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I Love Ugly Chalk Series


Originally I Love Ugly was an Art Collective with strong roots in Illustration and Street Art. It was those Art pieces and illustrations that lead to screen printed T-shirts which continued to expand to other mediums and finally to the I love ugly you know today.

Art is something that will always have a major influence on I Love Ugly so we will continue to strengthen that message in all aspects of I Love Ugly.

The Series is based around a Chalk Mural that was drawn in the original I Love Ugly studio roughly 2 years ago and re-created by our Creative Director on a much larger scale in the new creative studios.

This Mural was then interpreted as the motif print for this capsule collection, featuring on Shirts, Jacket, watches and Pants and even being released as a Fine art Print.
Aspire to inspire before you expire.



MADEMOISELLE YULIA in Berlin vs. Tokyo

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Highsnobiety catch up with Japanese DJ and musician MADEMOISELLE YULIA in the German capital. Known for her extravagant Tokyo style, the songstress mixed luxe streetwear staples with iconic sportswear pieces while posing for the camera in our Berlin studio. Having designed jewelry for accessory brand Giza, jewelry and accessories were naturally in abundance, adding accents to her unashamedly decadent outfits.

Photography: Christian Hasselbusch
Styling: Madeleine Machold
Hair & Make-up: Ivana Kiki Zoric
Wardrobe provided by Nasir Mazhar, Giza, Sadak, Rocawear, Everlast, adidas Originals x Opening Ceremony, Versace, Wood Wood, Vagabond, Dandy Diary, adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott, Andy Wolf Eyewear


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LEGO Becomes Worlds Top Toy Maker


LEGO has announced that it has rebuilt itself into the world’s most profitable toy maker, surpassing Barbie’s Mattel. For the ninth year in a row, LEGO recently confirmed another record breaking year of sales and profit growth. LEGO‘s success comes from its ability to turn each kilogram of raw material plastic, which costs less than $1 USD, into sets that sell for upwards of $75 USD per kilogram. In addition, the company has also been benefiting from excitement prompted by The LEGO Movie, the film has topped the United States and Canadian charts for three consecutive weekends.


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G-SHOCK GD-120CM-8JR Camouflage Series


G-SHOCK adds another model to their Spring 2014 “Camouflage” Series with the GD-120CM-8JR. Coming in three colorways overall, the timepiece features a woodland camo pattern on each part of the model. The Series releases in March.



Nike SB 2014 Spring/Summer Renewal Collection

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Nike SB has unveiled its “Renewal” collection for Spring/Summer 2014. Wanting to offer its team riders shoes that would let their feet recuperate, Nike SB has reworked Stefan Janoski, Eric Koston and Paul Rodriguez‘s signature shoes with two of Nike’s most important technologies: Air and Free. All three silhouettes now boast Free and Air-cushioned soles for additional comfort when not skating. Both Koston and P-Rod’s models now feature Hyperfuse uppers along with Free tech in the forefoot and Air in the heel. Janoski’s model goes for a mesh upper with a woven tongue sitting atop a speckled Free and Air sole. All three models stick to a color palette of black and green. Look for all three at Nike starting February 26.



The Inspiration Pad

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By way of the NSFW American Apparel Tumblr, I found myself reading an article on My Modern Met staring at notebooks whose lines had apparently gotten drunk and started zig zagging off of the page. It was like a classic Composition Notebook had decided that it all of a sudden hated its job and set out to do its own thing, relinquishing order for a welcome bit of chaos.

The item in question is The Inspiration Pad and it is what was explained: it’s a notebook that is all sorts of kooky and decidedly all over the place. It’s kind of like a joke book without any jokes being told. It is a notebook that makes it’s users rethink how it is to be used: it forces you to get creative.

The pad is made by TM, a design and advertising studio started by Marc Thomasset. The goal of the firm is to “define, differentiate and drive action in a fresh and innovative way.” The product has been out for about a year now and obviously rocketed to being an item associated with creative freedom for the Internet generation, for a group who don’t actually need to physically write but instead could use piece of paper as a foil for drawing or sketching or doodling. In that regard, the product is almost a joke, using “inspiration” as a trendy subject to get people to buy it because as a DIY means of finding yourself. On the other hand, it just looks cool.

That’s just it: the notebook does fucking look awesome. The bending lines and maze work created warps the mind and the different variations on the theme make you want to get the notebook to see just how many ways Thomasset could think to reform the blue lines. The Pad is currently sold out but, if you are interested, there are some new ideas he has thought up for the next incarnation of that you can check out here.



DOIY Fixie Bicycle Pizza Cutter


A brand which creates quality products at very affordable prices, DOIY presents a handheld pizza cutter in the shape of a bicycle, with its two wheels functioning as the blades. The Fixie Pizza Cutter has been designed after your typical fixed-gear bike and comes equipped with miniature handlebars, a seat, and is offered in two different colorways: Watermelon (mint and pink) and Bumblebee (black and yellow). Both are now available online for approximately $25 USD.



