Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Check out the latest KAWS release; designed by KAWS for OriginalFake and produced by Medicom. It's called the 'Cat Teeth' bank and it's 5" soft vinyl. They're limited to a run of 400, but the good news is that our friends up at Magic Pony have 'em in (only in the blue colorway). If you're a KAWS freak like me then jump on it sucka'!
p.s. if you want the green one, then you'll have to move to Japan... ya turkey.
Posted by Hero Design Studio + Boutique at 2:04 PM
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
If you are a sucker for all things print & pattern, as I am - you will LOVE all the new additions to the Urban Outfitters online catalog. Including great pillows from Nate Williams, shown above and sooo much more. Click here to start shopping.
Here's some matchbox awesome-ness for you! Found on flickr - Mid Century Modern - Sticker, Label + Stamp Club. So much great stuff in here. Click through to see even more amazing vintage stickers, stamps and matchbox artwork.
via Orange You Lucky
Good Morning from videos222 on Vimeo.
Takashi Murakami did the cover art for Kanye’s latest album Graduation and now you can see his animated music video for the song “Good Morning.” You can download the full video from iTunes now!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
WOW! I couldn't have put it better myself. This will for sure be getting printed and put in the intern workstation here at Hero.
How to be a good intern (PDF). By Number17.
On that note - if you think you can hang at Hero we are now interviewing for College interns for the Fall and Spring semesters at Hero. Contact us here for more info
Monday, August 25, 2008
How brilliant and simple is this book shelf? The bottom book conceals the shelf and in true modern style, none of the hardware shows itself and it just appears as if the stack of books are floating on the wall!! So perfect. Available from the MoMa Store
You can also very easily make your own version of this bookshelf - Instructables has wonderful step by step instructions with photos included (for all you visual freaks like me who need to see what they are reading) on making your own version of this invisible book shelf.
I should have done this last week, but I didn't, so here it is now. I just loved seeing these little guys through out the games, on the side of the road during marathons, on signs and banners, etc. They are just too cute.
So here is a little bit more about the "Official Mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympics Games":
Like the Five Olympic Rings from which they draw their color and inspiration, Fuwa served as the Official Mascots of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, carrying a message of friendship and peace -- and good wishes from China -- to children all over the world.
Each of Fuwa has a rhyming two-syllable name -- a traditional way of expressing affection for children in China. Beibei is the Fish, Jingjing is the Panda, Huanhuan is the Olympic Flame, Yingying is the Tibetan Antelope and Nini is the Swallow.
When you put their names together -- Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni -- they say "Welcome to Beijing," offering a warm invitation that reflects the mission of Fuwa as young ambassadors for the Olympic Games.
In China's traditional culture and art, the fish and water designs are symbols of prosperity and harvest. And so Beibei carries the blessing of prosperity. A fish is also a symbol of surplus in Chinese culture, another measure of a good year and a good life.
The ornamental lines of the water-wave designs are taken from well-known Chinese paintings of the past. Among Fuwa, Beibei is known to be gentle and pure. Strong in water sports, she reflects the blue Olympic ring.
Jingjing makes children smile -- and that's why he brings the blessing of happiness wherever he goes. You can see his joy in the charming naivety of his dancing pose and the lovely wave of his black and white fur. As a national treasure and a protected species, pandas are adored by people everywhere. The lotus designs in Jingjing's headdress, which are inspired by the porcelain paintings of the Song Dynasty (A.D.960-1234), symbolize the lush forest and the harmonious relationship between man and nature. Jingjing was chosen to represent our desire to protect nature's gifts -- and to preserve the beauty of nature for all generations. Jingjing is charmingly naïve and optimistic. He is an athlete noted for strength who represents the black Olympic ring.
In the intimate circle of Fuwa, Huanhuan is the big brother. He is a child of fire, symbolizing the Olympic Flame and the passion of sport -- and passion is the blessing he bestows. Huanhuan stands in the center of Fuwa as the core embodiment of the Olympic spirit. And while he inspires all with the passion to run faster, jump higher and be stronger, he is also open and inviting. Wherever the light of Huanhuan shines, the inviting warmth of Beijing 2008 -- and the wishful blessings of the Chinese people -- can be felt. The fiery designs of his head ornament are drawn from the famed Dunhuang murals -- with just a touch of China's traditional lucky designs. Huanhuan is outgoing and enthusiastic. He excels at all the ball games and represents the red Olympic ring.
Like all antelopes, Yingying is fast and agile and can swiftly cover great stretches of land as he races across the earth. A symbol of the vastness of China's landscape, the antelope carries the blessing of health, the strength of body that comes from harmony with nature. Yingying's flying pose captures the essence of a species unique to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the first animals put under protection in China. The selection of the Tibetan Antelope reflects Beijing's commitment to a Green Olympics. His head ornament incorporates several decorative styles from the Qinghai-Tibet and Sinkiang cultures and the ethnic design traditions of Western China. Strong in track and field events, Yingying is a quick-witted and agile boy who represents the yellow Olympic ring.
