Date Archives October 2008


Over the last few weeks I’ve been doing a lot of shopping and I’ve visited some pretty cool new spaces, so my brain has been filled with a lot of beautiful ideas. I’ve also recently come across a blog called Valet., and online magazine of sorts, that embodies a lot of the things I’ve been thinking about lately. Basically, I have a bit of blog envy. They have a clean, crisp layout, post about stuff rather regularly, and write in a helpful and easy going tone.

Definitely pay them a visit, especially if you’re looking to keep yourself looking good in all aspects.


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Christopher David Ryan

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Christopher David Ryan

Christopher David Ryan

Good morning everyone! Today’s wallpaper comes from someone that I’ve really admired for a long time, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually written about him before. His name is Christopher David Ryan, and he’s an absolutely prolific designer. On his personal site, he does a daily design, something a lot of people talk about doing, but in Chris’ case, he has 10 months worth of proof. Then there’s his other site Atmostheory, which features projects and other fun stuff he’s created. And if that wasn’t enough, he even has a shop called My Little Underground which has things for sale like books and posters, all of which are affordable and totally beautiful.

For Chris’ wallpaper he came up with a bold and simple design, a bunch of hands holding record sleeves and pulling records out of the sleeves at the same time, all in a brightly colored gradient. I’ve got this up on my second screen at work and it looks really good. On a sidenote, Chris also gave me another image he made a while back that I might need to release as well, so you might be seeing him again on the DWP!

Meg Hunt

My good friend Bern sent me a link to Meg Hunt’s work the other day, an illustrator from Phoenix, Arizona who has a really fun and colorful style. She’s one of those people who’s style seems very seamless, like she didn’t even have to try to make her drawings look so good. I’m also smitten with her choice of colors, and I love that she throws so many textures into her work as well. I’d love to get a print of her’s as well, but sadly her Etsy store is out of stuff for now :(

Check out her llamas and the rest of her work by clicking here.


The Toyota iQ

It feels like forever since I’ve posted about a car I really love, but nothing has really struck me as of late. I’m also not a big fan of overly weird or stylized cars, I just want a car that actually works and is amazing because of not only it’s looks, but it’s functionality as well. So when I spotted the new Toyota IQ over on Wired the other day, I knew right away I needed to write about it.

First off, it’s small. Nothing bothers me more than people driving giant, obnoxious cars and trucks that they don’t need. This car is aimed at young urbanites, but when it gets 56 miles to the gallon, I could image a whole lot of people wanting this little guy, especially in our current economic climate. It’s also been precisely crafted, from the placement of gas tank to the shape of the dashboard, so that the inside feels a lot bigger than it is.

Second, Toyota needs to get Scion back into it’s once A-game, and offering something like this, in the price of range of less than $15k, just might do it. With people trying to save money in any way they can, having a smart and fun compact car that saves them money just might do the trick. I personally would buy one of these puppies in a heart beat, I think the shape is certainly intruiging, especially the back end. I’m also a fan of the wide stance the tires have, something that’s similar in shape to the Mini.

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Graphic Thought Facility

I feel like environmental graphics can often be overlooked, which is pretty stupid because if anything it helps us all get to where we want to be easier. A perfect example of this is the folks over at Graphic Thought Facility. For the West London Academy they created these incredibly simple graphics that clearly illustrate exactly what kind of room you’re about to walk into. These graphics combined with the bright colors they’re placed on make for a stunning combination, that not only informs, but beautifies at the same time.

These graphics are from 2006, and since then GTF has been quite busy, so be sure to check out the rest of their work as well, especially their marketing campaign for Frieze Art Fair and their beautiful mail-order catalogues for Antoni And Alison.


DOT MATRIX REVOLUTION* by superbrothers

Earlier today I came across the pixel animations of superbrothers, the alias of Craig Adams, a genius when it comes to small blocks of color. He does really great pixel drawings for a lot of big clients, but it’s really his animations that are so cool, like the one above titled DOT MATRIX REVOLUTION*. The video features two computer engineers checking their vintage electronic equipment, when suddenly they “throw down” in a dance off that spans from 1951 up to today! The computers in the video look great, and the computer engineers dancing is hysterical, so watch it and see what I mean!

Found through one strange morning


Surfing by Megapuss, Artwork by Travis Millard and Mel Kadel

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Crop Circle Jerk ’94 by Megapuss

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To The Love Within by Megapuss

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Surfing by Megapuss

When it comes to Devendra Banhart, I feel like you love him or you hate him. Some folks think he’s too weird while others think he’s too weird to be folk. Personally, I have a soft spot for him, his songs are always immaculately crafted and even though they may be a little odd sometimes, who else is making music like this?

So I was rather excited to hear that his awesome side project, Megapuss, was becoming a real project with a real album. I had the great pleasure of seeing Megapuss perform at The Hammer, performing along with a rotating slideshow of Lauren Dukoff’s photographs. The band was hysterical, the songs were a little rusty, but you could definitely see the potential in it. The band is made up of Devendra and Greg Rogove from Priestbird, and together they’ve probably made one of my favorite albums of the year.

