Date Archives August 2008


This weekend I did manage to make it out to the aforementioned Simpleasures show, though sadly I’m still not quite the rich man I’d love to be, so I was good and didn’t buy anything. But I did make sure to check in on some of the artists like Liam Devowski, who’s a part of a new art collective called NEON GRAY. The group is bi-coastal-ish, wwith Liam in San Francisco and the rest of the crew, Benjamin Domanico, Joyce Kim, and Samel Ortiz-Payero, all living in Baltimore, Maryland.

Together they have a pretty slick portfolio of work, ranging from zines, to typography, to apparel, to the images you see above, basically a mediation on how awesome California is. The images were inspired by the classic book of the same name, and features digital photos “of the ever-changing landscape that is the California coast.” I think they capture the diversity of California pretty damn well, and certainly make me proud to be a Californian!



Today is going to be a pretty fun day, as it’s the opening of Simpleasures, a new event here in LA that’s bringing together the best and brightest in music and art. This first time is “showcasing independent publishing and experimentation in zine making from Los Angeles and beyond.” The whole thing is being put on by the folks at Studio Number One, Forest, and The Dutch Press, and is taking place at the Sublminal Projects Gallery. There’s going to be a ton of rad artists there like Travis Millard, Souther Salazar, Mel Kadel, and Liam Devowski as well as booths and things for sale from Secret Headquarters, Giant Robot, 826LA and a ton more. Not only that, but there’s also going to be music by DJ Diabetic (Shep Fairey), Daedelus, Professor Canteloupe, Danny Holloway, Sodapop, and Lucky Dragon.

The event should be really awesome, it goes from 1PM to 9PM, and there’s even a panel discussion with Souther Salazar and Travis Millard at 7PM, which I imagine will be pretty damn funny. So if you’re in LA you should definitely stop by, it should be amazing.


Beck 8-Bit Variations Digipack

Argentinian designer DHNN (Design Has No Name) created this awesome looking music package concept based around some tracks from Beck’s album Guero. It’s called 8-Bit Variations and takes the idea of using old school Nintendo and pixels to the next level. Inside the package you get a Nintendo cartridge that opens up to reveal a micro CD featuring 4 Beck remixes, as well as a booklet filled with awesome retro goodness.

If Beck really did some sort of special promotion like this he’d probably sell a ton of them and fast. I think the inside cover featuring Beck’s face is also pretty clever, the use of squares to resemble pixels looks awesome, and the bright colors totally make the whole thing. Definitely check out the rest of the photos by clicking here, as well as the rest of his work on his Behance.


Like It Or Not by Architecture in Helsinki

I randomly saw this Archeitecture in Helsinki video featured on the Vimeo homepage yesterday and got pretty excited. The song is okay, but not my favorite, I think thy have better, but the video is pretty amazing because it’s made entirely from embroidery and fabric, telling the story of two coconuts in love whoa are thrown on an epic journey across the earth. The whole thing is TOTALLY inspired by the fantastic Meg Whitmarsh, though sadly they don’t seem to mention this, even though any fan of Meg’s would probably point it out immediately. Anyhow, it’s a pretty cute video and a good start to the morning.


Dan Funderburgh’s Gravity’s Rainbow Print

Since I’ve been working so much lately I feel like I’ve been out of the loop, but thankfully I have rad friends who fill me in on things I may have missed. For example, Dan Funderburgh emailed me today letting me know that he and his buddy Dylan Fareed over at I Am Still Alive released this awesome letterpressed poster.

The poster is a 3 three color print and features a bunch of Dan’s signature tools, starting with a cleaver, then a throwing knife(?), then a hunting knife, scissors, an x-acto, a fork and finally a dart. The poster comes in two different versions, an open edition for $30, or a limited edition for $100, both of them signed by the artist. I think this is such a rad poster and Dan is such a creative guy that it always makes me happy to see more of his work. You can pick one of these up by clicking here.


Over & Over by Mike Perry

While browsing around my local bookstore over the weekend I came across Mike Perry’s newest book, Over & Over, which is a collection of hand drawn patterns by some of the best artists out there. Many of you I’m sure remember Mike’s first book Hand Job, which was a collection of hand-drawn type, so obviously he knows his stuff. The book features over 50 artists, is over 250 pages long and looks absolutely amazing. I sat in the bookstore for like 10 minutes pouring every page, I’m such a sucker for repeating patterns. I can’t suggest this book any more highly, it would make an excellent addition to any library and work great as a birthday present (hint, hint mom!).

Check under the cut, there are 5 more images to drool over!

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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!