Date Archives January 2008

Caroline Kennedy: “A President Like My Father”

I’m only 25, so I don’t personally know about the effect that John F. Kennedy had on the country, but the overall feeling I get is that he was one of the greatest that we’ve ever had. So reading Caroline Kennedy’s piece in the New York Times backing Barack Obama for president makes me feel good inside. Here’s a small part:

Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.

We have that kind of opportunity with Senator Obama. It isn’t that the other candidates are not experienced or knowledgeable. But this year, that may not be enough. We need a change in the leadership of this country — just as we did in 1960.

It seems like most people are finally seeing the Clintons as the pair of goons they are, and slowly realizing that what we really need is change.


Newsweeks’ Oscar Roundtable

Last week, Newsweek posted it’s 11th Annual Oscar Roundtable, which brings together six of the biggest Oscar contenders and has a nice chat with them. The conversation comes in 14 parts, each running anywhere from 2 to 8 minutes, all of them being extremely interesting. This years roundup brought Angelina Jolie, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ellen Page, George Clooney, Marion Cotillard, and James McAvoy.

The conversation goes all over the place, from their first job, politics, and obnoxious neighbors. George Clooney provided the best story of the night, talking about an encounter he had with helicopters flying over his because Britney Spears lives 300 km away from his house. Listening to him tell his stories, it’s very evident how extremely nice and genuine he is. I also learned that every actor in the world is in utter awe of Daniel Day-Lewis and the performances he gives. Definitely worth the hour investment.


Soap Refill Bottles

I spotted these amazing bottles over at The Dieline (which is becoming one of my favorite new sites) and had to post about it. They’re pretty simply, just refill bottles for hand soap, or so it looks to me. On each bottle though is a beautifully disgusting photo of a big dirty mess. The images combined with bold text and stark white bottles make quite an awesome impact. I would want the whole set though! They were created by a company from Singapore called Kinetic, who may have done these for internal use only, seeing as they’re not for sale anywhere else.


Design by Pidgeon

I think today is going to be product design Friday, seeing as how there’s going to be another product design-y thing above this one.
The teacup you see is by Design by Pidgeon, an Australian collective who design pretty much anything and everything. The teacup was created for the Heide Museum of Modern Art, along with several other products. I love how simple and straightforward the design is, but at the same time it’s pretty damn clever.

Be sure to check the rest of their site while you’re at it.
They have a ton of really great work, and this one, tiny teacup doesn’t do them any justice.


The New Yorker’s Eustace Tilley Contest

The New Yorker was (until yesterday at 9 AM) holding a competition to create your own version of the iconic cover character, Eustice Tilly. The contest was open to anyone, and the entries are all pretty great. My favorite one hands down though was the image above, Eustace vs. The Gates. Obviously Christo’s saffron monsters are too much for the dandy, yet he still stands poised as ever behind it.

You can check out the rest of the entires on the New Yorker’s Contest Flickr. Winners of the project will be announced on February 4th.


Jesse Kirsch

Package design has alway been one of my favorite parts of design. Package something in a unique and clever way and people will be immediately drawn to it. And I was completely drawn to the work in Jesse Kirsch’s online portfolio. Kirsch studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and has worked with a clients like Atlantic Records and Showtime, and has received a ton of awards for his work.

I could totally see a company like Muji selling his plastic wrap and other assorted household items, with it’s bold letters and grayscale color palette. And I don’t know what flavors the Gubble Bum comes in (Death? Posion?!) but the idea is so frigging cute. Middle school girls would go nuts for them.


Realistic Loch Ness Monster Lives in Tokyo Bay

Since the Japanese always have the coolest things before anyone else, it’s not very surprising to see that they can create and almost realistic Loch Ness monster for that crap movie, The Water Horse. The promotion is taking place in Tokyo bay, where they’ve set up a water screen and some water fountains to give the light something to bounce off of. The effect is absolutely amazing! This is like Princess Leia shooting out of R2-D2 level of realism here.

No matter how cool this is, the movie looks ridiculous, and I would rather chew off my fingertips than see it.