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The more digital our lives become the more we start to value the things that are made by hand. Mike Heist is a beautiful example of this, a Portland artist who has been working with neon for over 30 years.
The Pressure, the studio of Adam Garcia, produced this video of Mike, showcasing his fascinating process. The sign, designed by Garcia, was a component of the event branding for the AIGA Portland event “Design and Happiness,” a lecture by Stefan Sagmeister during Design Week Portland.
For those who are in Los Angeles you should take the time to stop by Poketo on Thursday for their most recent pop-up with the fantastic Friends of Type. The exhibition will include eight exclusive framed letterpress prints printed by San Francisco based boutique print house Aesthetic Union—two prints per each Friends of Type artist, each a limited edition of 25. The guys have been posting sneak peeks on their Instagram and the work is looking sharp as usual.
When: Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 6-8pm
Where: Poketo Flagship, 820 E. 3rd Street, Downtown LA
More Info Here
Last week I came upon this lovely packaging for Suiyoubi no Neko beer which is crafted by the Yo-Ho Brewing. I think the patchwork cat on the can couldn’t be more charming with a striking color palette that’s sure to catch your eye. This is but one of a series of great looking beers Yo-Ho is brewing, Serious Eats has a great rundown from last year of their line-up, which shows their care of both flavor and design.
Also of note last week was Kirin’s announcement that it would be purchasing a 30%-plus stake in Yo-Ho Brewing, showing that craft brewing is clearly the way to a larger market share. Still, the major Japanese beer producers, Kirin, Asahi, Sapporo, Santori, make up 98% of the beer market in Japan. It will be interesting to see if more small breweries are snatched up by the big guys to earn more cultural cool points.
Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi fame has a new project out called Les Sins, going for a more dance-oriented sound. He was inspired by folks like Mr. Oizo and Daft Punk which clearly comes through on this new track titled “Bother”, the perfect anthem for a hard-working creative. In fact, he was inspired by design luminary Paul Rand while making the album.
“My favorite graphic designer, P. Rand always said, ‘Don’t try to be original, just try to be good,’” Bundick says. “When making this record that was/is my mantra—it was just constantly looping in my mind. I believe ‘good’ is timeless and once you can recognize that you’ll see the world in its fullest.”
Les Sins first album Michael comes out November 4th.
We’re big fans of Minneapolis based illustrator Emory Allen and his seemingly endless amount of creativity. You may remember his Exquisite Beast project where he chained together a new drawing every day for an entire year, a huge feat for anyone. I’m a fan of Emory’s work because of his ability to create such a diverse creatures and worlds with such a beautiful color palette.
The wallpaper he’s created today is a self-portrait of sorts, portraying a feeling that most creatives encounter.
I revisit this theme in my work from time to time because I always feel like I’m always fighting to keep things organized and keep myself pulled together. Just when I feel caught up, there’s always something trying to stress me out again.
I feel you Emory. I also want to note that this week’s wallpaper is the debut of several new sizes. I’ve added an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ size, as well as a 3840×2400 size for anyone with giant sized or retina caliber monitors. In theory this should now cover every possible screen size on earth.
Bienvenue Publishing is a Zurich based group who are creating some really lovely prints and postcards that are extremely lovely and affordable. Their work is handprinted in limited editions using almost exclusively risography, which allows them to apply each color individually and ensures a high luminosity.
My personal favorite is their print series titled Riverstones (above) which in a vague sense look like stones but in a very artistic, abstract way. As mentioned about it’s all about the amazing colors they’re able to get with these prints that makes them truly shine, literally and figuratively. I’m also impressed with their Morbid Being prints, a series of fighting fish photographed from above.
You can shop their full collection of products by heading on over to their online shop.
My favorite place to work is a noisy, busy coffee shop, specifically, the Intelligentsia in Silver Lake. It’s never not busy, there are always a flood of trust fund kids, yippy dudes with beards writing their screenplays, and the occasional asian tourist snapping photos of the beautifully done Barbara Bestor designed space. Yet with this flood of noise and distraction it’s really the place where I feel like I can focus. The noise to me acts as an enveloping blanket, allowing me to focus singularly on the task in front me.
Thankfully I’m not alone in my admiration for ambience as this 99U piece points out the benefits of noise and how it increases creativity.
Specifically, they separated the participants into four groups and asked all four groups to complete a Remote Associates Test, a commonly used test of creative thinking that asks test-takers to find the relationship between a series of words that appear unrelated. Each of the groups was subjected to a different level of background noise (50 decibels, 70 decibels, 85 decibels, and total silence). When they scored each person’s test, the researchers found that those in the 70 decibel group, exposed to a moderate level of ambient noise, significantly out-performed those in the other three groups. The background noise boosted their creative thinking.
I like that they also included some ambient noise apps as well in case it might be, you know, like midnight and your local coffee shop is closed.