When I think of celebrities who have an interest in architecture, I think of folks like Brad Pitt rebuilding New Orleans, Moby blogging about Los Angeles or (when I’m being absurd) Barbra Streisand with her “passion for design.” Now, I can add Diane Keaton to my list without being absurd at all. Keaton has recently published a book called House that she wrote with D.J. Waldie.
You can read interviews with Keaton about her new book here and here. Some of the photos of the houses in the book are Keaton’s own, and if you’re curious as I was about what the book might say concerning houses, here is a quote: “I think, that good buildings accommodate everything they must, remember all they can, and then fall silent enough, allowing daydreaming to begin.”
Everyone knows who we are, yet no one knows who we are.
Seven years ago the first 13 graduates of this secret society made their entrance into the world, indoctrinated with a spirit of collaboration, a willingness to fail in order to succeed, an ability to see solutions where others barely saw problems, and a determination to eat more free food than everyone else. With each passing year, 13 additional recruits found their way to the hallowed, keg-filled halls of our creative-training lair in Portland, Oregon. Now, 91 of us hide in plain sight amongst the general public, affecting in some way, shape, or form the things you read, hear, touch, and see.
Earlier this week I got a letter in the mail informing me about a secret society – 12 is Everywhere. The society was informing me that I was a doer, a thinker and a maker, and that I should use the influence I had to inform people about the secret society that wasn’t so secret. The letter was exquisitely executed, letterpressed on beautiful paper and sealed in red wax with a big 12. If a secret society were to have great branding, it would look like this.
Now if you still have no idea what I’m talking about let me explain it. Wieden + Kennedy, one of the best creative marketing agencies in the world, started W+K 12, “an experiment disguised as a school designed as an agency.” It’s essentially a black ops, boot camp, intensive thinking unit for creatives. They only let 13 people a year into the program, and to get in is a huge honor. The way to get in this year is to answer three questions. No idea if more goes into it than that, probably is, but I’m sure it would be an amazing experience. That said, the last day to enter is on Friday, November 1, so click the link and get to writing.
San Francisco based designer Julia Kostreva popped up on my radar last week, a multi-talented young woman who’s work is bold and vibrant. She dabbles in literally every medium, from silkscreening to web design, never faltering along the way. Her style consists of a lot of big shapes punched up with bright colors, a tried and true way to create. Of course I had to post the Fox in the Flower Bed piece she did, it would be wrong not to. But it’s the colorful flower piece to the left that really caught me eye. Hazy, dreamy and colorful. And how great is the Dirty Projecters poster to the right?
With all the craziness from Hurricane Sandy last night it’s nice to see something beautiful in New York right now. The photo above, titled The Day After Yesterday, was snapped by Noah Kalina earlier today. Again, I urge people to donate to the Red Cross to help with disaster relief.
Unplanned Magic was the title of an exhibition that the UK-based artist and designer Marcus Walters had earlier this year in London. It really is the perfect title for his show as his work is filled with spontaneity and magic. There’s a beauty in the simplicity of his work and his experiments in form and color really are terrific. For me, it’s the playfulness of what he does that I really like – he seems to find a wonderful rhythm in the shapes and forms that he uses.
Marcus works across a variety of media and his work incorporates a number of hand-crafted elements such as collage and drawing. A number of his prints are currently available to buy from his webshop and you can also see more images from his exhibition Unplanned Magic online here.