Date Archives August 2010

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Pavel Fuksa (Part 4)

Pavel Fuksa

View more Fuksa wallpapers: one, two, three, five

Last Friday I posted a wallpaper from a fella’ named Pavel Fuskaand mentioned that it was a preview to a huge batch of wallpapers from him. Well, here they are. Pavel went nuts and created a total of six wallpapers including variations when it comes to the iPad and iPhone versions. Here’s Pavel’s description of the wallpapers and translations as well:

I’ve decided to create the BGs in the style of classic czechoslovakian communist educational and informative posters:)

#1 – Don’t lick the black foxes!
#2 – The tears of black fox: Reinforce health – Increase productivity.
#3 – Collect the black foxes’ furskins!
#4 – Kitsune Noir I satellite – for the better understanding between nations.
#5 – Hotel Black Fox Prague.

Yet again, thanks Pavel, these are fantastic!

Bobby

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Pavel Fuksa (Part 3)

Pavel Fuksa

View more Fuksa wallpapers: one, two, four, five

Last Friday I posted a wallpaper from a fella’ named Pavel Fuskaand mentioned that it was a preview to a huge batch of wallpapers from him. Well, here they are. Pavel went nuts and created a total of six wallpapers including variations when it comes to the iPad and iPhone versions. Here’s Pavel’s description of the wallpapers and translations as well:

I’ve decided to create the BGs in the style of classic czechoslovakian communist educational and informative posters:)

#1 – Don’t lick the black foxes!
#2 – The tears of black fox: Reinforce health – Increase productivity.
#3 – Collect the black foxes’ furskins!
#4 – Kitsune Noir I satellite – for the better understanding between nations.
#5 – Hotel Black Fox Prague.

Yet again, thanks Pavel, these are fantastic!

Bobby

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Pavel Fuksa (Part 2)

Pavel Fuksa

View more Fuksa wallpapers: one, three, four, five

Last Friday I posted a wallpaper from a fella’ named Pavel Fuskaand mentioned that it was a preview to a huge batch of wallpapers from him. Well, here they are. Pavel went nuts and created a total of six wallpapers including variations when it comes to the iPad and iPhone versions. Here’s Pavel’s description of the wallpapers and translations as well:

I’ve decided to create the BGs in the style of classic czechoslovakian communist educational and informative posters:)

#1 – Don’t lick the black foxes!
#2 – The tears of black fox: Reinforce health – Increase productivity.
#3 – Collect the black foxes’ furskins!
#4 – Kitsune Noir I satellite – for the better understanding between nations.
#5 – Hotel Black Fox Prague.

Yet again, thanks Pavel, these are fantastic!

Bobby

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Pavel Fuksa (Part 1)

Pavel Fuksa

View more Fuksa wallpapers: two, three, four, five

Last Friday I posted a wallpaper from a fella’ named Pavel Fuskaand mentioned that it was a preview to a huge batch of wallpapers from him. Well, here they are. Pavel went nuts and created a total of six wallpapers including variations when it comes to the iPad and iPhone versions. Here’s Pavel’s description of the wallpapers and translations as well:

I’ve decided to create the BGs in the style of classic czechoslovakian communist educational and informative posters:)

#1 – Don’t lick the black foxes!
#2 – The tears of black fox: Reinforce health – Increase productivity.
#3 – Collect the black foxes’ furskins!
#4 – Kitsune Noir I satellite – for the better understanding between nations.
#5 – Hotel Black Fox Prague.

Yet again, thanks Pavel, these are fantastic!

Bobby

Andrew Archer







I’m completely blown away by the energy in the work of Andrew Archer, a 24 year old New Zealand illustrator who started out as a misguided designer. When I look at his art I think of jazz music, which might be one of those stupid clichés that people say, but so be it. The fluidity and abstractness of his images take you a moment to figure out what’s happening in the scene, and I think that’s awesome. There’s also a simplicity to everything and the color palettes are all quite muted which oddly remind me of Nagel paintings. Be sure to visit his site and see his pieces at full size, it only makes things better.

Bobby

Hiyoko Imai

Using tiny fragments of delicate paper, Hiyoko Imai constructs dainty and intricate illustrative works. The Japanese-born, Amsterdam-based designer and illustrator follows a minimalist style, employing simple shapes to create new compositions. The look reminds me a little bit of collage, but is far more sophisticated in execution. You can also see the subtle influence of her list of inspirations – cooking, balcony gardening, walking and dreaming – in her soft colour palette and impressionistic designs, and the gentle and serene aesthetic that some Japanese artists are so brilliant at harnessing is definitely present in her work. I find it really refreshing to see a contemporary illustrator eschew computer-generated effects to focus on creating art with her hands.

Danica

Brand New Nike Store – Santa Monica









A couple weekends ago I was in Santa Monica and I wandered upon the opening of the new 3rd Street Promenade mall and a giant, brand new Nike store as well. Curious, I popped inside to see what the inside was like and honestly I think it’s a pretty rad store. Lots of hardwoods and white tiles throughout the space. My favorite part of the space was the giant Bill Bowerman sculpture that lined the wall near the staircase. When you get up close to it you can see that it’s made up of all kinds of Nike products all mashed together. It’s a really nice effect that works really well, especially because of it’s immense size. Really fun to walk around and gawk at if you’re a fan of interior design.

Bobby

Expecting the Elbphilharmonie

As exciting as new buildings are, waiting for large public works to cross the finish line is less exciting. “Hurry up, architecture!” But since we’re going to be staring at a construction site for the next several years (or decades in some instances) why not… do something with the construction site other than just constructing. The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg has been in construction for over three years and still has two years until occupancy.  Meanwhile, Michael Batz did something when he covered the cranes with blue LEDs to promote tourism.  You can see the overall effect above, and below if you look closely at the orange crane, you can see the white strips of LEDs that enable the effect.

The architects of the Elbphilharmonie, Herzog & de Meuron are most widely-known for designing the “Bird’s Nest” Olympic Stadium in Beijing.  As much as facades can be anticipated, the work of H&dM often features innovative building skins.  We can start to see something happening in the lower photo with the surface of the building, but it’s more connect four than connecting to the initial renderings.  But that was so long ago, who can even remember what the renderings looked like?

Alex.

Ferris Plock’s ‘Rest for the Wicked’

I was browsing through Michael of Yewknee’s Flickr photos yesterday (kinda creepy, I know) and I saw that Ferris Plock had an amazing new show at the Shooting Gallery in SF called Rest for the Wicked. The show is kind of a departure for Ferris, featuring his signature style but with a Japanese Ukiyo-e inspired twist. I’m really upset that basically the whole show is sold out (but congrats, Ferris) because I would have loved to buy one of these. I think the other awesome thing about these paintings are the patterns he made. They all feel really true to Japanese prints and the brightness of the colors really pop and look gorgeous.

For more info about the show be sure to check out the Shooting Gallery’s photos by clicking here.

‘The Magician And The Snake’ by Katie and Mike Mignola



Mike Mignola, the amazing illustrator and creator of Hellboy, recently completed a short comic story with his daughter Katie, age 7, and it’s a beautiful and touching little ditty. It’s about a magician who is proclaimed to be the best ever after he makes a set of shapes disappear. But he tells his best friend the snake that by doing this he’s sealed his fate and that the shapes will come back and take his life one day. So he and the snake live out the rest of their lives until the shapes do come back one day and take the magicians life.

It’s crazy to me that Mike Mignola can take such a simple story and concept and create something that’s so amazing around it. I think my favorite part is when the snake is hissing from the top of the tower, the beam of light from the shapes engulfing him.

To read the rest of the story be sure to click here.

Bobby