Date Archives September 2009

The Third and The Seventh

When I first saw the video above, I thought it must be some well put together clips of a fancy museum that I’d never heard of or been to. But incredibly it’s all computer graphics, and not a bit of it is real. Is your jaw sitting on the floor yet?

This was created by Alex Roman, which isn’t his real name, he was born Jorge Seva, but Alex Roman is his creative name. He was born in Spain in 1979, trained to be a classical painter but after college ended up at a visual effects company. The market in Spain wasn’t exactly booming for computer graphics artists so he took a year long sabbatical and started a project of his own, which he’s called The Third and The Seventh.

When watching the video it becomes apparent that he’s trained in painting, as light and lighting is such a key element. It almost feels like the lighting of each of the scenes is the character in the video, playing the most vital role.

I’ve posted more videos under the cut which give you an even broader look at what Alex is capable of. I highly suggest taking the time to sit down and enjoy each and every one of these. For more insight into Alex’s work be sure to check out this interview he did with Motionographer, where I got most of the above information.

Found through Ministry of Type

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Courier, Microsoft’s New Booklet Computer

The folks over at Gizmodo are reporting that Microsoft has created a new type of portable computer, not a tablet, but a booklet. Simply called Courier, this little device is definitely different from what people were expecting from either Microsoft or Apple, but my dreams of having Penny’s book computer from Inspector Gadget may be finally coming true. I’ve decided to write up my likes and worries about the device, but first you should visit Gizmodo and watch the video with the Courier in action.

First off I love the idea of this in general. Having a little computer book to carry around could be really great and save space in my bag. I love that you can not only use your fingers but a stylus as well, and I’d wager that it’ll be a multi-touch display, as evidenced by the pinching and dragging. I like the idea of a built-in camera, though I’m not sure how often I’d use it if I have my iPhone in my pocket. Having access to my contacts and maps is a no-brainer as well, so obviously this thing has WiFi support as well.

Okay, so now my worries and concerns. First, I would definitely point out that the video is completely computer generated. I’m doubtful that the screens are going to be that bright and vibrant, though I could definitely be wrong. There’s also the issue of speed and how quickly the system will react to touch. The video makes it look absolutely seamless, but yet again, who knows? I’m also quite curious to see how it actually feels in your hands, whether it will fit snugly or if it could be bulky and feel awkward. There are no spec sizes so far, so it’s hard to say. It also has writing recognition, which I feel is still a sketchy area to dabble in. My 84 year old grandmother has crazy, cursive handwriting, would it work on there?

Coming from a big Apple geek, I will definitely say that this looks absolutely amazing and holds a ton of promise. If this was Apple I would be absolutely drooling, knowing that they’ve meticulously crafted this baby into perfection. But Microsoft doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt, especially after Vista. I think that if Microsoft can really do this right then Apple is going to have a serious contender.


Broadcast & The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age

I’ve been a big fan of Broadcast for years now, and it’s been 4 years since the release of Tender Buttons. But spontaneously they’ve decided to release a new “mini-abum” called Broadcast & The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age which features 23 songs totaling 48 minutes. Mini-album, huh?

What’s great about this though is that they asked Julian House, the visual designer for Broadcast’s album art, to contribute, which is where The Focus Group part comes in. The visuals in the video above are absolutely amazing and some of the best I’ve seen in a while. The music is also pretty phenomenal, which gets me even more excited for the next album.

Click here to check out all kinds of more information on Warp.


Ceramic Speakers by Joey Roth

I definitely wouldn’t consider myself to be an audiophile, in any way at all. I love iPod headphones and can’t hear the difference between the Soundsticks on my computer and the internal speakers. But if you are an audiophile, you just might love these gorgeous ceramic speakers by Joey Roth. Joey used just three basic materials, ceramic, cork and baltic birch for the stand. It’s obvious that he has an extreme love for music and sound quality, and though I haven’t heard anything from these speakers, I would take a guess and say they sound amazing.

