July 14, 2008
Posted By: Sheri

Biking over the Pulaski Bridge into Greenpoint the other night I spotted this amazing graffiti. Woven out of plastic bags into the fence it is the NYC skyline. If the buildings were lit you could see that the Empire State building lines up perfectly in it’s outline on the fence. The view from this bridge is always magical, but this put me over the top. Kudos to the artist for finding a clever way to re-purpose plastic bags.

June 24, 2008
Posted By: Sheri

As you already know I love Kiosk. And as you already know, we hate plastic bags. Therefore it should come as no surprise that I’ll be rushing off to check out Jason Rosenberg’s art and commerce inspired “plastic bag happening” at Kiosk June 27 – July 1. It seems that Jason will help you give your plastic bag a new life. I might have 2663 or so plastic bags lying around here, maybe I’ll turn one into a rain hat. Read more

June 4, 2008
Posted By: Marc

Plastic bags have been on our minds quite a bit these days as MSLK prepares for our art project in Nevada at the end of the summer.

A refreshing alternative to the endless toxic bounty of plastic bags are durable, reusable ones. Our friend and colleague, Carrie Hamilton, has design and produced one which combines usefulness with a dash of whimsy, as it lovingly borrows from the vernacular of iconic plastic shopping bag designs.

For a great description and a link to purchase…

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April 21, 2008
Posted By: ellen

Target Newsweek Ad

Target used Newsweek’s green issue last week to offer a solution to some of the plastic bag waste they’re responsible for producing. Teaming up with Terracycle, they’re asking users to mail in all their plastic Target bags in return for a reusable tote – the Retote. The best part about the call to action is the way plastic bags are mailed in. The cover of the magazine becomes the pouch for your plastic bags. Tear off the cover, use a little tape to seal the edges and stuff all your target bags into the pouch. The postage is prepaid and the address is listed on the front of the pouch making it simple to drop into the mail.
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July 25, 2016
Posted By: Marc

There’s a longstanding industry term for the visual aspect of packaging: “Decoration.” Unfortunately, this arcane term represents everything wrong with the old way of thinking — that design is merely a façade to “fancy something up.” If a brand views design as the exterior of their packaging, they’re likely missing out on the deeper connection design has to a brand . Good design can inform the way the products are organized through to how the information is meant to be revealed at retail.

Too often we see great packaging containing lousy products, and vice versa. So few are able to deliver on the promise of the packaging. Personal care products share an intimate relationship with you. They are on your body all day! If it seems as if the people making the product have never spoken to the people designing the packaging, you’re right on the money.

Why is this so? It’s usually a strict adherence to “the way things were” and an unwillingness to deviate from processes that have been in place for decades. Unwillingness to take risks is likely the main reason so few companies adopt more modern working practices that could foster a more creative outcome. Most are too caught up in the day-to-day to innovate. Most are very beholden to corporate hierarchy to appreciate good that could come from asking fundamental questions.

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September 30, 2013
Posted By: Marc


We are honored, flattered and humbled to be featured in the new Phaidon book, Wild Art. Our eco-art installation, Urban Tumbleweeds, is included in the section titled, “Wasting Away”. Jeremy Mayer kicks off the section with the quote, “We’re going to make a lot more junk, and there’s going to be a lot more junk art. I think people are going to have a lot to say about it, and more people need to think about it.” We couldn’t agree more.

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July 30, 2012
Posted By: MSLK


Need ideas of cool things to do when it’s hot out? MSLK has once again compiled an eclectic list of things to love to fill your weekend and staycation itineraries. There’s still over a month of summer left, so if you haven’t gotten to explore all that NYC has to offer, time’s a-wastin’. Read more

January 11, 2012
Posted By: Ryan


MSLK is honored and humbled to have received two of the nine AIGA Making the Case Awards for our projects, Watershed and Figment 360° Branding. Beyond the mere beauty pageant that is the average design competition, “Making the Case” selects case studies that “demonstrate the value of design in a clear, compelling and accessible way” to clients and society. Given recent economic trends, now more than ever it is important for non-designers to understand how great design leads to business growth and/or positive societal change. Read more

October 14, 2011
Posted By: Ryan


We would like to hear your opinion on an idea for our newest eco-art installation.

Did you ever consider all of the products you use as part of your daily routine? Soaps, cleaners, air fresheners, shampoos, moisturizers—all are seemingly innocuous items that have become accepted cultural norms.  Rarely do we stop to consider whether the ingredients in these products are 100% safe.

As designers, we at MSLK are committed to using our talents to make the public aware of environmental issues facing the world today. Our eco-art installations: Urban Tumbleweeds, Watershed, and Take-Less focused on the dangers of our mass consumption of single-use plastics.  These plastic products seem harmless as you use them one at a time, but over time the refuse accumulates. Similarly, we wonder about all those unnatural ingredients in our beauty and personal care products. How does the accumulation of what we put on our skin, our largest organ, affect our health as a whole?
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September 12, 2010
Posted By: MSLK

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Challenges

Take-Less is the third in a series of eco-art installations initiated by MSLK to raise awareness of the environmental issues facing society today. The piece challenges viewers to think about the rampant amount of plastic waste produced each second by the consumption of take-out meals in the US and to consider the environmental impact of this action.

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