Date Archives August 2008

Stories Café Packaging by BVD

I’d say that most people judge a book by it’s cover, and a package by it’s… packaging. BVD have provided an excellent example of how simple branding can make something really stand out and be something special. The images above are products from Stories Café, a little store in Sweden, and as you can see they’re pretty much as simple as can be, but are striking at the same time. Because they used black and white only, it allows everything else to stand out, I mean, how awesome do the baked goods look? The store itself is also decked out in only black and white, with touches of warm wood and stainless steel, which look pretty amazing. Take a visit to their site and see the rest of BVD’s work as well, they’re definitely staying busy.


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring James Gulliver Hancock

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring James Gulliver Hancock

James Gulliver Hancock

Good morning world, it’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to get an awesome new wallpaper! Today’s artist is someone I’ve been a fan of for a little while now, but when I first saw his art I was totally impressed. His name is James Gulliver Hancock and he’s quite a whiz at illustration, though as you can see above he has no problem dabbling in mixed media as well. He also has a really great poster shop with lots of fun posters, my personal favorite being Miking Up the Steinway, a beautiful mix of pianos and old school microphones.

The wallpaper above is one of my favorites, James went above and beyond the call of duty with this one. I love that it’s a collage a lot, the idea that it’s something hand made being used as digital background always makes me smile. Seeing all the details is also pretty amazing, all the paint strokes and the rough edges where he cut out pieces, definitely fun times. I’m also quite a fan of the palette, which I’m pretty sure he just hit the inverse command in Photoshop, but how often can someone do that and it actually looks cool?!

Enjoy the wallpaper and check back next for more awesome goodness!

Here Comes The Sun | A Mixtape by Damien Correll

Here Comes The Sun | A Mixtape by Damien Correll
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Today I have kind of a special treat, something I hope everyone enjoys. A few weeks ago I noticed that illustrator/designer/man about town Damien Correll had uploaded a new Muxtape, a site for some reason I’m not a huge fan of, but I thought I’d give it a listen anyhow. I sat and listened to the whole thing, I think it was a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, and it was an absolute perfect fit for my day. So I decided to ask Damien if he’d share his mix here on Kitsune Noir, and he graciously said yes, even coming up with some front and back covers as well.

The full title of the mix is actually Here Comes The Sun (It Will Probably Destroy You), but I didn’t have room in the title up there for all of that! The songs on the mix are pretty eclectic, but if I had to give it a theme I’d say the mix was really guitar driven, with a lot of 70’s and 80’s classics. I thought I’d also mention that the mix is mixed together just like all the other Kitsune Noir mixtapes because I put it together for Damien. The mix is also about an hour long, so you’ll be able to get through a small chunk of the day with some awesome new tunes. Definitely download it and give it a try!

01 Alcohol by Saturday Looks Good To Me
02 Ease Yourself and Glide by Parsley Sound
03 Lying in the Sun by Koushik
04 The Other Song by Spirit
05 Oxford Gray by Shuggie Otis
06 No Love Lost by LCD Soundsystem
07 Be Stiff by Devo
08 Hush Now by Jimi Hendrix
09 Les Fleurs by Minnie Riperton
10 I’m Not Moving (Idjut Boys Remix) by Phil Collins
11 The Guns of Brixton by The Clash
12 My Ten Years On Auto-Pilot by The Ruby Suns
13 She’s A Rainbow by The Rolling Stones
14 Ram On by Paul & Linda McCartney
15 Here Comes The Sun by Nina Simone
16 Don’t Don’t by Peter Gordon & The Love of Life Orchestra


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Andy Rementer

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Andy Rementer

Andy Rementer

Today we have an amazing wallpaper from illustrator Andy Rementer. Andy created this design for SELECT but was rad enough to make it into a happening wallpaper for you all. The design on the t-shirt is actually front and back, but he merged them together to make one epic part of a design. Definitely check out the rest of Andy’s work as well, I got all kinds of flustered when I saw this rad Reference Library sign he painted.


Oh man I’m so excited! So it’s already August, which means the next installment of DESKTOP BATTLE! is here and ready to destroy some people’s faces. First I want to start off with the sponsor of this month’s battle, the awesome folks over at SELECT, Threadless’ curated line of t-shirts which feature awesome artists from around the world. I happened to have a connection over there so I was able to score an ample amount of prizes for you all! Here’s the breakdown:

1st place = 5 SELECT t-shirts and 2 issues of Faesthetic
2nd place = 2 SELECT t-shirts and a copy of Faesthetic
3rd place = 1 SELECT t-shirt

In order to win these awesome prizes, I need you to make the most wallpaper you possibly can based around the idea of FACIAL HAIR. That doesn’t mean just drawing some face with a beard on it, I’ll e-crumple your entry for doing that. I want to see crazy ass beards, moustaches on dogs, pencils ‘staches on grandmas, and handlebars killing things. I’m hoping this is specific enough without being too narrow, so be super-creative and have a ton of fun with it! Here are the rest of the rules:

Please create your wallpaper at 3840px x 2400px, but send me a small JPG to preview. If you win I’ll ask you to send me your larger sized version. Also be sure to create it in RGB mode only.

