My good friend and desktop wallpaper contributor Kim Høltermand has started a new project along with Scenic Studio, photographer Tim Navis, and composer Deru to create a visual and aural journey through beautiful Iceland. The idea is simple and sounds amazing, they’ll be creating “a series of short films at various locations throughout the island, inspired by moments of discovery and chance occurrence.” The amount of talent on this project is phenomenal. Not only are Kim and Tim amazing photographers, but the musical talent they have lined up is great as well. Scoring the film will be acts like Shigeto, Loscil, Goldmund, Asura, Tycho, Joby Talbot, Ryuichi Sakamoto and more.
Definitely watch the video above and you’ll see what I mean. It’s such a great mix of beautiful photos and music, you should really think about helping out their Kickstarter campaign and get some more beautiful, inspiring work out into the world.
Humans and animals and nature have a lot in common, which is a fact that constantly fascinates and infuriates many. On one hand, you have people fighting day after day for animal rights and for the protection and conservation of nature. On the other, you have people who blatantly disapprove of global warming and deny the scientific ties between what humans are doing and its affect on nature.
The World Wildlife Fund has been crusading for decades for the conservation of nature. They’ve made it their mission to keep the world safe for all wildlife. For their fiftieth anniversary, WWF has launched a new campaign entitled My World, which is intended to heighten global awareness of issues and hopes to solve them.
To promote the project they created a wonderful video entitled The World Is Where We Live, which compares everyday, human occurrences to that of their natural and animal counterparts. From architecture to locomotion, it’s very clever how they’ve drawn lines between man made happenings and natural, animal made occurrences. The video is really, really great and makes you want to help out and save the planet as much as you can.
Take a look at the video and, if you feel so inspired, please help WWF celebrate it’s 50th anniversary by getting involved in the cause by click here.
The guys over at Shwood,makers of fine wooden sunglasses, seem to be having a lot of fun these days. Recently they teamed up with Keith Hufnagel of HUF to ride around the streets of Los Angeles and to create a pair of Skatebaord Shades, which are made from the plywood of skateboards. It’s a pretty cool process how he makes the glasses and prepares the wood, such as gluing the pieces together (duh) but then he vacuum seals them I guess instead of using clamps? Technology these days! The finished products look pretty slick, though sadly I’m told they’re not for sale, they’re just for fun.
To check out more of what Shwood is up to, click here.
If you’ve not heard of Tinker Hatfield, you’re sorely missing out. Tinker Hatfield was originally hired by Nike as their corporate architect in 1981, designing showrooms and stores. But then in 1985 he was asked to start designing shoes, realizing that designing shoes was going to be a big deal in the near future. He was responsible for designing the Air Max 1, probably one of the most well known shoes with it’s clear window, back in 1987. To me, the guy is a visionary, he’s helped shape the way we look at athletic shoes. He also seems like the nicest guy on earth, someone I’d want to grab a beer with and pick his brain about design. Here’s my favorite quote from the video, which I think is nice:
“When you sit down to design something, it can be anything, a car, a toaster, a house, a tall building or a shoe, what you draw or what you design is really a culmination of everything that you’ve seen and done in your life previous to that point.”
Sometimes, my favorite part of a movie is the title sequence. In this instance we have a very clever title sequence for a movie that doesn’t really exist: a documentary about the history of the title sequence. Directed and edited by Jurjen Versteeg, A History of the Title Sequence pays homage to the influential designers that have changed how important the titles are, and how they can contribute to developing a story. From an interview with Versteeg:
“It seems like the film industry needed fifty years to realise the importance and effect of a good title sequence. The fact that the curtains in most cinemas were closed during the title sequence, signifies how much of an underestimated medium it was. Then you start to realize the impact that designers such as Saul Bass have had. Seeing his work in this context made me appreciate his titles even more.”
It seems bizarre to me that titles used to play behind closed curtains, because it snubs more than just the early illustrators who lettered the titles, it ignores everyone in those titles that actually made the movie possible. Ok, a lot of those folks are in the closing credits nowadays, but the title sequence has really become integral in some instances; setting the scene, the mood or the tone for what we’re about to see. I don’t always remember bad ones, but the good ones certainly stand out.