Arslan Shahid is a Canadian designer who created this really intense typeface he calls Splinter, which is “created with the notion of war, taken from the perspective of the mood and atmosphere it creates in areas of conflict.” I thought these letters were really rad but terrifying at the same time, there’s so much going on in each form.
I’m not sure what the scale of these are but I’m imagining how cool they would be if they were huge sculptures. Imagine seeing a room full of these spelling out different words or even phrases.
Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects is a japanese architecture office with an increasingly exciting portfolio of projects. Enjoy them all, but pay particular attention to the project above: the Bayside Marina Hotel in Yokohama. (You may recognize the city’s name from its famous port terminal.) The term “Pre-fabricated” is usually an indication, at least to me, that something fishy is about to be justified in terms of its manufacture.
This is not the case with the Bayside Marina Hotel. Fabricated in Thailand; assembled in Japan, this project is a really refreshing series of boxes. I’m not sure why the emerging talent from Japan is as exciting or refreshing as it is. There are Swiss firms that have work this restrained, but not this playful; there are Dutch firms with projects this playful, but not this restrained– I don’t think this is a very good way to frame the work of Yasutaka Yoshimura. But while I can’t articulate a basis for understanding their work, one isn’t necessary at all to enjoy it.
Lately I have spent my weekends undertaking the most mundane and dull of activities: laying about in bed, getting through my weekly ironing and watching DVDs – not the types of endeavours that are worthy of chronicling. Fortunately, I can live vicariously through the photographs featured on How’s your weekend? where weekends are filled with, among other things, eating sushi, searching the laneways of Melbourne for interesting typography, baking, throwing projector dance parties and walking through the streets of a wintry New York. Now that is the kind of weekend I would like to have!
How’s your weekend? is a collective photography project curated by interactive producer and blogger Laura Tjitradjaja. What is particularly impressive about the project is its geographical scope, whereby photographers and bloggers from Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States have contributed to the ever-expanding blog. The effect is that the viewer is allowed views into a wide variety of existences and cultures, producing a shared intimacy that celebrates the small details in the everyday.
LCD Soundsystem’s new album This Is Happening is going to be another huge success, at least if his new video for Drunk Girls is any kind of indication. The video was shot by Spike Jonze and filmed just 24 hours after they came up with the idea. It was shot entirely with two cameras in one long, insane take. There are all kinds of people dressed up as evil pandas harassing the band and causing general chaos. It’s honestly the strangest most random 4:13 I’ve ever seen, but y’know, I’ve honestly seen parties like this, with girls and dudes acting like this.
I showed this to a couple of my co-workers as well and they had the song stuck in their head for the rest of the morning, so that should say something for the catchiness of the song itself. This Is Happening comes out May 17, be sure to check it out.
Whoa wait it’s Monday and there’s a Mixcast, huh, what?! Yeah, I’ve decided to move the weekly Mixcast officially to Monday’s starting today. By shifting the date from Friday to Monday I get the entire weekend to put the mix together, which means I’m not stressing late on a Thursday night and you get a better mix. I promise this will be a much better deal.
For example this week I’ve put together a rock & roll Mixcast with nothing but jangling guitars, loud feedback and people screaming their lyrics. Just like the old days! If you want a kick in the head to wake yourself up this week be sure to take a listen. For the cover art I tried to make something that kinda’ looked like an old punk flyer, but you know, designed. I hope you like it and be sure to check back next Monday for another new Mixcast.
Here’s this week’s tracklist: Embassy Row by Pavement The Rat by The Walkmen I’m A Wheel by WIlco Emasculate The Masculine by The Unicorns Something Against You by The Pixies M.O.R. by Blur Somebody Got Murdered by The Clash Someday Soon by Harlem Butt-House Blondies by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Dukes Up by Modest Mouse White Light White Heat by The Velvet Underground Heart of the Country By Paul McCartney