Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Matthias Vriens-McGrath continues to impress with his latest editorial in Numero Magazine. Its really cool to see effects like this being used for a high fashion editorial. Its a great change from seeing girls in pretty dresses in old country manors anyways.
Seriously? This looks like it fell out of the Sunday World! I was thinking the designers were going for that retro Jackie annual kinda feel, but now I'm just thinking its plain crap.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
This is so true. I'm a total font snob. I wouldn't eat at a Thai place in San Diego cause of their horrible Papyrus signage! Any restaurant that uses Papyrus is gonna give food poisoning. Im tellin' ya!
Seriously? This is gonna make my job so much easier in the future. Ok so I know you've probably seen this video already but it really is amazing to see what them clever folks at Adobe have come up with. Content Aware Fill. The future. On the minus side this may lead to either alot of lazy designers or just gonna put us all outta business. Either way it's all kinds of amazing.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Marketing Genius! Magnum has teamed up with the new Bryan Singer flick, As Good as Gold, and created one of the best viral campaigns I've seen in a long time! Its simple, upload a picture of your face and become part of the trailer. They even put you on the movie poster! You can check me out in my trailer HERE.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Kelis has released a tiny teaser (seriously tiny, its like 9 seconds) for the video for Acapella. You can see a longer teaser clip at Kelis' website www.iamkelis.com Directed by superstar photographer and founder of Dazed & Confused magazine, Rankin. The video has a total tribal neon vibe to it, its looks pretty fucking cool. The video premieres Monday, March 29th.
Christina Aguilera reveled the album art for her fourth coming album, Bionic. The lead single of the album, Not Myself Tonight, will be released on March 30th. Which happens to be my birthday! Awesome.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I love Dragonette, and the album, Fixin' To Thrill, is so good, and really under appreciated. Anyways one of my favorite tracks, Easy, is being released as a single. Check it out above.
Ok lets break it down kids!
Left Field (Picnic has this thing of getting acts that were relevant 20 years ago, broke up, reformed and now put on half the show they would have done in their hay-day. It's like when Bob Dylan plays the Marquee in Cork, he should have been there back in the 70's when he was cool. Not 30 years later playing to the children of your original fans, who are only going to see your show because you might be dead next time)
The Frames (Ok who hasn't seen The Frames live by now. I've seen them 3 times.)
John Lydon (You sell butter now, and you were terrible Picnic 08)
LCD Sound System (Amazing at Picnic 07, but been there, seen that)
Imelda May (I love the May, I would happily see her set)
PIL (Public Image Limited) (Who wants to see these geriatrics on stage!)
Hot Chip (Again Ive seen them at Picnic twice. Both times the crowd was very confused to hear their low-fi album tracks. Its a festival, they came for the hits.)
Massive Attack (Saw em, good show if your coming down.)
Modest Mouse (Heard them at Picnic 07, they had them on in one of the smaller tents that of course had people flooding out of.)
Mumford and Sons
Seasick Steve (I love the Steve, I saw him at the Roisin in Galway so I'd go see him again)
Gil Scott Heron
The Waterboys (Again, another cool band that were great back in their day, but not relevant at all now)
Fat Freddy’s Drop
Afro Celt Sound System
Jonsi (I would go see Jonsi, Sigor Ros front man, espically after his cover of MGMT's Time to Pretend on Radio 1's Live Lounge)
Steve Earle ( I HATE GALWAY GIRL! So no)
Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77 (ONE TWO WHOOP WHOOP! I would love to see the Beetroot boys, they'd be cool)
Fever Ray (Another act thats high on my list of people to go see, its all kinda depends on her time slot. Should be amazing though)
Messiah J and the Expert
The Big Pink (They have one song. Dominos. Which is now totally overlplayed)
The Horrors (I liked the Horrors back in 07, but really havn't heard anything from them since)
Redneck Manifesto (Ok who hasn't seen these lads live before?)
