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Foosball Tournament
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To Iceland and Back Again
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TWO phones too many: Astro x Krimston
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NASA Brand Guide
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Live Stream in 360°
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The Sultan of Suave
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Baller sound that won't drain your wallet
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XOXO XBOX
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9.27.2015
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NASA Brand Guide
The original NASA brand guide has been making its rounds on the blogs; we saw it on HYPEBEAST then found the ORIGINAL SOURCE. Here are some of our favorite images.
8.31.2015
Posted by Tom Galbraith
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Pins for the Win
With enamel pins trending in streetwear, we were inspired and designed our first collection celebrating our #FIGHTGRAVITY campaign. These little guys have proven to be popular, so save some space on your lapels for our next collection.
7.6.2015
Posted by David Whetstone
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So many watches I need 8 arms
The updated color ways for Minus 8's Layer 24 collection have just dropped in. In this follow up collection, we were inspired by bold color blocking, and userd the unique layer construction to create new, unexpected color and material finish separations in the case. New details include various enamel and lume-filled branded etching which adds depth to smooth case geometry. Look for new Minus 8 watch models soon.
9.22.2015
Posted by Tom Galbraith
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Dodgeball Uniforms
Airbrush painting has long lived in mall kiosks, county fair booths and/or street fairs. Malcolm Stuart is keeping this art form in thrive-mode working out his loft in Oakland painting his perfect mix of pop and beauty. Malcolm got his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Shortly after graduating he didn't really know what his next step would be, so he started an airbrush apprenticeship at a shop in Green Acres Mall in Jamaica, Queens called Art of Your Mind.
At Astro we love the quick vibrant color because we want it FUN! We are so glad Malcolm took to the airbrush, because now we have these KILLER dodgeball t-shirts. Check out more of Malcolm's work here and follow him on Instagram!
9.22.2015
Posted by Tom Galbraith
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Baller sound that won't drain your wallet
Motorola just released the Astro designed Moto Pulse on-ear headphones. These cans boast 40mm speaker drivers and bluetooth connectivity up to 60 feet. The battery also lasts up to 18 hours on a single charge. Yes they look awesome, yes they sound killer, but the real lure just may be their affordability. $59.99 out the door! The Pulse comes in two colors to choose from, black and chalk. Check out the positive reviews in TheVerge and Engadget, then go slap a pair on your earholes!
11.25.2015
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To Iceland and Back Again
Recently our designer Francois Dransart visited Iceland with his buddies. The week long trip took him through space-like sparseness to lush, gushing waterfalls and fantastic hot springs. He somehow got a drone through customs without a hitch, so now we get to see Iceland through Francois’ eyes. Enjoy!
12.22.2015
Posted by Tom Galbraith
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Getting Gifty With It
Coming from a long line of DIY designers, thinkers, and tinkerers, it’s no surprise that we at Astro take Secret Santa serious. After the traditional drawing of co-workers names from a hat, there are only two rules for the gift exchange. Firstly, you can’t make people cry, and secondly no live animals. The gifts often fit into a medium-to-harsh roast type scenario, but not always. Sometimes the gifts are killer hand-made gifts from an awesome person you work with. That’s just the luck of the draw. This was the 21st annual gift exchange, but the first for a good handful of new designers that were indoctrinated. Always super fun, and Karson in particular can’t wait till next year.
01.21.2016
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Broad Exploration
Last week I was in LA with a few hours to kill and found myself standing in front of a huge honeycomb-like structure. I quickly identified it as The Broad, L.A.'s New Contemporary Art Museum. The museum was designed by Diller Scofidio and Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, and the admission is FREE!
The Broad has an impressive collection of influential artists from the 1950s to the present. The first floor featured present day artists with paintings and sculptures by Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami. Perhaps my favorite thing there was Kusama's Infinity Room, a small mirror-lined room with hanging LED lights that seemed endless.
The installation continued on the third floor with works from the 50’s including Jasper Johns, the 60’s: Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol. The 80’s were represented by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons amongst others.
If art is not your jam, just go and walk around in there, just for the architecture alone. Take some photos (they allow photography) and post to Instagram. People will think you’re cool.

