“We have become creatures that construct tools, artefacts and machines. We’ve always been augmented by our instruments, our technologies. Technology is what constructs our humanity; the trajectory of technology is what has propelled human developments. I’ve never seen the body as purely biological, so to consider technology as a kind of alien other that happens upon us at the end of the millennium is rather simplistic.”
—Stelarc (Australian performance artist)
interview with Joanna Read more [...]
I just wrapped up a small side project at work where I wanted to explore how to give an old phone new life. LPK is generous enough to provide phones to all of us, but I wondered what happened to the old ones when we go through the inevitable annual iPhone update. With a help from our product design team member Eric Sillies, and their very cool 3D printer, I came up with a product and solution to recycle the old, outdated phones into media centers.
If you're interested in how I came to my solution Read more [...]
Sometimes we have artwork we need to print and review that's just too big to show on a normal tabloid sized paper. In a pinch, it's also way cheaper to first tile-print something for review from a normal printer, and then get your fancy large-bed print later.
DIFFUCULTY LEVEL: Easy
NECESSARY INGREDIENTS: Adobe Illustrator
STEP 1: To tile print, open your artwork in illustrator.
This artwork is set to print at 15" x 15", larger than a normal printer is able to handle.
STEP 2: To Read more [...]
I'm a really big Adobe CC nerd and I've been doing a lot of work lately digitizing motifs for pattern and surface design, and discovered a super quick way of translating IRL sketches into quick cleanable vector art for Illustrator. If you're curious, a creator of surface design and a fan of Creative Cloud, read on!
This is also part one in a series I'm writing for a quick lunchtime tutorial I put together for LPK. Part two is here.
I would also highly suggest watching Wayne's World and drinking Read more [...]
There are tons of ways to create swatches and print fabric, but this tutorial is going to use the super-easy online service Spoonflower in combination with Adobe Illustrator. Spoonflower is a great and simple way to create an easy test swatch.
Spoonflower is an online platform that makes it easy to upload a custom design, and create your own fabric to then be printed digitally onto yardage that you can use for prototypes or even small-batch manufacturing. They've even started offering custom wallpaper Read more [...]
The energy summoned to build something like the Tidal Art X Hackathon was worth every cease and desist letter they received for unauthorized use of Jay Z’s logo. The event, a collaboration between Cincinnati's ArtsWave organization and Cintrifuse, an entrepreneurial engine of local start-up connection, was amazing. I got a hot tip from a co-worker at LPK about the event, and my gross urge for participation in creative competitive events led me to sign up immediately. I’ve been to hackathons Read more [...]
"If you want to do the job correctly, you have to have the right tools," was a mantra of my grandfather, who was a jewelry designer and gemologist for close to 50 years of his life.
I've always taken this to heart in my own design practice, as I 100% believe a good grasp on the technicalities of your medium/tool/softeware/etc will not only determine how polished your final design looks, but also how quickly you can execute it. Fabric design has always called for a general knowledge with a Read more [...]
I have an awesome job that sometimes sends me to really interesting things, and I had a chance to grab a couple of tickets to the local TedXUCincinnati event at the University of Cincinnati.
TED talks has basically replaced what Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul used to do for me.
I was super late to the event because it's Saturday and in honor of attending a college event I slept in like I too was in college, but I was able to get there in time to see five of the ten speakers- Sean Connell, Read more [...]
A question has recently come up at work about how better to capture the work that we do. I'm a designer at an agency where we are constantly trying to find new was of sharing work on our instagram or twitter.
Since I find a good use of my leisure time (it's not) is writing nonsense blog posts on how to do stuff related to textiles and pattern, I knew a good/quick trick of capturing video content is using Quicktime to record yourself, as seen below.
Ah yes, so soothing, the zen state of Read more [...]
Once a month for the past two months I've been an honorary Seattle resident for a weekend, which is very fortuitous because one of my favorite artists has an exhibition currently at the SAM, and I got to catch it.
I love Kehinde Wiley. Not just because one of his paintings features a product I used to do a lot of work for.
But as a print and pattern designer, his paintings are hugely inspirational, and feature very delicately and carefully painted textile prints that seem almost impossible Read more [...]