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Sometimes designing for clients is not enough. Maybe not enough creativity. Maybe not enough money coming through the door. Who knows? but more and more Graphic Designers are using their creativity to break into the retail market.

A great example is Oh Boy! design artifacts, who used to be known as Oh Boy! a Design Company, a San Franciso based firm with a strong portfolio specializing in Annual Reports. They even changed their name to Reservoir, to allow their Oh Boy! reputation to carry their retail line. Which is really nice by the way.

Other Designers who have taken a shot at retail are Tibor Kalman, with a line of really cool paperweights and Massimo Vignelli, with a not so exciting watch.

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PUBLISHED ON Oct.18.2002 BY Armin
Jon’s comment is:

I was always a fan of the M&Co watches. It's not linked here, but I liked the fuzzy numbers one the best.

On Oct.18.2002 at 02:37 PM
Sam’s comment is:

Don't forget Emigre. They've been putting out T-shirts, pajamas, mouse pads, and music for over a decade.

On Oct.18.2002 at 11:33 PM
Armin’s comment is:

>Don't forget Emigre.

True. Lots of merchandise there.

But only designers know about emigre and know where to buy their products, which is online. I've seen their mousepads in a few museum stores, two or three. As opposed to the Oh Boy! line which you can buy anywhere in the US and in most boutiquey stores.

On Oct.19.2002 at 11:19 AM
pk’s comment is:



that is all.

On Oct.20.2002 at 02:53 AM
Jose Luis’s comment is:

100 starck objects

target as well

someone is doing something right there...

On Oct.20.2002 at 04:12 AM
Jose Luis’s comment is:

Just remembered..

I worked this guy years ago that has had a quite succesful design practice http://www.cronan.com/ for 28 years now.

In 1992 he launched http://www.walkingman.com/ which won a

consumer product gold award from I.D mag and Honorable mention form the Cooper Hewitt Museum in NY.

I guess the guy does know a thing or two from crossover....

On Oct.20.2002 at 04:29 AM