Yesterday, Sigur Rós released a brand new track and music video called Ekki Múkk in advance of their upcoming album, Valtari. It’s been nearly 4 years since their last album Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, perhaps because Jónsi has been busy with side projects, as I’m sure other band members have been as well.
This new track is nice, a slow and steady 7 minutes of Sigur Rós-ness. That may also be it’s downfall, as it seems like something Jónsi could have made in his sleep. It’s not bad, but it’s not original nor epic feeling like the tracks from Ágætis byrjun. I started writing this post as an “OMG SIGUR ROS” but after listening to the song 7 times on repeat it’s just kinda… flat. Here’s hoping the rest of the album is more exciting. Here’s the tracklist:
1. Ég Anda
2. Ekki Múkk??
8. Fjögur Píanó
Browsing through Dribbble earlier and came across the designer of the new Pay with Square icon, Robert Andersen. I was simply going to tweet “OMG MY BRAIN EXPLODED” but I feel like Robert’s work deserves more love than that.
The image is detailed beyond belief, I can’t imagine where he even started with this. Referencing the holograms you find on credit cards, Robert has created a piece of art that I would absolutely frame on my wall. What’s wonderful to me is that he put so much detail and love into this icon, something that most people (non-designers) won’t give a second thought to. So please take a second, click the image above to see the large version, and soak in the details in this labor of love.
To see more of Robert’s work I’d suggest checking out his Dribbble account. If you get jealous easily you probably shouldn’t click that.
Today is Erik Marinovich’s birthday, so I figured the best thing I could give him was a post about how awesome he is, because it’s the truth. I’m not even sure how we met, though I’m sure Twitter was involved in some way. I’ve posted/worked with Erik a number of times, but if you’re unfamiliar with him he’s one part of Friends of Type, shares a studio space with Jessica Hische and has some of the best damn hand-writing I’ve ever seen. Plus I love his interpretation of Always With Honor’s fox logo!
He recently sent me a little care package, complete with a fully lettered package with an exclusive Friends of Type tote bag inside. I’m happy to admit that I didn’t throw the envelope above away and I fully intend on framing it. It’s a work of art that was made exclusively for me, and I’m proud to show it off. Happy birthday Erik, you talented bastard, and keep up the great work.
Update: One more thing. You should also check out this print he did for 8 Faces, and download the wallpaper he made to go along with it. This guy is unstoppable.
Above are two similar but distinct visions of the future as predicted from the earlier half of the 20th century. The illustrations are from 1946 and 1934, both foretelling a future where we inhabit giant and mobile spheres. In the color illustration, we have an atomic-powered pleasure palace: a gyro-stabilized stack of decks, pools and dance floors. Why? Because of all the free time we were supposed to have after the end of WWII. The black and white illustration promises a future where our houses follow us wherever we move.
Although both proposals may look naive to us now, they confront a limitation of architecture that has persistently interested architects: creating non-static structures. And while there are plenty of projects with large, moveable parts, none have achieved this kind of mobility. It’s simply easier for us to move somewhere new than to drag our old house across the country like a giant ball and chain. The massive amounts of free time promised at the dawn of the atomic age never materialized for the american worker; so the roving plastic pleasure spheres might as well have been other planets.
I was going through my bookmarked blogs last night and noticed that two in particular, while inspiring, are completely on the opposite ends of the spectrum. The first is a Tumblr called STIKNORD, here’s how they describe themselves:
The idea behind this blog was to produce a digital mood board to be used as a part of an on going project at Kolding School of Design. By building a collection of texts and imagery dedicated to the aesthetics of the North, we want to ease the often repetitive, time and money consuming process of constructing tactile inspirational material for each and every project.
As you can imagine the imagery is extremely serene. Lots of beautiful old shacks, minimally designed furniture and beautiful photos of nature. What I love about STIKNORD is how natural and timeless everything they post feels. That you could flee to the countryside and live off lingon berries and take up boat carving.
On the flip-side of that you have Otaku Gangsta, which in effect says fuck all that, there’s a crazy, contemporary sci-fi world out there to explore, let’s start dreaming. Or at least that’s how I interpret it. The imagery on Otaku Gangsta, which is run by Dietrich Groundsel, isn’t all futuristic, but there are certain pieces of imagery from the past that have influenced and reflect a potential future.
Despite how different each of these sites are, I find both worlds equally inspiring. They both manage to appease my sense of taste, almost like left brain and right brain desires being met. I yearn for a simpler existence but I can’t deny the fact that there’s so much more to discover.