Paper, probably the best sketching app made for the iPad, has expanded their offerings from digital to physical with the release of their new stylus, Pencil. This is no ordinary stylus though, Pencil has palm rejection technology, a built-in eraser, and a tapered tip to allow for a variety of brush strokes. It also charge that lasts for about a month, but recharges in only 90 minutes.
Physically, it takes it shape from the carpenter pencil, revitalizing the classic design for our modern world. It also comes in two materials, a beautiful walnut or a graphite colored aluminum which has a bit more weight. It’s honestly a beautiful object despite it’s purpose and I think it’s really admirable to see FiftyThree, creators of Paper and Pencil, branch out into a physical product.
Lastly, if you’re not interested in sketching, you might be interested in the design of the Pencil site, which is a lovely experience in and of itself.
As a dude, I find it’s best to keep your daily carryables to a minimum. You really only need three things: your wallet, your phone, and your keys. Clever ideas like Coin are already shrinking your wallet, and I believe in keeping a trim keychain as well. I only have a door sensor, three keys (one of which is a Makr bottle opener key) and this tiny charging cable by Kero which has saved my butt a million times.
Still, you get that awkward bulge of keys that most of the time, and Hard Graft has a fix for it. They call it the Draw Key Pouch, a simple leather holder for your keys. It’s not a new idea, but it’s one that’s been refined thanks to their high level of taste and appreciation for well made goods. As you can see in the photos above and below, the details of this piece are perfect in every way.
Finding uniquely designed shoes which are also well made is rare these days. But Velt, the debut footwear line from Stefan Rechsteiner and Patrick Rüegg, hits that nail squarely on the head, producing a small collection of leather boots which seamlessly blend contemporary design with age-old techniques.
Velt is a footwear label designed by Stefan Rechsteiner and Patrick Rüegg that explores the possibilities of new, contemporary shoe design produced using classic methods. Its success is based on a creative idea and conceptual dialogue that allows the appropriate results to be accomplished with conventional materials.
There something wonderfully amorphous about Blue Sky Black Death. The homies never stop working, and it is never the same old shit. One moment they’re dropping some hard-hitting beats with one of rap’s up and coming stars, the next they feel like sweeping you away into post-rock ambient haze. Few musicians stray outside of their own boundaries; Blue Sky Black Death asks which one are left to break. Maybe that’s why they’re one of the most exciting acts on the West Coast.
Their fourth LP, Glaciers, came out a month ago and already (pardon the pun) has made waves for shoegazers everywhere. An ambitious record, both the format and style are decidedly noncommercial. Five tracks, spread out over sixty minutes, might be the finest articulation of electronic shoegaze music in the past few years. At times the listener drifts into the empty cold of trip hop, in others, a symphonic euphoric elation. Listen to ‘II,’ a track which oscillates between a meditative trance and a joyous exaltation over eleven minutes. Whether you want to listen actively or put the record on in the background, Glaciers is great in both respects. Check out the soundcloud stream above and go their bandcamp, where, if you’re lucky, you might snag one of the first vinyl pressings of this excellent record.
It’s something special when a photographer can take a typically dull object and turn it into something beautiful. That’s exactly what photographer Daniel Evans has done here with a series of photographs of everyday plastic bags. For me, Evans’ work is simple and uncomplicated but it’s also utterly brilliant.
Taking the bag and shooting it against a plain colored background, he manages to find beauty simply with the use of light and color. It’s almost magical how he turns something so mundane into something that looks so special. The use of pinks and powder blues are just perfect and the finished work is minimal but visually arresting. I love it!
As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m a big fan of Hvass&Hannibal, the Copenhagen based studio who always seem to have incredible new projects in their portfolio.
Swedish illustrator Martin Nicolausson is a graphic designer and illustrator with abstract sensibilities. He creates pieces made up of these really odd, colorful shapes that are usually shaded just so, giving them a depth and texture at please the eye. I actually think his self-written bio is a spot on way to describe to describe his approach.
I’ve been living in London for more than two months and I’m only now just starting to properly learn all of the city’s boroughs. Fortunately illustrator and designer Jack Noel is putting together an ongoing series of prints that celebrate the character and personality of each of these main central boroughs and they look fantastic!