Apple’s New Perspective.

Below is the new two and a half minute online spot for Apple. If you are not one of the 750,000 people that have already seen it, you are in for a treat. The video features tons of forced perspective, optical illusions, a little animated type, and one hell of a script. As always, Apple advertising is a total winner.

Butter Fingers.

Its almost the weekend, so take 40 seconds out of your day, watch this and smile. The animation below is from. It took two years of nights and weekends to put this together and it shows. Great comedic timing, solid animations, really solid sound design and musical score.

OMG Theremins!

“Odd Harmonics” is a series of twelve custom built Theramins by designer and artist François Chambard. If you are unfamiliar with what a Theremin is, it is one of the first electronic musical instruments. You have probably heard the sound they produce from 1950’s sci-fi movie soundtracks to the Beach Boys Album Pet sounds. The Theremin produces a wobbly tone that shifts pitch as you move your hand closer and further away from the antennas.

Chambard, is founder of the Brooklyn based UM Project, a design studio that produces handcrafted theremins, transforming them from utilitarian boxes into fantastic musical creatures. The images below are from the first showing at the Judith Charles Gallery in New York City in October of last year. If you want to see them, and possibly play one now, you can catch the show at the Makers Biennial at the Museum of Arts and Design In New York City.

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“The Odd Harmonics collection combines different influences that yield a rich and colorful language: mid-century design, Bauhaus-Pop, Memphis, Steampunk. Like other creations by François Chambard, the success of the pieces relies on original design, impeccable execution, the use of rich and honest materials, as well as the emphasis on connections and details. The result is graphic and colorful details, highly noticeable and memorable, reminiscent of old joinery techniques and traditional craftsmanship, yet totally in sync with the digital age and appealing to the modern eye.”

François Chambard

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The Iconic NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual Reissued.

By the mid 1960’s the New York subway way finding system was a visual mess. It was a mix of signage and styles with no apparent order to any of it. In 1967, the New York City Transit Authority asked designers Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda to design a uniform identity and way finding system for the subway that would give riders a sense of direction that was easy to follow and use.

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Completed 3 years later in 1970,  was the NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual. This was the way finding system bible that became the face of the subway and is still in use today. Vignelli and Noorda gave us everything from color-coded route discs and line routes to the modernist sans-serif typeface ( the original font was Standard Medium, later switched to Helvetica) This design bible was distributed to designers, sign makers, and anyone else who needed help in designing, styling, and building a piece of the subway’s identity.

This iconic piece of work became a design classic in it’s own right, known to pretty much anyone that has studied or practiced design in the last 40 plus years. The manual was never intended for public distribution or consumption. Over the years as the NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual was updated and revised to meet changing needs and habits, fewer and fewer of the original copies remained. Many of the original copies found their way to a landfill or were lost in locked closets and cabinets within the many NYC Transit Authority offices.

A few years ago, two designers for Pentagram’s New York office, Hamish Smyth and Jesse Reed, found a single copy. Knowing the importance of what they had they  digitized the manual, and now they’re reprinting it with the blessing of the MTA for a very limited time. For the next thirty days, you can purchase a copy of the 1970 NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual on Kickstarter. Pretty cool, and yes I’ll be buying one.

Record Collecting Dust, a film by Jason Blackmore.

One of the ways I helped pay my way through college both times was working at Streetside Records, and working at the college radio station KJHK. This was back in the day when the radio station had stacks of vinyl  and archives of thousands of records. I would say 80 percent of the music I played was spun on a turn table, and more than half of what sold at Streetside was not a CD. I used to spend hours going through the stacks of records discovering new artist, reading liner notes, pouring over cover art, really discovering the music and musicians.

The video below is the trailer for “Records Collecting Dust” by San Diego based musician and filmmaker Jason Blackmore. It documents the record collections of 30 plus underground and alternative music icons, and based on the trailer it looks like it is going to be epic. Below the trailer is a list of all the musicians interviewed.

The film is set for a theater release, winter 2014 via Riot House Pictures. No word on which cities will get it first, but there will probably be updates on the official Facebook page here.

Interviews with:

Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag, SWA, Wurm, SST Records),

Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys, Alternative Tentacles),

Lisa Fancher (Frontier Records),

Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Off!),

Justin Pearson (31G Records, The Locust, Retox),

Greg Anderson (Southern Lord Records, Goatsnake, Engine Kid),

David Markey (We Got Power, Desperate Teenage Lovedolls, Sin 34),

Mario Rubalcaba (Off!, Hot Snakes, Earthless),

Sonny Kay (Artist, Owner of Gold Standard Laboratories, Angel hair),

Scott Martin (Big Business, 400 Blows),

Thaddeus Robles (Cave Punk, Heartaches),

Craig Oliver (Volar Records),

Edward Colver (Photographer, Blight At The End Of The Funnel),

Matt Anderson (Gravity Records, Heroin)

Roger Lane (DJ “Records With Roger”, Record Collector),

Bryan Ray Turcotte (Fucked Up + Photocopied, Beta Petrol),

Howie Pyro ( D Generation, Danzig)

Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession, Three Mile Pilot),

Pat Thomas (4 Men With Beards, Listen Whitey! The Sights And Sounds Of Black Power),

Clay Tarver (Bullet LaVolta, Chavez),

Steve Stanley (Now Sounds Records),

Danny Benair (The Weirdos, The Three O’ Clock),

Carlos “Cake” Nunez (Flipside Magazine, Dicktit)

Bob Barley (Neighborhood Watch, Tit Wrench, Vinyl Communications),

Matt Pike (Sleep, High On Fire),

Kira Roessler (Black Flag, Dos),

David Yow (Scratch Acid, Jesus Lizard),

Matt Caughthran (The Bronx, The Drips),

John Reis (Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu, RFTC),

Larry Boothroyd (Victims Family, Triclops),

Tom Flynn (Fang, Boner Records),

Steve Tupper (Subterranean Records).

Mike Neider (Bl’ast!)

Clifford Dinsmore (Bl’ast!, Spaceboy)

Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bl’ast!)

Joey Castillo (Wasted Youth, Danzig, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bl’ast!)

Mike Watt (Minutemen, Firehose, Dos, The Stooges)

Sebas and Clim “Anicons”.

Here is something fun from designers . Anicons is a series of animated icons available for Adobe After Effects for about 50 bucks. The fully customizable icon sets that are easy to use and modify. The icons are built as a library for motion designers, editors, or anyone else involved with the development of animation, and moving images. The icon sets feature a fun illustrative style, and fluid animations with bright color pallets. The best part is, you could probably use these as a starting point for your animation and swap out the graphics with your own illustrations to extend the sets.

 

“Onward Internet”.

Tune in, turn on, and be prepared to have your mind blown by the electric koolaide internet. The video below is one of the latest from Buck, and it is a visual treat. What a great example of 2D, 3D, and Stop Motion blended together. This animation has it all, even animated cats. This blast of visual eyecandy was created for onwardinternet.com (the internet suggestion box) in conjunction with digital agency Possible, and it just made my day.