It’s easy to write for someone whose work is a great mixture of unconventionalism, surrealism and bravery – leaving the images to speak for themselves is often enough instead of using various epithets and labels. However, some information on Darracott’s way might be of good use to those who are not intended to visit his site. Tom has graduated MA at Saint Martins and joined the Village Green design studio where he worked across diversified spheres of visual aesthetics for wide variety of clients such as Fabric Club, 032c Magazine, Nike, etc. Since April 2011 Tom Darracott runs his own design practice. For those really curious on his work please pay a visit to his site.

Finally, here comes a line on Design One activity, this one is about its cooperation with Alcozero. Design One made the packaging design of the Alcozero box – an alcohol antidote which promises to erase the hang-over from our mornings. The strategic work of the studio stretches more than the packaging design of the box itself but to the vending machines. The core idea of Design One, having uniquely designed vending machines, comes beautifully to life by the exceptional creative airbrush input of KJ Studio. KJ are typical for their car airbrushing mastery but this time their expertise fits exclusively well onto the vending machines livery by making each one of them unique and unrepeatable. Here, there is only a tiny idea of what you might expect.

There are dozens of hot contemporary Italian designers and artists. But among the most loudly heard names there are very few whose design effort is something more – made to last more than a season or a fancy launch. Vincenzo De Cotiis is one of those who make things to last longer and understands perfectly what makes a design as such. Actually, his pieces are feasts of timeless aesthetics that could be equally accommodated with style in 18th century palais or ultra modern city loft. He has not official site so the only place design one could recommend is Progetto Domestico where you could see his exceptional collection.

Design One chose to kick-off the new year with this outstanding logo – mark for Erykah Badu’s Beautiful Love Productions, a group working to create social change through economic, artistic, and cultural development. It represents only a tiny piece of the bold portfolio of Decoder Ring, Austin, TX. The multidisciplinary design collective specialises in collateral, identity and poster art, with special emphasis on design for music for a bands like Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie. For closer inspection check  www.thedecoderring.com

To those who follow closely the developments in the packaging design world probably the Helping Remedies (pictured above) designed by the New York studio ChappsMalina won’t be something new. What captured mostly the attention of design one is not just lovely packagings but the serious strategic work behind the excellently crafted imageries. The studio focuses on strategic design solutions and that’s most vivid through their product design projects. You could get better idea of all this if you pay a visit to www.chappsmalina.com

This time design one finds its daily dose of inspiration from an ambitious and stylish Medusateam based at Lerida, Spain. Their scope of work stretches from identity to motion graphics and web design made with brilliance and style. The images shown here are just a tiny still powerful portion of what might be expected on their official site www.medusateam.com

Photography has many styles and sub-genres as most of the visual crafts, but no one could deny the lack of great photography in the era of overdigitalised society. Here design one presents an artist whose work consists of exploration, magic and great eye for composition – Marc Atkins. He is artist, photographer and videographer with no down in any of those. The space in this blog couldn’t hold all the accolades and exhibitions but what captures the attention is his recent artwork for the David Lynch debut album. However, if you feel excited about his work visit www.marcatkins.com

Photo Magic. Marc Atkins

Another catch of the design one radar comes from Australia. Toko is a multifaceted creative practice started at Rotterdam and relocated 2 years ago near Sydney. Their touch always leave a great mark of solid and concept related aesthetics. From logos and event graphics through magazine design to campaign and new media graphics, it all deserves more than mentioning – for better perspective www.toko.nu


There are some people that are incredibly good in blending what might seem unblendable. Lizzie Oxby is Royal College of Art graduate and is equally good in illustration and directing. She blends animation with live action to create visually unforgettable worlds. Her short “Ext. 21″ has gained vast international flair and if you have 10 minutes you will understand why. Enjoy the movie, leave the popcorn. To see her full scope of work please visit her official site http://lizzieoxby.com/

Surreal Beauty. Lizzie Oxby

The word “designer” might soon be outdated if more like Tokujin Yoshioka enter the scene. Design, architecture, art and installations from another space and time they all blend into an aesthetic feast to deliver new visual experience. The unprecedented views are often clean and minimal revealing the abilities of light to shape, tone and finally construct an extraterrestrial imagery at terrestrial altitudes.

The image above, Spectrum installation at Seoul’s MuseumBehindMuseum is part of an exhibition which has already expired, but new equally exciting projects are on their way: the new cellular phone “X RAY” designed for KDDI.