If you plan to visit, make reservations online to avoid long wait times. The infinite room has an especially long line because space is limited.
2.10.2016
Posted by Tom Galbraith
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Draplin Design’s California Compiled
We are super psyched to receive this new poster from Aaron Draplin and his Draplin Design Company from Portland OR. Astro is logo-checked in Draplin’s homage to the behemoth that is California. In this print titled California Compiled, Astro shares real estate with the likes of WD-40, Bigfoot, Thrasher Magazine and Pavement. We would like to thank Aaron for including us in this killer poster. Get one of these mega-rare posters for your wall here. California dreaming indeed!
2.19.2016
Posted by Dennice Quijano
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Rugs With Soul, Made By Expert Hands
BiYuu is a textile design brand that creates beautiful woven rugs. These rugs are led by Marisol Centeno, who founded the brand in 2012. The designer's vision is to create textiles with a strong vision of quality, cutting-edge design and social responsibility.

BiYuu takes care of our planet and pays attention to the current state of environmental precarity using earth-friendly, sustainable materials. Implementing small-scale artisanal production, BiYuu supports the custodianship of our natural resources.

Marisol Centeno, lead designer, works closely with artisans from Teotenango, Mexico where rug weaving has been a tradition for decades. BiYuu is a fair trade company and uses prices that balance with the market, respects local customs, and all while understanding the process and time it takes to create a handmade product.

03.03.2016
Posted by Tom Galbraith
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Tahoe Snowcation
Ahhh, Snowcation!

Check out the snowboard selfie-stick goPro skills of our designer Francois. We had a blast rolling up to Tahoe.

Most of our crew will probably remember the snowy peaks atop Heaveny, but I’m not sure what I’ll remember most. Will I remember the snow, the fish tacos, pool sharking, relaxing, hiking, thrift shopping, or the persistent rash on my leg from the hot tub? I guess it doesn’t really matter, it seems I’m set to remember it all. #snowisdope
03.11.2016
Posted by Sean Missal
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ArtVenture
February was a long month of traveling for our industrial designer, Sean Missal. He traveled up and down the west coast before making his way east, hitting up a variety of galleries and museums along the way.
LA Art Show
LA Convention Center
www.laartshow.com

My travel started in LA at the same time as the LA Art Show. This exhibition had so much breadth that it was hard to take everything in, but as a designer my attention was drawn to form and sculpture. There were a lot of pieces exhibited by the original artists from the Light and Space movement that stemmed out of Southern California in the 1960’s. The overall gestures of these pieces and the presence they held in the space was really inspiring, and the interplay between form and lighting was a great inspiration for its application in the work we do designing products.

Kehinde Wiley
Seattle Art Museum
www.seattleartmuseum.org/wiley

Kehinde Wiley’s work is impressive on so many levels, from scale and detail to content. While his past work focused on celebrities and pop stars, Wiley’s newest works tries to reimagine and empower ordinary people of color. Done in the style of 18th century portraiture, these pieces were massive with ornate details and striking compositions. Alongside his paintings, Wiley had a mix of sculpture and stained glass installations that drew attention to the details of his work as well as help highlight his overall message. Definitely recommend popping in on this one if you find yourself in Seattle.

Break Bread/Baker's Son
Think Tank Gallery in LA
www.thinktankgallery.org/break-bread-press-release

My favorite show by far was Break Bread, a joint art installation between Scott Hove and my friend Keith Magruder (Baker’s Son). The Think Take website describes the show best; “a whimsical candyland with a dark twist, Break Bread is filled with floor-to-ceiling cake sculptures, cake chambers, and a nostalgic watercolor ice cream truck.” The space was a crazy mix of art, light, candy, and installations. The contrast between Keith’s watercolor and Scott’s cake based work meant there was always something eye-catching that kept me moving through the space.

