+Toy Story: The Vladmaster
I used to have a View-Master when I was a little kid. I remember the idea of those plastic binoculars being better than the images inside. I always thought it would make a better camera than a picture viewer.
Anyway, the link above is to a rad article about a woman calls herself ‘Vladmir’, who takes the classic kids toy and turns it into a fine art project.
It’s a really good idea, actually. I like that it takes this really simple object and makes it a little more special.
This got me thinking about how the View-Master could be used as an awesome promotional tool, especially for a photographer.
How cool would it be to send your photos to art buyers, magazines and the such, in a View-Master! You could make a custom box for it, maybe silk screen the little round discs… all sorts of options! I’m guessing people have done this before, but I still think it would be so much fun. The picture above is my idea, although, I’d want a purple handle for mine!
Photo courtesy of Laurie Wilson
“I think science is more fun than mythology. People like things like astrology so that they can believe in an invisible world. But there are a lot of invisible worlds in science too. Who has seen a proton?”
There’s an awesome interview with Michel Gondry over at Pixel Surgeon.
Michael Lau, the amazing Hong Kong artist and sculptor has a rad new project out with X-Large and Fingercroxx.
There are six figures in the X-Laugh series, the first few being released on May 12th, and then another two on May 19th, the final one being released on May 20th. Of course, they’re all being released in Hong Kong, so have fun trying to get one.
Why the hell is Takashi Murakami art directing Kanye West’s next album??? Kanye is the most arrogant asshole in hip hop right now, and I personally could care less what he comes out with next. All his old stuff was crap anyway, and I don’t care if he raps about Katrina, that doesn’t make him any good.
The really rad stuff is pouring out of Stones Throw, those guys know their shit.
P.S. I really like the cover… ugh.
I think Dan Funderburgh is basically the modern day master of wallpaper. His patterns are always rich with detail and color, and never cease to amaze me. He’s just recently started to have some of his papers printed through Flavor Paper. I would love to have these all over my house (although maybe not the DFA inspired one above, I might go blind from looking at that pink for too long). Also be sure to check out his other apparel and graphic work on his site. All around amazing guy.
Nonobject is a project coming out later this year that explores designs that border on science fiction. I’ve been apprehensive to post about them so far, because they’re designs have just been a bit too silly for me, such as a spoon made up of lots of little spoons.
But their most recent design preview actually makes a lot of sense.
The image above is an idea for an MP3 player that’s based upon the idea of a pebble. Every MP3 player would have it’s own individual look and feel, and you could find the one that felt best to you. It would also get rid of the sameness that invades most electronic devices these days.
Friends With You, probably the most creative designers out there right now, have just redone their entire website! I absolutely adore FWY, their style is totally amazing and they always create the weirdest/cutest little things out there! Be sure to check out their store as well, which has their new book (which is like a million pages of radness) and there are bumper sticker packs too!
+The iPhone’s Funny Price
This is a great article by Daring Fireball’s John Gruber about the iPhone, and how people need to shut up about the price of it. This is probably the most concise article I’ve read so far about the subject, not to mention the biggest boost of confidence for all of us wanting an iPhone (I will camp out to get one, I don’t care).
Basically, there are lots of phones that cost as much as the iPhone does, and as long as it sticks to Apple’s proven formula, everyone should be happy… except Microsoft, because they’re slowly dying out.