Date Archives September 2007

Made in Bunch: Bunch Logo Redesign

A Bunch of Bunch Logos

Bunch Design is currently having a logo redesign, and you can get in on it. They’re looking for you (the oh-so creative type) to interpret their simple filled-in letter B shaped logo into something new and dynamic! So far there have been a ton of great entries, which makes it pretty fun to browse through them all. What you see above is some of my favorites, which kind of fall into all sorts of different categories.

Check out their redesign site, Made in Bunch, for all the rules and regulations and how to submit your own design.


Beautiful Decay Redesigns

Beautiful Decay's New Site

Beautiful Decay has a crazy new redesign up, which definitely bucks the current trend of simple is best. Probably inspired by the cover of their current issue, entitled ‘The Hyper Spectrum’, the site uses the brightest of colors and an intense patterned background as well. It reminds me a little of Paper Rad’s style, who most people would know from the artwork on the new M.I.A. album.

All in all though it’s a nice change of pace from a lot of other things on the web, and they still have a great daily feed of stuff to check out, and probably the best online t-shirt shop around.


Parskid Products at Flatcolor

Parskid Posters

I remember probably a few years ago, that Beautiful Decay did a collab with Parskid on a limited edition doll that I wanted really badly, but it was like $60 or something, and I couldn’t justify spending that much on a tiny stuffed creature. Well now Parskid has teamed up with a company called Flatcolor, to release a bunch of new products.

There are four new prints, a drinking glass, and a pocket mirror all together. All of the products feature sort of new style for Parskid as well, which is much less dark and creepy, and more in the vein of Jeff Soto or Tim Biskup, sort of surreal and nature-y. I really like this new style a lot actually, it’s a really good direction for him. The drinking glass is absolutely beautiful, which is reminiscent of Tord Boontje pattern.


Insane Traveling Movie Posters from Ghana

Battle For Endor Poster

Very randomly, my co-worker Aaron started telling me how Diane Keaton looked like one of the characters from the Star Wars offshoot made-for-TV movie, The Battle for Endor. I decided to look it up to see if I could find the character he was talking about, because this sounded hilarious.

While looking, I stumbled up this crazy Dutch movie poster website called the Affiche Museum. It turns out that the posters were a part of a traveling film unit that would show these movies around Ghana. I love how crazy they’re all painted. The over-the-top gore and bizarre monsters all make me giggle.

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The New SImpsons Intro

I can’t say I’ve ever been a huge fan of The Simpsons. I never had anything against it, but it wasn’t something that I marked down in my schedule, either. I watched the movie, and I actually found it pretty entertaining, though I can’t say I would have paid to see it. But I really started to respect the Simpsons franchise after they converted all of those 7-11’s into Kwik-E-Marts. That was in fact, a stroke of marketing genius.

The new season started yesterday, and with it, new intro aired, showing the doomed and destroyed Springfield we saw in the movie (sorry to those who haven’t seen the movie yet). I really hoped by seeing that intro, that the residents of Springfield would have to start rebuilding the town, and that there might actually be ramifications from the movie! But after reading the episode guide, I don’t think that’s true at all.

Wouldn’t it be cool to have an epic storyline in The Simpsons a la Lost?! Think of how many people would tune in for something like that! It might just make The Simpsons cool again!


Last Week in Music | 09/16 – 09/23

Last week in Music ended up being kind of all over the place, I really wasn’t quite sure what mood I was in musically.
I read a review of Foreign Born’s new album last week, so I decided to check it out, and it turns it’s pretty good. The album is called ‘On The Wing Now‘, and it’s sort of a mixture of the lead singer of Cold War Kids, the music of Starsailor, with a splash of Lou Reed, for some reason. The album has a nice epic feel, with lots of layering, and his lyrics are really great as well, and are fun to song along with in the car.

