Observed: JR au Louvre

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Design Curiosities: Vanessa Lam for Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty

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Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty showcases some of Degas’ most experimental and radical works—notably 120 rarely seen monotypes. To accompany the exhibition, Vanessa Lam, senior graphic designer at MoMA, created a custom typeface inspired by a French type specimen from the same period as the work in the show. Simplifying aspects of the typeface that were too decorative, the result is historical for sure but unmistakably contemporary.

Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty will be up at MoMA through July 24.

※ Photographs by Vanessa Lam and Andrew Toth

Curiosities: MOON









MOON is 1/20 million scale 3D replica four years in the making. It was recently funded on kickstarted and every aspect was thoroughly researched and designed. The globe was created using data from NASA’s lunar reconnaissance orbiter mission, and the setup recreates lunar phases as seen from Earth. You can view the actual lunar phase, manually choose one, or see a complete synodic month in 30 seconds.

Design Curiosities: HEWN Identity by FÖDA






HEWN is an Austin-based architectural woodworking shop with a team of master-craftsmen specializing in custom woodwork, high-end millwork, metal fabrication, and custom furniture. FÖDA recently reworked their identity from the ground up—name, brand strategy, identity, marketing collateral, website, and environmental graphics. The whole lot!

Observed: JR au Louvre







Last week, French street artist JR completed his latest piece at the Musée du Louvre. He is known for his large-scale photographic pastes where the importance and meaning of the work lies in the locale. This particular piece opened with a 24-hour event over the weekend that included workshops, films, and music/visual performances—most notably for me, Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds. From a certain vantage point, the artwork blends the iconic pyramid into the facade of the Pavillon Sully behind it. JR au Louvre will remain on view until June 27th.

Violaine and Jérémy, a Paris based studio, designed and illustrated the poster for the exhibition and daylong event. It’s such a well executed piece, and a work of art in itself. It seems as much care has gone into their online presence, and is a great representation of how designers should be showcasing their work. It has quickly become one of my favorite portfolios.