Date Archives October 2013

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Steven Harrington & The Times

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Steven Harrington & The Times

Steven Harrington & The Times

Halloween, probably my favorite holiday, is less than a week away, so it’s only fitting that we celebrate in our own TFIB way. To help us we hit up The Times, a rad new clothing line based in Los Angeles who do these really weird, abstract shirts and hats that are pretty amazing.

The other day they released a new run of two Halloween themed shirts that you’d actually want to wear. That’s because they’re designed by Steven Harrington, who also helped to start up the label. As you can see the wallpaper is kind of intense but I personally think it’s awesome. Hopefully it livens up your desktop/iPhone/iPad!

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

The Fox Is Black takes over The Macallan

Elliott Erwitt for Macallan

If there’s two things I love it’s good whiskey, and obviously, beautiful photography. So it’s pretty awesome that I was asked to take over the Instagram handle for The Macallan tonight at a special event celebrating the launch of the brand’s Masters of Photography series. For the fourth edition of its series, The Macallan has commissioned renowned photographer Elliott Erwitt to capture the spirit of Scotland (where Macallan is made) through a collection of 58 images; each pair with a never before released single cask whisky from The Macallan.

If you love fine whisky and photography as much as I do, follow my photographic journey on Instagram at @The_Macallan and on Twitter at @USMacallan.

(The Elliott Erwitt photograph that accompanies Cask Number 0004112. The Macallan, Easter Elchies House in Craigellachie, Moray – © Elliott ErwittMagnum Photos)

Better Bruins design by Kevin Zwirble


There are few things I love more than or equal to typography but hockey is certainly a contender. I came across Kevin Zwirble during the playoffs this past season and while I was crossing my fingers his beloved Bruins would lose to my dear Blackhawks, I was also hoping they’d adopt some of his stellar design concepts for the team.

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Alain de Botton’s ‘Art as Therapy’ Will Change How You View Art


When a bestselling philosopher tells you that art is the most important thing in culture today, you’d best listen up. But which philosopher would ever make such a bold statement? Alain de Botton. I’ve been a fan of his writing for years now, but his most recent project is quickly becoming a favorite. Art As Therapy asks (and answers) the question “why art?” Last Friday I had the opportunity to attend a lecture delivered by Botton at NYC’s Cooper Union, where he talked about his new book (co-written with fellow philosopher and art historian, John Armstrong). This book happens to fit into a larger scheme of Botton’s, which when coupled together, has the potential to shake-up your conceptions of viewing art.

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Making Your Bones – Thoughts on breaking into the Creative Industry


The creative industry is a tough business to get into, no matter what sector you look at, you need to stand out. Those interested are increasingly looking to their degrees to propel them forward – but is it as effective anymore or even necessary altogether? I come from a degree-less background and although I am far from accomplished, here are my thoughts on the subject.

The final years of my school education were a frenzied time for a lot of people; between applying for Universities (or colleges, for you guys across the ocean), studying for exams and deciding on what you were going to do with your life it became quite stressful. It quickly became apparent to me that a lot people were treating the decision to go to University as just the next logical step rather than considering whether they really needed to or wanted to. My reasons for eschewing my place were not fully formed at the time but looking back it was because I just felt it wasn’t right for me – how could anyone teach me how to be creative? The idea seemed counterintuitive.

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Brett Beyer photographs Jean Georges complex kitchen from above

Brett Beyer photographs Jean Georges complex kitchen from above

New York Times recently published this great photo of the kitchen of Jean Georges, one of the top French chefs in the world, which was taken by Brett Beyer. The stitched together photo is a fantastic look at the fervent pace a kitchen like Georges must maintain, and it’s quite interesting to see the inner workings of his Columbus Circle restaurant. It’s also pretty incredible that Brett was able to get a camera/cameras above the kitchen, you wouldn’t expect there to be a whole lot of room.

Be sure to see more of Brett’s work, including more awesome overhead shots like this, by clicking here.

Design Jargon Bullshit

Design Jargon Bullshit

Design Jargon Bullshit is a new Tumblr that popped up recently which calls out design firms for using stupid buzzwords to describe what they do. It’s really not hard to describe what you do in honest terms, Teehan+Lax does a great job of this, so hopefully it outs some folks and gets them to speak like normal people. If you’re interested, you can also follow them on Twitter for daily updates.

Tangentially, you should read this great post by David Pogue who rips a new one on this PR person for pestering him with emails filled with buzz words and jargon. He totally hits the nail on the head.

The Starry Light by Anagraphic Turns Your Room Into the Night’s Sky

Starry Light by Anagraphic

This LED pendant lamp is such a neat idea! Made by Anagraphic, the Starry Light is a collaboration between graphic designer Anna Farkas and interior designer Miklós Batisz. Originally the design started out as an art-piece by Farkas, but after almost a year in development, the company have finally been able to sell them.

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