Thursday, 16 December 2010

melting bunnies

Like the cold of winter is oppressive, so to is the presence of Christmas. What other holidays even are there? I can't think of a one, obscured as they are by a festive fog, thick as the thickest egg nog in the world.

Here then, a literal representation of the crushing might of Christmas, visited upon a symbol of another famous holiday. Enjoy.

Chocolate Bunny from Blink on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

stone printer

This guy has built a printer that basically prints stone and he wants to use it in space, or some shit. I didn't fully read this article, I'm quite tired. I know I'm slipping. Let's just all take a cool tool.

http://www.fastcompany.com/1579263/3-d-printing-whole-buildings-in-stonein-space-this-printer-rocks?partner=design_newsletter

Draw your own conclusions (little illustration joke for you there)

Monday, 29 November 2010

paper cut outs

Link for you. http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/10/view/12077/jill-sylvia-paper-cutouts.html

Jill Sylvia is the arist. She cuts out the blank spaces on business documents. Have a look. It's delicate and lovely and weird.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

USB sticks in new york

Someone has gone around new york and hidden usb sticks in walls, so people can swap data.

http://datenform.de/blog/dead-drops-preview/

This excites me.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Saturday, 30 October 2010

lego adverts

I don't know if these are actually adverts for lego. But lego is one of those things that when I pick up makes me feel inadequate. It's like, I did an arts degree, I should fucking own this lego. Instead I almost always just make a house or some crap, by which I mean I just about stick four blocks together and leave it at that.

So, lego pictures:
























Someone has basically taken a Taj Mahal lego set and built some kind of freaky space ship looking thing from it. Like I say, this may be for an ad campaign. More info, and extra pictures, here.

Monday, 11 October 2010

sick

I'm sick! I'm so sick! There is physical pain here and people must go through this every day but goddamnit anyway.

This has sort of lifted my spirits. Someone could say it is lame but who cares, right?

http://www.snotr.com/video/4944

Dinosaurs!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

true story

Dave’s glasses are ripped right off his head, by the wind no fucking less, just as it pulls the air out of your mouth so when you’ve been chasing sheep for two minutes you just can’t catch your breath. You’ve been chasing sheep because five seconds ago you leapt into this bowl in the earth, where your friends were sat, Dave included, and machined gunned them with a Thompson gun made from air, then you saw the sheep and they thought you were just a thing, an alive thing, that wasn’t called Roland, and they had no idea you knew about pens, and the cinema, and you have no idea about them, except that they’re alive things and so you ran at them, being a shape, and they ran away.
Then, unable to catch your breath at the top of this cliff, you feel what it’s probably like to fly, because these winds are something else.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

godzilla illustration

BOB sent me this and it is blindingly good stuff. A bunch of retro illustrations for Ultraman monsters. Ultraman was a sort of Japanese superhero TV show.

http://pinktentacle.com/2010/09/monster-illustrations-from-ultraman-sonosheet-book/

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

parallel parking

Parallel Parking from Yum Yum London on Vimeo.



Fun animation, and a smooth animation. Really nice.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

dinosaurs



click to reveal all those words.

Friday, 3 September 2010

insane animation

All I know is this is created by a man named Paul Robertson. I wouldn't watch this if you have a weak stomach. I think he loves 8bit looking animation (it might not even be 8bit, I'm not even sure exactly what that means). I can't really explain this video, it is amazing.

Kings of Power 4 Billion % from Zarradeth on Vimeo.



His live journal: here.

Monday, 30 August 2010

been away

but I'm back and here is a small article on rebranding the U.S. Postal Service. I always find myself thinking about stuff like this and realising I'd have no idea how to rebrand something that would be easy to rebrand. I have so little idea, in fact, that I can't even think of a product, or business, it would be easy to rebrand. But the idea here is simple, and straightforward, and it makes it look like it was the easiest thing in the world to do, and maybe that's the indication of a good idea, and good design.

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1662170/the-us-postal-service-is-dying-why-not-radically-rebrand-it?partner=design_newsletter

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Stefan Sagmeister talk



Here he is talking about how every 7 years he takes a 1 year sabbatical, which involves experiments and travel and etc, and comes back even stronger than before.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

shower gel

Maybe the shower gel just looks like blood, a gimmick, but I’m convinced quickly that it is just blood and that’s a shame. I am complimented on my fragrance all day, though, but it did sting my eyes. But I mean whose is it? Because I didn’t buy it.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Sunday, 25 July 2010

sculptures of monsters

These are by Eva Funderburgh. I love the texture of the creatures. The designs themselves are very playful and enticing; simultaneously weird and original, whilst grounded and mature. WEBSITE.