Corning Museum of Glass
Corning, NY
www.cmog.org

During a quick visit to the East Coast, I had the chance to check out the Corning Museum of Glass. My visit was brief, so I only glimpsed part of the museum’s extensive collection. They are world renowned for their comprehensive and celebrated glass collection, showing pieces from more than 3,500 years ago. The little time I did have was spent at the new Contemporary Art and Design wing. Not only is the glass collection amazing and inspiring, but the building itself is just as impressive, a stark flowing interior to contrast the colorful and delicate glass pieces. A beautiful space filled with beautiful work.
3.25.2016
Posted by Tom Galbraith
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Flying Motorcycles!
Astro’s Norio Fujikawa has been very active lately. Currently, Norio’s design concept that mixes motorcycles, space flight and Japanese animation is featured in Forbes’ Lifestyle section. Check it OUT!.
4.01.2016
Posted by Clare Nauman
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TWO phones too many: Astro x Krimston
Krimston came to us with a love for their iPhones and travel. But with the all of the travel came high roaming fees and a constant switching between work and personal phones. We worked with Krimston to design TWO, a, iPhone case that is also a dual SIM card, so all of a users’ contacts and information can stay in one place without having multiple phones. Check out Krimston’s Kickstarter here!
04.03.2016
Posted by Tom Galbraith
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Foosball Tournament
Last week, we had a gigantic blast competing with Frog Design in an action-packed foosball tournament here at Astro. If you didn’t know, we take our foosball serious here, or more importantly, we are serious about looking good while playing and winning foosball. We designed our first AFC (Astro Foosball Club) t-shirts and patches, as well as a gold trophy to match. Frog took the bait, I mean accepted our invitation to this evening of foos, brews, pizza and beats. With sheer tenacity and skills, Astro emerged victorious!Mega-good–times! We can’t wait to beat another design group in some sort of amusement game. Snooker, Air Hockey? Pop-A-Shot? Bring it on!
4.22.2016
Posted by Clare Nauman
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Live Stream in 360°
In the world of live video streaming, we are used to seeing video in two dimensions, with images framed up in 90 degree angles. With the latest work we did with VideoStitch, live streaming in 360 degrees is now possible. We worked with the VideoStitch team to create Orah 4i, a four-camera rig that stitches images together to create a 360 degree virtual reality experience. The tiny size means the Orah 4i is inconspicuous and portable. We also created the naming and branding for Orah, making a totally custom font. This little camera rig is making some buzz, and we think The Verge says it best.
04.27.2016
Posted by Brett Lovelady
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The Sultan of Suave
Recently I attended the Oscar de le Renta exhibit at the San Francisco De Young Museum with my lovely wife and daughter for a grand afternoon of American (via Dominican Republic) fashion history. ODLR’s genius is on full display in this collection. We especially enjoyed “The Sultan of Suave’s” work inspired by thematic locations like Russia, China, Spain, etc. in addition to his bold use of colors, textures, detailing and materials which were amazingly crafted and executed. He often designed for the America’s First Ladies and Hollywood elite, but just as impressive was his work and support for the struggling children of his native Dominican Republic. For more background also checkout his website timeline, http://www.oscardelarenta.com/world-of-oscar.
5.04.2016
Posted by Tom Galbraith
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XOXO XBOX
It’s with bleary eyes and callused fingers that we heard it was game over for the production of the Xbox360 as of April, 2016. Working on the Xbox360 console, controllers and family of accessories was the start of a long running collaboration between ASTRO and Microsoft. Originally released November 22nd 2005, the Xbox360 has since sold over 84 million units and racked up over 78 billion gaming hours played. It is fantastic to be part of the Xbox legacy, which also arguably set the bar for game controllers to this day (they’re still in production). We’d like to also Hi5 the army of creative people that bled into this product family, it was a great run. For more information about our design process and pictures of early Xbox 360 models, check our product page.