While playing with Microsoft Hardware's new Windows 8-focused mice, we missed the company's announcement on Wednesday revealing new additions to its popular line of Limited Edition Artist Series mice. These are based on the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 model and sport unique designs by artists from Sao Paolo, Hong Kong, Brooklyn, London, and Sarajevo.
"With backgrounds in printmaking, textile design, engraving, silkscreen, digital design and folk art, the newest artists are excited for you to experience their passions and try out their Microsoft-exclusive designs," the company said.
Here's the blurb on each new Artist Series Mouse (yanked from Microsoft's blog) and a link to the crafty peripheral:
Preferring pens, inks, and acrylics, Yellena combines complex abstract forms into dazzling images full of life. Her colorful arrangements of organic shapes and tangled lines are at once floral and alien. Each world she creates possesses its own ethos and ability to radiate emotion.
Calvin is a multi-disciplinary artist and founder of the award-winning design studio, AtomicAttack. Since its inception in 1996, AtomicAttack has created many unique works for international clients, fusing art direction in fashion photography, branding, design and illustration.
Zansky works with all types of graphic arts including silkscreen, letterpress, engraving and digital printing, seeking to push the limits of each process and medium. He is also a member of the artistic group Base-V, which paints murals and designs silkscreen posters for independent publications.
Dana is a Brooklyn-based visual artist whose work spans a variety of mediums including printmaking, collage, and textile design. Her self-initiated work ranges from limited edition prints and mixed-media collages to hand-printed textiles and objects for the home.
Inspired by folk art, fine art and illustration, Matt’s work explores reoccurring motifs and themes using shape and pattern. His designs have been widely published in books and magazines, and selected works have been exhibited in his hometown of London, as well as throughout the U.S., Europe and Far East.
If these designs are just too distracting to reside in your personal space, Microsoft has also added two new brilliant colors (literally) to its Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 series (Cyan Blue and Magenta Pink), and three new radiant colors (again, literally) to its Wireless Mobile Mouse 1000 series (Cyan Blue, Magenta Pink, and Flame Red).
For more information about the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Limited Edition Artist Series, head here. These peripherals cost $29.95, come with a plug-and-go wireless Nano transceiver, and feature BlueTrack Technology which allows them to be used virtually on any surface.