This man is one of my style icons. Not all his products really, but more of how he carries himself. And how he’s able to pull off green bead necklaces with crisp shirts, and still seem like a gruff, straight but sophisticated man.
I also like his backpacks, and his retail philosopy.
I saw this book called Handmade Zakka Craft. Turns out “zakka” refers to “small, various products used in everyday life”, but now also “represents a style of art and craft that is simple, charming, and of Japanese esthetic” according to squidoo.
Still cleaning up open tabs. This will end someday and I will get around to actual writing. Soon, soon.
Accurate fake sunlight. Beautifully practical Japanese objects. Friends of Type. Mon Zamora photos. A graffiti motion capture program. Andy Baio essay-article on the limits of intellectual property in design. Design documentaries. Business card design. Brand memory game. Old-school medicine labels. Papercraft infgraphics.
1. Daniel Rybakken‘s smart optical trickery – “subconscious effect of daylight”. Replicating the appearance of sunlight in a windowless room using 6000 LED bulbs. Cool. via Couleurblind
2. I like how this book celebrates the Japanese regard for the beauty and aesthetic of everyday objects. Yay for the Japanese Ministry of Economy! via
I love hearing about artisanship, dedication to craft, as I’ve always wanted to talk about.
I love watching footage of people who chose to devote themselves to something they’re passionate about, no matter how atypical. Or, I guess, I like it more when it is atypical – when they go out on a limb for it despite what other people think is the normally “accomplished” way of living life.
VitaBrevis‘ profile video, on Eric Arakawa, an independent surfboard designer, is a great example of what I just said.