Date Archives September 2007

Blog Progress Report

I just wanted to write a happy little note about my blog because today was a pretty good day. This month was really great, with my total number of visitors actually doubling in size. It’s nice to see that people really like the things I post about, even though my blog would still be around no matter what.

And I like to go out and take pictures at events and art shows, and sometimes people ask me what I’m taking the pictures for? So I decided to get myself some business cards! I was so excited when they came! They’re actually half cards, because honestly, I don’t need a full sized business card, I’m a simple guy, and hell, it helps the environment a little, right? The part with my info has a tiny plus pattern, just like the blog, and the back has the wood grain. I’m obsessed with the details.

I also posted a picture of my first filled in page of Field Notes. I’ve been using to keep track of my blog ideas, and it’s been working really well so far. I jam it into my back pocket with my wallet every morning, and sure enough it’s still doing pretty damn well!

That’s about it. I hope everyone is enjoying the blog still. I just want to say thanks to Tony, Michael, FW, and Jean, you guys are a big help, even if you don’t know it. And extra special thanks to Jeff and my mom, for being my biggest fans!


Sigg Jones

Sigg Jones, Heavyweight Champion Wrestler Gone Crazy

Sigg Jones' Agent, Wearing Pink Healty Nike Vandals With Celestial Wings

Sigg Jones is a heavyweight, champion wrestler who’s getting ready for a match against The Dentist. Unfortunately, he downs a bad energy drink, causing all of the good to come out of him, and making him want to fight his Agent. Thankfully, the Agent has a little help of his own…

This is the plot behind the quirky short film by Matthieu Bessudo, Douglas Lassance, and Jonathan Vuillemin, three amazingly talented students from the Supinfocom School in France. Together they have created an absolutely brilliant video that is just as good as anything coming out of any major computer graphics studio.

The style of the characters are similar to those of Jamie Hewlett’s Gorillaz. They move compltely fluidly and gracefully, and I love that they have an almost clay appearance to them. The styling of the characters is also brilliant, outfitting the Agent in a pair of black and white Nike Vandals and Paul Smith jacket with a fluorescent green lining. Sigg Jones gets a pair of Puma Slipstreams and a creamy Reebok Power Glove. Their attention to detail definitely paid off, giving the whole video a pure sense of realism. I feel this is also true when it comes to the sounds they put in. Sound is often downplayed in videos like this. But while you watch it, you can’t help but feel you’re in the action with them.

It’s a truly amazing video. Definitely the best thing you’ve watched in a long time.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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