Antoni Gaudi’s Barcelona masterpiece Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família has been under construction since 1882, and it’s not slated to be done until 2026, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a sneak peek of what the completed church will look like when it’s finished.
I spotted this iOS 7 inspired business card over on Dribble this morning by Beasty Design and loved it. The new flat design certainly works for this sort of implementation, and honestly, I’m surprised it took someone this long to make an iOS 7 version.
The Killers have a new song, and it’s really pretty good. Those are words that I never thought I’d write ever again. The song is titled “Shot at the Night” and it certainly feels like a Killers track, I mean, Brandon Flowers voice is pretty iconic. But there’s a retro-tinge to the song, like what the soundtrack to Drive felt like. Old but new, fresh but familiar. The reason for this sound though is probably because of the production work of Anthony Gonzalez, the man behind M83. Once you know that little tidbit it’s hard to not hear his influence, kind of like how that new Arcade Fire song sounds like an LCD Soundsystem track (James Murphy produced it).
Back in the iOS 6 days (man, remember those days?, there were a few apps that might foreshadow what was to come in the fabled “flat” iOS 7 redesign. One of the most prevalent was a to-do list app called Clear. It was gorgeous – simple color gradients, bold typography, and dead obvious gestures that made the app a delight to use. In the context of the rest of the OS’s awkward linen textures and embossed buttons, Clear stood out as the indisputable way of the future.
So now that we’ve arrived at this less-skeumorphic landscape, how does Clear hold up? Better than ever. In fact, it didn’t take much to return the app to its lead among other iOS 7 redesigns. With the just released Clear+, the typography was lightened, a few UI elements were added, and iCloud syncing was introduced to support a new iPad version.
For those of you not in California, or the near season-less Southwest, fall is here or at least near. Time to trade in the summer neons for earth tones and consider some other seasonal design trends. I searched through the work of several foundries and designers for affordable options and pick out a few typefaces that I wouldn’t mind seeing good, legal use of this autumn.
Homestead – Lost Type Co-op, pay what you want
There are so many typefaces from Lost Type suitable for fall but I tried to limited myself to just one (it didn’t work). For my first choice I settled on Homestead after debate with some of my type pals. Homestead, designed by Luke Lisi, is a hearty slab serif with a various texture options reminiscent of plaid flannel. The typeface also had a bit of a varsity feel without feeling too hokey, particularly in the M, making it a great font for football season and school-themed worked. While it’s only available in all caps, it also comes with an inline option, which makes it even more versatile. And if Lumberjacks had offices with nameplates, I am pretty sure they would be in Homestead.
I’ve been following the work of South African studio Made by Radio for a while and was recently impressed by this series of illustrations they created for Wired UK. The images were used as part of a feature in the magazine about environmental issues and I think the guys really nailed it; combining great shapes and colors to highlight mans relationship with the world around us.
The other week marked September 11th’s twelfth anniversary. A moment in history that will no doubt live on in the minds and hearts of Americans. Yet, I can’t help but get the impression that its legacy is dwindling. Probably for the better, it seems most opt to quietly remember as opposed to making a big deal of it all. As writer Robert Frost famously once said, “in three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” While some may have carried forward, New York City Ballet has not. Or have they? In a poetic homage titled New Beginnings, the company staged and filmed a performance atop 4 World Trade Center. The result is touching. It’s poetic, poignant even. I cannot stress this enough: it’s the perfect 9/11 tribute, harkening Frost’s aforementioned sentiment.
I first noticed the work of Brazilian illustrator and graphic designer Henrique Athayde when I saw his excellent Breaking Bad GIF doing the rounds on Tumblr. As a fan of the show I instantly loved it, but I also really liked Henrique’s style so I decided to check out more of his work online and was happy to see that his other work was just as good!
I was reading this interview with Clive Thompson in the NY Times last night and he’s got a new book out called “Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better.” The book touches upon the idea that technology isn’t making you dumb, it’s actually supplementing the way our brains already work.
You talk a lot about memory in your book. Are we augmenting our memories with computers, or are we replacing them?
I would say we are augmenting them. When I started the book I was genuinely worried that I was losing my memory to Google, but the more I studied the way that everyday memory works, the more I realized how much we already rely on other outside sources — books, Post-it notes, etc. — but also other people to remember things. We are social thinkers, and we are also social rememberers, we use our co-workers, our partners and our friends to help us retrieve the details about things that they they are better at remembering than we are. And they’ve used us in the same way. Memory has always been social. Now we’re using search engines and computers to augment our memories, too.
The interview was good enough to get me to purchase the book, really looking forward to reading this. And how great is that cover? Simple but effective.
One of the absolute, very first wallpapers ever done for The Desktop Wallpaper Project was by my friend and artistic hero, Tim Biskup. At the time I didn’t know him but I’d been obsessed with his artwork since his early collaborations with San Francisco based lifestyle brand Gama-Go. When I moved to Los Angeles in 2005 I used to visit his BisPop Gallery in Pasadena as well, which was filled with all kinds of amazing works. So getting him to do another wallpaper for the site is a true treat for me, and hopefully for you as well.
Starting Saturday, September 28 he has a show at the Martha Otero Gallery simply called Charge, a collection of new paintings. From what he’s told me the scale of these paintings are gigantic, larger than he’s ever done. And we’ve got one as a wallpaper. This piece is called A Subtle Advertisement For Mind-Numbing Pain, a massive piece measuring out at 12 x 8 feet. I love that it combines everything I love about Tim’s work in one giant piece. It also makes for a great iPhone wallpaper!
Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper.