A Pop-Up Christmas From The White House

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I don’t know how but President Barack Obama has my mailing address. Perhaps I was an NSA target or wrote for a celebrity’s website: I don’t know. Regardless, two years in a row I have gotten a holiday card from the President and his family.

Last year, the card featured a simple, Americana illustration of Bo running across the White House lawn through the snow. It was quaint and cute and a great introduction to America’s newest sweetheart puppy. For 2013, the Obamas really outdid themselves with a super elaborate, creative holiday *pop-up* card.


December 25, 2013

Clayton Junior’s Great Editorial Illustrations

Clayton Junior - Therapy

Clayton Junior is a London-based illustrator originally from South Brazil. His editorial work is great and I love his use of color and shape. His work feels modern and vibrant and there’s a balance and personality to everything he makes. Over the last couple of years he’s worked with an impressive array of clients including publications such as the New Yorker, Monocle and The Guardian.


December 20, 2013

Shapely Illustrations by Jeremiah Shaw and Danny Jones


Space scenes, dystopia, creatures and everyday objects gain depth and dimension on the daily through the low-poly talents of Jeremiah Shaw and Danny Jones. Housed on their website, Geo A Day, Shaw and Jones illustrate their interests with explorations in in 3D modeling.


December 19, 2013

Otherworldly posters and drawings by Daniela Olejníková

Daniela Olejníková

I’m really digging these illustrations by Daniela Olejníková who’s one half of Studio Limb, along with her partner Damian Herb. What I love about her work is how handmade everything feels. There’s a lots of beautiful irregularities in her work that really gives it all a unique sense of character.


December 19, 2013

‘Rival Dealer,’ a new EP by Burial


These days, there are few musical artists that I find more interesting than Burial. There’s something so intense, dark, and sprawling about the electronic music he creates that differs from anything else I’ve ever heard. His newest release is a three song EP titled Rival Dealer, which continues his dark, musical journey.

You can listen to all three tracks below, but I highly suggest purchasing the album from Hyperdub and supporting artists who are truly shaping the landscape of music.

December 19, 2013

‘Fight Club’ Re-Covered Books Contest Winner: Jared Fanning

Fight Club book cover by Jared Fanning

“Fight club isn’t about winning or losing fights. Fight club isn’t about words. You see a guy come to fight club for the first time, and his ass is a loaf of white bread. You see this same guy here six months later, and he looks carved out of wood. This guy trusts himself to handle anything. There’s grunting and noise at fight club like at the gym, but fight club isn’t about looking good. There’s hysterical shouting in tongues like at church, and when you wake up Sunday afternoon you feel saved.”

The Re-Covered Books contest though is about winning, and we can only have one. There was an impressive turnout for our latest contest with many extremely inspiring designs that could easily find themselves sitting on a bookshelf. Many people took the contest truly to heart, evoking some of the more core themes of the book, like the underlying anarchist nature of the average worker. Unfortunately, we also had some entries that were flat out screenshots from the movie, which should be an obvious no-no. There was also an overuse of blood, as we usually, unfortunately see, and a lot of poor typography choices.

Above them all though I found that Jared Fanning’s cover design was the strongest of them all. Jared, a Michigan resident and currently creative director at Visual.ly, created an artful but absurdist rendition of the cover. It specifically reminds me of this line from the book:

“The shuttle takes me to downtown Phoenix and every bar I go into there are guys with stitches around the rim of an eye socket where a good slam packed their face meat against its sharp edge. There are guys with sideways noses, and these guys at the bar see me with the puckered hole in my cheek and we’re an instant family.”

The phrase “face meat” is pure brilliance. What I also like about Jared’s cover is the wow factor, where if you walked into a book store (do those still exist?) or an airport, this image would immediately grab your attention. The color palette is well done, with the warm reds of the meat contrasting the cooler blues and greens of the background and the man’s coat. I should also mention his font choices, an odd pairing of awkward, hand-done lettering and handsome serif. This highbrow/lowbrow approach gives the appearance that even though in your day-to-day life you might be someone important and well regarded, you still might like to beat people up on the weekends.

I want to give Jared a big congrats for a job well done. Be sure to check back in the new year for a new Re-Covered Books contest. Keep an eye out on our Facebook where I’ll be sure to poll you all for what our next book we take on.

December 19, 2013

Compelling Photographs of Life Off the Grid in Alec Soth’s ‘Broken Manual’

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Broken Manual is a stunning series of photographs created by Alec Soth over a four-year period between 2006 and 2010. Inspired by men who have become disillusioned by society, the series shows the lives of those who have chosen to remove themselves from civilization. Consisting of portraits, landscapes and images of their habitats, the resulting work is a strange, poignant and at times disturbing view of the mysterious lives of a handful of men. Made up of hippies, hermits, monks and survivalists, it’s an amazing look at those who choose to live off the grid.


December 18, 2013

Dark Dreams in Illustrations and Street Art By Cara To

Cara To is a street art artist, painter and creative from Belgium currently living in Hong Kong. Her work is moody and delicate, filled with mysterious girls, detailed tattoos and geometric shapes. She uses monochromatic color schemes, pastel washes and recurring neon elements. Most of Cara’s recent pieces are paintings done on upcycled wood found in abandoned places. These pieces were shown in her solo exhibition at Above Second this past August called Drowning in Dreams.


December 18, 2013