Friday, 9 July 2010

Stockholm subway

Just found these pictures of the subway in Stockholm, which is like some kind of massive art exhibit.



More pictures here.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Original Pacman sketches

This is probably of almost no interest to anyone, but it's kind of neat. Some photos of a sketch book featuring, as you may have guessed, original Pacman sketches.

http://control-online.nl/gamesindustrie/2010/06/22/iwatani-toont-gamesgeschiedenis-in-meest-pure-vorm/

Monday, 5 July 2010

song

Got this album from a friend of mine. I am a pretty big fan of it so far. Here is a track from it. See what you think.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Personal Statement

I'm applying for a post graduate placement scheme thing, hoping I will get a work placement as a graphic designer. As such I have rather tentatively produced this thing as a kind of personal statement. I imagine it is more than a little crude to the eye of a graphic designer and that I only think it looks good because I know so little about graphic design.



And, after a thought, here is another version with, of course, some old paper as the background YEAH!

Saturday, 26 June 2010

I’m at my window, trying to get the cold air to un-knot my stomach, which knots itself when I do nothing and feel like doing something but have nothing to do, and I remember my appointment tomorrow with the bank, which I’d hoped I’d forget by now. I’ve forgotten the time, but not the appointment, and I want to entirely forget it, but haven’t.

Friday, 25 June 2010

not for the faint of heart, or fans of Whitney Houston

an idea

Rock music, old school stuff: KISS, Twisted Sister, Black Sabbath, should come with no volume control. I opened up "I wanna rock" by Twisted Sister in youtube. It was very loud and I turned it down then realised I was going against everything that song stands for. Rock and roll should be impossible to turn down. Amen.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

bad boyfriend

She wouldn’t have called him her boyfriend by the time he did what would make her, which was save our mum’s life, and she, that is my sister, didn’t know he’d done it.

She, my mum, didn’t stop on foot and the man didn’t stop in his car until they both stopped and just me and my sister’s boyfriend-to-be were moving.

“I can stop this from happening,” he said to me. So nearly were my family, and this not-yet-boyfriend, at the park. Everything had gone wrong at the last crossing.

“Oh God, yes, stop it, please,” were among the things I said to the almost-boyfriend who stood now twice as tall, naked, looking like something from a Marilyn Manson video with, crucially, two horns at the top of his head(1).

“What the fuck?” I said.
“I beg you’re pardon?” Said my mum, from the other side of the road. The car had disappeared.

My mum had a nosebleed that no one mentioned, and the blood disappeared when it fell onto her clothes. She seemingly couldn’t taste it as it streamed onto the sandwiches she ate. She started to make a grinding noise when she walked.

A man was found in his car in a field with his body turned inside out.

“Shrug,” said the basically-boyfriend when I asked him about it, I mean that is literally what he said.

My sister asked eventually if something happened between us, either because he always mentioned to her inviting me to the pub, or because I never went.

Eventually I did, the same day I woke up and my mum’s fingers had no skin left.

“Don’t worry about it,” said my sister’s boyfriend when I asked him about it, in a way which made me actually worry more.

He offered me a drink which cost him £2.65, but me I have no idea how much.

--

(1)
“If you ever mention this to anyone I will fuck you up in ways you can’t comprehend with a body,” he said to me, “but, I mean, this isn’t a big deal, or anything. Think of this conversation as, like, a footnote in this moment, yeah?”

Monday, 14 June 2010

computer shop review

My computer got a virus, I sent it into the shop to be fixed.
“We’ll,” they said, “have to wipe everything and start over.”
“Ok,” I said, “just back up my internet bookmarks.”
They said sure, but when I got my computer back: no bookmarks.

“What?” I asked.
“Bring it back in,” they said.

They recovered the hard disk or, as far as I was concerned, cast a spell, and gave me back my bookmarks, which turned out not to be my bookmarks, but a collection of random ass bookmarks for websites like 5mins.com, and dolphincrap.com, along with some bondage websites, for maximum embarrassment.