Nike Robotics by Simeon Georgiev

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Following his LEGO Streetwear Figurine project, Bulgarian artist Simeon Georgiev presents a new series of designs exclusively for Highsnobiety. The renderings are based on the desires of futuristic, intelligent humanoid robots. Undoubtedly, either the robots themselves or their owners will want then to look stylish, and as such, Georgiev took Nike‘s Air Max 1 and Roshe Run silhouettes and adapted them for the future. The sneakers expand on the sporting giant’s iconic designs – maintaining each pair’s distinct lines and elements – and update them with a blocky, rigid feel. The theme is continued throughout with clean, simple color panels and lacing systems more advanced than Marty McFly’s Power Laces. The effect is seamless integration from the sole of the sneaker to the joints and legs of the robot, resulting in a flawless interpretation of two timeless silhouettes.



Typographic Illustrations by Ian Jepson

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Ian Jepson is a freelance illustrator and designer based in Cape Town, South Africa.


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Facebook to Acquire WhatsApp for $16 Billion USD


Facebook will soon be the proud new owner of WhatsApp, but has said that it will allow the popular messaging app to retain its brand and operate independently. The deal includes $12 billion in Facebook shares, $4 billion in cash and an extra $3 billion in Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) for employees. As to what Facebook is getting through the deal, WhatsApp boasts some incredible figures including over 450 million users a month with 70% of those people online on a given day, a message volume nearing the global telecom SMS volume and more than 1 million new registered users a day.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg commented on the acquisition:

“WhatsApp had every option in the world, so I’m thrilled that they chose to work with us. I’m looking forward to what Facebook and WhatsApp can do together, and to developing great new mobile services that give people even more options for connecting. I’ve also known Jan for a long time, and I know that we both share the vision of making the world more open and connected. I’m particularly happy that Jan has agreed to join the Facebook board and partner with me to shape Facebook’s future as well as WhatsApp’s.”


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Nike’s Tinker Hatfield Touts 2015 Arrival for Marty McFly’s Power Laces


Most of you should remember the 2011 release of the iconic Nike MAG, an icon that has been a sneaker collector’s dream ever since the Back To The Future movie series. The time had finally come for other people than Marty McFly to wear the Nike sneaker of the future. The fictional high top sneaker released at the time limited to 1500 pairs, all dropped on eBay with the proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. In total, the sneaker auctions brought in just under $6 Million.

Yet there was one thing missing. The original shoe in the movie came with power laces, that would lace-up automatically, and the 2011 release did not have that feature. As amazing as the Nike MAG was, the power lacing system was not ready yet and then again, why should it be? According to the film, Marty McFly was only wearing the sneaker in 2015. Last week during an interview at the Jordan Brand’s Flight Lab space in New Orleans, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield confirmed to Solecollector that we will be seeing power lacing in 2015. Will it come on a new version of the Nike MAG? That we do not know yet, but we will for sure keep you posted.


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Minimilist Versions of Popular Packaged Items

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Some really nice work by Antrepo that showcases how minimalist packaging could look in an industry that is obsessed with MORE, MORE, MORE. If only the grocery store aisle looked a bit like this…


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Furniture Inspired by Japanese Shipbuilding Techniques by Jin Kuramoto

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Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Takumi Ota

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“Like huge Japanese lanterns, the harbors along Japan’s jagged coast sparkled at night last week with the blue fire of acetylene welding rods and the white glare of arc lights. The lights burned overtime as Japan worked to meet the greatest shipbuilding boom in its history. All 54 ways at Japan’s nine major shipyards are occupied; one ship is barely launched before a new keel is laid,” reported TIME Magazine in 1964.

Indeed, Japan used shipbuilding in the 1950s and 1960s to rebuild its industrial structure and the country dominated in the late 1980s, filling more than half of all orders worldwide. Japan has since lost its competitive edge to countries like South Korea but now, a group of artisans and designers are looking to revive shipbuilding but in an entirely different way – through furniture.

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“The heritage of many of the woodworking techniques used by Japanese carpenters originates from Japanese shipwrights,” said Jin Kuramoto (previously), who recently teamed up with a group of Hiroshima-based woodworkers to create a new furniture brand, MATSUSO T.

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The brand is debuting with 2 lineups; the first, designed by Kuramoto himself, is called Nadia. The collection features curved sections of wood for the back of the chair – an image reminiscent of the hull of a ship. Look underneath the chairs and tables and you’ll see frames of interlocked struts, a technique used by the old shipbuilders. In fact, Hiroshima is home to Tsuneishi, one of Japan’s larger shipbuilders. In a wonderfulphoto essay the Tokyo-based photographer Androniki Christodoulou documented the shipyard.

