Is it Nostalgia, or Is it Memorex?

I’ve been seeing a lot about ideas of retro and nostalgia in the news lately, and a couple of them click together realy nicely. In The New York Times, there’s a rather poignant piece about the (probably) impending 1990’s nostalgia, …

Today's Obsession: Prada Candy

Alias, whose work you’ve probably seen glaring at you from the magazine racks in your local bookstore, creates (primarily) typography for fashionable concerns like AnOther Magazine and the London 2012 Olympic Games. They’ve recently expanded Prada’s iconic logotype into a …

Today's Obsession: In It Together

So, I am obsessing over another video like I did a few weeks ago with Robyn’s “Indestructible.” Same reasons too: amazing simple ideas, immaculately implemented by talented artists, bringing a song to life in a rush of pure pop adrenaline. …

Today's Obsession: Vogue on Vogue on Vogue

From Livejournal member shrubrub in the fashion community, here is every cover of Vogue from 2010 from every county it publishes in. How marvelous that generative, impressionistic art can be made so easily, and has become so entrenched the public …

Today's Obsession: Lucy McRae

Going back to Wednesday’s Obsession, let’s look more at the work of Lucy McRae, the woman who created the sculptures in the Robyn video for Indestructible. First of all, she has her own blog on Blogspot with her collaborator Bart …

Inside the California Design Biennial: Five Curators Speak

The Pasadena Museum of California Art’s fourth California Design Biennial exhibition that opened a few weeks ago is organized into five categories, but the divisions are very loosely defined. Prius ads in the form of blossoming floral growth along the …

Today’s Obsession: Think Pink

This is “Think Pink,” from 1957’s Funny Face, starring Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, and in this scene, the magnificent, imperious Kay Thompson. If you’ll hold your titters at the clip’s campiness for a few moments, look at that marvelous visual …

Barbie, Ken, Sterling, Cooper, Draper

Mad Men returns next Sunday, July 25, and a new line of well coiffed and clothed Barbie dolls – Mad Barbies – are in the wings. Will the new 4th season bring us as much pain and joy as the …

Proof that Leather Never Goes out of Style

It’s a far cry from a Jimmy Choo, but the ancient shoe recently found in the hills of Armenia looks remarkably similar to what people are wearing today. Estimated to be roughly 5,500 years old, this unique piece of footwear …