Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Hopefully everyone’s got someone or something to make them happy today. Even dogs and cats (and turtles!) need love, so don’t forget about them today.
I stole the image above from ESPO’s new book, Steve Powers – Studio Gangster, because I thought it was sweet in an off-kilter kinda way. Be sure to pick up said book, it’s absolutely phenomenal, and ESPO (aka Steve Powers) is a pretty witty guy, making it a fun read as well.
Also check out Wikipedia’s article on Valentine’s Day, which might give you a little more insight on why we celebrate, and the different ways people celebrate around the world.
Pepsi has decided to try and woo the health conscious people of the world with it’s newest Pepsi incarnation, Pepsi Raw. The fizzy caramel cola we all know is losing the artificial ingredients and are instead being replaced by apple extract, coffee leaf, cane sugar, and sparkling water. This change will also drop the drink anywhere from 10-30 calories, I’ve seen different figures floating around. As of now Pepsi Raw will only be served in certain bars and clubs in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Brighton, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool.
I know a whollleee lot of you folks reading this blog live in England, so what are the chances of one of you snagging a bottle and sending it to me? I don’t really drink soda all that much anymore, but I’m really interested in trying it. I mean, look at how sexy the shape of that bottle is! Those upward shaped rings that curve around it are totally sensual. And the minimalism of the font on the glass bottle with the brown liquid inside, it’s a dream!
You can read more about the logo designers Ziggurat over on Design Week.
I’ve also posted two Pepsi Raw advertisements under the cut, which are quite revealing…
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That UPSO guy is all over the place these days. He has his personal site, his UPSO site, a record label, he also runs Faesthetic (and I’m guessing their blog as well), is the “special projects manager” for Threadless t-shirts, and is half of Studio Sans Nom along with his wife, Jemma Hoestetler.
As I was browsing around Sans Nom I came across this awesome deck they did as a part of Refill Mag’s 7 Laserdeck Skateboard Show. I love all the crazy details that have been lasered into the wood, it’s so amazing that it’s even possible to do something like that. I think more people should start working in wood, and spend less time on the computer. But then send me photos of what you made so I can post it on my blog…
More photos under the cut, so check ‘em out.
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Wired put up a really great gallery/article with some updates about Spore.
First off, the game is being released September 7th for Mac, PC, and Nintendo DS, all at the same time. That’s still quite a ways away, but Will Wright has figured out how to keep everyone happy till then… a Creature Editor! It’s going to be released a few months before the game comes out, and will allow you to make creatures just like you do in the game. It’ll tell you as soon as Spore comes out, and allow you to import the characters you’ve made as well.
Another cool detail they’ve leaked is that you can start the game at any point. So if you don’t want to start out in the “cell” portion of the game, you can jump directly into the making of your creature. I think this could be helpful especially if you’ve played the game a million times and are sick of being a tiny shrimp in the evolutional tide pool.
I guess there’s also something hidden in the center of the universe, which you can try and find once you get the space travel ability. Will Wright and his creative team have totally done it again, and I’ll be posting more of these nerdy posts as more info becomes available.
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I’ve noticed that in the next few weeks there are going to be a slew of good art shows and concerts going on and I had no way of sharing them with everyone, save doing individual posts about them all. So I started looking back into this whole Google Maps thing, and sure enough, they’ve made it pretty damn easy to do. Well, at least easier than it used to be, that’s for sure. I spent basically all night making this dang thing, so hopefully you all find it helpful (you all being those of you who live in LA, obviously).
The L.A. Happenings map isn’t intended to cover everything that’s going on in Los Angeles, just the things that I really feel would be the best or most fun thing to go do. With the map of above, you have two art shows, and two concerts. The art shows are at the same time, and the concerts are at the same time, so you’ll have to choose wisely!
Finally, if you have anything rad coming up that you’d like to share with Kitsune Noir readers, send me and email (you can use the tab above) and let me know about it. I’m not going to promise anything to anyone, so this is my disclaimer, haha…
Check back next Tuesday/Wednesday-ish for a new one!
UPDATE: I added the Amy Stein show, it looks too good to pass up!
The city of Dubai is slowly becoming one of the most amazing cities in the world, a city that looks almost like science fiction come to life, something you would only see in a Philip Dick novel. It already plays host to the world’s tallest hotel, and come 2012, it will also be home to the world’s largest arch bridge, the 6th Crossing.
The 6th Crossing is one mile long, 670 feet tall, and will be spanning the Dubai Creek. It will have 12 lanes, 6 in each direction and the Dubai Metro will run through the middle of it. It also looks like it will also allow people access to the upcoming opera house. The bridge was created by NY based architects FXFOWLE INTERNATIONAL, who had this to say about the bridge:
The bridgeâ€™s design was inspired by multiple sources, each evoking similar imagery â€“ the rhythmic grace of Dubai Creekâ€™s current, the elegant splendor of the sand dunes adjacent to the City, the lighting patterns of the lunar cycle and the design of the future Opera House. We believe that our bridge design is not merely to link the Cityâ€™s cultural and commercial developments or ease congestion, but an opportunity to connect people both physically and emotionally by creating an iconic landmark, destination, and gateway between the old, the new and the future Dubai.
I think the bridge looks really beautiful, and I can only imagine how amazing it would look in person. English is their main second language, so maybe I’ll have to learn a little Arabic and pop over and see it 4 years from now! Also of interest, check out this great Wikipedia entry on the upcoming projects in Dubai, which make it seem like a grown up Disneyland on crack… and I mean that in the best way.
You can also see some more pictures of the project under the cut.
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I bought the new issue of GOOD Magazine, one of my favorite new magazines for sure, and noticed right in the front was the cutest food illustration ever! The images are by Rad Mountain, a NY art collective comprised of Damien Correll, Justin Fines, Wyeth Hansen & Garrett Morin. Phew! I seriously want to frame these in my apartment!
Also be sure to check out the rest of the magazine as well. There’s a great story about pampered food, and how it’s better for everyone, and a bunch of other great food related topics, which is what the issue is about.
Continuing the pimping (not in the Chelsea kind of way) of Hollywood’s actors and Oscar nominees, NY Times Magazine has an article featuring the people they thought were the breakthrough actors of 2007. Along with it though are some wonderful photos taken by one of my faves, Ryan McGinley. Overall the photos aren’t his best, it kind of feels like he made them a little more mainstream and a little less conceptual. But it’s also kind of cool to see him shooting big name actors and actresses.
There’s also a behind the scenes video of sorts that gives a look at the shoot. It’s kind of interesting to see, but nothing too crazy.
I’ve also posted more photos from the shoot under the cut, so check those out too.
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