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ZWEIZEHN is a Mainz, Germany based design collective consisting of Christian Schreiber, Sven Herkt, Steffen Meyer and Oleg Svidler. They create straight forward yet playful  typography and Corporate Design/Corporate Identity works as well as Illustrations and Photography. The work this group produces is somewhat typical for European design with it’s heavy reliance on type but we love it’s playful nature.

Time-lapsed Airplanes Landing!

We found this story on Designboom and we could not resist reposting it. American film professor and photographer Cy Kuckenbaker has captured every airplane that landed at san diego international airport a week ago between the hours of 10:30am and 3pm in a time-lapse video. the concept was born from an image by ho-yeol ryu at hannover airport – showing a herd of the massive machines in one visualization and Kuckenbaker wanted to capture the unusual flight path that brings planes very low right over the center of the city of san diego, causing them to drop behind a hill the make the runway. to create the video he would shoot the planes on a cloudless day individually then isolate the image of the plane and composite each one together in a timeline with adobe premier.

The Magic of Moleskine!

We are huge fans of Moleskine notebooks around here, we use them all the time to sketch out wire frames, draft logos ideas, doodle and boy they sure come in handy for journaling. And we can’t help but love this fantastic stop motion short with its whimsical yet impressive choreography. This was the fourth film based on the Moleskine brand by Hague-based graphic and AV designer Rogier Wieland. The film features Moleskine’s newly yearly planner and he uses the books to illustrate the day in the life of a Moleskine owner.

Death Grips & Galen Pehrson Collaboration = AWESOME!

Sacramento, California based experimental rap group Death Grips recently got together for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles with animator Galen Pherson for a collaborative multimedia piece titled “True Vulture. Mr. Pehrson has hand-drawn an animated storyboard to go along with the Death Grips track “True Vulture”. The “True Vulture” project also includes a voiceover by actress Jena Malone (Into the WildSucker Punch). We think it’s an awesome piece of Art reminiscent of the 1970’s children’s show The Electric Company. Enjoy!

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Shaken, not stirred.

As I recently exited a Metro station in Paris and I saw in front of me a door sized LED bilboard in front of me, there stood Javier Bardem with bleached blond hair, he slowly turned and stared at me (goosebumps).


“Bond, James Bond.” I don’t know, it’s probably just the kid in me but I think those three words were some of the coolest ever captured on the silver screen. And Sean Connery, what’s not to like about that charming man’s man? The coolest secret agent ever conceived. Bond plays it cool, calm and collected always managing to thrill and entertaining. Never forgetting the gorgeous women; James Bond spends almost all his precious free time to get intimate with some of the most beautiful women in the world. Yes, I am excited to see the new 007 movie but even more excited about the release of a new book title “The James Bond Archives” by EON Archives and edited by Paul Duncan.

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HDS loves Kid Robot

Ever heard of a company named Kid Robot? Are you into collectable Art toys? To be honest, we here at Hess Design Solutions have seen their toys here and there; I guess we never really gave them much thought. And we should have. Turns out these folks have a generous cult following and they claim to be the world’s premier creator of limited edition art toys and apparel. Could toys really be any more creative than theirs? We think not.

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HunterGatherer: Hands On

The folks behind HunterGatherer (founded by Todd St. John) are always moving the goal posts with a very unique “hands-on” approach to design, illustration, and animation. HunterGatherer have been around since 2000 and I think the first time I became aware of HunterGatherer was their cover art they did for Money Mark’s “Brand New By Tomorrow” LP. The studio’s work has been frequently published and exhibited. HunterGatherer has won awards from multiple design organizations, and Todd St. John was included along with collaborator Gary Benzel in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial: Design Now.

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Art of The Arcade

Vintage yet classic design awaits you with this site we stumbled upon by Nick Dart. Nick is a talented designer in his own right who seems to be inspired by the design elements found in classic arcade era art. This site showcases both lost and seeming found video game designs as well as illustrations from the 1970’s and 1980’s. We can merely hope that this site is regularly updated since we find this stuff absolutely amazing and needless to say inspiring.

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Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili

Louise Fili has long been an inspiration for a wide variety of designers the world over since the 80’s, at least those that produce packaging art and book cover design, as she created close to two thousand jackets as the art director for Pantheon Books. By 1989 Louise founded her own graphic design studio, Louise Fili Ltd, and stretched out into the fields of restaurant design and food packaging. Her rich and elegant typography, most often hand drawn, helps advertise and market such well-known brands as Bella Cucina, Jean-Georges, and Good Housekeeping, among a multitude of others.

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Richard Diebenkorn: Bay Area Figurative Bad Ass?

We must admit, we don’t write enough about fine artists, the folks who truly inspire us to keep taking self inventory and develop our methods further. It’s high time we flip the record, namely the new Grizzly Bear record. Grizzly Bear, you might ask? One of our staff had  a discussion late last night with three or four of his amigos and as they talked someone put on some wonderful music by the band Grizzly Bear. Needless to say, this certain someone who will remain nameless shamelessly referred to the wrong artist for the band’s cover art. Richard Diebenkorn is the artist behind the cover art.


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