The new Sony Bravia commercial is out and it looks amazing. It features a ton of brightly colored bunnies running all over the streets of New York, eventually turning into a tidal wave, pieces of ice, a whales tail, and then into a giant bunny. And it’s all done to the wonderful Rolling Stones song, She’s A Rainbow.
Turns out the commercial might not be the most original of ideas.
From Kozyndan’s livejournal:
Its hard to think that people at Passion Pictures did not have this early panoramic of ours in mind when they created this new spot for the SONY Bravia line.
To add insult to injury, someone from Passion Pictures contacted us almost two years ago asking to see samples of our work (including this panoramic) as they were interested in working with us. We sent them samples and then heard nothing from them ever again. (It should be noted though, that the more likely culprit is the ad firm who hired Passion Pictures, Fallon)
The Radiohead Wallpaper Countdown continues today with the release of OK Computer. I spoke a few days ago about how Paranoid Android shaped what I listen to, but I’d have to say this whole album was the main influence. Listening to it over and over again for the past day and a half just reminded me of how brilliant they became on this album. And the amazing thing is that pretty much everyone agrees with how great this album.
I really tried to mimic Stanley Donwood’s style on this one, even using some bits that were used in OK Computer related projects. But overall I wanted it to feel overwhelming, which is what Thom Yorke was writing about, and how he eventually ended up feeling after all of the reviews of the record came in.
I hope everyone enjoys it, stop by tomorrow for Kid A!
I was in Urban Outfitters last week and I was browsing one of the tables with all of the books all over it. Usually it has books like ‘Build This Bong’ or ‘What’s Your Poo Telling You?’, but then I noticed the book above, Olle Eksell; Swedish Graphic Designer. I flipped through it and it was absolutely beautiful book. He must have been a huge influence on a lot designers today, his style seems so borrowed from after looking through it.
Here’s a video flip through of the book to get a sense of his work:
With only 6 days left till, we continue the Radiohead Countdown Wallpaper, which takes us to their second album, The Bends. I remember seeing the video for ‘High and Dry’ on MTV a lot, and wanting to hear the song over and over again. This album showed a much more cohesive structure, and also a few stand out hits like the aforementioned ‘High and Dry’ and ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’.
While listening to this album, I noticed there were a lot of lyrics about things being fake, a lot of water and ocean imagery, and I felt overall like it was more of a personal record for the band. So I went with some medical/x-ray type imagery, sort of referencing the iron lung, being bullet proof, the bends, all sorts of science-y things. It was also semi-reminiscent of the original Stanley Donwood cover as well.
Then while searching for cross sections of the human brain, I came across these truly amazingDigital Dendrology images, and knew instantly I had to use them. They reminded me of fake plastic trees, as they are microscopic samples from branches. But at the same time, they look quite unreal.
There aren’t as many wallpapers this time, because of how the image would have cropped. But all you need to do is throw some black behind your wallpaper, and you’ve got the widescreen version!
Remember, there are still 5 more wallpapers on the way, so be sure to check back tomorrow for OK Computer!
I’ve been a fan of director Neill Blomkamp for a couple years now, so I thought I’d post something kind of comprehensive about him. Mr. Blomkamp was born in South Africa in 1979 and is now currently based in Vancouver. He’s been getting a lot of buzz lately because he’s supposed to direct the movie for Halo. But Fox, who owns the rights to the movie, doesn’t want him to direct it, even though Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings movies and Halo’s producer, handpicked him to do so.
What makes him really stand out is his ability to direct these great hand held features which seamlessly blend robots and futuristic elements into them. My favorite of his is the short above called ‘Alive in Joburg‘, which is about a race of aliens that have come to our planet, but end up getting stranded here and can’t leave. It’s really well done, and even kind of creepy.
For those who’ve been reading my blog lately, you know I’ve been doing a mini-countdown for the release of Radiohead’s new album, In Rainbows. Well, I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do for the next 7 days, that’s kind of a long time, and I wanted to do something exciting. And then it hit me!
FREE DOWNLOADABLE DESKTOP WALLPAPERS!
Here’s how it’s going to work. I’m going to be making a desktop wallpaper for each Radiohead album, which will be released everyday till next Wednesday when the new album comes out. That means the first desktop wallpaper released is Pablo Honey!
Now, Pablo Honey is my absolute least favorite album of theirs, and the cover artwork is horrendous, so I knew I had to really think this one through. I decided thought of the words as separate items, and googled the shit out of ‘em. I found the jar of honey first, which then gave me the idea to stick someone on it. So I started googling ‘Pablo’, and lo and behold, Pablo Picasso showed up! I hadn’t thought of him off the top of my head, honestly, so I was glad to see someone that famous. And who knows, maybe Picasso got cravings for honey? Then I spent a few hours pasting it all together in Photoshop, and there you have it. A new hip brand of Pablo (Picasso) Honey, and a new take on a classic album cover.
Be sure to check back everyday for the next week for a new wallpaper each day!
Tomorrows wallpaper is the The Bends, and I promise you that it’s absolutely nothing like the Pablo Honey one today!
I’m in love with these little vinyl figures created by Jon Burgerman, who created a limited edition run of 500 per character for the Sydney morning Herald. My favorite is the one with the pink hair, she looks like some sort of secret agent. I also love that they come with tiny little papers (which you have to visit his site to see)!
Also be sure to check out Jon’s Downloads section, which has a ton of (free) wallpapers for your computer, PSP, mobile phone, everything.
Last Friday, Coudal started their exciting Layer Tennis again, having Shaun Inman face up against Kevin Cornell with John Gruber of Daring Fireball provide the commentary. The whole thing was pretty interesting. From the start Cornell was definitely doing better, his images and tweaks were definitely more exciting. But in the end, Shaun Inman found his stirde and definitely took off, possibly scoring the winning point with his final submission, which you see above, at the bottom.
I’m pretty excited to see this next match, even if it’s half as good as this last one. Be sure to check it out on Friday, starting at 12PM PST.