Date Archives August 2008


In West Coast time, it’s a little after midnight on August 21st, which means it’s my birthday. As you can see above, it’s the big two six for me, I’m officially into my late 20’s, but it’s never felt better. I’m gonna try and hook you all up with something later today, but I MIGHT be having too much fun, so I’m making no promises.

Any other Leos having a birthday today?


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Dave Franzese

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Dave Franzese

Dave Franzese

Morning everyone! It’s Wednesday so thankfully we all get to liven our desktops and I think everyone should be extra excited about this weeks. The artists name is Dave Franzese, a Brooklyn based artist who introduced himself to me a couple months ago through one of the best written emails ever. Long story short he wanted to do a wallpaper and after looking through all of his work I immediately said yes. A few weeks later he already had his wallpaper to me, not wasting any time at all. Dave currently is freelancing like a floozy, as he’s done work for clients like The New York Times, Vice, Converse, Yves Saint Laurent, as well as making lots of awesome shit for LVHRD.

I think this wallpaper is hysterical, as it’s a take on the old board game Operation, where you have to carefully remove the parts out of the patient without touching the edges. I’m not sure if everyone int he world knows what the game is, so that’s why I described it and included the link! But to me these doctors look a little cracked out, I mean one doesn’t even have his pants on. Also of interest, if you’re on a Mac and you have a lot of icons on your screen, increase the icon size to 84 x 84 and it’ll look like the doctor is pulling an icon out of the patient! AWESOME!

The Tenfold Collective

The Tenfold Collective is a Colorado based design agency that pretty much does it all. They’re made up of 3 guys and a girl, Christopher McLaughlin, Josh Emrich, Matt Wade, and newcomer Amy Copp, who from what I’m seeing are making some really great projects. I’d describe they’re work as quite simple, possibly vintage-inspired, but in that way that makes you think of how much more simple and honest design was back then.

On their blog they feature some of their more recent work, like the 4th Street District / Downtown Loveland logo contest they won. I love how simple and straightforward the design is, being inspired by motifs from the late 1800’s, around the time the city was founded, and intentionally straying away from an icon to allow “the logo to be couple with season imagery.” Smart thinking, huh?

The image above is a beautiful act of self-promotion which I thought was beautiful, so I wrote the gang to see if I could get a larger version so we could see all the beautiful details. They’re thinking about making the sticker a regular thing, so keep your eyes out to see if they release another one soon!


Bruno 9li

I don’t remember when I came across Bruno 9li’s work, all I know is that I’ve been visiting his site for probably a month now and each time I look at this work I’m amazed. Bruno is a Brazilian illustrator creating works that embody the “unity of people, animals and nature itself” while all the while looking pretty damn incredible. His work is always bright and colorful, featuring a ton of amazing details, a lot of the pieces bordering on overwhelming. To me that’s kind of the genius behind his work. It’s quite clean, but so rich in nuance, that you get this really amazing story out of it.

To glean a little more information about Bruno, I’d highly suggest reading this interview that PingMag did with him, it goes into some depth of what makes him tick.


Video for Mad World by Gary Jules and Mike Andrews

I’m sure most familiar with the song Mad World, as it was the haunting theme for the movie Donnie Darko sung by the amazing Gary Jules and arranged by the awesome Mike Andrews, but did you know there was a video as well? This little gem was directed by Michel Gondry of all people, and features a rooftop perspective of a bunch of kids making shapes on the ground below. As is the usual for Michel, the idea is extremely simple and lo-fi but is totally effective and beautiful when you see it. I think my favorite part is the boat on the water, when you squint your eyes it looks so rad.

For some reason the video plays three times, though I didn’t bother watching them all cuz’ I figure they’re all the same, but I wanted to give a heads up!


Photos of The Graffiti Project at Kelburn Castle

The Graffiti Project at Kelburn Castle

Last April I wrote a post about The Graffiti Project, taking Brazilian artists and allowing them to go to town on a Kelburn Castle, a 600 year old castle in Scotland that needed some restoration. Well a reader of the site Louise Wilson definitely remembered the post because she happened to live 5 minutes away from the castle. So she was awesome enough to take some photos of the castle and send them to me, and man oh man do they look rad!

I’m a huge Os Gemeos fan, so it’s great to see they’re work front and center on the tower and the chimney. I still think it’s amazing that they even let these artists do this, but since the front of the castle had to get resurfaced anyhow, it was definitely a agreat opportunity that wasn’t wasted. Click here for more info about The Graffiti Project and check out more photos under the cut!

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Photos from I Am 8-Bit 2008

Sadly, I wasn’t able to make it out to the opening of I Am 8-Bit this year, too much work makes Bobby a sleepy kitty. But I did come across oldmanmusings Flickr account which has a great set of photos from the night. The show looks like it was packed, as it is every year, and featured a bunch of really great art yet again. I’m pretty sure my absolute favorite though was Scott Campbell’s pieces, which feature the cutest little versions of video game characters that you’ll ever see. I used to play a ton of DIg Dug on Atari when I was a little kid, so that piece in particular really does it for me.

To see the rest of the awesome art, click here and get ready to be overwhelmed!


Jonathan Adler Ties and Belts Pillows

Earlier today I got an email from the amazing Abby Urban reminding me to check out the always great Jonathan Adler. I took a little wander through his site and came across these soooo rad pillows in the new stuff section. The pillows feature stitched images of belts and ties making some absolutely beautiful patterns. The idea is totally clever and the novelty of the stitching makes these such a cute idea. The one drawback being the price, which at $165 a piece is a pretty hefty price tag, though I’d be the first to admit that it would be worth it.

I also found this image of Jon Adler at a pottery wheel, which for some reason made me smile. Does he really come up with a lot of the ideas for the ceramic pieces he sells? That would make his store even better.