Rory Kurtz

I’m really enjoying the ultra-detailed illustrations of Rory Kurtz, a Chicago based artist. Rory works in both ink and paint, creating these kind of surreal images that have kind of an Aeon Flux/Peter Chung feel to them. The people in his work have this distorted, stretched out look to them but they still look perfect and are only made better by all the subtle line work he uses.


October 22, 2009 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Geoff McFetridge (Part 1)

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Geoff McFetridge

Geoff McFetridge

You can download Geoff McFetridge’s other wallpaper by clicking here.

Days like today are the reason I love my job. Ever since the start of The Desktop Wallpaper Project, I’ve been trying to get Geoff McFetridge to make a wallpaper. Geoff has always been more then gracious about it, but you know, he’s a very busy man. Then I saw that he did all of the lettering for Where The Wild Things Are and thought, “I REALLY need to email him.”

What we have here is original Where The Wild Things Are drawings straight from Geoff himself. If you’ve seen the film you should know that the monsters in the top wallpapers are the ones you see in the credits of the movie, sans the names. The second wallpaper is a collection of tiny sketches all thrown together into one. I suggest you check out the iPhone version of this one, I put together a Wild Things version that’s pretty fun.

I hope you enjoy the wallpapers and I want to give a big thanks to Geoff for hooking me up. Keep checking back for the next couple months, I have so much more to give you!

October 21, 2009 / By

The Revenge of the Two Seaters

The Frankfurt Auto Show had a couple of interesting surprises this year, both of them coming in petite sizes. The two cars above, the Nissan Land Glider and the Volkswagen L1, are both two seater concept cars. I definitely feel like smaller cars are the future of driving, and seeing ideas like these really get me excited.

Of the two I’m definitely more in love with Nissan concept, the Land Glider. The design reminds me of an enclosed motorcycle, especially when you take corners and the vehicle leans up to 17 degrees to improve stability. When it leans there are front and rear panels that move along with it and they totally remind me of shoulder blades, which to me is a really neat idea.

You can check out videos of both of these vehicles under the cut.

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October 21, 2009 / By

Fujimoto Hideto

Born in 1970, Fujimoto Hideto is a Japanese illustrator who has a great retro feel to his work. A lot of his pieces feel like they should be album covers to records from the 60’s, and I think that’s what’s so great about them. He also works really well with colors, bringing a vibrancy to his work. I think he uses illustrator to create his images, but I definitely could be wrong. I guess that means he’s succeeded if I can’t figure out what his medium is.

Found through the Poolga Blog


October 21, 2009 / By

24 Hours: The Starck Mix

Last month the folks over at Soundwalk released a 24 hour long mix that was created for Philippe Starck. The mix is one giant loop which never ends, giving you a constant stream of music that’s entirely mixed together from beginning to… oh, right.

They’ve presented the mix in a couple different ways. First, you can download an app for your iPhone or iPod touch that allows you to listen to it through your headphones. I tried this the other night, and I actually fell asleep to all the weird ambient sounds and I’m pretty sure there French people speaking. The other way is through your browser, which you can find here. They also let you control the music in a small way. You can shake the iPhone, the real one or the browser version, and it’ll change times, and thus, the mood of the music.

It’s a really great idea and the music is really wonderful. I heard a couple of Erick Messler songs on there which surprised me, cuz’ I didn’t think anyone knew who he was. I’m sad I didn’t come up with this idea first for the mixcasts or mixtapes!

Found through DesignNotes


October 21, 2009 / By

Emanuele Nardoni

Check out these haunting images of India by Italian photographer Emanuele Nardoni. He has quite a few sets of images on his Behance portfolio but these images of India are by far the most stunning. The two above were my favorite, they look like something out of a sci-fi movie and the colors and shapes are really captivating. Be sure to view the rest of the set as well, there are some great portraits in there as well.


October 20, 2009 / By

Invoice for Day-Ruining

Amazing creative person Jessica Hische tweeted earlier today her new Invoice for Services Rendered Day-Ruining. This handy invoice form covers all the bases, like expenses for drinks, pizza, drugs, phone calls and general time-wasted. I love how many zeroes you could fit on the ‘In The Amount Of:’ box, that’s probably close to a googolplex. And of course, you get to sign it at the end, with a tiny note stating, ‘a designer who will most likely never work for you again.’

You can download your own full-res copy here.


October 20, 2009 / By