Monday, June 30, 2008

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Spring 2008 Tour Poster Series Available NOW!!!

They are now available on our website, these are very limited and we are only offering a few full sets!!
Get em here.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Spring 2008 Tour Poster Series Available Monday 6/30 at 12pm EST

The full series will be available for purchase individually on the Hero website and in store on Monday June 30, at 12pm EST. There will also be a limited number of sets available for purchase, but HURRY we have a very limited supply.

Manetone Pantone Painting

London’s The Partners Design Agency created a reproduction of Édouard Manet's 'Bar at the Folies Bergere' made entirely of old Pantone chips.
Over 5,000 unused chips were painstakingly colour matched and and stuck down over four long nights. The piece was dubbed ‘manetone’.
I love ALL things Pantone.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

BambooZoo - a complete set!!

It's official, with a pull of Captain Fritter this afternoon (with the help of master BambooZoo puller Tasha Foote), Mark and I have a full set of the BambooZoo!!! It's been a long time coming and this is the first full set of a blind box toy that we have collected. (OK well, we do still need the white Miss Mishka chase, but who's counting?)

We still have BambooZoo left at Hero and the final case on it's way (should be here tomorrow)!!! Come get some before they are gone for good, you'll fall in love with them too, I just know it.

Sagmeister: Life So Far

I am a HUGE fan of Stefan Sagmeister's, the more I read his books and interviews with him, the more that feeling is amplified. Stefan's approach to design, running a small studio and our industry in general, is a great influence of mine. Our friends over at Behance sat down with the 'master on remaining small, taking a human approach, and life lessons', you can read the whole interview here.

AND, (and this is a huge and super awesome "and") Stefan Sagmeister will be speaking here in Buffalo on July 16, during TypeCon2008, and Hero was asked to do the official poster for the event, so keep an eye out for it next week around town, and we will have copies available on our website after the event. Get your tickets here. Definitely go over to Sameister Inc. as well.

I am more excited about seeing Sagmeister live, than any band I have seen in the last 5 years!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Paul Budnitz: Connoisseur of Cool


What did you want to be when you were growing up? I want to be Paul Budnitz, and by most societies standards I'm considered what you'd call a full grown man. I have no reason to complain, I have an awesome job, it's just...well...Paul Budnitz's job as founder and genius behind Kidrobot, could kick the shit out of your job in a hands-down, no mercy, meet me behind the gym at 4:00 after school kinda' way.

He sits down with our friends over at Behance to discuss the nature of his business, and how our increasingly globalized way of life has turned a sub-culture into mainstream culture.

Read it here.

Limited edition exclusive lamps by all your favorite artists

At The Art Liberation and COMING SOON!! These look amazing!!

They also have some amazing metal cast figures by Kozik and Bwana Spoons... this is gonna be a site to keep your eyes on.

Publish your own magazine at MagCloud

MagCloud enables you to publish your own magazines. All you have to do is upload a PDF and they'll take care of the rest: printing, mailing, subscription management, and more.

Read more about it here.

New at Hero this week

Taiwanese graf god, Reach, lays down a pink, yellow and glossy black version of his iconic Reach Bear for a limited edition run.
Chiclets showing and 6-inches long, Reach Bear is the most relaxed he's ever been. At Hero this Thursday 6/25

Popular designer toy makers Shawnimals and Squibbles Ink brings you the very first 100% customizable designer plush platform toy! Your Plushform is ready to go right out of the box, so all you need is your imagination and something to mark with.
At Hero this Friday 6/27!!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fifty Designers' Current Favourite Typefaces

Designer James West of Create/Reject recently completed a new project to help provide aid to victims of Cyclone Nargis that hit Myanmar on May 2, 2008. West assembled a small book which features, as the name suggests, 'Fifty Designers' Current Favourite Typefaces'. Some of the biggest names in graphic design and typography participated, doing their part to help out. 100% of the cover price goes to UNICEF's Myanmar Cyclone Children's Appeal.

Buy the book here

via designboom via quipsologies

Friday, June 20, 2008

Type Scarfs

Holy poop, I need one of these!! In it's total graphic designer geek-ness, it's available in uppercase, lowercase and numbers!! Laser cut 100% micro-fiber suede and 200% awesome.

via Core77

Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy at the Met

When I was in NYC at the beginning of June, I had the pleasure of catching the Superheroes exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was a beautiful collection of costumes and couture, and to see the actual costumes that the actors have wore during filming was incredible (Michelle Pfeiffer must be TINY, that cat woman suit was very small).

From The Met's website:

The symbolic and metaphorical associations between fashion and the superhero are explored in this compelling exhibition. Featuring movie costumes, avant-garde haute couture, and high-performance sportswear, it reveals how the superhero serves as the ultimate metaphor for fashion and its ability to empower and transform the human body. Objects are organized thematically around particular superheroes, whose movie costumes and superpowers are catalysts for the discussion of key concepts of superheroism and their expression in fashion.

If you are in the New York area, before September 1, definitely get to the met and check it out.

Photos via NY Times online

Eggy Dunny and Munny Series 4 at Hero NOW!!!

To-Fu Head creators, Devilrobots, crack out Eggy Dunny.

This pearlescent-shelled, 8-inch vinyl is the perfect partner for making omelettes or souffle, or egging the neighbor's house.

Customize MUNNY beyond all recognition in version 4 of this DIY KR classic.

Beards, toupees and other incognito gear morph MUNNY into the master of disguise.

You can draw and paint on MUNNY, use crayons, pencils, ketchup, or anything else you can think of. You can make clothes for MUNNY. Make things to put in MUNNY's hands! Snuggle him, pierce him, drape him, cherish him. MUNNY is open to pretty much anything.

Each 7-inch figure comes with four blind accessories, a marker and collectable sticker.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

One Poster at a Time

We're back from Toronto and despite dealing with Canadian Border Patrol idiots (who stole our driver's licenses), and our bikes folding up on us countless times, we enjoyed ourselves. The event needs some work as we were one of 6 poster designers at what felt like a mini Flatstock...but anyway, check out these pics of our booth and of Mark in cool guy mode.



Wednesday, June 11, 2008


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Karacho's Karakami Woodblock-printed Paper

Established in kyoto in 1624, Karacho is Japan's only ‘karakami’ maker (woodblock-printed paper). Still in operation today, the Karacho workshop has been directed by members of the Senda family for 12 generations, preserving a Japanese tradition. The Sendas are the custodians of 650 hand-carved wooden blocks, made over
the centuries and they still use them to produce the karakami paper for which karacho is world famous.
some blocks are more than 200 years old - the oldest (with a checkered pattern of chrysanthemums), dates back
to 1792.
Read more about Karacho's Karakami here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Method Products

I love the entire Method product line. All of their products are so well designed and of course they are the official "people against dirty". Their products are all natural, toxic-free and packaged in the most readily recyclable materials and best of all, you don't have to hide them under your sink.

Check out their new line for babies and kids here.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Things We Think About Before Sleep

Jacob Trollback asked his designers to create a personal piece illustrating their last thoughts before sleeping. Watch it. Absolutely amazing.

via SwissMiss

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sket One's Fatcap Chase!

Fatcap Series 2 is out at Hero... Get in da chopper! Go...NOW!
Here is a pic of Sket's chase figure. I like it a whole lot, especially his cruiser grill fronts piece.
Stop on down for a chance at yours. I Just opened the Shane Jessup Van Halen-esque figure today. Now tell me why can't this be love?: