March 2013


Washington-based artist Diem Chau has recently created a charming set of letters that is carved out of Crayola crayons. Each letter of the alphabet is accompanied by a matching crayon sculpture—for instance, the letter ‘C’ is paired with a cat carved out of an orange crayon.

“I’ve been wanting to make a set of “Alphabet” crayons for a long time. I’ve always been drawn to illustrated alphabets. Maybe it’s the Fontophile in me, but I find an extreme satisfaction in seeing a well made set of ABC’s.” The artist has an upcoming art show—running from 5 April to 18 May 2013—at the Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, where she will be presenting the full set of crayon letters and some of her other carved pencil art. (via DesignTaxi)




Here is another thing to add to your Tokyo to-do list: party on the fabulous Jicoo Floating Bar. Cruising serenely within Tokyo Bay, the boat bar looks more like a high-tech warship from a sci-fi movie than an entertainment venue, but it is certainly designed for a good night out.

Its route will bring you back and forth between the Hinode Pier to the Odaiba Seaside Park in an hour, providing services like live performances to wedding party logistics. (via DesignTaxi)


Pepsi will be introducing a new bottle design for the first time in 16 years. The new bottle, which will debut next month, will feature a swirled grip on the bottom and a much shorter bottleneck. It will also feature a smaller bottle wrapper, showing off more of the drink’s content and placing more emphasis on the brand’s existing logo. Pepsi’s Vice President of Marketing Angelique Krembs claims the swirl on the new bottle design “is an element that goes back to some of the early glass packages”.

“We didn’t want to create a shape that came out of nowhere,” Krembs said. “It’s not uniform, it’s a little asymmetrical, there’s a little edginess and playfulness, which is consistent with Pepsi’s equities and youthful spirit.” While its rival Coca-Cola has always been known for its iconic contour bottle shape, Pepsi hopes that with this new design, it will help boost the brand and become “a standard” that can be built on in the future. This new bottle design will affect the brand’s 16 oz. and 20 oz. plastic bottles—as well as a 12 oz. glass bottle, which will only be available from selected retailers. (via DesignTaxi)


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