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collect moments

The ‘crossover collective’ is a social machine that focuses on an ancient form of communication as social activity: collective embroidery. The machine was designed by Floor Nijdeken and on show during the tradeshow ShowUp, which was held in Amsterdam at the 2nd and 3th of February.

Like this focus on transfering knowledge or ‘heritage’ by interaction. Besides the fact that a lot of knowledge is getting lost by solely learning from books and nternet, there is less passing through of knowledge and inspiration by the seniors in the trade. Our society is also changing and people hardly communicate in real social exhange anymore. A lot of spotaneity is getting lost, which to me is one of the fun parts of life. Sitting together at this machine and sharing skills, stories, knowledge, having fun and having a little part of you left in an embroidered carpet. Couldn’t agree more with his slogan ‘collect memories, not things’.

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when time stops the image…

Fotostudio De Jong is a documentary tv-program about photography. The show is presented by Wilfried de Jong, who is in this series constantly on the lookout for stories behind a photo and he gives his reflections on the images he finds. This show, which has a magazine-like format, is presented from his little photo gallery in Rotterdam. This program is such a great addition and reflection on todays society. A society which is more and more constantly captured in images and where photography has become accessible for everyone.

“Instagram makes the world a smaller place” _ The Instagramman / Eelco Roos / Croyable

Martijn van de Griendt

Anjès Geesink; ‘Vogels huilen niet’ / ‘Birds don’t cry

Just love everything about it. First, and for most, the attention for all kinds of photography: ranging from interviews with photographers about one strong picture, pure professional technical photography, young photographers at the beginning of their career, news photos, poetry, art and archives. The styling of the studio and the graphics are spot on. There will be 8 more episodes to watch. VPRO / Saturday, Nederland 2, 21.15 – 22.00 p.m.

“A good photo stops time and lets fantasy in”
_ Wilfried de Jong
Instagram picture of Wilfried by Stephan Vanfleteren

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showstopper

Wow, what a suprise that was. The‘Vlisco Unfolded’ exibition at the Dutch Design Week 2013.
Since this was finally the first time I really attendended the DDW, I did decide to join the DDWbloggerstour. So glad that Ulrike sent her invitation! Besides the fact it was organised so really well by Ulrike Jurklies, Willemijn de Wit and Jasmijn van Weenen; that it was a fun day out whith a bunch of bloggers; that they set-up a great tour with designer meets-and-greats, fun mini-rides and hidden places. I never, ever would have put Vlisco on my to see list.
And what was there not to like! The displays, the fabrics, the history of the company and their stories, the colours, a sneek-peek of their production process and their information brochure on a roll. Loved that ‘brochure’-concept. But what else to expect of a graphic designer…

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craft, colour and cups

Totally in love with the ceramics designed by Alissa and Nienke. The thing I love most about these cups is the soft blended color tones on which they state on their website:
‘We love crafts, colors and cups. This is coming together in a material experiment with pigment and porcelain; a research about the flowing of colors through liquid porcelain, resulting in a series of handmade and unique objects. Our cups might be messy, might be fixed, can be colorful or subtle, but are always created by the blending of the colored porcelain. The technique of pouring becomes visible in the final product and the moment of creation is frozen in the appearance of the cup. By following the colored patterns you discover the movements we made and get an insight in the process.’
It was so awesome to see this process live on show in the workshop of the VTwonen ‘Barn’ at the Woonbeurs 2013.

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numbers

What a great mix this combo of sports and typography. Together in this book ‘Footballtype’ designed and published by Face37 founder Rick Banks and co-authored by writer Sheridan Bird.  ’Football type is a non profit book celebrating football and typography. The book is a limited edition of 1000 with each cover hand numbered using official FAPL lettering. 100% of profits from the sale of the book will go to the UK charity Football Foundation. Football Type traces the history and development of type in football, from the hand stitched numbers used in the 1930s to custom fonts created for major clubs and sports brands today.’ And ooh, that Barca type… just love it.
via CreativeReview

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time

Stumbled upon this pictures by Rasmus Keger. Adding the time-typo gives so much extra info to the picture. At least that’s for me; it gets my fantasy running. Besides his impressive portfolio his blog is an absolute gem, love it.

