I’d say that most people judge a book by it’s cover, and a package by it’s… packaging. BVD have provided an excellent example of how simple branding can make something really stand out and be something special. The images above are products from Stories CafÃ©, a little store in Sweden, and as you can see they’re pretty much as simple as can be, but are striking at the same time. Because they used black and white only, it allows everything else to stand out, I mean, how awesome do the baked goods look? The store itself is also decked out in only black and white, with touches of warm wood and stainless steel, which look pretty amazing. Take a visit to their site and see the rest of BVD’s work as well, they’re definitely staying busy.
Here Comes The Sun | A Mixtape by Damien Correll
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Today I have kind of a special treat, something I hope everyone enjoys. A few weeks ago I noticed that illustrator/designer/man about town Damien Correll had uploaded a new Muxtape, a site for some reason I’m not a huge fan of, but I thought I’d give it a listen anyhow. I sat and listened to the whole thing, I think it was a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, and it was an absolute perfect fit for my day. So I decided to ask Damien if he’d share his mix here on Kitsune Noir, and he graciously said yes, even coming up with some front and back covers as well.
The full title of the mix is actually Here Comes The Sun (It Will Probably Destroy You), but I didn’t have room in the title up there for all of that! The songs on the mix are pretty eclectic, but if I had to give it a theme I’d say the mix was really guitar driven, with a lot of 70′s and 80′s classics. I thought I’d also mention that the mix is mixed together just like all the other Kitsune Noir mixtapes because I put it together for Damien. The mix is also about an hour long, so you’ll be able to get through a small chunk of the day with some awesome new tunes. Definitely download it and give it a try!
01 Alcohol by Saturday Looks Good To Me
02 Ease Yourself and Glide by Parsley Sound
03 Lying in the Sun by Koushik
04 The Other Song by Spirit
05 Oxford Gray by Shuggie Otis
06 No Love Lost by LCD Soundsystem
07 Be Stiff by Devo
08 Hush Now by Jimi Hendrix
09 Les Fleurs by Minnie Riperton
10 I’m Not Moving (Idjut Boys Remix) by Phil Collins
11 The Guns of Brixton by The Clash
12 My Ten Years On Auto-Pilot by The Ruby Suns
13 She’s A Rainbow by The Rolling Stones
14 Ram On by Paul & Linda McCartney
15 Here Comes The Sun by Nina Simone
16 Don’t Don’t by Peter Gordon & The Love of Life Orchestra
I swear, there’s something in the water in England, there are so many damn talented people on such a small island (with Australia coming up close behind!). Anyhow, the work of Verity Keniger reminds me of this, seeing as how she has a hand full of projects, most of them being really stunning. Her style is kind of all over the place, but I guess the common thread could be bright colors, some halftones here and there, and fun hand drawn items.
The pieces above are from a project she did for her degree, taking inspiration from Haley’s Comet and it’s journey around the sun. Though it looks like a single piece, but it’s actually made up of six different pieces that combine to make one awesome, record cover looking thing. I think the color of the pieces are perfect, and I’m totally obsessed with all the textures. My favorites are the sunburst on the outer cover, and the geometric shapes that kind of look like rocks, like I kind of want tattoos that look like those. Check out the rest of her work, lots of fun stuff!
I came across the work of Poked Studio the other day through FFFOUND! and I immediately started smiling. I couldn’t find much info about the studio, if it’s a person or a group of people, only that they’re based out of Wales in the UK. But their work speaks volumes, which looks like a cross somewhere between a crazy anime and Super Mario Bros. Lots of their work looks like a level to an insane video game, while a lot of their other work features a bunch of different kinds of mushrooms. All of it extremely brightly colored and could make your eyes bleed (in the good way). Take a peek, just be sure to wear glasses.
I’d like to think I know a lot about design, but when I watched Helvetica last year I definitely learned a lot about the font that I really had no idea about. It was also cool to see the opinion of proffesional designers and their thoughts and opinions on the font. So now it’s pretty exciting that Gary HUstwit, the director of Helvetica, has announced his newest project called Objectified.
The movie centers around industrial design, and the people who’ve made a huge difference in the field. It also talks about the designers and their motivations as well as our relationships with the objects the create and what we can learn about ourselves by the things we surround ourselves with. The movie so far has the creme of the crop when it comes to I.D. people, the list so far includes:
Paola Antonelli, Chris Bangle, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Andrew Blauvelt, Anthony Dunne, Naoto Fukasawa, IDEO, Jonathan Ive, Hella Jongerius, Marc Newson, Fiona Raby, Dieter Rams, Karim Rashid, Alice Rawsthorn, Rob Walker with more to come.
I’m totally stoked about this film, seeing as how these are some of my favorite designers out there. The film should be release by sometime in early in 2009, so be sure to check in with the site to see when it’s playing in your area!