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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics Committee released the final logo for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, following the withdrawal of their initial logo amidst plagiarism claims last year.



The logo is called Harmonized Chequered Emblem and features a checkered pattern that form a circle. It was design by Asao Tokolo, a 46-year-old artist from the Tokyo Zokei University.

According to Tokolo, he was inspired by coloring pictures that everyone can add their color to. “White against indigo blue — it’s a very clean-cut expression. The games will also be held during summertime and I wanted to add some coolness into my design,” Tokolo said.

Creator of the winning design for the Tokyo 2020 games emblems Asao Tokolo, at Toranomon Hills on April 25, 2016. YOSHIAKI MIURA

Creator of the winning design for the Tokyo 2020 games emblems
Asao Tokolo, at Toranomon Hills on April 25, 2016. YOSHIAKI MIURA


The checkered patterns is known as ichimatsu moyo originating from the Edo period. The traditional Japanese colour of indigo blue expresses a “refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan.”

According to the committee, the logo incorporates the message of “unity in diversity.

“Composed of three varieties of rectangular shapes, the design represents different countries, cultures and ways of thinking. It also expresses that the Olympic and Paralympic Games seek to promote diversity as a platform to connect the world.”

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The logo was chosen from a shortlist of four logos. Tokolo’s design received 13 votes, while logo B had one, logo C two and logo D five. The winning logo was unanimously approved by the executive board.

The Logo Selection Committee subjected the logos to rigorous copyright checks, after allegations of plagiarism was made with their initial logo. Designer Kenjiro Sano has since denied the claim, but the similarity of his logo to Graphic designer Oliver Debie’s logo for Théâtre de Liège in Belgium.

They also asked opinions from the public this time. The committee received opinions from 39,712 members of the public online and an additional 1,804 comments written on postcards.

(Source: Japan Times)


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Designer Quotes

“The soul never thinks without an image.” –Aristotle

“Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.” –Elon Musk

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” –Albert Einstein

“Design isn’t crafting a beautiful textured button with breathtaking animation. It’s figuring out if there’s a way to get rid of the button altogether.” –Edward Tufte

“Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.” –Tate Linden

“Design and art are independent coordinates that provide their greatest satisfactions when experienced simultaneously.” –Milton Glaser

“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” –Robert L. Peters

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. –Steve Jobs

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The details are not the details. They make the design. Charles Eames

Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
Dieter Rams

“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” John Maeda

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” —Edith Head

“Designing a product is designing a relationship.” Steve Rogers

Designing is a matter of concentration. You go deep into what you want to do. It’s about intensive research, really. The concentration is warm and intimate and like the fire inside the earth – intense but not distorted. You can go to a place, really feel it in your heart. It’s actually a beautiful feeling. Peter Zumthor

Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors. George Santayana

Design is directed toward human beings. To design is to solve human problems by identifying them and executing the best solution.
Ivan Chermayeff

‘LaFerrari’ means ‘the Ferrari.’ The excellence. In this car, we put everything we are able to do. Our extreme technology, extreme experience, extreme capability. And this has been the first Ferrari totally designed in our design center. Luca Cordero di Montezemolo

I think there is always a need for pure design. With pure design, you don’t need so much decoration. Jil Sander

Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection. Henry Petroski

“Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.”Charles Eames

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”    Douglas Adams

“Everything is design. Everything!”  Paul Rand

“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.” Louis Nizer

Every designers’ dirty little secret is that they copy other designer’s work. They see work they like, and they imitate it. Rather cheekily, they call this inspiration.  –Aaron Russell




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A’ Design Award and Competition

A’ Design Award and Competition is the worlds’ largest design competition awarding best designs, design concepts and products & services.

In a world where there are millions of products and designs launch each year, the award was born out of the desire to underline the best designs and well designed products. The award-winning products and designs are highlighted to the international public via theA’ Design Award Gala-Night and Exhibition in Italy and they are communicated to all relevant press across the world.





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Benjamin Kreze

Benjamin Kreže is an artist that explores the fields of painting, photography, new media installations, kinetic sculptures and film.  He is drawn to ancient inventions and the combination of them in new media art.  All thou he works in many different medias Benjamin’s work always questions the observer, to think of their self awareness in this world. From micro to macro he plays with different media tools to constantly change the perception of the viewer, and displacing them in time and space. His work is often indirect and humorous.

From 2009 he has been an active member in the multimedia group Laibach.
The author had over 20 solo exhibitions at home and abroad and participated in 30 different group projects.

