Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Do you use Google Reader? Tired of that bland "Google" look? Head on over to to download a sweet helvetica theme for your reader! Also, since you can see my subscriptions now, now's a good time to ask you - What are YOU subscribed to? Have any recommendations?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

It's at&t. Not AT&T, idiot. Now swallow this semiopaque sphere of confusion!

I thought I hated it, but it's grown on me. Well, the new type at least. Still not digging the awful globe and it's 3D treatment. I spotted the new logo on a store front in the city today (pictured above) and was reminded of the original logo:

The whole idea of that negative spacing on the original is to indicate that it is indeed a sphere. Simple yet effective. Now take that image and actually make it a 3D ball with gradients and transparencies and you get something that defeats the whole purpose of the original design.

Yuck. Just another bubbly, Apple-ish 3D logo. It looks like it belongs on my applications dock. The perspective is all wrong and shouldn't the white be the transparent part? I thought the blue was the solid area. But anyways, whatever. Just thought it was interesting that if you strip away all the 3D treatment it really is nice looking, especially on that large copper sign.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Squarepusher - Just a Souvenir album and Planet Gear video

Since the release of his latest album Just a Souvenir, Tom Jenkinson (AKA Squarepusher) has gone ahead and created this music video for Planet Gear, the 8th track on the album.

From the description on

"The overall concept of this video revolves around images of imaginary astronomical phenomena. I selected a method which I anticipated would be appropriate to the construction of "scaleless" objects, such that one could imagine them occupying planetary sized volumes of space."

The new album is like nothing I've ever heard before. With carefully crafted layers of bubbling slap bass, complex (and erratic at times) jazz drumming, ultra-compressed distorted guitar riffs, vocoders and xylophones, glowing synth chimes and pads, time signature and bpm changes (that I still can't quite understand, which makes me like them even more), rock, prog-rock, punk, house, jungle, slow jams, reds, greens, colors, yellows, blues and purples, whites, GOOD LORD THE WHITES!!!

Okay I went a little over the top there, but you have to hear it to understand. There is no categorizing this album. Go give it a listen. That's an order not a suggestion.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Container Color Systems Poster Set

By Antrepo Design Industry. $100 for all five prints. 18.9x26.8". Huge posters. Definitely wall space available. Logos. Colors. Oh my god, the colors. Rolling over the ADD TO CART button. Somebody please stop me. Soo...aammaaazzii....

Shop for these and other nice prints here.

Friday, November 21, 2008

LIFE Photo Archive Hosted by Google

LIFE and Google have come together and created a HUGE photo archive (10 million scanned photos) spanning from the 1750's to today. Apparently 95% of these have never been seen before! Above are a few photos I liked from my keyword search "plane". You can start by clicking here or by adding "source:life" to any Google image search.

Happy searching!

EDIT: Seriously, what's up with that third photo? It looks like he's flying a missile or something. And the lit up cockpit, it's just such a wicked picture.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Japan Graphic Review Magazine

In addition to my Grandfather's postcards, film negatives, slides and 8mm movies, I also found two large books each containing twelve magazines bind together titled Japan Graphic Review. The content in each magazine is somewhat interesting with black and white photos and Japanese text. But the covers I had to scan. Some pretty cool and vibrant images were used on these. You can view the whole batch here.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Netherland Art

I came across this artist from Chicago. His name is David "Netherland" van Alphen. He says that these are created using acrylic, collage and resin on wood. I would LOVE to have some of these hanging on my walls. You can view more of his work here.

Monday, November 3, 2008

30 Reasons

"30 Reasons is a 30-day email and internet campaign to encourage people to vote for Barack Obama. Our goal is simple: Use design to build a logical, multi-faceted argument for Obama and make it easy to share each reason with another person."

"We enlisted 30 graphic designers to create a poster that represents a reason to vote for Obama. Starting on the October 5th, we will post a new poster online every day and email it to our list. Recipients can easily share the email with other supporters and friends who are undecided."

I thought this was an interesting project. Above is my favorite (graphically) by artist Andrio Abero. You can view the rest of the poster designs here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Kaiju Utopia

I've been following the blog Omni-Monster!!! for a while and can't get enough these. Gotta have 'em all!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Over A Month - No Posts

Wow, I really let over a month go by with no posting? Let's just pretend I've been on a long vacation in Iceland with no internet access taking advantage of their fallen economy, when really I've been sitting at my desk all month with plenty of time to post. Capiche?

Well, above is a selection of random pictures I've taken throughout the past month. I've been doing a lot of scanning recently trying to continue transferring all of my Grandfather's negatives to digital. A lot of really interesting stuff. I'll be uploading everything soon!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Jan Von Holleben Photography

Some of my favorite shots by German photographer Jan Von Holleben. These must have been so fun to setup. It's amazing how much of a sense of movement was accomplished with such static subjects. And the expressions on the kids faces completely sell it. Happy times.