“As Tears Go By” by The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones

It’s been a rainy couple of days here in Los Angeles, a rarity for sure, but it certainly creates a nostalgic feeling. It made me think of this oldie from The Rolling Stones called “As Tears Go By”, one of the Stones’ first original songs. It’s a lovely song which is a vast departure from their later material, with gentle vocals and lush strings flowing throughout it. If it happens to be raining where you are, open the windows and put this on repeat, I promise it’s perfect.

February 28, 2014 / By

Carrie Mae Smith’s Dinner Paintings

Carrie Mae Smith Painting 1

Carrie Mae Smith Painting 2

Carrie Mae Smith must like food a lot because it’s a recurring theme in her work. A lot her recent works are very woody, of-the-home items but—previously—had included lumber bread and Cheetos sculptures, drawings of utensils, and collages that mash the female body with food. Her paintings best epitomize her interests in food, specifically in prep and dinner service. They study form and let her flex her painting talents by sharing still lives and points of view for diners.

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February 28, 2014 / By

“Let’s Try To Think Of Design As Planned Goodness”

Herman Miller

Earlier this morning I attended a Herman Miller event where they showcased their latest designs and explained the many innovations they’ve made recently. It took place in the Carondelet House, an old, Spanish villa here in LA that was built back in 1928, which provided an interesting foil for the modern furniture. On hand to explain things were Herman Miller Creative Directors Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows, as well as Eames Demetrios, the grandson of Charles and Ray Eames.

Eames gave us a slideshow of how many of the products that the Eames crafted, and Herman Miller still carries, were originally thought up and created, which was especially cool to hear from an actual Eames. There were lots of historical slides, old photos of Ray and Charles, but one slide in particular caught my attention, a quote from Charles Eames.

“Let’s try to think of design as planned goodness, not art art art.”

I find this quote to be so charming. If you ask me, the world needs a lot more planned goodness, and phrasing it that way certainly simplifies the act. As designers our focus should be on solving problems, while being careful to not be distracted by the allure of creating a shiny object. The Eames are the quintessential examples of this, creating objects which are human-centric first but are still extremely beautiful pieces.

February 27, 2014 / By

“Little Fang”, a brand new song from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks

Crazy enough, Avey Tare (from Animal Collective), Angel Deradoorian (from Dirty Projectors), and Jeremy Hyman (from Ponytail) got together and started a new little band called Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks. They posted a song on to the Animal Collective Soundcloud a few weeks back called Little Fang and it’s pretty sweet. Reminds me a lot of Ariel Pink (in a good way).

February 27, 2014 / By

Solvent’s “Burn The Tables” Is A Sparse, Mechanical Jam

Solvent Burn The Tables I Dream Of Wire

There is apparently a documentary coming out called I Dream Of Wires about the rise of the modular synthesizer, a musical tool that has helped in the popularization and accessibility of electronic music. The film explains and shares tales from successful musicians like Trent Reznor to Carl Craig in the hopes of explaining the relationship this item had in forming an entire musical movement. The project comes from a special place as it was written and directed by Robert Fantinatto along with co-writer and producer Jason Amm.

Amm’s involvement is quite significant as he is a respected musician working under the name Solvent. Naturally, his involvement has brought out some new music by way of him soundtracking the project. The first taste of the film’s sound is his song “Burn The Tables,” a six minute crisp, crunchy computerized jam.

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February 27, 2014 / By

Lola Dupre Creates Exploding Collages

Lola Dupre

Lola Dupre

Lola Dupre’s work is blowing up, almost quite literally. A collagist based in Alpujarra de la Sierra, Andalucía, Spain (longest town name ever), she creates these incredible looking collages which explode with energy. There’s also a bit of an op art thing happening, the stark black and white shapes sort of make your eyes go funny. It’s amazing that she has the time and patience to cut all these tiny pieces out and then glue them all together.

You can see more of her work below or by visiting her site.

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February 27, 2014 / By

Nutrition Labels Getting A Much Needed Redesign

Nutrition Label Redesign

CNN reported yesterday that here in the U.S. the FDA is proposing a change to nutritional labels, the first since their inception over 20 years ago. The new design would focus on highlighting the number of calories, adjusting serving sizes to more accurately represent how people eat, as well as the daily values for certain nutrients such as sodium, dietary fiber and Vitamin D.

From a design perspective it’s nice to see a hierarchy introduced, putting calories and serving size front and center. The delineation between sections is also well done, though I think it’s weird to have the percentage of daily values first before you know what it’s a percentage of. Shouldn’t that be flipped back? Either way it’s good to see the government making strides to educate people on what they’re putting in their body. Hopefully this trend continues.

February 27, 2014 / By

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