Date Archives February 2013

The science behind why we love beautiful things

Baptiste Alchourroun

There was a great opinion piece in the New York Times last week from Lance Hosey who wrote about the science behind why we love beautiful things. A lot of the things he wrote about I’ve heard before but he does a great job of speaking to so many interesting aspects of science influencing beauty. Certainly worth a read.

Certain patterns also have universal appeal. Natural fractals — irregular, self-similar geometry — occur virtually everywhere in nature: in coastlines and riverways, in snowflakes and leaf veins, even in our own lungs. In recent years, physicists have found that people invariably prefer a certain mathematical density of fractals — not too thick, not too sparse. The theory is that this particular pattern echoes the shapes of trees, specifically the acacia, on the African savanna, the place stored in our genetic memory from the cradle of the human race. To paraphrase one biologist, beauty is in the genes of the beholder — home is where the genome is.

Kyle Poff’s vibrant packaging for Compartes Chocolatiers

Kyle Poff's vibrant packaging for Compartes Chocolatiers

Chicago based designer Kyle Poff is one of those rare talents who no matter what he applies his touch to it always turns to gold. We’ve been lucky enough to have him create a wallpaper for us previously, but now I wanted to speak about some of his newer work that he’s done for Compartes Chocolatiers, a local Los Angeles chocolate brand.

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The Paper Sculptures of Irving Harper

Irving Harper's paper sculptures 1

Irving Harper's paper sculptures 1

At the end of last year the guys at Herman Miller put together a wonderful series of videos called Why Design. Each one features a designer from the company’s creative network and they all give a fantastic insight into the minds of some very talented people. My favorite of the eight is with Irving Harper who talks about how he likes to make paper sculptures. Harper finds that paper is a really versatile medium and he says that it’s really easy to work with. “All you have to do is sit down, cut paper out, and score it, bend it, and glue it.” he says. He makes it sound like it’s pretty easy but once you see what he creates you’ll quickly realize that it takes far more then simple cutting, scoring bending and gluing to make work this good.

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Ursus Wehrli Organizes Everything

Ursus Wehrli The Art of Clean-Up

Ursus Wehrli The Art of Clean-Up

Last week, after several years and two talks about organizing art, Ursus Wehrli published his latest book The Art of Clean Up, wherein he attempts to organize… just about everything. Bowls of soup, a single pine branch, or even a sky full of star, it seems nothing is immune from his penchant to introduce order. His process (photographed by Geri Born and Daniel Spehr) is carried to absurd extremes, where flower arrangements are made into tidy stacks of detached petals and stems, convoluted train maps are turned into neat stacks of lines, text, and dots, and even type itself is broken down into useless stacks of lines and curves.

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“MOPPA NOEL PODDOF,” an hour long mix by Robag Wruhme

Robag Wruhme

I’ve recently become rather smitten with the work of Gabor Schablitzki, who also happens to DJ under a ton of different names including the one this mix was made under, Robag Wruhme. Recently I found his Soundcloud page where he has a page of great material including this mix titled “MOPPA NOEL PODDOF.” It’s a weird name, but all his tracks are quite oddly named. It’s a pretty great mix and it definitely shows the range of material he draws from. If you like this you should also listen to his album Thora Vukk which has been on repeat for me.

Here’s the tracklist:

Praezisa Rapid 3000 – “Hello”
KRTS – “The Dread Of An Unknown Evil”
Botany – “Waterparker”
Devendra Banhart – “Santa Maria de Feira”
Guts – “Brand New Revolution”
Mo Kolours – “8 Hours”
De La Soul – “Forever”
Helge Schneider – “…”
Alif Tree Feat. Shirley Horn – “Forgotten Places”
Plaid – “Gel Lab”
Simon12345 & The Lazer Twins – “If I stay here, I’ll be alone” (feat. Beegs Alchemy)
Obama and Death Cab For Cutie
Kev Brown – “Listen”
Khrysis – “Yeah! Yeeeaaah!”
Dijf Sanders – “Etheric Landmarch”
Little Dragon – “Scribbled Papers”
Terry Callier – “When My Lady Danced”
Fraktus – “Affe, Sucht, Liebe”

Like A Champ poster by Neuarmy

Like A Champ poster by Neuarmy

Like A Champ poster by Neuarmy

Ryan Katrina, who some of you know as Neuarmy, is always up to something amazing. It seems like he’s always releasing a rad new t-shirt or a hand-printed linocut done in his signature style – a mix of bold fonts and symbols that take their cues from old signage and army paraphernalia. Last week he put out the poster you see above with the bold phrase Like A Champ, which started out as a hand-carved, 4?x6? linocut. I think the gold ink looks great on the black paper. There’s a subtlety to the printing that makes the gold feel subtle and not overly garish.

You can get a poster for yourself by clicking here.

‘Line of Fire’ – A New Music Video from Junip

Junip

Swedish band Junip, made up of Elias Araya, Tobias Winterkorn, and José González, is back with a new self-titled sophomore album on April 23. In anticipation, they’ve released the first installment of a new two-part video for the song “Line of Fire”. Languid, atmospheric, and hypnotically unsettling, it was directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikel Cee Karlsson and tells the story of an older man who is seemingly questioning his place in life. With slow-motion camera work that sweeps over the characters or pulls in slowly while they remain still—only one part of their body moving—the video is strangely beautiful yet foreboding and ominous at the same time. You have no idea where it’s going but are left wanting more. The same can be said about the new song, too, which begs for repeated listenings on nighttime drives through empty canyons.

Morphosis design a beautiful new campus for Emerson College in Los Angeles

Moprhosis design a beautiful new campus for Emerson College in Los Angeles

Moprhosis design a beautiful new campus for Emerson College in Los Angeles

Like many projects, the Morphosis-designed Emerson College Los Angeles has a construction camera that allows anyone with internet access and the latest Flash plugin to watch the slow-going construction process. It’s an excruciating pace for me but some folks find it entertaining. The project was developed over the course of nearly three years before construction started. The project will finish sometime in 2014, providing Seniors from the Boston-based Emerson College with a place to stay while they intern within the television and film industry.

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