Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Really digging this very cool idea from The Sound Advice Project.
Although the sound waveform bracelet is intended as a way for parents to record an inspirational message, which is then custom-made into a piece of jewellery as a gift to a teenage child, I find that a bit too limited.
I can see these being created as personal gifts being made from someone's name, a tag line or company name, favorite band, place of birth or even simply using favorite single words or a short phrase like: That's Right.
Dig the simple packaging as well!
Thanks to Swiss Miss.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Man, it's Wednesday and I'm finally feeling relatively focused and getting back up to speed after seven exhilaratingly exhausting fun filled days up in Austin for this year's SXSW.
I drove up from San Antonio with my buddy James Lewis from Rackspace on Monday afternoon March 16th for the Rackspace Cloud Lounge Party intending to stay for a only few hours with plans to come back up on to Austin Thursday to check out the music.
Long story short, thanks to my friends Todd Morey and Shane Whitefield for hooking me up with primo nice places to crash, I ended up staying an entire week serving as the interim band manager for Manhattan Love Suicides, one of my new favorite bands all the way from Leeds, UK!
More on that later though...
The timing could not have been more perfect. My main work machine crapped out just hours after meeting a small mountain of deadlines enabling me to take a well deserved, guilt free break!
Above and beyond all the live music, film and interactive activities at SXSW there are also some amazing things to check out during the day including my Top 3 Free Must See List - The Austin City Wide Garage Sale, The Texas Guitar & Record Show and the API (American Poster Institute) sponsored Flatstock 20 Rock Poster Show.
I scored the above prints, The Boxer, The Bowler and The Mountie at Flatstock from artist and super cool dude Micha Smith.
And don't be bummed if you missed out on SXSW this year - you can still check out the Austin Record Convention's Spring Show, right around the corner on April 3rd, 4th and 5th!
Ok, back to reality for now, mas SXSW goodness to come!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Creative thinkers such as Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher and Milton Glaser teach classes at the School of Visual Arts.
This campaign from KNARF NY reflects that tradition by encouraging people everywhere to “Think” while also giving them a place to write down their thoughts.
Thanks again Freddie.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
This is another new interactive piece, one of the tactile kind I just finished for one of my favorite clients, Redbone Guitar Boutique.
The red pick is a real Redbone pick on the color side of this Gretsch Giveway card designed for the Texas Guitar Show at the Austin Convention Center on Saturday March 21st and Sunday, March 27th.
Viva SXSW and Redbone Guitar Boutique!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Sweet - it's live on iTunes!
I am so super stoked to announce and share my first iPhone/iTouch App - a collaboration with the wicked smart and cool folks at 2 Pixels for the SXSW Rackspace Cloud Lounge Party up in Austin on March 16th, 2009.
The above is the invite and poster and below is a screenshot of one of the seven characters you can become using the App:
The Rackspace Cloud Lounge Party application is based on one of my favorite Apps, a previous 2 Pixles App - OldBooth - and is just a sneak preview of some of what we're working on for a few future Apps so stay tuned!
The SXSW Rackspace Cloud Lounge Party App is free but it'll only be available for download during SXSW, so go grab it now from iTunes using this link: Rackspace Lounge Party App!
Here's one of the t-shirts and the real deal invite that comes complete with "interactive" stickers, one of which gets you rock star VIP treatment bumping you to the front of the Lougne Party line.
Have fun with the SXSW Rackspace Cloud Lounge Party App and as always, let me know what you think by sharing your comments below.
Thanks to Piotr and Arek at 2 Pixels for the all their hard work and fine App programing, my go-to tech genius buds Todd and James at Mosso and all the smart folks at the Rackspace Cloud!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
It has billionaires and big ambitions. Now India wants something that no global economic powerhouse should be without: an international symbol for its currency.
The hope is that the Rupee sign will become as ubiquitous as the US dollar ($), or that instant emblem of the digital age, the @ symbol.
But how easy is it to launch a symbol on the international stage and land a coveted place on keyboards the world over?
It doesn't happen very often.
Nowadays, designing new symbols involves rigorous testing, says Jasmine Montgomery of design consultancy FutureBrand, London.
"The Indian Government will have to consider very carefully how the symbol would be used in all its technical applications - how does it look on the web, blown up on posters, on mobile phones." India would not want a symbol that looked bad when it was turned upside down, she says - "like someone's bottom," for example.
One of the most recent symbols to make the leap, the € for euro, had a long and difficult birth. Before that, in 1971, the @ symbol was assigned an important international role, as the critical connector in e-mail addresses. A 30-year-old computer programmer named Ray Tomlinson, looking for coding to send the first ever e-mail, surveyed the keyboard on his Model-33 Teletype and chose @ - which is apparently centuries old and has served various different functions - because it was unlikely to appear in a person's name."
Read the entire Kathryn Westcott article for the BBC News: India Seeks Rupee Status Symbol
More on The History Of The Euro.
Thanks to Mark Fletcher for the original money shot.
Monday, March 09, 2009
Totally digging this sweet leather bag designed to look like a brown paper bag.
My Paper Bag is available from Good For All.
Once again, thanks again to Design Milk.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Monday, March 02, 2009
Flashback: Vancouver October 2, 2007.
This serendipitously poignant sign just so happens to be outside and 17 floors down in front of Jackie's swanky digs, (The View) in Yaletown, British Columbia.
I shot this one on a cold and drizzly October afternoon after having a nice birthday lunch on one of the nearby islands. My wife and I we're getting rock star treatment hanging out with Jackie and his lovely wife Amelia along with my Boston art school bud Mike (Mr. X) MacKenzie during some down-time off of the set of Watchmen.
Thanks to Jackie and Amelia my wife and I will be attending the sneak preview of Watchmen tonight at the Santikos Palladium here in San Antonio!
So Stoked! Go JEH!
ATT: San Antonio Magazine - this photo is NOT Free Stock Photography! Thank you in advance for not printing this without permission.