I don’t know what’s going on with me, but I’m clearly space crazy right now. I noticed my buddy James Gulliver Hancock had a new website and with it, some great new work. My favorite thing I saw were these silkscreened Solar System Education posters. I love all of the patterns and details in these pieces, and the colors are amazing as well. I think the best one is Mars at top because of the red color on the natural paper, they compliment each other really nicely. I suggest you check out the rest of his work as well, he’s done a fantastic job on his portfolio site and his work, as always, is fantastic.
Revered Richard Avedon edited and photographed the April 1965 Harper’s Bazaar. The issue was devoted to youth culture- “Pop, Rock, and the Sexual Revolution”.The cover, which made the American Society of Magazine Editor’s 2005 list of Top 40 Magazine Covers, features Jean Shrimpton in a Day-Glo space helmet. The image has been highly reproduced as an emblem of the sixties when Mod was king and the Space Race dominated popular culture.
The issue was a guidebook to the cultural now. The edition features spacesuit inspired fashions of André Courrèges, the likeness of ‘60s megastars like the Beatles as well as the rising talent of Andy Warhol, Roy Lictenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and others.
I especially enjoy the images of “the Shrimp”, some shown above. Shrimpton was the It girl of 1960s fashion and became the face of off-beat culture. Avedon couldn’t have picked a better model to be his galaxy girl. At a time when the idea of a female astronaut was unheard of, Shrimpton was the face of youth culture.
The worlds of fashion and space industry in the 1960s collided. Alex previously posted about Nicholas de Monchaux’s bookSpacesuit: Fashioning Apollo which among other things discusses how Playtex, the brassiere manufacturer, secured the contract to make the Apollo Spacesuits.
From the outside, the form of this project (proposed by C.F. Møller Architects and Berg Arkitektkontor) is quite striking. It’s bold in a way that reminds me of Superstudio’s Continuous Monument… just sloping downward. On the inside, the slope is actually a ski slope; potentially the world’s longest indoor ski slope. I would have expected this behavior from Dubai, but this is proposed to be just outside of Stockholm. Doesn’t that seem surprising? When I started to look for indoor ski slopes (there is actually one in Dubai) Europe dominated the list, having not only the most, but also the biggest and longest. I understand that Europe isn’t an entire continent of white-powder-covered mountains, but didn’t you guys ever come up with sports that don’t require the construction of giant, snowy refrigerators? What’s wrong with curling for a winter sport? Or something better suited to your climate? The last time I went skiing was in the eighth grade, so maybe I’m misremembering that the greatest part of skiing was spending time outside on an honest-to-God mountain.
My opinons about indoor ski arenas aside, this is a pretty cool-looking project. The outside is clearly striving to create an icon, even if the scale of the project looks a little daunting. The architects say that the project has “a simplified silhouette that emphasizes the Swedish landscape of forest and lakes.” I can only assume that this emphasis is meant to come from the contrast between the “Swedish landscape of forest and lakes” and the building hoisted above it. Still, the interior looks refreshing and bright in the way it is rendered. If the finished project can maintain this interior quality, it will be heads and shoulders above the slope in Dubai (and not to mention several hundred meters.)
If Twitter has taught me anything it’s that designers love pizza. Every-other-day there seems to be a pizza party going on, or at the very least a ‘#pizza’ at the end of every deadline. When I saw that the guys at Tiny Showcase had collaborated with Jesse LeDoux and The Head Light Hotel in producing this crazy little pizza shop I couldn’t really pass up the chance of sharing it with you.
Called Famous Lou’s Pizza; the wooden model comes as a four-color screen print designed by Jesse LeDoux and has been laser-cut onto birch by Providence’s Head Light Hotel. It’s just a lot of fun and I really like the idea of combining screen-printing with wood. If you want to have your very own Lou’s Pizza you can pick up one from Tiny Showcase here.
In the past two posts we watched the animated launch of a rocket, we circled around the earth from space, and now we’re visiting the moon with Björk. See what I did there? This is a video for Björk’s new track Moon, off her upcoming album Biophilia. The song is pretty good, a simple melody and her beautiful voice, a thumping bass every now and then. It’s certainly restrained for someone like Björk, but it’s kind of nice. The video though is pretty weird, certainly not the greatest. I do love her costume and makeup though, she looks crazy in the best way, which is in part because of M/M Paris. I hope you enjoyed your journey to space!
Continuing our journey through space is this incredible video showing what it looks like to fly around the earth. I don’t really know much about this, but it seems that it’s been documented by a satellite which is in orbit, possibly a collection of stills stitched together to make a video. However they did it it’s pretty phenomenal to see. It’s really important that you watch it at the highest quality and put it on the biggest monitor you own and watch this in full screen. I’ve already watched this five times now, it’s incredible.
Somehow I managed to have a mini-theme for some of today’s video, which revolves around space and space travel. This was completely by accident, but a happy one at that. So we’re starting off with this beautiful animated short from Celine Desrumaux which chronicles the time right before and during a space launch. The video was mainly created in Photoshop and After Effects with a bit of 3D effects, which seems pretty crazy to me. Really beautifully done, definitely looks best in full screen.
I’ve seen a few of these sorts of music videos: where the commonly-ignored noises that surround us are spliced and woven together into a repetitive, but surprisingly delightful ditty. It’s a sturdy idea. This particular video is the work of a chicago based duo Mark Pallman and Amanda Speva, together called Fruit Bonus. If you watch the video (not too) carefully, you’ll see several kinds of switches, a front yard decked out for halloween and an e-mail with a rather unusual subject line. So watch it, or stare off into space and imagine the noises around you melding into a tune of your own.
There is some mystical quality to Jonti’s music. The musician/producer/songwriter seems to have never lost his desire to find those weird sounds you accidentally create. In his debut, the newest addition to Stones Throw records takes on the whole record himself – playing all the above roles to create a cohesive sonic imbroglio that is Twirligig. Firework Spraying Moon feels like a vignette lacking another verse or a true chorus. It lacks some finality. But in that absence it keeps the listener wanting completion. It’s a subtle pop trick. Keep the audience on their toes.
Quite frankly this video is a psychedelic walk through the fields. An open field with water dripping on a ball, strange lights from the hills, people holding hands underwater. I really can’t explain it and that’s a rare enough occurrence to let you know that you should just watch this music video. It’s an ambitious journey that pays off in the sway of Firework Spraying Moon. Jonti brings an untraceable amount of pop influences into it, sometimes recalling 60s psychadelia, other times 90s shoegaze pop. It’s a beautiful fuzzy blend that is equally as fun to watch.
It’s something I do for myself, I don’t really care if people know my work or design. I’m just trying to explore visual ideas and visual language.
That’s how artist/designer Michael Cina describes his work, which I find personally inspiring. I’ve been a big fan of Michael’s work since I noticed his covers for Ghostly records. He does an amazing job of bridging that gap between artist and designer, creating abstract paintings and pieces of art while at the same time creating ultra minimal design pieces that uses fonts like you can’t imagine. It’s the synthesis between these mediums that make him such a talent and one of my biggest influences.
The video above may be a few months old but it’s certainly worth your time. Michael is a pretty prolific creator and it’s great to hear a bit about how he works. I kind of wish this video was about four time longer, I want to hear more about his work and process!