Gangs of New Yorkie sounds like a dog parody of the Scorsese film, but it’s actually a boutique that sells some really snazzy handcrafted products for dogs. Their collars even come in all kinds of exotic skins (including crocodile) and name letter styles to fit your dog’s personality. I feel like going as far as getting a red one for my own pet (even if she’s a cat)! Cats really do deserve more!
Archive for May, 2010
Designer Frank Chimero once said that good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because an idea wasn’t theirs. This idea is a good example of that. Ian Collins is a designer in San Francisco who takes photos from news sites and adds hilarious and clever captions to them using really nice typefaces worth e-mailing him about. The project is called The Big Caption. I’ve never smiled so much scrolling down a website!
That’s what TV Carnage had to say about Let’s Work It Out!!!, a “work-out” video that’s a combination of everything ridiculous and terrible in work-out television of the 80s plus so much more. The description of the video also mentions Elmo and porn stars: two things I never thought would be in the same sentence. Having said all that, I’m sure the soundtrack would be pretty awesome, too! If you’d like more weird/wtf-worthy insight about the video, you can check out this interview. If you’re as excited as I am about what TV Carnage has to offer, perhaps you’d like to check out their other videos and laugh. Or worry.
If you’re a parent, it’s safe to say pushing your kids onto indie culture is a wise decision. Indie has never been more popular and signs of its demise are slimmer than a new Postal Service record. The top indie festivals are selling out, the best commercials are breaking indie bands and some of the biggest fashion trends are spawned from indie designers. Shit, even CVS is playing good music now. So what’s next? Comedy. That’s right, indie comics are hotter than BP Oil. David Cross, Reggie Watts, Eugene Mirman, Jon Benjamin, Zach Galifianakis, Maria Bamford…and let’s not forget Aziz Ansari. Sure, MTV is lamer than Havaianas and while most of us won’t even watch the Movie Awards next week, it’s still a win for team indie. So, my advice to all you hipster parents, keep bumpin’ that chillwave, sportin’ those Field Notes and wavin’ your indie pride!
If there’s any hotel in the world I’d love to stay in, it’s the Pantone Hotel! Pantone opened it in Brussels and it’s everything you’d expect (and more) from a hotel based on the popular color matching system. Designers Michel Penneman and Oliver Hannaert were the masterminds behind the hotel’s colorful style set against a clean, white canvas. When you book a room, you can choose which single-color scheme you’d like the bedroom to have. There’s even a lounge, a place for meetings, a display of Pantone-themed products (including bicycles), and more. The hotel itself seems to be a trip experience in itself!
Our 3rd assignment from Ford was to connect with pro-athletes Kassia Meador and Jen Smith and then design an apparel line for Roxy. Seeing as Jen lives just a few blocks away, we figured it’d be fun to throw her in the Fiesta and follow around a long-board world champion for a day. Our buddy Charles Bergquist shot and edited this video and Cuban-born illustrator Tocayo helped carry out our vision for the design. Three days and several Tecates later, we spent the rest of Ford’s budget on celebrating this collaboration with tacos, tequila and cold cervezas. It was a true Fiesta and photographer Carly Ealey captured all the glory here.