Shepard Fairey for Penguin Books

I’m the first to admit that I wasn’t the best student in high school. I’m a strong believer that if you can’t make something relevant to a student, then they won’t want to learn about it, and I certainly was of that mindset. Maybe Penguin Books was thinking the same thing when they asked Shepard Fairey to redesign the covers of two classic books, Animal Farm and 1984.

1984 is an obvious match up with Shepard and his style and the mantra his work embodies. Animal Farm has those same sort of ideas, but I was still a little surprised he did that one in addition. These covers stick to pretty much the same thing he’s done over and over again (think of the Smashing Pumpkins cover he just did and compare it to the Animal Farm cover), but I think this is a really smart move on the part of Penguin’s, nonetheless. If someone had handed me one of these books when I was 16, I would have instantly though, “Oh, he’s that guy who makes those Obey clothes!”, and been excited to see what the book was about.

As horrible as it sounds, kids judge a book by it’s cover. Hell, as an adult I still do. Hopefully Penguin enlists the help of more designers like Mr. Fairey to liven up the fronts of books, possibly opening up a new love of reading for kids growing up in the age of the internet. How about Futura doing the cover of Brave New World? Evan Hecox doing The Outsiders? Neckface doing Lord of the Flies? So many awesome artists out there that could help make a kid read.

Click here for more info about the project.

Found through Coudal Partners

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 11, 2008 / By

Nike Vandal High Supreme

I’ve subconsciously wanted a pair of high tops for a while, but I always think I’ll look lame in them. They also usually come in insane colorways and styles, and I prefer to wear black vans. But I could see myself looking really cool wearing a pair of these NIke Vandal High Supremes.

What I really like is that the shoe doesn’t look black, it’s almost shades of black and blue. And what it lacks in vibrant colors it makes up for in the ability to see all the details and stitches. Or maybe that’s just the sign of a good product shot, haha… The strap doesn’t even bother me, I think those colors go rad with the body of the shoe. Overall it’s a pretty damn slick looking shoe, which of course is around $170 and is only available in Japan. Awesome.

Found through Hypebeast

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 11, 2008 / By

David Sedaris and the Joys of Accesories

Just now my co-worker and I were talking about David Sedaris, I don’t remember how we got on the topic, but I asked her if she’d ever heard him talk or speak on camera. She hadn’t so I showed her the video above so she could see just how funny he really is. The clip above is from 2 years ago when he made an appearance on David Letterman, but it’s still hysterical. I just figured this might make some people if they’re having a rough day!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 11, 2008 / By

Help

I talk a lot about simplicity when it comes to design, Apple being a good example, and trying to live and do things simply is something that I think about a lot. The acronym K.I.S.S., “Keep It Simple Stupid”, is probably one of my favorite words of wisdom. And I have a feeling the designers behind the Help brand of remedies took this motto to heart.

Help is small company that’s taken matters into their own hands, creating one package that says “I have a headache” and another that says “I’ve cut myself”. But inside aren’t just ordinary remedies. For headache relief they’ve filled the pills with 500mg of acetaminophen, because it works like aspirin or ibuprofen but without the stomach problems they can sometimes cause. For their bandages they’ve eschewed the Band-Aid-esque design for the use of hydrocolloid, a clear material that they use in hospitals “to help wounds heal faster and reduce scarring.” So not only are their products a step ahead of what you normally find, but they’re also packaged beautifully using molded paper pulp.

You can also buy custom t-shirts featuring their logo, the letter “I”, and then they let you fill in the rest. I’ve decided my shirt would say, “Help, I created Kitsune Noir”. They even have a section simply titled “Bored?” which features a number of different sections to keep you amused, depending upon how you feel at the time.

But their brilliance doesn’t end there. They also happen to be rather witty, telling you that their pills don’t come with coatings and dyes, but if you enjoy those kinds of things you’ll “have to eat them separately.” For their bandages they tell you that they’re made for minor cuts and blisters, “so if your injury is bleeding everywhere, you might want to use something else.” I think it’s wonderful that they don’t feel like they have to be scientific or fancy about simple cures for simple ailments. For a company that basically makes band-aids and aspirin they’ve done an impeccable job, and hopefully they become quite successful and win lots of design awards!

