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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Keeping Your Hands Free

Japan’s Umbrella Shoulder Holder enables you to keep both hands free and stay dry at the same time.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 7:35 am  

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Josef Muller-Brockmann Series

Following a collaboration with typographer Emil Ruder, the Japanese Design T-shirt Store Graniph once again draws on the work of a Swiss graphic design master—Josef Muller-Brockmann—to produce a series of six distinctive T-shirts.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 10:35 am  

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  

Friday, July 10, 2009

Sign o’ the Times

Image from Jak&Jil

Hmmm… This image pretty much speaks for itself.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 4:11 am  

Monday, July 6, 2009


More than 510,000 tons of milk and juice cartons are generated every year in the United States, but unfortunately, less than .05% get recycled. This unfortunate fact prompted Portland-based industrial designer Schreiber into action. He’s developed functional wallets from the very paper cartons that we so readily discard.

Milkmuny pays local groups seeking to raise funds for the cartons they collect. After giving them a good scrub down, they create multi-pocketed wallets through an intricate folding process. Wallets are priced at $10 a piece, and come with a 45 day warranty. A percentage of sales are donated to various environmental groups. Schreiber explains:

“I wanted to challenge traditional design thinking and create a mass produced product that didn’t expend more energy to create or require more resources to produce but was also aesthetically pleasing and uncompromisingly functional.”


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:30 am  

Monday, July 6, 2009

Pee and Poo

What began as a masters degree project for designer Emma Megitt has evolved into a fun fashion line to make potty training an enjoyable experience for tots and their parents. Find out more here.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 5:44 am  

Thursday, June 18, 2009

“Mixed to Perfection”

While grabbing a cup of coffee at our local café, we came across an interesting line of apparel cleverly titled ?RU. Each item contained slogans such as “Mixed to Perfection” and “Hybrid Vigor.” The concept behind the ?RU brand acknowledges the fastest growing group in the United States—people of mixed race, or the “multi-racials.” For more info on this burgeoning population, click on this.

Our discovery of this multi-cultural line also happened to correspond with the 5th annual celebration of “Loving Day” which occurred on June 12th of this year. Loving Day commemorates the landmark decision to ban what was then termed miscegenation, or in other words, interracial marriage. Created by Writer, Lori L. Tharps and Art Director, Tesia Barone, ?RU is the embodiment of the progress made in the US in overturning oppression and embracing our estranged yet interconnected roots.

Lori Tharps shares the motivation behind the new line: ” As the mother of two mixed kids and a journalist who often writes about race and identity, I knew that the phrase ‘What are you?’ is one of the most annoyingly pervasive questions people ask of those who don’t look like the stereotypical definitions we have for racial categories. I write about these issues, but I wanted to do something more. I wanted to bring the question and the answers out in the open and hopefully neutralize some of the pain and annoyance associated with identity politics. I wanted to start a public conversation but I wanted to do it in a positive and fun way.”

In regards to the graphic treatment, co-founder Tesia Barone explains: “The identity works very well in both its graphic treatment and naming. The goal was to turn what can be an annoying question, into an opportunity for discussion. The combination of symbols and letters to represent that question is how we frequently communicate in the current age of texting & instant-messaging. The overall effect is meant to feel bold, slightly intrusive, and intriguing at the same time.”

In addition to their tees and pins, ?RU is in the process of developing additional products such as socks, flip-flops, and mittens. Stay tuned, as we’ll provide you with the latest on this inspiring, identity-embracing apparel as it becomes available.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 1:08 pm  

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

1 Dress 365 Days

Launched just last month, The Uniform Project functions both as an experiment in sustainable fashion and as a fundraiser for the Akankha’s School Project that provides uniforms and other educational expenses to poverished children in India. (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 12:30 pm  

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Snuggle up with Creative Suite

Hmmm… Creative Suite Pillows for just $80.00. No thanks!

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 10:14 pm  

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Pantone Swatch Bags

Images from Fubiz

Aren’t these Pantone branded products and accessories getting a bit out of hand. You know our opinion.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 5:37 am  
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