R+I Creative

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R+I Creative

http://www.ricreative.com/

I fell in love with these guys after I watched their short documentary, “Influencers.” Each film is well filmed and edited, and their concepts in approaching these films are innovative and powerful. Their videos ranges from hiphop, to design, to fashion, to traveling, to more. Every time I watch their clips, I get something new out of them. Props to R+I Creative, keep being amazing.

"R+I is a creative label that conceptualizes, produces inspiring content through innovative production and immersive approach.” 

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http://ricreative.tumblr.com/

Section 80

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Section 80 - Kendrick Lamar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vorFNqh50po

Section 80 speaks truth about our youth. A little late to post but this is one of my favourite newschool albums. A positive influencer in the mainstream world and a hard worker, Kendrick’s on his grind and I’m excited for his third studio album already. Hiphop as a positive social influence. He’s comin down to Toronto, August 2 @Sound Academy, see you there.

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The Hundreds

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The Hundreds

The Hundreds is a brand i look upto as artists and influencers. The Hundreds is more than a brand, it shows, promotes, and lives the ‘Los Angeles lifestyle.’ That’s where things happen is when brands promote and directly live a certain lifestyle and culture. The blog is what completes the brand. Being a skilled photographer in each scene, Bobby gives you a first-hand experience on the LA street culture. 

4 years and still loving the Hundreds blog, their clothing, and their fresh look.image

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http://thehundreds.com/

Artists

“Dancers are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every note, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life - the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because Actors, Dancers, Musicians and Singers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment - to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Actors, Dancers, Singers and Musicians are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.”

- David Ackert, LA Times

Sean Jones, Jazz Musician

DECO NEUE

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This typeface is FRESH. I’m not a huge fan of typography but this one’s got a slick feel that i got my attention.

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By Jonatan Xavier. Free commercial use as long as you give credits. 

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VinnyFresh

VinnyxProd

https://soundcloud.com/vinnyxprod

Vinny(Fresh) is a local Toronto-based producer, musician, and an artist. Dark, fresh, trap and hiphop. It’s dark as you get, his song’s are hard and fresh. Supporting local hiphop, coming from the North.

Logorama

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Logorama

http://vimeo.com/10149605

3 years late to say this, but this is just great.

Staple

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Staple

http://vimeo.com/29387848

"Design to me is just all about communication. That’s what a good designer is. Everytime I’m presented with a design project, I see a problem that somebody has and it’s my job to fix that problem, you know. It’s almost like they have a Rubick’s cube that they can’t figure out and good design can be like click clack, boom, now we can all see it. That’s what good design is."

-Jeff Staple

Oldowan

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"Taking design, technological advancements and traditional practices to create the new wave in hand made accessories and clothing." 

http://www.facebook.com/OldowanCo

http://www.redcrownclothing.bigcartel.com/

What i really enjoy about brands such as Oldowan is how designers are using emerging technologies to produce a new wave of products. With new technologies, the possibilities of design are expanding and more designers need to break free from the “traditional” practices and experiment with the new. Or in this case, merge the traditional practices with the emerging technologies to bring in a new wave of beautiful leather goods. 

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Oldowan is a Toronto-based quality leather clothing + accessories brand. Everything about it from design and craft of each product to the material quality is fresh with Oldowan. From the carefully designed patterns to the handmade quality, Oldowan is really bringing in an original and crisp flavour. I’m excited to see how Oldowan will develop ultimately in the upcoming seasons.

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Influencers

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R+I Creative - Influencers

http://vimeo.com/16430345

"I think an influencer has a certain confidence that probably not many people have. They know that what they’re doing is the right thing because they’re comfortable in it."

Who is an influencer? What characteristics build up one to become an influencer? How do trends and ideas spread? Influencers.

Interactive Design

The advancements of interaction between people, design, and technology thrill me to be a part of the design world. Phones, laptops, cars have become extensions of our mind and body because we’ve so intricately removed the obstacles that distract our user experience. Phones have gone from using buttons to directly touching the screen, handheld has become bluetooth and pinning directly against our body. Technology is becoming a direct extension of man through product and industrial design.

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Bassett & Partners - Connecting

http://vimeo.com/52861634

The video (link above) captures the idea of how interactive design is playing a role in our society today and makes me wonder how interactive design and these emerging technologies can play a role in architecture, interior design, and urban planning.

Street lights and traffic lights have become a direct part of urban planning for a long time but how can urban planning change in our communities with the use of emerging technologies and interactive design?