Date Archives July 2009

Kreissparkasse Tübingen Stairway Signage System

I came across this amazing staircase on FFFFOUND the other day and was immediately entranced by it. With a little help from @kyleblue and his Dwell followers I was able to find out that it was put together by German studio L2M3. The signage was created for Kreissparkasse Tübingen’s 5 story stairwell and features a tree of epic proportions, 22 meters to be exact, and contains all kinds of birds, butterflys and insects that help you find your way.

I think this is a particularly strong example of what one can do with minimal graphics to make a really strong presentation. They could have added plenty of colors and minute details but instead you’re treated to a black graphics on concrete and glass, but it all looks so magical and dynamic. I want one of these everywhere in my apartment, thanks.

You must, must, must check under the cut for a photo of the full 5 stories of the stairwell.

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Summer of Love by Saiman Chow

Today seems like a random smattering of goodies, and this is about as random as it gets. The picture above was drawn by the talented Mr. Saiman Chow, which he describes as “a bitter sweet series that examine our fascinating yet frightening views on sexuality in our exploitative society.” As creepy and weird as it is, I have to say that I really like it. This image is like a train wreck, you absolutely can’t take your eyes off of it, even if you don’t want to look. Excellent work, Mr. Chow.

Found through Buzzfeed


Mad Men Yourself

This has been floating around for a couple days now but I still thought I’d share it. Similar to what The Simpsons did for The Simpsons Movie, Mad Men has rolled out a Mad Men Yourself application that let’s you created a stylized version of yourself that could exist in the Mad Men world. The art is rather similar to that of Shag, which I guess makes sense as both Shag’s work and Mad Men fall into a similar world.

The image above is supposed to me, so if you know me personally let me know if this look anything like me, I went with sort of a hip Mr. Rogers style… although I think I might look 45.


William Shatner Does Sarah Palin’s Resignation Speech

I’m a huge fan of William Shatner, the breadth of his career really shows how talented he is, even if he’s known for being a captain of a spaceship. In the clip above he makes a special appearance on the The Tonight Show with Conan O’ Brien, and in a genius move, has interpreted Sarah Palin’s resignation in his very special beat performance kind of way. And while it actually sounds rather cool coming from the lips of William Shatner, it’s insane that this was the farewell speech of a governor of an entire state.


The Desktop Wallpaper featuring Tom Keegan

The Desktop Wallpaper featuring Tom Keegan

Tom Keegan

Name: Tom Keegan
Degree/College: Level 1 Illustration at University of Portsmouth

About Your Wallpaper:
Ducks and dogs, lines and colours, spray paint, pens and Mac.
Although I’ve only just finished my first year studying illustration, I’m constantly on the search for new ideas and ways of expressing my creativity through lines, shapes and colours. It’s so cool to be apart of just us collective & I hope in time I can build upon my style to be up to the same standard of some of the amazing work I share the site with.

Sandy Skoglund

While I personally believe black foxes are the best, Sandy Skoglund’s gray foxes are pretty great as well. Skoglund was born in Massachusetts in 1964 and has been working as a conceptual artist since she moved to New York in 1972. The images above are from an installation called Fox Games which was first put up in 1989 but is currently on display at the Denver Art Museum.

I think she totally captured the essence of foxes and how they interact (not that I’m some weirdo fox expert who’s in touch with his inner fox) but they totally seem like one would expect them to act. Plus the effect of having their entire environment painted the same color red makes it seem quite surreal.

All of the photos used in the post were snatched from whistlepunch on Flickr, so thanks!
More photos under the cut.

Found through 45º

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Ben and Jerry’s Advertisements by Ogilvy & Mather

Check out these crazy advertisements for Ben and Jerry’s ice cream! I think these may be some of the most complex ads I’ve seen in a while, all of those elements created by hand. The ads were created by Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific Singapore, featuring words and phrases accompanied by some very Friends With You!-esque characters and creatures. These ads definitely caught my eye, though I’m not sure that it makes me want to eat ice cream anymore so than usual.

Check out a couple more of these ads under the cut.

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Misha de Ridder

At the moment I’m listening to Sigur Rós and looking through the photos of Amsterdam based photographer, Misha de Ridder. The two go together rather well as Misha’s photos are beautifully quiet and eerie. As far as I can see he only shoots landscapes, but he’s has a great eye for it, catching wonderful instances of color and light. I’d suggest putting on Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust and having a browse for yourself.

Found through vvork


Gingham Vans Authentics

I’ve been noticing an overdose of plaid lately, which for me personally is something I’m kind over, favoring subtle stripes and gingham and checks. That being said, I think these new Vans Authentics could be really rad with some khakis and a grey button down. The combination of small and large gingham really set the shoe off and the yellowed rubber gives it a nice aged look. These are definitely amazing summer shoes… too bad they’re a limited edition being sold only from Japanese retailer Ships Jet Blue.

Found through High Snobiety


KN Work // A Continuous Lean Redesigned

Good Monday morning everyone! I thought I’d start off the day with a little announcement of a project that I worked on that went live over the weekend. Some of you might be familiar with A Continuous Lean, a men’s fashion and lifestyle blog run by Michael Williams in New York. I’ve been a fan of ACL for quite a while now, I first mentioned him last June, and since then we’ve been on each others internet radar.

A couple months ago Michael wrote me asking me if I’d be interested in redesigning his site, and I totally jumped at the chance. He told me that he liked the general layout of Kitsune Noir, how it was well organized and easy to navigate, and that he wanted something similar without being a total copy. He also wanted things to be kept rather simple and uncluttered.

A Continuous Lean was previously using the standard template, so there was little to no styling around the blog. So I decided to stick with the basics of black, white, cream and orange. The orange was inspired by the Denver Broncos orange, which I think gives it a nice kick. I also didn’t want the few images used to be boring so I threw textures onto a number of items, giving them a slight feel of age and a nod to the fashion content on the site.

As a point of reference, the WordPress theme used was called Magatheme, which looked like this before I completely ripped the whole thing apart. I left very few elements of the original design intact, but it was a theme that was well put together and made it easier to customize.

I have to get a major shout out to my old friend Adam Farris my tech guy. While I can design and fiddle around with HTML and CSS alright on my own, Adam is my tech guru who works absolute magic behind the scenes. Without his tech wizardry ACL and Kitsune Noir would not have seen the light of day.

Be sure to check out A Continuous Lean and give Michael some love!