Date Archives March 2013

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Brock Davis (2/2)

Brock Davis wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Brock Davis

Emo Pineapple. That’s the actual title for this awesome wallpaper by Brock Davis. Shortly after he sent the wallpaper we featured yesterday he sent this along and I started cracking up. It just amazes me how he’s able to transform the simplest of things into pieces of observational art. A huge thanks to Brock for making these wallpapers for the site.

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper!

Aranda\Lasch build crystals, infinite variation, and practice on the edges of architecture

Aranda\Lasch The Creators Project yeasayer

Aranda\Lasch The Creators Project yeasayer

I’ve spent the last several hours watching two dozen or so videos from the Creators Project, and I regret nothing. The videos are great, highlighting work created by some embarrassingly talented folks. One of the newest videos is focused on the light installation on the San Francisco Bay Bridge that Bobby wrote about last week, and another one I particularly like focuses on the work of Aranda\Lasch.

Lead by Benjamin Aranda and Christopher Lasch, the architecture firm has built a body of work along the boundaries of what most would call architecture, spilling over into a kind of computer and fabrication science where the firm experiments with ideas about everything from crystals to infinity. While their website is molting into something new, the two are pointing the curious to their flickr account. There, you can find more pictures (like the ones above) of an excellent project featured in the aforementioned video: a set for the band yeasayer. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, they are bueno and I added one of their songs to the TFIB March Playlist so you can take a listen.

Tutumu+: Cheerful Pattern-Based Illustrations from Naoko Horiguchi

Naoko Horiguchi - Tutumu

Naoko Horiguchi - Tutumu

This work by Japanese artist Naoko Horiguchi is so bright and cheerful – I just love it! Horiguchi’s motto is “to try out anything”, and a quick visit to her website proves that she does exactly that. Creating work in collage, inks, acrylics and rubber-stamps, her work is always fun and playful.

Personally, I love her pattern-based series tutumu+. “Tutumu” is the Japanese word for wrapping and Horiguchi says that these illustrations are printed on A3 kraft paper so they’re ideal for gift wrapping as well as for hanging on your wall. You can view the full set online here.

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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Brock Davis (1/2)

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Brock Davis (1/2)

Brock Davis

I’m super excited for our wallpaper today as it features the work of one of the most creative guys out there, Brock Davis. I first noticed Brock’s work through his first Make Something Cool Everyday project back in 2009, where he turned everyday objects into pieces of art. This honey bear image is still one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen before.

Cut to the beginning of January when Jon and I were speaking about our favorite Instagrammers on The Build Up, and we mentioned Brock, and how great his Instagram feed is, and how rad it would be if he did a wallpaper. Since the Internet is the smallest place on earth I was introduced to Brock through Michael Cina, and like magic, he was down to do a wallpaper… or two. Today’s wallpaper is honest and hysterical, and I hope you enjoy it.

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper!

The Milk Carton Kids Redefine Contemporary Folk

The Milk Carton Kids

Contrary to their title, The Milk Carton Kids are neither a gang of tragic youth rescued from long forgotten cardboard dairy cartons or are they a gang at all. Armed only with acoustic guitars, they’re a folk music duo from Eagle Rock, California, consisting of  Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, and their music is swiftly being hailed as the second coming of contemporary folk. You might want to pipe up and decree that Mumford & Sons own this title or, perhaps, The Lumineers, but I can assure you that in the sternest of definitions of old-school folk (down to their vintage 1950s guitars), The Milk Carton Kids are the realest of deals.

They’re already being compared to Simon & Garfunkel, due in part to their arrestingly harmonious dual melodies and deft guitar arrangements, but upon further listen they’re not too shabby at spinning a lyrical yarn either. They also have a Gus van Sant seal of approval with “Promised Land”, a somber and beautiful track used in the director’s film by the same name. And, what’s more, they’ve chosen to release their first two albums for free. Nothin’ old-school about that at all. Their new album, The Ash & Clay, is out this week.

What are the top 10 things that we should be informed about, in life?

Top 10 Life Lessons

I came across this thread on Quora about the top 10 things that we should be informed about in life and found the answers of Justin Freeman, pastor of a small evangelical church in southern Missouri, to be quite amazing. I found myself nodding along to everything that Freeman had written, but here are two points that I thought were particularly poignant.

3. Spend your life with rulebreakers. Marry them. Befriend them. Work with them. Spend weekends with them. No matter how much power you become possessed of, you’ll never be able to make someone care—so gather close the caring.

5. Money is expensive. I mean, it’s difficult to get your hands on sometimes—and you never know when someone’s going to pull the floorboards out from under you—so don’t be stupid with it. Avoid debt on depreciating assets, and never incur debt in order to assuage your vanity (see rule number one). Debt has become normative, but don’t blithely accept it as a rite of passage into adulthood—debt represents imbalance and, in some sense, often a resignation of control. Student loan debt isn’t always unavoidable, but it isn’t a given—my wife and I completed a combined ten years of college with zero debt between us. If you can’t avoid it, though, make sure that your degree is an investment rather than a liability—I mourn a bit for all of the people going tens of thousands of dollars in debt in pursuit of vague liberal arts degrees with no idea of what they want out of life. If you’re just dropping tuition dollars for lack of a better idea at the moment, just withdraw and go wander around Europe for a few weeks—I guarantee you’ll spend less and learn more in the process.

Setting the Standard with Fort Standard

Fort Standard trivets

Fort Standard vessels

Simple and functional—this is the ethos of design studio Fort Standard. Founded in 2011 by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings, the company specializes in everything from furniture design and home goods to innovative lighting and  jewelry pieces. They’re also responsible for store design including the new Steven Alan Home shop in NYC’s Tribeca neighborhood.

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Great Photographs of Palm Desert by Julia Robbs

Palm Desert by Julia Robbs

Palm Desert by Julia Robbs

Julia Robbs is the type of photographer who takes photos of the life you wish you lived. Whether she’s drinking espressos in the French Alps, feeding pigeons in Paris or just hanging with friends in Big Sur, she always has a camera on hand and a great eye as a visual story-teller. I particularly love these shots of Palm Desert.

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“Diane Young” and “Step”, two new songs from Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampire of the City

I popped on to Rdio this morning and noticed that Vampire Weekend had a new single out called “Diane Young” (you’ll get it when you hear it) from their upcoming album Modern Vampire in the City. The song is peppy and upbeat, but also a little unconventional. It’s a bit surf rock and a bit 50’s pop sounding but with Ezra Koenig’s familiar vocals layered over the top of it all. The new record should be out on May 14 and this makes me pretty excited to hear it.

Update: Just went to the Vampire Weekend site (should have done that first) and noticed they had videos for “Diane Young” and the song “Step”. Gotta’ say I’m much more into “Step”, it’s simple and beautiful. A bit of harpsichord and some digitally altered vocals. Yes, please.