While I was in New York I had a chance to stop by Saturdays Surf NYC (which I wrote about here) and since then I’ve been seeing them everywhere. Their clothes are being sold at places like Bloomingdales and J.Crew so clearly they’re doing something right.
I found this short promotional video they did a few weeks back and wanted to share it simply because it’s beautiful. It’s about a guy who goes from Saturdays in the middle of SoHo and skates his way to the ocean… with a bit of help from the subway as well. Sit back and think ocean thoughts.
The video above called WORDS created by Everynone (along with Radiolab and NPR) is one of those exquisitely crafted pieces of art that totally gives me chills. It’s such an easy idea, essentially, taking a word like ‘Play’ and showing all the different meanings of the word, but then stringing more words together with it and finding commonalities. I think my favorite section is when the words change from ‘split’ to ‘run’, it’s totally charming and honestly gives me chills. I’d suggest watching this a couple times to catch all the subtle details.
Been meaning to post this wonderful little cartoon called Gluko & Lennon for a while, it’s too cute not to see. It’s a story about a pair of friends named Gluko, a pink blobby guy filled with jelly, and his friend Lennon, a young, spastic boy who dreams of flying. The animated short was put together by L´Orange Gutan who did an amazing job at making a fun and vibrant cartoon which would be so awesome to see as a regular, full length cartoon. I’m 28 years old and I was laughing at a lot of the jokes.
In all honesty I am not a huge fan of LCD Soundsystem, but I do like disco balls and lightning bolts so I found this video of the launch of the LCD Soundsystem and DFA retrospective at Sydney’s Tom Dunne Gallery quite appealing. The retrospective, delightfully entitled That’s Cool, But Can You Make It More Sh*t, has now finished but, thanks to the wonders of the Internet, we can still partake in the exhibition’s graphic spectacle. According to James Murphy’s rather flippant Law of Aesthetics, the combined visual look of LCD Soundsystem and DFA is “good/bad/good” and this unpretentious and lo-fi aesthetic was encapsulated in the displayed tour posters, album artwork, polaroids, flyers, hand-drawn sketches and other ephemera.
In October of 2006 brothers Edward and Alfie Maddison started a small studio in Ely, Cambridgshire, England called Maddison Graphic and since then have been creating some really nice branding. My favorite project of theirs is the identity work for Zoe Williams, a British columnist and journalist. Taking her profession as their inspiration they’ve created a stylized ‘Z’ and ‘W’ out of punctuation marks which turned out extremely well. I like that it’s no completely obvious right away what the symbols are supposed to be but once you’ve seen her name I’m sure the idea would become clear. The ‘ZW’ combined with the bright blue, orange and yellow stationary really makes this a fun identity system.