Designer Pumpkin Carving

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When some of the best Brooklyn-based architects and design teams were asked to compete in pumpkin carving, everyone expected undeniably remarkable results. That said, the host—online publication Sight Unseen—and their judging partner, acclaimed design firm Snarkitecture, couldn’t have predicted masterful typography, Japanese machetes, dry wall and plenty more imaginative materials. Visionary sculpting, embedded LEDS and even a “banana” factored in to a spirited challenge perfect …

Context Mock-Ups

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A new application launched by LiveSurface designer Joshua Distler, Context allows creators an opportunity to see renderings on new or in-development concepts—in real time. Design a pattern and see it immediately applied to an object of your choice, from cups to buttons and banners. This technology accounts for shadows, angles and reflections, while clipping out the process of exporting a flat design first, and ultimately …

Bliss Lau: Rising & Falling

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“Pearl represents purity and perfection,” Hawaii-born jewelry designer Bliss Lau explains in The Avant/Garde Diaries’ video, in which she addresses her inspiration and the significance of her source material for her latest 13-piece collection. The video itself is strikingly beautiful, as Lau explores mythic outdoor locations, set to a thoughtful voiceover. Invoking the elements and their historic associations, she provides insight into her equally expressive …