Richard Hogg is a British illustrator who does some really simple and fun illustrations. The piece above is my favorite, which is a textile design he did for Labour of Love, a boutique in London. Al of the imagery is so rad and old time-y like the cameo, ship in a bottle and the aviary under a bell jar. The colors are also quite fitting. Richard also has a Downloads section where you can snag a couple cool wallpapers and a Shop in case you want a cute print.
Karin Andersson, better know as one half of The Knife and her own solo work Fever Ray, has a new video out and it continues her creepy but amazing streak. The song is a cover of Nick Cave’s Stranger Than Kindness and it’s a pretty good version of, though with some characteristically Fever Ray instrumentals behind it. The video was directed by frequent collaborator Andreas Nilsson who also did the video for If I Had a Heart.
The video features Karin looking like an old woman and there’s a whole bunch of lasers shooting everywhere. Of course it has a really dark ambience to it all or it wouldn’t be a Fever Ray video.Really great song with a really crazy looking music video.
The awesome Andy Smith was nice enough to send me a copy of his new book Blue Inks. The story is about a family of blue folks and their day to day life, all drawn in Andy’s great style. The book comes in a limited editinof 200, all silkscreened, which gives it such a nice tactile quality. This is definitely recommended for kids who will get a kick out of all the weird things the blue inks do, but adults will enjoy it just as much for it’s craftsmanship.
The video above is a glimpse into the new Microsoft Store, Microsoft’s attempt at trying to out-do Apple. It’s only a minute long but I think it gives plenty of insight into these new spaces. In the beginning of the video you see a kiosk through the window with 14 different versions of Windows, which makes me giggle some. After that there’s the cheering mob of cheering people, who we can guess are Microsoft Store employees. This whole parade just sort of reeks of trying to hard, I can’t imagine anyone but a 10 year old (and there are 10 year olds in the video) getting a kick out of such a welcome.
Looking around the store you see the floor to ceiling glass in the front, a la Apple, but really that’s all the Apple-ness I see. On every inch of wall there are displays which seem to display a landscape (maybe?) but then shifts color. I can’t imagine that being a good way to sell computers, distracting people from looking at the products by some Las Vegas-style visuals. The wood in the space is about 14 different colors, so there’s really no consistency there. It looks like the might be selling luggage in there as well.
It also looks like they’re selling about a thousand things in there, which if you look at an Apple store, is about the exact opposite thing you can do. Apple stores are easy because they have a limited number of products for you to try and there’s no nonsense. I cant imagine walking into this store and trying to figure out all the differences between so many computers. I also didn’t see any Zunes which is kind of weird, but I probably just missed them.
I think they’ve totally missed the mark on what a modern technology store is. More than anything this reminds me of a Sony Style store, which is just a ton of random products all thrown together. Yes, people still shop there, but I doubt it’s anything like the business Apple is doing.
This is another post where if you want to comment, please be constructive about it. Yes I know I’m ragging on this store, but I’ve given plenty of reasons why I think it’s crap. If you don’t then I’ll delete it, easy peasy. Thanks for understanding.
I’m really enjoying the ultra-detailed illustrations of Rory Kurtz, a Chicago based artist. Rory works in both ink and paint, creating these kind of surreal images that have kind of an Aeon Flux/Peter Chung feel to them. The people in his work have this distorted, stretched out look to them but they still look perfect and are only made better by all the subtle line work he uses.