Listen to Episode 74 of Clever: Aaron Draplin

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                                On <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">this episode of Clever</a>: Graphic designer Aaron Draplin was born in Michigan and raised on LEGO bricks, pizza nights, punk rock &amp; snowboarding. He spent early adulthood rolling with the “crusty undercurrent of f*ckheads” that lives to snowboard before he ventured to Minneapolis to study design amongst the ghosts of his musical heroes. He’s seen some high-falutin’ stuff at the museum, but the steelyard is where it’s at. He’s all about working hard, making a sh*t whack of money, taking care of his people, and having some fun along the way.<br />
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Listen to Episode 66 of Clever: Lawrence Azerrad

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                                In <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">this episode of Clever</a>, Amy and Jaime talk to graphic designer Lawrence Azerrad, a native of Los Angeles, who grew up drawing pictures and fighting the inferiority complex that comes with being a “normal” in the city of stars. Since then he’s designed iconic album covers like Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, won a Grammy for the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition box set, and authored &amp; designed a book, Supersonic, about the fabulous style of Concorde. Turns out having his head in the clouds, playing amongst the stars, is right where he belongs. Listen:

Supersonic: The Design and Lifestyle of Concorde

Album cover for Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”

The Voyager Golden Record book, Boxed Set, LPs and Slip Mat

Poster commemorating the travels of Voyager through our Solar System

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Ask Yourself These Six Questions: Branding with Steph Zangeneh Azam & Squarespace

                                <em>The following post is brought to you by <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Squarespace</a>. Our partners are hand picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.</em>
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                                <blockquote>A brand is more than a logo, color palette, images, and typefaces. A brand is a feeling and a mood it&#8217;s your <strong>WHY</strong>. It&#8217;s the message you convey every time you post or speak about your business.</p></blockquote>
Graphic designer Steph Zangeneh Azam, of Mighty Within has some first-hand experience with branding or rather rebranding. She’s rebranded her own company eight timesSo she knows a little something about transformation and the power that great design can have in articulating the meaning and message behind your brand. That’s why she uses Squarespace for her portfolio website—it allows her to beautifully display her brand while being flexible and easy to update. She believes that the most critical piece of getting it right is to
logo and branding
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Jimmy Turrell Rescued 1,000 Books and Turned Them into Art

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                                In 2016, Newcastle-based artist <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Jimmy Turrell</a> spotted a job-lot of 1,000 books on eBay and bought them on a whim. They belonged to the late father of the person who was selling them, and he later found out that they were just a day away from being thrown into a skip.
“My girlfriend at the time wasn’t too impressed,” he jokes about the day the delivery van arrived with boxes and boxes of books. It took him over a year to sort through them and decide what to do with them – and he is no longer with the girlfriend in question. Selecting the best of the books, which range from 1920s skiing manuals to vintage scrapbooks of the Norwegian royal family, the artist designed images and quotes to reference memory and rebirth and printed these over the books, combining what he printed and what he printed on fairly randomly.
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[Photos by BUILD LLC] From the earliest days, BUILD has operated with the clear intention of being generalists in an increasingly specialized world and working within a framework of adaptability and agility, with a focus on action. We are a service-based company with the primary goal of championing our client’s interests while, in the old adage, striving to leave each (client, place, relationship) better than we found it.

“Integrity is the essence of everything successful.” -R. Buckminster Fuller

As a firm, we’ve created many projects, weathered many storms, fostered many relationships and have made numerous incremental adjustments in our approach and our identity. As with any enterprise, we’ve gone through shifts in the past, and recently, we identified an opportunity to sharpen our focus and make changes to improve our firm. With a renewed focus of our internal team and on how to best serve our clients
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PATTERNITY + John Lewis Launch Collection of Geometric Goods

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Pattern pioneers Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham, of London-based PATTERNITY, just launched an eye-popping collaboration with British retailer John Lewis that spans housewares and fashion. The bold PATTERNITY + John Lewis collection is full of graphic black and white patterns that land on everything from leggings, parkas, dresses, and sweaters, to pillows, bedding, towels, bath accessories, rugs, candles, and incense, that will no doubt inspire happiness in your life. By working with the legendary retailer, PATTERNITY was able create designs that were of high quality but at reasonable prices, and for the first time, a collaboration that includes both fashion and home goods. From Anna Murray:
This collaboration is a celebration of the power of pattern to positively connect different areas of our daily lives. It is a playful exploration of the fundamental shapes, rituals and textures that make our lives and we hope it will help inspire people
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Best Art Posts of 2017

                                From miniature test tube sculptures to botanical prints to an Instagram-worthy museum dedicated to ice cream, we featured just about every kind of art throughout 2017, all of which kept our eyes visually stimulated. Want to find out which <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Art</a> posts were the most popular this year? Check out the top 10&#8230;
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                                10. <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Wardrobe Snacks: A Project Inspired by Diners Lacking a Table</a><br />
Snack enthusiasts, Pinch Food Design, checked out Wardrobe Snacks, a project inspired by diners eating without the luxury of a table.

Tara Donovan. Detail of “Composition (Cards)” 2017. Photographed by David Behringer © Tara Donovan, courtesy of Pace Gallery

  1. Tara Donovan: Vertical Poetry
    A look at Tara Donovan’s latest wall sculptures that are composed of THOUSANDS of white styrene cards that are individually stacked, glued, and rotated 90 degrees.
  1. Miniature Test Tube Sculptures By Rosa de Jong
    Micro Matter consisted of multiple upside down glass
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Rock Star Artist Sean Yseult Unveils New Line of Wallpaper Designs

Flora and fauna play a significant role in the designs of artist Sean Yseult. Image: Sean Yseult Photography

There are rock star designers, and then there are rock star designers. The former represents those high-profile artists with lucrative product deals, spots on design shows and panels, and huge social media presence. Sean Yseult is the perfect description of the latter — a musician, artist and entrepreneur who recently unveiled a new line of textiles and wallpaper designs. The former bass player for Grammy-nominated rock band White Zombie, Yseult now leads a decidedly different life. She lives in a Greek Revival home in New Orleans, where she focuses on design, photography, writing and her newest business, Yseult Designs.

Strong start in the arts

Hailing from Raleigh, N.C., Yseult grew up with a strong appreciation for the arts. Her mother was a Chaucerian scholar and her father a Hemmingway expert,
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Surface Pattern Designer Kangan Arora Is Branching Out

                                <em>In the latest of our monthly series profiling designers based in the UK and Europe, our editor at large Katie Treggiden talks to London-based designer <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Kangan Arora</a>.</em>
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                                Born in Northern India and resident in London, surface pattern designer <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kangan Arora</a> takes inspiration from everywhere and, as a result, her work is every bit as bold, vibrant and colorful as you might expect.
She was born in Ludhiana, a city known for its hosiery mills and industry, where her family still runs a textiles business originally established by her great-grandfather. “From a really young age I was surrounded by beautiful fabrics, embroideries, and prints,” she says. “I remember going on buying trips with my dad and helping him choose stock for the showroom and feeling quite pleased that I had made a small contribution and my opinion had counted.” Despite this early start, it was by no means a foregone
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