Click here to get more info about the speakers.


Matte Stephens

I’m totally loving the mid-century, Mad Men-esque artwork of Matte Stephens, a painter from Portland, Oregon. His style is entirely charming, filled with all kinds of muted oranges and olive greens, and every grown man has a pipe in his mouth. It definitely feels like Matte lives in his own old-timey universe and these are just the every day things he sees.

I’m totally smitten with the top painting which is aptly titled Dancing, and I love the color of the trees in the second painting. Definitely pay Matte a visit, his work is too fun not to.


Where The Wild Things Are Pop-Up Shop at Space 15 Twenty

Last Saturday I spent pretty much all day traveling. I got on a plane in Chicago at 1pm and landed in Los Angeles at 8pm. Did that stop me from going to the Where The Wild Things Are pop-up shop at Space 15 Twenty? Nope. This time around they totally tricked out the space, filling ti with all kinds of trees and branches and even made a giant log nest kinda’ thing. Scattered around that were all kinds of Wild Things merchandise like t-shirts with Geoff McFetridege drawings, books, toys and stuffed animals. Max Records, the kid who plays Max in the movie, was even there running around and wearing a big silver crown.

I also wanted to point to a picture of the display artists that work at Space 15 Twenty and do an amazing job. They consistently create some of the best interior displays that I’ve ever seen and they definitely deserve a ton of credit for their work.

Check out a bunch of pictures of the space under the cut.

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Jónsi & Alex Coloring Contest

I thought this was a fun idea so I thought I’d share it. Riceboy Sleeps, aka Jónsi from Sigur Rós and his boyfriend Alex, are having a coloring competition and you can win some fun Riceboy Sleeps stuff. All you need to do is go to their site and download the Coloring Book they’ve created. From there you can color it traditionally or digitally and one grand prize winner and 5 runners up will be chosen.

The grand prize winner will win a Riceboy Sleeps’ Special Edition Box signed by J&A, a signed Jónsi & Alex’s Coloring Book, with one picture colored in by J&A, a Jónsi & Alex tote bag and badge, a signed Riceboy Sleeps poster, and a signed ‘Rain Down My Favorite Songs’ mix cd by Jónsi & Alex. That’s a ton of rad stuff.

I’ve already starting working on mine, and if it turns out any good I think I’ll release it as a desktop wallpaper. That could be fun, right?


Diesel’s Only The Brave Campaign by Tom & Tim Muller

Tom Muller and his brother Tim Muller recently worked on a campaign for Diesel’s new fragrance Only The Brave creating an amazing explosion of 3D graphics floating about in space. I can’t even imagine how you’d begin to create graphics like this, but I think they look amazing. The color and lighting of these blobs is what really gets me, coupled with Astronaut Daved Scott’s voice over you definitely get a sense of awe and mystery.

Check under the cut for more still images.

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Lab Partners

Last night I was browisng through my Flickr contact when I realized that I see the work of Lab Partners all the time, I only I didn’t realize it. Lab Partners is made up of the San Francisco duo of Ryan Meis and Sarah Labieniec, who also happen to totally in love. Together they make these really great vintage feeling illustrations that are filled with all kinds of amazing colors which often grace the pages of my favorite magazine, Monocle. The pieces above were created for a show called Hunt & Gather that they had at the Outré Gallery. I love how stylized all of these objects are, they would look amazing all together on a wall.

You can check out a lot of their work on their Flickr by clicking here, or visit their blog here.


Kings of Convenience’s Video for Boat Behind

I’ve been able to give then new Kings of Convenience album Declaration of Dependence a few listens and so far it’s pretty great. It’s not a lot different from their old stuff, but it’s still quiet and beautiful. The video above for Boat Behind is the second single from the album and is probably the catchiest song on the album. The video features Erlend and Eirik going for a drive in their awesome little car where they eventually pick up four beautiful girls along the way. It’s a really cute video and totally captures the feeling of the song.