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  1. 12.02.13
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    Shop Sight Unseen on Print All Over Me

    In April, we introduced you to BYCO, a production platform and online shop for custom clothing designs submitted by up-and-coming fashion talents. But BYCO also had a small section for housewares, where designers could apply imagery to a standardized selection of pillows, duvets, and curtains — an idea that co-founders Jesse and Meredith Finkelstein have taken one step further with their new spinoff project, Print All Over Me. The site harnesses the same overseas manufacturing capabilities the pair utilize for BYCO, but instead of producing custom pieces, it offers designers a choice of eight blanks onto which they can apply any image file — think CafePress, but with shirts, sweatpants, hats, pillows, totes, and scarfs that are actually fashion-forward (Jesse’s also the designer behind the New York label JF&Son). Print All Over Me is technically still in beta, but we were so excited about its possibilities that we invited a few friends — Will Bryant, Mel Nguyen, New Friends, Clay Hickson, and Tim Colmant —to post a few items just for us. Read on to check out and shop their mini-collections, or create and sell your own designs.

  2. 04.23.13
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    Vote for the Noho Design District’s 2013 Logo

    When we visit stylists, we ask to see their tear sheets; when we call on designers, we make them dig out the things they’ve collected from eBay and flea markets. So it seems only fair that from time to time we share a tiny piece of our process and inspiration here at Sight Unseen HQ. This May, for the fourth year in a row, we’ll be curating our Noho Design District showcase from May 17-20 in conjunction with NYC x DESIGN. And since it was such a hit last year, we’ve decided to once again crowd-source our logo color. The NDD logo was designed in 2010 by Uhuru’s Maria Cristina Rueda, who has done all of the identity and branding for the show since then. The logo has gone from highlighter yellow to a rosy, Acne-inspired pink, to last year’s prescient emerald band. This year we’ve been feeling blues — ultramarines, aquas and good old-fashioned turquoise — but we thought we’d turn to our readers to make the final call. Check out the inspiration board above, which Rueda put together to test out the choices, and then vote for your favorite on Sight Unseen’s Facebook page. For updates about Noho — and a sneak peek at this year’s line-up — head to www.nohodesigndistrict.com or follow @nohodesign or @sight_unseen on Twitter. See you in May!

  3. 01.23.13
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    Kelly Rakowski’s “Life With Max Lamb Prism”

    Here at Sight Unseen, we’re a bit like a college application — fixated on versatility, and in awe of anyone who’s proven themselves equally gifted across a spectrum of interests and activities. So it’s no wonder we became fast friends with someone like Kelly Rakowski, who studied graphics, worked as a book designer for Todd Oldham for five years, started a blog revolving around her obsession with archival textiles, and now makes weavings, housewares, and jewelry as one half of the label New Friends. She’s an artist, a designer, and a stylist, and when we asked her to art-direct a special editorial featuring Max Lamb’s Prism Bangle — commissioned by us for the Sight Unseen Shop — it was no surprise that she understood our vision immediately. Max’s bangle, after all, is way more than just a bangle; it began life as a sculptural object and was adapted for us to wearable proportions, but it still feels just as at home on a desk as it does around your wrist or hanging from your neck. For this slideshow, Rakowski imagined several creative uses for the Prism’s four discrete parts, from spaghetti dosing to cookie-cutting, then photographed her ideas in action.

  4. 04.02.12
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    Vote for the Noho Design District’s 2012 Logo

    When we visit stylists, we ask to see their tear sheets; when we call on designers, we make them dig out the weird ephemera they’ve collected from European flea markets. So it seems only fair that from time to time we share a tiny piece of our process and inspiration here at Sight Unseen HQ. This spring, for the third year in a row, we’ll be curating our Noho Design District satellite show during New York Design Week (May 18–21), and while we have a million things to do before then — leases to sign, sponsors to woo, and lots and lots of liquor to procure — there’s one thing that’s been weighing heavily on our minds: What color should our logo be this year? The NDD logo was designed in 2010 by Uhuru’s Maria Cristina Rueda, who has done all of the identity and branding for the show since then. That year, the band of color was a highlighter yellow; in 2011, it was a rosy, Acne-inspired pink. This year we’ve been feeling oranges and greens, peaches and mints, but we thought we’d turn to our readers to make the final call. Check out the inspiration board above, which Rueda put together to test out the choices, and then vote for your favorite on Sight Unseen’s Facebook page. For updates about Noho — and a sneak peek at this year’s line-up — head to www.nohodesigndistrict.com or follow @nohodesign on Twitter. See you in May!

