When I was six years old, Red Ball Jets came out with the coolest sneakers ever. They were totally black except for the little red ball on the heel label.
I wanted some so bad that even though the store didn’t have my size, I was willing to get a pair that was way too big – just so that I could be cool.
That sense of cool was internal. I don’t remember any of my friends having a pair.
Many years later, I finally got my all-black sneakers.
This pair is even cooler. They are made from almost 100% recycled materials. It’s surprising how much they look like my childhood favorite shoes.
Rewards (sometimes) come to those who wait.
BMW decided to change the face of their vehicles. They went from subtle double-kidney grilles to massive gaping mouths. In their attempt to go for a menacing look, they went too far and landed on a face that not even a mother (or father) would love.
Car and Driver magazine agrees: “Do whatever it takes to ignore the new BMW M4’s toothy grille…”
Sometimes designers go too far on purpose to push the envelope. Over time, what was outrageous becomes acceptable.
I have to eat my words on Kia’s design decisions (see this post). Two years ago, when their Telluride large SUV came out, I thought it was quite ugly. Now I’m used to the look.
I’m not sure if I will ever get used to BMW’s new face.
So I did a little work in Photoshop on James Lipman’s photo and made the grille more the size that God intended. (See above.)
Let’s push the envelope, but not too far.
Kia woke up and came back to the mainstream.
Kia’s design department went through a recent rough patch, during which they headed in a rather oblique direction with the look of the front of their vehicles.
The 2017 Kia Sportage typifies their ugly period. (Let’s just be honest.) You’ll see that in the left side of the photo montage above. Think of a carp’s face.
They finally decided to come back to the rest of the automotive universe. The right side of the photo montage is the 2021 Kia Sorrento.
The face is the most important part of any car design. We can relate to a car’s mouth (grille) and its eyes (headlights).
For the 2021 Sorrento, they decided to go in a more snarling mean-looking direction. It works. SUVs are supposed to be rugged.
The left photo is courtesy of Car & Driver. The right photo is courtesy of Kia. Both are not used with permission.
Prada has a new pair of shoes – the Cloudbust Thunder.
They look like kids’ Power Rangers shoes. They appeal to… I’m not sure who.
And they are priced at $895, before taxes.
I’m sure they cost more to make than the Nikes people buy at Walmart. Prada designers are more highly-paid. Their nylon threads are sustainably-sourced. (Maybe not on that last one.)
It’s a luxury product from a luxury manufacturer. The outsized lug soles will not provide greater traction as the wearer navigates moonscapes. But the style will stand out in any crowd – at least to the shoegazers.
Interestingly, these shoes are in Prada’s “Must Haves” category.
Not for this shoegazer.
I love going to bookstores. Since much of my professional life has been spent doing graphic design, I love seeing how other graphic designers interpret the themes of books.
Lately, Nineteen Eighty-Four has been a popular book in the United States. The current political situation has caused some to think of the world depicted in that novel. (You’ll get no commentary on me about that, at least at this point. I’m really burned out on politics.)
I enjoyed finding three different paperback versions of the novel on the bookshelves of The Tattered Cover. Each one is very dissimilar. And they have three varying price tags: $9.99, $16 and $17.I did not take the time to discover the creators’ names, but I’d guess that there are three different artists.
I did not take the time to discover the creators’ names, but I’d guess that there are three different artists.
My favorite is the mostly white cover, which seems the most modern. (And again, I didn’t research the publication dates.)
It’s fascinating to me how different people interpret the same thing in such varied ways. I’d guess that there must be at least 100 different covers for that famous novel, that was published in 1949.