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Graffiti Analysis 2.0

March 19th, 2010 · Comments Off

I was first introduced to Evan Roth’s work at FITC 2005. He was just finishing up his Masters at Parsons, doing incredibly beautiful work with digitization of graffiti and pulling funny pranks at US Post Offices. He was also running a personal project to become the #1 listing on Google for a unique string of keywords.

His work preceded & informed most of what is currently going on with projected interactive art, despite being focused mostly on graffiti. But mostly it’s just BAD*$$.

Graffiti Analysis is an extensive ongoing study in the motion of graffiti. Custom software designed for graffiti writers creates visualizations of the often unseen motion involved in the creation of a tag. Motion data is recorded, analyzed and archived in a free and open database, 000000book.com, where writers can share analytical representations of their hand styles.

More at Graffiti Analysis: http://graffitianalysis.com

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IdN 15th Anniversary Book

March 16th, 2010 · Comments Off

I’ve always loved IdN. Beautifully-produced, eclectic subject matter and paired with a DVD of moving goodies, I treat myself to one or two issues per year. Turns out they have recently published a book commemorating 15 years of publishing. Lots to see here. Click on “View Fullscreen” in the area above to see all the tasty little details.

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Leslie & The Badgers

March 11th, 2010 · Comments Off

My co-worker Kevin (@kevinguenther) introduced me to the Black Harbor this morning, a “collective exploration of Art & Design”, where he discovered the oh-so-lovely Leslie & The Badgers, as showcased above.  A nice way to start the day!

Leslie reminds me a little of another of my female singer-songwriter heart throbs, Jenny Lewis, seen here performing on Ferguson last year:

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oo High Definition Projector

March 10th, 2010 · Comments Off

Wait a sec — he didn’t ask!  :)

Despite the obvious theft of my oft-used online name — oo — I find this to be one of the sexier pieces of equipment I’ve seen in a while. Perhaps a test unit sent this way to make up for the oversight?  :)

via Engadget

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Remember Büro Destruct?

March 9th, 2010 · 2 Comments

The original Büro Destruct book came out while I was attending Emily Carr.  It made an impression on our class, capturing some of the design trends occurring at that moment in time. Post-graduation, I’d kept up with their work only loosely. Turns out they’ve been very busy.

The video above is a teaser for their third book, coming out tomorrow. They’ve also just released an iPhone app, desktop app  & accompanying desktop screensaver called “Büro Destruct Designer.”

Shake your iPhone to create a virtually infinite number of beautiful designs. (See examples on BD Flickr).

Using circles, squares and a set of rules, Büro Destruct Designer lets you find inspiration for color combinations and graphic shapes. Choose either full random colors or apply harmony rules to your color palettes. You can modify your compositions with gestures and the various tools from the menu. The results can be saved and shared by e-mail including the color palette.

Lots more great stuff to be found on their site and blog. Enjoy!

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Before there was Axe Body Spray, there was Hai Karate.

March 5th, 2010 · Comments Off

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A T-bone steak, three double scotches and a pack of Chesterfields.

February 21st, 2010 · Comments Off

Photo by Wade Andrew.

Douglas Coupland handed me my degree at the convocation for the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design (as it was called back then) Class of 2000. He, along with Lynn Johnston and Japanese-Canadian artist Takao Tanabe, were honorary graduates (pretty great, no?). Whenever I feel homesick for my five years spent in Vancouver, I dust off one of his books and flip to my favourite parts. No doubt it’s all the beautiful images of Olympic revelry spilling out of there that finds me with Vancouver on the brain…

From “Polaroids From The Dead”:

The man with the horn was Frank Baker, a restaurant owner of that long-vanished era when “fine dining” meant a T-bone steak, three double scotches and a pack of Chesterfields.

Mr. Baker, who died in 1991, had onced owned a “swinging” kind of restaurant in West Vancouver where your parents would take out-of-town guests, but only after first getting themselves all revved up with Herb Alpert records.

Mr. Baker was always, to younger eyes, the embodiment of a certain type of cool, so cool that he had even bought the original Aston Martin DB-5 used in the James Bond movie Goldfinger. He was certainly a character, and his restaurant was an occupational puppy mill for a good number of friends during high school who bussed there and diced the vegetables and did food prep on weekends. pg 72


In late 1986 I arrived back in Vancouver after living abroad for a year. On that first evening back I looked down at the bridge and saw that it had been garlanded with brilliant pearls of light along its thin parabolic lines. I was shocked – it was so beautiful it made me lose my breath.

I asked my father about these lights and he told me they were called “Gracie’s Necklace,” after a local politician. In the almost five decades since the bridge had been built, the city had been dreaming of the day when it would cloak its bridge in light, and now the dream had become real life.

Now, whenever I fly back to Vancouver, it is Gracie’s Necklace I look for from my seat, the sight I need to see in order to make myself feel I am home again. We often forget, living here here in Vancouver, that we live in the youngest city on earth, a city almost entirely of and only of, the twentieth century — and that this is Vancouver’s greatest blessing. It is the delicacy of Gracie’s Necklace that reminds me we live, not so much in a city but in a dream of a city. pg. 73

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Quite possibly the best video ever made.

February 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Tee hee. Thanks to Adrian for the link.

