Japanese musician Yosi Harikawa caught my ear recently with his exciting style of making music which utilizes the sounds of non-musical objects. The track above titled “Bubbles” starts off with a bouncing ball, followed by a downpour of falling objects, like ping pong balls and perhaps some screws or bolts. He builds up into this lush, bassy sound which washes over your eardrums.
The track is pulled from his Wandering EP, which you can listen to by clicking here.
Temperatures are rising, ice shelves are melting, and the realization that global warming is a real thing is finally starting to sink in for more and more people. Milton Glaser, the designer of the iconic I ? NY mark, doesn’t agree that earth is warming, he’s saying it’s dying. His message is “It’s Not Warming. It’s Dying.“, which is paired with a circular mark made of a sickly green and black.
I think the mark is strong but simple, the tenants of what Glaser has built his career on. It reminds me of decay, of the slow settling of death, all the things you want people to think of when they mention global warming. It’s aesthetically pleasing in a morbid way, and would probably garner questions if someone saw you wearing their buttons, a mean vehicle for the It’s Not Warming effort. I applaude Mr. Glaser for taking on a serious issue like this, using his talents to try and influence change.
You can purchase a set of buttons and show your support of Mr. Glasers initiative by clicking here.
“I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.” – Jack Kerouac
Torsten Lindsø Andersen (who’s name is quite amazing) is currently studying at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Design. For a recent school project he created a series of book covers for classic Jack Kerouac novels, each featuring a phantasmal, brightly hued gradient with simple blocks of black sans serif text. The effect is quite lovely, and it certainly creates a contemporary feeling to the covers. Kerouac has over 20 books to his name though, so I’m not certain how this could apply to his whole catalog, but I’m certain someone creative enough could figure it out. I also quite like the simple typographic back covers which contrast the front really nicely.
View more of Torsten’s work by clicking here.
Italian producer C. Crisci, also known as Clap! Clap!, focuses on researching and sampling of tribes, bands and singers originating from the African continent, made a pretty amazing mixtape for Giles Peterson which I can’t stop listening to. His distinguishing technique is to reproduce classic African rhythms in a contemporary way through the use of drum machines and synths. The way he mixes all of this diverse sounds together is pretty exceptional. It has a perfect flow from beginning to end, and it’s quite hard to tell which parts he’s chopped up and altered. Really nice work.
New York filmmaker Trent Jaklitsch has created a remarkable short film that documents the minutia of painting. Rather than focusing on the canvas the film focuses on the act of art making, the mixing of paint and subtle strokes that go into a larger whole.
The artist being filmed is painter Alyssa Monks who creates really wonderful large scale portraits of people. Her work is quite expressive and loose but filled with nuance and detail. It’s so interesting seeing all the details that are featured in the video and how they transform into one large, cohesive paintings.
Unique branding for your business is one of the keys to being successful, though may small businesses overlook this aspect. Maeve Durnan, a private tutor of primary age children, was mindful of this necessary aspect and hired Glasgow design agency Graphical House to help her out, creating a playful brand and identity that’s impossible not to like.
Maeve’s identity and promotional material has been designed to appeal to parents while also possessing an endearing quality that children will relate to. The scholarly owl is constructed around a stylised letter M. Simple low-cost printing techniques helped ease the financial pressure on this start-up enterprise, without compromising in attitude.
I’ve always been a fan of bold yellows (probably because I’m a Leo) especially paired with black. The owl mark is too damn cute and the fact that it’s shaped around an M is a great detail that further personalizes the brand for Maeve. A simple concept executed really flawlessly.
I had no idea that Michael Cera was of the musical variety, yet here I am listening to an album he just put out titled true that. If you had to guess what a Michael Cera albums sounds like you would probably stereotype him, imagining his music as twee, slightly emo, or perhaps pop. Instead you’re going to hear a lot of beautiful guitar and piano driven songs, influenced by jazz, classical guitar, and some folk. From what I’ve heard it’s slightly romantic, a little melancholy, and incredibly honest sounding. Kind of reminds me of Devendra Banhart, to be honest, which is a huge compliment in my mind.
Designer by day and a freelance illustrator by night, Molly Walsh and her lovely work caught my eye because of it’s playfulness and charming character. A recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she’s highly influenced by personal stories, feminism, and the great outdoors, which shape the things she chooses to draw.
Molly and I worked together to find a subject that worked well with her style and reflected the feeling of the site. What she created was a pattern based on her idea of a perfect summer day, which involves eating, sleeping, and general outdoor laziness, conveyed through characters and colors. Her vision of summer totally aligns with mine. All I want is to eat, drink, and hang out with dogs.