You’ve gotta send your wallpaper to me August 24th, 2008 at Midnight PST. Anything sent past this time will be disqualified because I say so.

Send all wallpapers to:
If you have any questions about the project, feel free to leave them in the comments section because someone else could be wondering the same thing!

I hope everyone has fun with this one, there’s so many rad prizes to be won, not to mention being the jugular-ripping winner of DESKTOP BATTLE! The DWP will still be on for Wednesday as well, so be sure to check back again.

Survival Tips for the Middle Ages

I found this random item posted on Kottke the other day and proceeded to read the shit out of it. It brings up a great ‘what if?’ scenario where you try and figure out how you would survive if you were “unexpectedly transported to a random location in Europe (say for instance current France/Benelux/Germany) in the year 1000 AD (plus or minus 200 years). I assume that such transportation would leave me with what I am wearing, what I know, and nothing else.” What he did was get 97 comments from people and how they would survive, and they’re all pretty damn interesting. Some of my favorites are as follows:

If – no, let’s be real here – WHEN you are suddenly and unexpectedly time-travelled to the early days of the Black Death, make straight for Nuremberg. It’s one of a handful of cities that didn’t get bubonic plague. I read it on a list somewhere, one time.

– First, I’d find a small town — one where the word-of-mouth of my arrival would be brief and wouldn’t lead to rioting or something. It would be especially good to initially meet a group of kids or teenagers, because they’d be the less likely to harm or kill you. See E.T. for details.

– I’d calmly and serenely smile, presenting the locals with my iPhone as a gift to help build trust. I think the key would be to get a group of townspeople to believe that you’re not crazy or intending to hurt them. Let these townspeople do the work of introducing you to (or shielding you from) people from other towns. I’d act as much as possible like God, using any pieces of technology I had with me to coerce the locals into my holiness.

– I would end up being treated as a witch or as a whore.

The skirt I’m wearing is short (showing my …(gasp)… KNEES) and made of rather flimsy, garish cotton (whore). And although I have nice skin and beautiful teeth (whore), my hair is short and I wear glasses (witch). My hands are soft and I’ve obviously lived a life of comfort (whore). I would have to lie about my age and find a way to explain my abdominal scars (witch). I would also have to lie about being able to read, write and figure (witch).

I’d like to think that I could survive such an ordeal, but I’d probably be messed up straight away. I think the idea of pretending to be mute is a good one, but how would you know what anyone is saying? I think resources would also be really hard to find, especially clean water, which you have no way to boil or sanitize. It’s definitely a fun read, people REALLY got into the conversation which makes it that much more interesting.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

To say that I’m excited about the newest Harry Potter movie, The Half-Blood Prince, is pretty much a giant understatement. This whole series has been pretty amazing since the third movie and has yet to really disappoint me. It sucks that they can’t fit everything into the movies, but that’s what the books are for, right? For those who haven’t read the book, here’s the press release:

Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates! And then there’s Hermione, simmering with jealousy but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

I think this movie is going to be amazing for several reasons. First, I really loved what David Yates did with the last film, so I’m hoping for more of that realism in this film. Also joining Yates as the cinematographer is a guy named Bruno Delbonnel, who worked on A Very Long Engagement and Amélie, which to me sounds like an amazing idea. Both of those movies were beautifully shot, so hopefully Bruno can bring his own incredible touch to the film. Watch the trailer above and let me know what you all think!



Hello everyone! I can’t believe it’s August already! Time is certainly flying. I wanted to make a quick post about my lack of posting this week. On Monday I started an amazing new job as the designer for a new startup company called Causecast. Everything is in beta right now, but basically the site connects people to important causes through celebrities and organizations. It’s going to feature a ton of great content like videos and a steady stream of news and info about issues ranging from the environment and animal rights to art and education. You can click the link above to sign up for an email list letting you now when the site gets released, but I’ll also be letting everyone know as well, it should be rad.

So far I’ve been having a blast working there and being creative non-stop. Everyone who works there is so amazingly passionate about the site, but they’re also some of the nicest people I’ve ever met and I feel totally welcomed and appreciated. But this past week I’ve been pretty exhausted as well, it’s been hard to find time for work, a social life, and the blog. So all I ask is for a bit of patience while I find a good balance between all things, because as you know this blog is my baby and I’m not going to abandon it for anything.

I also wanted to say again to be sure to check out the site over the weekend when I’ll be doing a lot of updating, as well as on Monday when the next DESKTOP BATTLE! theme gets announced, as well as the sponsor. I think everyone will be pretty damn excited by the amount of prizes you’ll be able to win, not to mention WHO the sponsor is. Let’s just say it’s kind of cool to have some friends in creative places.

Anyhow, thanks for putting up with my busy-ness, I promise to get back on the ball with things, I just need some time to adjust to things. I hope everyone has a rad weekend!


P.S. Big props to the girl at The Groop with short hair and glasses rocking the Jean Jullien wallpaper on her monitor at work, that totally made my day!