Alexis Marcou is a freelance illustrator with a website is full of pretty things. He’s currently living in Cyprus and has done work for Nike, which makes me more than a little bit jealous of his life. Click below the jump or head on over to his site to see some more of his awesome work.
An inspiring video from Self Edge that highlights the whole process of Roy’s Jeans from start to finish as it’s done through the hands of Roy Slaper. There’s something so cool and magical about seeing fabric going through multiple machines that look like utter finger death traps with such ease and craft. I love seeing the raw denim transform into shapes and those shapes come together as jeans. Roy’s attention to detail and handcrafted quality helps make the price tag of $275 a pair, slightly more digestible. Key word there being “Slightly”.
Type artists are dicks. Well, not really but they are great at knocking my self esteem down a few hundred notches.
Lately I’ve been experimenting with drawn type (which has resulted in more heavy drinking than actual work) and thus have been on the hunt for inspiring type artists. I felt like I knew a lot of the big contemporaries but I had somehow, until today, missed the work of Sebastian Lester. I say “somehow” because Sebastian has created some amazing work for a catalog of seriously impressive clients. He’s even designed custom typefaces for folks like British Airways, The Daily Telegraph and H&M.
Dude’s portfolio is a blast to look through and it even includes some pretty fantastic process sketches (see below the jump) — extra awesome for those of us still figuring out how the shit letters work.
Um, yeah. So the UK creative company IWANT design is exactly what I want to do with my life. Take the image above – branding, photography and design for London Dance International. It’s a complete idea. Meaning, this is not just an interesting print piece with good looking graphics, or a well lit photograph of dancers. It’s an entirely complete and stunning visual idea. We should all be so lucky to have such inspiring visions and…clients that allow us to run away with them at full speed.
Have you ever been just randomly walking around your city and seen one of the enigmatic Toynbee Idea tiles in the middle of the street? Maybe you’ve seen this one in Washington, DC, or this one in Pittsburgh, or any of the hundreds more mysterious plaques that span the east coast and midwest of the US and even extend into various parts of South America.
What does it mean?
IN MOVIE 2001
ON PLANET JUPITER
Well, if you’re like me, then you probably think that either a) this is really freakin’ weird, or b) this is really freakin’ cool, or c) all of the above. And if you’re like Justin Duerr, the guy in that picture up there, then you are probably thinking: d) I’m going to devote my life to figuring this out. And that’s what he did.
Last week Durham held it’s acclaimed Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, where dozens of fantastic documentaries are presented to eager audiences over the 4-day schedule. I usually drop into one or two movies each year, hoping to hit a few that look super interesting, and this year, we hit the jackpot. On Saturday, we got last-minute-line tickets to see Resurrect Dead, a Kickstarter-funded Sundance-winning documentary about the mysterious Toynbee Tiles. The feature-length film had us captivated from minute one as the crew – basically three dudes and an amateur film-maker with a camera, set out to discover the origin of these tiles. Their surreal journey took them through all kinds of you-can’t-make-this-whodunit-shit-up clues, including tracking down leads on microfiche, short wave radio, and pounding the pavement in blue-collar Philadelphia neighborhoods.
I don’t want to spoil the mystery for you, but needless to say, this doc was a great story and was really well-told, especially since this was Jon Foy’s first ever crack at making a movie, much less shooting, editing, and composing the soundtrack (all done without any prior experience while self-funding by cleaning houses)…
If you like an urban mystery with more than a touch of nerdiness (and you do, trust me), check out Resurrect Dead. Looks like there may be another round of screenings later in the summer, so look out for those.
Spanish designer Raúl Gomez is not a minimalist. His work really shines when he’s designing + illustrating hyper-detailed, almost patterned posters. Bonus: a big pile of pages from his moleskins that are just as insane + detailed as his finished work can be found here. Makes a dude’s head hurt.
Heike Weber is a German installation artist who creates large scale pieces using heavy repetition. Her recent work leverages markers and acrylic paint to transform boring floors and walls into eye catching pieces of art. A time lapse of her drawing spreading from one corner of the room to the other must be amazing. A great inspiration for some of you looking to add low cost design hotness to a visually “blah” room.
I really like these dreamy photos of Villerville, Normandy shot by french photographer Laurent Nivalle. Check out the travel section of his website, there’s a lot of really amazing things in there that make me ready to go on vacation!