I was instantly smitten with the work of Matthew Lyons as soon as I set eyes upon it. His style lies somewhere between Tim Biskup and Kevin Dart but there’s something really abstract about it as well though that really sets what he does apart.
Everything he does also looks like a James Bond movie, with very modern interiors and interesting color schemes. His lighting and color is something that really makes his work pop out to me. The mixture of reds and greens contrasting makes his work just that more dramatic.
I’d highly suggest you pay a visit to his site to see these images big, giant sized, you get much more of the effect that way. You can also check out his work on his Flickr as well.
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In trying to stay consistent with my message of working hard and making change as a creative person, I thought I’d post this list of friendly advice by Bruce Mau. Mr. Mau calls this his Incomplete Manifesto For Growth and it features beliefs, strategies and motivations to help you succeed at your work. He started writing it back in 1998 and has been adding to it since then, currently it’s at 43 points.
I posted my top three points because they fit me well. The first one is ‘Don’t Be Cool’, which is something I’ve tried to stay away from since the day I started this blog. Cool is just style over substance. I’m not trying to be cool, I don’t write this to be cool, I do like to do things which I think are cool but at the end of the day I’m a computer nerd with a boner for well designed things.
After that is ‘Ask Stupid Questions.’ I’ve always been one of those people who asks a ton of questions, smart or stupid, I just want information. The more information I can soak up the more prepared I am. I also like that he says “Growth is fueled by desire,” and I can definitely say I have an immense thirst for knowledge. I’m on Wikipedia at least five to ten times a day, easy.
My last favorite is ‘Stay Up Late,’ though sometimes I wish I didn’t embody this one so well. I’m currently writing this at 3:53 AM, obviously I should be in bed. But like Bruce says, things happen when you push yourself beyond your normal limits. For me personally I tend to really get “in the zone” or whatever when it’s late. There are less distractions, outside my window and inside my computer, and I can really start to dream up crazy things.
I hope you enjoy the list, be sure post your favorites and why in the comments!
ICE CREAM FOR FREE™ is a Berlin based design studio with a rather impressive collection of work. I came across these record covers (on a blog which unfortunately I’m totally spacing on, my apologies) which have these amazing sections of patterns and colors. The covers were created for a fictional record label called Dipsie As Well Records and may or may not have been created when someone accidentally took three caffeine pills at one time.
I love how the albums have a very similar structure and palette to them but each one still feels unique. I would definitely frame these and put them on my walls.
Back in the end of 2008 Shoot The Player (it’s like the Australian La Blogotheque) got together with the folks in Beach House to record a song. They ended up playing the song Used To Be which wasn’t released until their most recent album Teen Dream. It’s definitely one of my favorite songs on the album, but the album is pretty flawless anyhow. She also does a janky rendition of TLC’s Waterfalls which is pretty funny, it’s almost a karaoke quality performance. I hadn’t seen this video until the other day, I’m probably a little behind on this, but I thought I’d share it with you.
Happy New Year! It’s 2010 so I thought I’d share some brand new, fresh outta’ the oven music with you. All of the songs on this week’s Mixcast come from artists who have brand new albums coming out in 2010… okay, except Charlotte Gainsbourg. I totally fucked up and thought her album came out in 2010 and I didn’t realize that it came out last December until I was midway through recording. It’s still a really great song, so just enjoy it!
This year should be a great year for music if the following list is any kind of indication. Is there anything else coming out that you’re excited for? Off the top of my head I can think of Arcade Fire and The Books.
Here’s this week’s tracklist:
Boy Lilikoi by Jónsi
Lewis Takes Off His Shirt by Owen Pallett
Love Me Girl by Yeasayer
Thanks Vision by Toro Y Moi
Psyche by Massive Attack
Written In Reverse by Spoon
Lover of Mine by Beach House
Mongrel Heart by Broken Bells
Taxi Cab by Vampire Weekend
La Collectionneue by Charlotte Gainsbourg
Don’t Call Me Uncle by Adam Green
Fortune by Midlake
Update: Mediafire link has been updated and is working again.