Brye Kobayashi Gives iTunes The Redesign It Desperately Needs

Brye Kobayashi Gives iTunes The Redesign It Desperately Needs

Brye Kobayashi Gives iTunes The Redesign It Desperately Needs

I was complaining on Twitter yesterday about the sad state of iTunes, lamenting the fact that it’s current state is confusing and makes me feel like I’m inept. TFIB reader Keorattana Luangrath in response sent a link to a well-done redesign by Brye Kobayashi, a Honolulu based designer. His efforts focus on more intuitive navigation, an expansive, editorial iTunes Store, and a simplified library view.

I think what he nails is the proper hierarchy of information. A left navigation bar is a web standard but as you can see it’s so much more intuitive to browse. You click the nav on the left which adjusts the nav at the top in the right pane. Simple. I also enjoy that he’s applied the iOS styling overall, feels fresh and new.

You can see more of Brye’s process and additional imagery by clicking here.

This Charming Charlie: Playfully Combining Peanuts With The Lyrics of The Smiths

This Charming Charlie: Combining Peanuts With The Lyrics of The Smiths

This Charming Charlie: Combining Peanuts With The Lyrics of The Smiths

What happens when you combine the soulful, emotional lyrics of The Smiths with the beautifully drawn world of Peanuts? You get This Charming Charlie, a mash-up comic that takes the characteristics of both world’s and artfully combines them into brief, angst-filled masterpieces. I believe I’m a bit behind the curve on this though I had to share as it made me laugh. In fact, it was such a big deal that site creator Lauren LoPrete was served a cease and desist, which was retroactively redacted because the Moz was “delighted and flattered” by the site. Pretty badass for a side-project, if you ask me.

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My Favorite “Ceramicists”: Cody Hoyt, Ben Medansky, & Eric Roinestad

An interest of mine that has been rekindled over the past year is the area of ceramics. There’s something about the tactility and the unknown nature of the craft that makes it seem like such an incredible challenge. That’s why I’ve chosen to share a few of my favorite ceramicists, to highlight some of the great work that’s happening in this world.

Cody Hoyt - Ceramics

Cody Hoyt
I knew Cody Hoyt in a previous life. Back in 2009 he was an LA based illustrator and he made this beautifully chaotic wallpaper that I was obsessed with. There was such complexity and depth to the piece and I was madly in love with it.

Nowadays he’s a Brooklyn based sculptor who makes the most amazing ceramic vessels, embedded with swirling, abstract patterns that clearly reference his previous sensibilities but perhaps in a more refined form.

Cody Hoyt - Ceramics

Cody Hoyt - Ceramics

Ben Medansky
Ben Medansky is an incredibly talented guy who has an extremely unique view of the world. This sensibility rings throughout all of his work, usually as some sort of abstract, off the wall piece that you can’t help but smile about. As you’ll see below he’s incorporated a lot of Yves Klein-esque blues, golds, and silvers, that pair so very well with the more neutral colored glazes. Drinking your coffee in the morning could only be more fun with Ben’s mugs.

Ben Medansky - Ceramics

Ben Medansky - Ceramics

Eric Roinestad
Back in July I interviewed Los Angeles ceramics artist and designer Eric Roinestad because I had recently became obsessed with his work. What makes Eric’s work stand out for me is his use of Southern California plant life but also objects like the “shot up tin cans” which hint at the unnatural aspects of desert life. You can visit his site to see the full range of amazing vessels he’s currently working on.

Eric Roinestad - Ceramics

Eric Roinestad - Ceramics

My Favorite “Pair of Shoes”: Singh and Son Kishtee Slip Ons

Singh and Son Kishtee Slip Ons

As a design-y guy my shoe collection tends to lean toward the eclectic. For me the most standout shoes I own would be my Nike Flyknits with their variegated patterns and unusual construction. Yet without fail the pair of shoes that receive the most compliments and remarks are these beautiful shoes by Singh And Son, an updated version of a classic slip-on that has been around for decades in India.

Singh and Son Kishtee Slip Ons

These shoes are named and modeled after a traditional sailing vessel, the Kishtee. They’re also built sturdily like a boat, featuring leather tops that come in a black, brown, midnight blue, or oxblood red, and natural leather soles that age extremely beautifully. I believe it’s the simplicity in form yet richness in material that make these shoes shine brighter than the rest. They also happen to be perfect for a city like LA where we have sunny, amazing weather 95% of the time.

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My Favorite “Vision of the Future”: ‘Wanderers’ a short film by Erik Wernquist

'Wanderers' a short film by Erik Wernquist

'Wanderers' a short film by Erik Wernquist

Being a science fiction fan I can always appreciate the concepts of people who envision the future. This is especially true of Wanderers, a short film crated by Erik Wernquist that explores what our future expansion into the Solar System could look like.

Although admittedly speculative, the visuals in the film are all based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. All the locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available.

There’s a subtlety to Erik’s film that sells it for me. While the locales are exotic the ships and suits are in the realm of believability. At parts it felt like it could be a poignant, artistic version of a Red Bull commercial, echoing the Stratos jump made by Felix Baumgartner.

I think the short beautifully encapsulates the ingenuity and creativity of man. If we can imagine incredible achievements such as these, why would they not be possible?

My Favorite “Coffee Shop”: Go Get Em Tiger

My Favorite "Coffee Shop": Go Get Em Tiger

As designers we tend to glamorize coffee. It’s the “fuel” for our projects, it’s the drink that keeps us motivated late at night. Perhaps you could even say we fetishize it. I’d add to the cult of coffee that we all have our favorite places we love to visit. That one shop that knows you, that knows your drink of choice, that with a glance makes you feel at home.

For me that spot is Go Get Em Tiger, a newish coffee shop that only opened last June but is already seen as one of the best in LA. It’s also the sister site of G&B Coffee which is located in the now trendy Grand Central Market which was named one of the Hot 10 places in America by Bon Appetit. Together they’re doing coffee a little differently, and it’s the little things that really matter.

My Favorite "Coffee Shop": Go Get Em TigerPhoto by @alwaysjudging

I would say the immediate difference between GGET and other coffee shops is the general vibe of the place. Rather than wait in line you belly up to a bar, first come first serve, which makes it a much more casual affair. It also helps if you’re a regular, and within seconds someone can swing by and ask if you want your usual. They’re also seating inside and out, dogs are totally welcome, most of the time the doors are always open, and it’s pretty consistently bright inside the space thanks to the big, west facing windows.

My Favorite "Coffee Shop": Go Get Em TigerPhotos by @candacesmkim & @lifeserial

Their ability to pull espresso shots is impeccable, in fact their barista Charles Babinski recently won the 2015 South West Regional Barista Competition, so you can only imagine the level of quality that’s being served. I’m a purist personally and only order the sweet latte. It’s what you’d think it is, a latte, hot or iced, that’s been sweetened with agave, which gives it a much more mild sweetness compared to artificial sweeteners.

My Favorite "Coffee Shop": Go Get Em TigerPhotos by @ccllim_jy & @jarliek

My Favorite "Coffee Shop": Go Get Em TigerPhoto by @monicais

Overall, Go Get Em Tiger gets all the details right. The perfect drinks, the perfect space, the perfect staff who know how to make you feel welcome. The next time you’re in Los Angeles, this is the place to go.

Go Get Em Tiger
230 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

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