Something really struck me about Sameul FranÃ§ois’ outdoor pieces, but it’s hard to put my finger on it. The two above are my favorites, and they’re rather simple. He took (what appears to be) a run down building out in the middle of nowhere, and decided to brighten it up by painting it bright colors and adding a bunch of geometric shapes. These bright colors and shapes are totally at odds with their surrondings, which I think makes it even better.
What I think I like best is that it makes me inspired to do this somewhere in my my own neighborhood or somewhere in my home town. I think coming across something like this in the middle of a forest would be really beautiful, what do you all think?
It feels like forever since I’ve posted about a car I really love, but nothing has really struck me as of late. I’m also not a big fan of overly weird or stylized cars, I just want a car that actually works and is amazing because of not only it’s looks, but it’s functionality as well. So when I spotted the new Toyota IQ over on Wired the other day, I knew right away I needed to write about it.
First off, it’s small. Nothing bothers me more than people driving giant, obnoxious cars and trucks that they don’t need. This car is aimed at young urbanites, but when it gets 56 miles to the gallon, I could image a whole lot of people wanting this little guy, especially in our current economic climate. It’s also been precisely crafted, from the placement of gas tank to the shape of the dashboard, so that the inside feels a lot bigger than it is.
Second, Toyota needs to get Scion back into it’s once A-game, and offering something like this, in the price of range of less than $15k, just might do it. With people trying to save money in any way they can, having a smart and fun compact car that saves them money just might do the trick. I personally would buy one of these puppies in a heart beat, I think the shape is certainly intruiging, especially the back end. I’m also a fan of the wide stance the tires have, something that’s similar in shape to the Mini.
Sign me up!
I’ve always been interested by things like science and space, but as of lately that’s been one of my big influences. I think this was re-awakened when I saw the Aaron Morse installation at The Hammer, something really struck a nerve. So as I was looking through the photos of Vincent Fournier I got really excited by his series called Space Project, a collection of photos that are all over the place, from full on giant space crafts to a desert somewhere that looks like it could be another planet. His shots are absolutely stunning, filled with wonderful hues of pink and bright blues and tons of details and textures.
His name may also sound familiar as he shot those ads with the people wearing giant, full body sweaters. Definitely check out all of his work, he’s one talented guy.
Hey everyone, it’s Wednesday, new DWP, YAY! I had late start this morning, so I apologize for the tardiness! Anywho, this weeks artist is one of my favorite illustrators out there right now. He’s always extremely consistent, has an amazing knack for colors, and until recently was a fellow Angeleno! The fellow I’m talking about is the awesome Josh Cochran! I’ve been a big fan of Josh for a while now, I’ve posted about him on a couple of occasions, and going through his work always makes me happy. He also has a killer print shop with a ton of great stuff for sale, something to definitely check out.
As you can see in the wallpaper above, he didn’t screw around, bringing some serious detailed loveliness to the piece. As per usual, I’m not really sure what’s happening, but there’s a dude photographing some cosmic rays while trying to eat a sandwich, the dude in back is getting really old, really fast, the guy on the right is barfing, there are some space jellys floating around, a flux capacitor at the top… so much awesome stuff! Josh is going to be releasing a print of the wallpaper in the coming months, so when it’s available I’ll be sure to let you all know!
I’m also only releasing this in a few sizes, it would be silly to cut off anything. So if you have a smaller monitor, simply make the background black and make it look like a letterbox movie, got it?
Since 1999 the Landsat 7 satellite has been circling the earth, taking photos of the surface to provide for a more accurate picture of our planet. In 2000, NASA scientists parsed through some of the 400,000 images to create a gallery of amazing images of earth, which were then displayed in the Library of Congress. The collection was called Earth As Art, and featured almost 100 images, showing just how amazing and abstract our planet can look from afar. The images are displayed in real color and infrared, whichever made for a more interesting and dramatic appearance.
I love shit like this. It still amazes me to see images like this, though seeing them blown up at a huge scale would be 100 times more impressive, I’m sure. There are actually several ways to view the exhibit. There’s this more childish (not in a a bad way!) map of the earth where you can click on a continent and view the images. Or you can click here to see the whole shebang, which is probably your better way to go. Take some time to look through all the images!
Found through Environmental Graffiti
P.S. Wouldn’t those make great mixtape covers?!