Fantastic Man

Curator: Ryan Essmaker
date: May 7, 2015
Categories: Book & Magazine Design
Tags: culture, Fashion, Magazine, men
Interior spread from Fantastic Man No. 21
Between The Gentlewoman and Fantastic Man, I’m a big fan of creative director Jop van Bennekom’s work. Fantastic Man recently celebrated their 10th anniversary with a redesign of their latest issue. I can’t say I’m a fan of the new cover, but the subtle changes in the interior are really fantastic (no pun intended) and worth perusing.  

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A Better Wedding Band For Active Husbands: McWhinney Designs

Curator: Femme Den
date: May 23, 2014
Categories: Experience Design
Tags: active, Design, husbands, jewelry, lifestyle, men, wedding, wedding rings

Tech designer Jeff McWhinney wondered why women tend to wear their wedding bands more than men–and then set out to innovate in an area that hadn’t seen change in decades. He noticed that traditional men’s rings not only look boring, but are often impractical for bicycling, golfing, climbing, running or anything active. They’re simply too large, difficult to remove when playing sports and operating machinery, and lack the level of style we’ve come to expect in women’s jewelry. However, as McWhinney told Fast Company: “Guys don't want a blingy diamond on their ring. It's just not our thing. What we do want is something that is functional, well-made, and kinda trick so we can show it off to our buddies."

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A Nike Fantasy Shop: Purple Unicorn Planet

Curator: Femme Den
date: May 21, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Entertainment Design, Information Design
Tags: Design, men, Nike, shoes, sneakers, trainers, women

Emily Hodgson and Emilie Riis love sneakers, or trainers, as they’re known in London, but were frustrated by the fact that many of the coolest designs are made in men’s sizes only. So they decided to do something about it, launching Purple Unicorn Planet, a fantasy shop created to inspire Nike to make trainers for men available in women’s sizes, too.


As Riis told Fast Company: “Trainers are unisex shoes and have been for awhile. But it seems we are still stuck in an outdated view on what kinds girls and boys, respectively, should wear. Girls don’t just want pink, purple, or banana yellow trainers.”

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Disrupting the Shaving Experience for Men: Harry's

Curator: Femme Den
date: May 19, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Brand & Identity Design, Experience Design, Packaging Design
Tags: business model, Design, disruption, experience, men, shaving

For years, Gillette and Schick owned 85% of the men’s shaving market, forcing men to choose between “over-priced, over-marketed razors that disrespect [their] intelligence, and low quality, cheap razors that disrespect [their] face.” The co-founders of Harry’s thought it was time to evolve the experience and offer men a more sophisticated, yet cheeky, shaving alternative at a fraction of the price.


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