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The second lineup for MATSUSO T is a series of pentagaonl furniture called Five, designed by Swedish designer Claesson Koivisto. The entire series will be on display atStockholm Furniture Fair.

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Transcendence: Official Trailer 1 & 2


Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

Cast: Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins, Jr., Morgan Freeman
Director: Wally Pfister
Writer: Jack Paglen
Producers: Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson, David Valdes, Kate Cohen, Marisa Polvino, Annie Marter, Aaron Ryder
Executive Producers: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas


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The Line Animation

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The Line is a BAFTA nominated collective of designers, directors and animators based in London. Our focus is on unique characters, compelling design, and well-crafted stories.

We use digital tools to expand on a skill-base that has been shaped by years working on feature films, shorts and commercials. We aim to bring a traditional sensibility and classical expertise to the changing landscape of digital filmmaking.


WALLFLOWERS  Directed by Bjorn-Erik Aschim

Another self initiated short film for The Line.  Designed and directed by Bjorn, Wallflowers shines a light on the people on the fringes of a night out.

EASY – MAT ZO & PORTER ROBINSON – Directed by Wesley Louis & Tim McCourt

The video for Porter Robinson’s track ‘Easy’ has been a cult hit online, garnering attention from Porter Robinson fans, and anime fans alike. The video has now racked up well over two million views on Youtube. Fan art and homage videos have contributed to its cult success.

DRAWING INSPIRATION – Directed By Wesley Louis & Tim McCourt

Drawing inspiration is the directorial debut from Louis & McCourt. This personal project was crafted over 9 months and involved a team of 10 artists and animators. Since its completion it has been screened at national and international film festivals picking up numerous awards.


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Google’s Aquires Artificial Intelligence Firm Deep Mind

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Over the past few years, Google has become much more than a search engine by branching out into clean energy, self-driving cars, health care, robotics, and smart thermostats. In a previous article, I noted how these deals were realizing both utopian and dystopian sci-fi fantasies.

Google recently acquired DeepMind Technologies, a London-based company specializing in artificial intelligence, for $400 million. Although $400 million is pocket change for the search giant, which finished last quarter with $54.7 billion in cash and equivalents, the purchase is a significant one that could eventually spell trouble for Nuance Communications and Apple .

Why Nuance and Apple fear Google

To understand why Google acquired DeepMind, we should first take a closer look at Nuance and Apple.

Nuance is best known as the maker of Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri, but it also has a huge footprint in health care with its voice capture, recognition, and documentation products, which assist physicians in improving their daily workflow.

The big problem with Nuance’s business, however, is that its health care segment is outgrowing its mobile and consumer segment by a wide margin. In fiscal 2013, revenue at the health care segment (which accounts for 49% of Nuance’s top line) rose 36% year-over-year. Meanwhile, revenue at the mobile and consumer segment (which accounts for 26%) fell nearly 6%.

The rise of Google Android smartphones, tablets, and hybrid devices was a major contributor to Nuance’s decline in the consumer segment, since its fate is so closely tied to Apple’s. Google is also pushing Android into smart TVs, smart appliances, and cars, which have all steadily eroded the importance of iOS.

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Most importantly, Google’s own “Siri”, Google Now, is considered a direct continuation of AI pioneer Geoffrey Hinton’s groundbreaking research known as “deep learning” technology.

Since Google Now uses voice search to tie together Google’s entire ecosystem of essential apps — Maps, YouTube, Docs, GMail, and Search — it is a more attractive choice than Siri for users dependent on those services.

When Google Now became available for iOS last year, Apple clearly panicked, changing Siri’s default search engine from Google to a combination of Yelp, Wolfram Alpha, and Microsoft’s Bing in iOS 7.

Nuance’s defense: Project Wintermute

Nuance, in response to Google’s aggressive growth into AI and voice search technologies, started developing Project Wintermute, a new AI system ironically named after the insane AI of William Gibson’s Neuromancer.

Wintermute, which is still in the early stages of development, evolved out of Nuance’s Dragon TV voice control system, which was originally designed for set-top boxes, cable boxes, and smart TVs. Nuance aims to turn Wintermute into a fully cloud-based, cross-platform assistant that can work on smartphones, tablets, PCs, or home entertainment systems.

Wintermute, Nuance’s successor to Siri. (Source:

For example, if you were listening to a song in your cloud-connected car when you got home, you could walk into the living room and tell your smart TV to “keep playing the song in the car” — and the TV would resume the song at the point where the car left off. In addition, Wintermute is being trained to learn complex, casual commands — such as “throwing on the game.”

Nuance is also developing Wintermute to prepare for a future after Siri, since Apple has long been rumored to be working on a Nuance-free version of Siri.

