As I was thinking of ways to write up this post, I couldn’t decide if this was a new music video for Fleet Foxes, or a piece of video art masterminded by Sean Pecknold. I think in fact, it’s a bit of both, but either way it’s something amazing.
The video was directed, animated and edited by Sean Pecknold, who we’ve featured on the site numerous times, who has to be one of my favorite creatives around these days. He has an really unique vision and creative output, and each time he gets better and better. The video utilizes the art of Stacey Rozich, a Seattle based illustrator and designer who’s work is used to perfection in this video. I was surprised to see Stacey’s work in the video, it’s so bold and graphic, but she seems tailor made for this project.
The story in the video is… odd. I couldn’t tell you what it means, honestly. Maybe the deer is a bully and needs to stop being such an a-hole and killing things? I’m not sure, but it’s so well done, and the music is so good, that it really doesn’t matter to me.
I love that Robin Pecknold, the singer in Fleet Foxes, let his brother Sean go nuts with their videos, and clearly, it pays off. The video was released yesterday and it already has 85k pageviews. So when does Sean Pecknold move to become the next Spike Jonze or Michel Gondry? In my opinion, not soon enough.
Director: Sean Pecknold
Animators: Sean Pecknold & Britta Johnson
Character Illustrations: Stacey Rozich
Art Assistant: Natalie Jenkins
Producer: Aaron Ball
Multiplane: Greg Pecknold
Post/Edit : Sean Pecknold
AE Assist: Austin Wilson
Sound FX: Shervin Shaeri
Choosing a winner for the Re-Covered Books contest becomes more difficult every time as the talent level continues to rise. Our last redesign contest was for the classic novel Dracula, where I asked potential creators to make something that steered away from the typical cliches, that felt like a new addition to the mythology of Count Dracula.
As I said, there were a ton of great entrants, but the one I was most mesmerized by was the entry above by Jennifer Talesfore. What I love about her design is how stark and graphic it is. She used a theme that was common amongst several of the designs, inverting the A’s in Dracula to represent fangs. Where I think her design differs and veers into brilliant is her treatment of the title. I see it two ways, the first being a hapless victim stuttering the name of Dracula, and the second being the way that Bela Lugosi may have intoned the word Dracula, sounding out certain parts longer than others. It’s funny that it also reads so well, despite looking so nonsensical.
She also did a nice job of presenting a cohesive thought, uniting the front, back and spine nicely. The book is told through a series of anecdotes from different characters, so the quote on the back is quite a nice touch.
Overall her entry feels like the complete package, and for that she deserves to be the winner. A huge thanks to Jennifer for entering, she’ll be receiving a $100 gift card to Amazon. Check back on Wednesday for a special edition of Re-Covered Books and the chance to win something extra special.
I don’t know about you, but I find business cards pretty annoying. You spend a lot of money on them, making them beautiful and nice, only to jam them in your wallet or purse where they get scuffed and bent. For my past two business card orders I’ve used Moo’s Mini Cards, which are half the size of normal business cards and totally cheap. Now though, I think I’ve found an even better option.
Mikey Burton, with the help of Cranky Pressmen, have created a business card stamp that you can easily take along with you. The business card stamp was created for a Designer Challenge for Computer Arts Projects, much for the same reasons I outlined above. The stamp is called an Inspector Stamp, “a small, metal, self-inking stamp that comes on a keychain.” It has just the basics, his name and his website, because let’s get real, that’s all you need in this day and age. I’ve already contacted the guys at Cranky Pressman to get my own, I can’t wait to get a tiny fox to stamp on people.
These are images of the recently completed Clyfford Still Museum designed by Allied Works Architecture. The building lives in downtown Denver, Colorado, sitting next to the pointy and shiny Denver Art Museum designed by Daniel Libeskind a few years back. That pointy building is all about metal: it exploits the structural properties of steel, is clad in aluminum and generally looks like an urban-scaled origami. The Clyfford Still Museum has steel it in, somewhere, but is more interested in the treatment of concrete that forms its surfaces. The outside is poured in a way that looks like tree bark, and by contrast the ceiling of the galleries on the upper floor is a concrete brise soleil that seems (at least in photos) more like a canopy of leaves than a massive shutter. If its neighbor is metal origami, then this museum does something different: it continues the grove of trees outside, but renders them in concrete. Maybe this makes the museum seem more rooted, or maybe the earthy color palette has the same effect.
I’m pretty in love with the work of Pablo Boffelli because of how odd and interesting it is. It seems as though a lot of his work utilizes markers, or perhaps Photoshop, it’s sometimes hard to tell. Either way his pieces turn out extremely bright and colorful which is what I really appreciate about them. There’s a sense of pure joy of creation when he makes these, like he’s probably smiling the entire time he’s making these.
Don’t ask me why, but there’s certainly an 80’s technopop revival going on, and let’s be honest, that’s no bad thing! Over the last few months this blog has featured tracks from the likes of Washed Out, Geoffrey O’Conner and College, each of whom have been channeling the 80’s in their own unique synth-inspired ways. Today I’d like to add the Brooklyn-four piece Ice Choir to that list and share with you their first single Two Rings which they released just last week.
Coming across like a mixture of New Order, Pet Shop Boys and Tears for Fears – Ice Choir is the personal project of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart member Kurt Feldman. Their track Two Rings features some sweet vocals and some terrific icy synths. It is the first single from their as-yet-untitled debut album which is due out next year. The single is available to buy as a limited-edition pressing here.
The earth is a truly spectacular place. Michael König compiled this video from footage taken by Expedition XXVIII & IXX aboard the International Space Station from August to October 2011. The footage is courtesy of NASA Johnson Space Center Image Science & Analysis Laboratory’s Gateway to Astronaut Photography.
König’s compilation includes a number of views of Aurora Borealis & Aurora Australis. One would be quite cosmically fortunate to witness something so spectacular from earth let alone witness it from space- repetitively. Expeditions are long duration missions flown by the Russian Federal Space Agency usually lasting about four months in orbit. These sights, shown above, occur more often than most enough will ever have the opportunity to enjoy (unless you live in the arctic circle).
I tried to calculate how many times one would be able to possibly witness these sights from the International Space Station, but calculus has been long been lost in the dusty archives of my brain. I did however figure that those on board see eighteen sunsets and eighteen sunrises every twenty-four hours. Give or take a couple, an Expedition crew member could witness 2,162 sunsets during a mission. I can’t even begin to fathom what it would feel like to wake up in the morning, look out the window and see the sunset or the green hues of an Aurora Borealis dance across the horizon. Let’s only hope that the crew isn’t jaded by the end of it.
In their own words: “The visitor climbs on foot via differently steep steps the roller-coaster-sculpture. So the sculpture subtly and ironically plays with the dialectic of promise and disappointment, mobility and standstill.” After all that hope that you had seen a roller coaster in the distance, it’s really just a set of stairs.
Still, there is something fantastic about the unlikely path this set of stairs takes. The looping tubular steel may not be animated by cars of screaming folks, but instead full of people walking around, taking photos and marveling at a curious roadside attraction– bending whatever disappointment you had until it turns back toward excitement, making a nice loop.