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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Go Brent Couchman

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Sometimes the simplest ideas just work. Above, one of my favorites (Rosalyn Custom Totes) from Brent Couchman.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

White Floors as Light Magnets

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For one, they bring ample amounts of light in. Sucks if you're not a morning person (like me), but I do appreciate having natural night fill my room up on a daily basis. More here.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Positive Support

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Fun with geometrics. Fun with yellow. Fun with type. All of my favorite things.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sporty vs. Classic

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Seems to me that any type of casual "sportswear" released these days seem to lean towards timeless classicism more than ever. Not that it's a bad thing. I actually find it pretty slick. Above: Shirt by adidas ObyO, sunglasses by Retro Superfuture, shorts by Stussy, hat by United Arrows, jacket by Wings + Horns, shoes by Oliver Spencer for Topman. Via Definitive Touch.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Future is Motion Media

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I'll say right now that there's a pretty big fatty chance motion graphics, video, and technology will be going hand-in-hand quite soon. Better to master the art now than later. For now, check out Spread Motion Design's 2010 Showreel for some quirky and fun ideas!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Elite Squad Review

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Every once in a while, you'll stumble upon a movie that tackles a harsh issue such as the reality of crime, drugs, and uncontrollable corruption in Rio de Janeirowith with such mind-boggling eloquence. Shot like a documentary, but cinematically on par, if not superior, with the frantic visual direction as seen in City of God, the movie can only be described as a violent masterpiece, balancing some of the best story-telling, acting, and emotional engagement I have experienced in a very long time. Highly recommended. 8.9/10.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bianchi Gods and Monsters

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If you didn't know, I have this sick obsession with Bianchi bikes. For me, they're beautiful, timeless pieces that only the likes of Eames can top. Now, as the hipsters have gotten a hold of them - modifying every aspect of it until it no longer resembles its original form - I find myself getting hooked even more by the sheer brilliance of their designs and boundless creativity.

I've taken a few hours and rounded up the sexiest mods I could find using the Pista and Pista Concept frame by Bianchi. I have a feeling if you've appreciated anything in my blog from the past few days, this should make your weekend.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Miles Piercy's Plug

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As I've eluded to in the past, Charge makes damn good fixies. Miles Piercy takes it up a notch and introduces a silver, white and red color scheme to his Charge Plug. Front white Aerospokes, Profile Airwing aerobars, and MKS pedals and straps finish up the setup.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Octave Z from Lausanne

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Seeing Octave Z's new track bike in person would probably be more heart-attack inducing than a bacon smoothie.

Frame: Mercier Kilo TT Black Frameset
Wheels: Velocity B43 White
Crank: Sugino Messenger
Stem + Handlebar: Nitto Pearl 10 Stem + Nitto Handlebar
Saddle: Brooks Red Team Pro NACCC Boston

Nice. Best when viewed in full. More here.

Healthy Hipsters

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Haven't touched on my fixie infactuation for a while now, so bike week officially starts now. Or until I run out of resources.

First up, I had to give a shout-out to BMX makers, Subrosa, for creating a slick fixie for the masses. The Malum Fixed model is meticulously designed with attention to detail, including: 100% 4130 chromoly frame, fork, and handlebars. Other features include Shadow Finger Banger grips, integrated headset, Shadow Interlock V2 Chain, 32H double walled alloy rims, 3/8 sealed alloy front track hub, 3/8 sealed alloy rear track hub, alloy cranks with sealed euro bb, 48-16 gearing, and Subrosa Pivotal seat and post. The frame will be a phosphate gray color. $650 shipped.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Geometrically Awesome

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Need to get me some hipster wallpaper. Gotta shoot Mikkel Adsbøl an e-mail to see where his clients shop.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Silence Television Prints

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Godly, is all I can say. Gotta give it up to Silence Television for some extra groovy prints that almost makes me want to invest in a new Wacom Intuos 4.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

iPad: The Future of Magazine

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Just watching this video gives me the shivers. If magazine companies could create unique and creative interactive experiences through use of motion graphics, well-planned information architecture, and emotionally engaging content on the iPad, I'd run out of my house and buy one in a heartbeat.

