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Skye Parrott
As the daughter of an art photographer, it never occurred to Skye Parrott to take up photography as a career herself. Though she grew up around cameras, Parrott thought she was going to major in political science. "I thought I was going to law school...
DESIGN
John Kestner
Among the dystopian visions of a Matrix-style digital future, interaction designer John Kestner comes as a welcome voice, "enhancing the successful physical interfaces between humans and objects." The graduate and research affiliate of M.I.T. Media...
DESIGN
9x1
A few weeks ago we announced that we were running a contest to find out who you thought deserved Icon status, as a part of our content series with Audi. What we didn't tell you back then was what the exact prize is. As the Audi Icons series nears...
DESIGN
Mike Matas
Digital design prodigy Mike Matas combines the ease of navigating the physical world to create lifelike interfaces that feel so unobtrusive you hardly notice you're using complex technology. Motivated by the desire to do things on a computer more...
DESIGN
Jaime Hayon
Finding inspiration through observation, award-winning Spanish creative Jaime Hayon survives on a steady stream of design collaborations and consultancy gigs, all the while pushing the boundaries between art and design. Native to Madrid, Hayon...
DESIGN
Alex Prager
A young blonde woman holds up her hands against the frantic flapping of grey pigeons encircling her. Another female character, this one in a red skirt, floats listlessly in a dark pool of blue water, her discarded pair of yellow heels resting nearby...
DESIGN
Ivy Ross
In a corporate world of sales and strategies, marketing maverick Ivy Ross opts instead to chart success with an approach that has pioneered paradigm shifts in advertising. From spearheading covert creative operations for Mattel to stirring up merchandising...
DESIGN
Maarten Baas
Dutch designer Maarten Baas deals in the unexpected. "Beauty and ugliness is something that I find interesting," Baas explains. "I have the feeling that our sense for beauty isn't so pure anymore. I sometimes try to shake up the way we see things...
DESIGN
JM Ferrero
Spanish designer JM Ferrero recently sat down during ICFF to discuss his singular vision in the areas of lighting, furniture, interior design and textiles. With a miniature version of his first lamp pinned to his sweater, I quickly learned that Ferrero...
DESIGN
Charlie Melcher
Charlie Melcher is, in his own words, a man of eclectic tastes. With a hand in some of pop culture's most influential phenomena, from "South Park: A Sticky Forms Adventure" to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," Melcher has been redefining the publishing...
DESIGN
Marcelo Coelho
Boasting a list of innovations of sci-fi proportions, designer and researcher Marcelo Coelho paints a future that is both accessible and immediate. Referencing daily materials and human behavior, Coelho creates objects that feel technologically tailored...
CULTURE
Tristan Perich
Equal parts programmer and musician, Tristan Perich graduated from Columbia University in 2004 and went on to earn a masters at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts' Interactive Telecommunications program in 2007. While the interdisciplinary nature of...
DESIGN
Audi Icons Contest
By now, you'll hopefully have read one or more of the profiles we've been producing as part of the Audi Icons series, highlighting the work of emerging creative figures like Leon Ransmeier and Rafael de Cardenas. Though the individuals we're profiling...
DESIGN
Julien Vallée
The work of Québec-born graphic designer Julien Vallée practically leaps off the screen, and in some cases literally, as in a paper sculpture that he did for the 2008 Illustrative Zurich Festival. Spray from a can explodes through a stark...
DESIGN
Rafael de Cárdenas
Rafael de Cárdenas' signature blend of saturated colors and stark geometry turns classic architecture into a common language of striking patterns and eye-popping hues. "Graphics lend themselves to a very immediate reception, which I'm very drawn...
DESIGN
Leon Ransmeier
A kind of Shaker simplicity marks the work of Leon Ransmeier, a beauty that results when an object is exactly what it's meant to be and nothing more. A humidifier is a pristine bucket filled with water; an extension cord wraps itself neatly around...
DESIGN
Paul Loebach
Engaged in the timeless debate of form over function, Brooklyn-based furniture designer Paul Loebach seamlessly reconciles the two pillars of design through his distinct approach to craftsmanship. "The forms of our material environment carry a collective...