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A Stopgap as Design Curiosities becomes Curiosity and Curiosities

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In an effort to bring more unique and thoughtful content to our site we’ve been discussing and working on what changes we need to make. As those changes are taking place behind the scenes, and to let you know that we are still here, you can find us at Curiosity and Curiosities. We are sharing visual content as a stopgap for this transition.

 

 

 

 

Discover: Eydie Gorme

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Eydie Gorme was born in the Bronx to a father from Sicily and a mother from Turkey. They were Sephardic Jews, and so she grew up speaking Ladino in their home, among other languages. Because of this, it wasn’t surprising that she released an album in Spanish.

Amor followed her Grammy-nominated album “Blame it on the Bossa Nova,” and was a collaboration with a very well known group from Mexico called the Trio Los Panchos. It made her a house-hold name in Spanish-speaking countries, and it topped the charts for 22 weeks. The Panchos’ warbling harmonies, so rigid and perfectly performed, mesh with Eydie’s voice—sophisticated, soothing and still, larger than life.

※ The photographs of Amor were taken by Nicole Shultz for Design Curiosities.

Observed: A Century of Artifice

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Constantly, I’m drawn to the work of designers who are also artists. Michael Cina (Art | Design) sits in this overlap, also finding himself in a collaboration with Ghostly International, a long-term partnership that is not often common in design. You can see Cina in his work at Ghostly, but the converse is just as true. Recently, in conjunction with VSCO, Cina has produced a limited edition book to document 100 album covers and concept art, titled A Century of Artifice. “My hope is that it will give the viewer a unique glimpse into the diverse work I have done in the last six years with Ghostly. It is really a special thing when an artist and company can work hand in hand… I feel that the sum is greater than the parts, and this book will show the thought that I put into each project.”

※ The photographs of A Century of Artifice were taken by Nicole Shultz for Design Curiosities.

LAND: 3000B – II

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※ Photographs by DC
Big Bend National Park

Sights: On the Grid Houston

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I completely underestimated the work that would go into coordinating and participating in On the Grid when I signed up to take on the role of Ambassador. With that said, it has been an amazing experience, learning to put aside my introverted tendencies and self-doubt. If you ask me what I do, I normally shirk the details with some casual response of how I help out Steven with his freelance work. I didn’t go to art school, I don’t have a graphic design degree, I don’t know how to use all of the manual settings on my camera, we have a small design website, and I sort-of make art. Truth is, it’s always seems easier to be self-deprecating than confident.

Because of this, documenting what we love about Montrose seemed a little out of my comfort zone, especially when the reality of it all started to sink in. As it went on it became less intimidating, and standing confidently behind the camera felt more natural. We met so many kind folks, and made many priceless connections. In the end, we felt incredibly inspired by the entrepreneurs and designers in our community. Without sounding too sentimental (although it may be too late now), I’m so grateful Hyperakt trusted us to take this on. It’s a beautiful project, and we hope we did Montrose and Houston proud.

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