Here We Go Magic
Dublin Gospel Choir (Everyone likes to go see them on the Sunday morning. Oh and my mate totally shagged the lead singer. What would Jesus say?)
Breakestra & Chali 2 Na
Mr Scruff (I love the Scruff, his set would be cool)
Memory Tap (who?)
And thats about it. I won't be going. It's always a great weekend but €240 is a lot of money. Might check out Bestival or Isle of Wight instead. Oh and the promotional video only makes me wish I had gone to Picnic last year, didn't make me excited about this year at all.
Well if you are getting tickets, which go on sale Friday @ 9AM, have a great weekend! And just go with the flow, that's what Picnic is all about.
When I was younger I wouldn't eat my dinner until my Mother told me it was a volcano. Seriously this went on every dinnertime til I was about 7. Anyways how funny are these Diana plates? You can see more at EATING OFF THE PEOPLE'S PRINCESS
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Just weeks after releasing her nineand-a-half-minute “Telephone” music video, Lady Gaga is already on to the next.
The pop star is said to have enlisted fashion photographer Steven Klein to direct the video for “Alejandro,” the upcoming third single off her 2008 album, “The Fame Monster.” Known primarily for his celebrity and editorial work for French and Italian Vogue, Details and W magazine (including the Madonna shoots and the July 2005 issue featuring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as a Sixties family), Klein has dabbled in video in recent years, directing a handful of commercials and short fashion fi lms and collaborating with Madonna on the background videos for her 2004 and 2006 concert tours.
While the choice of Klein is a departure for Gaga, who has opted for music-video vets such as Jonas Akerlund (“Telephone” and “Paparazzi”) and Francis Lawrence (“Bad Romance”) in the past, it makes a certain sense — “Alejandro” is about a tumultuous breakup and Klein is great at depicting sexual tension — just ask Brangelina.
Are you excited? I Love the Klein! His shoots are always hyper sexual and I can definitely see the two of them working well together. At the concert when Gaga sang Alejandro she was in a church style setting with a silver angel statue that exploded with fireworks. So something like that? Although as its Gaga, we all know predictability isn't her thing.
I love the SEB! The new album, Straight To The Heart, is slated to come out around Summer time. Can't wait. And if your heading out tonight, Jodie Harsh's remix will definitely get you in the dancing mood. Check it out below.
So if your a fan of Christina Aguilera, then you'll know that she had a countdown clock on her website since the weekend announcing that something would be reviled today. And this is it! Or my first impression, "Is this it?". But the clock has been restarted so we can only assume that something else will be reviled tomorrow. Either that or Christina got the Lost Complete Collection boxset for Christmas, and the show has been giving her ideas.
As for the artwork itself, its not bad. Its not amazing. The messy type is kinda old. Maybe thats the look and feel of the forthcoming sound. Still having said all that I can't wait to hear some new music off Bionic.
I have really loved Kid Sister's style since I heard her back in the day when she was on Sinden & the Count's Beeber track (remember that? Hit me on mah beeber, beeber, beeber.) And last year she had one of the best Summer jams, Right Hand High. And now shes back with even more great music. Above is Day Dreaming taken from her album Ultra Violet. And it's very very good!
Monday, March 22, 2010
How amazing are these... well I don't know what to call them? Paint instillations? The artist, Alexa Meade, paints directly on to her subjects, whether they be furniture, clothing or people. Overall the effect is fantastic. You can see more of Alexa's work HERE.
I've posted about his work loads before on WHAM but I just dig it so much. OLLY MOSS is my favour current designer, everything looks so effortless, yet always so intelligently done. Anyways above is a poster for Capcom Gaming all about zombie prevention.
So I'm doing this project for Dublin Culture Night, which takes place September 24th. Anyways I was originally going to do something with mad make-up and feathers and beads, something really tribal and ethnic looking. So when I showed my design lecturer my mood boards he said "gay parade". I know! Cheek. So I looked at it again and now I'm thinking of doing something kinda Op Art inspired. I've been researching it and now I'm so dizzy. I'll let ye know how the final piece looks.