Date Archives November 2009

Albert Exergian

I was browsing through FFFFound when I came across the work of Albert Exergian, who might have the coolest middle ages/King Arthur sounding name ever. What I found him through was his Popular TV Shows Poster Series but what really caught my eye was this short series he did around Mathematics. Yet again I’m writing about math concepts that I don’t really understand, but when you visualize them like this, kind of like Michæl Paukner does, it’s pretty awesome. This makes me hate math a fraction less.


Self-Stirring Cup by Anna Gram

You know when you’re having coffee or tea, and the dregs end up settling at the bottom? It’s kind of gross and designers Florian Dussopt and Julie Girard have come up with a way to counteract this. They’ve come up with a self-stirring cup. The idea is simple, it’s a glass which at the bottom is a wider reservoir that contains a ceramic ball. Once you spin the cup the ball spins in the reservoir, mixing your drink up more successfully, or so is the hope.

I like this idea a lot but I see two potential problems, the first being that there’s no handle to it. This is meant for hot beverages and grabbing hot glass is not fun in any way. The second more obvious problem is that someone is going to swallow that damn ceramic ball. It’s made purposefully so you won’t dot that, but some damn idiot is going to swallow the whole thing and find it two days later.

Found through Daily Mail


Jordan Crave Cover for Cinefamily

I haven’t heard much from Jordan Crane lately, so I was excited to see that he illustrated the cover of the last issue of Cinefamily. The cover is an illustration of Coffin Joe, who I believe is a host some Cinefamily events a not to be confused with that kid from The Horrors. It’s an awesome illustration and it caught my eye immediately. I’m trying to figure out some place to hang this in my house now…


‘American Gods’ by Neil Gaiman

I wrote about the last book I finished, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishigura, exactly a week ago and since then I finished another book, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. A couple of weeks before I read Never Let Me Go I read Neverwhere and absolutely fell in love with it, so my boyfriend suggested that I read American Gods as well.

The book is set around a man named Shadow who’s about to get out of prison for a crime you’re not sure of. As he’s about to be released tragedy strikes and his life is thrown into chaos. On his way home he meets a mysterious man named Mr. Wednesday on a plane, who offers him a job, telling him that he knows his life is in ruins and that he can help. Shadow eventually accepts the offer and thus begins a journey through America and running into the old and new Gods that inhabit it and preparing for a might storm that’s approaching.

I really love how Neil Gaiman writes, both American Gods and Neverwhere served to show just how great he is. I knew of Neil because I read Sandman a long time ago, but I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy his novels as much. Turns out I definitely did. They’re definitely about fantastic stuff like magic and Gods, but he does a good job of not being overly showy or flashy with it. He definitely presents the books from a mundane point of view and you get to witness these brief moments of wonder. It’s this restraint that definitely keeps the books integrity.


Paramount by Mind Design

The people over at Mind Design created this really amazing and graphic branding scheme for a club called Paramount in London. The created an identity system filled with repeating shapes that slowly grow larger, causing the shapes to create new shapes and patterns as they increase in size. They took this idea and applied it to large window screens in the club as well as on the business cards and other assorted paper goods.

The overall effect is really rad and is so simple it makes me jealous. Everything is so clean and simple but the shapes really add a lot of character to the overall designs. They also worked with Helene Bangsbo Andersen and Tom Dixon on the interior design, as you can see by the stunning chairs and lamps.


Google Chrome Operating System

Earlier today Google announced their newest shiny toy, a Chrome operating system (or OS) that will appear as a competitor to Windows and Apple. What’s kind of exciting about this new OS is that Google has decided to make it a web desktop of sorts. So you’ll login and then be immediately connected to your Gmail, surf through Chrome (the browser) and have a number of other services you’d use online like contacts, a notepad etc.

The idea is that everything you do on your computer can live online, which is definitely where things seem to be going. It also let’s you plugin in external devices as well. Let’s say you have a photo on a memory card. Plug it in, import it into, then upload it to your Flickr or a server. I’m guessing there will be some kind of music player for music as well, but Lala is built in if you want to use that.

I know very little about this, so if I screwed something up, sorry. But I can definitely see the potential in a system like this. I’m curious to see what Apple does next and if they incorporate any similar ideas. No matter what, this is some next level thinking.


Border Grill Truck

Yesterday ended up being one of those non-stop days so to regain a little bit of sanity I decided to walk down the street to the Farmers Market at Barnsdall Park where the Border Grill Truck was parked. Los Angeles has a food truck for every type of food you can imagine, but most of the time they don’t come near where I live, there’s really nothing around me that would draw them. So I took this as an opportunity to try some yummy food!

I ended up getting three items. The Yucatan Pork Taco, the Cilantro Chicken Taco and the Carne Asada Quesadilla. My favorite of the three was definitely the Yucatan Pork Taco which has “braised achiote pork, black beans, pickled onion and orange jicama slaw.” It was a crazy mix of flavors and overall was delicious and at the time wished I had 4 more. To wash it down I ordered their Iced Mexican Coffee which has cinnamon, star anise, orange zest and piloncillo syrup. It was also delicious.

My only problem was the price tag. I ended up spending $13 at a taco truck. It’s definitely above and beyond a normal taco truck, but it still stung a little. Nonetheless I’d definitely suggest checking them out.


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Mel Kadel

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Mel Kadel

Mel Kadel

This week features one of my favorite lady artists out there, who goes by the name of Mel Kadel (or as some know her as Travis Millard’s better half.) I met Mel at a Poketo party a while back and since then had been meaning to ask her to contribute to the DWP, which she kindly did, as you can see above.

When she first sent me this image, I stared and stared at it. Slowly I started to realize that the image isn’t mechanically flipped, that she actually drew both sides. That’s friggin’ dedication. The image comes from a little zine she produced called Spacing Awake. It’s a full-color, 40 page zine and it looks amazing, she was rad enough to send me one so I could check it out.

If you want to pick one up for yourself or a friend head over to Fudge Factory and click under the BUY section.