So what’s Google’s play?

Google has already laid the technological foundations with the widespread use of Android, which now respectively dominates 81% and 67% of the global smartphone and tablet markets.

With that kind of dominance, Google Now’s voice search feature is well poised to become as useful as its traditional search box — and that thought horrifiesApple and Nuance.

DeepMind was founded by Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg, and Mustafa Suleyman in 2011. The 37-year old Hassabis has had an illustrious career as a child prodigy chess player, a world-class games player, a computer game designer, AI programmer, and neuroscientist. In other words, he’s a genius jack of all trades.

Prior to Google’s acquisition, Facebook had expressed interest in acquiring DeepMind, but the talks ultimately stalled out.

Many of Google’s services — such as language, translation, image search, and voice search — rely on machine learning and AI technologies. The more data they process, the better they become at recognizing objects and predicting needs.

An example is Google Now’s use of “predictive analytics” — which combines location data with calendar entries, emails, and past search queries — to predict what a user will do next. The app then accesses and displays pertinent data without being asked, as seen in the following image:

Google Now’s predictive technologies at work. (Source: Google)

While Google Now’s abilities already seem advanced, adding more AI algorithms could make it a trulyliving virtual assistant, especially since DeepMind has a stated goal of combining “the best techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms.”

In addition, Google’s interest in AI goes far beyond mobile devices. In May, the company launched a Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, hosted by NASA’s Ames Research Center, inviting researchers from around the world to study how quantum computing (which is considered exponentially faster than binary digit-based classical computing) can advance machine learning.

If we put the pieces together, we can see the future of ubiquitous computing as envisioned by Google taking shape — a power grid, smart homes, personal computing devices, robots, and transportation — all linked together by a learning machine customized to each organization, business, or individual user.

Will Google take us to a utopia or a dystopia?

Google’s bold steps show that no company’s ambitions can compare to its vision for the future.

Apple is treading water with iPhones and iPads, Microsoft is still trying to survive the transition from desktop to mobile devices, and Yahoo! is merely trying to stay relevant as a search portal in a Google-dominated world.

However, will Google lead us into a utopia where the definition of “modern conveniences” is completely redefined, or a dystopia in which privacy becomes non-existent and people become defined by predictive technologies?

Let that sink in for a moment, dear readers, and let me know your thoughts on Google’s acquisition of DeepMind in the comments section below!

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This Is Not A Toy Exhibition Curated by Pharrell Williams

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Pharrell‘s latest stint in the art world is as Guest Curator for “This Is Not A Toy” alongside Curator John Wee Tom and DX Associate Curator Sara Nickleson. The visually-striking exhibition showcases contemporary sculptures, figurines and artworks at Toronto’s Design Museum, Design Exchange. As the museum’s president explains,

Pharrell’s involvement is really due to the fact that he’s so passionate about the genre and explains that urban vinyl and collectible design is what brought him into the world of contemporary art.

Featuring works by Takashi Murakami, KAWS, Coarse, Huck Gee, FriendsWithYou and others, the exhibition approaches toys as a reflection of contemporary culture and contemporary design. The exhibition is now open and is on view until May 19.

Design Exchange
234 Bay Street
Toronto, Canada
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Reigning Champ x Deus Ex Machina Spring 2014 Capsule Collection


Designed by Deus Ex Machina and produced by the Canadian fleece experts from Reigning Champ, the two present a new capsule offering for Spring 2014. Sticking to the silhouettes that they have previously introduced in heather grey, the heavyweight fleece riders jacket and full-zip hoodie with stow-away balaclava return in black with matte black metal hardware this season. The two pieces are now available from select retailers and directly from Reigning Champ.


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Facebook Timeline Designer Releases Reporter App

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The creative mind behind Facebook‘s timeline, Nicholas Felton, has just released a new app capable of measuring your entire life and summing it up in a range of aesthetically pleasing graphs. Named “Reporter,” the app works as a survey tool, notifying the user to answer a series of questions at randomized times during the day. Default questions include “how many cups of coffee have you had?” and “who are you with?,” as well as personalized questions that can be created and answered with either multiple choice, fill in the blanks and yes/no options. Aiming for efficiency, the app is designed to ask and record your answers in less than 10 seconds, working to integrate seamlessly into your life.

Originally created as a private app for Felton, the infographic designer used the technology to track the last two years of his life. Known as the Felton Report, he then released each year’s data as limited-edition graphic prints for sale. Currently the app is more about gathering data and the curiosity that comes with it, however, ultimately its intuitive design will undoubtedly lead to merged technologies. For example, a fitness band can only monitor so much on its own, but by adding your daily food intake quickly into the app, the two can work together much more efficiently. The app will no doubt adapt and be refined once more users get on board. To purchase “Reporter,” head here.