Date Archives May 2009

House Industries Creates Their Own Star Trek Enterprise

Seeing as how I’m both a sci-fi and type nerd, this post could be compared to a bacon wrapped hot dog. The guys over at House Industries were asked to customize a U.S.S. Enterprise for the new Star Trek film, and they did an awesome job. They decided to go retro, being inspired by this sweet helicopter model kit. They actually did a really amazing job, especially if you look at all the details there are in the paint job. You can see more of these custom painted Enterprises by clicking here..

Check out under the cut for another detail of the ship.

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Naive: Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design

The folks over at Gestalten were kind enough to send me one of their newest releases, a book called Naive: Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design. I had seen the book around on a couple of blogs and as soon as I saw the beautiful Pietari Posti cover, I knew I needed it.

The book is 176 pages of art, drawings, paintings, cut outs and illustrations that have been inspired by minimalist designers like Saul Bass, Charley Harper and Alexander Girard. It’s an ode almost, to a more simple kind of art that was prevalent in the last 50 years, but seems to really be making a resurgence lately.

There’s a ton of great artists inside including Adrian Johnson, Darling Clementine, General Pattern, Human Empire, James Gulliver Hancock, Josh Cochran, Patent Pending, Silent Giant, The Heads of State and ton more. If you’re into any of the artists mention, I think you’d really love this book.


iF Mode Folding Bike

I definitely need a bike for this summer, there’s no two ways about it. But when I get like this, I tend to notice bike things all over the place. The folding bike above is called the iF Mode and was created by Mark Sanders. It’s one of the prettier folding bikes that I’ve seen, which I think is due to a mixture of the creamy body, bits of brown leather and the black tires and detailing. All together it looks really great and very futuristic.

The lame thing is that this puppy goes for $2250, which is ridiculous no matter which way you slice it. Not in this recession…

Found through tomburkulosis


Youth in Japan

The Life Magazine Archive has been a consistent source of inspiration for since it was launched a few months back. What’s neat about it for me is that I can constantly run across new photos of something that I really think is cool.

My most recent find was photos from an article called Youth in Japan, which seems to document a day and night in the life of a group of scooter kids in 1964. The photos are so neat to see, and I love everything that they’re wearing. I’m also jealous of their bikes, I wish I had a sweet little scooter like that to run around LA on!

Check out some more photos under the cut.

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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Ana Benaroya

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Ana Benaroya

Ana Benaroya

Hey everyone, sorry for the lack of wallpapers for the last two weeks. I still have a ton of wallpapers to give away, in fact I’m going to have an ultra-crazy project coming up hopefully, so keep your eyes peeled for that. This weeks DWP artist is the lovely Ana Benaroya, a Baltimore artist who’s work is totally cheeky and fun. She has this really great European kind of style to her line work, and her color choices are always really loud but totally work. If you haven’t seen her work before you should definitely check it out.

I figured today was a good day to post her wallpaper because of how hot it is here in Los Angeles, so lots of buff dudes in speedos seem fitting. I laughed pretty hard when I saw this, and my favorite parts are the guy with the eyes and lips on his ass, and the pink guy with his long ponytail. So awesome.

I also just wanted to point out that I didn’t create a 1024 x768 or a 1280 x 1024 because I didn’t want to crop into her work. You can still download these other sizes though and your computer will figure it out.

‘Hey Sandy’ by Tera Melos

I went and had tacos with some friends tonight, and for some reason, I got the theme song to Pete & Pete stuck in my head. Cut to me getting home and talking to my roommate who told me that our other best friend from high school’s band had done an amazing cover of the song.

Their name is Tera Melos, and I’m guessing some of you have probably heard of them. My best friend Nick is their lead singer, and my buddy Nate is the bass player. They just recently completed a “cover” of sorts, which takes the Pete & Pete intro, and adds a bit of the Beach Boys’ God Only Knows, turning it into one killer song. They also recreated the video near perfectly, and if you watch the original Pete & Pete trailer and this, you’ll see what I mean. Good work, gentleman.

If you enjoy this, check out more of their music by clicking here.


Here & There – A Horizonless Map of New York

The Here & There project is a pretty ingenious map that let’s people see not only where they are, but where they’ll be if they keep going. Alright, every map does that, but this one does it in a peculiar fashion. At the bottom the buildings stand upright in front of you, and the farther you go the more overheard the map is. Pretty neat, huh?

So far there are two versions, one looking uptown from 3rd and 7th, and the other looking downtown from 3rd and 35th, which is the one you see above. You can grab these maps for $65 each by clicking here.

Think someone could make one of these based around LA? Maybe looking down Santa Monica toward the ocean?


Zebra Pencils

One of my more recent obsessions as of lately is the Zebra mechanical pencil you see above. They were introduced to me by my amazing assistant Sarah whom I had over at Causecast. These things are cheap and plastic, but they’re designed pretty perfectly. They’re not too big and not too small, come in black and white, and have a great eraser to them.

You can get a 28 pack with both black and traditional yellow pencils for $10 on Amazon.


The Garden

A couple days ago I posted about the Japanese’s plan to start introducing underemployed workers to farming, and thought it would be really great if the U.S. had a plan like that. Well that led to a friend telling me about an upcoming documentary called The Garden. The film centers around a community garden that was started after the Los Angeles Riots in 1992. It was 14 acres of farmland on the outskirts of Downtown Los Angeles maintained by the South Central Farmers. It also happens to be the largest urban garden in America.

But one day, the South Central Farmers got a notice saying that the land was sold, and that the farm was going to be bulldozed. The movie explores what’s currently happening with the property and why the deal was never made public, that some shady dealings have definitely happened.

This totally infuriates me, especially because these people have worked so hard on this farm. This is also why people don’t tend to trust elected officials, because they’re willing to sell that trust for a high price. If you’re interested in seeing the movie, here’s a listing of the places it’s screening.