Friday, April 24, 2009
For all those southern bells, frat boys, and Kanye imitators, your ultimate polo is finally here, and it involves internet customization. Polo is running a limited campaign until May 17, where customers can make their very own polo shirt over the internet. From the monogram to the colors, anything is fair game. I would love to make my own, however its hard to fork over the $80 for a polo that I could find for a hell of a lot cheaper. Even though it would be fly as hell...
Via: Hypebeast, Polo.
This is the newest video release from Kanye's Album 808s and Heartbreak. Directed by Hype Williams, who also directed Kanye's Heartless video, this one takes a different approach than the rest of the songs on the album. The video was shot in Hawaii, and a helicopter was used to get numerous dramatic shots of the islands and the coastline. It really brings a new meaning to amazing, and I feel that some of the wide panning shots have a metaphorical connection with Kanye's lyric "my reign is as far as your eyes can see".
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Nike just a this new running shoe earlier this month. The shoe, meant to be a trainer for top athletes, incorporates some new technology that makes it catch the eye of the industry. The midsole incorporates a new type of dynamic support that is lightweight, and actually adapts to the foot during each step providing both stability and cushioning. Also in the shoe are the flywire technology first introduced in the Beijing Olympics which further decreases weight. All this will apparently be under a $100 price tag when they release July 1st. Not to shabby for some extremely well designed, or should I say sexy, shoes. I basically was drooling when I saw them.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Nyle "Let The Beat Build" from Nyle on Vimeo.
When I was in NYC a couple weekends ago I met Chadd Harbold, one of the founders of the New York based film production company, Last-Pictures. It was interesting seeing some of the stuff that he has worked on in the past year, including numerous short films, sketches, documentaries, and several music videos. His most recent project was this vid for local rapper, Nyle. The video follows Nyle through one continuous scene, as he takes a Lil' Wayne classic and spices it up with live instruments and stimulating lyrics. No video lip-syncing here ladies and gentlemen. This one is all real.
Check out more Last-pictures.com.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Courtesy of my buddy and avid illist viewer, B-Rad.
Cardboard furniture set at the International Housewares show. I did a project similar to this in foundations classes, except we could only use one 5' by 5' piece of cardboard. I really like the clever use of paper binding clips, another abundant office product, to help piece together the chair. Now as far as ergonomics are concerned...
Friday, April 10, 2009
This guy really caught my eye with his very interesting design solutions to problems. His solutions are the kind that make you say..."wow, that is a great freakin' idea. Why didn't I think of that?" This pictures include:
The Brush and Rinse - The picture explains it all. Great idea.
The Cash Money Clip - Why buy a new one, when a dollar will do?
New Soap, Old Bottle - This is a small experimental company he started based on the idea of buying name brand soap and reselling it in recycled and reused common pop bottles. Really don't know how long this will last, because im pretty sure there are clauses that prohibit the reselling of these products...but it is still kills two birds with one stone. Reusing old bottles, as well as limiting the amount of new bottles that go into the landfill.
This is a new documentary from Gary Hustwik, who can also brought us the film 'Helvetica'. This one really sheds light on what goes on behind the great products that surround us, from research to manufacturing. People seem to take for granted the good design that influences these products, and subsequently our daily lives. I feel that if anything this film will change our perspective on what we buy and why. From the words of the website itself:
Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability.
The movie is actually showing only in select locations, and I am glad to hear that one of them is in Columbus OH at the Wexner Center. The film airs May 15 & 16, and following the show Mr. Hustwik himself will be there to answer questions. You can find out more HERE.
This is one of my new favorite underground rappers. Known as Niko Villamor or Villa Vill, he reigns from Atlanta and his beats are smooth and his lyrics and flow mesh well with each one of his songs. From his beats down to his signature long straightened hair, he cannot help from sticking in your head. This is one of the singles off of his new album, also titled Rescue Op. The video could have been done a little better, but the song still rocks out. The lyrics refer to the rescuing of HH or hip hop, and the theme is set up through an interesting storyline presented throughout the song, as well as the sampled "waiting for you" in the refrain.
Also, free download available here for another one of his songs - All Over the Globe. This one has a more laid back beat and a nice use of sampling (I like it a little better). You can download it HERE
Thursday, April 9, 2009
The new single from Bob Dylans new album coming out at the end of April. I honestly have not listened to much of his music in my life, mainly because I just have not been exposed to it. However in my recent venture to experience new music, I came across this...and I can honestly say I am contemplating buying my first Dylan album, ever.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
A special anniversary tee shirt was made for BAPE's 3rd anniversary of their store in downtown Hong Kong. The t-shirt isn't really that special...but I put it on here because I do like BAPE clothes and I plan to travel to Hong Kong in autumn which is going to be ILL!
Interesting new footsole from Porshe design. By using a series of springs and levers, they claim that it actually provides a small propulsion to your step, rather than just cushioning your foots fall. I think that it is probably overpriced, and sounds exactly what the Nike Shox claimed to do when they were first released near 7 years ago. It would actually be cool though if we could see a stop motion video of this shoe on someones foot mid-stride. Then we could see how it actually works.
Some of the most recent images from the Sartorialist. The one that really struck my eye was the first image. This picture was taken in Florence, Italy. What really strikes me is the perfect fit of everything this man is wearing. The jacket, jeans, and shirt fit slim and are very cut to his body. Even the details, like the pocket square and the watch, look classy yet casual. I feel that this look could easily be accomplished without the need of any designer brands. In fact, I can totally see myself finding a slim jacket like that at my local consignment shop.
Slick new running shoe model for Nike. Incorporates both fly-wire technology and the fill 360 air foot cushioning. The colorway is pretty bright, but in a subdued way. I seem to be seeing a lot of yellow, white, and grey in Nike's running shoes recently. Anyway, these look dope and probably feel just as great.
The perfect fusion of low-tech and high-tech. This cardboard stand can transform your iPhone into a portable scanner. By placing the small megapixel camera at the specific height, one is able to capture document images with the same quality as some of the lower grade scanners out there today.