There’s a chance that you’ve heard of Bitcoins before – especially in the last few weeks. Apparently nobody cared about it a whole lot until Bitcoin reached over $1,000 this month…when just in January it was only $13. What caused such a spike up in price? Yea…I’m not really sure…but if you watch this video created by Duncan Elms – it explains what Bitcoin is in an amazing format. Love the animation on this.
I have a feeling 2014 will be a good year for amazingly designed products. One of those products will be Notebook Slimz.
Slimz are slim notebooks with an accordion like paper binding – letting you work with a giant canvas or a regular 2 page canvas. It’s actually genius if you think about it. For me – I like to have all sizes of notebooks…and that’s the problem…the more notebooks the more weight in my backpack. It’s a hassle. I usually have 2 or more notebooks in my bag just for this purpose. Slimz makes it easy for you to enjoy a nice workspace, while taking up very little space.
To help with the “timeline” aspect of the notebook – there are page numbers at the bottom of every page, which makes it easier to see your work in the progression you made it in. Very cool idea.
I would like to see future Slimz with ruled paper on one side and blank on the other. I’m not sure if there is one like that now, but that would get me way more excited on that and cut my notebook toting down to one…the Slimz. Evans, the designer, recently opened up holiday preordering and also has a Kickstarter if you feel inclined to help out the beginning of a very well designed product.
Amazing sci-fi animated trailer for Le Castle Vania‘s new album”Prophication.” I love how the futuristic landscape of the video goes so well with the cinematic dance inspired song. Orchid Animation aka Evan Viera has done some wonderful work including the widely popular Caldera animated short, he also has an impressive music portfolio.
Like most people – when I get into bed – no matter what time it is – I get on my phone. It’s almost like I have to now to sleep. Usually when I do – I have 2 apps that I catch up on. One being Reddit, which this post is not about, and the other being Flipboard.
Flipboard has become my source for not just current events, but literally everything. If you’re not familiar with Flipboard – here’s a definition I grabbed from Wikipedia – “It collects the content of social media and other websites and presents it in magazine format and allows users to ‘flip’ through their social-networking feeds and feeds from websites that have partnered with the company.”
It’s kind of hard to pinpoint about what specifically I’ve learned from using Flipboard, because I browse user made magazines and literally subscribe to whatever looks interesting, and if you’ve been following this blog for a while – you know a lot of different things interest me.
But anyways – I started making a Flipboard companion for the site. It’s a lot of different topics thrown into one – and honestly would never make it as a print magazine, but it’s things I love and find visually pleasing and inspiring. If Flipboard sounds like something you’d be into – check out the These Old Colors Flipboard here.
When I was learning web design – the only thing that was out there for me to get into – that I knew of – was HTML. I remember thinking if there was a program out there that skipped all of the code and let you put pictures where you want them and blog posts, so on and so forth…
Now it’s 2013 – and there’s a lot of them. The most recent one being from Google.
Google Web Designer lets you create “engaging, interactive HTML5-based designs and motion graphics that can run on any device” without having to code too many sites – or even code at all. For all you inspiring graphic designers worried about learning how to code…this might be your ticket out, but I personally would still recommend learning the basics of code. Just because they’re making software that lets you do cool things without it – doesn’t mean you won’t need it.
Download the BETA version of Google Web Designer here
If you’re around Anchorage tonight and looking for something to do – there’s some cool things happening all over the place, but the one that I’ll be attending is Alaska Mobile Photo‘s First Friday gallery. They have compiled over 13 of Alaska’s mobile photographers including yours truly and 3 pics from each all taken from a phone camera. Pretty excited about it, and feel completely out of place with such a great roster of photographers tonight.
Downtown Kaladis – 5pm. See you there.
For the last several months I’ve been trying to record my dreams daily. Some days I’m really good at remembering tiny details and other days I don’t remember a thing. Take today for example…my dream last night consisted of Ari Gold from Entourage, a party bus, and a Target store. Uh…what? I know what you’re thinking…those are your favorite things. I know. My mind is pretty awesome like that. I like remembering my dreams because maybe it might give me an insight into who I am or what I should do – or it might give me no insight at all – like partying with Ari Gold on a party bus. Which was phenomenal BTW.
To record my dreams – I’ve been using the Notes app on my phone. Nothing too fancy. It’s actually really funny when I go back through my dreams and read them to friends out loud, because 99% of the ones I remember – I’m usually still half asleep when I write them down, but I want to get the dream recorded as fast as possible before I forget it. So things that make sense to me half asleep are the funniest things later.
