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Oh Apple, how you tease. And inspire.

June 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Zoinks! This is amazing. Wish I could see it in person. More here. And a video of it action:

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Tags: Apple · Art · Design · Inspiration · Interactive · News · Technology · You Tube

The Stone Roses, reissued.

May 28th, 2009 · Comments Off

One of my most treasured albums, and a sure sign I’m older than I care to admit, I see that The Stone Roses are getting ready to re-issue a 20th anniversary edition of their classic,  monumental self-titled album from 1989, “The Stone Roses.” To celebrate, I offer one of their best songs, on my Top […]

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Tags: Art · Culture · Inspiration · Music · News

Souvenirs [of Winnipeg] – 3 Short Films by Paula Kelly

May 26th, 2009 · Comments Off

Souvenirs (2008) Three short films which trace the shifting identities of a city called Winnipeg and the people who call it home. * colour, black & white * archival photos & sound * 8 & 16mm film * Hi-8 digital video, DigiBeta, Beta SP NTSC * 4:3 letterboxed * stereo Created through the Winnipeg Arts […]

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Tags: Architecture · Canada · Culture · Film & Video · Inspiration · News

Tokyo Cube — Shopping Japanese Style…

May 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off

Fun, fun, fun Japanese goods shop… sections include Art, Fashion, Interior & Toys. “Tokyocube was founded in 2005, initially with the launch of the Tokyocube Magazine, which was designed to provide people throughout the world with a place to find features, articles and reviews on all the latest to come out of Japan, as well […]

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Tags: Art · Books · Business · Culture · Design · Fashion · Graphic Design · Industrial Design · Inspiration · Japan · Magazines · Retail · Technology

Arthur Erickson, 1924 – 2009

May 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

You can’t walk around Vancouver without being affected by Arthur Erickson’s work, and I was especially lucky to have had a chance to work in a studio in one of his buildings (the Evergreen Building on West Pender, now condos). To me, Erickson’s buildings *are* Vancouver – they engage the geography and climate, the warm […]

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Tags: Architecture · Culture · Design · Heroes · Inspiration · News

Homage to Japanese Typography

May 15th, 2009 · Comments Off

Found this post full of  Japanese Type examples. Love it.

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Tags: Culture · Design · Inspiration · Japan · Photography · Typography

“The Alchemists” becomes “Art & Copy”

March 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I posted about this film over a year ago (here), when it was called “The Alchemists,” wondering if anyone knew if it had a release date… and then I forgot all about it. I see now it has been renamed to “Art & Copy” (and maybe re-edited? judging from a comparison of the two trailers) […]

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Tags: Advertising · Business · Copywriting · Culture · Film & Video · Inspiration

Dancing Matt

September 16th, 2008 · Comments Off

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

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Tags: Culture · Funny · Inspiration · Social · Surprising · You Tube


September 1st, 2008 · Comments Off

Tonight we get a rare night out to re-live our youth at the Oasis show. And a bonus! Ryan Adams (I hope he does “Sweet Carolina”). I found these stubs while cleaning up in the basement this morning. Here’s to 1995!

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Tags: Culture · Inspiration · Music


August 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

With a new school year hiding on the other side of this long weekend, and the official beginning of “clients start calling” season, I offer a last hurrah, a doozy from 1978: “September,” by Earth, Wind & Fire. Do you remember the 21st night of September? Love was changing the minds of pretenders While chasing […]

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Tags: Culture · Inspiration · Music · You Tube

Music roundup

August 25th, 2008 · Comments Off

Music makes me happy. All the time, every day. Lately I’ve been listening to some new and old: Steinski “What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective” Metacritic Score: 90 | Standout Track: “Lesson 2 (The James Brown Mix” Sonic Youth “Dirty” Standout Track: “Sugar Cane” Underworld “Oblivion with Bells” Metacritic Score: 64 | Standout Track: […]

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Culture · Inspiration · Music


May 24th, 2008 · Comments Off

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Inspiration · Photography

R.E.M. Hollow Man

May 7th, 2008 · Comments Off

via Motionographer I feel like I’m watching an animated David Carson layout from 1996. And that’s not a bad thing, because Michael Stipe is great. We saw R.E.M. play in Vancouver in 1995 (with Sonic Youth) and then I had a chance to chat with him at my grad show in 2000. Still waiting for […]

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Art · Culture · Design · Film & Video · Friends · Inspiration · Motion Graphics · Music

Things I have learned in my life so far – Stefan Sagmeister

May 5th, 2008 · Comments Off

I had the opportunity to see Stefan Sagmeister speak in Toronto in 2006. In person, he seems humble and grounded in ideas. His personality shows well in this short from Hillman Curtis.

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Art · Culture · Design · Graphic Design · Heroes · Ideas · Inspiration

2008 United Kingdom Coinage – Royal Shield of Arms Proof Collection

April 28th, 2008 · Comments Off

2008 United Kingdom Coinage – Royal Shield of Arms Proof Collection This is the first set of coins I’ve ever purchased, but this one seemed too important to miss. Matthew Dent is a young designer from the UK who won a competition to design this set of coins from the Royal Mint. I’ve posted a […]

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Graphic Design · Industrial Design · Inspiration

For Once In My Life, Stevie Wonder

November 1st, 2007 · Comments Off

Was watching Entourage last night (most addictive show on TV), and they ended the episode with Stevie Wonder’s classic song, “For Once in My Life.” I immediately scoured my Stevie Wonder greatest hits CD for a listen only to discover it wasn’t on that album! A quick visit to the iTunes Music Store scratched that […]

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Culture · Inspiration · Music

Pentagram (by Hillman Curtis)

September 21st, 2007 · Comments Off

Very nice video featurette of Pentagram. via The Serif

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Tags: Advertising · Archived from Blogger · Branding · Business · Film & Video · Graphic Design · Industrial Design · Inspiration

IDN Magazine, Clemens Kogler

September 12th, 2007 · 1 Comment

The DVD tipped into this month’s fantastic issue of IDN (fantastic!) has a typical selection of very inspirational work. What stood out for me was a piece by Clemens Kogler called “Le Grand Content.” You can check it out here (along with alot more of Clemen’s fantastic! work: http://www.clemenskogler.net/grandcontentClemens also has a blog that he […]

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Culture · Graphic Design · Inspiration · Magazines

Casa Brutus

August 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

While browsing the Caina website (what a discovery!) this morning, I came across a very cool magazine, Casa Brutus. This month’s issue features “The Grand Tour with Tadao Ando.” Looks great! You can buy back issues here.

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Books · Culture · Graphic Design · Industrial Design · Inspiration · Japan · Magazines

Japan Design Net: Shop Windows

August 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

“Tokyo – an ever-changing exiting city of the world. In this metropolis, stylish skyscrapers and gorgeous stores are born one after another without break and the city shows us various faces from time to time.Shop windows which color this theatrical city show us the trends of the time. They are fascinating, stimulating and shifting. Scenes […]

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