What happens when you take the time to look through miles and miles of photos from Google Maps? A site like 9 Eyes which trolls the depths of images looking for the beautiful, the weird and outrageous. I picked through the site and these three images stood out the most to me. It’s kind of amazing how much the Google cameras catch as they’re driving around. I’d file this site under the same sort of niche as I Love Hot Dogs or Three Frames. They all have his uncanny ability to turn something widely available to anyone into a form of art.
Damn, I didn’t think I could be more happy today but I was just sent this new track called American Mourning from the band Bikini and now it’s a dance party! Bikini is made up of Nigel Diamond and Olivier Bonnard who make some really fantastic electronic dream pop, sort of similar to Toro y Moi or a nice version of Crystal Castles. The song comes from their upcoming RIP JDS EP which is up for pre order right now and comes out next Tuesday. Been listening to the album this afternoon and it’s totally worth the $7.
And as much as we talked about ‘the surface’ in architecture school, it was never a wallpapered surface. But I like wallpaper. I think it was a bathroom that made me fall in love with wallpaper– wallpaper that was original to the house where I grew up. Printed in the early 1940′s, the sparse pattern of bluebirds nested in a motif of cherry blossom branches was memorable enough that I am willing to overlook almost all of the wallpaper printed after 1980.
Some of the wallpapers look less like the work of a Pritzker-Prize winning architect and more like Magic Eye poster designs to me; but I think the blue and grey wallpaper (top) relates more to her body of work in that it appears as movement. Also, from certain angles, it can make you queazy.
P.S. Shortly before he died, Oscar Wilde is rumored to have said “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.”
Some of you may remember the illustrative work of Kyu Hwang as featured in this post on the Ten Minutes project; however, I decided that Hwang’s fine and detailed drawings deserved a post of their own. Predominantly employing a monochromatic palette, there is a delicate moodiness in his illustrations that is undercut by a rather wry sense of humour. There is also something slightly surreal and odd about the people that pop up in work, but that merely makes his drawings all the more appealing. I particularly like the way that he frames the subjects of his illustrations with “dead space”, seemingly gesturing towards a sense of isolation, both beautiful and strange. It seems to me that the recurring motif of clouds is extremely appropriate, as Hwang’s drawing definitely evoke the atmosphere of head-in-the-clouds dreaminess.
Hwang also curates a wonderful blog in which he shares his passion for art, coffee and bicycles, among other things. Also look out for his new portfolio, which is coming soon.
I thought I’d give a little insight into the new design of the site and where some of my ideas and inspirations came from. The image above was the first idea I mocked up (click the image for a full view), and as you can see, it wasn’t so far off.
My first goal was to make each entry feel like it’s own self contained item instead of a long list of things. A lot of art and design blogs out there are intense dumps of images, links and text (oh, the sites I could link to..) but I didn’t want to go that route. Instead I went with a more modular approach, encasing each entry in it’s own bubble of sorts and then rounding the corners and adding drop shadows for a bit of depth (which was inspired by my work at Myspace).
The idea of the logo and backgrounds on the site were inspired by the text you find on shop windows. A good example is this photo I took of the Saturdays Surf NYC window. The way the text floats over the hazy background was an interesting idea to me and I thought it would be a nice way to simplify the site even more. As you may have noticed the background images change every time you visit a new page or refresh. I think this gives a nice backdrop to the site that changes the mood and feeling of the posts. And yes, I did notice that the foxy disappears on one of the pages, I think it’s kind of funny that he’s hiding on the page.
I need to give a big thanks to Always With Honor for creating my little foxy friend and doing an amazing job. I had been working on a fox logo for a little while when I showed it to Frank Chimero. He basically responded “Meh.” and “Why don’t you just have Tyler (from Always With Honor) make one for you?” Sage advice indeed. It’s a beautiful logo that I’m going to be very happy to live with for a very long time. I’m looking at having t-shirts made with this little guy on it in the near future (as well as some other designs I have in my back pocket) so be on the lookout for those.
Two more thanks: First to Caroline Keim for her amazing front end development help. Seriously, if you need a good front end dev go to her site and email her now… well, not now, I still need her for things. But like, in a week you should be good. Also to my old friend Adam who helped me start this blog and still to do this helps me with that insane back end stuff that my mind can’t comprehend.