That’s where SHADOW comes in – an app that helps you remember and record your dreams. There are dream recording apps out there, but this one comes with a twist. First off – it’s an alarm that gradually wakes you up from your slumber – not a harsh beeping that we’re all used to. You can also go the social route and share your dream with people, but since some dreams are private – keep those “dreams to yourself or push them to the cloud, where your personal data is stripped and the content helps provide dream context to users all over the world.
The longer you use the app, the more rewarding the experience. SHADOW visualizes your sleep and dream patterns, and identifies common themes. Using dream content of other users, SHADOW turns these symbols and experiences into insights. And at the same time you’re learning about yourself, we’re working behind-the-scenes to organize all this data into the largest database of human dream knowledge in the world.”
Watch their Kickstarter video below to get a better glimpse into what SHADOW is.
I am actually very excited for this app. Not just for the usability of it, but the design looks beautiful. Very user friendly and a simple look to it. Check out their Kickstarter.
Amazing illustrations from Canadian artist, Amy Hamilton. The realism / color / and textures she uses in these paintings is brilliant to say the least. Super talented and a real eye for art. If you love these so much to buy them…head over to her shop on Society6 and check out the other pieces she has. All of what she has to sell is worth buying and very inspiring.
While flipping through my Flipboard app, which I usually do to pass the time, I came across some images I thought were real then after scrolling down – I realized that they were perfectly constructed dioramas.
Matthew Albanese creates these small, very realistic worlds by using everyday household objects, i.e. spices, cotton, colored paper, ink, steel wool, and others. He started building what he calls the “Strange Worlds” project after he spilled some paprika on the countertop. “I had spilled paprika in the kitchen and instead of cleaning it, I was playing with it. It was the color and the texture and I just had the inspiration to create Mars out of it.”
Amazing detail in all of his pieces. Click ahead to see more of the amazing Strange Worlds, and a video on Matthew from his Flickr moment.
I love projects that fuse more then one art form. I always come back to the band, MAE, an acronym for multi-sensory aesthetic experience, meaning to please more then one sense and dealing with the human’s response to beauty. I’ve always loved the thought of that. It’s so easy to please one at a time, but adding on top of it, gets more complex and in-depth.
That’s probably why I love this project ‘Symphonie Cinétique – The poetry of motion’ by media artist Joachim Sauter and composer Ólafur Arnalds where they try to ‘fathom the synergy between kinetic movement and sound, at the MADE Berlin.’ Doubt we’ll ever be able to hear Ólafur‘s compositions, he said this about the project, “The music is created for this space and this moment. It’s beautiful and very precious in it’s way, it will disappear and may never happen again.” Wish I could fly over to Berlin and discover this for myself.
Another week of summer has gone by and another collection of Summer Finds.
Duolingo is a free and easy way to learn a new language. I downloaded it the other day and have already improved on several Spanish words and phrases. The app is simple and let’s you learn at your pace through visuals instead of just words. Definitely download worthy if your looking for something extra to do on your lunch break during the summer.
My new favorite book so far. Steal Like An Artist is a book written by Austin Kleon learning from his past and passing the knowledge onto us. It has great advice and is already inspiring in the short amount of time I’ve been reading it. I definitely recommend this book to anybody looking to make art – whatever it is – writing, painting, designing, composing, etc…
- Lomo Konstruktor -
With a price tag of $35 – the new camera from Lomo might be a win-win for you DIY engineers out there. It’s a 35mm toy camera, complete with swappable lenses, that you can build in about an hour or two. Simply snap out its parts from an injection-molded skeleton, then assemble them with some squeezing and screwing. If you’re into 3D printing and all that cool stuff which is at our fingertips now-a-days – then you will probably love the Konstruktor. A real life instagram.
Hope you enjoyed these finds! Keep enjoying your summer!
I did it again. I signed up for another Skillshare class. In all that makes a total of 4 Skillshare classes for me, but this one I just couldn’t resist. It’s all about hand drawn typography and creating a font out of thin air taught by the amazing illustrator Kyle Steed. Making my own font has been on my bucket list for some time…not because I want to sell it and make money, I just think it would be cool to say “I made this font.” Might sound a little too design-nerdy for some…but for me…it’s an accomplishment. I’m super excited for this.
“Typography are the clothes that our words wear.”
If you like the idea of creating your own font – click HERE to join the class.
I might just start doing a Skillshare “Best Of” series on here. I already talked about the Jon Contino one I enrolled in, but haven’t gone further then that. If you’ve taken a Skillshare class…what was it? Did you learn from it like you were hoping to?
Photographer Yume Cyan has shot some amazing long exposures of fireflies in Nagoya City, Japan. “By keeping the camera’s shutter open at a low aperture, Cyan” manages to catch small little dots that look like they’ve been photo-shopped into the pictures.