“Not my bookmarks,” I explained.
“What?” Asked the shop.
“NOT MY BOOKMARKS,” I said again.
“Ok, ok, we’ll fix,” said, again, the shop.

Having had my computer for another week, totalling three, I call again. They tell me it’s fixed.

“Your bookmarks,” they say, “we have restored them.”
But this is not true. What they have done is found a file I made about five years ago, containing bookmarks I put in there, which are, in terms of relevance to my life, five years old. They have done, in the three weeks they’ve had my computer, nothing. And they have charged me for work I did.

They either deleted the bookmarks themselves, like fools, or the virus corrupted the bookmarks and there was nothing the shop could have done.

“Look, sorry, there’s nothing we can do,” is one of the things they never said to me.

It looks now like I have a vibrant career ahead of me, working for a computer repair centre.

Monday, 17 May 2010

7 x 13 = 28



Thankyou Bob!

Friday, 14 May 2010

lovely creepy drawings

Don't know a thing about this guy, Don Klenn, check out his blog here, but I love these drawings he has done. Is this sort of thing called maximalist drawing? There's a crap ton of lines, anyway, and they all feature weird and creepy creatures. The kinds of things you just don't want to find outside your window when you pull your curtains at night.





















There's some shades of Miyazaki around this, as well as Maurice Sendak maybe, and Gorey? I am not even sure. I hope you enjoy it all.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

MEAT PACKING

Here, from Japan, is a clever meat packaging label design. Have a look. See for yourself.

http://www.psfk.com/2009/09/ingenious-label-design-ensures-food-safety.html

Monday, 3 May 2010

bell the cat

I just tried to print my CV but my printer said no. It is not the job of my printer to decide what I can and cannot print. That is the job of my brain. My printer is supposed to make it so I don’t have to write out, by hand, 6 copies of my 5 page CV.

Technology is supposed to make our lives easier. It starts with sharpened rocks, which makes killing animals easier, so we don’t have to stamp and choke everything we catch to death, such as crickets, or berries.

It lightens our workload. My printer has done this by simply refusing to do what I want it to. It doesn’t want me to do any work at all, not even printing related, since if I can’t print my CV I can’t apply for any fucking jobs.

What’s worse is if I was sent back in time to when I’d be expected to kill a saber tooth tiger to survive, I would be shit at that too. I can’t sharpen a spear. I wear fucking slippers everywhere I go. I can’t even get my printer to work. I would be skull fucked by the first 80 year old, wheelchair bound, Neanderthal to cross my path, which it would do without thinking, I’m sure.

I don’t even want to go into town with my CVs anyway, so certain am I no one will give me a job. Some of them won’t even wait until I leave before they burst out laughing, set my CV alight and piss it out, only to set it on fire again.

This planet is great. But people invented forms. Forms! When we used to have trees and shit.

I guess my problem is I don’t know how to collect food. If I was put in a jungle and told GET YOUR FOOD I’d be all well, ok, but I only have 50p and I haven’t seen a supermarket in maybe 300 miles and I think I might die before I’m even a quarter of the way there?

And I would die within five minutes because I touched a frog that was blue.

I heard it was cows that we first started trading. That was maybe good for a while. But slowly we were weaned onto harder stuff, like chick-peas, chicken breasts, envelopes and now we’ve forgotten how to tie rocks onto sticks to catch our own chick peas and so I have to get a job, which I can’t fucking do anyway. And I’ve never owned a cow, which doesn’t seem as relevant as I thought it would.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Dumpsters

I don't think these are the best thing in the world, but they're playful, you know, and maybe it will give you an idea for something, sometime, or whatever, you with me?

http://www.thisblogrules.com/2010/04/who-would-have-thought-that-dumpsters-could-be-so-much-fun.html

Thursday, 1 April 2010

fake book cover for Big Sur

Just made this for no real reason, not sure i like it.

















I wanted a big imposing shape, looking sort of like a rock or cliff face, and I got that. The whole novel is building up to the breakdown of the narrator, and it all takes place around this isolated cabin. But the ending is uplifting, there's some hope when things sort of settle.

Maybe those little arrow things need to be coming out of the title? Whatever, what do I know about illustration?

