I remember the first time I went to Urban Outfitters, it was the one down the street from Union Square in San Francisco. It was the coolest store I had ever been in. The fact that it was like 4 stories just made it amazing to me. Now near 10 years later, I realize that Urban Outfitters is really over priced and rips off t-shirt designs.
But the one thing I still love, is their graphic and in store design. It’s always consistently well done, they’re current design being done by the EXTREMELY wonderful National Forest. Now they’ve taken the style that they carry so well and translated it into a blog. So far it seems pretty cool showcasing magazines, music videos, bands… although it seems like most entries are somehow tied into the brand of the store. The formatting of it is really interesting as well, with the entires being divided up by place, like Los Angeles or London, instead of category.
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Black Cloud advertisement by Ogilvy Beijing.
The picture above is an ad for WWF’s 20 ways to 20% campaign running in China. It encourages and informs people that even the smallest change helps some, especially in a country with over 1.3 billion people. I love the entire execution of this. Visually showing how much your car pollutes per day makes it all the stronger, but the black cloud is kind of cute at the same time!
I had to post a picture of Kozy and Dan’s school of wooden bunnyfish! These have to be the cutest things ever! I guess they have almost 50 of ‘em, ranging in size from 5.5 – 18″ long. They’re creating them for a show in June at Magic Pony. It’s too bad that Magic Pony is all the way up in Toronto, Canada!
I just wanted to put out a reminder that the I Am 8-Bit show is tonight! The show goes from 7-11PM, and it should be absolutely amazing and totally fun. I’ll be there rocking a red hoodie and a seafoam ghostie tee shirt!
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Stacks has a few new t-shirts over at Beams.
The theme for Stacks 2007 spring/summer season is based around Mr. Stacks. These are some of the best stuff they’ve put out in a while, I have to say. My favorite is probably the purple apple man… but mostly because I’m on a purple kick.
Becca, my friend and co-worker here at my job, introduced me to This American Life a few months ago. For those who don’t know, This American Life is basically one man, Ira Glass, who puts together a radio show based around a different theme every week.
In his own words:
“One of the problems with our show from the start has been that whenever we try to describe it in a sentence or two, it sounds awful. For instance: Each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. That doesn’t sound like something we’d want to listen to on the radio, and it’s our show.”
The truth is, it’s always interesting, and you always find yourself laughing or smiling or crying. I think when you have truly interesting individuals creating something that they’re honestly interested in, you end up with something amazing. Mostly, the show is about people. It’s like when you’re sitting at the mall watching everyone going by, except you get to hear the ins and outs of everyone’s odd little lives.
His show is so good in fact, that it’s becoming it’s own TV show on Showtime. Chris Ware, one of the most talented illustrator/designers out there, has animated a short segment for it. It’s about a kid who makes a movie camera out of a cardboard box and toilet paper rolls at school, which ends up starting a trend of everyone having their own camera. But the kids end up losing themselves behind their cameras, and well… just watch it yourself.