If you have kids you’ll know just how much they love playing with phones and iPads. One of my favorite kids apps of late has been The Lonely Beast 123. It’s a follow up to The Beast’s popular Alphabet app and it features a new flash card adventure that teaches numbers and counting in a fun and entertaining way.
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Ryan Duffin is a young photo student currently attending Parsons who’s work recently caught my eye and I needed to share. It’s hard to pinpoint what his style is, I mean, the word that comes to my mind is “surreal”, but I don’t think that’s quite right.
His photos capture abstract still lifes that feature these interesting pairing that usually have super intense colors which really make you stop and take notice. There’s also a mundanity to the pieces, like the dirty Evian bottle above, but they’re lit like fine art, like something of a really high value. This contrast exists in a lot of his newest work and the juxtaposition is definitely something to take note of.
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Out of Bristol, KOAN Sound seemed like they were going to be another member of the dub-step scene that took over the past five years. The duo of Will Weeks and Jim Bastow were signed to Skrillex’s label OWSLA in 2011, releasing two EPs at that time, and toured with both Skrillex in and Diplo in 2012. This year they teamed up with fellow Bristol producer Asa and hit the studio. Hard.
This years Sanctuary EP seems to culminate their numerous sounds and influences. A ‘Koan,’ of course, being a Zen Buddhist phrase to denote a lesson or concept for meditation. The title track seems to exemplify their name the best, a ‘new age’ spiritual meditation that pulls pulling influences from Air, Sigur Ros and Brian Eno all at once. As the EP evolves it’s clear that they are not just focused on midtempo breaks for your zen moment at work. ‘This Time Around’ is delicate pop, Koo lending her voice to placate the space between wobbly synths and fragile strings. But the final tracks ‘Fuego’ and ‘Tetsuo’s Redemption’ reveal their other half – the heavy, devastating UK garage sound that has emerged from England in the past fifteen years. Definitely a record worth listening to from beginning to end, over and over again.
I was cruising around Behance yesterday and spotted this really great autumn gourd piece by Christopher Dina. Seasonal prints can often come off as being kinda hokey or overly targeted at a specific time of year, but Chris has given these gourds a playfulness that would be good any time of the year. The color palette is particularly nice, a nice mix of warm and cool colors, and the mix of prints are funny but definitely feel gourd-like.
You can find Chris’ shop here where you can buy this and many of his other prints.
Illustrator, Artist and doodler Scott Campbell has just released the follow up to the successful Great Showdowns book – The Return. It builds upon it’s prequel and again is filled with classic defining Pop Culture moments. It takes on the same competitiveness as a Where’s Wally (or Waldo for you guys across the sea) book where you’re instantly trying to guess the scene as quickly as possible. With no verbal clues you’d have to be a real film buff to get them all correct but even if you don’t the book reads like a more playful version of a coffee table book.
I spoke to Scott recently on the origins of this series and his background in design below.
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