Aaron Rose recently teamed up with Nike to do a set of Beautiful Losers videos called Make Something!!, “a series of art-based workshops taught by world-renowned influencers of DIY culture.” The videos feature Aaron Rose, Kaws, Ed Templeton, Mike Mills, Tobin Yelland, Money Mark, Jesse Spears, Jesse Leyva, Lenny Messina, a definite who’s who of the BL world. The videos cover all sorts of fun topics like learning how to make zines, create original characters, make music, create a skate company and board graphics, and even take over public spaces with your own, self-made poster!
Be sure to watch all the videos, they’re pretty entertaining and empowering.
Simplicity done well is not always easy, but Zoran Konjarski of Melbourne, Australia nailed it on the head when he created these rebranded Saison beer bottles. Designed to look like pharmaceutical, the simple brown bottles mixed with the white neue helvetica bold make for quite a striking combo. If I was at a bar, these would definitely grab my attention.
I post a lot about Nixon, and for good reason. They started out doing one thing, making watches, and started making them better and better. Since then they’ve grown to include clothing and other accessories, but their newest venture has me really excited.
What you see above is their new headphones called Wire headphones, which will also be accompanied by two other styles as well, the Master Blaster and Nomadic, which are more traditional over the ear style. I’m so in love with these, the details totally make them. The version above is made for the iPhone, so there’s the two details of the ear piece, and the third is the mic. The clean and simple details definitely rival even those of Apple, especially looking at the white version, just in a different sort of way.
These are gonna run you $90, but the range of headphones they have run anywhere from $40 to $200, depending upon your needs. The headphones should be coming out any time now, but until then click here to see the entire range of goodies!
The folks over at Rubber Republic sent me this really great video promoting the creative industries in the South West of England, filling in the world on how they get their creative juices flowing, so to speak. I love videos like these that take a ridiculous subject completely serious, a la Monty Python. There’s also a competition to win yourself your own creative juicer, though they suggest you only juice fruits, not creatives.
A couple weeks ago I popped over to The Hammer for their last night of the year collaborating with the folks over at FLUX for a screening of Martin de Thurah’s newest film, Young Man Falling. Googling Martin de Thurah I realized that he did that AMAZING Carpark North video for their song Human, which I’ve placed under the cut for you all to check out.
The story of Young Man Falling is essentially about the changing emotions of a 17 year old boy. He’s slightly neurotic, and not really sure of his emotions and what he’s feeling. This idea of your feelings becoming physically evident is something that de Thurah does amazingly in all his work, and especially in Young Man Falling. For example, after witnessing a car crash, the boy is so traumatized by the site he sees he can only hear the sound of the dead man’s watch ticking. It’s little details like these that make the film a really stellar one.
There’s the trailer above to watch, as well as his video for Human under the cut, so check those out. And if you get a chance to see Young Man Falling anywhere, I suggest you do it. FLUX also has a great interview with Martin de Thurah on their site, which you can read here.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I didn’t forget the Desktop Wallpaper Project this week, I just wanted to wait till today to release a special Thanksgiving edition wallpaper done by Mr. Craig Redman. I’m a big fan of Craig’s work, whether it’s the things he creates with Australia’s finest design outfit, Rinzen, or on his personal (auto-biographical?) project Darcel Disappoints, he’s always crafting up some creative goodness.
This weeks wallpaper features the always hysterical Darcel in a piece Craig calls ‘Thanksgiving Under Duress’. Darcel is rocking a Native American head dress while old-timey guns are pointed his way… what a way to celebrate the holiday! I love love love this wallpaper, and it looks REALLY awesome on my iPhone, just want to throw that out there. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving, and I’ll be back to posting by Monday at the latest!
The folks over at Art Lebedev have started to extend their creative reach from fancy ass keyboards into the realm of public safety with one of their newest concepts, the Air Crosswalk. The idea is rather a simple, but ingenious one. Basically they’ve strung together these giant lights that mimic the zebra crosswalk pattern, which would help drivers see pedestrians much easier. It would also give a clear signal as to where the crosswalk is, which comes in handy in snowy climates.
I love this idea because because it’s simple, it’s beautiful, and it just makes so much sense. The first Air Crosswalk is being installed in Tumen, Russia in 2009, but hopefully we’ll see more of these elsewhere in the world as well. If this interested you, be sure to check out their ideas for stop lights as well, the rendered graphics are worth your time at the very least.
For the last few months my inspirations have started shifting sharply, from architecture to fashion, I guess I’ve caught the sartorial bug. So now I always keep my eye out for good buys, clothing and accessories that aren’t too expensive but will still look great. When I saw this great weekender bag by Deerfield on Urban Outfitters, I knew it fit my requirements.
First of it’s a faux grey leather, and I’m slightly obsessed with grey leather at the moment, so that’s a plus. Then there’s the fact that it’s only $48, which is way cheap. I also think the pattern of the lining is pretty sharp as well. I really wanted to use this for my Thanksgiving trip home this week, so I tried stopping by two UO’s today, but sadly they only carry the black and tan versions in store. Bummer.