Sunday, September 30, 2007
Unless you have been in a coma you probably know that Halo 3 came out on Tuesday, er... Monday night at midnight. I took the week off to play, and to help my good friends Nora & Sean (or as my wife and I call them Shnora), but to mostly play. I have to say I was super excited at first, then I got sort of bored of it, then I got juiced up again about it. At the moment, I have to say it’s a love hate thing as with Halo 2. I am doing well on the online rankings, I am in the top 15% of the nation in my favorite matchmade style called Lone Wolves with a higher than 30 ranking. I love that there is no longer a noob combo, or that the sniper is not a weapon everyone can use easily. Overall I think the game takes much more finesse and much more strategy. I do feel the melees are far too strong and are pretty much the most commonly used method of destruction, just look at everyone’s stats if you don’t believe me. Anyways, I still love the game and I am happy to see it here. My gamertag is themaskisback and I would love to join up for some ownage. Also, check this and this if you are a Halo fan.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I used to skate, back when I was like 8-14 in age. Recently my wife saw a family skating down Ocean Park and it made me think, maybe we should do that. So it inspired me to try to track down my beloved boards of the 80s on ebay. I have always been into deck art. Not the trendy stuff you see now-a-days. Although some I have seen by my peers have been pretty dope and I was even going to do a deck for Element but it fell through. I did however come across the link to this site that sort of tracks the history of skate decks. I must say, from what I have seen it looks like an AMAZING collection of images that will inspire me for many a days.
I am SUPER into these ads done by a couple of my favorite designers/illustrators for the Economist. They are simple and powerful messages that have somewhat re-sparked my desire to get that poster going that Stephen and I have been talking about doing to promote walking. I love the Non-Format ad pictured above. It‘s so simple yet so perfect. I’d love a large print version to hang in our dining room against the bold red accent wall we painted. See all of the ads here.
Still Room Studio is the online portfolio of illustrator/artist Jen Renninger. What initially caught my eye was her studies on mid-century furniture a-la Eames. I am a big fan of mid-century furniture, like most artsy fartsy types, and really dig her style in which she did these tributes in. Her other work is really nice too. It’s warm and cozy like a vintage ad from the 50s. You can buy prints of her work at her Etsy store. I may get the Eames lounge chair print.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
So I updated my site a couple weeks ago. I am super stoked about the response it has gotten. I am very excited to see so many positive responses. I would like to thank a few people for their awesomeness. Bran, thanks for the post on motionographer. You really were too kind. Stephen, thanks for the posting on Revolver Lover. Many thanks! Vianney and Ravi thanks for posting twice in one week on ntmy.org. That was a pleasant surprise considering I don't know you guys yet. Thanks to Phirebrush for making me their site of the week last week. Thanks to Ashley and Molly for your amazing support. Thanks to Media Temple for the amazing hosting services, and the private server. Thanks to all the studios for keeping me in business. Thanks to Sianey for defending my honor from the peanut gallery on motionographer. Thanks James for the kind words, I wish I could make it to OFFF to hang out with you. And finally, thanks to Bungie for releasing Halo 3 in 4 days. Ok, so that about covers it for now. Sorry if I left anyone off this list.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I thought I would just take the time to share the sunshine of our little miracle Molly. If this doesn't brighten up your day then you have no soul. She takes after her mother with the whole photogenic thing. Here she is posing at the Huntington Dog Beach outing we had this passed Sunday. Not enough sunshine for you, try this on for size.
I came across this little gem of a blog devoted entirely to record envelopes lost from the golden age of design and illustration. You’ll find so many beautiful little masterpieces to feast your eyes on. Very groovy. Take a little vist.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Here is the latest compilation from my Bohemian Modern collection that I have hand picked. This particular mix reflects the moods of a cocktail party from the hills atop the Santa Monica Mountains from Sunset Boulevard looking down on the ocean. Enjoy this mix while sipping a Hendrick’s Martini. And again, right click to download.
