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Surface Magazine

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Surface Magazine is an American magazine headquartered in New York which focuses on global contemporary design. Published six times a year in print, the magazine provides a rich resource to discover groundbreaking projects, emerging talents, and innovative developments in the worlds of architecture, interiors, fashion, and industrial design. Having long been one of my favorite design magazines, Surface is beautifully produced and is always inspiring. More than a superficial survey of trends, Surface is the substance style.

If you're a designophile, do yourself a favor and check it out in both print and digital versions.




Alex Trochut's Binary Prints

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Illustrator, designer and typographer Alex Trochut creates art for some of the world's best-known brands including Coca-Cola, Nike and the New York Times. Working between Barcelona and Brooklyn, Trochut is admired for his ability to take simple text and imagery and seamlessly craft it into ornate, colorful, memorable art. In his latest project, "Binary Prints," Trochut uses a new process he invented (and patented) in which two images are shown on the same surface, with one image appearing in the light and the other in the dark. "I like discovery and surprise in each piece I create, something to reward the viewer after capturing their attention for awhile," Trochut says.

After publishing his design philosophy in hardcover, "More is More," where he hid an image within a blank surface, Trochut became interested in duplicity in two-dimensional surfaces. "I started to wonder if I could work with two images on the same surface," Trochut says, and he eventually developed a new, innovative printing and design process. Two images are placed in separate grid spaces without overlapping. Black ink fills the black grid for the lights-on portrait while glow-in-the-dark ink fills the white grid for the lights-out portrait. "After many tests, I found the way and thought that showing two different sides of a person would be a great subject to explore this technique," explains Trochut.




Teenage Engineering OP-1

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I bought my first synth a while back, after wanting one for years. Being a designer, I had to own the Teenage Engineering OP-1, not only because it looks like it was designed by Dieter Rams, but because of it's combination of affordability, power and portability.

This combination displays two things about the OP-1, as well as Teenage Engineering itself. For starters, the beautiful but friendly industrial design of the synth is not an accident. This company values fun above nearly all else — head of sales Tobias von Hofsten said that "fun is one of our guidelines in everything we do." Secondly, the OP-1 is a high-quality, professional-grade tool that brings something unique to the synth market, despite its playful appearance.

If you're a designophile looking for a great synth that combines, fun, beauty, and power, the OP-1 is a legend in the making.




ME + Joan Vicent Canto

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So, I created some AIGA promotional campaign poster concepts and an arts and culture magazine concept way back in 2010 just as an excuse to create and design some ideal projects. Inspired by the stunning portrait photography of Joan Vicent Canto, my absolute favorite portrait photographer, I decided to use his images in the design of the posters and magazine.

Lo and behold, recently the man himself emailed me and said he found my designs on the internet and not only loved my use of his images…but that he'd like to work together if the opportunity arose. I was blown away by such an absolute honor. Since he's based in Spain, I'm still trying to find a way for us to work together…but I promise Joan, I'll make it happen. ;)




Lemon Magazine

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A twist on all things pop, finding the calm balance between the ‘60s and ‘70s and 21st century hyper culture, Lemon Magazine is beautiful and inspiring.

One cannot help but to be thoroughly impressed by the obsessive attention to detail. And surprise surprise…it just so happens that the genius' behind such brilliance is Kevin Grady and Colin Metcalf (Grady & Metcalf), the talent behind Gum, another magazine I fell in love with a while back, but which unfortunately disappeared a few years ago. Gum was a brilliant take on pop culture, a true celebration of art, design and music with an over-the-top graphic sensibility. “A piñata filled with goodies like books, comics, View-Master reels, gumballs, etc”. When Gum went away due to being really cost-prohibitive to produce, Lemon was born. Like Gum, Lemon puts an interesting twist on pop culture — this time around finding a balance between the ‘60s and ‘70s and 21st century hyper culture. There’s a textural and conceptual richness to Kevin and Colin’s work that goes way beyond the scope of normal publishing. Their magazines don’t reek of propaganda, or falsity, or meaningless collaborations. There’s a real chemistry in what Kevin and Colin do and they clearly possess the ability to make jaw dropping, awe-inspiring, thought-provoking magazines. Lemon is proof.




Daft Punk + Saint Laurent

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Contemporary french geniuses Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter join forces "one more time" with another french fashion & photography genius: Hedi Slimane, this time to expose their upcoming stage attires and to promote the renewed brand YSL. The result?: Awesome.




Helvetica Beer

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Who doesn’t love beer? And if you’re a designer worth your salt, then you love Helvetica too. Russian designer Sasha Kischenko has merged these two loves with quality packaging concept for a Swiss beer. Wish I had thought of that in college.




Hello Again, World.

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Version 2.0 of the site is up finally! It's been a while coming. Looking forward to making more updates soon.