Seattle

Quartertwenty Longboards.

Matthew Bietz makes furniture, installations, buildings, and skateboards. His group Quartertwenty explores the relationship between design art and furniture, which explains the breadth of the work they do.

Bietz gained fluency in furniture and metalwork while working on a Master’s degree in architecture at the University of Washington. While attending school he got hands on experience working at Gulassa & Co., a Seattle custom fabrication shop. While at Gulassa & Co. Bietz had the opportunity to work on projects for Steven Holl and Tom Kundig.

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All that experience has influenced a line of skateboards he makes from baltic birch and recycled formica. The decks have a bright, no fade permanent color, and feature an original, ergonomic 3 finger handhold for easy carry. At 36 by 10 inches these long boards are made for cruising in style, with clean simple graphic stripes and exposed wood. I have to say, these are going on my want list.

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Woodland Park Zoo Gets Crushed.

Here’s a little Tuesday inspiration. Toronto studio Crush via creative agency Wong, Doody, Crandall, Wiener, Seattle have created a really nice animated spot for the Woodland Park Zoo.

Designer Jullian Ablaza and children’s book illustrator Ashley Barron created the stylized look of the animals. Once the animals were created, Ablaza designed the simple environments to compliment the animals as the film flowed from scene to scene. The animation was built by senior designer and animator Yoho Hang Yue in a single After Effects project helping to keep everything streamlined and reduce costs.  The result is beautiful, fun, and entertaining.

“We wanted a very tactile feel, which we would have done in camera if the budget and timeline allowed,” said Gary Thomas, Creative Director, Crush. “The end result was very close to that and allowed for a lot of flexibility. The creative team at Wong, Doody, Crandall, Wiener were a dream to work with. They were totally on the same page and brought great insight to the work. We are incredibly pleased with the final result.”

What Font Defines Your City?

When you think of a city or destination, you don’t necessarily think of a specific typographic style. Some cities inspire specific type themes, Miami has always felt art deco to me, but I never really sat down and said something like “Seattle is definitely Chalet New York 1960.”

Albin Holmqvist created a series of type based logos for EF International Language Centers and their forty destinations worldwide. The type choices along with a simple icon and tone on tone color pallets nail each destination. Below is a slideshow of some of the logos, but be sure and click through to his website to see more of his outstanding work.

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