A’Design Awards: The 2014 World Design Rankings

Design // Thursday, January 15, 2015
As you have seen on our site over the past month, we have been showing you some of our favorite finalists for the A'Design Awards, which is the world's largest design competition awarding best designs, design concepts and products & services. It's a great chance to see both the future of progressive design, functional design, and, really, just plain really well though-out inventions. We loved the more interior design elements to the awards, looking at museum layouts and architecture, and now A’Design Awards have published their annual World Design Rankings for 2014: the U.S. takes the top spot, followed by Turkey, Hong Kong, Italy, and Great Britain.

You Have Some Legos On Your Face...

Design // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I have spent most of the morning trying to figure out these Lego masks. As DesignBoom points out, "for London’s menswear AW 15 show, designers Agi & Sam asked UK make-up artist and beauty editor of ID-magazine Isamaya Ffrench to create LEGO masks like weird outgrowths on the models’ faces." For the most part, I'm trying to decipher if this is about the construction of human's DNA, a comment on consumerism, a way to save money instead of crazy elaborate masks, or maybe someone just likes Legos. It's the latter of the latter.

Design Process: Analog vs. Digital

Design // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
In the past few years of my professional design career I have often pondered over what it might be like to design without the modern tools I have been provided. Would I ideate, sketch, or build my concepts in the same manner? Would my way of thinking about a project be different because of the tools I utilize to create it? Would famed designers like the Eames or Le Corbusier have taken the same steps and been so dramatically influential if they were in a modern era?

Nasa's "vintage" travel posters for newly discovered planets

Design // Friday, January 09, 2015
We're going to the moon!!! Or, some really far-off distant planet! NASA, probably just sitting around their offices really bored about looking into space around the holidays, have created "vintage" style travel posters for 3 newly discovered planets, including the ever-popular Kepler-16b. As the Guardian notes, "(The posters) created by the space agency’s visual strategists Joby Harris, David Delgado and Dan Goods, the posters feature art-deco typography, bold colours and classic design, evocative of the golden age of travel."

"Preserving Human Dignity" by Ben Pawle: The One-handed Condom Wrapper

Design // Wednesday, January 07, 2015
A couple of years ago designer Ben Pawle created a simple design for the project “Preserving Human Dignity”. He successfully did just that, with a simple, awkward life moment that was made easier by a change in package design. As the phrase goes, “it’s the little things in life that make all the difference.” From the artist, “The project evolved from a healthcare project concerning Hemiplegia, a stroke of the womb with debilitating mental and physical effects, with particular focus on how indignity manifests itself when performing simple daily tasks; working to reduce or prevent these moments from occurring by providing an inclusively designed intervention.”

Sori Yanagi: The Butterfly Stool

Design // Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Emerging from a post war climate, Japan began to establish itself as a modern design stronghold in the 1950’s. With influence of Western culture becoming highly prevalent in art, architecture, and design, the traditional Japanese approach began to blend with modern technologies. The Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi is comprised of merely two pieces of bent plywood, a stabilizing rod, and two screws. The profile, as its name is derived, appears to mimic a butterfly in flight. The simplistic form is also reminiscent of the gateways of Shinto Shrines known as Torii.

A'Design Award: Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design

Design // Monday, January 05, 2015
Welcome back to your regularly scheduled Juxtapoz.com, and happy new year. This is our last post looking at some of our favorite categories in the A'Design Awards, the Worlds' largest annual juried design competition that honors best designers, architects, and design oriented companies worldwide to provide them publicity, fame and recognition. Today, we look at interior space design, for offices, retails and exhibition design.

Geoff McFetridge for Patagonia

Design // Monday, December 22, 2014
We are huge fans of both Patagonia and Geoff McFetridge. Give us one of those hooded down sweaters and a Geoff painting, we are doing well. While getting coffee at our neighborhood spot this weekend, we saw an awesome mural/installation/product study on Patagonia's down products featuring the art of Geoff McFetridge. That led us to remember Geoff directed a short for the brand and has done some graphics for the SoCal outdoor company in recent years. 

A'Design Awards: Architecture, Building and Structure Design

Design // Sunday, December 21, 2014
This may be our favorite category yet in our ongoing spotlights on the A'Design Awards: Architecture, Building, and Structure Design. We travel, live in urban epicenters, appreciate a good building when we see one, so this category has some of the best things we have seen yet. From hotels, to university building, to malls and other commercial structures. We want to stay at that W Hotel now, too.

Troels Carlsen for Wiibroe Årgangsøl Beer

Design // Friday, December 12, 2014
It is Friday, it is the holidays, and we could use an afternoon beer. And now we are even more thirsty after seeing that Danish artist Troels Carlsen created a unique label design for Danish specialty beer Wiibroe Årgangsøl. This is the 27th time that the company has had a Danish artist create a special label, and Carlsen being one of the best in contemporary Danish art, we love the look. 

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