Next up was The Radio Dept., who I talked about last Monday, and popped up yet again this week. I’ve only been listening to their first record, Lesser Matters, but I should probably check out their other ones and see how they are as well. A brand new one this week was the band Vetiver, who is fronted by Andy Cabic, and collaborates with Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsome. I listened mostly to his first self-titled album. I gave his second album, To Find Me Gone a try, but I didn’t like it quite as much. His style is pretty folk-y, and it’s great driving to work in the morning music.

The rest of the stuff is pretty much the stuff I listen to everyday. I promise for a much more entertaining Last Week in Music next week!


Ronald Kurniawan

Global Custodian/Chasing Logarithms by Ronald Kurniawan

What do you get when you mix the alphabet, giant geometric shaped beings, flying sushi, and beautifully painted landscapes? I would probably answer “a bunch of shit”, but then I saw the portfolio of Ronald Kurniawan, which definitely isn’t. Kurniawan is an Art Center grad who currently lives in Los Angeles and paints with his pug Ruffles.

His style reminds me of a blend of Wayne White (who I just posted about here) and Jeff Soto. All of his work is incredibly detailed, like this painting of the Best of Los Angeles, and they’re always extremely colorful. Really beautiful stuff.


Last Week in LAist – 09/16 to 09/23

You may or may not know that I’m a contributor to the LA-centric blog, LAist. I’ve just recently started to blog more frequently, so I thought I’d let everyone who reads this blog what else I’ve been writing as well.

Last week I only wrote a few things. There was a post on the GEISAI show over at GR2, a look at the Swerve Festival and what it’s all about, and finally a preview of Wes Anderson’s newest, The Darjeeling Limited. Be sure to check out LAist often though, it has a ton of wonderful writers and there’s always something interesting going on over there!


Coudal Partners’ Layer Tennis

Coudal Partners' Layer Tennis

Starting this coming Friday, September 28th, Coudal Partners will be proudly presenting the return of Layer Tennis! For those who aren’t sure, Layer Tennis is similar to tennis, but instead of rackets and balls you get Photoshop, Flash and any other creative medium of your choice. Given 15 minutes to complete a “volley”, you add to, twist, warp, and completely change an image in any way you want. That image is then passed to the other player who does the very same, but tries to one up you as well. Each round lasts for ten volleys, and when it’s all done, the site visitors get to vote on who won.

I’m really excited for this to start up again, these can be so much fun. I’m most looking forward to the third week of competitions, which take place on October 12th. The match features Chuck Anderson of No Pattem versus Steven Harrington, with commentary by the great Jason Kottke. This should be really interesting because of how different their respective styles are. Chuck Anderson is all about the multi-colored gradients and light trails, while Steven Harrington likes line drawings and half-tones.

I’m really biting my tongue a lot on this match-up, so I’m just going to say that I hope that Steven Harrington knocks the lens flares outta’ Chuck Anderson. But I’m also really hoping that they create something really bad ass together.


The Bike Show

 The Bike Show featuring  Parra, Brent Rollins, Feoff McFetridge, Willo Perron, Tyler Gibney, Adrian Nyman and Grotesk

I believe that if you live in Los Angeles, you have to be pretty damn crazy to ride your bike around town. Most of the time there are no bike lanes at all, and the idea of riding between parked and moving cars doesn’t sound appealing to me in the slightest. But I do like the idea of an art show featuring bicycles with a retro feel, and graced with artwork and designs by some of the best artists around.

The Bike Show is taking place at the HVW8 Gallery on September 29th, from 7-10PM. The bikes themselves were designed by Tobias Adolfsson, who is a Swedish designer who wanted to create something that was well-designed, but still affordable and relatively low maintenance. The artists chosen to design the bikes are Swedish designer Parra, Ego Trip collective member Brent Rollins, my favorite designer in the world, Geoff McFetridge, jack-of-all-trades Willo Perron, HVW8 founder Tyler Gibney, photographer Adrian Nyman, and awesome illustrator, Grotesk. This should be a lot of fun! I’m definitely going and bringing my camera!