Artist Interview: Aki Inomata

Discussing nature, cultural appropriation and ornamentation with the artist famous for her hermit crab series

Born in Tokyo, artist Aki Inomata has been exhibiting her work since 2004. She received an MFA in Intermedia Art from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2008 and is a recipient of the 2014 YouFab Global Creative Awards Grand Prize. Over the last couple years, her “Why Not Hand Over a ‘Shelter’ to Hermit Crabs?” series has received recognition in Japan and abroad. The …

Amigos Playing Cards

Three beautifully designed decks featuring cats and astronauts exclusively available through Kickstarter

After initially planning to start a fundraiser to support the creation of an online card playing club, web- and iOS-focused creative group Fictive Kin decided to center their campaign on something more tangible—simply, playing cards. Thus, the Amigos Card Club is printing three lovely decks of playing cards just in time for the holidays. To create the Kickstarter-exclusive decks, they reached out to their community …

Game Developer Other Ocean’s #IDARB

Head of Development Mike Mika speaks about the upcoming crowdsourced title

From their headquarters Emeryville, CA and three studios in Canada and Northern California, game developers Other Ocean work on a multitude of projects that span mobile, handheld and console games. They’ve produced numerous noteworthy titles over the years, but their recent project goes beyond traditional development and really speaks to their understanding of how to create a successful game that makes the most of today’s …

Doubleparlour Sculptures

The husband and wife duo creates curiously creepy, macabre sculptures that make for unusual toys

Say hello to Cassandra and Ernie Velasco of Doubleparlour—and all of their little friends. The husband and wife duo is based in Lower Haight, San Francisco and started showing their work in 2007. Over the years, they’ve shown artwork at group and solo exhibitions mostly in the Bay Area. Although they work with a variety of mediums, their main focus is sculpture, hand-formed from an …

Outerlands: Season One

The documentary series from AREA 5 aims to debunk sterotypes and explore non-traditional gaming coverage

Every now and then a project comes along that can make even the most jaded curmudgeon crack a smile—Outerlands is one of those projects. Video games are a diverse form of entertainment, and one that is oftentimes misunderstood, vilified or mocked. But the industry is filled with passionate people: Players, journalists, creators, publishers and platform holders who all have their own interesting stories about how …