My good friend Punchy IM’ed me this morning letting me know that La Blogotheque released three new Take Away Shows featuring everyone’s favorite French rock n’ rollers Phoenix. The videos follow the band playing in some of the most tourst-y places like in front of the Eiffel Tower or in a double decker bus. It’s kind of crazy how good they sound no matter where the hell they’re playing. Watch these videos and let Phoenix melt away your busy day.
I don’t think I’ve ever done anything before, but I thought I’d share some images that have recently inspired me and my work. Lately I’ve been on a big black and white kick, no colors getting in the way, just pure graphics.
The first image is the cover of Fukt, which is a Berlin based magazine that covers contemporary drawing. I love the three dimensionality of the cover mixed with the line drawings peaking through. The scribble that says “Magazine For Drawing” is also nice, I like that it’s placed on both levels.
The second image is the cover of Proximity, a Chicago-based art journal which covers contemporary art and culture in the city. I’m mildly obsessed with the logomark, which is is a diamond which been sectioned off to create separate areas for things like the logo, date and price of the magazine. It’s almost technical in it’s execution but it’s simplistic shapes and black and white palette really make it exciting to me.
The third image is a product called Good Day which was designed by the folks over at Carefully Considered. Good Day is a line of soaps and lotions that are pretty basic and minimal looking as you get. I love that the packaging has a simple logo as well as a simple code on the front letting you know if the lotions are made for oily, mild or dry skin.
The last three images come from a Brazilian/New York designer named Lucas Nasson (beware, his site is evil and not only makes your window go full screen but then gives you his portfolio in a pop-up). Nonetheless this guy is amazing, he basically eats and breathes black and white simplicity. Looking through his work there’s hardly a drop of color and it couldn’t be more exciting or gorgeous.
I hope you liked seeing what makes me tick. If you did let me know and maybe I’ll start posting more collections of inspirational stuff like this.
While checking out that brass kunckles holiday card guy a few posts earlier I came across the work of Michael Carney, the guy who’s single-handedly responsible for nearly all of The Black Keys cover artwork. I remember seeing the artwork to their newest album Attack & Release and wondering who did it because I thought it was so great, so it’s interesting to know that it’s been the same guy working with them all along. I really enjoy his painterly technique and his font creation/choices. He’s got a good eye and I an definitely see why they want him for all of their covers.
Continuing my Australian streak I’ve got this awesome line of t-shirts called Das Monk. The brand was started by Marc Hendrick and Anna Lunoe who release a new collection every 3 months, working with up and coming designers from around the world. My favorite shirts are the ones above which I really like because of their minimal and slightly unusual graphics. I think if you’re going to wear a silkscreened tee it’s better if it’s a bit more random and esoteric like these ones.
Those dang Australians just don’t stop with the awesome music. The video above is for the 21 year old musician Jonathan Boulet who makes some dreamy, pop music that definitely gets stuck in your head. The video is for the song A Community Service Announcement and was directed by Special Problems, a New Zealand duo who’ve done a ton of great videos, be sure to check out more of their work.