If you’re looking for a fun place to hang out and interact with data (and who isn’t?) try the Teton County Library in Jackson, Wyoming. The library has a new addition built by Gilday Architects. And inside the new entrance lobby, you’ll find a stunning installation created by E/B Office. The New York-based practice has filled the lobby with five miles of fiber optic cable cut into a thousand segments.
Before any discussion of the poster for Funny Games ensues, I must emphasize that the German turned American film, by Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, is without a doubt a terrifying, horror movie. Funny Games is grotesque, actually, with very sinister undertones and a fair bit of gore. In designing a poster for this film, L.A. based creative Akiko Stehrenberger, made a definitive choice. Rather than funnel perception of the film toward a bloody and bone chilling horror mess, Stehrenberger focused the branding toward a clean and minimal approach, one that is rarely seen within the horror genre.
Artists James Harvey and Ryan Humphrey have brewed up what just might be one of the coolest art projects I’ve seen in quite a while: Bartkira. The goal of the project is recreate all 6 volumes of Akira using characters from The Simpsons to tell the story, a massive goal. Each participant would have to create 5 pages each, meaning 768 people would need to participate to finish all six volumes. As it turns out, that wasn’t a problem as 768 have already signed up. Pretty cool, right?
(Also, I think it’s important to point out that yes, Ralph is Akira, so why is it called Bartkira? Well, Akiralph doesn’t do a good job of communicating what the project is about. Before you read this post you instantly knew that this was about Bart Simspon and Akira.)
As for the story itself you have Bart as Kaneda, Milhouse as Tetsuo, and of course, Ralph Quimby as Akira. You can click here for a full rundown of all the characters. Under the jump I’ve included some of the art from the project that I really liked. You can also see a bunch of other Bartkira art by checking out the Bartkira tag on Tumblr.
It’s always exciting when retail stores eschew flashy photography or expensive commercials in favor of something unique and artist generated to showcase their wares. Such is the case with The Chimp Store, a UK-based menswear boutique that enlisted the talents of Josh Parkin to illustrate Nike’s upcoming Spring/Summer shoe collection. By putting each shoe in a fun and/or precarious position—from shark cages and icebergs to a wrecking ball and tow truck scenario—they become characters that tell a story. It’s delightful to see your favorite styles rendered into a puzzle or stained glass window; in a way, it builds the anticipation of seeing an actual photograph even more. Wouldn’t it be great if Nike employed artists in the same way, too?
Illustrator Jay Fleck‘s work is full of childhood ambition: his work illustrates fantasies born while staring at the ceiling on top of bunk bed during summer camp. On a large scale, his work depicts giraffes, whales, rocket ships and other figments of a healthy childhood imagination. The only way I know describe is work is that he pieces are fun–some are clever and others are more cheeky, too. All are full of childish fun pared with aspiration and daydreams.