IDEALISTIC – STREET ART

I just love street art – Specially the ones with a social impact, the ones which make a bold statement!

Check out Mear One  (contemporary American artist) – One of my favourites most recently. (Images Below)

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(Image at the top – in London/Bricklane – Hanbury Street)

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What makes street art really powerful is that you never know when your about to come across it – It has the power of hitting you without any significant warning. Making you feel uncomfortable, maybe not because you disagree with the statement it makes but you shut your eyes and chose to ignore that particular statement –

Don’t worry- it happens to me sometimes – walking by a magnificent piece of artwork and adoring every bit of it, loving the message it’s sending across – and then WOW! – maybe something needs to be done, I dont know –

All to one side I think all street art is GOLD! It communicates with you wether you like it or not and it doesn’t care from what social background you come from or what language you speak (coz it speaks in every language)  – it’s just there sayin ”Yo, you – yes you – check me out – I am so coooolly done”!

Check out more of Mear One on – www.mearone.com

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BeHance – me

My Behance – http://www.behance.net/kayd

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I just recently joined ‘the master network of the ultimate designers’ – it sounds cool when you say it like that ey! – Anyway all to one side its real, theres some awesome work on there by some truly talented people. Lets hope I can keep with the standerds – never mind the standerds try your best!

I will be uploading more content in the following months – need to clean up afew projects.

Please check out – http://www.behance.net/kayd

ENDLESS ROADS- PRT1

Another fantastic video by Juan Rayos and the Longboard Girls – Endless Roads is a film about freedom. You might ask whats so special about a road trip around Spain and what makes it ‘freedom’ like but when I watched this documentary style film I felt inspired, influenced and kind of jealous by the shooting, music and even the movement whilst skating… its totally ‘dream like’ and I think thats what it is! It transferes the freedom feeling across to the viewer –  Love it.

Check out his vimeo page for the rest of the parts and for more cool stuff!

Endless Roads 1 – Yellow Horizons from Juan Rayos on Vimeo.

COOL TUMBLR BLOGS FOR DESIGNERS

 

GET ON… GET INSPIRED…

 

1) VISUAL SANDAE

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Visual Sundae is a beautiful, image-led blog that celebrates all types of art and design, from typography to illustration, posters to sculptures. A nicely organised source of inspiration, and if you’re not looking for anything specific, you can always try the ‘Random’ button.

2) THE MADE SHOP

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The Made Shop is a brilliant Tumblr blog from a brilliant team of designers, bringing you the best innovative work from across the globe, whether that be in photography, branding, illustration or film art direction. I love the way the navigation divides nicely between ‘Things we made’ and ‘Things we found’.

3) WALLPAPER*

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The high-end architecture, design, fashion, art and lifestyle magazine Wallpaper* has extended itself onto the Tumblr platform, bringing together the best images from wallpaper.com. The site is as pleasingly professional as the print magazine, and if you want to know more, clicking on each image takes you through the relevant post on Wallpaper*’s main website.

4) DESIGNERS FOR TUMBLR 

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Looking for big, beautiful images of the latest cool design work? This regularly updated Tumblr blog extracts the best of designs on the platform and is open to submissions. A great place to see the work of others as well as network with designers worldwide

FACEBOOK: ARE YOU ON TIMELINE? SOON YOU WILL BE!

All the updates and regular changes to Facebook, have annoyed quite a lot of users in the past and caused a hassle within the Fb community.  Although I was simply never ’emotionally effected’ by any of the updates (considering that I do classify myself as a regular user of Fb), I think its the simple fact that people are afraid of ‘change’!! afraid but yet accept it!

– the truth is in time ‘change’ takes over and complaints fade away!

Anyway I’m going to get straight to the point. Most of you are probably aware of what’s around the corner for Fb users and already some have accepted it: Ladies and Gents I present to you, The Timeline:

What do I think of it? At the moment I’m trying it out and I quite like the layout of the page header but not a praticular fan of the columns.  Anyway all this doesn’t matter because Fb will force this change/update on to its users very very soon (in a weeks time)

With everything said, I think that slowly Fb designers might be moving towards enabling user customization within the layout and design aspects of the page….who knows, maybe!

Here is a link for further reading on the Timeline: click me

p.s I’m liking  the update for the iphone app…

PAPERNOMAD: AS GOOD AS IT GETS

Tear resistant, water resistant and flame retardant paper? Vienna-based collective, Papernomad creates bags and covers for mobile electronic devices for this generation of urban nomads. Made of 100% organic materials, the company grew out of a quest to identify industrial niches where traditional materials could be replaced by paper.

