Announcement // Converse Brings Together International Artists And Designers For Release Of The New Chuck II

Sophie Roach is a self-taught illustrator from Austin, Texas, whose intricately detailed, vibrantly coloured drawings have given rise to a distinctive graphic language. Since her idle doodling became a viable practice for the artist in 2012, she’s been drawing on everything from cars and buildings to surfboards and shoes. The mandala-like forms she creates are mesmerizing portals into another dimension, simultaneously naïve and skilled works of art.

Video by Sophie Roach for Converse

The digital design community is being rocked by Shanghai-based interactive designer Francis Lam’s latest apps and web-designs, often appearing in classic 8-bit video game aesthetics.

Lam is founder of, a platform for exploring online identities and collaborating on design projects. The community is guided by “db-db”, symbolizing the nose-shaped avatar that Lam uses to tell his story on the site. After initial online success, Lam decided to give this project a real-world component, designing furniture based on his earlier digital concepts and identities. The move from computer-generated to handmade designs has been freeing for Lam, who finds the two poles to give him productive balance.

Video by db-db for Converse

Roach and Lam are among a carefully selected group of designers and creatives – including Last Suspect, Campbell Swift, Nihilisten, Graphonaute, Mr. Div, and Nick Taylor – collaborating on the launch of Converse Chuck II, that will make its debut next Tuesday, July 28th. Stay tuned @Converse #ChuckII or for more information.


Blog entry in Berlin; Saturday, Jul. 25, 2015.

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