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truisms

Before 42nd Street NYC was turned around from a obscure neighborhood into a ultra-safe tourist playground. Artist Jenny Holzer temporarily put up her one-liners on the marquess, just before the old movie theaters were torn down. Couldn’t agree more with these truisms.
Pictures by Don Shewey, via Interiorator

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distinction

‘True identity is something known in one heart
and recognized within another’

Struck by the work of Donna Verheijden at the Masterclass Exhibition
of the Sandberg Institute, which had its opening last friday in Amsterdam. Her distinguished style with words, music and images makes an impressive view on today’s world.

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mix

Totally up my alley is the work of Verena Michels, shown at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Graduation Show. Just fell head over heals for her use of colour, the beautiful little book added to the garments and the feel of her sweater. The total concept behind this project is making it top-notch; experiment and research the way it should be. As stated on her vimeopage:

‘I always liked the poem Inventur by Guenther Eich. It describes someone collecting, naming and counting everything he has left after the war. He describes their new function, like using a pair of socks as a pillow and cardboard as a mattress. This mirrors my own concept; I gathered materials I like and tried to forget their conventional function. I experimented with wool and ended up finding a way to create a textile from wool without knitting. The technique is inspired by the way “moving blankets” are made industrially. The result is something that looks more flat than a knitted textile and has a different structure. The technique does not require special equipment. You can do it at home on your sewing machine and it is easy to learn. I always wanted to create a way of production that I can teach my friends and collaborate with them.’ Before I started my final project, I did a three month internship with Conny Groenewegen, an Amsterdam based designer known for her innovative knitwear collections. It influenced my way of looking at material. I learnt to manipulate texture and the weight of materials and I practiced creating silhouettes by following the material.’ ‘I only use wool yarn. The different qualities I use define the look of each garment. One looks and feels like a woven structure, one like a knit, and the weights vary from very light to heavy like a rug. I got the idea for this technique the moment I saw the work of German artist Rosemarie Trockel in real life. It is her work too that made me decide to keep my own technique minimal.’

Her work is on show for two more days at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.

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connected

Every house is like a tree rooted in a global network of underground network of pipes and cables. All we communicate through those roots
is converted into a language that is the same all over the world:
ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange). This computer language was the first form of communication between man and computer. These curtains by Nienke Sybrandy visualize a tree that has its roots in the same ground as the house, and can be taken anywhere you go. No more longing to that old view when you move house and you sadly have to leave behind that growing tree in front of your window.

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transfer

White crisp silhouette of weeds make intruiging patterns at the ‘Blueware Tiles’. The dried and pressed weeds are composed between plates of glass. The plates and tiles are then exposed under ultra violet light, which develops a photogram of the weeds in an intense Prussian blue. Great project by Glithero; two dutch designers working from London. Do I love that colour!

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a dialogue

Why design’ is a video series by Herman Miller design that shows the world through the eyes of their designers and shares why they value their point of view.

“At Herman Miller design is the language we use to ask questions and seek answers to the problems our customers face. The design process is a journey into the unknown—or as George Nelson once quipped, “I have never met a designer who was retained to keep things the same as they were.” Before we decide what we do and how we do it, we like to begin by asking the question “Why?”

The point of view shown in the video about Yves Béhar is so totally
up my alley, a great talk about the importance of having different
kind of views.

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all in one

Besides the ongoing intruiging gif-magic this alphabet installation
by Koen Taselaar is such a clever beauty of striking simplicity.
Via visualpoetry, which gladly was introduced to me by my dear
friends putgootink.

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o…

…O. Since I’ve started out this new blogpath of our design- and illustration studio this has become a place where I want to be more and do a lot more. So it’s a bit of a contradiction that i’ve been here so awfully less lately. Behind the scenes I’m busy making changes to this place, which might take a while to get into real shape. So for now I’m sharing this fabulous ‘O’. A simple striking image but as Johan Cruijff would say ‘simple is the most difficult’.
The great O-image is by graphics designed photostream.

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straying

‘Neither Here Nor There’, is another intruiging title behind yet
again another striking product. This monograph by Oliver Jeffers
shows his impressive fine art which is a different side to his
well-known charming children’s illustrations and the best children’s picturebooks around.
‘Neither Here Nor There’ shows his interests and concerns in a direct way. As stated over at It’s Nice That; ”I’m intrigued by the world around me and feel compelled to both capture it and ask questions of it through my work. Sometimes this is in the form of questions, sometimes in the form of stories. Sometimes my picture books are stories, and my paintings are questions. Sometimes it’s the other way around.”
Want to know more; read the whole interview here and watch his fun author film over here. Whoo – do I admire this guy, and isn’t this book wishlisted (published by the Gestalten)
Images by Oliver Jeffers

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