Discovered this new mix over the weekend from BAIO, the DJ name of
Chris Baio who now goes around making great jams. Overall the mix has this really bright, vibrant sound to it which in my opinion is a perfect way to start the week out. Welcome Monday! ex-Vampire Weekend bassist
Editor’s Note: My bad, I swear I read that Ezra Koenig left the band, thus ending it. Seems I was crazy.
20Syl is the mysterious moniker of French beatmaker Sylvain Richard who recently released this killer music video for his track, “Kodama”. The video is a crazy mash up of musical instruments being played by nonspecific arms that play elements of the song while being surrounded by an assortment of interesting props. Plus it’s just a great song in general.
If you dig the video below you can listen to his Motifs EP on Soundcloud, where the track is from.
When it comes to sharply designed branding and identity one of the first names that comes to mind is Brent Couchman and his San Francisco design studio Moniker. One of my recent favorite projects they completed was the branding and identity for Teddy’s Nacho Royale, a Mexican restaurant on the Menlo Park campus of Facebook.
I think what they’ve done is a perfect mix of playful type and symbols, all presented in a clean, contemporary fashion. They specifically “developed the visual identity, signage and interior graphics with a nod to local burrito joints, while incorporating their internal culture throughout the restaurant.” Overall it’s really well done, and a place personally I would love to frequent.
You can see more of Moniker’s work by clicking here.
For the time being, “smart watches” aren’t a smart bet. So far most companies are producing mobile phones that fit on your wrist, not truly thinking of what the utility of a wrist mounted computing device should be used for. Google’s Android Wear watches seem to be the first coherent thought in this brave new world, but unfortunately it’s focused on being a cool gadget for the tech-savvy first while putting the everyday people market second.
That’s where Withings and their new Activité watch come in. At first glance what do you see? A watch. A beautiful watch designed in Paris and made in Switzerland out of stainless steel and unbreakable sapphire glass. This is first and foremost a beautifully designed object that will appeal to folks who still wear watches. Looks are deceiving though as it features a variety of helpful, tech focused features like monitoring distance (walking, running, or swimming), calories burned, and quantity and quality of sleep, all of which will sync with Withing’s existing Health Mate app.
This to me feels like the natural progression of smart watches. Be sure that they appeal to a market of people that still wear watches, a number which I’m sure is dwindling, and give them more functionality with less fuss. The less fuss? The battery in the watch will last a year, not the nightly charging that Google’s watches require. I suppose time will tell how these devices evolve.
Alexander Chen, a Creative Director at Google Creative Lab and all around talented guy, has created an interesting web app called Piano Phase.
This site is based on the first section from Steve Reich’s 1967 piece “Piano Phase”. Two pianists repeat the same twelve note sequence, but one gradually speeds up. Here, the musical patterns are visualized by drawing two lines, one following each pianist.
It’s fascinating to see something complex like Steve Reich’s work visualized. Doing it graphically and using only code is so mesmerizing, and although it’s only 12 notes repeated over and over, the phasing effect is intriguing. Check out the video below for a preview.
Have you ever grazed a flock of montivagant sheep? Perhaps you’ve once received a recumbentibus of righteous indignation? Maybe you were once the recipient of a glare so angry that it left you completely gorgonized? … No? … Not sure? … Don’t worry! I didn’t know the meaning to any of these words either until I discovered this wonderful A-Z of Unusual Words by Irish graphic-arts duo The Project Twins.
Combining bold graphics with visual wit the series explores the meaning behind 26 words. Starting at “A” (Acersecomic – A person whose hair has never been cut) and heading all the way to “Z” (Zugzwang – A position in which any decision or move will result in problem) the series is bound to offer a few new words to add to you’re vocabulary while also putting a smile on your face.
The Project Twins are James and Michael Fitzgerald and they recently launched a new website. It’s full of both personal and commercial projects that range from large scale art pieces to great design and illustration projects.
Prints from this series are available from their online shop.
Craftsy is giving you a chance to win an online class that will allow you to take your drawings from flat to fully dimensional. The Art & Science of Perspective — a limited-time giveaway for The Fox Is Black readers. Two winners will be randomly selected on July 10, 2014.
With this class you’ll enjoy a front row seat to step-by-step guidance from architectural illustrator Jeff DiCicco; easily ask him questions for all the answers you need throughout 8 HD video lessons. Complete helpful exercises to hone your skills as you learn how to depict one and two-point perspective, and add incredibly realistic renderings to your artistic repertoire.
Click here to enter.
I don’t know about you but one of my morning rituals is checking Instagram, getting a glimpse of what my friends and inspirations are up to. Earlier this morning there was great time-lapse of a painting done by Kelsey Brookes, who sums it up best by saying, “Months of work turned into a ten second video.” Still, it’s wonderful to see the process of something so huge and beautiful.
If you’re unfamiliar with his work or are a huge fan like I am you should definitely follow him on Instagram. I’ve also put a few of his images below which give a sense of the trippy paintings he creates which are based on the molecular make up of drugs.