We’ve featured the German photographer Rüdiger Nehmzow on this blog before, but looking through his portfolio again, I can’t help but want to feature some more of his stunning photographs with you today. His photography is just incredible. His set entitled Cities and Roads is particularly striking and a really good example of what he does so well.
Documenting the urban-landscape, Nehmzow’s series shows the absurdity and strange beauty that exists in our modern world. His images are filled with the endless sprawl of the city and nearly every photograph in the set highlights the near never-ending nature of our modern architectural spread. Nehmzow’s work is governed by a sharp eye and one which clearly appreciates the beauty, contrasts and awe within our world. Check out the complete set over on Nehmzow’s website.
To tell the truth, I’m probably not the first person you should come to if you have questions regarding the Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules. In fact, if you’ve even just got some simple questions about the basics of chemical bonding then you’d probably still have to ask somebody else. That said, I really love the look of this beautiful wooden molecule set by the guys at Ferm Living.
Each set contains 24 atoms which join together to create a uniquely designed molecule. The finished piece looks really beautiful and I like the way that the set draws a nice link between design and science. Also – how could you not feel like Bruce Banner if you had one of these taking pride and place in your studio!
Last year the LA-based musician Mr. Little Jeans‘ released this excellent cover of Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs’. If like me, you somehow missed this track then you really should check it out. As covers go, this is a master-class on how they’re done.
Mr. Little Jeans is the stage-name of Monica Birkeness, a Norweigan musician who is now based in the US. Recently she signed to Sony and later this summer they’ll be putting out her debut album. With a sound this sharp and a record deal with the likes of Sony, there’s really no doubt that we’ll be hearing a lot more of her in the coming months. Indeed, just last week she released her lead single Runaway which is already starting to make waves on the Internet. Check out more of what she does over on Soundcloud.
Hengki Koentjoro is an Indonesian fine art photographer who takes stunning photographs of the natural world. His images explore the beauty of nature and the mysteries that it holds. For Koentjoro, photography is not just a way of expressing his most inner soul, for him – he says – it is also “a window to the world where through his pictures the unseen and the unspoken can be grasped”.
Koentjoro’s portfolio really does hold an overwhelming amount of good work, and he displays a real understanding and sensibility when it comes to shooting in black and white. If you are a fan of black and white fine art photography then you really should make sure to check out more of his work. Koentjoro also keeps a Flickr page and has a large collection of photographs over on Art Limited.
The color schemes and patterns on these postcards are just so cool that I just had to share them with you. Designed by the London based designer Agata Grela, they were created last year to promote GF Smith’s new color range.
There’s really something kind of fresh about them but they also have a very retro vibe to them too. For me, Agata’s patterns really makes the color schemes work together and her use of pattern is designed to explore different aspects of color theory – so one postcard looks at juxtaposition while another explores advancing and receding colors. It’s this use of color theory that I think really pulls the colors together and creates a striking set of beautifully abstract images.
Since featuring the Finnish band Regina on the site a few months ago I’ve really been enjoying listening to them. I was delighted last week to find an email from Sami Suova sitting in my inbox letting me know about a new track he’s released with Regina bandmate Mikko Pykäri as part of their band Shine 2009.
The Helsinki-based duo create some really chilled pop. Their tracks are filled with throwbacks to the early 90’s and sweet tinges of balearic pop – it really is a winning combination. Last year, they released their debut album Realism, a great (and beautiful Santtu Mustonen designed) LP, which featured – amougst other things – the particularly great New Rules.
‘Our Nation’ shows a promising start for what will undoubtably be a great follow-up album. Its combination of a crisp dance beat and some sweet drowsy vocals form to make a track that harks back to the glory days of the Madchester scene. More details on the band (including US tour dates) can be found on their Facebook page.
Last year, Penguin asked illustrator Jonathan Burton to create a series of book covers for their Modern Classics series of Kingsley Amis novels. I think the resulting work look amazing, and I was shocked, surprised and impressed to read that Burton had a really short deadline to produce these covers. On his blog Burton wrote that he got into a rhythm of illustrating one cover a day and he did so over the period of just one week. The resulting finished work is pretty unbelievable!
It’s also great to see an illustrator who writes about the process of how their illustrations comes about. Burton’s blog The Unreachable Itch is a fantastic archive for any illustrator who wishes to peer into someone else’s working process. It’s filled with insight, understanding and beautiful images that show how his work evolves. It’s something that I highly recommend you check out!
For his thesis project at Norway’s Westerdals School of Communication, Oslo-based designer Ludvig Bruneau Rossow cleverly rebranded the post-apocalypse by choosing to create a new identity for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Imagining a dystopian society set in the year 2030, Rossow’s project depicts FEMA as the governing body of a planet close to extinction. It’s a really fantastic set-up for a self-directed project and I love how Rossow has executed it. His crisp retro-styled branding examines how important design can be, and in his imagined post-apocalyptic world he playfully shows the necessity of good graphic design.
From instruction manuals to food supplies, Rossow has created a system which aims to ensure an effective reconstruction of a new global society. Focussing sensibly on analogue-technologies, his designs are simple and clear. Many have a multifunctional use, based on the understanding that the world of 2030 now has a limited amount of supplies. Food rations are packaged with clear symbols that link their contents with the room in the facility that they belong to. Manuals are designed with important information on how to repair, build and fix things. It’s some really excellent art-direction and I love the photographs taken by John Tøsse Kolvik.
More photos of the project can be seen on Rossow’s website, where he works under the name Bureau Bruneau. Also make sure to check out the rest of his website – it’s a beauty!