In the past couple weeks I’ve come across a few new blogs that I’ve been enjoying, so I thought I’d share them and see what you think. They’re mostly design related, I think more in the product realm than anything, but I think these folks have a great start to what they’re doing.
1) Black Harbor – I was introduced to Black Harbor through one of it’s members Mike and immediately I was impressed by it’s visual design. It feels really polished and well put together, which makes me want to dive deeper. Mike describes the site as a “Art/Design online magazine” and I’m totally digging it.
2) Pratt // Liam Jeff Rubino – Through my stat counter I can see who’s linking to me and where my hits are coming from, and I noticed that Liam’s blog had linked to me, so I checking it out. I’m not really sure what his story is, all that I’ve sussed out is that he goes to Pratt and he’s got a great eye for design. I’m not usually a fan of Tumblr blogs but this guy knows his art and product design, so scrolling through his site is quite enlightening. Plus I love the general aesthetic with the wood background and big white tiles, it really sets the site off.
3) FRESH01 – This was another blog that randomly linked to me that I lurked to. It’s run by a fellow named Cobus who’s programmed an absolutely beautiful experience. What’s really brilliant about his blog is when you scroll down the two blue dots change depending upon where you are on the site. If you scroll past a photo post you get the date in the left circle and a polaroid shape in the right circle. It’s something you need to experience for yourself, so definitely check this one if you’re a UX dork.
4) Werd – This site was sent to me by it’s owner Marc and I feel like he’s got a really good vibe going on with Werd. It reminds me of Uncrate a bit and feels very masculine to me with it’s choice of colors, fonts and tone.
Definitely visit all of these folks and let me know what you think in the comments. I’m sure all of these blogs would love to hear positive feedback, so if you’re going to be critical at least do it respectfully.
A long time ago in suburb far, far away I was just a kid who was using his internet connection to discover a world beyond anything he could imagine. This was in the early late, late 90′s early 00′s when I obsessed over sites like K10K, Design is Kinky and Newstoday, but there was one site that really opened my eyes, and that was We Have A Problem. They were, and still are, a Seattle based art gallery, though for some reason my younger self never knew that. All I knew was that they had this great batch of really collective people on their site and I was totally smitten and inspired.
But one artist always stood out to me, a guy named Shawn Wolfe. Back in the day Mr. Wolfe created this random, abstract device called Removerinstaller (see this cover) that I think was meant to represent all the random crap that people buy that they absolutely don’t need. But I honestly hadn’t heard anything about him until last week I got an email from the folks over at Subtext Gallery in San Diego saying they were hosting a show by him called Ready. Fire. Aim. I have to say I was kind of shocked, it was like a weird uncle just showed up on your doorstep after 10 years without talking.
The show opens this Friday, February 26 and from what I can tell features a bunch of hand made signs he’s created which all feature witty, but hand made, slogans. Feels very late 90′s, but hell, more power to him. If you’re in the area be sure to pop by and say hi.
You know how you get a song stuck in your head and then suddenly you have to hear it right away? Yeah that’s why I’m posting this song. I was walking to the bus earlier tonight and I was suddenly humming a tune that I couldn’t quite place. Finally I figured out it was Neighbourhood by The Go Find. The Go Find is headed up by Dieter Sermeus, a Belgian musician with an amazing voice and a lot of talent.
There’s just something about this song that makes me really happy, and especially, something really great about his voice. When he sings the part, “We were hanging out, in the neighbourhood…” it just chills me out. It’s kind of got this electronic kind of element to it, plus you have the synths behind his voice just adding to the effect, it’s totally perfect.
If you enjoy this song be sure to check out Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight on Morr Music where the song was taken from. It’s a great and extremely overlooked album from last year.
It kind of felt like the blog needed more color today, so I think I’ve found the perfect solution to this. I was browsing over on design work life, one of my newest favorite blogs which is run by Courtney Doloff who runs a design studio in New York called Seamless Creative. Courtney posted about two separate projects, one was called Chalk Walk by Katie Sokoler and the other was a new gallery show called Crystals & Lasers by MWM in Paris.
I thought they were both so extremely beautiful and I loved that they both had some sort of place in public. Technically most of MWM’s work was inside the gallery, but he did one huge mural on the outside wall which people can soak in. All the colors and facets to his huge mural are so amazing and make me want to paint my own giant mural. As for Ms. Sokoler’s Chalk Walk I just think it’s a cute idea, sort of like cheap interactive art. I’m sure people smiled as they got closer to these colorful footsteps.
Neither of these projects are completely groundbreaking but they certainly make me happy, and that’s the important part to me.
Here’s the thing, I feel like I have very few… real world skills. By this I mean that I’m not really an expert at anything that matters if say, the internet was forever gone. I don’t know how to plant crops, I can’t change my own oil (even though I don’t have a car) and I don’t know how to build a table. And build a table is exactly what I want to do.
Currently I’m using an IKEA Vika Amon tabletop with crap Vika Amon table legs. Don’t get me wrong, it’s actually been a pretty great desk. I’ve had it now for about 5 years now and there are signs of wearing, but other then that it’s still stable and working. But it’s also not big enough, and well, it’s just particle board.
I really want a nice table, something that’s larger so I can spread my crap around, and made of real wood so that, you know, I can hand it down to my kids one day. My question for you is, do you know anyone who can teach me how to make a table? They’d need to here in Los Angeles and I’d be looking to work on the weekends to make it. I’m totally serious about this, I even think it would make for a great series of posts. So if you or anyone you know wants to help me out leave me a comment or shoot me an email.
Update: I appreciate that you all have faith in me that I could do this on my own, but the thing is that I live in a tiny apartment. I have nowhere to build so I was hoping to borrow someones studio space or workshop. If I had any room I would attempt it, but it ain’t gonna happen.