Date Archives June 2010

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.


Jennifer Mundy

I have a recurring dream where I’m in the driver’s seat of a 1992 Ford Explorer, steering along a scenic route with tremendous ramps that launch me hundreds of feet into the air. After I peak, I start to fall back down to earth and I can feel this in my dream as a visceral sensation; a sensation strong enough to wake me. But never in my dreams have imagined a world as surreal as Jennifer Mundy’s work. The image above is titled “trees” which explains the leaves, but raises more questions about the tree’s serpentine qualities and its expression of love.

But where my understanding breaks down, I’m distracted by the colors and details of her work.  Whatever your opinion of her work, it’s definitely not a snooze-fest.


Kitsune Noir Mixcast / No. 038

Seeing as how it’s Monday I suppose I should be a good little blogger and give you a new Mixcast. This week’s mix is a lot of new music that I hope you haven’t heard yet. It all came together really well and quite quickly, and I think overall it’s one of my best to date. The songs are all rather upbeat and fun and I think they blend together really well, making the transitions pretty seamless.

I will say that my narration is bit… silly. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these so I think I’m a bit rusty. Plus I need to buy a real microphone, which I’ll be doing ASAP, so that it doesn’t sound so tinny and crappy. I promise future versions will start to sound better.

And just as a side note, I had no idea that First of the Gang to Die was a Morrissey song… whoops.

Here’s this week’s tracklist:
Live In Dreams by WIld Nothing
I Died So I Could Haunt You by Stars
In Spain by Vadoinmessico
Yulia by Wolf Parade
I’m Not In Love by Crystal Castles
Three Trees by Tanlines
Do You Want It All? by Two Door Cinema Club
It Don’t Move Me by Peter Bjorn and John
Simple Severin by Superhumanoids
In The Times by Jeremy Jay
When I’m With You by Best Coast
First of the Gang to Die by Zee Avi
Loch Raven by Animal Collective