The band t-shirt is one of those eternal wardrobe items that I’m pretty sure everyone has. Insound understands this and has just launched the Insound Classic 10, a collection of shirts featuring designs by Mike Perry interpreting the music of your favorite “new wave and indie bands from the 1970s through the 1990s.” The collection features The Feelies, Galaxie 500, Beat Happening, Sleater-Kinney, The Magnetic Fields, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Promise Ring, The Olivia Tremor Control and The Apples in Stereo.
The designs are varied but they all have that awesome Mike Perry-ness to them that I love so much. My favorite shirt hands down is the Apples in Stereo one, but the Galaxie 500 one is pretty sweet as well. They’re also selling tote bags and 18 x 24″ posters as well, so if t-shirts aren’t your thing I think you’re covered.
It’s been forever since I’ve done any kind of contest, mostly because I think they’re kinda cheesy, but they can also be quite fun. The idea for this contest came rather randomly. I was browsing through Flickr when I came across these amazing little papercraft taco trucks by an artist named Goopymart, aka Will Guy. I thought it would be rad if I got all of you to decorate these trucks in your own way, whatever you want, making a fleet of papercraft food trucks!
So here’s the deal. I want you to download the food truck template, and decorate it in any way you see fit. Create the food truck of your dreams, fill it with food, put crazy creatures hanging out the windows, the more creative the better. The best 10 entries will get posted on the blog, and there may even potentially be prizes… maybe I can get Chipotle to sponsor this contest, does anyone have any ins?
You’ll have a month to send these to me, that’s September 12th. Make sure your entry is the high-res version I’ve supplied you with, do not increase the paper size as it’ll be larger than a standard 8.5 x 11″ piece of paper. I’d also like a photo of your food truck all put together as well. If you fail to do these things you might not get picked, just warning you.
Please email all entries to [email protected] with the subject, “FOOD TRUCK!” I can’t promise that I’ll respond to everyone, but I’ll try to at least send you a quick thank you for entering. For some inspiration on the kinds of things you can create, be sure to check out Will’s previous trucks by clicking here. If you’re totally confused and have no idea what’s going on, feel free to leave a comment.
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with, this should be fun.
Also, a big thanks to Will for going along with me on this!
I can’t remember where I came across this guy, but Brandon Blommaert is a huge weirdo, and I mean that in the nicest way. The images above are from a series called eco_station, and feature handmade creatures placed into epic photos. The effect sort of reminds me of Wayne White’s paintings, but with creatures instead of text. There’s a behind-the-scenes look of him creating these creatures as well.
If you knew exactly where your food was coming from, would it change the way you ate? Far Foods is a project by London based designer James Reynolds who uses packaging labels to highlight the immense distances some of our food travels. I seem to remember seeing another project like this before, but I really like the use of suitcase-like tags that go around the foods. Seeing that your oranges just traveled twice the width of the United States to get to your supermarket is definitely shocking.
In Stockholm a new hotel-in-hotel concept is opening at the Hotel Scandic Malmen called the Creators Inn. The idea was to design a room based on a creative type of person who was visiting Stockholm, catering to their needs through the concepts of function, products and services. The room is split up into three different sections, the local library, the dream study and the relaxing spa. You’re basically given a ton of space in which you can hang out or work, depending upon what your mood is. The rooms even come with a bike which you can ride around town and clothes you can wear in case you don’t have anything clean, how crazy is that?
This feels very in the spirit of Ace Hotel or The Standard, but there seems to be more of a personality to the project. The idea that you can call up a Creative Concierge and ask them to play video games with you is pretty astonishing. Now I’m just curious how much this room goes for…