Date Archives October 2013

‘Last Day on Earth’ print by Laszlo Kovacs

'Last Day on Earth' print by Laszlo Kovacs

Laszlo Kovacs is an Amsterdam based illustrator who I think is totally fantastic. I’d describe his style as clean with bold shapes that are able to evoke a ton of emotion, despite their simplicity. A perfect example is this print he recently completed titled Last Day on Earth, which was completed for an upcoming exhibit about dinosaurs called Feathers at Gallery 33.

Through the subtlest of shapes he was able to create such a sense of emotion between two long gone animals. As far as I can tell there’s no way to purchase this as a print or on a t-shirt, but he really needs to make both of those options. Wouldn’t you buy one?

Not a Game, Not a Book – it’s Device 6

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Swedish app company Simogo knows how to take iOS gaming seriously. Their past releases like Year Walk and Beat Sneak Bandit took the casual arcade style of mobile gaming and wrapped it in a uniquely illustrated look. And while neither of these two games – nor the others before them – played the same way, they both were certainly iOS games.

Their latest app, though, is much more difficult to think of as a game. You could say that you play through it, yes. But you also read it, watch it, and listen to it. You’re better off saying Device 6 one experiences rather than plays.

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Trailer for Wes Anderson’s upcoming film ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' poster

I have a theory when it comes to Wes Anderson and his films. The theory is that he makes two really good movies, and then one kinda bad one. This doesn’t include Bottle Rocket into the mix, but here’s my evidence:

Rushmore – Awesome
The Royal Tenenbaums – Awesome
The Life Aquatic – Turd
The Darjeeling Limited – Really good
The Fantastic Mr. Fox – Awesome
Moonrise Kingdom – Turd

Based on my scientific data, it seems as though The Grand Budapest Hotel is going to be a winner. That, and the fact that I laughed at almost every part of the new trailer, which you can watch below. I think I’m most excited for old lady Tilda Swinton.

La Telephone – A Love Story: A Beautiful Illustration by Justin Mezzell

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We’ve featured the work of Justin Mezzell on this site before. Back in 2011 he won the Re-Covered contest with his fantastic design for Philip K. Dick’s ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ (see it here). I was checking in on his site recently and discovered these beautiful illustrations he created called La Telephone – A Love Story. I just love them.

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Punch House branding by Dan Blackman

Punch House branding by Dan Blackman

New York based designer Dan Blackman has created some really strong branding for the new bar Punch House. which is located in in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The design is straightforward in it’s execution, using the shape of the bar itself to craft a unique identity that ties into the fact that the bar is actually in the basement of Thalia Hall, which was built in 1892.

I love that Dan was able to translate his work into white neon as well, which is one of my personal favorite things to see. It really doesn’t get cooler than white neon. To see more examples from the project you can click here.

Punch House branding by Dan Blackman

Punch House branding by Dan Blackman

James Murphy gives David Bowie’s “Love Is Lost” an epic, 10 minute remix

James Murphy, made famous by fronting LCD Soundsystem, has seen been quite busy since the bands break-up in 2011. He’s producing the much anticipated upcoming album for Arcade Fire, and now he’s released a pretty awesome remix of David Bowie’s “Love Is Lost” from his most recent album, The Next Day.

Taking the genes from Steve Reich’s “Clapping Music”, a track consisting of yes, just clapping, Murphy has put together a sprawling track that Bowie’s vocals can swirl amongst. There’s this beautiful symbiosis of pianos, hand claps, and electronic blips that then erupts into this spontaneous, disco-tinged song. This song is a slow burn so be sure to give it enough time to really wash over you.

David Bowie "Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy)"

Portfolio Update: Pietari Posti

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Finnish artist Pietari Posti is one of my favorite illustrators and he’s recently updated his portfolio with some truly stunning work. His work is always filled with vibrant colors and incredible patterns, but it seems like over the years the level of craftsmanship in his work has become even more refined. The image above, created for a shopping guide on Instanbul, is a perfect example of how truly remarkable his talents are.

If you love his work as much as I do be sure to check out this fox wallpaper he did for the site back in 2009. Be sure to check out more of his work down below.

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Friederike von Rauch’s Beautifully Atmospheric Series ‘Sleeping Beauties’

Friederike von Rauch - Sleeping Beauties

The Berlin-based photographer Friederike von Rauch is one of my favorite photographers working today. Originally starting out as a silversmith, von Rauch stepped behind the camera while working as a location scout for film productions and ever since she’s been taking some of the most striking images I’ve ever seen. Her latest work, Sleeping Beauties, is a slight departure from her normal images of monochrome buildings and industrial landscape. These images peer behind the scenes of museums and galleries throughout Europe, offering us a glimpse at the artwork after-hours.

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The UX Archive observes where design has been and where it’s going

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Try explaining UX design to someone who’s unfamiliar. It’s tough. Unlike the typography or colors that make up an application’s aesthetic, user experience is invisible when done well. That’s why for mobile app makers and designers good UX can be a tough thing to nail down. How do you implement design ideas when the best ones are fundamentally unnoticeable?

For designers Arthur Bodolec, Chris Polk, and Nathan Barraille, the answer is in observation. Observing how others have tackled user actions, and making note of what’s worked and what hasn’t. To do this, they created the UX Archive – a site meant for logging examples of popular apps and identifying how their design goes about certain challenges.

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