Christmas Eve, and the truth about Santa.

A couple weeks back a video dropped on Vimeo celebrating the 100th anniversary of Einsteins Theory of Relativity by Eoin Duffy. Which got me to thinking about an animated short he put out about a year ago. Yes if you had any doubts that Santa is real, or where your presents from Santa might come from, this short video puts those questions to rest. If you want to see the amazing little Einstein film, click the link above.

Antenna 3 Christmas

Attention to detail, intricate layers of content, fun, and masterfully crafted are ways to describe the video below. Produced by Buenos Aires based LUMBRE for Spain’s Antenna 3, this festive 30 second spot is one of my faves for the season. It has such a great look and feel, and the timing is so fluid. This is one of my new faves for the season.

COMODO Christmas Zoetrope Idents for TVE.

Tis the season, and Barcelona’s COMODO has produced a series of indents forSpanish broadcasting network TVE. The spots use a zoetrope to crete the animations. Each piece was built from scratch over a two month period of time with lots of trial and error to get things just right. The result is a series of fun holiday themed indents featuring Christmas, New Years Eve, and the Three Kings. Below are the final results and a making of video that is light on technical details but fun to watch just the same.

Typeflake for your Christmas Tree.

So what do you get a graphic designer for Christmas? There are millions of answers for that, but if you know one that has an expressed passion for typography, fonts, and all things type, you might want to get them “Typeflakes*”.

Typeflakes are laser cut from beech wood and come in a variety of available font. Designed by Leon Bahrani and available through Big Cartel these will set you back £14.99, but they are so worth it. Each Typeflake* sheet containins 18 precision-cut Christmas tree decorations in a variety of sizes measured in points. They are limit edition so you might want to act fast

– Limited edition
– 265mm x 380mm x 3mm Beech Plywood
– Contains 18 individual Typeflakes*
– Pre-cut holes for inserting string or ribbon


My 2013 Retro Vintage Holiday Gift Wish List.

With Christmas just a week away, I thought I’d go ahead and post my wish list so if anyone wants to buy me these items, they can. I know Christmas shouldn’t be about the materialness of consumerism, but I like these items, and it never hurts to have a wish list right? This year I’ve decided to go old school. I’ve got a retro theme rolling and I’m sticking with it.

stripTo kick off my retro gift party I’ve added the new Nikon Df to my list. While it’s not a camera brand I use on a regular basis, and while I have no additional lenses for it, it is the most retro looking camera to come out in recent months. For that reason alone I have added it to my list. I can look like a hipster sporting a retro film camera, yet shoot full frame digital images.

If I’m going to be shooting all retro with my new Df, I guess I’ll need to keep an old school shot list in a note book. What better note book to write down all my shots, exposure settings, locations and other analog meta data than the Another Great Idea Notebook. This notebook is the size of a passport – 5 inches high by 3.5 inches wide, and contains 80 pages for writing down all sorts of things. Hand made in Brooklyn, it adds to my non-existent hipster street cred. This is a must have.

If I’m gonna be writing in a hand made notebook, I better use the proper writing implement. For that I turn to the perfect pocket pen from Fisher Space. The pen has an estimated shelf life of 100 years. (much longer than me) The ballpoint is made from tungsten carbide and is precisely fitted in order to avoid leaks. The pen can write at altitudes up to 12,500 feet, and since the ink is pressurized with nitrogen at a pressure of nearly 35 psi it can write in all sorts of funny angles and extreme temperatures.

To hold my new Nikon Df around my neck, I need a suitable strap. Something that says vintage, with the durability of new. Something that enhances my look with utilitarian gusto. Something like the Tap & Dye L E G A C Y Leather Camera Strap. L E G A C Y is a classic leather camera strap designed to meet your daily photographic needs,from street shooter to veteran photojournalist.  Each strap is be branded with a custom TAP & DYE logo placed just below the rivet.  Stamped by hand in their Long Island studio.

With all this photo oriented gear, I am probably going to be spending quite a bit of my daylight hours outside. This means I am going to need to protect my eyes, and what better way than with a pair of Randolph Engineering aviator sunglasses. Randolph Engineering started making sunglasses for the U.S. Military over 30 years ago. Today, working with designer Michael Bastian, they are reinventing wire-framed aviators for the rest of us.

All this walking around taking photos is bound to make me thirsty, and in need some adult refreshments. To quench my thirst and rejuvenate my creative spirit I turn to Tuthilltown Distilleries for Hudson Baby Bourbon, Hudson 4 Grain Whiskey, and Hudson Single Malt. Hudson spirits are the first produced in New York’s Hudson Valley since Prohibition. They are also the first bourbon to be made in New York. The amber goodness is Pot-distilled twice from 100% New York State corn for its bright color and character. Each bottle of this very limited-production is hand numbered.

All this time outside is probably going to leave my skin a little dry, and my five o’clock shadow showing. This means I’ll need to clean up before hitting the town for the evening and nothing says “Old School Vintage” like a straight razor. To fill this need I turn to the best, the American Artisan Strop and Razor Heirloom Set from Classic Shaving. The kit has everything I need to get a close shave and condition my face. Thats right folks, I’m clean shaven. I just can’t get behind this lumberjack beard craze.

Being a practical fellow, I need shoes that can transition from daily photo adventure on the street, to a casual night on the town. What better way to do it than with a pair of Allen Edmonds Chicago-tanned Horween Cordovan Leeds Shoes. Simple, clean, and functional these shoes work with jeans as well as a suit. A god pair of walking shoes are a must for the urban adventurer.

With the exception of the Nikon, everything in this post is made right here in the good old United States of America. I believe in buying American made products. If there was an American made camera that matched the Nikon, it would be on my list.

“Sorry, I spent it on Myself”, a Harvey Nichols Christmas.

This ad campaign has been running since the end of November for British retailer Harvey Nichols. The campaign focuses on the self indulgence that sometimes comes with the holiday season. The thing that I love about this though, is all of the horrid thoughtless gifts shown in the ad are available for purchase at Harvey Nichols. The “Sorry” campaign has a dedicated website, so you can buy yourself something nice with all the money you saved buying your grandmother paper clips.