As soon as we saw these charming illustrations from Brooklyn illustrator, Lan Truong, we were in love; In love with the colour palette and the dainty lines that look so hand-drawn yet mechanical. They’re like they’re oxymoron of illustration.
We also really love her blog – which is so beautifully simple – and the word ‘working-ish’, which we might just adopt. Thanks Lan.
This weekend saw the annual Pick Me Up art fair at Somerset House, London. Full of the most talented designers and illustrators around, it showcased the real cream of the crop, from William Goldsmith (above), Stuart Patience (far below) and Ping Zhu (below), who’s playful portraits and animal sketches provided a steady stream of eye candy.
While most of them had a price tag to match our daydreaming minds, there was more from the likes of Print Club and Beach London at more affordable prices. So much so, that we ended up buying the print of Bill Murray that you’ll see at the bottom of the page. Now that would look good on a coaster.
For two years, we’ve been busting our gut working towards our MFA in Interaction Design, whilst keeping Coastermatic afloat. It’s been emotional to say the least. Anyway, the end is now in sight and on May 4th it’s officially over. The MFA, that is – not Coastermatic.
If you find yourself at a loose end that Saturday afternoon, you should pop down to the AIGA National Design Centre (164 Fifth Ave.) and check out our Graduate Show. We’ve all put everything we have into these projects and would love to hear what you think.
If you’re interested on how we got here, check out our blogs:
The etherial sounds of Telling’s debut single ‘Stella’ are making us feel all warm and fuzzy over here at Coastermatic HQ. A mix of down-beat electro and haunting vocals are rather spookily chilling our bones, which is funny, considering how warm it is outside all of a sudden!
So open your ears to this wonderful sound of this Aussie duo and remember who it was who told you about them first. Then tell your friends. This joke could go on for a while…
Now, I know toilet is not the best kind of chat but after discovering the mind-bogglingly beautiful work of Anastassia Elias, we thought it only right. Just take a look at the image above. That’s one way to pass the time in an otherwise pretty boring position!
The intricate cut-outs that she’s mastered so perfectly are created from the most mundane of products and while we’re not a fan of them stacking up on the bathroom shelf, for her we might make an exception.
It looks like this Easter might just see our first slice of warm weather for months and to celebrate that (and of course the religious ceremony and Macy’s Day Parade) we’re going to eat a bucketload of chocolate.
This year we’ve seen some pretty fabulous-looking Easter Eggs and Vosges’s ‘bacon and eggs’ is no exception. Five dark chocolate half eggs arrive nestled in a straw-filled, pink gift box. Each egg is filled with buttery, soft, bacon caramel. That’s breakfast sorted then.
If you’re feeling creative, head over to stellamccartney.com, where you can design your own digital egg in the ‘kids’ section. Better still, every kids purchase made in store or online will get a free egg with a bunny. Here’s one we made earlier…
What a great way to stay up to date with the whole family at once!
The guys at The Incredible Machine thought (and rightly so) that clocks have lost their appeal somewhat, since we all have clocks and calendars on our phones. But this snazzy reinterpretation of the iconic analog clock doesn’t just tell the time, it shows you what the whole family/office are up to by connecting to their GoogleCalendars.
The TickTock prototype uses a small computer called Raspberry P to connect to the accounts of the household and stay updated online, 24/7. We’ll be watching this space for its real life launch some time soon (hopefully).