New Graphic Design in China

China if you hadn’t noticed has hit a huge economic boom from the last 20 years, and with this summer’s Olympics being hosted there, people are starting to become more and more interested in the country. So PingMag wrote a great article talking about design in China, who’s doing it and where it’s going.

It’s pretty crazy but design hadn’t really taken off in China until 20 years ago at most, so it’s still almost in it’s infancy there. But from the examples given in the article, there are some pretty interesting things going on nonetheless. Reading this also reminded me of a Monocle video which talks about all of the new structures being built in China, but none of the major landmarks have been built by Chinese. It’s interesting to think about, although here in America, our greatest symbolic landmark was built by the French…

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Bobby Solomon

April 15, 2008 / By

Huskworks

Huskworks is the moniker of Simon Noynay, a guy who was born in the Philippines and now currently lives in Melbourne, Australia. Simon studied at communication design at Swinburne University which taught him his love for mixed media. Looking through his portfolio it seems like his art his influenced by a ton of different sources, but I wouldn’t say he’s ripping anyone of at all. I really love his line work a lot, it reminds me of Peter Chung’s who’s notably known for Aeon Flux. I also really like his sense of humor, as displayed by his funny Samurai Vader t-shirt he did for Teelicious.

Found through Changethethought

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Bobby Solomon

April 15, 2008 / By

Max Key

Earlier this morning I got an email from my buddy Nathan Fox telling me about this guy he went to school with named Max Key. Max was born in 1973, went to school at the Kansas City Institute of Art where he earned his bachelor in fine arts and is a totally awesome painter.

His inspirations come from landscaping painting and tacky wallpapers from days gone by. He combines these ideas together masterfully, creating something that looks like the fabric on an old chair mixed with Jeff Soto or Mars1. Those are compliments, by the way. His pictures are totally filled with tons of tiny details and vibrant colors, two of my favorite things when it comes to art. They’re also HUGE measuring in the realm of feet, not inches. Take a few minutes and pay Max and his awesome work a visit.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 14, 2008 / By

Last Week in Music | 04/06/08 – 04/13/08

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Blue Ridge Mountains by Fleet Foxes

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Creature Fear by Bon Iver

So Last Week in Music turned out to be an AWESOME week in music, with lots of great new stuff that’s going to last me all throughout the summer.
First off was French Kicks, who I still want to write aboue separately, but I keep forgetting cuz’ I’m lame. But I swear I will because I want to spill my guts about how great this album is and how I’m going to be listening to it all summer long.

Then came M83, who’s new album Saturday = Youth has really grown on me quite a bit. I find it’s best to listen to it at night while working, it’s a lot easier to hear the subtlety of it when it’s more quiet in the world. After that was Fleet Foxes whom I absolutely adore. They have a very folk/70’s rock sound, the lead singer sounds a lot like Jim James from My Morning Jacket, but I like Fleet Foxes better I think. This will be another album I listen to all summer long.

Devendra Banhart pops up 4th because I listened to almost every album of his one night and continued on into the next day. He really is one of my favorite musicians. Then there was Belle & Sebastian and Air (who show up almost every week), then Conor Oberst, and Yo La Tengo.

There were two more new editions towards the end of the list though, Los Campesinos! and Bon Iver. Los Campesinos! are seven kids from England singing and shouting at the top of their lungs in the most fun way you can imagine. I can totally see these folks putting on an amazing live show where you scream along to all the words.

The other greatest thing I’ve come across is Bon Iver, who’s real name is Justin Vernon, a dude from Wisconsin who sounds like an acoustic version of Tv on the Radio, or at least that’s the first thing I thought about when I heard him. His music is carried by his amazing voice, and his instrumentals are equally awesome. He will also be played all summer long, so be sure to check him out and the rest of the folks I spoke about, they’re all damn amazing.

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April 14, 2008 / By

Sony’s Foam City

This morning is looking to be video filled, so here’s the newest advertisement by Sony. As most of you remember they’ve thrown bouncy balls down the hills of San Francisco, done stop-motion rabbits, blasted tons of paint off of a building and now they’ve filled the streets of Miami with foam. I personally don’t think this ad is as striking as the other one’s, but it’s certainly a fun idea. While watching it I couldn’t help but think of how fun it would have been to hang out all day in all of that foam, especially if I was 10 years old again. I think it’s fun that Sony continues to do these large scale ads as well, hopefully they continue doing them and push the bar a little higher every time.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 14, 2008 / By

Trailers For American Teen & Blindness

As I mentioned in the last post, this year is looking really great for movies. It’s probably not going to be on par with the pure cinema we were blessed with (There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men) but there are still a lot of promising things to look forward to. The first new movie is called American Teen, a documentary that follows the lives of a bunch of teens living in Indiana going through their senior year of high school. The movie one best directing in a documentary at Sundance, and even though it looks like something you’d see on MTV, it looks a million times better.

The second trailer is for a movie called Blindness, which is directed by Fernando Meirelles (who did City of God) and stars Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. The film is based on the book by José Saramago which is about a nameless city that is struck by an epidemic of blindness, causing everything to go to hell. I love movies like this, kind of a science fact-ion type movie where something like this could potentially happen by some freak of nature. Click here for the official movie website.

Blindness was found through The Modern Romantic

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Bobby Solomon

April 14, 2008 / By

Mister Lonely Book

This year is shaping up to be another awesome year in movies with Mister Lonely being one that I’m most excited about. I posted the international trailer for the movie a couple weeks ago, and now I’ve got some new photos of a collaboration between Swiss publisher Nieves and Harmony Korine. The book you see above is the script of the movie, along with 22 pages of photos taken by Rachel Korine and Brent Stewart. It’s only $24 and you get to see a bunch of clips of the movie, as well as read the movie before I’m sure anyone is going to get to see it.

A big shout out to Marco for sending me these photos!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 14, 2008 / By

Ideas Are Like Fish

Since it’s Sunday I feel like I don’t have to post things that are terribly cool and exciting, so I wanted to share this short video done for D&AD. The video was created specifically for the D&AD awards ceremony which happened last month, and if I had seen this beforehand I would have wanted to go really badly. I love when someone can took old stock footage and create something absolutely amazing like this. The editing is sharp, the narration is really funny and overall it reminds of an old PBS video but on some serious psychedelic drugs.

Found through White Words, who has a great eye for design.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 13, 2008 / By

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