Korean fashion and design is having a moment, but what is fueling it? It's complicated. Let's explore the K-wave
. [more inside]
The Nordic Society for Invention & Discovery
has brought never-before-seen and totally exclusive technologies into the world, such as the Aaltopuck
(an ice hockey puck modeled after Alvar Aalto's Savoy Vase
), the Flower Shell
(a shotgun shell that shoots seeds into the ground
), the Wall of Sound
(an 8000-watt iPod dock
) and No More Woof
(a device that wraps around your dog's head and translates his or her brain waves to computerized speech
"The Synth Kit
that just hit the market originated
a year ago, at a TED conference where Bdeir
and comedian/musician Reggie Watts
met backstage after giving talks, and started discussing the idea of littleBits musical instruments."
An amazingly-designed article
about R&B performer Janelle Monae. And an interesting article too!
of Blue Note jazz album covers.
Swedish graphic designer Viktor Hertz
to depict movies
, rock music
, and aphorisms
New York graphic designer Mike Joyce
takes vintage flyers from punk, hardcore and indie rock shows and redesigns them "into international typographic style posters. Each poster is sized to the standard swiss kiosk dimensions of 35.5 inches wide by 50 inches high and set in berthold akzidenz grotesk medium, all lowercase. Every single one of these shows actually happened."
- Retro Living and Design from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
are were a guitar-less punk band
from Baltimore. They made incredible music
(slyt). [more inside]
Nants ingonyama bagithi baba!
It's been nearly two decades since that glorious savanna sunrise, and once again The Lion King
is at the top of the box office
. It's a good chance to revisit what made the original the capstone of the Disney Renaissance
, starting with the music. Not the gaudy show tunes or the Elton John ballads, but the soaring, elegiac score by Hans Zimmer which, despite winning an Oscar, never saw a full release outside of an unofficial bootleg
Luckily, it's unabridged and high-quality, allowing one to lay Zimmer's haunting
tracks alongside the original video
), revealing the subtle leitmotifs and careful matching of music and action.
In addition, South African collaborator Lebo M
wove traditional Zulu chorals into the score, providing veiled commentary
on scenes like this
; his work was later expanded
into a full album
, the Broadway stage show
, and projects closer to his heart
. Speaking of expanded works, there were inevitable sequels -- all of which you can experience with The Lion King: Full Circle
), a fan-made, three-hour supercut of the original film and its two follow-ups.
Want more? Look... harder... [more inside]
Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network
... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game.
As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert
-- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly
venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon
Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE
system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire.
Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat."
But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back
with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s
, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple
, and All That
To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
is a collection of mixes created and designed by graphic designers. Each mix contains 10 songs and an awesome cover image
to tie them all together. Listening is free, but account invites are a hot commodity
. [more inside]
is a media platform with the latest, most relevant news from the worlds of art, fashion, design, music and film. Recent features include: Harvest by Haroshi: Skate and Destroy
, artworks created with old worn, or snapped, skateboard decks | Disassembly
, capturing relics of our past in a unique, dismantled and exposed form | Murakami at Versailles
, knee-deep in controversy since its inception | and Darren's Great Big Camera
, a short documentary
about a camera that shoots on 14" x 36" negatives and measures 6ft. in length.
The most famous Steinberger design is the L-series instrument... made entirely of the Steinberger Blend, a proprietary graphite and carbon fiber mix in two pieces: the main body and a faceplate. It had no headstock for tuning, tuning instead at a redesigned tailpiece using micrometer-style tuners and special strings with a ball at both ends.
The Birka Jazz Archive
is a treasure trove of record jackets from all eras of jazz. American releases are grouped by label (for example, Columbia
, Blue Note
, etc.) with, in some case, further sub-categorization by designers or visual artists (such as the amazing David Stone Martin
). European releases are sorted by country (France
, etc.) and it all adds up to a fabulous online resource for jazz fans and graphic design fans alike.
hand-picks the best new tracks from independent & underground artists, simmers on low, and delivers beautiful online issues every 2 months." Issue #1 is free, available as a sample.
"...it's probably extra easy to trace my life & interests through these galleries. They start out in Kansas (most of the early non-Lawrence/ KC ones were sent to me either by people ordering copies of my zine or by a few pals of mine who had run away to CA), and as I move around in life the bands & venues change accordingly: Kansas, Ohio, Washington DC, Kansas again, Arizona."
The Jason Willis Flyer Collection, 1981-2006
Pen and Pixel
are well known for the outlandish covers they created
for Southern rap labels Rap-A-Lot and No Limit. It's been about 12 years since their heyday
, so people are now looking back at the artistry present under the surface of these covers
. [more inside]
Spheremetrical (Here With You)
— from the Last Heist EP by Impactist
, a directing duo with a diverse background in film production
, design, animation, music
, and the fine arts
is a Japanese web site featuring the cover art for every Blue Note album ever released. Other labels are featured as well.
Where music geekery and typographical geekery intersect: Rock That Font
looks knowledgeably at the typography of notable album covers.
. NSFW, unless your work consists of gorgeous hand-drawn typography and voluptuous bird women cavorting together.
