iPhone applications are getting more and more complex and exciting all the time, as evidenced by the programs above by Rhizomatiks, a Japan based design agency. They’ve created a series of clock applications that are pushing the boundaries of art in iPhone applications. These clocks each display time in a unique way, like numbers on tags hanging from strings or brightly colored digits flying away at a diagonal angle. These kind of remind me of something that UNIQLO would do, which I think is totally a compliment to Rhizomatiks. Each of these apps is free to play with, so I’d recommend scoring them all and impressing people.
Started roughly 5 years ago, Jónsi Birgisson, lead singer of Sigur Rós, and his boyfriend, Alex Sommers, created Riceboy Sleeps, a name that they took when the two collaborate together. The name actually came from Alex’s diet of rice, and one night when Jónsi was writing a song as Alex slept, the name Riceboy Sleeps popped into his head. Since then Alex has been creating the art for most of Sigur Rós’ albums, and they’ve continued working together musically on and off.
You might remember they had a song on the Dark Was The Night compilation, which at the time I didn’t even realize was them. The video above gives a taste of the songs on the album, as well as some insight into how the songs were created. I’ve listened to the album several times now and it’s pretty haunting and mellow, but definitely good music to listen to late at night while working. The album comes out July 20th, and I highly recommend it.
Over the weekend I was retweeted by a fellow named Matt Lyons who works under the name of C86, so curious me did some digging and found out that he was a really great artist and illustrator. Matt currently lives and works in London, England, creating these really densely beautiful drawings.
His work tends to be comprised of these really fantastic, colorful shapes that he combines into these really ornate pieces. His color choices are always really interesting as well, bordering on a more muted palate, even though they’re still really vibrant feeling. He also makes some great t-shirt designs and seems to love budgies.
Terminally Chill by Neon Indian
Neon Indian is exactly what I want summer 2K9 to sound like. Last summer it was Cut Copy, and this summer it’s definitely going to be the trippy, laid back sounds of Alan Palamo. His label says the new album, Psyhic Chasms, was inspired by “drug induced heartbreak, weary afternoons, and lost chances”, which sounds like a gem to me. The album doesn’t come out until October 13th though, so be sure to get his first EP and download two new songs from his label.
Name: Luke Fenech Degree/College: 2nd year graphic design and Nottingham Trent University Website:www.lukefenech.co.uk
About Your Wallpaper:
I read an article recently about 21st century post modern architecture and how cities are starting to look like theme parks. I like that metaphor and worked with it to make a disjointed, surreal looking landscape to use as a wallpaper.