Jacket + Bookmark by Igor Udushlivy

I spotted these book jackets and bookmarks all over the place last week but I still wanted to share them with you. Created by designer Igor Udushlivy, the idea is that you can cover your books with a dust jacket that has a matching bookmark that goes along with it. The coordinating jacket and bookmark make the book even more fun, I especially like the Sherlock Holmes one at the top.

I think something like this would be great for a child, though a Sherlock Holmes novel might not be quiet their speed…

January 26, 2010 / By


Well it’s Monday again, so here’s a glance at what I was listening to last week. I feel like it didn’t count all the music I listened to but I think that just about every week. To start things off was my good buddy M. Ward who’s always there for me. If you still haven’t listened to him by this point you really should do so. I’d suggest End of Amnesia if you’re looking for a good hopping on point. It’s a timeless album.

After that was Deerhunter, which is made up of Mr. Atlas Sound, Mr. Lotus Plaza as well as two other talented fellows. When I want something a little bit rougher than Atlas Sound I usually head for Deerhunter’s Microcastle, which is my favorite of theirs (plus I love the artwork). Then we had Four Tet, aka Kieran Hebden, and his new album There Is Love in You, which comes out today. I feel like this is one of his most cohesive albums and I actually got a lot of work done last night listening to it.

Princeton came in at number four, this is one of my go-to albums when I’m walking around and running errands. Following them was Vampire Weekend and their newest album Contra, which I’m still loving. I think my favorite songs on the album are Taxi Cab and the closing song I Think Ur A Contra, something about those really strike a chord with me. Then we had some Broadcast and Jens Lekman, both staples of a good musical diet.

Finishing things out was Harlem and their upcoming album Hippies which comes out April 6. I think this album is going to be a favorite for a lot of people. The first song Someday Soon instantly grabs you and sucks you into this album, it’s a classic. Hopefully they fully tour the album when it comes out.

As usual feel free to add me on Last.fm by clicking here.


January 25, 2010 / By

In Praise of Connecting

There’s an interesting article in this month’s issue of Wired by Clive Thompson called In Praise of Obscurity and it caught my attention (sadly the article isn’t online yet or I’d link to it). It talks about a woman named Maureen Evans who started tweeting 140 character recipes over Twitter. She was an early adopter of Twitter and over time she gained a lot of followers, starting at around 100 and ending up with over 13,000, though now she’s hit around 18,400. But the sense of community she had begun to develop in her early days had started to dissolve. Mr. Thompson suggests that the problem is that “socializing doesn’t scale.” If you overcrowd a dinner table it’s nearly impossible to have one good conversation, even with the person across the way from you. But I also feel like this is only half the problem.

Twitter is a tool just like any other, used properly it can have advantageous effects. A lot of people say they don’t get Twitter, but most likely that’s because they have no reason to use it. I don’t carry a blowtorch around hoping I figure out a good use for it.

I started using Twitter 2 years and 9 days ago, and as of writing this I have 6,570 people following me. The thing is, I’m only following 194 people. A while back I realized that if I followed more than 200 people that it became unmanageable. I don’t need to know what Rainn Wilson is blathering about, I don’t care about Mr. or Mrs. Kutcher. On the other hand Martha Stewart posts some fun photos some times, Roger Ebert can keep you entertained for hours and the multitudes of creative people I follow can distract me all day long. But this list I’ve curated, in a sense, is an extension of what I really enjoy and want to hear more of.

I think the problem that Maureen is having is that she’s following too many people back. Currently she’s following around 11,000 people, which seems totally insane to me. If she distilled this list down to a more manageable number, just people she finds inspiring or enjoyable, she might be able to have some better conversations.


January 25, 2010 / By


POGO is a group of four creative folks from Argentina, creating beautiful work and designing amazing type. I came across their typography and was excited by how great it all was. They seem to have quite a knack for it, coming up with some really unique ideas.

I think my favorite of the bunch is the Zombienation one, which looks like it would be a title for an old grindhouse film. Although, Primavera is pretty cute as well. I love how it’s still a legible font even though they used so many abstract shapes to create it.

If you’re inspired to create your own fonts check out FontStruct which gives you the tools to get creative. I’ve tried using it before and it’s a lot harder to make a custom font than you’d think it’d be!


January 25, 2010 / By

Apple’s Tablet As Evolution

I’m getting more and more excited as Apple’s keynote event on Wednesday draws nearer, and I’ve been thinking a lot about the implications of a successful large, touch-screen device. First off, there’s the idea of what this means to Apple’s business. If this tablet device proves to be what every wants it to be, somewhere between a Macbook and an iPhone with a touch screen and seamless typing, then they’ll have a hit on their hands. But what I’m curious about is where they go after that?

Take for example the iPod Touch, which is know poaching the sales of all the earlier models of iPods because it offers so much more. Sure, it doesn’t hold as much music, but your old iPod can’t play games or browse the web. So what if we apply that same formula to a touch-screen tablet. If Apple can create a computer that’s in the same ballpark of a Macbook, but is smaller, lighter, keyboard-less, isn’t it possible the same could hold true?

