New 2008 Red Dot Design Award Winners!

2008 Red Dot Design Award Winners on if it's hip, it's here

Today, the red dot design award, the origins of which go back to 1955, is one of the largest and most renowned design competitions worldwide. It consists of the individual disciplines “red dot award: product design”, “red dot award: communication design”, and “red dot award: design concepts”, which has been held annually in Singapore since 2005. In 2007 the competition recorded more than 7,000 entries from 60 nations. Read more

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The Lost Art of Disney: 250 Original Cels Found

The Lost Art of Disney: 250 Original Cels Found. A Japanese university plans to return about 250 pieces of original animation art to the Walt Disney Company that were mislaid in storage after traveling to Japan nearly five decades ago. Read more

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Is It A New Ian Schrager Hotel? Nope, It’s The Motel 6 Phoenix Prototype

Motel 6 Phoenix Prototype

The Motel 6 Phoenix Prototype Hotel with rooms designed by Priestman Goode and exterior designed by Boka Powell updates the look of the hotel chain with modern, streamlined functional design. Read more

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Peeps As Pop Culture: The Peep Show II Winners and More


Above: Janet Galore’s Jesus of Peeps, 2007

The Washington Post‘s Sunday Source recently held their second Annual Peep Show contest (Peep Show II), asking for submissions of Peep® Dioramas. Last year’s contest inspired over 350 entries. This year, they received over 800! Read more

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Rollout Custom Wallpaper & Their Artist Series

Rollout Custom Wallpaper

above: Sultry Hair and War Babies, two patterns from Rollout’s Artist One Series

ROLLOUT is a creative studio that designs and digitally prints custom wallpapers by the square foot. They recruit community-based artists, photographers, industrial designers and cutting edge graphic artists/designers to create amazingly original wall coverings, many seen in hip stores and offices like Worth clothing and Microsoft’s Zune. Read more

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Bert Stern’s Marilyn and Lindsay: Side By Side


above left, Lindsay Lohan by Bert Stern, 2008 and above right, Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern, 1962

Photographer Bert Stern may best be known as the photographer who shot Marilyn Monroe’s famous last sitting, a collection of vulnerable and beautiful shots of the actress, taken at the Bel Air hotel in 1962. The photographs are arguably the most famous images ever captured of America’s most famous actress. Six weeks after she had posed, Monroe was found dead of an apparent barbiturate overdose. Read more

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Can Imbibing Save The Planet? 10 New Green Vodkas

green vodka hero IIHIH

Okay, so maybe getting drinking eco-alcohol products won’t really save the planet, but it certainly won’t hurt it. Given the new and growing awareness of the importance of utilizing sustainable technologies and renewable resources and packaging, several companies are coming out with “green” spirits, here are some planet-friendly Vodkas for you. Read more

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It’s A Pantone Party! More Pantone Inspired Products

More Pantone Inspired Products

A ways back I showed you some of the fun products that are either made by Pantone or inspired by the Pantone Matching System (PMS colors, the universal numerical system for matching color inks). Read more

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