: A sprawling and slightly garish collaborative London-based blog, which grew out of the now defunct high-end print magazine of the same name
. An eccentric mix of art
, design, illustration
, underground music
is perhaps the internet's most infamous hack
, digi/net artist
. His work
stands for a growing culture
of artists who run wildly
through animated GIF landscapes populated
with corrupted data-compressed
bunny rabbits and tinny, MIDI renditions
of Savage Garden ballads. As the Lisson Gallery
, London, opens its archives to Arcangel's curatorial eye, could digi/net art
be set to infect
the real, fleshy world
, like a rampant Conficker Worm
? Has YouTube become
the truest reflection of our anthropological
selves? Are we destined to roam the int3erw£bs like the mythic beasts of yore
, hoping, in time
, that digi art can free us
from the confines of this fleshy void?
"How did the contact with Keane come about?
/ Completely randomly.
A friend of the band's, bought one of my prints from a mutual friend's shop. The band saw the print in his house and said 'this is the person we have to work with on our next album artwork'." Sanna Annukka
on MeFi) discusses
how she came to illustrate Keane's album, Under the Iron Sea
, and singles, the artwork of which is playful
, and folklore-like
in feel. [more inside]
is a collection of original, vintage, and limited edition posters and prints.
celebrates the art of record and CD packaging.
is a "monthly meeting of artists (sound/image/movement/whatever), designers, engineers, students, scientists, and other interested parties who are involved in the creative use of electricity." Started in NYC in 2000 by Douglas Repetto
, Director of Research at the Columbia University Computer Music Center
as well as one of Wired's 10 Sexiest Geeks
, there are now dozens all over the world
. Past presenters have been featured here on the blue. For instance Jeff Han
presented his multi-touch interface at dorkbot-nyc in April of 2006
. Miru Kim
presented her naked city spleen at dorkbot-nyc in October of 2006
. Bummed that there's not one in your own city? Start your own! [more inside]
15 awful mistakes made by designers in the music and apparel industries
- such as not charging enough, ignoring typography, and unprofessional behaviour.
The late, great Tony Wilson
is being honoured today with a 24-hour long "intelligent" conversation in Manchester, England. Wilson was a musical Svengali par excellence. He co-founded Factory Records
, helped discover both Joy Division
and the Happy Mondays
and has been credited with reviving the city
that was cradle to the industrial revolution. [more inside]
, take a ride
at some of the Islamic Art
of the past. Or, you could call it Art
of the Islamic World
if you're so inclined. If not, then how about taking into account some of the major milestones
throughout the centuries
, from past
(more examples here
), including the art
. Not to mention the Arab
world's contribution to music
, both old
, and here
, with a wonderful
comment from nickyskye
The SEO Rapper (a.k.a. The Poetic Prophet
) spits rhymes on such topics as Design Coding
, Link Building
, Paid Search
, and Conversion Closing
for all your marketing campaign and web design needs.
Anglo-Finnish artist Sanna Annukka
's vibrant, flat design work (especially her Icons
series) got me curious about her, well, iconography.
She mentioned The Kalevala previously
, the Finnish national epic poem (in Finnish here
), a tale of creation and heroism that arguably spurred the Finns to independence from the Russians.
Like so much else epic and awesome, it spawned a '70s prog band, with three albums
is a "metasearch engine" that generates a sprawling cornucopia of sound, text and images based on your query.
Interview with United Visual Artists:
Anyone who saw Massive Attack's 100th Window tour will remember the amazing 'stream of data' graphics they used on stage, these guys
did that and other work for the likes of U2 and Basement Jaxx
Mefite Fans of rock concert posters are probably familiar
, but here's an interesting list
of over 20 other individual designers concert posters sites with tons of designy goodness.
) is a man of many talents. His own site
(flash/sound) is fun (often funny) and chock full of agreeably wacky sounds, but can take some time to navigate. Reichel hasn't made it easy for you if you happen to be in a hurry. You may well get stuck somewhere and just give up. That'd be a shame, though, cause you'd miss getting acquainted with the guitars
he makes and plays. Or how he designs fonts
. The mixing board
shenanigans are not to be missed (once you get past those curious little fellows in the brown hats), plus you can sorta kinda play his daxophone
yourself. And of course conduct your own little ensemble of meercats
when one of them finally comes out of hiding and says "Hallo! Play with me".
The Lifelong Friendship Society
produces some comfortably disjointed art
that is sometimes incredibly cheesy. (quicktime is pretty much required for all these links)
iPod Coffee Table
created by a Toronto design student
Allmusic for Windows
Clicking on some deep links into allmusic.com tonight turned up this- Notice: You are accessing allmusic.com with a browser that is not currently supported. The appearance and functionality of the site could be impacted. allmusic.com is optimized for Internet Explorer 5.5 and above for Windows.
When all of the good vinyl albums have been bought from the cardboard box at the local church bazaar, Nick DiFonzio buys the rest and scans the jackets. The result? Bizarre Record Covers
. And because beauty, or the apparent lack thereof, is not only jacket deep, check out this trippy collection of 45 rpm labels
from No Relevance, and this detailed record label discography
, where you can see how record companies from the 1950s thru the 1990s kept trying to update and redefine their image by redesigning their labels.