Good morning, I hope you’re having a nice Wednesday so far. This week’s wallpaper is pretty rad, we’re talking like cutting edge desktop wallpaper technology (insert bad 80′s theme song). This week’s wallpaper comes from the extremely talented Chad Kouri. Chad is a Chicago based artist who works with a lot of collage but also does a bunch of great hand-drawn fonts as well. He also has a solo exhibit opening up this Friday at the Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago from 7 to 10PM, so if you’re in the area be sure to stop by.
Now as I was saying, revolutionary desktop wallpaper technology. What Chad’s done is created sets of wallpapers that come in three colors. With these three colors you can have your computer change your wallpaper to a different color every minute or hour or so. So slowly throughout the day your wallpaper changes color, do you get it?
The links will have you download ZIP files instead of JPGs and I promise they’re virus free, I created them myself. I know you can do this if you’re on a Mac, simply go to System Preferences > Desktop and then choose the folder you downloaded. Below the images there’s a box that says “Change Picture.” Click that and then set the time to whatever you like best. I think you can do this on Windows 7 as well, but I can’t promise anything. If you’re totally lost feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to help, but honestly this isn’t very hard.
I hope you enjoy the wallpaper and if you’re in Chicago stop by Chad’s show and say hi!
I got an email from one of the guys over at PTARMAK/PMTK letting me know that they updated their site with some new work. I checked it out and these Austin, TX folks have some really nice work. My personal favorite was the branding then did for Honest Don’s and The Chop Shop. As far as I can tell they’re basically a local butcher shop and market. Thus, they gave them both an updated twist on the classic butcher shop look and feel. I love how they used a palette of red and white with an extremely dark red almost brown color, which reminds me blood or meat (in a good way).
My only beef with their site is that I have no idea what to call them. I’m guessing that it’s supposed to be PTARMAK, which doesn’t make any sense, but I also see PTMK all over the place as well. Otherwise, I’m very impressed and if I was opening a butcher shop any time soon I’d totally let them handle the branding.
Last night I was browsing the architecture section at Hennesy + Ingalls when I came across this adorable little apartment simply called 63.02º designed by Jo Nakamara and Schemata Architecture Office. The name comes from the angle of the front of the house which is positioned so the resident can take in the sight of the city as well as the next door neighbors cherry tree.
Other then that the apartment is pretty minimal (or empty, depending upon your point of view). Would it be difficult to live there? Probably. Does the idea of having basically now stuff at all cluttering your house interest me? Absolutely. Imagine how much work you could get done here!
One of my goals for 2010 is to become better acquainted with the artists and designers here in Los Angeles. For example, it feels to me like everyone in New York knows everyone, like they have this semblance of an organized creative culture. Los Angeles on the other hand feels like you might know a couple of people but worlds hardly merge and there’s really no commonality, even though we’re all pretty much in the same boat. That being said I have a few ideas for trying to bring people together that I’ll be speaking about in the coming months.
For now though I’d suggest that you check out the meet and greet being put on by the Graphic Artists Guild this Friday at 7PM. They’ll be meeting up at Dinah’s Family Restaurant on Sepulveda to meet new people and have some design-y conversations. I’m definitely going to try and go even though it’s an hour and half on the bus to get there.
Bluish by Sondre Lerche
Over the weekend I found this lovely version of Sondre Lerche covering Animal Collective’s Bluish. It’s nothing crazy or anything but it definitely shows that the guys from Animal Collective really do write beautiful songs with great lyrics. If you’d like to hear the original be sure to check out Merriweather Post Pavillion and if you’re not familiar with Sondre check out his album Two Way Monologue, which is my personal favorite.