Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Designer of the Day: Jessica Hische

"We are starved of tactile things." -JH

I really love the work Jessica does, but I really love her attitude the most. She's so passionate about what she does and very conceptual in her thinking, yet she doesn't enjoy doing deeply conceptual art. She's a difficult one to kind of put your finger on and I think that's what makes her most intriguing.

Here are a couple of videos and photos of her work to introduce you to this captivating Designer/Illustrator/Typographer...etc.

SP 2010 Speaker - Jessica Hische from Semi Permanent on Vimeo.

Art In The Age Presents... Jessica Hische from Art In The Age on Vimeo.

So as you can see she is extremely creative and has done some amazing work. Another thing that I enjoyed about Jessica was her apartment. Creativity isn't just something she conjures up when she decides to go to work, she lives creativity. Her eclectic style caught the attention of the infamous Apartment Therapy who featured photos of her original space on their website.

You can see the full tour they did HERE.

Related Links:
Jessica Hische - Official Site
Daily Drop Cap

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Daily Inspiration: Design Matters Podcast

Every day, when I come to work or when I sit down at home in attempt to create something, I love to have music or podcasts going in the background. Sometimes it's difficult to have podcasts because it's distracting to have people talking while I'm trying to be creative, and other times I love it. I'm not sure why it's different on certain days. My middle school creative writing/art teacher told me that because art and creativity is a right brain activity that the spoken or written word, which is a left brain activity, would hinder the right brain performance. She also was a very eccentric woman that, when angered, would rush out to the hallway and dance around in circles until she was calm again. So I'm not sure how solid that theory is.

Regardless, I am currently listening to another of Debbie Millman's podcasts on Design Observer today. It's one of her podcasts from 2009. She's interviewing the infamous Stefan Sagmeister. Not only is the interview extremely captivating (maybe I'm just bias because I worship both of these designers) but so is her short personal story at the beginning. Debbie Millman has a gift to bring the listener into her reality and make you feel comfortable. I highly recommend listening to all of her podcasts on Design Matters as well as buying her new book Look Both Ways. She's charming and unique and will inspire you to build that critical relationship between design and every day life.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

"Art-Like" things by Miranda July

The installations by Miranda July challenge the everyday person to interact and volunteer themselves to become a part of the messages. I absolutely love her work because I appreciate the honesty they display and the time she took to develop such concepts. If you want to create something good, you should document something well. Below are two of her featured exhibitions (via

Eleven Heavy Things


Eleven Heavy Things, created for the 53rd International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, is comprised of eleven sculptural works installed in an enclosed garden within Giardino delle Vergini. The cast fiber-glass, steel-lined pieces are designed for interaction: pedestals to stand on, tablets with holes for body parts, and free-standing abstract headdresses. A series of three pedestals in ascending height, The Guilty One, The Guiltier One, The Guiltiest One, ask the viewer to ascribe their guilt relative to the people around them. A large flat shape, hand-painted with Burberry plaid, hovers on a pole, waiting to become someone’s aura. A series of tablets invite heads, arms, legs and one finger: This is not the first hole my finger has been in, nor will it be the last. A wider pedestal for two people to hug on reads, We don!t know each other, we’re just hugging for the picture….
July assumes and invites the picture — these are eleven photo opportunities, in a city where one is always clutching a camera. Though the work begins as sculpture, it becomes a performance that is only complete when these tourist photos are uploaded onto personal blogs and sent in emails — at which point the audience changes, and the subject clearly becomes the participants, revealing themselves through the work.

Eleven Heavy Things has been installed in the Center Lawn of Union Square Park in New York from May 29 to October 03, 2010.

Production of this work has been supported by Deitch Projects.


The Hallway

A 125 foot hallway lined with fifty wooden signs, hand-painted with text. As the viewer/participant walks down the seemingly endless hall, weaving between the signs, the text acts as an internal voice, “It’s too late to go back now, but the end seems far away…” The “you” in text realizes that you’ll be walking down this hallway for the rest of your life. And like life, the hall is filled with indecision, disappointment, boredom and joy - and it does end.
English in one direction, Japanese in the other.

Commissioned by the Yokohama Triennial, 2008. In the collection of The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan.

The Hallway from The Hallway on Vimeo.
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