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Pouria Savadkouei, Autotype's first scholarship recipient

Name: Pouria SavadkoueiScholarship: #1 - Industrial DesignSchool: Art Center College of DesignArea of Study: Transportation Design Pouria was born in Tehran, Iran, and for as long as he can remember, he’s always wanted to be a car designer. Now living in Pasadena, CA, and attending the Art Center College of Design, Pouria’s passion has fueled him to pursue a career in the world of automotive design. He tries to take a step toward realizing his childhood dream every day, one sketch at a time. “His portfolio shows a connection to his own personal design language. There is a mature continuity of shape and form that establishes his unique perspective while finding a home with each brand project. Always impressed when...
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Behind Erin Feinblatt’s Lens: Active lines and live moments

Erin Feinblatt is a born-and-bred California photographer, specializing in lifestyle and architectural photography and videography. A wildlife biologist in a past life, his acute observational skills with technical proficiency allows him to produce images that are genuine and timeless. What brought you to your craft? Erin Feinblatt: I’ve been a photographer most of my life. When I hit a dead end in my first career as a wildlife biologist it was my wife Brina that gave me a kick in the ass. She instilled the confidence to turn my passion for photography into a career. Where do you turn for inspiration?  EF: Ultimately my inspiration comes from the things I see through my own eyes. I don’t actively seek out...
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Everything We Know About Modernica, We Love

Family owned and operated, Modernica has been building each piece of furniture, one by one, at its home base in Los Angeles for over 25 years. They’re true masters of the lost art of high-pressure fiberglass molding: the team fashions each shell by hand using traditional construction methods—guided by a modern, geometric vision—that honors the tactile attributes unique to the fiberglass shell chair. We greatly respect Modernica’s approach to design. And we’re even more honored to be included as one of the select few retailers to carry Modernica and offer a platform for its fans to support both the brand and the future of design through our scholarship fund. We’re extremely fortunate to have Modernica Founder Jay Novak on the...
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Event: House Industries Lettering Workshop

Our friends at House Industries are hosting Freehand Lettering workshop with Ken Barber in New York City. If you're in the area it's not an event to be missed, but if you can't make it, find some inspiration with the (House Book) or other books from our library.  
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Timeless Design

From an early age my love for timeless design has guided my vision for brands. That love and appreciation has been passed down from generations. Quality, purpose, performance—the most essential elements of a brand, carried through in one: Porsche.—Derek Galkin  Happy Birthday dad!
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Build your own ICON exclusively at Autotype

Nowhere else. We're it. Away from home base, Autotype is the only place where you can find and build your own ICON FJ or ICON BR, and of course, bid on the custom, one-of-a-kind Autotype + ICON BR Old School #66. These tailor-made machines are singular feats of engineering, each lovingly made under the genius of ICON founder Jonathan Ward. Build your own chariot, master any terrain, and invest in the future of design. Only at Autotype.
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A conversation with ICON's Jonathan Ward on style and 'Bespoke Utility'

Derek Galkin: There are very few people whom I've met on my journey who can identify, understand, and appreciate functional, clean, timeless industrial design. The catalyst of our friendship. Jonathan Ward (of ICON) and I have been friends for over seven years, and not once had he ever invited me to his house. Our usual preferred meeting spot has always been ICON HQ, a space I’ve always found fun and malleable, the local watering hole for a casual drink or an event where we were mutually invited. What would his house be like—what style of architecture? What furniture? What influence does Jamie (his better half, and my personal favorite of the two) have in the house, and does it spar...
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Brotherhood (and sisterhood)

A nod to the brotherhood of creators and designers…it's time to get real, get focused and get into the weeds. When we started autotype, we wanted to slow down, get inspired by the things we love and metaphorically get stuck in the minutiae.  An exercise in thoughtful fruitlessness, this could be the beginning of our end. We hope you get distracted as much as we do. About the image: New Order. Brotherhood. From my personal teenage album collection, a small selection of which has travelled around with me for years. One of my favorite album cover designs by Peter Saville, not shown here but inspired me long before I became a designer.
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The prize inside

Love. graphic. art. books. Books are an adventure, they are timeless. Poseidon is no exception. This one came from my random monthly outing to the local comic book store. I routinely pass by the comics (no because I don't like them) in search of that something that calls out to me this month. Could be the binding, the wrapper, the shape, the neglect, the location on the shelf, a stranger I'm inviting home for the first time. -Tu Pham
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