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An exploration of classic and avant-garde, manual and digital, crafts, graphics, typography, architecture, interiors, furniture, furnishings, 3D printing, street art and more.
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A Walking City for the 21st Century

A Walking City for the 21st Century | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it

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In a world where people live more mobile lifestyles than they have for centuries, cities are facing a problem they rarely planned for: their citizens move away. When jobs and resources start to decline, modern cities, such as Detroit, suffer difficult and often wasteful processes of urban contraction. In contrast to this, Manuel Dominguez’s “Very Large Structure,” the result of his thesis project at ETSA Madrid, proposes a nomadic city that can move on caterpillar tracks to locations where work and resources are abundant.

 
Alison D. Gilbert's insight:

Conceptually, there is something to "a walking city for the 21st Century". But aesthetically "Manuel Dominguez's 'Very Large Structure' looks more like anOrwellian 1984 science fiction nightmare.

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Fast food logos with a side of honesty

Fast food logos with a side of honesty | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
After going through a successful weight-loss experience, Riyadh-based designer Adelbanfeel decided to add a few extra pixels to some of the most well known fast (Fast food logos with a side of honesty http://t.co/FVM7ZykLBK...
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A logo says so much about a company. As part of a company's brand, the logo communicates much more information than many people realize consciously. Let's see what the fast food industry has been up to in the area.

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Brilliant Larger Than Life Street Portraits Wash Europe In Colour

Brilliant Larger Than Life Street Portraits Wash Europe In Colour | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
That's Polish street artist Natalia Rak. She's the wonderfully talented and creative individual behind this collection of bold and colourful murals which have been popping up all over Europe. At ju...
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Really fun results from an extraordinary talented young woman, Natalia Rak.

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Brad Pitt charity Make It Right showcases storm-sturdy houses

Brad Pitt charity Make It Right showcases storm-sturdy houses | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
St. Bernard Project, which built hundreds of homes down south after disasters and dozens more in New York following Sandy, will partner with Friends of the Rockaways to select a family to get the house being built and will raise money for...
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I like what they are doing.

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The United States of Ad Agencies

The United States of Ad Agencies | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
[Note: Click the map to enlarge, and mouse over it to move around.] Every state has "that agency." The one you can't help but admire, or envy. The one where you'd like to work—or if you're lucky, where you do work.
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I would guess that there are both statistical data and emotional input in deciding what agency is best. 

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Arc House by Maziar Behrooz Architecture in East Hampton @ Weeder

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An unusual and appealing design.

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About SAM (SIMON) Rodia - The watts Towers - official site - watts, Los Angeles, California United States of America.

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About SAM (SIMON) Rodia - The watts Towers by Sam Rodia - official site - watts, Los Angeles, California United States of America.
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I have been to the Watts Towers. They are amazing, an engineering and a visual wonder.

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One of the truly great Italian-American immigrants who contributed a structural masterpiece, the Watts Towers. He never saw it as a big deal other than he wanted to complete what he started. What an inspiration. I actually got to visit them in 1967.

When he retired and moved to another part of California, he just gave them and the land they were on to a neighbor. Today I think they are a historical site.

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The Second Lives of Surfboards: Lawrence O'Toole's OTable Makes Busted Boards Look Better Than Ever

The Second Lives of Surfboards: Lawrence O'Toole's OTable Makes Busted Boards Look Better Than Ever | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Architect Lawrence O'Toole's OTables are available in two colors and created from old surfboard foam. It seems strange that a region renowned for its surfing culture routinely sees old surfboards find their final resting place at the city dump.
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Architect O'Toole's OTables!

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Zaha Hadid: queen of the curve

Zaha Hadid: queen of the curve | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Ten years ago she was the architect who couldn't get anything built. Now, from the Olympic Aquatics Centre to a new Serpentine gallery, Zaha Hadid's buildings are everywhere.
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Zaha Hadid: queen of the curve and high-priestess of the archtecture scene. Architects are not known for being wall-flowers. All the greats had strong egos, drive and determination. How else could the move the earth.

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Credit Where Credit is Due: Creator of These Amazing Sushi Roll "Drawings" is a Female Illustrator, Not a Male Sushi Chef

Credit Where Credit is Due: Creator of These Amazing Sushi Roll "Drawings" is a Female Illustrator, Not a Male Sushi Chef | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Munch on these As someone whose sexually ambiguous first name has led to me being mistaken for a woman online, I feel compelled to set the record straight with this story now making the blog rounds: Takayo Kiyota, the creator of the artistic...
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When someone says, 'don't play with your food'. Don't listen. You could come up with something as  amazing as these sushi roll 'drawings' by illustrator, Takayo Kiyota.

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Spain’s Largest Vertical Garden Cleans Air Inside Office Building

Spain’s Largest Vertical Garden Cleans Air Inside Office Building | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Urbanarbolism along with Paisajismo Urbano recently completed Spain's largest vertical garden inside an office building in Elche, Spain.
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This I would like to see, a three story indoor vertical garden, in an office building.

