Interview: Yuki Katsuta, Global Head of Research and Design at Uniqlo

Addressing LifeWear, Roombas and next steps for a brand that doesn't make "disposable clothes"

Last week, the global talent behind Japanese fashion brand Uniqlo assembled in New York City to debut their forthcoming wares and clarify the meaning of a term that’s factored into their brand of late. This word, “LifeWear,” doesn’t represent one particular division of Uniqlo. Rather, it encapsulates all of their clothing and accessories. It’s a carefully considered statement aiming to affirm the brand’s commitment to …

Context Mock-Ups

A million lines of code, an air pollution vacuum, NIGO for Uniqlo UT and more in our weekly look at the web

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

A million lines of code, an air pollution vacuum, NIGO for Uniqlo UT and more in our weekly look at the web

“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 …