There is a prevalent trend in technology right now which is trying to turn traditional forms of media, books and magazines mostly, into a new digital counterpart. So far though no one has really gotten it anywhere near optimal. For more personally, I’d much rather carry around a new, crisp magazine or an old, loved book than any kind of Kindle Or Nook.
That being said, the concept shown by Bonnier Research & Development have gotten closer to an ideal candidate than anything else I’ve seen. The reason their idea seems so great is that they’re trying to rethink the idea of a magazine altogether. Instead of flipping pages, why not just simply scroll like you do on an iPhone or in a browser? What about the spine of the reader? Why don’t you see any information on it like a magazine would have?
While this is a great concept it’ll be interested if anyone picks up on the ideas they present. With the supposed release of the Apple Tablet thingy next year it’ll be interesting if any similar ideas pop up. Watch the video and get a glimpse at what real R&D can create.
Whenever I open up a new issue of Monocle, one of the first things that catches my eye are the illustrations. 95% of the time those illustrations are done by Always With Honor, or as some know them Tyler Lang and Elsa Chaves. They have this highly stylized, minimal colors and shapes kind of thing going that I absolutely love. The fact that they can tell such a rich story with so little always impresses me.
So when Tyler offered their services for the Desktop Wallpaper Project, how could I say no? When Tyler sent this to me it was just a random YouSendIt file with no name attached and I was freaking out trying to figure out who it was from. The wallpaper features two cute pups lounging on a rug in what seems to be some kind of study, surrounded by a skull and a globe. I love this wallpaper, it feels seasonal to me, and I hope you love it too.
When dreaming up the Kitsune Noir Poster Club I sincerely hoped that someone would do Moby Dick. When I think of classic novels, like the really old ones that everyone borrows from, it’s at the top of my list. So when Mark Weaver chose it I was really excited. If you don’t know, Mark is an illustrator/designer who lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is one of my absolute favorites. I’ve been following Mark’s work since earlier this year and I loved what he did with collages. Anyone can cut images out of old National Geographics but not everyone can make it look like a work of art.
Why did you choose Moby Dick?
When I was a kid books like Moby Dick and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea captivated my imagination. Growing up in Massachusetts around small seaport towns like Gloucester, I was surrounded by all kinds of nautical imagery which brought the stories to life for me. I’ve always loved the idea of sea monsters or something fearful out in the deep depths of the ocean. When this project was assigned to me I immediately thought of the White Whale.
In my opinion, Iron Man was definitely one of the best superhero movies ever made. It definitely treated the genre with more realism and didn’t bother to make things cutesy. Now we’ve got Iron Man 2 coming out on May 7, 2010, and boy howdy is it looking good.
To start there’s the cast. You’ve got The Wrestler himself Mickey Rourke, who’s comeback couldn’t have been better and now he gets to play a crazy, Russian dude with giant electro-whips. Then there’s Don Cheadle, who randomly took the place of Terence Howard. I think it’s lame they did that, but I do love Don Cheadle more than Terence. Finishing up the new editions is Sam Rockwell who plays Justin Hammer, a rival of Tony Starks and I’m guessing, a beneficiary of Mickey Rourke’s charcter… or at least that’s how I’d write it. Oh and of course I can’t forget Scarlett Johansson as The Black Widow, who’s going to be beating people up in a skin tight, leather cat suit.
Watching the trailer you’re treated to more of RDJ’s whacky billionaire who you can’t help but love. He’s almost the comic book version of Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow. The visuals look great yet again, Whiplash’s whips, the armor moving, War Machine fighting dudes… it’s all there.
I’m definitely stoked to see this.
Louis Reith is an illustrator and designer currently working in The Netherlands, creating these beautiful ink drawings. His formula is rather simple, you take an old book cover, create a really random but awesome geometric designs on it, then voila! Masterpieces.
There’s something so simple but striking about these that I totally love. The juxtaposition of tone and pops of color here and there really make me love these. He currently has a show going on at Nashville’s Smallest Art Gallery and he has also has a few pieces for sale as well.
Found through Yewknee
P.S. I also love these mountains made out of maps, cute huh?
Nike has teamed up again with textile designer Maharam on another batch of shoes which are exclusive to their 21 Mercer store. There are two different styles in three different patterns; a Blazer High in a check patter (which looks a hell of a lot like Louis Vuitton hi-top), a Blazer High in basket weave pattern and an Oregon Waffle (read: low-top) which comes in a stripe of sorts.
Overall I think these shoes pretty damn beautiful. I love the fact these are pretty much all blacks, but with the addition of patterns and textures it definitely gives these a ton of character. I wish I could afford a pair of those checked Blazer Highs, those are totally my favorite.
Click here for more photos of these sneakers.
For our second round of interviews we’re talking to British gentleman Jez Burrows about his poster for the book Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Jez has a very simplistic, but bold and graphic style that he employs, making the most of as little as possible. He’s worked for clients such as The New York Times, Time, Wired and Monocle to name a few.
Here’s what he had to say about his poster.
Why did you choose Walden?
I couldn’t choose one absolute favourite novel, so I narrowed it down to a shortlist. I’d initially attempted to do something on Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, but quickly discovered I was losing my mind and was seeing too many cats and soldiers in my dreams.
Walden appeals to me because while it’s certainly a book about society, self-reliance, and solitude (besides a hundred other things), the setting fascinates me. I’m originally from a very rural area in the south west of England, and there’s something remarkable about taking your thoughts to the woods.
Last night I saw A Single Man, Tom Ford’s directorial debut about an Englishman in Los Angeles who’s trying to cope with the death of his partner. It was funny because I saw it at a tiny theater at the Landmark which was filled with two and three seat leather couches. It definitely added to the experience. I can definitely say I was really excited to see this film and I didn’t leave disappointed. Tom Ford is simply a man with amazing visual aesthetics, and watching his work come to life on film was an absolute treat. I definitely suggest you seeing this if even slightly interested.
Continue reading under the cut for my full review along with potential spoilers.