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DOUG BLACK

Doug Black

MEXICO
COCKTAILS
TEQUILA
DRINKS
LIQUOR
ALCOHOL
Tequila Milagro
What once was passed over as fuel for Spring Break bacchanals, tequila's reputation has finally caught up with its history—as long and storied as most other spirits on your liquor shelf. When crafted by an expert distillery with 100% blue agave...
BAGS
FLIGHT
LAPTOPS
TRAVEL
HANDMADE
LEATHER
TravelTeq Trash Briefcase
While Steven Alan lays claim to the ultimate travel bag, globetrotters looking for the ideal briefcase would be hard pressed to beat this Belgian company's first offering. Focused squarely on frequent-flier-mile-collectors, the TravelTeq smartly...
BAGS
CLOTHING
CYCLING
SUSTAINABILITY
BICYCLES
FASHION
SPORTSWEAR
STREETWEAR
Pedaler Clothing Spring 2010 Collection
Targeting the growing market of bicycle commuters, Pedaler Clothing incorporates technical elements into clothing and accessories that could pass as a standalone streetwear line. Both tops and bottoms have ergonomic cuts made for the cycling movements...
ACCESSORIES
BAGS
FASHION
MENS
HANDMADE
LEATHER
TRAVEL
Madly Bags: 2010 Collection
The Madly, a new line of sturdy leather bags, puts the emphasis on crude, functional designs and hand-crafted production. Directed toward the male market, the bags share a simplicity and rough-hewn charm perfect for travel or as an everyday carryall...
MUSIC
INTERFACES
GUITARS
DIGITAL
APPLE
Apogee Electronics: GiO Controller and Interface
The recent history of Apogee finds the digital audio company aligning with Apple to produce Mac-specific hardware emphasizing simplicity and intuitive design. Designed for use with the guitar, the latest addition to the line—an interface...
SPORTS
SNEAKERS
RETRO
REISSUES
FASHION
CHINA
Warrior Footwear
The classic silhouettes and primary colors of Warrior Footwear look stolen from a mid-century gym class in—which isn't far from the truth. Recently introduced to Western markets, the sneakers have a storied history in China, dating back to...
FILM
DOCUMENTARIES
AWARDS
NYC
EVENTS
Cinema Eye Honors 2010
Now in its third year, the Cinema Eye Honors made its name recognizing superlative artistry in documentary film, often highlighting the type of works that tend to fly under the mainstream radar. To underline this aim, 2010's ceremony will precede...
MUSIC
DISCO
COMPILATIONS
NEW YORK CITY
RECORD LABELS
The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1985
Long the domain of obscurists and NYC musicologists, Bob Blank's Blank Tapes recording studio's long overdue retrospective (due out 2 February 2010) comes thanks to Strut Records. "The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1985"...
ART
PAINTING
SCANDINAVIA
EXHIBITIONS
OPENINGS
NEW YORK CITY
Scott Daniel Ellison: The Birthday Party
Scott Daniel Ellison's latest solo show—his second in NYC—expands on his fascination with ragged animal life, horror film characters and the artists' recurrent fears, all in his trademark faux-naïve style. The Beacon, NY-based...
ICELAND
MUSIC
FESTIVALS
EVENTS
Scandinavian Standouts from Iceland Airwaves 2009
Festivals and their hometowns don't always mesh, but when they do—like at the latest Iceland Airwaves—it's a sight to behold. Now a five-day festival, it sets up shop in Reykjavik each October and imposes a friendly takeover of...
MUSIC
FLORIDA
NEW YORK
POP
INDIE
EVENTS
Holiday Shores: Columbus'd The Whim
Likely due to their home state, name and penchant for upbeat chord progressions, Florida's Holiday Shores draw comparisons to a slew of feel-good bands like Wavves, Beach Fossils and the Beach Boys, to name a few. But writing them off as surfer...
FILM
DOCUMENTARIES
MAINE
FESTIVALS
CIFF 2009: Review
We had the chance to visit the fifth annual Camden International Film Festival last weekend, and are pleased to report that the four-day event went off without a hitch, but more importantly, brought a diverse selection of non-fiction cinema to some...
