Date Archives September 2007

Zombies vs. Robots vs. Amazons Preview Art

Zombies vs. Robots vs. Amazons Preview Art

Newsarama has gotten a preview of the artwork for Ashley Wood and Chris Ryall’s newest project, Zombies vs. Robots vs. Amazons. The series picks up where Zombies vs. Robots left off, basically the world being blown up, only now you have half-naked Amazons. The creators also mention that there’s going to be a zombie minotaur in the story… awesome.

Look out for the first issue at your nearest comic book shop in late October or early November.

Bobby

KDDI’s Infobar 2 Phone

The Infobar 2 Phone

This post is about how yet again, the Japanese get most of the cool electronics in the world. KDDI, makers of notable phones such as the Talby, has just released the Infobar 2. The phone was designed by the amazing Naoto Fukasawa, who is probably one of the best industrial designers around these days.

I think what I really like about it is how un-modern it looks. The phone is much more about the design and the feel of it. I feel like a phone like this would be really good for mom, who doesn’t need a fancy-ass iPhone. She needs something that’s simple to read, with a large bright screen and that’s easy to find in her purse.

The Infobar 2 comes out in Japan this November.

Bobby

The Gateway One

I’m the first to admit that I’m quite a big Apple nerd, but first and foremost I’m a giant design nerd. So when I saw some preview images of the new Gateway One, I was fairly surprised and impressed. Gateway is (sort of) getting the clue that what people want in a computer is something that runs well and is well designed. The Gateway One is similar in for to the Apple iMacs, where the entire computer is kept behind the screen, making things nice and tidy. The front is a glossy black and the screen looks like it’s set flush to it. The back has a nice rounded shape and shiny metallic leg that keeps it propped up. So far so good.

But then I take a look at the keyboard and the mouse, and thought wait, they didn’t get everything right. Yeah the keyboard has some fancy piece of glass on it, but the keys look really bulky and awkward, like most PC keyboards. and the mouse is nice and glossy and black, but it looks like it’s trying to be cool, not just simple. And the weirdest part to me is the gigagntic TV remote that comes with it. Apple definitely got it right when it included the tiny remote that can attach to the side of your iMac. A TV remote of that size has no place with your computer.

I think overall they did a pretty snazzy job, but I think they only thought about the computer itself while ignoring the peripherals you actually touch on a daily basis. And none of this really matters in actuality, because it runs the horrible Windows Vista. Though I think that they’ve been doing things with Linux as well, so hopefully if you buy ‘THE ONE’, you can get a half decent operating system.

Bobby

Hotel Chevalier by Wes Anderson

Hotel Chevalier by Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson today has released Hotel Chevalier, a 13 minute prologue of sorts to his newest film, The Darjeeling Limited. I was lucky enough to see this in the theater when I saw the preview of the movie. When it began, I honestly thought that Darjeeling had started. But sure enough the credits rolled and the lights came up and they had to switch reels.

As for the short itself, I wouldn’t say that it’s great, but it’s not bad by any means. It seems somewhat pretentious, but in the way that a lot French films seem somewhat pretentious to me. They say maybe 100 words in the whole thing, and the main reason people are going to talk about this is because Natalie Portman is nude in it.

But at the same time it’s an extremely beautiful peak into a screwed up relationship between two very screwed up people. Natalie Portman’s performance is also quite exceptional, there’s just something so natural about her, no matter what she does. She’s definitely the Audery Hepburn of the 21st century. And Jason Schwartzman is great as well, I’m really glad that Wes Anderson has teamed up with him yet again.

Bobby

Checkland Kindleysides

This is a really weird question, but have you ever wanted to live in a website?
I can’t say that I ever have, but after seeing the new site for Checkland Kindleysides, my position has totally changed. Checkland is a graphic and environmental design company based out of Liecester, which seems to be in the middle of England, surronded by nothing but nature. Which is probably where they drew the inspiration for their site from.

Similar in feeling to the Mauricio Alejo image I posted about not too long ago, Checkland uses beautiful and elegant paper cut-outs as background imagery and ways to display their work. The minimal approach is absolutely stunning, as is their incredible body of work. Their Levi’s and Sony campaigns are definitely worth your time to check out.

Bobby

Link via K10K

Alex Brown

I found this hysterical image last night in the front of Vice Magazine and had to post it. The photo was taken by Alex Brown, a photographer from New York who has a pretty great collection of portraits (though I’m not so hot on his website, sorry Alex).

Bobby

Dazed & Confused’s Seduced By Light Videos

Currently at Dazed & Confused’s online portal, Dazed Digital, they are hosting a trio of amazing videos up called Seduced by Light, which each feature an amazing artist or collective of artists who work with light. The artists involved with the project are Jason Burges, who specializes in interactive light environments, United Visual Artists, who’ve created amazing light shows and displays for bands like Massive Attack, and David Batchelor who creates incredible lighting out of found objects.

Of the three my personal favorite is definitely the video featuring the United Visual Artists. Being able to see how they created the incredible visuals for Massive Attack’s live performances is pretty amazing. They also show their semi-permanent installation at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which features these giant LED pillars that sit in the courtyard.
And they have video of an incredible “mirror”, that is actually a ton of LEDs that cover a high sped camera that captures everything you do. Except that it replays your reflection almost 10 seconds later.

This is truly creative genius at work.

Bobby

P.S. Dazed Digital has also decided to advertise on the blog, which is a first for me. When I created this blog about 6 months ago I decided that if I ever got to the point of advertising, I would only accept extremely worthwhile advertisers. I truly believe that this is a great project they have here, or I wouldn’t endorsing it. On that note, if anyone else would like to inquire about advertising, please contact me at hello@kitsunenoir.com. And thanks to Dazed & Confused, and everyone’s support!

Tab-Dock Lighter for Honeyee

Tab-Dock Lighter for Honeyee

Honeyee has been a favorite of mine ever since I found out that KAWS had a blog over there. I read it daily, not only for KAWS, but also the blog of Masamishi Katayama of the amazing architecture firm, Wonderwall. But Honeyee has expanded yet again, and has started to sell some pretty rad stuff through their hnyee.store .

One of the coolest things I found in there was this awesome lighter made by tab-dock for Honeyee. The description is entirely in Japanese, and my efforts to translate the text didn’t turn out very well either. But that really doesn’t matter, cuz’ it’s an absolutely beautiful. I love how the top is thinner than the rest of the body, and the giant rivets on each side of it.

Although, I don’t if something this cool is worth over $60. But if it lasted for 20 years? Sure, it’d be worth it.

Bobby

Triops Camera by Franziska Faoro

Triops Camera by Franziska Faoro

This little gem of an idea has been floating around the web for a while now, but it’s such a great concept that I wanted to put my own two cents in. This is the Triops, a camera that offers a ton of possibilities, and new experiences in photo taking. For example, you can attach a lanyard to it, and fling it into the air, taking incredible aerial shots. Or you can string it up at a party and have it respond to sound or movement, getting pictures of unexpected events. Built into it are 3 fisheye lenses, which coudl also give you 360º panoramic images as well.

The camera was created by Franziska Faoro, a German born designer who’s traveled the world studying design. I love that she totally destroyed the common notion of what a camera is, and was able to bring it into a new realm of potential. I know that I would think of a million things to do with something like this. And there’s no doubt in my mind that I would be in the street, throwing this thing up in the air as high as I could! I’d probably end up losing it that way! It would also be cool if it was waterproof as well, so you could have amazing underwater panoramic images. So much amazing potential!

Bobby