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Unicorns, Crows with hands and riding bikes with no hands!

Went for a digital stroll on Sunday as a way of getting over a hangover and came across this great short film by Ninian Doff. I never knew Unicorns could fire rainbows out of their horns and it seems you can pick up said mystical creature down Brick Lane. Sadly I’m allergic to horses, my head balloons like Rocky, and so I’m presuming the same goes for owning a Unicorn.

Anyway it turns out the very talented Ninian Doff has a bit of previous in creating really great shorts and videos and it’s definitely worth checking out Ninian’s site.

A few of my personal favourites are below from the very simple ‘No Handed Bike Moves’, the clever ‘Ello Guvnor’, too the freaky Crows with Hands video for Fulton Lights. Enjoy.

Design Friendship Playlist 2012

New year = new playlist. But before we go ahead and create a new playlist we thought we’d share our 2012 playlist with you. The playlist contains 100 songs we listened in the studio throughout the year. We’re also aiming to create regular shorter playlists for you to enjoy.

La Maison Fontaine – New Editions

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DF can finally reveal the exciting new 2013 additions to the La Maison Fontaine Absinthe family.

The original variant is now joined by a more traditionally recognisable green absinthe, La Maison Fontaine Verte, a close relative to the World’s most awarded blanche absinthe, Fontaine Blanche.

Secondly, inspired by a handwritten 1920’s Crème de Cacao recipe found in the recipe books of La Maison Fontaine’s Pontarlier distillery, LMF decided to push the creative boundaries and have created La Maison Fontaine Chocolat absinthe liqueur.

The extended La Maison Fontaine family will start making its way into the markets over the coming weeks and months.

To get your hands on a bottle click here: LMF Blanche | LMF Verte | LMF Chocolat Liqueur

 

E5 Bakehouse

We decided to follow on from last year’s Christmas screen printing extravaganza by doing something hands on again this year, and since we’ve had a few small bake offs in the office recently we decided to go to E5 Bakehouse for our Christmas Party, where we learnt how to bake a variety of breads including the bakeries famous Hackney Wild (a classic pain de campagne), bagels, ciabatta and a 66% rye bread.

E5 Bakehouse is an artisan bakehouse and coffee shop in the railway arches near London Fields. As well as selling bread in store and baking bread for local restaurants, E5 Bakehouse also offer fresh lunches including sandwiches made from the day’s batch of sourdough, salads and homemade cakes – all locally sourced, organic and at decent prices.

Our course leader for the day was Ben, the brains behind E5 Bakehouse and a very nice chap indeed. The course is very hands on and by the end of it we all walked home with enough bread to feed a small village. We had a great time and E5 Bakehouse is definitely worth a visit whether you want to learn to make bread or you simply want to buy a loaf of delicious, handmade artisan bread.

E5 Bakehouse, Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH; e5bakehouse.com

 

 

 

Alex Highton – I Left the City

Very happy to finally be able to share this music video with you that we helped put together for very talented Alex Highton. Alex Highton’s debut album Woodditton Wives Club is packed full of witty, thoughtful songs. Simple, mellow acoustic guitar melodies paired with Alex’s charming vocals make this album really stand out. We love it and if you do too do yourself a favour and buy his album from his website or iTunes. A big shout out to Joe Marcantonio for helping us put this video together. Sit back and enjoy!

Tim Walker: Story Teller

Somerset House is currently home to ‘Story Teller’, an exhibition focusing on the wonderful work of fashion photographer Tim Walker. I went at the weekend and loved it. We used some of his images for mood boards in the past. He really is a very talented and inspirational photographer.

Beside his photography on show there is a selection of his large props he used for his imagery including a giant doll, large insects playing instruments, and an almost life-size replica of a Spitfire fighter plane. It’s great being able to see the fantastical props alongside the final images.

The exhibition is beautifully put together and his photography amazing . Tim Walker Story Teller, runs from 18 October – 27 January 2013, daily 10am – 6pm, free admission, at Somerset House, London.

Tim Walker (born in England, 1970) is a British fashion photographer.

Tim Walker’s photographs have entranced the readers of Vogue, month by month, for over a decade. Extravagant staging and romantic motifs characterise his unmistakable style. After concentrating on the photographic still for 15 years, Walker is now also making moving film.
On graduation in 1994, Walker worked as a freelance photography assistant in London before moving to New York City as a full time assistant to Richard Avedon. On returning to England, he initially concentrated on portrait and documentary work for UK newspapers. At the age of 25, he shot his first fashion story for Vogue and has continued to work to much acclaim ever since.
The Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London include the photographs of Tim Walker in their permanent collections.

Find a better work life balance

Here is a shameless bit of self promotion for DF’s latest identity work. Life with Law is a series of free talks offering inspiration and ideas for living a good, happy and satisfying life (whilst practising law).

So if you’re a lawyer type who’s working too hard and finding it hard to enjoy enough ‘me’ time, then this is the event for you. I rest my case M’lord!

Time flies when you’re having fun!

Design Friendship reaches another small landmark today, as we celebrate our 5th Birthday.

Both myself and Nat would like to say a big heart felt thank you to everyone who’s ever contributed to the DF cause. To all our employees, freelancers, clients, suppliers, friends, family and those who are sadly no longer with us (but still keeping an eye on us), we appreciate every single one of you so much and couldn’t do it without your continuing hard work and support.

So here’s to the next 5 years, we hope they’re filled with just as much excitement and random potty-mouth-ness and the last 5!

Chris & Nat

Robots Perform James Bond Theme

Flying robot quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an adapted guitar built from a couch frame. The quadrotors play this “couch guitar” by flying over guitar strings stretched across a couch frame; plucking the strings with a stiff wire attached to the base of the quadrotor. A special microphone attached to the frame records the notes made by the “couch guitar”.

These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans are not controlling them; rather they are controlled by a computer programed with instructions to play the instruments.

Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is home to some of the most innovative robotics research on the planet, much of it coming out of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab.

This video premiered at the TED2012 Conference in Long Beach, California on February 29, 2012. Deputy Dean for Education and GRASP lab member Vijay Kumar presented some of this groundbreaking work at the TED2012 conference, an international gathering of people and ideas from technology, entertainment, and design.

The engineers from Penn, Daniel Mellinger and Alex Kushleyev, have formed a company called KMel Robotics that will design and market these quadrotors.

Video Produced and Directed by Kurtis Sensenig
Quadrotors and Instruments by Daniel Mellinger, Alex Kushleyev and Vijay Kumar

TAP TO RETRY

This stunning papercraft stop-motion animated short was created by artist Neta Cohen for her 2012 graduation project at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Not bad at all for her first attempt at stop-motion animation.