Things have been quiet around here competition-wise, so it’s probably about a time I announce another one, don’t you think? A few weeks ago I was sent a set of those fancy dandy tops that Herman Miller released and I’m giving you a chance to win them. I’m gonna try and drum up some prizes for a second and third place as well, so hang tight for those.
The contest is simple, just create a holiday themed wallpaper. What do I mean by holiday? That’s up to you. That being said, I’m definitely looking for something out of the box and out of the ordinary. Traditional imagery works, be it Santa, Kwanzaabot or the Chanukah Zombie, but the more imaginative the better. It doesn’t even need to revolve around a holiday, it could simply be how it looks outside your window. I’m not being very helpful, but hopefully there’s enough guidelines to work with.
Please send all submissions to [email protected] with the subject “The Holiday Wallpaper Competition”. All submissions should be sent as JPGs and sized to 1920px x 1200px. Failure to do so may disqualify you and you may end up with coal in your stocking.
The due date is December 21st by Midnight PST so get your butt in gear and make something fun. If you have any questions feel free to throw them into the comments section.
I think winter finally struck Los Angeles as it’s a soaking wet mess outside and it’s pretty dang cold. But what better weather to listen to Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas? It’s my absolute favorite X-Mas album and has been forever now. There’s just something so timeless about it.
Following up after that is Charlotte Gainsbourg’s new one IRM, which is definitely Beck feeling in every sense. After that is the newest from The Cave Singers, which is shaping up to being one of my favorites of the year. The new Toro y Moi keeps me dancing, Holiday Shores are an absolute treat as are Princeton. I listen to Sufjan’s BQE a lot, it’s all instrumental and reminds me vaguely of the Charlie Brown X-Mas album. Finishing everything off was a bit of Jens Lekman who’s always good for a rainy day.
If you take one part beautiful Italian girl and another part mega-talented illustrator what would get? I’m pretty sure you’d get Olimpia Zagnoli. Olimpia sent me an email a couple days ago telling me about the exhibit she recently had at the Vice Gallery in Milan, and boy did she do some effing amazing pieces. She won the Celebrate Originality Award that was sponsored by Adidas Originals and Vice, and prize was having her own gallery show at the Vice space.
I don’t usually post so many images, but honestly I had such an incredibly hard time narrowing down which of her pieces I wanted to show. Scrolling through her work you just get a sense of how amazingly talented she is. Each piece feels like it’s been minimally crafted to perfection, that ever color was arduously fussed over and that no detail was left untouched. Most importantly, her work makes me extremely happy to look at. I just need to shut up already, because I honestly can’t say enough about her work.
I’m still looking for my calendar for 2010 (take note Mom, I don’t want anymore M.C. Escher ones) and this tiny desktop calendar by Studio 8 Design definitely caught my eye. It was created for Fedrigoni, which seems to be a British paper company which specializes in Italian papers. The paper is Ferigoni paper and the colors you see are the colors the paper is available. Pretty clever, huh?
My only beef with this is that, hypothetically, you’re going to waste 365 pieces of fine Italian paper. Sure, you can recycle each and every one of them, but it still feels make me feel a little dirty. I’m so conflicted!
I wanted to give you some tunes to listen to this morning so how about this new music video from Small Black for their song Despicable Dogs. The music and video are both really great and both have a really wonderful vibe to them. The music kind of reminds me of The Radio Dept., kind of has that chill, 80′s vibe to it that’s been going around. The video makes me think of The Wrestler, except it stars a surfer dude who is the lead singers uncle Matt.
The video was directed by Yoonha Park who I think did a great job. Lots of quiet beautiful moments, giving you a peak into the life of a guy who looks like he’s had an awesome life. Yoonha’s also done a ton of other great videos as well, so be sure to check out his site as well.
You can buy the 7″ from Transparent records but they’re giving away the MP3′s for free as well, so that’s pretty rad. Click here to grab those.