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10 Things We Can Learn From Street Artists | Creativity on GOOD

10 Things We Can Learn From Street Artists | Creativity on GOOD | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
In celebrating Wooster Collective's 10th anniversary, we are sharing our top 10 lessons from street art.
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It's a great life to be an artist, but sometimes a lonely one.

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The Power of Ideas

The Power of Ideas | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Why Bjarke Ingels and the next wave are essential to rethinking architecture
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It is the role of the 'next generation' to think 'outside the box' created by the previous generation.

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FrogTape® Shape Tape™ Painter's Tape | FrogTape.com

FrogTape® Shape Tape™ Painter's Tape | FrogTape.com | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Shape Tape™ is the edge-treated painter’s tape that is pre-cut into patterns like chevron, waves and scallops. Unroll, apply and paint to create unique, decorative designs on a variety of surfaces. (RT @wifetoalineman: Do you like to do crafts a lot?
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This looks like lots of fun. Frog tape with shapes. I love crafts.

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Sandy Art Reveals Triumph and Tragedy

Sandy Art Reveals Triumph and Tragedy | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Winners of Sandy Art Challenge unveiled Monday.
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Turning tragedy into triump with works of art. A contest was help for artwork related to Hurricane Sandy. Some truly outstanding results were displayed and won substantial cash prizes.

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Book review: Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies

Book review: Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
First published in 1971, Reyner Banham’s book provides both a history of Los Angeles and a chequered survey of its hitherto largely ignored Modern and Postmodern architectural virtues.
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This is one of my favorite books about Los Angeles architecture. I read it when it came out.

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Pop Chart Lab --> Design + Data = Delight --> The Charted Cheese Wheel

Pop Chart Lab --> Design + Data = Delight --> The Charted Cheese Wheel | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
The Charted Cheese Wheel: A charting of 65 delightful cheeses from around the world, assembled into one wondrous wheel. The cheeses are broken down by the animal that...
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This is a great Infographic that you can purchase as a wall print as well. http://popchartlab.com/products/the-charted-cheese-wheel

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We Are All Mad Here - Metropolis Magazine - September 2013

We Are All Mad Here - Metropolis Magazine - September 2013 | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
A whimsical interior enlivens the sober building of Vienna's 25hours Hotel.
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Love the designs.

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How to Get Noticed as a Designer: Seven Tips from Influential Curators, Retailers and Creative Directors

How to Get Noticed as a Designer: Seven Tips from Influential Curators, Retailers and Creative Directors | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Over the last few weeks, I've been lucky enough to talk with ten of the most important names in industrial design—not designers themselves, but the people who make design careers by manufacturing, exhibiting and selling original work.
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Great suggestions to follow.

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The joy of Letraset

The joy of Letraset | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Letraset has shifted manufacture to China and France. The thought of those lettering transfer sheets is enough to take you back in time.
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For those who have #Letrasetmemories, using Letraset and other manual graphic design tools were the days. Digital designers have no sense of the challenges we manual masters had to go through. We were manual type setters, type surgeons and folks who knew how to use their hands in ways that only manual artisans can.

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Seen at Salone - Metropolis Magazine - September 2013

Seen at Salone - Metropolis Magazine - September 2013 | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
There were three standout themes at this year's furniture fair in Milan.
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Clean Geometries, Post-Memphis, Revivals

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Introducing Design Gatekeepers, an Interview Series with Ten Influential I.D. Curators, Retailers, and Creative Directors

Introducing Design Gatekeepers, an Interview Series with Ten Influential I.D. Curators, Retailers, and Creative Directors | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
A preview of work discussed in this series, with designs by (from left) Angell, Wyller & Aarseth; Francois Chambard; BIKEID; and Claudia & Harry Washington The traditional barriers to recognition as a designer are lower than ever—but there are...
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I love design, 2D & 3D, traditional & digital. This series is a feast to me.

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Pantone Names Citi Bike-Inspired "Dazzling Blue" as Spring "It" Color at New York Fashion Week | Inhabitat New York City

Pantone Names Citi Bike-Inspired "Dazzling Blue" as Spring "It" Color at New York Fashion Week | Inhabitat New York City | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Pantone revealed its top spring colors at the debut of New York Fashion Week Spring 2014, including Citi Bike-inspired Dazzling Blue.
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I always eagerly await the Pantone color choices for the year. I don't necessarily agree with them But predicting and choosing them is a mulit-million dollar business. 

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How Design Legend Irving Harper Created The Herman Miller Logo

How Design Legend Irving Harper Created The Herman Miller Logo | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
In 1946 Harper responsible for creating the iconic Marshmallow sofa designed the logo that the company uses to this day.
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Design legends clustered together to create prolific works of industiral art.

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Remembering Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bijou - Point of View - May 2013

Remembering Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bijou - Point of View - May 2013 | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it

"It wasn’t a masterwork, but it was the master’s work. Every day, hundreds of people walked by the gleaming space, but few may have realized its significance. A hidden gem in plain sight, theHoffman Auto Showroom at 430 Park Avenue, opened in 1955. It was one of just three Frank Lloyd Wright projects in New York City. And now, it’s gone."

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What a shame. But at least we can read about it and see images of it.

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