Saturday, February 28, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
You can tell from his work that he really has fun with his designs. His style kind of reminds me of Mike Perry. Just like Perry he uses simple illustrations that are highly geometric and sometimes repetitive mixing it with photography and typography. Lots of patterns and layers are used to complete the aesthetic.
So check him out, his portfolio is overflowing with good design. Like most designers you can also buy stuff from his online store if you really like it.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
It's really interesting to see different feelings around the world from different people. We Feel Fine is a really neat site that makes use of blogs, it's kind of a blog of blog feelings. It offers many interesting angles to seeing these feelings. I think it's cool that the feelings move and have colour and shape. It's almost hard to understand all the systems used, but I'll figure it out. As for me, I'm feeling nostalgic. Maybe it's looking at all these feelings, maybe it's reading week and being with my high school friends, but that's what I'm feeling. I wonder if that will make it on to the site...
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I was intrigued by the ads a few months ago so hopefully it's pretty good!
Monday, February 16, 2009
His work is centered around typography made by prints, cut outs, photography, found objects, anything really. It's very playful. I've found it very delightful. Here is a more complete portfolio.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
You can hear hints ofPet Sounds in bands like Of Montreal, Animal Collective, and many more. So if you think you don't like them, you probably do. So listen to them.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Anyhow... that being said, here's a list of my favourite love related songs brought about not by Valentine's day (I guess it helps) but the main reason is my step-sister Annie who is getting married in August. I had the privilege of hanging out with her and my older sister last night when I got home (finally reading week!). Naturally some of the conversation revolved around Wedding plans and music so I decided to blog about some of my favourites along with some kind of reasoning...
- Wherever I go- The Album leaf: I can't not smile when I hear this song
- Postcards From Italy- Beirut: The happiest song about a wedding ever
- Thirteen- Ben Kweller: story of a relationship
- Aging Faces / Losing places- Broken Social Scene presents Kevin Drew: I think it's great
- Sparks- Coldplay: " My heart is yours, It's you that I hold on to"
- This is the Dream of Win and Regine- Final Fantasy: about the Win and Regine husband and wife from Arcade Fire, how can that not be awesome?
- Falling Slowly- Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova: Once was an amazing movie.
- On a Neck, On a spit- Grizzly Bear: " All my time, spend it with you now"
- Love and Some Verses- Iron and Wine: Title says it all
- Gold in the Air of Summer- Kings of Convenience: perfect summer weekend
- Wrecking- Laura Veirs: finding love anywhere
- Sleep Walking- Modest Mouse: Excitement
- Stay Ups- Most Serene Republic: Simple but beautiful
- Sometimes- My Bloody Valentine: Hopeless Romantics this bunch
- Harvest Moon- Neil Young: Classic
- I've got You and You've got me- New Buffalo: security in someone
- Go Places- New Pornographers: adventures!
- Glue- Page France: finding your soul, maybe about self journey
- Uprising Down Under- Sam Roberts: Growing with someone else
- I summon You- Spoon: Spoon's only ballad don't know if that's a good or bad thing
- My Favourite Book- Stars: totally cheesy, totally great
- Rake- Sufjan Stevens: Peaceful
- When I get Up- Teagan and Sara: "I don't need company in the company of you"
- Maps- Yeah yeah yeahs: this one is an obvious choice
- Our Way to Fall- Yo La Tengo: my favourite
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Bird's style is very consistent. His seven other albums (not including the live Fingerlings series) demonstrate a range of upbeat to mellow songs, beautiful instrumentation (I love baroque pop), and brilliant lyrics. In all of this, his albums still each have different feels. Armchair Apocrypha (most recent release until Noble Beast) is very much a political album. Noble Beast diverges somewhat from the political aspects of Apocrypha, it is a little more personal full of stories and references as seen in this verse from the song Tenuous:
the world that is
from proto-Sanskrit Minoans to porto-centric Lisboans
Greek Cypriots and and Hobis-hots
Who hang around in ports a lot
If you can, listen to the deluxe album, Useless Creatures is an album in itself. It is wholly instrumental, and totally breathtaking. It's also great to study to. If you've never listened to Andrew Bird, what are you waiting for?
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
There are many artists featured on the site including: Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Lykke Li, Vampire Weekend, and so many more. La Blogotheque shows you just how talented they really are in a really cool way. So check it out if you enjoy beautiful music. It's the best.
Fleet Foxes - A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
MAKE SOMETHING COOL EVERYDAY. MSCE is an online community of people that seems to be growing pretty steadily. The goal for participants is, well, to make something cool everyday. The only criteria is it should be created in ONE day. I imagine it would be both inspiring and draining to try and making something everyday. I mean, I would be happy making something cool every WEEK.
The project features designers, artists, illustrators, as well as random people it has collected.
There are also numerous Flickr groups, and streams dedicated to it. There appears to be a core group of people that do post everyday, but there are also quite a few more sporadic users. Some choose to go with themes, Moss (the user who I believe started this project) has a series of vintage looking packaging for films and videogames. Shown above is an image belonging to Trustzabo who seems to have a thing for reptile collages. There are also occasions when one user will suggest a theme and others will design something around that theme (for example top played song).So check it out, it's kind of addicting. Maybe one day when I'm less busy I'll try to MSCE too.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I found it once again on FFFFOUND!
It has made me giggle more than anything else today. So Please enjoy... Creative Grooming.
Here are my favourites... Camel... and Ninja Turtle. Enjoy.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
This article uses information from Technorati to show just how popular blogging is and the figures are, well, astounding! I mean check out these stats:· 70 million weblogs
· About 120,000 new weblogs each day, or...
· 1.4 new blogs every secondBlogging is still fairly new, so the web 2.0, sharing, networking revolution is only getting bigger. More and more people are looking for news sources outside main stream media to either supplement or replace the usual formats. Lately there have been more and more accounts of media fraud uncovered by bloggers, For example During the Israel–Hezbollah War of 2006, bloggers caught Reuters publishing doctored images from Lebanon (you can read more about that on First Monday article Reviewing Fauxtography). And remember when bloggers proved CBS had used fake memos to document a story about President George W. Bush’s national guard service right before the presidential election?
This is why blogging is so important; people can seek out new opinions, ideas, and sources (and judging by outfoxed this is totally necessary).
Blogging also allows for networks of bloggers to work together creating communities of similar interests and ideas. Blogging helps you keep current, explore interests, and develop ideas. This is another reason why tagging is handy. Tagging allows users to so easily search for terms, connect different ideas, and share their own ideas. So bloggers, take advantage of built in tagging systems, explore del.icio.us, and stumbleupon things! (Can you Digg it?)
Monday, February 2, 2009
A lot of you probably know about this, but probably some of you don't. I found this gem in grade 10 (yeah that's now 4 almost 5 years ago, wow) when I had a (now embarrassing) thing for pirates (I was one of them who really liked Pirates of the Caribbean) so I goggled Pirate ship shirt.
The event that followed became an obsession, but it was not until this year that I followed through with this obsession. That event was the discovery of threadless t-shirts. Threadless is a company that makes T-shirts that have been designed by designers of all sorts, and voted on by people who frequent the site as to which ones get printed. This year everyone in my house has ordered some and been totally satisfied. You get a unique t-shirt not available in stores, so not many people around have them and they fit really well, they're usually printed on American Apparel T's.
They make great gifts (Valentine's day anyone?) too so check it out.