Next of Kin Creatives had a very specific set of users in mind when it designed the "nokgear" -- a sleek retooling of the brawny chainsaw. Internally, they called the target group the "functional luxe tribe" -- "users who would purchase luxurious (expensive) outdoor equipment so that they can pose, look good and feel good when camping (or not)." You know, the guy with the tricked-out navigational watch whose sense of adventure stops short of using a Porta-Potty.
Photographers have long trained their lenses on the atrocities of war, and even influenced the outcomes of few major battles. J Henry Fair is a member of that politically motivated tribe, though his focus is on the war we seem to be unwittingly waging against our own planet.
If a pile of firewood is a monument to potential energy, then this storage piece is a monument to yours. On the outside, it's a tightly packed New England-style firewood stack. On the inside, designer Mark Moskovitz has roughly concealed four discreet drawers intended to hold your clothing, accoutrements, and anything you want indubitably destroyed in the event of fire.
André Chocron is a Norwegian director who has created what might be the world's best, and perhaps only, music video featuring nothing but architecture.
We've all witnessed the unfortunate consequences of overzealous Photoshopping, but in Maura Murnane's hands, it rises to a whole new level of bughouse crazy.
The fashion industry's yen for perfection is made absurd.
Now available everywhere from your corner bodega to your neighborhood big-box, green cleaners have hit the mainstream. But in a category now crowded with contenders, Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day stands out as the friendly foe bearing a bouquet of flowers. The company's casual and lovable personality paired with quality products deliver an effective branding punch.
In the high-end green cleaner market, style matters.
Twenty years from now, will anyone look back at the the explosion of touchscreen and tablet designs and marvel at what we thought we knew? Let's hope so, because history is a difficult thing to hold onto in the digital age.
Making beautiful typefaces out of Xeroxed body parts and ink droplets may look easy, but make no mistake: good typography is hard to do. And designing the typefaces themselves is even trickier: it's easy to tell when a letterform looks terrible or beautiful, but it's difficult to intuit exactly why.
Infographics are good for lots of things. But sometimes, they're also the visual equivalent of hot sauce: You can slather them onto the blandest data, and it makes the whole thing palatable.