Creatives to Watch in 2016

While it’s never easy to predict the next big names in the worlds of art and design, with time and effort an editorial publication can compile a list of talent worthy of that potential acclaim. That’s exactly what It’s Nice That has done with their “Ones to Watch” list for 2016. They’ve profiled 12 creatives (including a few design studios) worthy of attention, and from …

Alex Trochut’s Binary Prints

The designer's new patented process awakens some of contemporary music's finest artists

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 …

Scout Regalia Bikes

LA designers come to NYC to launch a bike perfect for both coasts

Just one floor up from “Scale,” Cool Hunting’s curatorial contribution to Noho Design District at the Standard Hotel, the work of 12 West Coast designers was on view in the “Hotel California” exhibition. Among the group was Scout Regalia, a multidisciplinary design practice based in LA’s Echo Park neighborhood. Co-founders and architects Benjamin Luddy and Makoto Mizutani have built a body of work spanning furniture, …

Iron Curtain Graphics

Exploring the graphic expertise and vision behind Communist-era posters

The ideological imagery from the height of Communist rule in central and Eastern Europe has become a familiar motif in the west in the decades since its fall. From the illustrations of bourgeois fat cats to the classic “Niet” posters depicting a stern and handsome man refusing alcohol, the political and cultural lines drawn by these materials are clear. What is less recognized on this …

100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design

The most influential concepts in the history of the industry

In the new chronologically ordered book “100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design“, Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne explore the most important moments in an industry they themselves helped to define. Part of publisher Laurence King‘s popular “100 Ideas” series, the combination of symbols, techniques, archetypes, tropes and trends represents some of the major creative explosions that continue to inspire an array of visual mediums today. …