Every spring and summer, the children of Beijing have flown beautiful kites on the currents of wind that blow through the capital. Among the kite designs, the golden-winged swallow is traditionally one of the most popular. Nini's figure is drawn from this grand tradition of flying designs. Her golden wings symbolize the infinite sky and spread good-luck as a blessing wherever she flies. Swallow is also pronounced "yan" in Chinese, and Yanjing is what Beijing was called as an ancient capital city. Among Fuwa, Nini is as innocent and joyful as a swallow. She is strong in gymnastics and represents the green Olympic ring.
You can even buy plush versions of the Mascots here.
If you are in Seattle this Labor Day Weekend Hero will have a booth at Flatstock 18 at Bumbershoot Music Festival - stop by and say Hi and buy some stuffs :)
Bumbershoot Music Festival
Aug. 30, 31 and Sep. 1
11AM to 8PM
Flatstock 18, presented by Bumbershoot Arts And Music Festival and The American Poster Institute, will be held for three days, August 30th and 31st and September 1st, 2008 at The Fisher Pavillion, Seattle Center in Seattle, WA. You must have a Bumbershoot Music Fest Pass to get access to the Flatstock show.
Find more information on the event and band line up at www.bumbershoot.com
For the full lineup of Flatstock go here
Friday, August 22, 2008
Put the needle on the record! Tokidoki surprises us once again w/ this marvel of a timepiece that resembles a record player. Watch the vinyl face rotate as each second ticks by. The time is read on left side at what resembles a radio dial. Stainless steel with leather strap. Get it at fredflare.com
Wow - how brilliant are these headphones? You can take them out of your ears, leave them on and not worry about them falling or dragging. This is something that would come in handy at our house, our cat, Jpeg, loves nothing more than a dangling pair of headphones to swat at and to chew on.
The unique shape actually serves several purposes, it fits snug in your ear, easily loops together around your neck when not in use, and somehow prevents bacterial growth which is 700 times more concentrated in regular ear buds. Too bad they are still just a concept, would you buy one?
Designed by Yoonsang Kim.
via Design Milk
Thursday, August 21, 2008
D'Oh! They're vinyl!
Kidrobot has teamed up with Matt Groening to bring your favorite Springfield citizens to vinyl in their biggest mini series yet.
From Homer to Bart to Sideshow Bob, 24 iconic characters, plus 3 chases, can be yours...eeeexcellent!
Check out the Simpsons Mini Site!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Are you too nice to tell jerks how you really feel? Then let these little monsters do it for you. With this handy booklet in your pocket, shabby waiters, chatty strangers and loud-cell-phone-talkers have finally met their match.
Preprinted mini color booklets of 20 cards by Shinebox ~ filled with monsters saying all the grumbly things you wish you could, or know you shouldn't… Unmentionables!
This is perfect for me, since I never know when to keep my mouth shut and my opinions to myself. I could let the little monsters say it for me.
Claude Lothier is a French artist who creates images from paper. One of Lothier’s main themes is perspective
and optical illusions. Through simple shapes and colors, he creates images which manage to cleverly
trick the eye. His work is most literal and figurative, playing with reality and creating something new.
It's a Pop Up Deluxe Foldable Birdhouse that you can customize and paint yourself.
It's like prefab modern for birds! Ships to you flat packed in a paper envelope. Follow a few simple steps, you've created a sweet eco shack for your outdoor feathered friends. Made of water repellent cardboard, this foldable birdhouse measures a roomy 10" tall. The hole size will accommodate many different varieties. There's even a happy perch included. Environmentally friendly, your birds will thank you! Buy one from Pop Deluxe for only $3.99.
via Orange You Lucky
Monday, August 18, 2008
Hero was asked to be a part of a great mini-series at Signed and Numbered Poster Gallery called "Notorious", featuring portraits of famous people (living or dead).
Signed and Numbered is run by Leia Bell and it is a little gallery in Salt Lake City featuring Limited Edition concert posters, art prints and other handmade goodies by contemporary artists... both world renowned and yet undiscovered.
The mini-series features 30 different prints by 30 different artists, and they will all be available framed and unframed at the gallery.
Here is Hero's contribution to the show:
Hero also has this print available on our website here, in store and at festivals.
""There is no king, no prince, no president, no athlete, nobody that has ever lived a better life than I have." —Evel Knievel"
Friday, August 15, 2008
In an effort to collaborate with local musicians, we here at Hero design feel that the way to succeed in a local band is to put a ridiculously awesome face on yourself (courtesy of us of course). Here are just a few examples of some cd artwork that we've been working on. roger bryan and the orphans new full length "Recovery", and Bearhunter's first self-titled full length.
Hip? I'd like to think so...
Posted by Hero Design Studio + Boutique at 5:18 PM