Jet packs are cool. James Bond had one – so there’s no need to explain why. A new up and coming design group, Tessel, has set out to crowdfund their new imaginative product – the Jet Pack. The Jet Pack comes complete with two compartments – a big one for laptops and other big things of that nature and a small zipper pocket in front for phones or pencils. The design is simple, but is appealing because of its geometric exterior that gives it a futuristic look.
They are well over their goal on Kickstarter, but at this time, you still have the ability to get a bag for $60 – $20 less then retail.
I’m really excited to share this. Jon Contino has been an inspiration to me since I first saw him in a video that I shared on the Facebook last year (which you can watch below), and I’ve been following him ever since. Every once in a while I see a Contino update in my feed – and today he posted about an online class that he was teaching on label design. It excited me, but when I saw the price tag of $20 – it excited me even more and I couldn’t resist to enroll. Here’s a little write up from Jon talking about the class…
“All consumer goods are identifiable by labels, and in fact, some products are exactly the same with the sole difference being the label. They create a language for the consumer to understand the story behind the product and why they need it in their life.
Some of my favorite label designs, if you couldn’t already tell from my work, are those that are created by hand. There’s a certain mystique about any kind of hand-drawn graphic design. In an age where computers rule our daily lives, the presence of a human touch can really help a product stand out among the rest.
Once you complete this class you will have experienced the freedom when you detach yourself from the world of computer-based design. You’ll learn how designing in detail by hand will boost your confidence in all other aspects of design and how it will help you think outside of your normal day-to-day routine. Even if your final piece is completely digitally rendered, you will know that the entire language of your label was defined by your own two hands.”
Class starts May 13th – so you want to enroll now. You can do that by clicking HERE.
Possibly you’ve heard of the new Roofer craze – where someone will climb to the top of a building, with no safety gear, just to take an amazing picture. I’m all for exciting and adventurous photography trips – and I would love to join these guys on one – but…I’d probably have to think long and hard before stepping out onto a ledge like in the picture above.
“A new generation of young Russian photographers have a different and unexpected way of looking at a city. In ‘Roofer’s Point of View’ we follow Vadim Mahorov and Vitaliy Yakhnenko on their exciting journey to terrifying heights, capturing the city from places people would normally avoid.”
If you are afraid of heights…this is pretty intense…so be warned.
The pictures that these guys end up with are amazing though. Of course there’s a little editing, but for the most part they get shots that not many people dare to capture. What do you think – is it worth it? Is it better to take the risk and get one good picture then not try at all?
We all have those moments in life where we are like “What the hell, Facebook, you changed again?” Sometimes I’m pissed about it – other times I’m diggin’ the changes. Lately it hasn’t been too much of a drastic design change – so the cacophony of friends complaining about it has slipped under the radar.
Today I stumbled onto Fred Narby‘s concept design for Facebook – which takes a more classy / sleek look into the world’s biggest social network. Fred has redesigned everything from the home page to your profile. His view on the profile is closely related to some mosaic sites, but with a nice slider function which I’m not sure if it’s there for a reason or just because it looks cool.
Either way…this mock redesign looks amazing – watch the video below for a little more insight into the Narby’s entire redesign for Facebook.
Would you like it if Facebook updated to this design?
There are roughly 14 billion web pages online. “Distributed across the entire web, though, are a minority of pages—search engines, indexes and aggregators—that are very highly connected and can be used to move from area of the web to another. These nodes serve as the “Kevin Bacons” of the web, allowing users to navigate from most areas to most others in less than 19 clicks.”
The above image is a visualization of the internet created by The Opte Project. “Red lines represent links between web pages in Asia, green for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, blue for North America, yellow for Latin America and white for unknown IP addresses.”
A while ago I posted about an amazing piece of work called Nero by the Beijing-based custom motorcycle garage, Bandit9. While that was one of my all time favorite bikes, they might have outdone themselves with their new project. Forged from the fires of Mordor – this new bike is all stainless steel including the tank, cowl, and fender – even down to the custom gas cap. Dubbed Hephaestus after the greek god of blacksmiths, sculptors and artisans – this bike boasts beauty in the use of raw materials with no paint to cover up the perfection.
With a price tag of a little over $13,000 – I unfortunately will not be able to ride one of these soon. But man…do they look gorgeous.
Specific architecture has a way of drifting me off and into a daydream. I don’t have to be there to be put in this trance…it’s mostly the pictures that does it for me. Makes me feel warm and inspired just by picturing myself walking down these halls. The architects at Bates Masi have made a fantastic building – dubbed Genius Loci, an architectural term meaning “spirit of the place.” Located about two hours outside NYC this location screams summer for me, even though it’s probably pretty rough in the winter.
