Date Archives November 2009

Dan Funderburgh Print for The Working Proof

My buddy Dan Funderburgh has created a new print for the folks over at The Working Proof and it’s quite a beaut’. It’s called Optimist Club / Midwestern Can Snake and features an intricately designed snake you’d find in a can of trick peanuts coiling around a plastic six pack holder, with a few bits here and there.

I’m really in love with this print and I want it to hang with my other Funderburghs. It’s an 11 x 14″ print for $40, 15% of the gross sale goes to Transportation Alternative, who’s mission is “to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.” Sounds good to me.


Muji and Lego Collaborate

Muji, minimalist makers of everything under the sun, have teamed up with everyone’s favorite toy Lego to create new creative packs that are distinctly in touch with their brand. These sets feel like they’re more in the spirit of how Legos used to be, strictly based on a persons creativity. Nowadays all you see on the shelves are packed sets with instructions on how to make something, which to me takes all the fun out of it.

Muji has decided to combine the blocks with brightly colored paper and a hole puncher, giving these sets an entirely new dimension. They come with some pre-cut designs, I would assume to get you thinking, but other then that it’s all up to you. Lego needs to get their act together and start making more like this and less Indiana Jones playsets.

Found through Nerdski


Siana Branding and Identity by Helmo

I posted about Helmo last spring but I came across them again and they’ve got a whole slew of new projects. The one that caught my eye was this branding and identity project done for Siana, an international arts festival. It’s a simple application, using lot of tiny pixels to create shapes, but it’s these abstract shapes that are absolutely wonderful. Whether it’s used on an outdoor billboard or printed i a booklet it looks amazing, with a wide range of colors and a flowing, organic shape. I also love that the font used throughout looks like it was created out of rounded pixels. So fun and dynamic, it makes me jealous!

Found through The Strange Attractor


Furni x Toddland Bag

My buddy Mike Giles, owner and purveyor of Furni, teamed up with the fine folks of Toddland to create a limited edition bad that I’m totally drooling over. These vinyl bags look like perfect messenger bags with a hardy strap and a side pouch for your laptop. I’m really digging the flannel lining in the laptop pouch as well, it’s details like that which really give it some character. I’d love this bag to take around town with me because I walk everywhere, so it’s nice to be prepared for anything. I think I’d pick the brown over the black, but that’s me.

Click here for more information on this collaboration.


ATNMBL by Mike and Maaike

In the newest issue of Dwell Editor-in-Chief Sam Grawe interviews Mike and Maaike about their futuristic concept car ATNMBl, pronounced “autonomobile.” They decided to create this concept for themselves, envisioning a car that’s nothing like anything you’d see today, in fact it was designed for the year 2040. The idea is that you’d no longer drive your car, that it would be a vehicle that you travel in. You would be able to do all the things you normally do when not travelling, that it simply shuttles you from one place to another.

This is obviously quite far off but the idea is sound and makes a lot of sense. We’ve seen this idea before in the movie Minority Report, where mag-lev cars run on tracks, shuttling people around. You simply tell the car your destination and it does all the work for you. This would not only improve safety a hundred times over but would make the idea of road rage a thing of the past.

You can read the article by clicking here.

UPDATE – On a similar note, check out this short that Disney released in 1958 called Magic Highway USA which features crazier ideas than this one. Found through Daring Fireball.

There’s also a nice video interview as well which I’ve pasted under the cut.

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‘An Owl With Knees’ by The Books

Tonight I’ll be seeing The Books in concert at the Masonic Lodge in the Hollywood Forever Cemetary and I couldn’t be more excited. I think the last time they played in LA, or at least to my knowledge, was something like three years ago at The Getty Center or Villa and it sold out in no time and I wasn’t able to see them. There’s just something about The Books that really make me happy, they don’t really make music like anyone else.

Above is the video for An Owl With Knees which is probably one of my favorite songs. It’s not an amazing video by any means, but it’s certainly wonderful to sit back and watch. You can find this song on their album Lost and Safe.


KN Work // Aquarium Drunkard Redesign

A couple months ago I got an email from Justin Gage, creator of the Los Angeles music blog Aquarium Drunkard asking me if I’d be interested in helping his site out with a redesign. I had been a fan of his blog for years now, so I was totally excited that he asked me to help him.

Checking out his old blog, which I failed to take a screen cap of to show the before and after, it was kind of a mess. First off it was extremely dark, using prmarily blacks, browns and golds. Second all of the content was contained in one tiny main column and it was all pushed to the left side, only 20px left of the edge of the browser. To say it felt cramped would be an understatement. My idea for the site was to lighten everything up, increasing font sizes, giving the site brighter colors and making it feel more welcome in every way possible.

My inspiration for the site was old bars, as Justin and I are both expert beer drinkers. The difficult part was not making it too campy or too tongue in cheek, with bottles of booze or drink rings. I went through several versions, you can see earlier versions under the cut, but it wasn’t until I created the background pattern that I found my direction. I decided to go with a blue and creme color palette with accents of black. I also wanted to make things a little gritty cuz that’s how a bar should feel and I like how it looks.

Overall I’m really happy with how it turned out. As with all my projects I really try to focus on simplicity, usability and legibility. Making it snazzy looking is just a perk of the job. Big thanks to my buddy Justin for reaching out to me on this project, I had a blast doing it.

Check under the cut for more early versions of the site.

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Good Monday, hopefully your day has been good so far. This week’s #musicmonday definitely feels better than last week’s, though I’m not sure why. Numero Uno is Beach House since I haven’t stopped listening to their upcoming Teen Dream. It’s my late-twenties dream. I’ve really been enjoying the Bowerbids album Upper Air, though I’m annoyed that their name isn’t BowerbiRds. Doesn’t that sound better? (EDITThey are called Bowerbirds. Phew.) Animal Collective snuck back in there because of their new Fall Be Kind EP, which lead me into listening to Feels a lot as well.

I came across this band called Venice is Sinking and their album Azar and have really been digging it. Kind of remind me of Dirty on Purpose mixed with Explosions in the Sky. I’ve also been listening to Princeton when I walk around town, it’s cheery and upbeat with hints of Magentic Fields and more than a nod to Jens Lekman. Girls and Real Estate round out the list, and you can catch the latter on the Mixcast No.015.

Feel free to add me on if you’d like.


Daniel Carlsten

After five years Acne art director Daniel Carlstein has decided to head off into the wilderness of freelance design, so in preparation he’s put together a portfolio of his work and there’s some nice looking stuff. He did a series of posters for Restaurang de Ville which make me laugh (and hungry) but my favorite piece was this invitation for Acne Paper’s 5th issue, the elegant issue, that’s been shaped like a gentleman’s get-up. Fold it open and voila, all is revealed. Cute and charming.


I Love Hot Dogs

I can’t remember how I came across I Love Hot Dogs, but I’m really in love with this little blog. Runby Shannon Maldonado, she posts still from films old and new, showing the beauty (and randomness) of movies. She also puts up old movie posters as well, a lot of them being older and quite campy. One entry that really caught my eye was the entry for the 1967 film called A Colt Is My Passport, about a hitman who’s sent to eliminate a rival gang boss. Of course after Googling it I see that it’s in a Criterion collection which absolutely makes sense, it’s an amazing looking Japanese film noir. I’m definitely going to put this on my X-Mas list.