Date Archives March 2009

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Jack Crossing

Hey everyone, sorry for the delay in getting this week’s wallpaper out. I decided to redesign the site last night instead of posting this, please forgive me! Anywho, this weeks wallpaper comes from English designer Jack Crossing, a young buck who’s creating a ton of rad stuff lately. You might remember his J shaped clothesline pins from last year, but he’s all over the place creatively.

He sent me two wallpapers, and this is actually the one he didn’t want me to post, but I thought it was really funny so I had to post it. I think personally this statement is already true, considering I spend probably 16 hours a day on my computer. But I also love the phrase “hell yeah”, it’s such an amazing bro phrase that I love to appropriate and use for my own evil ways. I hope ya’ll like it.


A Fresh Look

Last night I decided to give the site some minor tweaks, just to freshen things up. I wanted to keep things similar to what I already had, but still make things feel new. I decided to take some inspiration from the two magazine covers above, both are from last month. After I finished some things last night I kept thinking, ‘Oh, it’s Watchmen flavored”, but that’s not where the inspiration came from.

The title is set in Helvetica Ultra Condensed Bold, which gives it sort of a Metropolis magazine or Metal Gear Solid feel. The background was inspired by my Postalco notebook and it’s perfect little grid paper. The second image is from the book Japan Style, which inspired the background of the header as well as trying to clean up the design overall as well.

The last piece was installing Firebug, which allowed me to find and tweaked the code. I’ve known about Firebug for about six months now, but hadn’t used it until now. It seriously was my saving grace last night.

I hope everyone enjoys the subtle shift. I’ll be adding and tweaking to the design over the next week. If anyone has any suggestions let me know!


Apple Releases New iPod Shuffle

This morning Apple released a redesigned version of their brightly colored, bite sized iPod Shuffles, though this time around they’ve gone even more minimal. First off they’ve ripped out the controller on the face of the player, placing them onto the earbud cords, similar to the iPhone controller. One of the biggest new advancements is called Voice Over, which tells you the artist and track name of the song or podcasts you’re listening to.

I think these look great, and yet again Apple has made some great even greater. I just hope they bring back all those fun colors, something I’m sure people really love.


Giant Neckface Mural Outside of Barracuda

I took some photos of this giant Neckface on the side of Barracuda last weekend, something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. The mural features his signature creepy ass, orange guy with long tongue and the bold slogan, “IM CREEPIN WHILE YOU’RE SLEEPIN!!!”

It was kind of funny because I took this photo while some LiveStrong people were giving away some promotional stuff, with this ominous beast about to devour them.

Genius as always.


Monocle To Open L.A. Shop, But Still Doesn’t Understand L.A.

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Earlier today I saw a tweet from Tom over at The Scout, confirming that Monocle was indeed opening a shop in Los Angeles, something they hinted at in their most recent issue. As critical as I can be about Monocle, I feel like I hold them to higher standard because they do so many things so very right.

Excited, I was curious to find out where the shop would be, but to my dismay, they chose… Brentwood. For those who aren’t familiar with Los Angeles, Brentwood is a “fancy” neighborhood, but it’s also completely out of the way from anything cool. I feel like I know Los Angeles pretty damn well, and well, I couldn’t tell you a damn store in Brentwood.

There are so many places in Los Angeles for a Monocle store to go. There’s the REALLY rich folk in Beverly Hills, the constantly gentrifying Downtown, the hipsters in Silverlake… but they chose the most out of way place in this entire mess of a city. Yet again Monocle, you seem to not understand a damn thing about Los Angeles, and this further proves that point.

Tyler Brulé is quoted as saying the location offers, “a great space in a high traffic area which possesses a similar demographic and ‘community feel’ to our Marylebone store in London.” If the demographic he’s speaking of is Ed Hardy wearing moms driving around in FJ Cruisers, then I suppose he’s right on the mark. But in my opinion, a Monocle store would fare better in an area that is more urban, cares about what’s going on around the world and appreciates well designed things.

I’ll still visit the shop… but it’ll have to be a very special trip.


Thomas Campbell’s “The Present”: A Brief Recap

I just got back from seeing The Present and I had a blast. I’ve been surfing many times before, but I’m far from a surfer dude, so at times I felt like quite a voyeur. But the movie was shot really beautifully, and guys in the video were doing some amazing stuff with some amazing boards.

I also saw Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd there, I had no idea hobbits love to surf! If you get a chance to see the film you should definitely check it out.