Aris Tatalovich Moves To Home Décor by Alex Young

Great design is familiar. Something has to hit. Themes continue from project to project and make a mark. Find the signature.

Since releasing his ROY G BIV duffle bag and Stingray backpack, colorful straps begin to be Aris Tatalovich's hallmark. This time, Tatalovich cuts straps to adorn pillows that resemble fruity Starbursts. He's even got cushions that look like pies. Tatalovich has teased this pillow for some time by posing his face with a Tatalovich sleeping mask on surrounded by square, plush pillows. It's just cozy, and the product makes sense for the designer who could easily transition from fashion accessories to home décor. In a recent Instagram post, Tatalovich said he'd release the pillows at the end of June with a $68 price tag.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Aris Tatalovich pillows and his movements in New York City with style icons like Malachai Spivey. By the way, Tatalovich's pillows aren't the only decorative pillow set from a Steel City native that's got the internet hype.

FlickChix by Maxwell Young

 F*ck Donald Trump.  Roll up. Courtesy of  FlickChix

F*ck Donald Trump.  Roll up. Courtesy of FlickChix

You may already know Love.Char through her sultry themed Instagram photos or seen LifeofLanie in one of her many YouTube vlogs and beauty videos.  Separately, sisters Char and Lanie have grown and leveraged their social media platforms to explore aspects within the music and entertainment journalism industries, as far as styling on set for music videos or interning at The Fader, but their platforms have also provided interesting entrepreneurial opportunities.  Char parlayed her popularity into merchandise appropriate for her cool, curly-haired lifestyle selling lighters, rolling trays, hair picks, and hair products. Lanie, on the other hand, has utilized her talent for graphic design and web development to make custom websites and banners for other social media personalities, while also designing a makeup box: Sweater Weather.  Together, they have teamed up to launch FlickChix, a one-stop shop for custom lighters.

"Char and I started FlickChix because it was the perfect way to join forces.  I'm a graphic designer, and Char had already been selling lighters with her pictures on it.  You rarely see lighters with eye catching graphics on them, so we decided to create some with the intent of people collecting them and displaying them when the lighter fluid runs out," says Lanie.

Rather than buy another generic Bic lighter in a color you've undoubtedly had several times over, not to mention letting a friend steal it, head to FlickChix for a unique lighter experience. The sister's inaugural collection is politically charged, featuring a vintage Barack Obama and a sinister President Trump, although collections will change periodically.  FlickChix also offers a custom lighter service. Perhaps you wanted your own special lighters for an event or your own brand.  Customers can submit their own photos and designs, and FlickChix will create that one-of-a-kind lighter.  Your shopping for dope ass lighters begins here. Spark up in style.

Uber Redesigns Logo by Maxwell Young

For six short years, we've been able to discern the Uber Technolgies logo by the metallic silver "U"s stuck on the windows of countless Uber Xs and XLs that have reimagined how we get from point A to point B.

As of yesterday, the company has changed its iconography for a graphic less conservative. Colorful and abstract, the logo redefines the company's image as something more comprehensive than a ride-sharing service.

The brand new logo, which will appear on updated versions of the mobile application, is based off of the bit and atom, two of the most important developments in human history.  According to their video that unveiled the logo redesign, the bit, the smallest unit of data in a computer, signifies the complex and advanced technologies Uber is using to express an effortless and refined logistics platform.  The atom, or the basic unit of a chemical element, which is present in everything, represents the rapidly expanding cities the company operates in as well as the goods they serve. 

In an attempt to appear less aggressive and overpowering in international markets where Uber threatens to displace taxi drivers, the redesign will allow each regional arm of the company to have its own country-specific color and pattern palettes alongside five global visuals.

Whether it be cost effective transportation with UberPool or their foray into delivering fresh food to your doorstep with UberEats, Uber is constantly thinking about human interaction in society.  The artistic translation of opaque electron clouds represented by the hues of blue and the rendition of binary code symbols reinforces Uber's role in the physical world as the intersection of technology and lifestyle meets logistics. 

Time will tell if the new Uber icons are synonymous with the brand, like the classic "U" symbol.  In the meantime, check out the company's video highlighting its newest adjustment here.

Here Active Listening Gives Users Control of Audio Environments by Alex Young

Imagine a world where you could personalize your live audio environment; you are on a train and the crying baby next to you is deafening or you are walking through the city and the hustle and bustle is too distracting, with Here Active Listening you can adjust these sounds for a pleasing, enhanced audio environment. "Use two wireless, in-ear buds and a smartphone app to control what you hear and how you hear it," says the product's description. Here is essentially the first development in "hearable" technology, because it allows users to control real world volume and mix their world with the live music equalizer, reduce the reverb at a concert or crank the bass at a violin recital. The developing team, Doppler Labs, also includes preset filters that combine volume, EQ, and effects to elevate the audio environment, such as "Hendrix" for a rock 'n' roll vibe. See the product in action in the video below, and note Here Active Listening is simply a prototype now, but you can move the project along by backing its KickStarter campaign here.

Architecture in the District by Maxwell Young

The Enlightenment period is largely charged with the origin of the ideals and principles with which our nation was founded.  Moreover, it is also the period that saw a revitalization of architectural motifs that were reminiscent of Greek and Roman antiquity, ushering in an age of neoclassical motifs.

Fourteen years after our founding, the District of Columbia was established as the new permanent capital for a young, budding nation.  Pierre Charles L'Enfant, a French engineer, along with Thomas Jefferson and George Washington himself are majorly responsible for the plan of the city.  On uncharted territory, these men were tasked with developing an urban plan and construction of buildings that embodied the inalienable rights our founders declared self evident.  As residents and tourists of the capital will note, the public walk (today's National Mall) and monumental building such as the US Capitol and US Treasury buildings are not only symbols of such ideals, but are also embedded in the neoclassical forms that proliferated major cities throughout the Enlightenment period.

We've all seen these buildings, though.  I mean, once you've seen the White House you sort of get the gist of the integration of columns, balustrades, and temple fronts in the federal motif. What about the buildings we overlook on a daily basis? The houses, converted office buildings, or churches tourists and residents walk past every day are also integral to the narrative of the District's development.  Structures like the Octagon House, which are in some cases over 200 years old, are somewhat muted by the commercialized cityscape, but their detail and use of elements native to the land are quite remarkable.  Check out the images below, and if you're ever in the district, be sure to check out institutions like, the American Institute of Architects, or neighborhoods such as Dupont Circle that offers an interesting perspective of what the nation's capital looked like many many years ago.