Found through MoCo Loco

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 10, 2008 / By

Hot Dog and I by Fernanda Cohen

I’m still in love with 20×200 and the fact that it enables me to own awesome artwork without having to pay a million dollars (or even $200). This week’s illustrator is a lady named Fernanda Cohen who grew up in Buenos Aires, moved to New York and graduated from SVA. Her drawing is titled Hot Dog and I and features a big fat naked guy eating a hot dog, simple enough. I think it’s pretty damn cute and clever, and Fernanda’s line work and use of color is really nice. As per usual you can get an 8.5″ x 11″ print for $20, 17″ x 22″ print for $200, or a giant 30″ x 40″ (in an edition of 2) for $2000.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 10, 2008 / By

Grand Theft Auto IV

I’ve never been a big fan of Grand Theft Auto, I always died on the missions and honestly my favorite part was driving around. But seeing screenshots and footage of the fourth installment of the series has me really wanting to buy a PS3. The most recent news is the inclusion of a multiplayer mode, which is a new feature to the series and sounds like they’re really doing it in a big way.

Multiplayer mode will support up to 16 players at one time, except in co-op mode which is limited to 4. There’s going to be four different multiplayer modes so far, which include:

– Team Deathmatch: This is the classic kind of multiplayer mode, everyone is trying to kill everyone else. You win by accumulating the most money in a certain period of time.

– GTA Race: Imagine Gran Turismo except you can go anywhere in the city and shoot rockets at your opponents if you have ‘em. This is the one I think I’d enjoy the most, plus you can choose your vehicle.

– Cops N Crooks: One team is the cops, one is the crooks. The cops can see the crooks on their radar, but the crooks can only see escape points. The crooks need to get their boss to safety and the cops have to stop them at any cost. Sounds like fun to me.

– Hangman’s Noose: This is the Co-op mode where you need to get a crime boss to an extraction point alive, but first you need to take care of the cops and find a way out. Can you and your team do it successfully? I kind of hate escort missions, so this one might be annoying.

If you’re as excited about this as I am, be sure to head over to Kotaku’s article about the multiplayer mode, as well as having a bunch of photos.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 10, 2008 / By

Readymade Is Now Online!

Last night I spent a half about a half an hour or so looking through the newest issue of Readymade, one of my favorite magazines these days. The only difference is that I read the whole dang thing digitally on my computer. Readymade has made a GIGANTIC leap, deciding to place the entire contents of their magazine online, and I honestly couldn’t be any more excited about this.

Most of the time when you deal with online magazines they usually come in a PDF format or there’s some giant problem with the whole thing. Believe it or not, they got it right on their first try. Going through the magazine it’s identical to the real version, ad placement and all. There are two ways to view the magazine, a pulled out view of both pages, and then clicking the page zooms you in. The zoomed in view isn’t too far away or too close, it’s literally just right (though these are just my perceptions, if you wear glasses you might feel differently). You can search for any word or phrase in the entire thing, and all web addresses are built as hyperlinks so you can visit any site immediately.

The way it’s presented is almost Apple-like, giving you only the basic tools you need instead of throwing in a ton of bells and whistles. Simplicity literally at it’s finest. This is such a great opportunity if you’ve never read Readymade before to give it a try, and if you’re already a fan, this just sweetens the deal.

Honestly, I felt guilty that I was reading this for free. I would honestly pay $10 a year for something like this, it’s just that well done.
Click here to read the latest issue!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 10, 2008 / By

Sasquatch Festival 2008

Though I’ve never been, I’ve always wanted to go to the Sasquatch Festival. For those who haven’t heard of it, it’s a lot like Coachella or Reading, but set in the woods of Washington. This year’s line-up looks pretty awesome, probably the best one I’ve seen in a while:

Saturday: R.E.M., Modest Mouse, M.I.A., The New Pornographers, The National, Beirut, Okkervil River, Destroyer, Grand Archives, and David Bazan.

Sunday: The Cure, Death Cab for Cutie, Cold War Kids, Tegan & Sara, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Mates of State, and Rogue Wave.

Monday: The Flaming Lips U.F.O. Show, The Mars Volta, Built to Spill, Jamie Lidell, and Battles.

I’d honestly go just for the first day and die happy. I’d like to see Modest Mouse just to say that I’ve finally see them play live, although I know I’d hate everything they played, unless they decided to play nothing but pre-2000 songs. But seriously, that looks likea really great line-up. There are even more people playing, but I only listed the ones I like, so check out the official list for more. Also be sure to check out the really fun (and well done) intro animation, it made me smile.

Tickets are on sale right now, and go anywhere from $56.50 per day, to $750 for a Superticket (I didn’t make that up) which you have to buy in pairs (also not made up), but it does get you a camping spot, V.I.P. access all weekend, and an honest to god sasquatch (that last part might be made up). Like I said, I’d LOVE to go to this, but I sadly don’t have a spare $1000 lying around!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 10, 2008 / By

Google+