Date Archives 2013

Siri Bunford takes us behind-the-scenes of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ in this clever commercial

Siri Bunford takes us behind-the-scenes of Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' in this clever commercial

Siri Bunford created this amazing spot for Channel 4’s Stanley Kubrick Season, which gives a fictional, behind-the-scenes look at the production of The Shining. The commercial is done in one continuous gliding shot that explores the “back alleys” of the shoot, glimpsing many of the memorable characters and props from the film. The music and the pacing though still give off the creepy vibe of the film, which is what really makes this a true gem.

Instagram takes aim at Snapchat with new Instagram Direct feature

Instagram takes aim at Snapchat with new Instagram Direct feature

This morning, Instagram added a new feature they’re calling Direct, which allows you to send Instagrams to a specific person or persons.

There are, however, moments in our lives that we want to share, but that will be the most relevant only to a smaller group of people—an inside joke between friends captured on the go, a special family moment or even just one more photo of your new puppy. Instagram Direct helps you share these moments.

This feels a lot a fuck you to Snapchat, who Instagram owner’s Facebook offered $3 billion to buy their app, only to be turned down. A feature like this would have been in the works for a while though as it’s a brand new build of Instagram. Personally, I feel like the old man who wants the kids off his lawn with this feature. At 31 I can’t find any reason to use Snapchat, and if I want to send a certain person/persons a photo I’ll simply text it to them. It’s certainly possible that I’m not the audience for this feature, but it also seems like the Instagram product is getting more diluted as time goes by.

Hannah Warren’s Nordic Map Is As Striking As It Is Beautiful

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I’m a sucker for maps. I’m also a sucker for Northern Europe. In fact, I’m also a sucker for beautiful art books with great illustrations, so it’s really no wonder that I’m bowled over by this beautiful map created by the London-based illustrator Hannah Warren. Commissioned by Phaidon, the map is part of a book about the award-winning Danish restaurant NOMA. Hannah’s illustration really captures the idea of the cold and rugged Nordic landscape and it fits perfectly with the design of the book.

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An Interview with Kai Brach of Offscreen Magazine

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Print-only publications are a rarity nowadays. And one guy running it? Unheard of. Yet that’s the story of Kai Brach and his self-described “old-fashioned” magazine, Offscreen. Exploring a more human side of tech, Offscreen is a beautifully designed publication with quality only possible in print.

The next issue is due out at the start of next year. And with Kai’s Christmas Wishlist giveaway having just begun, it’s a good time to check Offscreen out.

We spoke with Kai about what it means to run a print publication today: the challenges, process, and vision Kai has for what makes Offscreen different.

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Tender Yet Compelling Paintings by Katty Maurey

Katty Maurey

There’s a softness in this work by Canadian illustrator Katty Maurey that I just find utterly enchanting. It’s hard to put into words, but her images have a tenderness and a sense of contemplation about them that I’m just totally drawn to. Her soft pastel colors seem to create imagined scenes of simple moments, but in their simplicity there is a really beauty.

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A carpet “woven” from plastic watches by Heidi Voet

A carpet woven from plastic watches by Heidi Voet

In 2011, artist Heidi Voet created this fantastic carpet, titled Is six afraid of seven/ ’cause seven, eight, nine / I’m about to lose the pieces I find, made out of 4,000 digital wristwatches, weaving them into a beautiful and elaborate pattern. Incredibly, all of the watches were also set to the same time and same alarm, meaning they’d all go off at the very same time… for a while.

Is six afraid of seven/ ’cause seven, eight, nine/ I’m about to lose the pieces I find is an elaborate carpet woven together from over four thousand, multicolored watches all set to the exact time. (…) at intervals throughout the day, the watch alarms simultaneously ring in a symphony of digital chimes. Over the course of the exhibition, the watches will inevitably malfunction, losing their synchronicity and eventually sounding like an out of rhythm and out of tune orchestra. Thus, as the title of the work implies, the march of time is subtle yet unceasing and its cumulative effect results ultimately in dissolution and increased chaos.

A carpet woven from plastic watches by Heidi Voet

A carpet woven from plastic watches by Heidi Voet

Concert ticket redesign concept by Matthew Lew

Ticketmaster redesign concept by Matthew Lew

Ticketmaster redesign concept by Matthew Lew

California College of the Arts student Matthew Lew became a volunteer usher at venues so he could see his favorite bands perform. A smart move for a college student, but as a student of design, all he could focus on was how poorly designed the tickets were. So he decided to do a straightforward redesign, getting rid of poor type and duplicative information to truly help the ticket holder find their seat.

In his post on Medium he does a good job of outlining why the design is poorly done, the research he did in ways of improving the tickets, and what he’d change for his redesign. I think my only note is that the background image of the artist makes it feel a bit noisy, where some of the smaller text gets slightly more difficult to read at a glance. Otherwise, I think it’s an idea that’s been well thought out and equally well executed.

You can see his full explanation by clicking here.

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014, Radiant Orchid, Reminds Us the Importance of Color

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Out with the emerald, in with the… purple? Pantone has recently announced their selection for 2014’s Color of the Year: PANTONE 18-3224, or better known as Radiant Orchid. Referring to it as an invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid “encourages expanded creativity and originality,” says Pantone. Whether you agree with Pantone’s selections or not, the “Color of the Year” is a friendly reminder to the designer in everyone to be conscious of the use of colors.

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Yule Log 2.0, a digital interpretation of the holiday classic

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The yule log is traditionally a piece of hard wood that burns for hours on seasonal holidays like X-mas. But fireplaces seem like a far off dream for many of us renters, who prefer a monthly rent over a pricey monthly mortgage.

That’s where Yule Log 2.0, a digital version of the holiday routine. Curated by Daniel Savage and built by Wondersauce, the site features 66 different yule logs interpreted by all the best artists and designers out there. My personal favorites are by Greg Gunn, Erica Gorochow, and Chris Lohouse. Turn the heat up and throw this on the TV!

Yule Log 2.0, a digital interpretation of the holiday classic

Yule Log 2.0, a digital interpretation of the holiday classic

Yule Log 2.0, a digital interpretation of the holiday classic

Erlend Oye covers Wham’s “Last Christmas”

Not sure where this came from but I’m loving this Erlend Oye cover of Wham’s X-mas classic “Last Christmas”. It’s already my favorite X-mas time song, but hearing Erlend do his Kings of Convenience-esque version is kind of a dream. Definitely brings the song a much more somber tone, perfect for the winter.

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