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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Banksy in West Africa…

A number of street art imagery found throughout Africa have surfaced on the web—particularly from one particular Flickr group that speculates that the pieces are the work of none other than Banksy. A few weeks back, we issued a post that featured the largest exhibition of Banksy’s work to date, currently on display at the Bristol Museum. You can view the image shown above, and the entire collection of the enigmatic artist’s work right here. Flickr user Olly C weighs in on his contribution to African cityscapes:

“I’ve seen this one in the flesh. Its in the suburbs of Bamako in Mali, West Africa. Banksy was there about 4-5 months ago. Sadly this has been partially painted over, Peaches Geldoff is no more and somebody has added a flower to the collection tin. There’s also a few local tags scribbled on the same wall.

There are a handful in Mali, stretching from Bamako to Timbuktu. Their locations are still unpublicised as far as I can tell.”


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 10:15 am  

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A logo starts with a ________?

The people over at UnderConsideration never cease to amaze us.
Got an idea that you need to get down on paper? Get a load of their new well designed sketchbook, appropriately priced @ $5.

Sketchbook Details:
Sturdy chipboard cover
32 pages of 70 lb. text white paper
3.5 in. × 5 in.
30 quotes in tiny 5 pt. type
Printed by Pinball Publishing

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 10:59 am  

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Graffiti Taxonomy

Artist Evan Roth, collected 2,400 individual graffiti tags from all over Paris for his new project called Graffiti Taxonomy. Evan explains that “the sets are not intended to display the “best” graffiti tags in Paris, but rather aim to highlight the diversity of forms ranging from upper case to lowercase, simple to complex and legible to cryptic.”

Graffiti Taxonomy: Paris, 2009 from Evan Roth on Vimeo.

via Wooster
“The ten most commonly used letters by Paris graffiti writers were identified for further (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 6:36 am  

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


EcoLabs gives us EcoMag — “a magazine about art, design & sustainability. Each issue will focus on a theme while investigating issues lying at the root of the ecological crisis”.

Where EcoLabs differs from other players in our field is our focus on the systemic causes of our unsustainable lifestyles. Rather than place the blame on individuals and work to get everyone to change their light bulbs and turn down the heat we focus on how communities can design sustainable systems and initiate the change to put this into effect. We aim to inform systems literacies & transition culture through communication design and artwork.

The theme of the first issue is ‘Future Scenarios’ which can be downloaded as a PDF file here.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 6:19 am  

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Type Manual for your iPhone

We caught wind of this new application (The Typographic Manual) via Design Observer. There is enough content to fill a 60 page book. Enough said! Find out more about the features here.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 5:50 pm  

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

8th Generation Vans

What began as an exploration of form with a sharpie and a pair of vans one afternoon by artist and educator Louie Gong , has evolved into a series of custom shoes with a growing fan base of a few thousand in a few months time.

The influence of the designs stems from the ancestry of the Nooksack tribe which stretches from British Columbia to Oregon. The artist states: “Coast Salish art is one of the ways I connect to my heritage, so it was natural that it came out sat down to make my first pair of shoes. The art style is characterized by a very strong formline, which is created using ovals, crescents, and triangular shapes that are sometimes called trigons. The formline in my shoes is often created in the negative space, just like someone creates a design in a relief carving…”

“Specifically, I want to find new ways to make this specific statement: you can embrace the dynamic realities of modern life and still maintaining strong cultural identity.”

For more on the 8th Generation line of shoes go here.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 12:09 pm  

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Digital Ruler?

We’re not quite sold on this “new school” approach to measuring. We’ll have to get our hands on one to try it out for ourselves. Nevertheless this ruler tells you how long your line is digitally on the surface, so in theory you won’t misread your ruler ever again! For more on this product by Shay Shafranek you know what to do.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 9:15 am  

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Expand your drawing surface

Transform your wall into an interactive environment with IdeaPaint. Perfect for conference rooms to share ideas on a large scale.

IdeaPaint is the most flexible, durable and cost-effective dry-erase solution on the market. It can be applied to any smooth surface, outperforms and outlasts the leading dry-erase options and works better with all brands of dry-erase markers.

For more on this innovative product see this.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:58 am  

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Quote of the week

Our challenges for the future are the same as they have always been: Will our talents be used to divide or unite? For peace or for war? To replenish or deplete? Design brings emotion to a message. It takes an intellectual concept from the head into the heart. It is a powerful tool and, sadly, too often, a powerful weapon. As designers, we have incredible influence in shaping our cultural attitudes. We need to be more accountable for the selfish ways we use resources.

Joshua Chen

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 2:56 pm  

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Color of Money

Fabrica has been invited by the cultural space CarréRotondes in Luxemburg to present Colors of Money, an exhibition exploring the approaches, uses and understanding of currency through art.

Based on the 73rd issue of Colors Magazine (Money, winter 2007/2008), Colors of Money posits that “money is an illusion”, highlighting the myriad contradictions embodied in the all-embracing role money has come to play in modern society.

To learn more about the exhibition click here.


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