Most of the time it’s pretty easy to tell when you come across a talented illustrator, but when they’re not only skilled, but clever as well, then you have a real artist. That being said, I would definitely put 23 year old Olimpia Zagnoli in that category. Olympia emailed me last night that she had updated her site, so I went to check it out and I was so excited I did. Her style is extremely simple but it also communicates really clearly. I love her 15 Ways To Sleep On A Train which you see above. I’m not a big train rider, but it makes me think of the awkward positions I get into when I fly on a plane.
Also be sure to check out her Anatomy of a Tissue Paper which shows what our insides look like, but represented in a vague sort fo way because, who really knows what they’re spleen looks like? Wonderful work, go pay her a visit.
Arthur C. Clarke passed away earlier today which is pretty sad. The guy was a one of a kind visionary, writing over 100 books, a ton of things named after him, including a dinosaur. I remember reading not too long ago about how he tried to convince the city of Los Angeles to create trains and subways to go through the city instead of building more freeways. Now looking back I’m sure people are kicking themselves as gas soars toward $4 a gallon. If only they would have listened to him things could have been a lot different.
Arkitip has a new preview of issue No. 0045, and it looks like it’s gonna’ be pretty amazing. So far all there is to see are these shots of the red envelope the issue comes in, but that’s not the exciting part. The exciting part is the names that are stamped onto the envelope; Cody Hudson, Evan Hecox, and Todd St. John. Each stamp is was written in Evan Hecox’s handwriting which is kind of cool as well. Those three names on the envelope are totally enough for me to buy the issue, which comes out tomorrow.
My Rights Versus Yours by The New Pornographers
Myriad Harbour by The New Pornographers
A lot of the time I can say I’m pretty hip when it comes to new music. But then other times I’m completely clueless and later on can’t understand how the hell I hadn’t listened to a band sooner. Well that’s what sort of happened with The New Pornographers.
I’d listened to The New Pornagrapher a few years back and never really got into them. I really liked A. C. Newman, but wasn’t really into the rest of the album. But I recently got their album Challengers and I’m really loving it.
The album starts out really strong with My Rights Versus Yours, which sounds somewhere between the Beach Boys and Belle & Sebastian and is probably one of the strongest openers I’ve heard in a while. After that they go all over the place, like I can’t put a style on most of the music. Myriad Harbour is another favorite of mine with some vocals by Dan Bejar. I really can’t say enough about this album, it’s a completely awesome record in it’s entirety.
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now so I’m glad I’m finally getting around to it.
The D/A Clock was created by Alvin Aronson and is a pretty neat idea. Instead of having traditional hands or a digital display, the numbers slowly push themselves through the surface, transitioning from one to the next. It’s kind of beautiful how simple the idea is, and being all white definitely helps as well. Check out the video to see the clock in action. The transition is so subtle that I hardly noticed that it started to change.