The word "Takkoda" is derived from the Sioux word meaning ‘friend to all’. The company with the same name was created because of their love of animals and because they see pets as big personalities.
Takkoda is all about funny images of our favorite friends. They photograph real pets in their homes and capture their natural expressions in their natural state! Later they develop their characters by dressing them up digitally to bring out their iconic personalities. They don't dress them up for real silly!
For 2013, they've got both a PETS ROCK wall calendar and desk calendar available:
The 2013 PETS ROCK Wall Calendar:
The 2013 PETS ROCK Desk Calendar:
Here's their entire cast of characters, available on mugs, coasters, cards, homewares, clothing and more:
Shop for these and many other items here.
The Spectacularly Sparkly 2013 German Vogue Swarovski Horoscope Calendar Combines Gorgeous Photography, Fashion and Jewelry.
German Vogue and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS have teamed up to produce a series of images for a stunning new 2013 calendar. An impressive collaboration between photographer Lado Alexi (who has shot the calendar for the previous two years) Hamburg-born high-concept stylist Dennis Blys, and Ukrainian über make-up artist, Natalie Franz, the calendar features Swarovski crystallized jewelry and fashions by various designers. From dominatrix chic to modern Marie Antoinette, sci-fi siren to glamour goddess, and whimsical wood nymph to elegant eye candy, these glamazons project an attitude both provocative and remote.
above: Cover image features a crystal-sprinkled veil and headpiece unique to SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Design, her sculptural earrings are by Chaingang and statement necklace by Simon Harris.
above: January’s sci-fi snow queen wears a bolero by Bea Valdes and a bracelet by Ikone Paris, both embellished with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS
above: February is all feminine fringing on a crystal-bedecked bolero by Bea Valdes, echoed in a necklace and bracelet by Art Wear Dimitriadis, with a body by Dawid Tomaszewski. All items are made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.
above: March’s mysterious, crystal-encrusted mask is a unique piece by SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Design, with earrings and ring from Otazu’s Precious Flowers Collection, both available at SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED™.
above: April is a springtime fantasy in a Dawid Tomaszewski top and ‘Fatal Dress’ from Wolford, accessorized with a glittering belt from Marjana von Berlepsch and long cuff by Philippe Audibert, made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.
above: May’s divinely decadent look comes courtesy of Jenny Manik Mercian’s eye-popping necklace and bracelets from Fotis Somos. High Class Dessous from Bordelle (customized design by SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS).
above: June’s languid allure is achieved in a Michalsky jacket with bejeweled epaulettes, a short necklace and ring by Sabrina Dehoff, and a long necklace from Ben-Amun, each richly embellished with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.
above: July radiates fearless glamour clad in a Chapurin ‘haute armor’ mini-dress, with a warrior-princess bracelet from Marjana von Berlepsch (left) and gladiator cuff by Marmén (right)—all items are studded with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.
above: August’s bewitching creature of the forest wears a lavishly baroque, face-framing headdress and a dramatic body piece from David Mandel’s The Show Must Go On collection, ablaze with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.
above: September’s ethereal spirit seems to have stepped out of a dream, with her intricately ornate necklace and bracelet from David Mandel’s The Show Must Go On collection, both made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.
above: October’s bodypiece, designed by On Aura tout Vu, is fashioned from gleaming ropes of creamy, macramé-style pearls from SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.
above: November’s darkly decadent mood is captured in a short necklace by Otazu, long necklace by Delphine Charlotte Parmentier, and ring by Marmén—all available at SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED™. The unique walking stick is from SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Design.
above: December’s futuristic femme fatale is sleekly attired in a couture dress designed by Augustin Teboul and cascading necklace by Janete Zamboni with bold statement cuffs by Sahani, resplendent with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.
Several of the lovely pieces shown in these images can be purchased from Swarovski Crystallized.
Here's a look at 'The Making Of' The Vogue Swarovski Horoscope calendar:
all information and photos courtesy of Swarovski
The "2012 Typographic Wall Calendar" is a project to produce a large (70cm x 100cm / 27.56in x 39.37in) printed wall calendar for the year 2012. The calendar is made of two-thousand and twelve used keyboard keys. The keys are arranged manually by German typographer Harald Geisler to write out all days of the year 2012.
This is a real, usable calendar. The Typographic Calendar makes finding dates a fun and creative process. The keys are arranged in a grid. If you read them from left to right, they read each day of the year in sequence: January Sun 01 Mon 02 Tue 03 etc. You can think of it like a long array, sequence or string of all dates in the year. To make things easier, every month is differentiated by an "arrow key." This enables you to scan the grid for a specific month before beginning to search for the day. After a bit of practice, you can orient yourself quickly within the grid. You can also use certain brands of whiteboard markers to write events onto the calendar.
The calendars layout is simple, despite looking otherwise at first glance. Harald imagined a person working in an office typing every day of the year down like a text, every pressed key literally appears on the calendar. The keys are arranged in a grid. You read the composition just like a text: from left to right and top to bottom. The line breaks at the end of the canvas and the code continues on the left side again–like a monospaced typewriter. The entire text of the calendar fits on one big page, 70 x 100cm.
above: The 2011 calendar, made of two-thousand and eleven keys
The project is being funded on Kickstarter, where you can get a print of the 2012 calendar for just $35.
support it here.
Prints of the calendar
The printed Typographic Wall Calendar reproduces the keys in their actual size. The size of the print is B0 (70cm x 100cm / 27.56in x 39.37in). It's printed in four color offset on thick paper and UV coated to protect the print from scratches and the colors from bleaching.
