Four recommendations from PSFK staff members to jumpstart your creative process

Whether we’re actively making or just looking to absorb something new, inspiration tends to come from all directions. Read on to find out what’s captivating PSFK staffers on the design front this week.

WATCH: Abstract, Christoph Niemann

Netflix’s docuseries Abstract: The Art of Design takes a fun, airy look at the practices of eight talents in different fields—including stage design, architecture, automotive design and footwear—that is reliably inspiring (if only to move you by envy over its subjects’ astounding projects). The first episode follows illustrator Christoph Niemann, whose whimsical style you might recognize from his ubiquitous magazine work, as he confronts the challenge of reimagining his 2D worlds to produce a 3D augmented reality cover for The New Yorker in 2016. It’s worth revisiting now, since Niemann’s cover for this week’s Fiction issue has a virtual reality component for readers to explore in a headset or web browser.

LISTEN: Sylvan Esso, What Now

If you’re looking for tunes to get your creativity flowing, PSFK designer Sasha Zwiebel recommends Sylvan Esso’s What Now, the latest album from the duo made up of instrumentalist Nick Sanborn and vocalist Amelia Meath. “When I’m designing, I’m looking for music that keeps me energized and inspired, and Sylvan Esso does just that. Sanborn’s beats keep me in the zone, while Meath’s voice brings a fresh tone to electronic.”

READ: Racked, Smart Clothing

In case you missed this Racked article on smart clothing a couple of weeks ago, it is a must-read on the future of fashion and the pioneering women creating it. Writer Leigh Cuen introduces us to wearable innovators like Michelle Hua (co-founder of Women of Wearables), Kristin Neidlinger of Sensoree and Pauline van Dongen. Among the extraordinary designs featured is Kathleen McDermott’s Social Escape Dress: a dramatic white garment that uses a skin-response sensor to emit a cloud of fog when its wearer feels uncomfortable.

Smart fashion: a mood sweater from Sensoree

SEE: High Tide, Dig Inn Packaging

Good packaging can make us covet just about anything. This week we had to look no further than High Tide’s recent branding project for ‘fast casual’ food chain Dig Inn. The gorgeous updates to take-out paraphernalia include paper bags, coffee cups and matches (pictured above). The match boxes’ simplicity coupled with a touch of the unexpected in their split text make them a particularly alluring design feat.


Lead Image: Dig Inn match boxes via High Tide

Whether we’re actively making or just looking to absorb something new, inspiration tends to come from all directions. Read on to find out what’s captivating PSFK staffers on the design front this week.

WATCH: Abstract, Christoph Niemann

Netflix’s docuseries Abstract: The Art of Design takes a fun, airy look at the practices of eight talents in different fields—including stage design, architecture, automotive design and footwear—that is reliably inspiring (if only to move you by envy over its subjects’ astounding projects). The first episode follows illustrator Christoph Niemann, whose whimsical style you might recognize from his ubiquitous magazine work, as he confronts the challenge of reimagining his 2D worlds to produce a 3D augmented reality cover for The New Yorker in 2016. It’s worth revisiting now, since Niemann’s cover for this week’s Fiction issue has a virtual reality component for readers to explore in a headset or web browser.