These are most certainly not your grandmas' plates. (Unless yours have an off-kilter sense of humor that indulges dinosaur attacks and robot takeovers—if so, rock on.) Artist Don Moyer has added his own mark to the traditional—and quite frankly, overdone—Willow patterned dinnerware. Typically, commonly seen designs depict various harmonious sceneries and landscapes drawn in blue ink. Moyer doesn't stray from the color scheme, but does add a flying monkey, robot, sea monster, pirate or UFO (or two) into the mix with his Calamityware series. Currently, you can purchase five different designs featuring the mentioned calamities, with a sixth one on the way. What's next? I'm anxiously asking the same question. Moyer gives us a hint on his Kickstarter campaign site for the new plate: "I'm considering a volcano, Sasquatch, mariachis, mimes, pterodactyls, a giant octopus, bats, alligators and several other themes. But probably not all at once." Darn.
As mentioned, Moyer is currently looking to the crowdfunding masses for help producing this delightful design. Check out his video here—even if the dinnerware isn't your style, you might have a change of heart after hearing this designer talk about his work (well-timed jokes ahead):
What a great way to pick out the dinner guests with a sense of humor—make sure to keep quiet after serving and see who brings it up first. Moyer says it best: "Imagine having dinner and finding this bad boy behind your fish sticks!"
You may have actually seen Moyer's work before. He's an uber talented (and witty) artist who posts new drawings daily on his Flickr page. Buy your own set of Calamityware here.
Erika is the editorial assistant at Core77. When she isn't covering design, you can find her writing about music, food, and healthy living habits. But mostly music. She also has a strong affinity for hedgehogs, bowling, and bands with goofy names.