You can order prints of the wall calendar from Harald's site here.
above: cover for 2012 Lavazza Calendar by Ellen von Unwerth
The 2012 Lavazza Calendar
The Lavazzers is the name of the twentieth edition of the Lavazza Calendar, which in celebration of such an important event reunites 12 of the masters of photography that helped to make the Lavazza Calendar such a success over the years: Erwin Olaf, Thierry Le Gouès, Miles Aldridge, Marino Parisotto, Eugenio Recuenco, Elliott Erwitt, Finlay MacKay, Mark Seliger, Annie Leibovitz, Albert Watson, David LaChapelle, Ellen von Unwerth.
They put themselves enthusiastically into play, celebrating their most intimate relationships with the Lavazza coffee through self-portraits. The 12 photographers, just like any closely knit team, were led by the Armando Testa agency, which was in charge of producing also this edition of the Lavazza Calendar and was art-directed by Fabio Novembre. The photographers interpreted themselves in innovative, unusual and imaginative shots.
LOCATION: Studio Erwin Olaf, Amsterdam
PHOTOGRAPHER ASSISTANTS: Wouter van Gens, Alessandro Pisano
STYLISTS: Monica Petit & Maartje Wevers
MAKE-UP ARRIST: Annemiek Bohnenn
SET DESIGN: Floris Vos
MODELS: Tabarra Diop, Irene Hoek, Jason King, Sefton Clarke, Chantal Hanse, Lotte Valk
POST PRODUCTION: Wieger Poutsma, Fisk-Imaging
THIERRY LE GOUÈS
LOCATION: Upper East Studio, Paris
PHOTOGRAPHER ASSISTANT: Benoit Palluel
MAKE-UP ARTIST: Audrey Gautier
MODEL: Sahara Koné
POST PRODUCTION: Bepong
MILES ALDRIDGE (see Miles Aldridge's 2010 Lavazza calendar)
LOCATION: Big Sky Studios, London
PHOTOGRAPHER ASSISTANTS: Benjamin Madgwick, Tom Moran, Daniel Smith
STYLIST: Cathy Kasterine
MODEL: Ruby Aldridge
HAIR STYLIST: Kerry Warn
MAKE-UP ARTIST: Alice Ghendrih
SET DESIGN: Andy Hillman
POST PRODUCTION: Tapestry
PHOTOGRAPHER ASSISTANT: Silvio Repetto
STYLIST: Maky Hanykova
HAIR STYLIST & MAKE-UP ARTIST: Gianni Di Muro
MODELS: Katerina, Kristina H, Olena, Tereza
COSTUMES: La Perla, Verde Veronica, Verdissima, Via Uno, Mario Valentino, Sartoria De Valle
LOCATION: Eric Dover Studio, Madrid
PHOTOGRAPHER ASSISTANTS: Pedro Galan, Dani Torres, Camilo Germain
STYLIST: Eugenio Recuenco
HAIR STYLIST & MAKE-UP ARTIST: Lewis Amarante
SET DESIGN: Eric Dover
POST PRODUCTION: Paz Otero, Focal Imagen
LOCATION: Central Park, New York City
PHOTOGRAPHER ASSISTANT: Mio Nakamura
FINLAY MACKAY (see Finlay Mackay's 2008 Lavazza calendar)
LOCATION: Film Plus Studios, London
PHOTOGRAPHER ASSISTANT: Jake Green
MAKE-UP ARTIST: Bill Turpin
SET DESIGN: Matt Duddleston
POST PRODUCTION: Box New York
MARK SELIGER (see Mark Seliger's 2011 Lavazza calendar)
LOCATION: Mark Seliger Studio, New York City
HAIR STYLIST: Zaiya Latt
MAKE-UP ARTIST: Regine Thorre
MODEL: Misty Copeland
POST PRODUCTION: Printed at Norkin Digital Art, Ltd
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ (see Annie Leibovitz' 2009 Lavazza calendar)
LOCATION: Plano, Illinois
LOCATION: 69 Gansevoort Street, New York City
HAIR STYLIST & MAKE-UP ARTIST: Trevor Bowden
LOCATION: Hana, Hawaii
PHOTOGRAPHER ASSISTANTS: Drew Dawson, Tyson Lee Smyer, Jacob Schmidt
HAIR STYLIST: Larry McDaniel
MAKE-UP ARTIST: Sharon Gault
SET DESIGN: Henric Nieminen
Inside back cover:
ELLEN VON UNWERTH
LOCATION: Chez Regine, Paris
PHOTOGRAPHER ASSISTANTS: Joris Rossi, Yvan Gherman, Jerome Vivet
STYLIST: Joanna Schlenzka
HAIR STYLIST: Ed Moeland
MAKE-UP ARTIST: Cathyanne McAllister
MODEL (COVER): Valerie van der Graaf
SUPERVISION & COORDINATION
Lavazza Corporate Image - Advertising Department
CREATIVE PROJECT: Armando Testa
EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michele Mariani
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Andrea Lantelme
COPYWRITER: Federico Bonenti
CON TE PARTIRO’ CREDITS
ART DIRECTION: Fabio Novembre
PROJECT MAPPING: Apparati Effimeri
DIGITAL PROJECT: Neotokio!
POST PRODUCTION: Garret Suhrie
PHOTOGRAPHER ASSISTANTS: Nick Rogers, Matthias Gaggl
The 2012 Lavazza Calendar is accompanied by an exhibition at the Triennale di Milano – Teatro dell’Arte which takes a look at all the Lavazza calendars for the past 20 years:
The exhibit and installation, LAVAZZA CON TE PARTIRO’, was also art directed by Fabio Novembre and includes the following:
all information and images courtesy of Lavazza and Fabio Novembre
View an interactive look at 20 years of Lavazza calendars here