Hyperkit is a multi-disciplined design studio whose work encompasses print, websites and interiors. With a canny eye for playful yet refined typography and the occasional candy-hued colour scheme, they’ve always been firm favourites.1 They’ve recently updated their site, so do your eyeballs a favour and go look.
- Via Design Work Life
- It also helps that they are lovely people; many moons ago during my former life in print production I had worked with them on several projects and they were always a delight to work with. ↩
Silence Television is the nom de plume of Peruvian illustrator and designer Gianmarco Magnani. His wonderfully crisp illustrations feature clean figurative work that contrasts nicely with highly-detailed renderings of guitars and motorcycles. The juxtaposition has an air of Manga1 about it, and is reminiscent of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, as well as K≈çsuke Fujishima’s You’re Under Arrest!
You can see more over at his site, where you can also order some mighty fine giclée prints to adorn your walls.
- Via The Fox Is Black
2010’s Black Sands got some serious rotation in our studio, so we’re happy to hear that Bonobo has a new album on the way. The first single –– entitled Cirrus –– features a frankly mind-warping video by Brighton-based director Cyriak. A kaleidoscopic collage of ’60s film footage slowly evolves into a surreal suburban landscape. Go watch it. Then go lay down.
- Via The Fox Is Black
Ten friends have found a novel way to stay in touch with each other 31 years after high school – a game of tag that has spanned decades.
Earlier this month, Brian Dennehy started a new job as chief marketing officer of Nordstrom Inc. In his first week, he pulled aside a colleague to ask a question: How hard it is for a nonemployee to enter the building?
Mr. Dennehy doesn’t have a particular interest in corporate security. He just doesn’t want to be “It.”
- Via kotte.org
If you keep shouting, you are not making communication any better. You are only removing talking and whispering from the system.
— Bruno Monguzzi
“Every time I type a web address into my browser, I don’t need to be taken to a fully immersive, cross-platform, interactive viewing experience,” said San Diego office manager Keith Boscone. “I don’t want to take a moment to provide my feedback, open a free account, become part of a growing online community, or see what related links are available at various content partners.”
Irrespective of its satirical source, I can’t help but wonder how much of the sentiment in this Onion article would be echoed in a real-life survey on the same topic. There are certainly times that I would choose a straightforward reader-content interaction1 over the increasingly complicated social/sharing/liking/pinning landscape.2
Illustrator Jude Buffum has a wonderful set of 8-bit influenced work, including these movie portraits.
His illustration of The Goonies is especially good; much better than the graphics of the original NES game. I could never fault the game’s music though, that theme tune was boss.1
- Via supersonicelectronic
In an effort to teach Watson – the famous artificial intelligence – how to understand informal language, researchers at IBM decided to teach it slang, by feeding it The Urban Dictionary. The plan backfired when Watson had trouble distinguishing between polite conversation and profanity, which led to the researchers curbing Watson’s newfound crassness by selectively wiping its memory.
Watson picked up some bad habits from reading Wikipedia as well. In tests it even used the word “bullshit” in an answer to a researcher’s query.
I would love to know what that original query was.
- Via Moving Brands
This week’s photographic fixation is desolate landscapes that border on the abstract. Muted colour pallete? Check. An imposingly limited sense of scale? Check. Barren vistas of brutal rock and ice? Check. Devoid of signs of humanity? Check.
I have a feeling that my subconscious is trying to tell me… something.