Date Archives June 2009

Free Font | Miso

I happened to come across another free font, Miso, the other day, so I thought I’d shoot it your way. It was created by Mårten Nettelbladt in 2006 and is available for private and commercial use. It’s quite a nice little font, tall, rounded and simple.

Click here to download it.


Better Bikeways Signage Project by Joseph Prichard

My friend Michael emailed me these great ideas for bikeway signage by Joseph Prichard, something that Los Angeles desperately needs. The bright purple signs come in four different categories: Navigation, Caution, Connections and Points of Interest. This is already a great starting point, as the signs will be informative to people on bikes and in cars.

For drivers it makes it clear that a certain stretch of road is a place that must be shared with bike riders. While for bike riders they will hopefully feel safer riding as an area has been precisely mapped out for them. I also like the idea of signs leading to bike shops and bike-friendly places to eat as well.

Click here for more images and info about this great idea.

Supreme MX Sunglasses

While it’s a gloomy day in Los Angeles today, most days it’s incredibly sunny, and I personally can’t leave the house without my sunglasses. So when I spotted these new MX Sunglasses by Supreme, I thought it might be time for a change. I’ve been wanting a pair of tortoise framed glasses for a while now, and I think this is just the right blend of new and old. I love that they went with a little star to put on the ends of the glasses, it’s interesting what brands decide to do with that space. I think the red ones would be a perfect pair of summer glasses for a woman looking to make a bold and classy statement as well.

Not sure how much these are going to be, but Supreme is pretty reasonably priced, so it hopefully won’t be too bad.

Found through SwipeLife


Box Light by Jonas Hakaniemi

I spotted this Box Light in the newest issue of Dwell and I thought it was quite a clever idea. Late at night my desk lamp can start to bother me, but I don’t exactly want to sit in the dark. With the Box Light, you simply slide out the light as far as you need it to be, giving yourself and optimal amount of light. The light was designed by Jonas Hakaniemi, though I could see a brand like Muji selling something like this.


iPhone Galaga

After the art show last night I stopped by Rooster Fish for a drink, and lo and behold they had an old schol Galaga machine! Matt couldn’t resist playing and I couldn’t resist taking pictures. I just loved how all the light and color streaks came out in these, I thought they looked pretty neat. I know a lot of people hate the camera on the original and 3G iPhones, but I think there’s something charming about all of the noise and it’s lack of sophistication.

Also, did youknow that Galaga is 30 years old this year? Crazy, huh?


Geometry of Ruins

Last night I went out to Flux’s studio for their irregularly scheduled show at their workspace in Venice. The exhibit featured Andrezza Valentin and Guilherme Marcondes, a pair of artists from São Paulo, Brazil who collaborate frequently on a number of projects. They had some prints of photos up, modern day ruins surrounded by greenery and with some amazing circular light leaks on a couple of them. They had a video piece on the roof, which was a time lapse video of some ruins in a desert, but it was almost impossible to even tell that time was moving by, it was that subtle.

The final piece though was an clear box filled with these tiny video screens that displayed all kinds of random images, what you see in the photos above. The random assortment was really interesting and you couldn’t help but try and find more and more unique things popping up. Really great show, really great artists, really great time, as usual.

Geometry of Ruins is open till July 11 at Flux.
326 Sunset Ave. Venice
Wed-Sat 2-5pm (closed July 4)


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Cleon Peterson

Cleon Peterson

This week’s wallpaper is an absolute gem, I definitely should have released it yesterday. It’s by an artist that I discovered at New Image Art some time last year I think, who as soon as I saw their work I was completely blown away. His name is Cleon Peterson, a Los Angeles based painter who graduated from Art Center and is just amazing. Cleon uses a strict palette of neon pink, black and white, with the occasional splash of red. His style is intense and graphic, but it’s unlike anything else out there.

For his wallpaper he took a scan of one of his paintings for us. The scene is totally out of time and place, with people fighting, almost like a riot. I would love for someone with a cozy desk job to put this on their background and take a photo of their space, it would be amazing. I’ve also came up with three different iPhone versions, as I couldn’t decide which character to focus on. Enjoy the carnage.

Girl Talk Posters by Corinna Nicole Loo

I was browsing through Cargo Collective yesterday and I came across these great Girl Talk posters by UCLA student, Corinna Nicole Loo. Using a piece of cut acrylic as a stencil, she captured paint and soap suds and who knows what else underneath, creating these really random bursts of color. It’s these simple kinds of ideas that really stand out most to me. You don’t need a huge budget or a team of 100 people to create amazingly bold graphics.

Excellent work Ms. Loo, definitely repping LA well.


Wild Prayer by Nicholas Gottlund

This is a remnant from my photo kick yesterday… Nicholas Gottlund is a Philadelphia based photographer who’s releasing a newsprint format of his photos called Wild Prayer. Many of the photos come from his ongoing series White, which explores “the bleaching effects of light over time.” In his own words:

Wild Prayer uses this effect to relate to the experience of visual distortion and what happens to the senses when one rapidly accelerates or loses consciousness. Such a ‘whiteout’ effect is also used as a device to communicate the memory of a past event or place.

Really stunning images and I’m personally a big fan of printing on newsprint. There’s something so very tactile about the material, and it works so well with the effect he’s trying to get across.
You can pre-order if for $8 + shipping by clicking here.

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Hug Chair by Ana Kraš

My dining room chairs are horribly ugly. I have those kind of chairs that you see at a yard sale that totally look like they came from K-Mart in the early 90’s. Now seeing this beautiful Hug Chair, I realize how much I’m missing out. These chairs, designed by Ana Kraš, are two layers of birch and beech plywood mixed into one stunning shape. The combination of different colors and materials that you could create gives this chair such amazing possibilities.

I just wish these were for sale (and not for $1000 a piece, thanks).