Wednesday, December 10, 2008

John Gall Book Covers

In today's publishing world, individuality is as quaint a term as dust jacket. Not so for art director John Gall, who brings an original and idiosyncratic design sense to his work for the Knopf Group. Gall’s stylish sensibility, simple but elegant use of typography and quietly rebellious spirit infuse these literary works with an added dimension. Subtle and compelling, his covers play with the perceptions of the viewer in unexpected ways, and to satisfying effect. Scanning the table of trade paperbacks at the local bookseller, one would have no difficulty spotting Gall’s distinctive and visually articulate work.

Aside from having a beautiful cover, A General Theory of Love is an amazing book.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Music Posters by zZz

‘Running with the Beast’ is the title track of the new album by zZz. Roel Wouters made this music video, which resulted in the artwork and a series of posters for the song. Two cocks were colored with Ecoline, then they printed their fight on a sheet of paper. They claim that no animals were injured and no blood was shed.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Old School Hip Hop Flyers

Buddy Esquire, artist, and Phase 2, an aerosol artist, put together these old school hip hop flyers. All pieces are handmade using things like rub on letters, wax machines, Exacto knives, and graph paper, methods that are used less and less today.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Carbon | Hong Kong

Carbon is a creative concept studio specializing in motion graphics, animation, film and video production. Jacky Lo Ching Hang and Fu Pok Yan have created really interesting and often trippy illustrations for publications such as IdN magazine and Shift. Visit their website for more.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Peter Callesen

Peter Callesen transforms simple single sheets of white paper into meticulous sculptures. They form a playful or grotesque narrative, often without the use of color.

Snowballs, 2005
Acid free A4 80 gsm paper and glue

Eismeer (detail), 2006
Acid free A4 80 gsm paper and glue

Down the River, 2005
Acid free A4 80 gsm paper and glue

18,2 cm Tall Tower of Babel, 2005
Acid free A4 80 gsm paper and glue

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Tara Donovan

For over a decade, American sculptor Tara Donovan has transformed huge volumes of everyday items into stunning works of phenomenal impact. Layered, piled, or clustered with an almost viral repetition, these products assume forms that both evoke natural systems and seem to defy the laws of nature.

Nebulous, appearing like a mist over the floor, is made of nothing more than strips of Scotch® tape. Bluffs, nearly five-foot-high forms that suggest mountain peaks or stalagmites, are actually teetering stacks of plastic buttons.

"Untitled (Styrofoam Cups)", 2003

"Untitled (Styrofoam Cups)", (detail) 2003

"Untitled (Paper Plates)," 2003

"Untitled (Paper Plates)," (detail) 2003

Google for more images

Her work is on display at the Boston ICA until January 4.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Laurent Guérin: Photography

Laurent Guérin is a photographer whose work I saw while I was in Montreal. He began as a fashion photographer and moved on to capturing the beauty in everyday events in India and Japan.

Cauchemar (2008)

Sans titre (2008)

Sans titre (2006)

Chevrolet (2007)

Shinjuku (2006)

Counter Void (2006)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Amy Atlas

Amy Atlas is an event planner based in New York City. Their themed tables are so visually stimulating, they're almost too good to eat....... almost.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Lucas Allen

Lucas Allen shoots photography of interiors, still life, portraiture, and fashion.

I really like his interior shots and they make me pine for a pretty little house all my own to decorate.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Cardboard Safari

My friend Kevin pointed me to Cardboard Safari today. They make environmentally friendly taxidermy (made out of cardboard, in case you missed that). Brilliant photos in the product gallery...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Charles & Marie

Charles & Marie curated shopping has become my new favorite for online shopping for things I don't need. The rest of the site is lovely as well and great for precision time killing.

From their description:
"Welcome to our Quintessentials. This is our curated selection of the best products in every single category and happily not necessarily the most expensive. Here you'll find the best garlic press, the best iPod accessory and we will make sure you know about timeless, classic product design to pass on to the next generation as well as the best organic dark chocolate to satisfy those immediate cravings."

Notable products:

S-XL Cake Mould

Salad Sunrise by Droog Design

Sunjar (solar powered lighting)

Phonofone II (sustainable iPod speaker)

Bottle Cap Tripod

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

American Apparel Thermochromatic Jersey Tee

I remember in 6th grade when this kid Billy had a thermo shirt with toucans all over it. The 90's were neat.

See the video of a girl microwaving the shirt to white, then wearing it into the freezer.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008