This little video has been making the rounds today with great force and for good reason. Created by the folks over at One More Production and written & directed by Patrick Jean, PIXELS explores the idea of 8 bit characters and items crossing over to modern day New York and pixelating the hell out of it. The design and animation of this whole video is amazing and hysterical, kind of like District 9 except with Donkey Kong and Space Invaders. Through it all though I think I’d have to say my favorite part is when the Tetris pieces descend, like omniscient, translucent gods coming to PWN your buildings.
Today I’m happy to announce a desktop wallpaper by a guy with one of the coolest names ever, Dan Matutina. Dan does work under the name Twistedfork creating lovely little illustrations with lots of life and color. He also seems to have a kind of fetish for pirates in ninjas, but y’know, who can blame the guy. He also has this rad little project called Status and Shapes where he interprets people’s Twitter messages into a rad looking image. He only did a few but I hope he does more cuz’ they’re pretty rad looking.
As for his wallpaper, I’ll let Dan describe it:
“Was thinking of a cinematic scene where a Ninja is trying to invade a pirate ship and assassinate the Pirate Captain. But the First Mate who was sleeping at the Crow’s Nest saw the Ninja. They start fighting. :) Ofcourse, Ninja and Pirates are geeky. Just tried to make it more badass.”
Absolutely spot-on and totally fun. Don’t forget that there’s an iPad wallpaper size as well, and for those who’ve asked, I’m thinking about creating a larger size for larger monitors. The thing is you vocal few make up less thatn 2% of people who visit the site, so says the Google-y Analytics, so be please be patient.
It’s always great when people I know work together. My friends over at GOOD Magazine asked the extremely talented Micah Lidberg to create an illustration around the how neighborhoods around the U.S. got their names. So he created a map and covered it with hand drawn type, the end result being the amazing image you see above. I love how many different type faces he created, each one more beautiful then the next.
What’s funny is the whole issue, which was art directed by Keith Scharwath, is filled with great illustrators like Scott Barry, Chris Johanson, Erin Kunkel, Leif Parsons, Will Etling and ton of other folks, so I suggest grabbing yourself a copy.
I know I’m asking for trouble by doing this, but… I’m currently working on an upcoming “art show” with my friends at Poketo called Los Angeles, I’m Yours, and we’re looking for some creative folks. If you live here in Los Angeles and can describe the things you make as hand crafted, homemade, or do-it-yourself, then I’d love to know more about it. Recognizing the unique creativity of this city is exactly what our show will be all about, so I’m excited to open things up like this.
Here are the requirements:
- You must live in the greater Los Angeles area. San Diego is NOT Los Angeles, nor is Brazil or Helsinki. I love you all, but you must be an Angeleno to participate.
- You must make things that can be described as hand crafted, homemade, or do-it-yourself. You must also have these things on hand or produce within an extremely short time frame.
- Please don’t send me crafts. I don’t want to know about your oven mitts or cat houses or anything else you’d find at a craft fair. We’re looking for things that are out of the ordinary and are unique. Think Anthropologie, Heath Ceramics or an antique store.
If you think you fit this description please send an email with the title “Los Angeles, I’m Yours Submission” to [email protected] with a link to your items/stuffs. If you don’t have a site then a few small images are ok, but please don’t blow up my inbox or I’ll blow up your email : )
My cohort Mike over at Furni made this awesome little video showing a bit of the process that goes into making one of our Neverend clocks. Not being on the production side of things I was excited to see just what Mike exactly does, cuz’ as far as I know it’s all just magic and elves. But as you’ll see Mike puts a lot of hard work into making one of these puppies with his laser vision… ok, just seeing if you’re still reading.