The good folks over at 826 National sent me a copy of their newest book, Essentially Odd, “a catalog of products created for and sold at the 826 National stores.” For those who aren’t familiar, 826 National is a nonprofit center that tutors kids. They also have a shop in the front of every tutoring center, all of which have a different theme. For example, here in Los Angeles we have the Time Travel Mart, which sells time travel related goodies. Obviously all money from the sales go directly back into supporting the 826′s around the country.
So what Essentially Odd does is collects all of the cool and weird products they’ve made over the years and gives you some background information about how and why they came about. Like there’s the pirate cologne Eau de Mer cologne No. 12, which is actually sand and water from the San Francisco bay, or a jar of Loose Screws, which is exactly as it sounds. All of these can also be bought online, which is quite handy.
If you haven’t seen this video, stop everything you’re doing and watch. If your boss yells at you to start working, tell them to shut up and watch too. The music video was directed by Esteban Diåcono for Ólafur Arnalds’ song, Ljósið. It’s a nice piano piece, which is pretty and all, but the video is the real gem here. Esteban had originally created this video as his own project, using Ólafur’s song as the background music. But once Ólafur actually saw it he decided to make it the official video for his song.
I’m pretty sure that this video was created without the use of computers, only really powerful black magic that only true wizards possess… okay, but seriously, this is amazing! I love that each instrument has it’s own shape and color, and the way it all moves is simply magical.
I spotted the image above on Alex Cornell’s blog a last week but then forgot about it and somehow came across it again this morning. I call this kismet, and thus I must post this beautiful piece of design. It was created by Justin LaFontaine about the climate change film, Up North. Design doesn’t get better than this, in my opinion. A big, beautiful photograph with some big, chunky Futura across the front of it. I’m sure this would catch your eye if you passed by this at the movie theater.
I’ve been meaning to try out Ghostly Record’s new iPhone/iPod Touch app Discovery and I finally got around to it yesterday. The apps purpose it to let you sample all kinds of music from Ghostly records. They way this is by allowing you to choose your mood, based on color, and then narrowing it down by style, like organic or digital and faster or slower. From there they take care of the rest, picking songs that fit your mood and probably introducing you to some artists you may not have heard.
The design of the app beautiful and easy to ease, and best of all it’s totally free. Plus It’s great that they aren’t trying to cram their music down your throat, you’re free to skip ahead on songs and sample to your hearts delight. This is exactly how a good record label should market their music to people.
Fall in Los Angeles doesn’t really seem to hit until early Novemeber, but every now and then you have to wear a hoodie and you remember it’s not always summer here. I’m actually looking forward to fall and winter and getting bundled up, and the illustration above by Jon Ashcroft is a suitable reminder that it’s gonna be getting cold soon. I love how vertical this is, for lack of a better word, and the colors are totally spot on and beautiful. I want a print of this Jon!