Future Mapping Company Berlin
Though maps began as utility-minded reference tools, they've always had artistic elements. From elaborate compass roses and sea monsters that lurk near remote coastlines to carefully selected color palettes, the aesthetics of maps sometimes even trump...
Leather Luggage Tag
Created by two transcontinental friends who spent ten years mastering the fine art of printing onto leather, this calfskin luggage tag with wicker pattern perfectly complements your favorite suitcase and will truly make it your own.
The concept of printing images on unconventional materials—be it food or fabric—has been around for years. Yet rarely do the results do the original image justice. California-based WoodSnap aims to prove wood is an answer with their 10-step tattoo...
Say goodbye to the Exacto knife and hello to the Cameo. This electronic cutting machine plugs into your computer just like a printer, and cuts cardstock, vinyl and fabric into any shape you tell it too—endless creative possibilities for a relatively...
Cool Hunting Video Presents: Terrapin Stationers
In our final video that premiered at this year's 99u, we spent the day in midtown Manhattan with Terrapin Stationers. Operating for nearly a century, this printing house has kept up with the times by adding a contemporary element to their business...
Block Printing Kit
Artist and printmaker Angela Harding selected this kit's contents, which is comprised of professional quality Swiss cutters, soft Japanese vinyl, Heritage 315gsm printing paper, and everything else you need to produce your first block print.
Invent the future or just replicate your favorite object with the latest tool from the Brooklyn-based 3D printing kings MakerBot.
Wrk-shp Spring 2013
Continuing to mine the world of architecture for inspiration, Wrk-shp designer Airi Isoda reveals a Spring/Summer 2013 apparel collection based on the Case Study homes built in Southern California in the 1950s. With the fourth collection, crisp lines...
Brother Business Smart Series
The printer family, rarely a source for exciting advances in design and innovation, just got a flashy new sibling. The Business Smart Series from Brother Printers was recently unveiled, showing off what looks to be the all-in-one solution for small...
Based out Detroit's "Ponyride" studios, Brian Christopher Baker and his company, Stukenborg Press, are at the forefront of the ongoing letterpress resurgence. His prints embrace non-traditional materials—specifically, geometrical arrangements...
Postalco Wheel Printer
Designers are typically inspired people, and those who have a natural talent can often spot a creative use for even the most familiar object—like the wheel, for example. Such is the case for Postalco's imaginative co-founder Mike Abelson...
Boxes of Death
by Hunter Hess Seattle-based design firm Electric Coffin will be taking their annual show Boxes of Death on the road this year for the third time. What began with 20 artists exhibiting in the cramped basement of a hotel has quickly grown into a...
Echoes of the Future
As food, clothing and home goods have skewed toward an old-timey vibe with a focus on handmade, locally crafted wares, so too has graphic design turned back the clock to the pre-digital age. Gestalten's latest release, Echoes of the Future, profiles...
100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design
In the new chronologically ordered book "100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design", Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne explore the most important moments in an industry they themselves helped to define. Part of publisher Laurence King's popular...
One of the best-known artists of the Edo period and famous for his ukiyo-e series 36 Views of Mount Fuji, which includes his ubiquitous wave print, Katsushika Hokusai greatly influenced artists from Monet and the Impressionists to Picasso. Hokusai...
From his airy studio in the heart of San Francisco's Mission district, photographer Michael Shindler is quietly putting a little "soul-stealing" back into the act of picture taking. Asking his subjects to sit still for a one-off tintype portrait...
In terms of form and function the printer has not made any great strides in the last decade. What in reality is a cumbersome necessity, most printer experiences leave much to be desired between clunky design, awkward parts and a near total lack of...
New Tech Pairings
If there's any theme to the newsworthy items found at CES this year, it's the concept of the add-on gadget. From tweeting from a camera to printing mobile pictures and avoiding speeding tickets with phones, here are a few new things you can do when...
Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques and Truly Original Projects
Founder of San Francisco, CA design studio Yellow Owl Workshop, crafty woman Christine Schmidt knows her print-making. Her new book, "Print Workshop: Hand Printing Techniques and Truly Original Projects," embodies her icon status as a hand-printer...
The Pantone Plus Series
Defining the pigments of the imagination for almost 50 years, Pantone sets industry standards in color. Its matching systems and guides are essential in graphic arts, industrial design, fashion, cosmetics—when finding, referencing or producing...
In an age when most graphic designers choose pixels over paintbrushes, Evelin Kasikov uses cross-stitch embroidery to create images based on CMYK printing. While still a masters student at Central St. Martins, the London-based designer made her name...
Intaglio Fine Paper
by Zeva Bellel A couture paper company based in Paris, Intaglio turns the rare art of foil stamping—an inkless printing process that presses pigment into paper using weight and heat—into utterly stylish and sophisticated stationery...
Cool Hunting Video Presents: Grafica Fidalga
by Gregory Mitnick Grafica Fidalga, a printing press in São Paulo, Brazil, makes posters on a 1929 German letterpress using hand-carved wooden letters. In this video, we visit the trio of friends who make up Grafica Fidalga to watch them...
Random International: Temporary Printing Machine
One of the most engaging exhibits that we saw at the Design Art London fair last month was this Temporary Printing Machine by one of CH's fave interactive design collectives, rAndom International. This triptych, exhibited by the Carpenters Workshop...
Housed in a turn-of-the-century storefront between theaters and restaurants on Gay Street —Knoxville, Tennessee's main thoroughfare—Yee-Haw Industries has become something of an institution. Since 1996, founders Julie Belcher and...