Saturday, 13 March 2010

client/designer relationships

I feel a bit pretentious posting this, since I have no real experience with actual clients buying my actual work, but here is a funny video taking the kinds of things bad clients say, with regards to paying for design work, and putting them in different situations. I mentioned it's funny, right? Because it is. A bit, anyway.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

songs









Fuck this sort of shit


It's all very well getting preachy, internet typography poster, but what am I meant to change?

Poster does look quite nice though, but I don't need it trivialising blah blah etc etc.

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Joseph Spence

video is ignorable, but the song is incredible.

Iranian kids book

Another one from old Bob.

This time: Pictures from (I think) various Iranian kids' books.

Excerpts:

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Typography poem about talking

Yeah, we've all seen typography animation like this before. The best example I can think of being that John Lennon interview.

But the speaker in this one has a very nice voice, and it's funny, and maybe we've all thought about what he's saying, but it's still worth thinking about.

John Lennon one (just a link, because when I tried to embed it in High Definition it obnoxiously covers the menu on the right - and I know you're curious about that Mime Porn post):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmR0V6s3NKk

Other one:

Typography from Ronnie Bruce on Vimeo.

Monday, 15 February 2010

David Foster Wallace

I was sent this by Lianne. It clicked with me, and though I've thought about this before I feel like I never quite reached a conclusion, as David Foster Wallace seems to have, in a way.

mime porno

MIME

PORNO

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Ignore Everybody

http://gapingvoid.com/books/

This is a book full of little bites and theories about being creative.

There's maybe something in there, a couple of the points seem very poignant and hit home with me, but I haven't read it all.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Two videos

Like the twin suns that orbit this planet, here are two videos on my blog:





It is an important personality test which one you choose to watch first. Congratulations.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Donut seeds



Found via my friend Bob.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Japanese waterfall

This seems like kind of a yuppy thing, but I'm sure it has some kind of interesting application or potential that hasn't been fully realised yet.

http://www.noob.us/miscellaneous/creative-waterfall/

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Dutch museum

Something I stumbled upon is this: http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Torture-Basement/367315

The torture exhibit in some Dutch gallery hired a group of designers to make the exhibition more engaging for kids. I don't know if it worked, but I imagine it did.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Disney sex

spacer says:
my favourite image in disney ever
sorry,
my "favourite" image in disney ever
is the ridiculous sex face that newly adult nala gives simba when she leans back in the grass. mindblowing that they went ahead with it and fucking wonderfully disgusting in its execution
i can actually imagine some animator adjusting himself as he draws the sexy lion

Roland says:
i can't remember it

spacer says:
http://www.schofieldandwhite.com/SCCSS/images/Nala_the_LOOK600.jpg

Roland says:
man
one of my least favourite things about the world
is how many things there are that seemed designed to put you off sex forever
it's a fucking tightrope act

spacer says:
so true
maybe you've just never met a really sexy lion though

Roland says:
i just had a great idea
i'm going to draw
in paint
from memory
the image of nala getting sex ready

spacer says:
YUM

Roland says:
man
it's come out disappointingly accurate


















spacer says:
love it
cant believe you were initially disappointed
its 'good' that you turned her into a penis

Friday, 15 January 2010

clean graffiti

This is one of those idea which is so simple and great that I love it and hate the guy who came up with it. It's graffiti where instead of painting onto the wall, he cleans the dirt off to make words.

Read.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Future phones

I've realised I'm a sucker for this sort of stuff, none of which I'll ever be able to afford.

Here are some phone concepts: http://www.toxel.com/tech/2010/01/07/10-futuristic-cell-phone-concepts/

Enjoy them as I have enjoyed them.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

big ink drawing

this link: http://www.piminski.com/2009_Podalida.html will take you to this big ink drawing, as yet unfinished, by, I presume, Joakim Dahlqvist, since he is listed as the copyright holder. The quality has a real charm to it and it's so detailed. Check out the little piece of graffiti saying everyone who is here is from here, for example. Ok, enjoy your day.

Friday, 8 January 2010

cameras stolen

Regular readers of my blog, Carrie Anne I'm looking at you...and only you, know that I got my camera stolen in New York City. What I needed was this guide by Andrew McDonald on how to not get it stolen. http://www.andrewmcdonald.net.au/a-pictorial-guide-to-avoiding-camera-loss/

Not sure it would actually work, but it's funny. Here is a gif, courtesy of daily gif blog.