings from Sagaki Keita

January 3rd, 2013

Japanese artist Sagaki Keita creates composite pen and ink illustrations using thousands of densely drawn doodles to form a bigger picture. The amount of time to draw these must be substantial. You can see more on his website. Via Colossal.

Paper Bird Sculptures by Diana Beltran Herrera

December 31st, 2012

Colombian artist Diana Beltran Herrera created these beautiful paper bird sculptures. The series is vibrantly colored and each is modeled by hand. With each bird Diana strives to externalize her point of view of the birds and their environment into each sculpture. Via DesignBoom.


Vintage Apple Sneakers from the 90’s

December 18th, 2012

The fact that Apple actually created this sneakers in the 90s is awesome. The iconic logo from Apple’s past is what makes the shoes sexy. Unfortunately they weren’t publicly for sale, but they are out there somewhere and I’d love to own a pair.

Via Mac Spoilers

Costa Esmeralda House by BAK Arquitectos

December 16th, 2012

BAK Architects is known for creating beautiful concrete homes in Mar Azul, Argentina. This house was also built in Mar Azul as a summer home. Words from the architect:

We decided to solve the house in two volumes perpendicularly intersecting in “L” at different levels, opting to provide more privacy to the volume that contains the private uses of the house by resting over the level of the lot and placing it perpendicular to the front. The higher volume, of public use, is resolved alongside the front line taking advantage of the acacia trees that provide privacy and allow the enjoyment of the far views into the wilderness environment, in turn its elevated position sought to provide the house some presence from the street leaning out slightly above the level of the acacias. This volume was generated as an elongated prism, supported at one end over the volume of the bedrooms.

Found on Contemporist.


Navy Signal Code Prints

December 2nd, 2012

As you know, pure shape systems are my favorite. Fortunately Hana Tanimura has created some prints inspired directly by the Navy’s signal flags. The flags are used to communicate while maintaining radio silence.

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