Wangechi Mutu is a Kenyan born, New York based artist whose work has been featured in galleries across the globe. Her work was also featured on the cover of B/D issue L “Sex Sells.” She recently had an interview with Daily Serving’s Aimée Reid. Click here to read the interview.
For over two years Mark Addison Smith has been keeping a visual catalogue of strange, funny, awkward, and quirky conversations he’s overheard. Each day he writes down things he hears and at the end of the day creates simple yet effective text based illustrations based on the one liners. What started Mr.Smith on this epic project? Here’s what started it all in the artists own words- ” The idea for this on-going series came about in 2008 during an evening walk to the train. A girl approached me in the Chicago Loop and asked me for a cigarette. I don’t smoke. She replied, “ahh, you look like the right type” and ran off. I ran home and illustrated her words, and have been drawing dialogue ever since.”
Tal Drori is an illustrator, an interaction designer and a graphic designer. She is based in Milan, where she works as a consultant and teaches design. Make sure to check out the Love Story series of work on her site. It’s my favorite.
Stephen Silk began practicing gyotaku in 2008. Gyotaku is a Japanese printing method that uses actual fish to make art. Ink or paint is rubbed on the fish allowing an incredibly textured print directly onto the paper. The lumped paint and palette match the New Hampshire coastal seascapes in oil fusing a really cohesive collection completely reflective of the area and its subjects.
A London Royal College Of Art student named Simin Qiu has designed a water faucet that will dazzle you in more ways than one. By placing specific grooves inside a faucet’s pipe he not only conserves one of the world’s most precious commodities but also manipulates it to pour out in beautiful lattice-like patterns. The project was conceived by Qiu in an attempt to make water use in the home not only more aesthetically enjoyable but also user and conservatively sound as well. The end result not only makes the water look more interesting but it also comes out in a gentler, fresher way from the pipe.
For his efforts, Qiu won the 2014 IF Student award. The prize is awarded annually to students or recent University graduates in 7 design categories including product, packaging, photography and fashion to name a few. It holds not only prestige but awards the winner a generous 30,000 euros in prize money.
The official name of Qiu’s product is “The Swirl Faucet” and in the last week or so word of it has gone viral on several prominent design blogs. (via boredpanda)