This week’s desktop wallpaper is a gem that I’ve been holding on to for a while, way too long in fact, but sometimes I need to save some of these for a while to surprise you all. The wallpaper was designed by John Solimine, who some of you may know better as the guy behind Spike Press. John is an amazing illustrator and does some of the best concert posters out there.
His wallpaper features some cosmonauts obviously getting ready to blast off into space. John was stoked to be able to do a full color illustration cuz’ most of the time he has to stick to 3 or 4 colors for the posters he does. This looks like a kind of cartoon from the 70′s where you’d get an explanation of what NASA does and the astronauts would talk about what they do.
826LA is taking pre-orders for a new series of time travel related posters designed by Amy Martin, and boy do they look amazing. Working along with copywriters Mac Barnett and Jon korn, Amy has created some really fun and vibrant posters that help you remember the joys and perils of time travel. The colors, type and textures really make these posters pop, and for only $20 each they’re totally a steal.
If you needed a better reason to order them, all of the money goes to 826LA’s programs, so you know you’re helping kids when you buy these posters. Get a cool poster, help some kids, feel great.
Wired recently asked some designers from around the web to redesign the aging look of Craigslist. It’s simplified structure hasn’t really been changed much since it’s inception, why fix something that isn’t broke? After seeing these redesign ideas though, I think there could definitely be some room for improvement.
Pretty much every designer kept their designs with an ultra-minimal text only look, but it was how they dealt with this text that was really important. My hands down favorite is Khoi Vinh’s from nytimes.com. He suggested making it more like a web app, placing the search box prominently at the top and taking away the distracting grey backgrounds. What’s left is a clear and concise display of all of the services you could be looking for.
I constantly get catchy beats in my head, so I had to share this gem of an ad. It’s for the free discount/coupon paper Hot Pepper, featuring Snoopy and Japanese pop star Kaela Kimura singing the best song I may have ever heard. I just can’t stop listening to this! And she’s so cute too, dancing around in her little tights and oversized shirt. I dare you to not play this over and over.
These little gents popped into my inbox this morning and I thought they were pretty rad looking. Called Gentlemen, these little guys make up a simple mobile that you can hang over your little bambino, or in my case, perhaps in my kitchen or bathroom. I think the guy on the right looks like Napoleon, and the one on the left is some sort of Swiss mountain climber. Designed by Our Children’s Gorilla.