06 February 2010

Have you seen Unhappy Hipsters?

Over the last week or so the design blog world has exploded with the excited chatter that can only accompany a new find. Well, two or three weeks ago two women launched Unhappy Hipsters from an undisclosed location somewhere in the US.

The authors have so far remained anonymous but ought to have landed a book deal by mid next week. What is Unhappy Hipsters? In a word, delicious.

The take photographs from Dwell magazine and then caption them. Hilarity ensues. Here are a few of their gems.

The octopus was full of judgment.

(Photo: Mark Compton; Dwell, October 2009)

Everyone always leaves.

(Dwell, April 2009)

Trapped by the tawny palette, he struggled through yet another brown knit scarf.

(Photo: Randi Berez; Dwell, September 2005)

It became their routine. And so the evenings stretched out before him: still, gray, and gravel-strewn.

(Photo: Dean Kaufman; Dwell, November 2006)

You can come out when you can properly explain the differences between Modernist architecture and postmodern ornamentation.

(Photo: Craig Cutler; Dwell, February/March 2006)

I think this is a scream of course. But what say ye? Is Unhappy Hipsters a hit or a miss?


  1. I get the humor more than others in some of these. I love the octopus! The last one takes me back to studying architecture history in college. A young couple I had for professors --they had no children at that time. I imagine they do now or are perhaps running a charter school to inspire the beginnings of future architectural snobbery. This explains their desire to remain anonymous less they risk exposure. I have heard they are still teaching.

  2. Oh yeah! You know me.. Hate to be the only snark! They sound like mik weight card writers. Maybe Dwell wouldn't run their design?? Hmmmm maybe an idea for you know who too.... Ha!! How do I remain anonymous??LOL

  3. Awww, anonymity's easy to pull off. For a little while anyway. Nobody knew who was behind Regretsy until her traffic was hitting the millions mark. register everything to a Gmail address.

  4. Very smart funny in my opinion.


    Dwell's features always leave me cold. A few pieces of "significant" furniture and a couple of Etsy prints in an otherwise empty stark room.

  6. I'm in awe and knocking myself in the head. Why didn't I think of that?!

  7. LOL, I love it. Bravewolf and I sent snark like this to each other ALL day at work.

  8. Browsed the site. Definitely a HIT! So funny! These women have missed their calling as comedians. They shud be on stage. (Move over Jay and Conan.)

  9. Nim: I'd love to see you two at work. You must have a blast.

    Brenda: I'm telling you, these two will announce a book deal in another week.

  10. Love this ! Hahaha great!! I'll have to share w/ our studio.. Paul you must get into publishing tomorow & offer them a deal! We'll buy a couple copies! ;) Haha!

  11. Hmmmm... get into publishing... Give me a little time. I just need to cultivate some good contacts on the manufacturing side. Hah!

  12. I thought this was hilarious when I saw it on another site, and even though I only know you via the interwebs, the first person I wanted to send the link to was YOU! But I thought that was weird and I didn't do it. And then you posted it!

  13. People send me links all the time Erika, never second guess your instincts. I love getting this kind of stuff. Really.


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