The company considers their paper products, “the perfect analog counterbalance to the metal and glass digital world that surrounds us.” With a sheep’s wool lining and a magnetic hemp closure, their products are designed with a C2C lifecycle in mind. And the best of all…you can sketch directly on the covers!

Identity, Sustainability and Sanity encompass our values in a world of constant change. Papernomads are sleeves and covers which capture our experiences as quick scribbles, coffee stains, finger prints, telephone numbers or the occasional lipstick impression. Not unlike a diary, they document our experiences and create reference points in time for us to remember.

Source: core77

VIRAL MARKETING PIGEONHOLE

ECO DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR SHOE COMPANY.

Carrier pigeons haven’t been considered as a practical, efficient mode of communication since World War II, yet eco-conscious shoe companyJojo has found a way to use them for deliveries, physically and digitally. Based on the video below, the Brussels-based brand’s flock is meant to deliver at least as much web traffic as they do shoes.
The bit about having customers submit images of their neighborhoods (for the pigeons’ benefit) is pretty neat, though I’m curious as to how reliably the pigeons can find their destinations based on Google Streetview. (Source: http://www.core77.com)
For what it’s worth, the design ain’t bad…but I wonder how the “pigeon” option would work for U.S. or Belgian addresses. www.jojoproject.com/en
p.s this sounds like a more expensive idea???

JOON & JUNG’S NATURAL SPEAKER

Its the acoustic properties of porcelain which were discovered by Joon & Jung, making the function precise as well as the simple form and structure combined with the materials, unique in its own way.
‘Amplified inside the ceramic and wood transmission construction, the sound gains a slight echo, creating a natural feeling of resonance, resembling the distinct flair of an acoustic instrument right in front of you’.

the natural speaker from Studio Joon&Jung on Vimeo.

THE SPOTIFY PLAYER

 

(SOURCE: WIRED.CO.UK)
Jordi Parra, a Spanish design student, has taken digital music and turned it back into a physical product, creating a beautiful Spotify player from wood and plastic.
“I’m interested in the way music industry is evolving,” Parra told Wired.co.uk, “and I really miss not being able to physically share music the way we used to a few years ago.” So he put together a player that plays tracks on Spotify chosen by tokens containing RFID tags. Each token represents a particular album or playlist, and placing it on the player immediately begins playback.

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EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

British street artist banksy was in LA for his oscar-nominated film ‘exit through the gift shop‘ – a documentary which he directed that tells the story of a man’s obsession with street art that includes footage of such artists as shepard fairey, invader and banksy himself – and he hasn’t wasted any time making his mark on the streets of LA and of course, causing a bit of a stir.

bansky’s mickey mouse billboard which has now been removed,(DESIGNBOOM)

Just finish watching the film…and I have to say that I enjoyed every bit!

LATE NIGHT READING

 DON NORMAN

VP at Apple, Executive at HP and an academic (Harvard, UC San Diego, Northwestern, KAIST).
(SOURCE:CORE77

‘I have seen the future, and I am opposed.’

I fear the future of our technologies, but not for the usual reasons. For me, the future would bring forth solutions to our needs and wants, design that provides value in a sustainable and responsible manner. Technology that is relevant and appropriate. But what I see developing seems driven by greed and profit, resulting in restrictive business plans and attempts to enforce proprietary constraints on activity by corporate empires.
The power of my electronic computing and communication equipment is more dictated by my service provider than by the technology itself. Imagine traveling in the future and entering a new country:

Please have your papers ready. Passport, visa, customs form, medical coverage, service provider roaming agreement.

A MUST HAVE

‘A fantastic source of inspiration, the book gives insight into the inner workings and private inspiration of creatives from the world of advertising, design, graphic design, fashion design, art, street art, and illustration. Intimate and often unseen, sketchbooks document the sources of inspiration as well as the journey to final execution. Providing a showcase of ideas, the sketchbooks themselves are complemented by interviews where the artists explain how they use their sketchbooks and how these relate to finished works, giving readers a direct and unmediated insight into the process of research and creation.
Richard Brereton began his career in the London and New York art markets, before becoming a television producer for the BBC. He currently lives and works in London and is the editor of GRAPHIC’

SHE’S GOOD

Hey I just came across this amazing painter Alexa Meade

If your thinking what’s so special about her, seems like another usual painter… Well I tell you she aint!! Alexa paints on 3D surfaces to make them look flat… ermm let me put it this way: each portrait (painting) is an actual person!
Check out more of Meade’s paintings here.