24 Hours Inside San Francisco’s Hotel Zeppelin

While the rest of the country is happily ensconced in the depths of summer, San Francisco is sticking to its on-brand misery, stubbornly abstaining from sun and happiness with its torturous mix of rain, pre-winter temperatures, and gale-force winds. Visiting San Francisco in summer is a near pointless exercise.

Some of the city’s hospitality providers are more aware of this fact than others. See, a hotel in this weather-challenged city has to take into account sometimes, guests may prefer to hang out in the hotel itself rather than face whatever godawful fate awaits them outside the door. And so, a hotel must provide not just sustenance but entertainment as well, in tasteful, well-designed surrounds that make one’s incarceration as appealing as possible.

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The Best Tokyo Travel Guide for Design Lovers

Whether you prefer the sliding doors and tatami-mat floors of traditionalism of Japanese kenchiku, the cement block minimalism of Tadao Ando, or the slick futurism of starchitect-designed fashion flagships, there’s no doubt about it: Tokyo is a design and architecture lover’s paradise. After all, this is a city that inspired Charlotte Perriand’s fresh approach to furniture design in the 1950s and many of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most revolutionary ideas about architecture. But in a city where meticulous design is, more often than not, a given (simply consider the toilets), selecting a list of destinations on their design merits alone can be daunting. Thankfully, we’ve assembled an agenda that balances old-world beauty, radical innovation, and just plain weird. But a word of advice: Don’t stick too close to any itinerary. The beauty of this endlessly dense city, is getting lost—whether within the countless stalls of Nakano Broadway, the anime-centric shopping mall beloved by artist Takashi Murakami, or the subterranean food halls embedded in Tokyo Station. The key is to alternate visual overload with moments of total zen.

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10 Dos and Don’ts for Creating a Music Website

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What does it take to design an effective music website? To find out, Consequence of Sound called up designer Laci Jordan, whose portfolio of work includes content for Disney Imagineering, ABC, and Creative Artists Agency. During our chat, she shared her dos and don’ts, and told me why she recommends Squarespace, the all-in-one website builder that she used to create the eye-catching, easy-to-navigate websites for artists ranging from Sharon Van Etten to Jamila Woods.

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Design and Art Lovers Will Want to Visit These 5 Places in August

August is prime time for summer travel, and if you haven’t planned a trip yet, now is the time to do so. Beyond the sun and sand, there are plenty of reasons to visit Nantucket, Massachusetts, which will host a design festival at the beginning of the month. On the west coast, the Emerald City entices with its Pacific Coast charm, perfect weather (for this time of year, anyway), and an art fair that’s becoming a major attraction. There’s no bad time to visit the California Wine Country, but Sonoma is especially enticing in August, when you can partake in the long-standing Art in the Redwoods Festival. In South America, the Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo will host its annual design festival, drawing design fans from across Latin America and beyond. Finally, Scandinavia comes alive with long, warm days, and Aarhus, Denmark, in particular is worth a trip for its annual festival.

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Tips to get started in the art of comic book writing and illustration

The annual ICON Comics and Games Convention is set to take place at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg this weekend.

The conference will host a series of tabletop and board gaming warfare, national tournaments, competitions as well as 40 panel and workshop presentations focusing on various topics such as the state of esports in South Africa, how to design monsters and aliens for games and how to get started on your own YouTube channel.

Looking at the topic of comic book writing and illustration, Azania Mosaka sat down with illustrator Sean Izaakse who is currently the artist on the ‘Avengers’ and ‘Champions’ comic books, as well as Jim Zub – a Marvel Comics author and currently the lead writer on the ‘Avengers’ and ‘Champions’ series of comic books.

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The Skateroom’s Limited-edition Deck Collection is Dedicated to Graphics and Illustration

the skateroom has teamed up with leading illustrators jeremyville, jean jullien and steven harrington for a new collection dedicated to graphics and illustration. the three have produced new work on limited-edition decks that employs their often sharp and clever social commentary. as with previous collaborations, including ai weiwei, grayson perry and andy warhol’s, the skateroom works together with skateistan – an international NGO – to donate 10% of the turnover to the support of social projects empowering at-risk children.

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The Top 5 Destinations Design and Music Lovers Should Visit in July

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Set your sights on these destinations perfect for art, design, and music lovers. Tokyo will host the massive Design Tokyo fair, which is a prime opportunity to scout out the latest in Japanese design. Cleveland will inaugurate an exciting new triennial of contemporary art, bringing new energy to the Rust Belt. A range of music and design events are coming to Santa Fe, including the city’s renowned opera season and the International Folk Art Market. Music lovers should book flights to Europe for the Festival da Jazz in St. Moritz and the Ravello Festival on Italy’s glorious Amalfi Coast.

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Best of the Best: The Year’s Most Exciting New Art Venues

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Of the eagerly anticipated inaugurations of new exhibition spaces for art over the past year, three stood out, warranting inclusion in Robb Report’s “Best of the Best” issue based on their innovative design and the sheer quality of the works on view. Our picks: the Jean-Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi, Axel Vervoordt’s Kaanal on the outskirts of Antwerp, and Hauser & Wirth’s new Asia outpost in the H Queens building in Central Hong Kong.

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