Richie Velazquez is an artist of the social media generation. The digital illustrator from Riverside, California explains that his process is to come up with stuff and just throw it on Tumblr and Instagram. “I think working for yourself is key!” he says.
Japanese designer Satsuki Ohata has invented the “fondue slipper.” Inspired by cheese fondue, he molds a perfect shape of a wearer’s foot by dipping it in fast-drying liquid then solidifying with a blast from a regular blowdryer.
Visibility is a Brooklyn-based product design studio founded by LA-bred Joseph Guerra and Tehran-born Sina Sohrab in 2012. Pals at the Rhode Island School of Design, the two are partial to simple objects with great functionality.
While coming up with their Spring 2014 collection, designers Bridget McCall and Nicholas Van Messner of Life With Bird stumbled across the collages of Spanish artist Ernesto Artillo. Intrigued by the concept of layers, they commissioned him to apply his paint daubs and superimposed geometric shapes to their look book.