I’ve been mildly obsessed with the folks over at Team Ico and their leader and brainchild Fumito Ueda ever since they released the video game Ico back in 2001. The game definitely revolutionized the idea of what a video game could and should be, simplifying the controls to their bare minimum and giving the overall experience an extremely cinematic feeling.
Since then they’ve released one other game, Shadow of the Colossus, a puzzle game of sorts where you must destroy humongous roaming colossi in order to save the life of a girl. This game was epic in it’s storytelling, as you traveled around the land on horseback, eventually reaching these giant beasts, and finally climbing onto many of them to destroy them.
It’s been nearly 4 years since Shadow of the Colossus, and thankfully Team Ico has a new project out now, titled The Last Guardian. There was an older video showcasing the game, at the time called Trico (which is now the name of the creature in the game), but since then they’ve redone the trailer and it looks absolutely beautiful. I really need to buy a PS3 now.
I think everyone likes finding a good free font, so I thought I’d toss this one out to everyone. It’s a new font from the folks over at Gestalten called Frank Bold Ltd, and features kind of a cleaned up, fresher looking blackletter that looks pretty sweet. I can already think of a project that I’d like to use this one for.
Last night I went to the opening of the Generic Man pop-up shop at Space 15 Twenty here in Los Angeles. The event was in conjunction with the launch of Generic Man’s Spring/Summer ’09 line, as well as the addition of a rather sexy line of women’s shoes as well. The evening was rather fun, with plenty of good looking, well dressed people in attendance.
The pop-up itself was beautiful, with lots of structures made of recycled materials like wood and cardboard. The decorations were great, including Generic Ceramics or Pottery or something like that, a line of pots that were for sale and contained some nice succulents. There was also a flat gray Fiat parked in the middle of the space, looking tiny and cute.
To further compliment the shoes and atmosphere there were issues of Arkitip strewn about as well as a display for SUPER Sunglasses. You could even buy the furniture that was on display! If you’re around LA I’d definitely suggest you stop by, they’ve made a really great space.
Check under the cut for a ton more photos and details of the space.
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Check out the dark and creepy artwork of iregret, a Japanese artist that so far is pretty unknown, or at least I haven’t been able to dig anything up about him. Trying to translate his writing with Babelfish also wasn’t very fruitful. I do know the image at top has something to do with nose water, but that’s not very helpful.
Overall his pieces have an extreme realism, but they’re always moody, even if they’re splashed with colors all over them. Really brilliant stuff. Here’s a link to his blog as well where he has more work.