In the most recent issue of Wired magazine Steven Levy writes about the impending doom of the mouse. Apple is increasing touch sensitive technology in al of their products, from the trackpad on their laptops, to the recently unveiled Mighty Mouse, and obviously with the iPhone, which doesn’t even need a stylus. What this really means, and as Mr. Levy says, touch sensitive devices are clearly around the corner, it’s just a matter of time until we apply the technology in the appropriate ways.

Which brings me to my second idea, which concerns the greater computing community. If Apple can create a functional device more on par with a laptop, won’t that be a signal to the big manufacturers that they’ve got to play some serious catch-up? At Microsoft’s most recent keynote they touted everything as slates and tablets, though they were all lackluster. Despite having touch screens they all still ran a standard Windows operating system and I doubt anyone would call any of them innovative.

They’ve also recently showed off a mockup of a new device called Courier, which looked promising. But one major hurdle that I saw was that it used a stylus, which to me seems antiquated, especially in a world of iPhones. Do you really want to hand write messages on your computer? Isn’t that what Sticky and Field Notes are for? Plus there’s always the chance you’ll lose the damn thing.

When Apple release the iPhone it opened the floodgates for a new market of touch-screen phones. If they can yet again be just as successful, I’d predict just about the very same thing happening.


January 25, 2010 / By

Åse Holte

Good morning, I hope you’ve had a nice weekend. I thought it would be nice to start out the day with some photos from photographer Åse Holte who took the photos for the new Kings of Convenience album Declaration of Dependence. It’s a really wonderful album and the photos definitely caught my eye. I love the colors and playfulness of the photos, plus it doesn’t hurt that they’re two handsome guys (though I’m on team Erlend).

You can see more photos from her shoot by clicking here. While you’re there be sure to check out the photos she did for The New Wine as well, those pool shots are spectacular.


January 25, 2010 / By

Kitsune Noir Mixcast / No.022

For this week’s Mixcast I asked my Twitter friends for theme suggestions, as my brain wasn’t working properly at the time. I got a lot off great responses (the most popular was cover songs) but one caught my creativity the most. It was from @iptydafu who suggested: “Build to Look Back” Love lost to the future.”

I don’t exactly know what they meant by that, but I interpreted it as man who’s lost the woman he loves in a time-traveling accident. I know, I’m weird. So what became of that was a tripped out love album filled with space-y sounding jams and nods to the future. There are fast, guitar driven songs, there are quiet, thoughtful ones, and pretty much everything in between. Some songs were used in the background as filler, some aren’t even full songs, and most of the time you probably won’t even know when a song transitions from one to another.

I should also mention this is a mini-mix. It’s 35 minutes of straight music, no talking, I didn’t want to ruin the flow of it all. I think one of my favorite parts is the transition between Dert Is Full of Love and A Guitar and a Heart, when I throw in a random ass sample that some of you may recognize. I was even able to throw in some Postal Service, which I never thought I’d be able to do, but I think it finishes things off nicely.

And for those who are curious, the covers are made up of the following:
– A woman using a loom.
– Coral.
– Marble quarry.
– Sea creature.

I think you’ll really enjoy this mixtape, it definitely has a little something for everyone.

Here’s this week’s tracklist:
Global (Heart) Warming by Montag
You Can’t Go Home Again by DJ Shadow
She’s The One by Beta Band
Dert Is Full of Love by Dert
A Guitar and a Heart by M83
Spooked by Big Spider’s Back
Evil by The Flaming Lups
Solastalgia by Zero 7
Yours Truly, 2095 by The Silent League
A Little Longing Goes Away by The Books
Ephemera by Delphic
Section 20 (We’re Heavy Together) by The Polyphonic Spree
Origin of Love by Department of Eagles
Natural Anthem by Postal Service


January 22, 2010 / By

‘I’m Here’, The New Spike Jonze Film

Rounding out my video posts for the day is the trailer for Spike Jonze’s new short film I’m Here, which will also be premiering at Sundance. Here’s a quick description of it:

The movie is set in contemporary L.A., where life moves at a seemingly regular pace with the exception of a certain amount of robot residents who love among the population. A male robot librarian lives a solitary and methodical life — devoid of creativity, joy and passion – until he meets an adventurous and free spirited female robot.

From what little I’ve seen in the trailer I think it looks like a cute movie. The faces are interesting, the guy’s face is more like an old, beige tower, outdated and obsolete. While the girl’s face is more human looking, with a rounder shape. It’s definitely filmed in Spike’s signature style, he has such a great, naturalistic approach, even if it’s all quite fantastic. I hope Absolut, who as you’ll see funded the film, shows it in it’s entirety on the web so we can all enjoy it. It would give them quite a few brownie points as well.

I also wanted to mention the website as well, which is quite well done.

When you visit the site you get a shot of movie theater, but it looks like you’re watching a live feed. In fact, I took a screenshot from this afternoon, the top image, and then one around 5pm. You can see that the image changes depending on what time of day it is, and I’m willing to bet that it’s a 24 hour video loop. I’m really curious to see if they do anything more with this aspect.

You’re then guided by a small, white arrow to approach the box office. From here you can see there’s a computer inside which let’s you learn more about the film. It’s a nice detail to see that all of the titles on the screen are done in Futura Condensed Extra Bold, the signature typeface of Absolut vodka. Overall I think the presentation is done extremely well, though I can’t say this makes me want to drink Absolut (or any vodka) any time soon.


January 21, 2010 / By