Date Archives May 2009

Ian Wright

I think everyone likes badges (or buttons, whichever you call them), but Ian Wright likes them to the point of making fine art out of them. Ian makes a lot of pixel-based artwork, or art that resembles pixels but are actually made from all kinds of different materials.

The piece above, aptly title Mao, is made up of 1 inch badges covered in Chinese silk. Rad, huh?

Found through It’s Nice That


Reading Rec’s // Hitoshi Abe and Morphosis: Buildings & Projects Volume V

I was browsing through Hennessy & Ingalls last week when I started flipping through two really great new architecture books. The first is Hitoshi Abe, which actually came out last fall, but features a ton of Abe’s environmental and architectural work. I’m kind of in love with all of his clean lines and minimalism. The guy just has this amazing sense of space that I’m totally in awe of.

The second book is Morphosis: Buildings & Projects Volume V, a compendum of projects from 2004 to the present, and even some projects that are currently in the works. Morphosis consistently pushes the envelope on their projects, injecting a freshness into the landscape of “starchitects” that tend to get all the hype.

Both are visionaries, and you should definitely check these books out for some serious inspiration.


Reasons Start To Fade

I found this fading message on the sidewalk as I was walking to my meetin earlier tonight and thought it was quite poignant. Not really sure what it was written in, but I definitely liked it and thought I’d share it.


Library Chair by Misawa Naoya

I’m kind of madly in love with these chairs designed by Misawa Naoya. They’re called Library, and are made of beechwood with 4 different color choices. I’m quite fond of the sea breeze and yolk colors (ok, I might have made those names up, but couldn’t you see them being called that?).
Sadly, I think these chairs aren’t for sale, they were a special project done by Misawa.

Found through Spoon & Tamago


The Cult of Done Manifesto Poster

The Cult of Done Manifesto Poster

1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
3. There is no editing stage.
4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.
8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
11. Destruction is a variant of done.
12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
13. Done is the engine of more.

I had printed out The Cult of Done Manifesto at my last job, it was something I would glance at every now and then. More than anything it’s kind of a list of points to reference when you’re trying to finish something, no matter what point in the process you’re at. Well, illustrator/designer James Provost decided to create his own take on the Manifesto, illustrating these points in Rubik’s cubes. A really great visualization of some really great ideas.


I seriously meet the most interesting people on Twitter. Take for example Alissia Melka-Teichroew (say that 5 times fast), an amazing designer working out of Brooklyn who has her own brand called byAMT. She’s got this really incredible array of products she’s designed, from rings, to log-shaped stools, to glassware… the girl is epic.

One thing that caught my eye was her CLE USB Key. The key mimics those old school, Victorian era keys that everyone on earth loves. It’s such a simple and fun idea, much like all the rest of her work.


‘Blue Period Picasso’ by Peter Bjorn and John

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Blue Period Picasso by Peter Bjorn and John

I tend to get songs stuck in my head quite easily, so I’m always humming and singing to myself. As I was listening to Living Thing, Peter Bjorn and John’s new album, I realized that I kept humming their song Blue Period Picasso.

The song is about a one of Picasso’s painting from his blue period, from the perspective of the painting. The painting feels that it deserves more recognition, that it’s still a beautiful painting. The painting starts to dream of someone coming and stealing it off the wall in Barcelona that it’s sitting on, and how they’d be famous throughout the land.

It’s a really cute song, with a great little beat and clever words.


P.S. Can someone make me an awesome remix of this for me? If I like it a lot and it makes me dance I’ll post it for everyone to hear.

‘Hospice’ by The Antlers

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Two by The Antlers

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Shiva by The Antlers

The constant flow of great albums this year doesn’t seem like it’s going to stop anytime soon, and we’re all the better for it. But one album that’s really stood out for me this year is Hospice by The Antlers. When the album came out I listened to it on repeat, non-stop. Since then I listen to it at least once a week, if not more.

Hospice has a rather epic narrative, dealing with such things as life and death, illness, loss, despair and occasional glimpses of hope. The albums brilliance comes from the unapologetic nature the album takes, that life is filled with sad parts, and the album fully embraces those times. Peter Silberman’s vocals and lyrics are absolutely superb, ranging from dark whispers to emotional outburts, cracking falsettos and passionate pleas.

I get frustrated when I write about an album like this, because honestly it’s hard to put into words the feelings an amazing album like this brings out. And this album was definitely made around pure emotions, it’s not a light-hearted affair, it’s the stuff that real life is made of. Take a listen to the two songs above, and if you enjoy the album please pick it up and support these amazing musicians.

This will absolutely be in my top favorite albums of the year, if not the decade.

You can pick up their album now by clicking here.


Can You Imagine Print by Trey Speegle

It’s supposed to be 88º in Los Angeles today, so I’m headed out to the beach for the day. But I thought I’d post this great little print called Can You Imagine which was created by Trey Speegle. He recreated this vintage paint-by-numbers by “enlarging it, silkscreening it on canvas, mixing a fresh palette of 60 colors, blocking out the text and painting in everything but.” And for $20 you can get yourself an 8 x 10″, not bad, right?

Click here to visit 20×200 and grab yourself one.


District 9 Trailer

I posted about director Neil Blomkamp’s amazing film Alive in Joburg at the end of of 2007, and since then the man has only blown up from there. He’s directed commercials for Nike and Adidas, and most recently been “adopted” by Peter Jackson, even given the nod to direct a movie based on the video game Halo. Sadly, the Halo film is still a mess, but until that time we have District 9 to hold us over.

District 9 is based off the previously mentioned Alive in Joburg, but this time it’s being given the full WETA treatment thanks to Pete Jackson. The movie is about a race of aliens that get stranded on earth, and begin settling in Johannesburg, South Africa. The movie explores the relationship between these alien refugees and how we deal with these “non-humans”.

The version above is the “uncensored” version because you can see the aliens face and hear what he’s saying. In the theatrical version it’s face is pixelated and there are no subtitles. Soooooo stoked for this.