Oblique Strategies

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Eno, Oblique Strategies

When you make a great product, this is how you know it: People use it. Tim Cook. Read More

Sequin Raze

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Film Poster for Sequin Raze

A poster design from our very own Forrest Martin Read More

Doing more, not less, in mobile

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Designing for different screens Read More

The five most popular posts in Q3

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Trending now: Punk rock, London riots, Music, Social, Facebook Likes, Young grads Read More

A problem of aging leadership at American design firms

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Gmail’s redesign signals the aging of American design Read More

ShowPDX – Unusual and stimulating furniture design

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ShowPDX Exhibit Furniture Design Dave Seoane
Table by David Paul Seoane

ShowPDX, a biennial exhibit, displays over 50 examples of unusual and stimulating furniture design and provides designers/fabricators/makers with a place for peer and public recognition and dialogue.

The show features multiple exhibitors including friend of NORTH, Dave Seoane. We’ll be there.

Presented by Fix Studio

Preview Party
Wednesday Oct 6th at 6pm
2030 N. Williams Ave.
$10 donation at the door

Show2010, October 8th – 30th
Monday + Wednesday + Friday 12-2pm + 4-6pm
Saturday 12-2pm
Free and open to the public.

The art of punk posters

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Buzzcocks promotional poster for Beating Hearts, 1979

Buzzcocks Punk Poster Linder Sterling NORTH

Artist and sometime punk singer Linder Stirling’s most famous artwork adorns the cover of the Buzzcocks’ 1977 single ‘Orgasm Addict’: a collage of a naked woman with eyes for nipples and an iron for a face. This lesser-known image breaks with punk tradition for a starker, more figurative approach. It was originally distributed solely through the Secret Buzzcocks Fan Club

[Actually the writer gets part of this wrong. The Orgasm Addict cover art didn't have eyes for nipples - they were grinning female mouths as you'll see when you visit this link.]

Matthew Dear partners with design firm Boym for new album – Black City

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Matthew Dear Boym Design Black City NORTH

I have written many words about how musicians need to rethink the act of delivery of their recorded albums in a digital age, so it’s refreshing to see Matthew Dear step up to the plate with his record label, Ghostly International, to bring us his new album, Black City, in the form of what can only be described as a sculpture; or perhaps ‘object’ will suffice. Here’s more info on what Dear describes as ‘totems..’

Dear has partnered with design firm, Boym, who designed the monolithic totems, that include a special code that allows the buyer to access a download and stream of the full digital album, as well as an exclusive track.

From Matthew Dear’s web site:

The MDBC Totem is both a sculptural representation of the themes explored in Black City and a symbolic conduit to the music itself. Vaguely reminiscent of one of the soot-blackened skyscrapers that might populate Dear’s creeping, nameless city, the stacks upon the totem also call to mind the many shaped prongs of a universal power adaptor. In this sense, the totem is not simply a miniature building, but an abstract key to an unknown door. The branding of the totem has been purposefully reduced to its bare essentials – only the letters MDBC and unique three-digit suffixes are included – so that the totem’s meaning remains discernible only to its beholder.

You can also get a free MP3 download from the web site.

Here’s some of my thoughts on City.

The Friday awesomeness file week 3

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Triple Canopy Kateoplis Tumblr Lou O Bedlam Flickr Joey Roth Speakers Abduzeedo Grafitti Brazil Frank Chimero Art Show

A week’s worth of inspiration. Click on the images. Enjoy.

Previously inspiring awesomeness files [1] [2]

The best designed products of 2010

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Fast Company. Best Designs 2010, North
[Image via Fast Company]

The winners of the 2010 International Design Excellence Awards can help you ride the waves, grill a burger, catch varmints, and save the earth. Via Fast Company

That mousetrap is not only a piece of wonderful design engineering but also beautiful to look at – and a humane way to catch the rodent.

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