If you're lovin' Cory Strassburger's and Ming Hsiung's work as much as I did, check out their even more amazing behind the scenes work over here. Definitely impressive stuff, man.

Curated by Arkitip

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There's nothing more phenomenal than an art process and no one as phenomenal as the artist who can show it, as my recent hero Evan Hecox demonstrates with his latest collab with my buddies at Incase. Shot in his studio over in Denver.

Beauty & Youth Ruck Sack

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I never thought I'd say this, but that is a beautiful ruck sack. Too bad it's only sold in Japan (like most things I yearn for in this world), but if you're around the area, please stop by Beauty & Youth and pick one up for me, yeah? Oh, it's so Hypebeastlicious.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Barn Doors

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The new house I'm moving into next year has a couple. Should be an interesting change to my usual living experience. I just hope they'll let me paint the door green just like the one seen above in Feldman Architecture's San Francisco homes. More here.

Notebook Branding

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Seeing as my sketchbook holds 100% of my school notes and work since I've started my Masters program, I reckon it'd be a wise choice to imprint that sucker, no? Now, I just gotta find a company that does it locally...

Stylish Monster on a Budget

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I love the Chrome bags and now... what is this? A killer promotion for free shoes?

For all those confused, here's the info one more time: We're doing a "Turds For Gold" Shoe Exchange and, as of this morning, sending a FREE PAIR OF CHROME SHOES to anyone that sends us a crappy, worn-out pair of kicks. The exchange is two days ONLY and packages MUST be postmarked by 3/18 to qualifiy. In your ship...ment, please include a return shipping address and shoe size info.
More info here and here.

Monday, March 15, 2010

From Scratch, Yo

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The packaging design features a transparent tray made from RPET, which acts as a window for all the fresh ingredients. The sleeve around the tray is clear with brand identity and is currently being sold at a few retailers across London including The Grocery in Shoreditch and Selfridges Food Hall. Cheers.

Ready, Set, Take a Stunning Photo

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After falling in love with Chris Nguyen's home, I thought I'd ask him how get got his photos looking so natural and wonderful in his latest tour at Unplggd. He kindly answered:

"I actually don't process my photos that much, save for some mild color correction in Photoshop. Finding the best exposure using aperture priority is how I start. Shoot multiple frames in one sitting also helps as you'll be surprised how much a few movements one way or the other can change the feeling of a composition. A must though, at least for me, is shooting in RAW, so that I have the full range of editing capabilities should I need them."
There you have it. The take-home message: 1) Shoot in Aperture Priority, 2) Shoot in RAW, and 3) Shoot multiples.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Up In The Air Review

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Great direction. Believable character dynamics. Excellent cinematography and superb pacing all around. In a nutshell, a very enjoyable film despite the serious subject matter in today's mood and spirit. Oh, and it makes me want to buy postcards again. 9.0/10.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Fun Minimalist

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Who said being minimal had to mean boring? This poster by Hey Studios balances a busy bookshelf backdrop filled with magazines and manuals with - you guessed it - Helvetica on a fun stripey adventure.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Data Visualizing with the Wu-Tang Clan

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Simply put. Yeah.

Mad Skillz Club Re-Branding

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"Always moving forward, constantly changing; an open forum for mad skills exchanged by graduate students for graduate students." Inspired by high-end branding from New York designers, coffee shops, and Japanese marketing masters KIKSTYO, I set out to create a memorable identity that could be used on both print and web.

I'm about 70% there.

Monday, March 08, 2010

That's Zhou Fan-tastic

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Zhou Fan's contemporary abstract pieces are works to behold. Colorful, engaging, and fun, they're the freshest pieces I've come across in a very long time.

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