(1) Ornella Vanoni - L'appuntamento
(2) Amon Tobin - Nova
(3) Koop - Waltz for Koop
(4) Brazilian Girls - Lazy Lover
(5) Cibo Matto - Aguas de Marco
(6) Madlib - A Song for My Father
(7) Alice Russell - Sweet is the Air
(8) Maxwell - Segurança
(9) Money Mark - Use Your Head
(10) Autour de Lucie - Chanson de L'arbre
(11) Piero Umilani - Crepuscolo Sul Mare
(12) Savath & Savalas - Te Quiero Pero Por Otro Lado....
(13) Nouvelle Vague - O Pamela (The Wake)
(14) Morcheeba - Sao Paulo
(15) Bebel Gilberto - Samba Da Benção
(16) Astrud Gilberto with George Michael - Desafinado
(17) Herb Alpert - Lemon Tree
(18) Money Mark - Rain (NYC)
Monday, September 17, 2007
I am really digging the clothing label Artysm based out of France. Super simple design mixing materials, patterns, and graphics in a very clean and modern way. Something about this label just feels fresh without feeling too trendy or “street.” Street style lately has been sort of lame. I am over the hoodies with all-over prints and $80 tees. I don’t like everything they are selling yet the majority would look nice in a maturing hipster’s closet. I am hoping men my age can phase out the tees and sneakers and return to a more polished look. Labels like this can be a nice transition to dressing more mature. Check more out here!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
So this isn’t exactly a bowl you can eat cereal out of yet it still fits with the theme of the last couple of posts. Wanderlust Designs made a rad light that looks like glowing fruity pebbles. Why would you want a glowing bowl of cereal, why the hell wouldn’t you want one. Whatever the case may be it must have been popular because it is sold out at Etsy for the moment. I hope it comes back into stock so I can get it.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Miam Miam Mushroom bowl looks like an Eero Aarnio chair inspired cereal bowl. If you like mid-century modern furniture then this is THE bowl to eat your Captain Crunch from. I personally would pair Honey-Nut Cheerios in strawberry milk with this bad boy. Anyways, buy it at United Brands.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Ok, I love cereal. I also love yogurt and granola. I am also loving the idea of enjoying my favorite breakfast meals in cool serving dishes. I bring you a new series of posts dedicated to just this. Sweet ass cereal bowls. The first comes from Frenchknicker. I love the idea of using a milk drop as the formation of the bowl. Very clever, very cool. Cereal never looked more tasty than it does in this bowl.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Design & Typo have a great collection of images from the most influential and inspirational designer of all time. He is a legend. His work was completely ahead of its time and to me still seems fresh and modern. He also designed my favorite typeface which is Avant Garde. I have the t-shirt to prove it. It’s by far the sexiest typeface in terms of clean modernity and legibility. The gothic alternatives are still a go-to trick for many designers. I even paid a little homage to Herb with the update of my site. An astute eye will make a notice of it. Herb, I am probably speaking for many designers such as myself when I say, “thank you.”
Saturday, September 8, 2007
The Little Friends of Printmaking do some really fun and colorful work. Their posters are, as you guessed it, pretty cheap too. Go grab them now because they sell out quick. Here’s a little background info on them too for those who aren’t familiar with them courtesy of youworkforthem. Enjoy!
Burlesque Design has done some pretty dope and trippy posters. Most are for show promotions and all of them have a 60s/70s psychedelic vibe that I am all about. Most are at a triptastic $20 to $25 price range and are all screen printed on good paper. I bought a dope-ass Dr. Dre the Chronic poster that they unfortunately don’t have anymore. What is even more unfortunate is that my wife Ashley won’t let me hang a poster of Dr. Dre now that we’re married. Bummer! If anyone wants it I may part with it for a trade. It’s never been hung before and is super dope. Let me know if you’re interested.
