Thursday, May 29, 2008

1977 Citroen 2CV & Dyane Brochure

Okay, so first off... I want one. Particularly the Dyane (green car). I don't know what else to say. I just want it. Bad. Imagine if they made hybrids with similar designs as these? They'd be selling like hot cakes!

Secondly, and this is a question for the Nereims (my mother's side of the family), are any of you reminded of anything by the top photo? If you can remember, there used to be two unusually small cars on Grandma and Grandpa's property that were left to rust in the tall, bug-infested grass. They looked very similar to these and the background could've seriously been taken from various angles on their farm. It just brings me back. So many adventures and memories there. I wonder if the new owners had the cars removed. Any of you know?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

ISO50 - Obama Print

I've been eagerly awaiting the release of this. One of my design idols, Scott Hansen, was asked by the Obama Campaign to create a poster with the title/idea of "PROGRESS". There's a limited amount of 5,000 available (I think now 4,300 remain) so if you're a supporter of Obama and/or great design you can pick one up here. All proceeds go to the campaign. I have my order in!

Scott Hansen is one of the few designers I've come across that has gathered every great aspect of past and present design and seamlessly fused them all together creating his own unique style. He's a HUGE inspiration for me and I'm sure many others. Here are a few other prints I've purchased from his ISO50 Shop:

So good!!!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Takashi Murakami Exhibit

I went to see the Takashi Murakami exhibit yesterday at The Brooklyn Museum with my sister, Kelly, and my cousin, Tomo. It was pretty incredible. His paintings are a bit repetitive at times but the good stuff is insanely intricate and well designed. Unfortunately They wouldn't allow photography within the exhibit so I don't have much to show. But I was able to snap a few in front of a large sculpture he made which was displayed when you first enter the museum. It was also a beautiful day out so I took a few snapshots of us before we went in.

Friday, May 16, 2008

WALL•E Promotional Postcards

Pixar never ceases to amaze me. The approach to promote this movie has been so unique and just seeing these postcards makes me realize how smart Pixar really is. It's considered vintage by most people, but these designs come across more modern to me. Much more sophisticated than the majority of ads being released these days. Maybe it's also because it hasn't been done in a long time, but a style so perfect like this shouldn't be forgotten. I can't wait to see this movie.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Send Your Name to the Moon!


NASA is making it so you can submit your name to be digitally added to a microchip that will be placed within The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

"The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is the first mission in NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, a plan to return to the moon and then to travel to Mars and beyond. LRO will launch in late 2008 with the objectives to finding safe landing sites, locate potential resources, characterize the radiation environment, and demonstrate new technology."

I submitted mine. I really don't see what the benefits are of having a microchip containing your name orbit the moon. But who cares, it takes a second to do and I know I won't be taking any trips into space within my lifetime so it's cool to know my name will be up there forever.

Click the main link above to learn more about The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Metropolitan Museum

The Sogetsu School of Ikebana chose some of their New York based members to create some beautiful arrangements to be displayed at the Metropolitan Museum! Two of those members were my Grandmother (Kazuko Moriwaki) and my Aunt (Shoko Iwata).

When we first walked in, I was pleasantly surprised to see that my Aunt's arrangement (top) was the center piece in the room. It had a strong sweep to it that left me staring at it for a while. Below that was an arrangement done by my Grandmother, and two other members (Yuriko Hiramoto and Jacqueline Lorieo). This one was very interesting in that it had two arrangements almost physically interacting with each other to become one piece. Really beautiful and inspiring work from everyone who participated.

But it had also been a while since my last visit to this grand museum and I ended up having a lot of fun with my Leica camera. Below are some various shots I took throughout the enormous structure.