“Estrada: Sailing Through Design”

An influential Spanish designer brings finished projects and the sketches that started them to NYC

The AIGA National Design Center welcomes its newest exhibit Estrada: Sailing Through Design, by celebrated Spanish graphic designer Manuel Estrada, with a gigantic clock-like image on its glass windows. The spinning dial is not a typical clock hand though, but rather a rust-colored European ship that rotates constantly to match the exhibit’s title. Immediately, visitors can sense this isn’t a typical design exhibition. Finished books …

Jasmine Takanikos + Benjo’s

Vibrant two-tone shoelaces recall stunning sunrises and sunsets for a dynamic pop of color this summer

Jasmine Takanikos lives a life guided by color. The NYC-based color and branding consultant is known among the creative community for her flawless ability to pair pigments, both in her personal style and for companies like Lululemon, New Balance and now, the Minneapolis-based accessories label Benjo’s. Founder Ben Hertz recently teamed up with Takanikos to add even more dynamic hues to the company’s already-brilliant range …

StyleShoots

Fashion's most efficient tool yet streamlines product shots by perfectly eliminating the background

Anyone who’s used photo-editing programs has no doubt experienced the frustration of removing a background from an image. It can be a painstaking process. But Dutch company StyleShoots has found a solution with its flagship product of the same name. StyleShoots is a massive and impressive machine, taking up half a large room in order to work its magic. Powered by a Mac mini and …

WeAreUnlikeYou

A trio of Berlin creatives team up to start a talent agency devoted to real life characters

Certain things come to mind when the words “modeling agency” are mentioned. Rarely do those things include cabaret artists, stand-up comedians or burlesque performers. The new Berlin-based agency WeAreUnlikeYou aims to change that by finding individuals who embrace their passions—however unconventional they may be—and live life with all of their inner character. WeAreUnlikeYou began when creative director Maurice Redmond saw some of the images his …

Thunderspace

New app creates a relaxing thunderstorm experience using stereoscopic 3D audio

Sometimes there’s nothing more calming than hearing the soft sounds of rain against your window. The newest app from the user interface research lab Taptanium, called Thunderspace, takes relaxing nature sounds to the next level with stereoscopic 3D audio and flashes that mimic lightning. In collaboration with Emmy-winning nature sound recordist Gordon Hempton, Thunderspace captures the experience of a thunderstorm outside your window and puts …