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Archive for September, 2011

Music from a Dry Cleaner

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Came across this wicked video by sound designer Diego Stocco the other day.

Here’s what he has to say about the video: “Almost everyday, on my way to a local bakery, I walk in front of a dry cleaners. When they have the front door open, I hear a lot of interesting sounds coming from their work equipment. Eventually, the different mechanical and steam sounds sparked something in my mind, so one day I asked the owners if I could record a piece of music by using their machines as musical instruments.

I used a puff iron, press and dry cleaning machines, a washer, clothes hangers, and a bucket full of soap. The bass and lead sounds were created from the buzzing tones coming from the conduits and engines. There are no additional sounds from any traditional or electronic instruments. Enjoy!”

Check out his vimeo for more weird and wonderful music videos such as Music From A Bonsai.

DF in Innovative Stationery Graphics

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Received the book “Innovative Stationery Graphics” in the post today which features some of our work. The book is by Barcelona based publisher Mosa.

Here’s the book description: “Innovative Stationery Graphics gather together some of the more interesting stationery projects in terms of those having the capacity to reflect the very essence of the company for which they were created. Some of the projects included on this amazing title are quite serious and loyal to the spirit of that particular company, while some others go much further and allow their creativity to roam free in favor of more impacting imagery. We present this book to you, but the projects will present themselves.”

Always nice to have our work featured in a book.

A graphic, fractal, ravey treat

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

I’ve been meaning to post the above video, No Brain by Ettienne de Crecy, for a while now but never got around to it due to work loads, so apologies if your thinking “this is well old news innit”. Really beautiful video if you have a thing for lines, grids and shapes like I do, with a great ending that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Visuals like this do tend to transport me back to the ravey, ravey, miss behavey days. Directed by the very talented Fleur & Manu via Division with post production from Mathematic, great name.

I’m a bit of a sucker for the ravey goodness produced by Mr Eitenne de Crecy and I was lucky enough to see his ‘Am I Wrong’ live show at Matter a few years back, which if you haven’t seen you can check a snippet of below. Enjoy

London Bus Tour

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

If like me you love staring out the window and watching the world go by when traveling through London (or whichever corner of the world you may be) by bus, you’ll love this video by photographer Moritz Oberholzer. Lovely slice of London life portrait in a very simple yet captivating way. Really like the choice of tune, too.

Giant 3D Typography

Monday, September 12th, 2011

A while back we came across the simply beautiful work of Jimmy Fiction Esq and for some strange reason, probably a crazy deadline, we completely forgot to post about him. So to make amends we thought we should blog about Jimmy’s very big colourful three dimension letters that would look amazeballz in DF HQ if we had the space!

As Jimmy points out on the website his creations are perfect for the garden and home, as well as festivals, brand spaces, events and the like. All letters are hand manufactured in welded steel, and resin or powder coated for many years of resilient alphabetical service.

They are free-standing and sturdy enough for all-weather outdoor use and as a framework for planting, or can be supplied with custom fixtures and fittings, for example wall mounting, if needed. Jimmy also offers a full bespoke design and manufacturing service for any variations you or your clients may require.

Great Scott, a great auction for a very great cause

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Today’s the day Nike will be auctioning off 1500 pairs of the much sort after Nike Air Mag. All proceeds from the auction will go towards the great work that the Michael J Fox Foundation is doing to combat Parkinson’s disease. Currently standing at around $4000.00 a pair I think even if I sold my own mother, as amazing as she is, I’d still way way short of the eventual mark! So for those who just want to see a pair head down to Nike Town at Oxford Street as I have it on good authority that they have a pair to ogle at. Below is an amazing message from the man himself.

It’s a bitter sweet day for me as I want a pair of these so much it’s hurts but sadly they’re a little out of my price bracket. However having seen on a daily basis how destructive Parkinson’s Disease can be with my own Granddad Tommy, who suffered and fought for well over a decade, I do think it’s a really fantastic and commendable partnership.

If I had the money I’d happily pay ten times the final amount, what ever it may be, not because I want the Nike Air Mag’s but because I wouldn’t wish what my Granddad went through on anyone. So massive respect goes out to the guys at Nike and even bigger respect has to go to the main man, Michael J Fox, for bringing us so much joy and for leading the fight against a horrible disease under very difficult circumstances.

Granddad Tommy would be very proud.

Nike “Oh my god I’ve just done a wee in my pants” Air Mag

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

There’s 3 things in life I’d probably sell my own mother for, a real Light Saber, a Tron Light Cycle and Marty McFly’s Nike trainers from Back to the Future II.

Well I’m still cleaning myself up after seeing the above, it seems someone at Nike finally realised that they’ve been missing a huge trick and got around to making a lot of big kids dreams come true. Yes I shit you not, Nike are releasing the the Air Mag for real, above is the official teaser launch video revealed over at Nice Kicks. Still unclear if they’ll be 100% with real with power laces, but at this moment I don’t care either way.

This is heavy Doc!

3D Computer Graphics from 1972

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Long before Woody and Buzz got lost and had to find their way back home to Andy, this primitive 3D model of a hand was created. In 1972 Ed Catmull (founder of Pixar) and his colleagues created the world’s first 3D rendered movie (so they claim), an animated version of Ed’s left hand. This is the film that they produced. It includes some “making of” footage and some other early experiments. Read more here.