FILM
FESTIVALS
INDEPENDENT
DOCUMENTARIES
MAINE
Camden International Film Festival 2009
The fifth annual Camden International Film Festival begins today and, as sponsors this year, we couldn't be more excited. Held in venues throughout Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine, the festival goes through Sunday 4 October 2009 and brings...
TYPOGRAPHY
HANDMADE
BROOKLYN
STATIONERY
Paperfinger Calligraphy and Hand-Drawn Design
Breathing new life into the time-honored art of calligraphy, Paperfinger, a new hand-drawn design company, brings a personalized, human quality to everything from wedding announcements to logo designs. The truly homegrown business started in founder...
BOOKS
COMPUTERS
GRAPHIC DESIGN
Glitch: Designing Imperfection
The result of a technological malfunction, the visual glitch is generally an unwelcome visitor—a digital artifact representing error. But when viewed in their own right, seemingly randomized visual abstractions become fascinating designs that...
MUSIC
VIDEOS
BROOKLYN
INDIE
Glass Ghost: Like A Diamond Video
The first video from Brooklyn's piano-drum duo Glass Ghost looks like it could have a copyright two decades old. Produced by Peking (the outfit behind numerous CH videos), the "Like a Diamond" video cobbles together a seemingly random...
MUSIC
BROOKLYN
INDIE
FOLK
EVENTS
Polite Sleeper: Lake Effect
The first proper full-length from Brooklyn's Polite Sleeper, Lake Effect serves up nine songs straddling the hazy line between folk and indie rock. At turns somber and frenetic, singer/guitarist Jason Orlovich's earnest vocal timber and everyday...
GRAPHIC DESIGN
ILLUSTRATION
MUSIC
INDIE
LIMITED EDITION
Mike Perry: Insound 10 Classic
After the success of last year's Insound 20, the indie music retailer hits us again with another run of exclusive band designs. While the former collection envisioned new designs for contemporary groups, Insound 10 Classic features 10 seminal...
PHOTOGRAPHY
BOOKS
GRAPHIC DESIGN
Pentagram Papers 39: SIGNS
A completely independent publication, Pentagram Papers is the work of the eponymous design studio (a CH favorite and home of Michael Bierut, who spoke at our 99% Conference). Produced regularly since 1975, each issue takes one of their designers and...
CLOTHING
SHOES
DESIGNERS
INTERVIEWS
LONDON
Folk Clothing and Shofolk Footwear: Fall Winter 09 and Interview
While perpetual reinvention and daring styles are at the core of the fashion industry, London-based Folk has bucked the trend by consistently produced unpretentious, everyday menswear since its inception in 2001. With the addition of the footwear...
URBAN DEVELOPMENT
BOOKS
CARS
ARCHITECTURE
The Architecture of Parking
If architecture is, as Mies van der Rohe held, "the will of an epoch translated into space," then it's no surprise that a rabid proclivity toward parking structures marks the last century. Born out of an increasing reliance on cars...
FOOD
NEW YORK
ICELAND
Siggi's Yogurt New Flavors: Vanilla, A├žai and Grapefruit
Though produced in New York City with dairy sourced upstate, Siggi's is an Icelandic-style strained yogurt, or skyr. What makes a yogurt Icelandic? The first distinction is consistency. Far thicker than most yogurts at the grocery store, Siggi...
FILM
PHOTOGRAPHY
CAMERAS
LOMOGRAPHY
Diana Instant Back+ Camera Accessory
As the Polaroid fades into the annals of photographic history, Fuji's Instax line is filling the instant film void. Available in a standard (108mm x 86mm) and mini (53mm x 86mm) size, the horizontally-oriented photos behave much the same as classic...
COMEDY
TELEVISION
DVDS
The State Complete Series: Interview with David Wain
Over 15 years since debuting as MTV's first foray into sketch comedy, "The State: The Complete Series" is finally a reality. After more than a decade of starts and stalls, the cult-classic will be available 14 July 2009 as a five-disc...
COMPUTERS
MICE
TECHNOLOGY
BlueTrack Wireless Mobile Mouse
With computer technology becoming more mobile, the same applies to its accessories. When on the move, a mobile mouse often needs to perform in less-than-hospitable circumstances and on surfaces other than a mousepad. BlueTrack technology is Microsoft...
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