I’ve never been to Montauk, New York, but after seeing these pictures and the ones below…I’m surprised I haven’t. The only downside to living there is it is on the tip of a peninsula – and to drive anywhere would be hectic. But that’s just one downside…I think if I lived here I could look past that.
Check out more pictures after the break…
Perspective is everything and for a new campaign for shoe company Jim Rickey, photographer Christian Aslund creates some very unique, 2D inspired images by simply looking down. I’ve seen shots and even taken pictures using a similar perspective, but the wide angle at play here really adds a different dimension and makes for some wholly unique imagery.
See more images after the jump. (more…)
In the 1940′s and 1950′s, a young man named Jack Kerouac painted, with his writing, a picture of a life “on the road.” I have wondered, if he had used a camera instead of a typewriter, what types of stories those images would tell. Flash forward to present day, a young photographer, Sebastian Dahl, has recently hitchhiked the 10,000km trip from Oslo, Norway to Beirut taking photos to document his journey. Each photo tells its own story worth well over 1000 words. I’ll let them speak for themselves.
[via Laughing Squid]
See more of Dahl’s traveling pictures after the break. (more…)
While on my daily quest to find inspiration – I came across the new rebrand of a company called Lamon Luther. I first fell in love with the look of Lamon Luther – then I fell in love with what the company stood for and how they were making the world a better place.
“Born at the start of the Great Depression, Lamon Luther, the man, was a mechanic, carpenter, and farmer. A maker in every sense of the word, he used his calloused hands to create works of art as well as provide for his family.
Lamon Luther, the brand, is a tribute to his memory and all that he stood for – art, craftsmanship, and hope for a better future. The creations made by the team utilize reclaimed materials that would otherwise have been destroyed, offering a second story to the life of the wood. The company employs skilled craftsmen who were forced into homelessness during the recent recession, giving them an opportunity for a new life. With laborers rebuilding their lives through every product made of repurposed materials, the workshop of Lamon Luther is an environment that exemplifies restoration in every way.”
There’s something about soundtrack’s that cut to the core of me. They spark an emotion that most music doesn’t. It’s really because that’s exactly what the composer was trying to do – make you feel different and connect with the movie. I’m super glad that Sam Smith aka Sam’s Myth decided to compile a mix of his favorite cinema tracks from 2012. This mix is the best thing right now…I have a cup of tea right next to me and this playing in the background. It literally makes for a great start to the day.
There’s a lot of movies I haven’t seen in here yet, but listening to just one song from the soundtrack has me interested. Like Cosmopolis…I had no idea Howard Shore and Metric worked on that together. Amazing.
Federico Gonzalez and co. have made an amazing animation video dedicated to sharing famous architects in alphabetical order. Some of these name I recognize, some of them I don’t – if you don’t know some – I encourage you to head over to Federico’s architecture blog Ombú – it has some awesome imagery plus he’s going through the entire video with one architect a day. Definitely worth looking into.
Fly Solo is a resource for budding design entrepreneurs. Created for his MFA project for Ohio State University, Patrick Moore saw the need to help designers find their way into a career they love. There’s no doubt you’ll find inspiration and good advice here. Just seeing Patrick’s branding for the site inspires me.
“FLY SOLO IS AN ONLINE RESOURCE THAT SUPPORTS THE DESIGN ENTREPRENEUR AND PROVIDES A FRAMEWORK TO SIMPLIFY THEIR PROCESS.
This resource helps designers ditch, both partially and entirely, that “traditional role,” and use their fluency in graphic design to create their own projects that hold passion to them and value to someone else. Fly Solo is a minimalist framework composed of short writings and illustrated diagrams that helps navigate a designer’s self-initiated project through the development process. It’s a support system. A home for the designer in the land of opportunity.”
via Grain Edit
People vs. Places is a double exposure photographic collaboration between Timothy Burkhart and Stephanie Bassos. ”This double exposure project allows [them] to step back from having full control of the image making process and trust in one another while allowing coincidences to happen naturally on film. Stephanie exposes a full roll of 35mm film of only “people,” and Timothy reloads the film again into the same camera, to imprint only “places” and locations to the same roll.”
Beautiful outcomes of their project; you can see all of them on their tumblr.
Richard Perez, aka Skinny Ships Are Sinking, is counting down his favorite albums of 2012 in the most creative list I’ve ever seen. He’s making animated GIF’s for his top 10 and I’m mesmerized by the art in these and it take’s a super talented person to create one of these. Makes me feel pretty boring the way I did my Best Of…2012 list. Oh well…too late.
Check out his tumblr for more. So far he’s at 4 and will reach #1 on Christmas.