Load up on creative holiday gifts without leaving your actual home by shopping MyHabit, Amazon's take on the flash-sale craze. You know the drill: hefty discounts on brand-name merch for a limited time. The Amazon innovations include a fuss-free interface, integration with your existing Amazon account and free shipping, at lightning speed. Launched with an impressive assortment of fashion brands, the site continues to build up its home and design section. Recent sales have ranged from cult brands (Lexon, MIU France) to oddball treasures (a robot lamp made from industrial pipes, an iPhone cover printed with axes).
What do you get when you cross a haiku with a manifesto and multiply it by the power of the web? Multifesto, a communal design manifesto created by New York-based design consultancy 2x4. Have your say by adding a three-word call to arms in the form of a verb, preposition and noun. Then tell your creative friends to do the same. "Multifesto is born of the idea that design is a verb, not a product, and a collaborative endeavor, not the mark of an individual," says the team at 2x4. "We welcome contributions by designers everywhere and from every discipline."
"Posters are dissent made visible," says Elizabeth Resnick, a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. "They communicate, advocate, instruct, celebrate, and warn, while jarring us to action with their bold messages and striking iconography." Some 122 examples are on view in "Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age, 2001–2012," an exhibition organized by Resnick that is on view through August 28 at Pratt Manhattan Gallery before traveling to venues throughout the United States. The show's website includes a virtual poster gallery as well as Kenneth Fitzgerald's thoughts on the medium ("a paper cut like a knife," he concludes) and Steven Heller's illuminating interview with Resnick.
Jean Pigozzi is an eccentric millionaire with a sharp eye for contemporary art and a weakness for loudly patterned shirts. He needs your help. Pigozzi is expanding his wild and crazy menswear line, LimoLand, with a Zodiac-themed collection, and is looking for a few (OK, a dozen) out-of-this-world astrological designs. Submit your most "original, quirky, and colorful" concepts by the end of the month, and esteemed judges including Pigozzi and Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman will pick their favorites.
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, and the Society of Illustrators in New York is celebrating with a wild rumpus: an exhibition that brings together some 200 original works by Sendak, who died last year at the age of 83. On view through August 17, "Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work" features rare studies, sketches, photographs and ephemera, including previously unpublished artwork from Wild Things, all curated by rare-book dealers (and Sendak experts) Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David. Not bound for NYC this summer? Treat yourself to the stunning exhibition catalogue, out this month from Abrams.
Got a story to tell? Put down the pen and pick up a camera, because today the New York Photo Festival launches My Story, an international photography invitational. Open to photographers from all backgrounds and working in a variety of photographic media, the competition has lined up a judging panel that includes photojournalist and VII co-founder Ron Haviv and New York Times photographer James Estrin. Up for grabs is $2,500 in prizes and the opportunity to exhibit this summer at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn. Get your narrative juices flowing now, because the deadline for submissions is June 30.