The Panic Status Board

Having an entire board dedicated to statistics based around your business is such a rad idea, and Panic has created a beautiful monster called the Panic Status Board. What they’ve done is created a way to track all of the major things they do, like emails to return, their status on products and even a feed of their Twitter updates.

This seems like something every person could use. Imagine if you had a board like this to keep track of your life? Sure, you could say that we have things like computers and iPhones that do that kind of stuff, but I like that this board is dedicated to just certain statistics. Imagine if it kept track of the contents of your fridge, or when your bills are due, or when to pick up your kids from their playdate, so on and so forth. An entire board dedicated to keeping track of your life.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

March 12, 2010 / By

’70 Million’ by Hold Your Horses!

I was sent this music video last week by a reader and since then I’ve seen it totally explode all over the place, and rightfully so. The folks over at L’Ogre have created a great video for the band Hold Your Horses! and their song 70 Million. The video features the band dressed up in costumes and in scenery that mimics classic paintings. You’ve got Renoir and Picasso and all those guys represented, and it’s amazing that they were able to get the lighting on these so right. Plus, the song itself is pretty good as well, I’d love to hear more.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

March 12, 2010 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Ward Jenkins

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Ward Jenkins

Ward Jenkins

I’m totally sorry that I didn’t post this wallpaper yesterday, my days have been super busy, which I’ll be speaking about on Monday. Until then, sorry about the delay. This week’s desktop comes from one of the nicest and most talented illustrators out there, Mr. Ward Jenkins. He’s a fantastic artist with that kind of retro vintage style but with a contemporary spin that makes his work feel fresh and vibrant. Plus he uses the best colors, the man is a genius in that department. He also has an epic beard which I believe stores his talent.

I asked Ward to create a bike related wallpaper so he came up with the totally fun image you see above. It’s all about the color palette on this one, plus those arrows which totally spice it up. It’s such a fun image and makes me wish I was riding my bike right now. Thanks Ward!

Bobby Solomon

March 11, 2010 / By

Andy Spade Interview by David Coggins for A Continuous Lean

Andy Spade: At the Bar by David Coggins

I posted this about this Andy Spade interview on my Twitter but there are a couple of gems that I wanted to point out:

DC: It seems like it’s not enough to design something—it has to have a place in the world, and be used in the world and responded to. It’s not enough to be self-referential or clever for its own sake.

AS: Exactly.

DC: It seems that there’s a lot of that these days.

AS: There is a lot that. It’s one thing if it’s a conceptual art piece, but another if it’s an object to be used. My friend Rich Silverstein, who’s in advertising, said this great thing: ‘Everyone borrows from the past. Just don’t steal from other advertising agencies. Look to the history of art or bridge design there are so many great places and put them together in a new way.’ Putting a piano in a bar at the Carlyle is a lot different than putting one in our store on Great Jones Street. It’s how you do it.

I’ve felt this way for a long time. Being clever for clevers sake just doesn’t work for me and it never will. This is especially true when it comes to the popular tren of “Star Wars posters that look like cereal boxes” or “TV shows in the style of German propaganda” or whatever. Sure, you smirk at them, but no one is going to remember what you did two weeks from now.

I also liked this gem:

DC: There’s something depressing about seeing the same store with the same window design uptown and downtown. It’s only a step away from seeing it in the duty free store in the airport. I would go into Jack Spade just to see what’s on the wall.

AS: Right, that’s why I go in to a store, too. I was totally influenced by Agnes B and Paul Smith. I wanted to make everything personal to be sure it felt honest. Don’t make it look like it’s been styled. I would say to Mordechai and Matt Singer, do what you like. It doesn’t have to be duplicated. It’s like organic farming. This is our little community store, it reflects the neighborhood. How big can you get before you get bad? I need that detail to be exactly right or exactly wrong. It’s like a living breathing creature—don’t you like your friend more when he makes a mistake or falls down? That’s what brands need to be.

Making mistakes as a brand, the right mistakes that is, is essential to anyone. But thinking about making mistakes as a brand and learning from them is such a great concept. Andy Spade is kind of my new design/life hero. I’d suggest taking the time to read the rest of this article.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

March 11, 2010 / By

House Industries Eames Gallery Exhibition

If you’re in Los Angeles, Santa Monica to be specific, I highly suggest you check out this Eames Gallery Exhibition at the Eames Office which is being put on by the folks over at House Industries. You’ll be able to meet up with both the House Industries and Eames designers, see cool art and furniture and hell, spend time in the Eames office, which is cool enough all on it’s own.

These are the times when I wish I had a car. For more information click here.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

March 11, 2010 / By

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