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Digital Nation, Frontline

February 5th, 2010 · Comments Off

I came upon this program by chance a few nights ago. It’s worth a viewing, especially the (scary) part about the US military’s “Army Experience Center” where young people can play military-based video games for free in a state-of-the-art gaming (recruitment) centre. Frontline always has excellent complementary information on their website too.

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I Am Star Stuff

February 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off

My wife has become a huge Etsy fan over the last few months, and has discovered many unique,  smart artists & jewelers who combine intelligence with skill. One such example is I Am Star Stuff:

Of course the starstuff idea comes from the famous Carl Sagan statements: that we are composed of the stuff stars made, which it literally true. After the Big Bang, only hydrogen existed. Stars burned this fuel and started creating slightly heavier atoms. Then other stars made even heavier atoms. They spit these out as they burned or exploded them away as they died. It is this generative magic that allowed carbon and oxygen and nitrogen and potassium – and all the other atoms we need for life – to exist. Look around – everything you see used to be in a star.

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Radio Canada, by Science & Sons

January 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

Radio Canada by Science + Sons

The RADIO CANADA concept is a homage to the cultural significance of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. This radio console design was inspired by the dedication of the many CBC listeners who keep their radio dials permanently set to our national broadcaster. After setting the radio to local CBC frequencies, listeners can toggle between CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two without hearing the static in between.

The elegant design of RADIO CANADA celebrates the immediacy of the medium and reflects the quality of the broadcasts it receives. Additional features include MP3 player compatibility.

Purty! Designed by Science & Sons and displayed at IDS 2010. Found via mocoloco

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Metropolis + Japan

January 14th, 2010 · Comments Off

Metropolis + Japan

What is good design? If you ask an American, she might cite the Museum of Modern Art’s historic 1950s exhibitions of the same name, which championed simple, Modernist forms over ornamentation and historical styles. Ask a European, and you’ll hear mention of Dieter Rams’s ten commandments on the subject, which emphasize functionality, durability, and environmental responsibility. But ask a Japanese designer, and you’ll see good design through a different lens. For him, it means that a product has a high kansei value, or emotional and physical appeal to the user.

Kansei is manifested in three ways. The first is the expres-sion (hyojo) of an object, or its appearance. This includes color, texture, material, and surface treatments: all the qualities visible to the eye. The second is the creator’s gesture or intent (dosa), or the body’s physical responses to the object. These become apparent upon using or touching the object—how it feels in the hand and how its fragility or strength dictates one’s movements. Finally, there is the heart (kokoro)—the emotions an object stirs. This psychological dimension is the most abstract, but it’s also the most prized by Japanese designers, who speak of the feelings of recognition, attachment, or playfulness that an object elicits in its user, perhaps because it functions so well or is pleasant to look at.

Read on for the complete article.

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Quoting Robertson Davies

January 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

Well, allow me to introduce myself to you as an advocate of Ornamental Knowledge. You like the mind to be a neat machine, equipped to work efficiently, if narrowly, and with no extra bits or useless parts. I like the mind to be a dustbin of scraps of brilliant fabric, odd gems, worthless but fascinating curiosities, tinsel, quaint bits of carving, and a reasonable amount of healthy dirt. Shake the machine and it goes out of order; shake the dustbin and it adjusts itself beautifully to its new position.

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Artists; a quote from the President (1962).

December 30th, 2009 · Comments Off

A wonderful quote from John F. Kennedy, 1962:

Too often in the past we have thought of the artist as an idler and dilettante and of the lover of arts as somehow sissy or effete. We have done both an injustice. The life of the artist is, in relation to his work, stern and lonely. He has labored hard, often among deprivation, to perfect his skill. He has turned aside from quick success in order to strip his vision of everything secondary or cheapening. His working life is marked by intense application and intense discipline. As for the lover of arts, it is he who, by subjecting himself to the sometimes disturbing experience of art, sustains the artist — and seeks only the reward that his life will, in consequence, be the more fully lived.

via: http://www.esquire.com/features/what-ive-learned/kennedy-family-history-0110

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Le Tour

July 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I’m a cycling fan. This show looks like a wonderful display of work by photographer Brent Humphreys, with show art direction & design by http://www.weaponofchoice.ca/. Wish I could find myself in Austin.

Lance Armstrong and his team seem to have really embraced art & design as they mature the Livestrong brand.

I’ll get behind any effort that raises money for cancer, and doubly so when it allows design to take centre stage.

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Canadian, please. Yes, please!

July 10th, 2009 · Comments Off

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Tea Partay

July 9th, 2009 · Comments Off

An oldie, but goodie. Something light for the summer, playa:

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MJ Mashup

June 29th, 2009 · Comments Off

Eclectic Method – Long Live The King (Michael Jackson Mix) from Eclectic Method on Vimeo.

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Boardsmag: The IT List

June 10th, 2009 · Comments Off


Always a great place to find high-quality video of recent ads and other motion graphics, Boardsmag recently posted their It List for 2009:

You know what’s awesome? No? We do. And it doesn’t start with ‘r’ and end with ‘ecession’. It’s a hamper full of companies, people, gadgets and trends that entertained, enlightened and impressed us over the last 12 months, all wrapped up in a pretty ribbon and with our sincerest love. You’re welcome.

So what is IT this year? Well, read on for more about Music Marketing, Visualization, Beef, The Obama Effect, Destination vs. Dissemination and much more.

Also, the lead graphic above was created by (one of my all-time faves, and designers for electronic group Underworld) Tomato, and their process is described here.

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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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