Ali Bramwell wrote on Benjamin Kreze:

“Something of an inventor himself Kreze has developed a form of kinetic figurative sculpture, three-dimensional Zoetrope where the illusion of movement is created by the quick succession of static forms in rotation, creating the impression of holographic images. To date he has made three increasingly large scale works in this impressively well engineered series; Abakus1 (2009) the prototype, which was shown at the first Speculum Atrium (S.A. 09), Magus Rotarum (2010) , and Ubermensch (2011), the latter two of which were both shown at Kapelica Gallery  in Ljubljana.

These earlier large scale and technically challenging projects show the tactical use of micro scale of as even more of an introverted contemplative contrast, if only in the radical change of scale speed and volume (as in literal noise, the kinetic sculptures are loud, visually percussive and frenetically enveloping experiences). What is present in all of the projects noted here is a sense of industry, the epic labor commitment involved in the making of these sculptures is amoung the first strong impressions. It occurs to me to wonder if that embedded engagement with labor is an artistic magnification or reflection of an existing Trbovlje zeitgeist, in the shadow three parallel and inseparable monuments; the influence of the industrial character of the town, the historic and continuing strong virtuous attachment to the person of the Worker and attendant philosophical attachments to the value of work, or indeed the influence of Trbovljes art ‘fathers’: Laibach. It should be no surprise whatever that Kreže has a history of artistic collaboration with Laibach.”



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Cymatics, from Greek: κῦμα, meaning “wave”, is a subset of modal vibrational phenomena. The term was coined by Hans Jenny (1904-1972), a Swiss follower of the philosophical school known asanthroposophy. Typically the surface of a plate, diaphragm or membrane is vibrated, and regions of maximum and minimum displacement are made visible in a thin coating of particles, paste or liquid.[1]Different patterns emerge in the excitatory medium depending on the geometry of the plate and the driving frequency.

The apparatus employed can be simple, such as the old Chinese singing bowl, in which copper handles are rubbed and cause the copper bottom elements to vibrate. Other examples include the Chladni Plate[2]and the so-called cymascope.

From Wikipedia

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Digital sculptor Janne Kyttanen always pushes the boundaries when it comes to what 3D printing can do – it’s always a surprise what he’s able to make. From tables, seating, lighting, and sculptures, he’s changing the way these home furnishings are made. Take a look at the latest work he recently presented during last month’s Design Miami / Basel.

The Sedona series expands with the Bronze Sedona Lounge Table in its new mirror bronze finish. The pattern mimics that of the red rocks of Sedona with it’s peaks and plateaus. Previously, it was released in another finish.

The oversized Avoid Chandelier is a glowing ring perforated with a complex diamond pattern that emits an intricate pattern of light. It debuted at Gallery ALL last month.

Last year, Kyttanen released a few new pieces, including the Metsidian, and now he’s expanded the collection to include the Rose Gold Metsidian Tray, Shelf, and Side Table. The result of the sculptural pieces comes from a single moment – an eruption – that joins two divergent materials together, organic volcanic obsidian that becomes a mesh of sorts.

“The form of this design is influenced by Lie sphere geometry, a geometrical theory in which the fundamental concept is the sphere. In Lie sphere geometry all lines should be regarded as spheres of infinite radius and points in the plane should be regarded as spheres of zero radius.”

The Rollercoaster Table is made from infinite spirals and features a sandblasted Moët & Chandon Champagne finish.

Them Romans are three mirror-finish bronze sculptures that are to be viewed as a triptych.


source: http://design-milk.com/janne-kyttanen-unveils-new-work-design-miami-basel/



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Josh Sperling’s work is the kind of art that makes you pause and try to figure out how it’s made. It also inspires all kinds of ideas as to what each abstract piece might be, kind of Rorschach-like. The New York-based artist’s work features bold, contemporary colors and structured shapes that form abstract paintings of interlocked canvases. The components of each sculptural painting are made from stacked wooden shapes with painted canvas stretched around them. The pieces then fit together into a geometric puzzle. The texture created from the stacked wood below gives each shape an extra layer of interest.


source: http://design-milk.com/josh-sperlings-sculptural-paintings/


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This Butter Packaging Reveals…

Butter Plus uses an innovative thermoforming and injection molding process to suggest an alternative to the way butter packaging is usually designed. This dairy product is most often found in blocks that are wrapped in foil, which is usually a hassle to protect once a sliver has been unwrapped.

As a solution to crumpled foil that barely covers a block of used butter, the Weidenhammer Packaging Group devised a system that uses a semicircle shape; the block of butter inside can be rotated outward for use and returned for safe keeping. Now that the concept has been fully realized, the charming butter packaging system is currently being prepared for large-scale production by Weidenhammer.

In a slightly larger size, it’s also easy to imagine that this could work just as well for serving an assortment of cheeses.






source: http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/butter-packaging



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