The album sounds like a Devendra Banhart album for the most part, but instead of his usual “psych folk” sound, it’s more like psych surf, somewhere between a hippie love in and The Beach Boys. Every song is pretty eclectic, like Duck People Duck Man, about, well… duck people. But behind this trippy spoken word piece is a beautiful song, you just have to listen for it. There’s also the most rocking gay anthem I’ve ever heard, Adam & Steve, which even features a George Michael jam, backed by some bad ass drums. Nonetheless, this album is really easy to listen to, I’ve already gotten several people hooked on it.

Another sweet detail to this album is that the artwork was done by one of the most creative couples out there right now, Travis Millard and Mel Kadel. As it turns out, Devendra and Greg were recording the Megapuss album next door to Travis and Mel, and they happened to meet at the mailbox one day. They got to talking, and the next thing you know, they’ve made an amazing booklet of art. Travis was nice enough to send me some large images from the booklet, as well as some outtakes from it as well that weren’t used.

Everything is under the cut, another 18 images in addition to the ones you see above, so be sure to check those out. And I should probably warn everyone that there are some cartoon dicks and fighting and gore on the photos, so if you work in a church or for Sarah Palin’s advisory committee, you might want to be careful.

You can currently buy the album digitally on iTunes for $9.99, but the physical album doesn’t drop until November 4th, so be sure to mark your calenders, this is truly a gem of an album.

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Obama Letterpress Print by Dan Funderburgh

I’m an adamant supporter of both Barack Obama and Dan Funderburgh, so when you combine the two it’s almost like waking up on X-Mas morning! Dan, along with Dylan Fareed over at I Am Still Alive, have teamed up to create another amazing poster called Census. The poster features all sorts of patriotic bits and bobs arranged in a way that only someone like Dan Funderburgh can do.

Most importantly, ALL proceeds go are being donated straight to the Obama campaign, so if you’re like me, this is a great deal on both ends. The prints measure 13 x 20″, and are only $30, which is an amazing deal for such an awesome print and an amazing cause. Click here to order one!


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Parquerama

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Parquerama


Good morning everyone! Hump day means a new wallpaper, and today is an exceptionally bright one, something especially important as the weather starts to get a little more gray… at least here in the northern hemisphere. This week’s wallpaper was created by Matias Vigliano, better known by Parquerama, an illustrator and graphic designer from Buenos Aires. Parquerama’s work is always filled with tons of colors and a lot of the time there are spacemen floating about as well.

For his wallpaper he created an image of soem sort of space guy getting attacked by vines, as he struggles to keep himself afloat by hanging on to a tram line, haha… Or at least that’s what I see, your guess as to what’s going on is as good as mine! But I really love the colors of this piece and all the textures are totally superb. Thanks Parquerama!


Earlier tonight I went and saw Blindness, a movie about a disease that suddenly makes people blind, which they call “white blindness”. This disease ends up turning into a full blown epidemic, triggering the government to quarantine the sick into facilities in hopes of containing the outbreak. I had been wanting to see this movie for a while now, particularly because of the director, Fernando Meirelles, who directed City of God, and Julianne Moore, who’s a genius in everything she does.

I ended up loving the movie, and this is for many reasons. First, was Meirelles, and his amazing cinematographer, César Charlone. Every scene was absolutely stunning, whether it was showing what it would be like to be blind, or the gritty reality of being trapped in a facility with 100 other blind people. It felt like each scene and every shot was choreographed and planned down to the tiniest detail, nothing was taken for granted. A scene comes to mind where Julianne Moore is walking into the facility they’re quarantined in and she walks between some doorways which is surrounded by glass, showing her reflection from multiple angles all at once. It’s a totally surreal and beautiful moment, captured at the perfect angle.

Second was definitely the cast. Julianne Moore was by far the star of this movie, and she was all over the place emotionally, and truly was the guiding light of this whole film. There was also Mark Ruffalo, Alice Braga, Danny Glover, Gael García Bernal, Yusuke Iseya, Yoshino Kimura, and Mitchell Nye, a rather diverse cast that definitely gave the movie a feeling of taking place anywhere in the world. It’s also interesting to note that none of the character’s were ever called by a name, they were simply known as “doctor” or “lady”. It didn’t feel like it was done in a glaring, in your face kind of way, it really just made it feel like you could easily be one of those people.

My third favorite part was that the movie took place in no identifiable city or country. This was a stipulation made by the author of the book, José Saramago, who wrote the book which the movie is based on. While the movie was shot in São Paulo, I would say that most people watching the film would simply think it’s a big city, any city, somewhere in the world, yet again lending to the feeling that this could happen to you.

On sort of a side note, I had read that the National Federation of the Blind had condemned the film for it’s portrayal of the blind as “uncivilized, animalized creatures,” but I can’t imagine anyone leaving this movie feeling that way at all. If anything, I left the movie with a profound sense of joy that I am able to see all the wonderful sights our world holds. Watching a film like Blindness opens your eyes to the fact that most people take something like seeing for granted on a daily basis. And while the movie made me feel very tense, and it could be graphic and hard to watch in some parts, I still felt it was extremely well done and I highly suggest it to everyone.