Four days ago, Radiohead released a brand new video performing a brand new song that’s never been heard before. I mean, these guys are just unstoppable, it’s like they never stop making music. The song is called Staircase, and it’s from their upcoming Live From the Basement album, though it’s not quite clear when the album is actually coming out. And of course, it’s actually a really great track. It’s a bit better than the songs off the last album, maybe more in the vain of In Rainbows. I can’t wait to hear what else they record.
I feel like, as an Apple lover, I need to share other ideas that are out there as well when it comes to electronics. There are a lot of potential competitors out there, but I wholeheartedly believe that no one has been able to match able in both hardware and software. But when I saw the new Nokia N9, I have to admit I was bit intrigued.
Physically, it looks really on brand for Nokia. It reminds me a lot of the old candy bar phones from the 90′s, which is totally a compliment. The form seems like it would be comfortable in your hand, and the back of the camera looks really clean and simple. Though one thing I noticed is the position of the camera, which may become covered by your hand easily.
The software seems to be pretty smooth, but not perfect in my mind. The field of icons on the home screen seems a bit overwhelming, though the icons themselves are rather well-crafted. I also like that there’s a screen that aggregates all your social networks and messages and notes and all that jazz. That said, it’s not very pretty, it’s quite mundane looking in fact.
Mundane is kind of how I’d describe the entire UI experience, sadly. The idea of swiping to get to other screens, and the lack of one physical button, is an interesting feature, but it certainly doesn’t make me giddy. It’s also interesting that they don’t seem to be showing the keyboard, which I think is a bit odd. Perhaps it’s not ready? There’s also a noticeable absence of phone calls or text messages, but yet again, this may be because it’s still early in production, I don’t know.
I’m highly doubtful that this will end up making a big splash, but I appreciate the effort at the very least. Between this and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 (Microsoft innovating much more, in my opinion), hopefully we continue to see more explorations like this.
Illustrator Kevin Dart has teamed up with Stéphane Coëdel to animate a new adventure of Yuki 7, “a fashionista and spy girl” who kicks ass and looks good doing it. The short was made to promote the upcoming Yuki 7 book of the same name which Kevin illustrated and was written by Elizabeth Ito.
The short is super fun, playing off of all the classic spy stereotypes, like the deadly blonde on the beach and jet planes galore. And the animation itself is really well done, I feel like Stéphane was really able to capture the essence of Kevin’s and perfectly translate it into it’s moving counterpart. If you’re unfamiliar with Kevin Dart I highly suggest diving into his work and seeing all the amazing stuff he’s worked on, the guy is legit.
I guess today is kind of a behind-the-scenes kind of day, which is always fun to me. The Creators Project went and visited United Visual Artists in London, one of my favorite art groups doing the most brilliant things with dynamic lighting in environments. I’ve written about them and their projects multiple times, they always continue to impress, and seeing a look at how they do what they do is pretty rad. I also like this quote from the end of the video:
“It’s not really the newness that interests us, it’s more the unfamiliarity.”
You may or may not know about the super famous Barcelona chair, which was designed by Mies van der Rohe for the German Pavilion in 1929, but after watching this video you will definitely know more about it than most folks. You’ll also be able to point out the fake ones you see across town, which may very well outnumber the real ones considering the price. It’s a beautiful chair, and although I can’t imagine myself dropping five thousand hard-earned dollars for a modernist chair anytime soon, I’ve wanted one for most of my adult life. The ottoman is two thousand dollars.