  5. 03.23.11
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    Antonio Ladrillo, Graphic Artist

    In the googly-eyed character world created by Barcelona-based graphic artist Antonio Ladrillo, you might see shades of Cartman, or maybe the Lowly Worm from Richard Scarry’s Busytown books. But though the 36-year-old artist counts among his influences illustrators like Olle Eksell, David Shrigley, and Bruno Munari, the one thing he returns to over and over again is Super Mario Brothers, the NES videogame created in 1985 by Japanese artist Shigeru Miyamoto. “It’s fascinated me for years, but I only started to value it as something artistic when I was older,” says Ladrillo. “It perfectly combines my main interests: rhythm, color, shape, and space. I often go to it as a way to find some aesthetic pleasure.” It should come as no surprise then to anyone familiar with Ladrillo’s drawings that, like a videogame artist, he can’t help but constantly imagine his characters in motion. “So much so, that for a time I couldn’t draw anything that wasn’t moving because it looked unfinished to me,” he says.

  6. 11.10.10
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    Happy Birthday, Sight Unseen

    On November 10, 2009, Sight Unseen launched with just twelve stories and two readers (thanks, moms). A year later, we’ve posted nearly 200 stories, visited studios in more than a dozen cities around the world, and found readers from Argentina to Australia. In our ongoing quest to offer an intimate look at process and the obsessions of creative people, we’ve come across artists who collect Finnish trolls, designers who mime their objects before making them, and stylists who sculpt realistic-looking hamburgers from slabs of German wood and tree bark. To celebrate Sight Unseen’s one-year anniversary, we reached out to some of those inspiringly creative folks — like Mary & Matt, whose animated chocolate-bar gif is above and whose home studio we visited last spring — as well as to readers we’ve yet to meet, asking them to create a birthday card just for the occasion. We hope that you enjoy the results, and that you continue to make Sight Unseen a destination in the next year and beyond.

  7. 09.27.10
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    Monika Wyndham’s Funny Cool File

    Many artists claim to need restriction in order to thrive — Matthew Barney famously made a series around the subject — and find the idea of freedom paralyzing, like standing at the edge of a vast creative abyss. Vancouver native Monika Wyndham, on the other hand, seems to be energized by endless possibility. In February, she left a full-time position art-directing interiors for the Canadian clothing chain Aritzia to move to Brooklyn and freelance, and she’s taken to the professional vacuum with a kind of giddy abandon, flitting among dozens of ideas she finally has time to follow through on — even if she’s unsure as to what end. And then there’s the high she gets from losing herself in one of her biggest sources of artistic fodder: Google Images. “It’s just baffling to me how much information exists on the internet, and the fact that you can enter funny combinations of words and yield the most insane multitude of search results,” she muses.

  8. 03.17.10
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    Paintings by Heather Chontos

    For Heather Chontos, painting is like dreaming — a chance to work out all the things that trouble her during the day. Except that what troubles this free-spirited prop stylist and set designer is mostly just one thing: the domestic object. She once spent three years feverishly painting nothing but chairs; she made a series of drawings called “Domestic Goods Are Punishing.” It’s a kind of love/hate relationship. “It’s endemic to stylists everywhere — you see things, you want them, you horde them all,” says the 31-year-old. “It’s that weighing down I really struggle with. When I first started painting, you would have never seen anything figurative, but it’s all I obsess over now.”

  9. 02.08.10
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    A Color Study by Raw Color

    It’s not unusual for a designer to become synonymous with a single project. Think of Konstantin Grcic’s galactic-looking Chair_One, or Stefan Sagmeister’s AIGA poster carved into his flesh with an X-Acto knife. For Christoph Brach and Daniera ter Haar, it’s more like eponymous: A project called Raw Color gave their studio its name (though it’s since become known as 100% SAP so as to avoid confusion) and it has consumed them by varying degrees since they graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2007.