Chris Lee is a pretty talented dude I met while freelancing at Buck. He does some really fun illustration work with a retro vibe to it. I spent a good 20 minutes or so trying to figure out which movies all of the characters from this poster came from. It’s for sale for only $15 at Gallery 1988. What a steal of a deal.
Friday, September 7, 2007
So a friend asked me recently, “do you know of any cool online poster places?” After spending some time going through my del.iciou.us bookmarked sites I came up with a few. Over the next few days/posts I will put some cool places to buy inexpensive art/design. Most of them, well I should say all of them, will probably cost you more to frame than to buy. These aren’t originals, mostly digital prints but they still look amazing and any wall would be happy to have it. So I bring you my old faithful, Aesthetic Apparatus who make amazing show posters for great live shows. They cover the gamut in styles and genres and are all screen printed. They are all around $20 or so which makes it even better. If you like one though, act fast because they sell out quickly. I made the mistake of waiting to buy the Roots poster they did and I still regret it to this day. Anywho, enjoy.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Wired Magazine has an interesting article about Eco Capitalists who are buying patches of forrests around the world to not only help protect our planet but to make money. I am glad we are finally all starting to make a change in the way we think. The government is now putting prices on how much mother nature is worth. I also wanted to let you in on a cool project me and Stephen Kelleher are going to begin very soon. We are designing a poster in collaboration to help promote walking. Lately I have been walking everywhere, to work, to get groceries, to go to the beach and such. I don't drive some big SUV or anything but even cutting down on needing the Mini will help cut down on the amount of pollution I put out. I want to try to get other people I know to embrace this philosophy. Besides, it'll get you off your keister and get you some excersise. Look for the poster soon.
Monday, September 3, 2007
So As I mentioned earlier I was going to post up some hand-picked mixes I made this year. Here is another one from my “Bohemian Modern” series. This is named after a hip little street in Venice called Abbot Kinney. I just thought if encapsulated the vibe of this little area. Enjoy!
(1) A Tribe Called Quest - Description of a Fool (Remix)
(2) Cee Lo - Closet Freak
(3) Amy Winehouse - Rehab
(4) Q Tip - That’s Sexy (feat Andre 3000)
(5) Madlib - Montara
(6) Georgia Ann Muldrow - Larva
(7) Gnarls Barkley - Smiley Faces
(8) Outkast - Prototype
(9) People Under the Stairs - LA Song (Sensitive Mix)
(10) Blackalicious - Make You Feel that Way
(11) Little Brother - The Way You Do It
(12) Diverse - Build
(13) Alice Russell - Hurry On Now
(14) Cody Chesnutt - Six Seconds
(15) Nikka Costa - I Want A Little Sugar in my Bowl
(16) Sia - I Go To Sleep
(17) Amy Winehouse - He Can Only Love You
(18) Black Eyed Peas - Bonus Instrumental
Saturday, September 1, 2007
So I have a slightly new musical obsession. I first heard the song "My Moon My Man" on KCRW and was instantly hooked. I immediately got her 2 albums and have been listening non-stop ever since. Even when we were in Paris I couldn't escape her clutches. Her posters were all over the subways and at a hair salon I heard her playing. Feist is a former member of another favorite, The Broken Social Scene, and hails from Canada. Her music is soothing sultry jazzy indie pop. She covers all the bases really. I’d say from her 2 releases so far EVERY song is amazing. Go have a listen and you will see why I love her so. And she’s cute to boot.
So for those of you, who are like me who bought your iPhone the day it came out, have realized what a slippery bar of techy soap it is. I bring you the solution. Incase's rubber protective cover. It’s a cool way to protect your phone while retaining the sexiness that allured us to the phone in the first place. It boasts the features of, maintaining access to all ports (that’s what she said), form fitting construction, camera lens cut-out, and anti-slide materials. It also has a cool topographic pattern that sort of looks like a wood grain. I bought it for mine and you should for yours too. It's relatively cheap at about $30 so go snatch one up now!