Thursday, May 28, 2009

Strong Dog!

Our dogs Ringo and Dazy love Iams dog food and treats. Here's some living "proof" that Iams truly makes dogs stronger.

Good stuff from Saatchi & Saatchi, Sydney. Photographer: Marc the Phodographer.

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Gracias to Coloribus.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Which Came First?

Is it just me or does this Fair Trade logo remind anyone else of Brian De Palma's classic Phantom of the Paradise?

Just wondering...

My favorite version of Phantom was actually nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe. I remember seeing this at least 5 or 6 times over the course of a month at the long-gone San Pedro Drive In here in San Antonio. The soundtrack is still as groovy as it was back then and if you've listened to any of my If: Irregular Frequency HMK Mystery Stream podcasts you'll probably recognize a song or two.

If you haven't seen this 1974 gem of a Halloween movie do yourself a favor and check it out. And if you're like me, you may even find yourself asking the question: "Which came first, Kiss or Phantom of the Paradise?" Add this to your Netflix queue and you'll see exactly what I mean...

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Thanks to Olivier Blanchard for the cool icon of Winslow.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Green Hero

There's nothing like the fresh smell of pillowcases, sheets and clothes that have been dried by the hot Texas sun. Not to mention the fact that things not only dry way faster and are less apt to shrink, it's a no-brainer as far as being a truly green money saver.

That's why I am so stoked to be getting one of these smart and hip looking drying racks! And this equally cool rain collector will work perfect in the back yard and is next on my list. Both are from Hero out of Canada.

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iPhone New Yorker Cover Art

Wow! Mr. Jorge Colombo drew the above June 1st cover scene, of a late-night gathering around a 42nd Street hot dog stand, entirely with the iPhone application Brushes. Because of the smears and washes of color required by the inexact medium, it comes off as dreamy, not sharp and technological.

“The best feature of it is that it doesn’t feel like something that was done digitally; quite the opposite,” said Françoise Mouly, the art editor for The New Yorker. “All too often the technology is directed in only one direction, which is to make things more tight, and this, what he did very well, is use this technology for something that is free flowing, and I think that’s what makes it so poetic and magical.”

Read the rest over at the New York Times and make sure to check out more of Jorge Colombo's iSketches as well as iPhone artist Xoan Baltar I found over via flickr, they're really pretty amazing.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Retro TV Via Telstar

I know what you're probably thinking - yeah sure, that's pretty sweet looking, but seriously, who really wants to invest in an old refurb TV with all the incredible new options like HD, LCD, Plasma, etcetera out there?

This is from the Telstar/Predicta FAQ:

Is This Real?

Yes! Color Predicta TV is a reality. Believe it or not, this is the most commonly asked question we receive at Telstar, and we are ecstatic there are so many people out there who want more from their TV than the generic black box offered by other TV manufacturers. The science and romance of the Predicta legend has been resurrected and continued by Telstar.

We realize with the help of software programs such as Photoshop, it is very easy to "fake" a company or product over the Internet. Every unit pictured on our website is a production TV, currently manufactured with new parts. None of the pictures have been doctored in Photoshop or other editing software to create the illusion that we make colors or options that have never been built. As we continue the line of Predicta models, check out our concepts page which has various units in either development stages or concept stages, such as an artist's rendition. These units are appropriately labeled.

So, there you have it. These killer looking TVs are real deal, brand new sets - check 'em out: Color Predicta TV.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Human Target Trailer

Finally! Fox has just released a 3 minute trailer for Human Target which includes the ridiculously talented Mr. Jackie Earle Haley - complete with hair! And dude, it looks pretty badass!

Stay tuned for my upcoming brief yet exclusive interview with the man!

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The Real Thing Summer 2009

I'm digging these limited edition Coca-Cola can designs for Summer 2009, not exactly sure who's responsible for them yet...


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Gracias: Sub-Studio

Monday, May 18, 2009

Vintage Bicycle Logos

I've been putting some milage on my bike lately, a great way to exercise both body and mind. So, with bikes on the brain I thought I'd share this small gruppo of truly awesome classic type and script-based old bicycle logos, many of which are still in use, courtesy of One+One=Three.

Gotta love those Italians and their attention to detail, simplicity and elegance regarding food, wine and foot ware, but also for the top shelf engineering of their bikes and their brilliant identities as well.

Ok, got some brainstorming to do - time for a quick 45 minute ride!

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Friday, May 15, 2009

What Goes Around...

Smart stuff for Global Coalition for Peace from Big Ant International. As part of the "What Goes Around" campaign to end the war in Iraq, each one of these posters is designed to wrap around poles and pillars.

Very cool concept, copy with a nice execution.

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Thanks to Oberholtzer Creative.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Apple Packing Material Chandelier

Mac freak Eric Lawrence crafted this chandelier from the molded Styrofoam packing material Apple uses to ship it's laptops. What once cradled MacBooks now lights up with 16 bulbs (5W compact fluorescents) that generate little heat but produce the same light as 20W incandescents.


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Thanks to Leander over at Cult of Mac.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Milton Glaser: Ten Things I Have Learned

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This is part of an AIGA series called Talk In London from one of my personal design heros Mr. Milton Glaser from back in November 22, 2001.


This is a subtext of number one. There was in the sixties a man named Fritz Perls who was a gestalt therapist. Gestalt therapy derives from art history, it proposes you must understand the ‘whole’ before you can understand the details. What you have to look at is the entire culture, the entire family and community and so on. Perls proposed that in all relationships people could be either toxic or nourishing towards one another. It is not necessarily true that the same person will be toxic or nourishing in every relationship, but the combination of any two people in a relationship produces toxic or nourishing consequences. And the important thing that I can tell you is that there is a test to determine whether someone is toxic or nourishing in your relationship with them.

Here is the test: You have spent some time with this person, either you have a drink or go for dinner or you go to a ball game. It doesn’t matter very much but at the end of that time you observe whether you are more energised or less energised. Whether you are tired or whether you are exhilarated. If you are more tired then you have been poisoned. If you have more energy you have been nourished.

The test is almost infallible and I suggest that you use it for the rest of your life.

Done. Love it. Awesome words of wisdom - my other favorites are 1, 2 and 9 - go get inspired by all ten over at: Ten Things I Have Learned

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