Date Archives June 2010

‘Geometry of Circles’

While I’m in Portland I’m staying with Frank Chimero, designer extraordinaire, and he suggested that I should do some video posts relating to shapes, so be ready for the shape smorgasbord. First up is the 1979 Sesame Street video Geometry of Circles which features the music of Philip Glass. It’s amazing that way back in the day kids were able to see a short feature like this instead of the mindless crap of todays cartoon experiences. Couple that with the fact that it’s Philip freaking Glass composing the score to it, which is so next level. Sit back and enjoy.


‘Fluffy McCloud’ by Conor Finnegan

Who knew that a grunting cloud could be so amusing?  Conor Finnegan did, and spent months in his attic playing with paper clouds, scale models and an assortment of cameras to make Fluffy McCloud. His ability to give precipitation a personality without any dialog is unique and makes his video an effortless joy to watch. Conor is a recent graduate and his video is evidence that he has plenty of talent. If I didn’t have to travel all the way to Dublin to beat him up, I’d challenge him to a fight


‘Apricot’ by Ben Briand

Ben Briand’s short film Apricot was originally screened about six months ago; however, a high definition version was recently uploaded to celebrate it’s submission to the 2010 Vimeo Awards, and I felt that it was too good not to share.

Evoking a nostalgic visual atmosphere, which is reminiscent of both Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides and Cate Shortland’s Somersault, the starting point for Apricot is the memory of a first love. The cinematography draws on the light, textures, colours, tastes and sounds associated with recalling this event and beautifully narrates the earliest pangs of desire. Apricot is stunningly shot and gorgeously realised; you should definitely put aside 10 minutes to watch it.


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Olivier Morvan

Olivier Morvan

Tis a bit late for the Desktop Wallpaper Project but I was travelling to Portland today, so I didn’t quite have enough time, my apologies for the delay. Today we have quite a special guest, someone who wrote me suggesting I use his image for a wallpaper… and well, I thought it was amazing. His name is Olivier Morvan and he’s a French designer and artist who dabbles in just about everything.

For his wallpaper he made this amazing dragon/uroboros kinda guy eating his own tail. I love all the details and the addition of the red really makes the design pop. Plus I think this would work rather well as a wallpaper, not too busy but not too boring. Big thanks to Olivier for sending this my way!


Reef Knot

In a continuation of the colour theme featured in my post yesterday, I thought I would share the work of Sydney-based “scalable artistic collective” Reef Knot. Lead by visual artist/curator Michelle McCosker and creative/producer Alasdair Nicol, Reef Knot create installations and site-specific works that predominantly utilise found and recycled materials.

Their combined art practice has involved yarn bombing Sydney’s infamous King’s Cross, building a human-sized Zen garden and fashioning a soft-sculpture orchard suspended from a Hills Hoist. They consistently approach everyday and mundane environments as a blank canvas to be transformed and artistically enlivened. I love their play on colour and texture as an alternative form of architecture and the manner in which they employ craft techniques as the basis for many of their projects. Looking at their work I was actually inspired to get out my old set of knitting needles, and then I remembered that I have no talent for knitting whatsoever. I think I’ll leave it to the professionals.


James Victore

Just imagine the star flying across your screen that you may have seen in the early 90’s on NBC.  Why?  Because this is a Public Service Announcement for people who don’t know about James Victore.

I’d like to talk to you for a minute about James Victore. Who’s James Victore? He’s just your average, Emmy-winning, graphic designer hanging out in New York, and uh… doing lots of stuff.  Some call it work, and as I look through his website, I hope that you’ve seen this before. The images are humorous and exceedingly well-done; refreshing enough to help you overcome any mid-week work-related hullabaloo (even if that hullabaloo is seeking work) and executed with panache. Some people call it inspiring.

For the lower image, James acted as art director / illustrator and worked with photographer Leigh Anna Thompson on what they thought would be the cover of TIME magazine, but was ultimately pushed toward the interior.

The more you know.


The Big Caption

I meant to post about The Big Caption a while ago but I kinda forgot about it. For those who haven’t stumbled upon this yet they take a photo from the Chicago Tribune’s The Big Photo and add a clever or witty caption to it, quite simple. But I spotted the image above on Ffffound and started to laugh uncontrollably, so I had to post it. Meat Rainbow, how amazing it that?!

Definitely visit the site for more ridiculous goodness.


Miller High Life Redesign

“The Champagne of Beers” is it’s tagline, and boy do I believe. Miller High Life, introduced to me by my buddy Michael, has in the last couple years become my usual standby. Last summer, in the midst of my freelancing (aka starving) the “champagne of beers” was my $1.46 refreshment that would get me through the sweltering days. Now this classic beer has been given a fresh face thanks to the team over at Landor. From a press release from Landor:

“Once the flagship brand for Miller Brewing Company, Miller High Life had over time been repositioned as a below-premium beer that belied both its product quality and rich 100+ year-old heritage. In order to improve consumer perception, we contemporized and better leveraged its revered and iconic brand elements—the Miller High Life Soft Cross and the Girl in the Moon. The new visual identity allows the brand to stretch beyond the below-premium category into a more premium territory that we think positions the brand to reclaim its iconic status.”

The dazzle is in the details on this redesign. The choice of fonts, the subtle patterns and textures, the blue, reen and reds that compliment the golds of the beer/cans… it’s all spot on. What’s kinda funny is that I already thought it was an amazing packaging design, but it’s rad that they’ve stepped up their game on such a low priced product.

Found through The Dieline


HUH. Magazine Interview with Harmony Korine

The folks over at HUH. Magazine have a little interview up with director Harmony Korine who talks about his new movie Trash Humpers… yes, it’s about people who hump trash. If you’re a fan of Harmony Korine this isn’t really all that weird, but this is certainly one of his more colorful movies. It seems that the movie is only playing internationally for now but I’m hoping this comes to LA soon.

Here’s a little snippet from the interview I really liked:

The characters are pretty extreme. Unlike some of your other work, like Julien Donkey Boy, or Mister Lonely that deals with mental health issues in quite a complex way, the characters in Trash Humpers seem completely without morals.

Yeah, they just transcended morality, or that kind of balance. They destroy things, but they turned it into an art form, like they lived in terms of opposites. It was almost like they were living so much on the fringe that they became these kind of shape shifters or abstractions and their reality was what they invented, and it became something beautiful to them. All these ideas of destruction became a creative act. So in that way you can look at them almost as artists.


Pantone Hotel

Conceived by interior designer Michel Penneman and architect Oliver Hannaert, the Pantone Hotel, which has recently opened in Brussels, is undoubtedly the ultimate place of rest for synesthetes and the colour-conscious. Although I have become accustomed to the sight of Pantone mugs in every second gift store, I am quite in awe of this new project that forms a part of the Pantone Universe. Mixing colour therapy and design, each room corresponds to one of seven palettes: earthy/rich (chocolate), daring/fiery (fuchsia), vibrant/intense (orange), cheerful/warm (lemon), captivating/esteemed/silky (pink), fresh/eager (green) and tranquil/exotic/exhilarating (aqua).

The actual interior design is relatively stripped back and minimalist in tone, which allows the individual colour palette utilised in each room to visually pop. If I were to visit the hotel in the near future, I think I would go for a pink room. There’s just something delightfully kitsch about the prospect of sleeping in a room that accords to a “captivating” and “silky” chromatic design.