It always seems like artsy video games are a rare commodity to come by. I’m talking about games like Katamari Damacy, Parappa the Rapper or Ico, these kind of games that rely upon a beautiful aesthetic and simple controls to make a game that’s pure enjoyment.
So when I saw this preview of the upcoming Superbrothers game I got pretty excited. Here you have one guy, Craig Adams, who’s taken his unique visual style and crafted an old school styled game called Sword & Sworcery. the game seems rather simple, you explore a beautiful world and kill the bad guys. But it’s the visual style of the world that really makes it seem special. As I was writing this I came across this great “article”, I guess you could call it, that Mr. Adams wrote which is simply titled, Less Talk More Rock. I highly suggest reading it as well.
I caught this video a couple weeks ago and I meant to post it sooner. This is a compilation by a Swiss artist named Zimoun who creates sound sculptures, these tiny devices that when multiplied make these almost zen like sounds. To me there’s something so calming about these random, incessant sounds. They’re almost like listening to the rain or a dryer or a waterfall, but you know, these are sounds made out of motors and fans and other mechanical items.
All in all the video is about 10 and half minutes long, so be sure to hang in there and keep watching the whole thing. I’d also suggest listening to everything in headphones, some of these pieces are barely audible. Also be sure to check out the woodworms eating a piece of wood at 4:52.
The one thing I love most about this blog is the friendships I’ve created over the years. Sure, this sounds kind of corny, but with these friendships I get to help dream up some pretty amazing stuff. With that, I’d like to introduce my newest project Neverend, an ongoing designer clock series.
Through random circumstances I was introduced to a guy named Mike Giles who runs a design/build company called Furni. Mike and I hit it off and wanted to figure out a way to collaborate together on something cool. Through Furni Mike has created a ton of awesome looking clocks, so we knew that’s where we’d start. I then added together the curation of artists and designers I enjoyed, reaching out to my friends to create custom graphics for the clocks. The final piece was Mike buying a laser etcher, and since then we’ve been working and refining the idea of Neverend for more than a year now. It’s been a long process but we couldn’t be more happy with the results.
Like I mentioned this is going to be ongoing, as in monthly, and to kick things off we’ve got a design from the brilliant Dan Funderburgh. Mr. Funderburgh has been my homie for a while now so he was on my immediate list of contributors. Then when I saw the design he submitted I absolutely freaked out at how beautiful it was. He’s basically taken the Bavarian cuckoo clock style, strapped on some sticks of dynamite and given you a contemporary take on an old classic.
Here are the details: – Limited edition of 88 / 44 natural & 44 black
– Measure 16″ high x 9″ wide / These are HUGE!
– Laser cut acylic hands are reversible, come in black and white
– Solid birch body, handcrafted in Canada
– Battery operated
– Ships Globally
The clocks retail for $198 and can only be purchased through Furni’s Online Shop.
I’d suggest ordering as fast you can as I have an idea that these are going to sell out quite quickly. There will be a brand new artist and a new design every month, so if you miss out there will be more chances.
This week’s desktop wallpaper comes from a the very talented brain of Mr. Micah Lidberg, who is a master of patterns and colors. I came across Mr. Lidberg’s work a few months back and was immediately smitten with it. I’d sum up his work as being slightly abstract with lots of great textures and perfect color palettes.
That said, I had to ask if he’d make a wallpaper because his style is just too amazing. What he ended up coming up with these series of wave kinda’ shapes and these colored floating orbs. They kind of remind me of multicolored suns floating amongst a bunch of swirling clouds. Well, whatever you make from it I think it’s one of the most beautiful desktops I’ve featured, and I hope you like it too.
The mega-talented Josh Cochran wrote me the other day telling me that he had a new website and a new (hysterical) print. First up though is this print which features an epic battle between zombies and unicorns. This is definitely the first instance I’ve seen of these two critters fighting each other, so cheers to Josh for such an amazing idea.
That said, you should check out his new website, especially this project he did for the Dubai Metro. It’s amazing how much work he did for this project and just how detailed he got with it. I think it’s turned out beautifully and it’s amazing how many different kinds of people he had to illustrate. Totally inspiring.
Though it’s definitely feeling like spring here in Los Angeles I know there are still some cold days to come, and one thing I keep meaning to get is a beanie. In my opinion the simpler the better and CXXVI has continued making awesome stuff and this red Poseidon Beanie doesn’t disappoint. It’s simple, it’s classic and comes with a sweet little silkscreened patch. Well done.
I meant to announce the winners of the Magic: The Designing Contest yesterday so I’m sorry for the added suspense. We received a bunch of great entries but Frank and I decided that this entry by Pedro Fernandes was the clear winner. This entry both encapsulates the ideas of art/design and the basic mechanics of old school Magic cards. I think all the details in this really sell it as well, I can totally see this being a real Magic card. I also love the inclusion of the Magritte style hat that acts as the symbol for which collection it’s a part of. Awesome job Pedro!
I’ve also decided to include a couple of other gems that popped up that I enjoyed. First is Buckminster Fuller by Patrick Stephenson which was a very close second, and then Takashi Murakami by Robert Weiss which totally made me laugh. I’ll also try and do more of these mini-contests in the future since a lot of readers enjoyed this idea.
Oh man, how I love me some Broken Social Scene! You may have already heard their new song World Sick but now they’ve released two more tracks from their upcoming album Forgiveness Rock Record. The first new one is called Forced To Love and is an upbeat number that’s definitely in the vein of older BSS songs. It’s catchy as all hell and I can imagine kids dancing in the crowd when they play this live. All To All on the other hand is a bit more electronic like the older stuff and features who I think is Emily Haines, though I’m not 100% sure. Any ideas?
Overall these are amazing sounding and I can’t wait for this album to drop on May 4th. I feel like this is going to be one of those albums that define the summer of 2010.
This whole augmented reality thing is starting to take some new and interesting turns, like for example, the sculpture above which was created by Grosse8 and Lichtfront. The 2.5 meter high wooden sculpture has a series of lights around it that displays on all the different surfaces and facets of the sculpture. This sort of stuff still amazes me, I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to create or program something like this.
I love good architecture based around food and I think Outsider Tart have done an amazing job with their London shop. Created by Americans David Lesniak and David Muniz, Outsider Tart was created because “good, wholesome, home made cupcakes, sweet pies and fresh tarts were hard to come by.”
While the treats look delicious I’m drooling over the interior design. From the reclaimed wood shelves to the funky metal ceiling, and of course, those beautiful light up arrows. The space has that perfect blend of old and new, making it feel fresh but with a comfortable, worn-in feeling.