Serif + Sans Serif Classification

April 19th, 2010

It’s a beautiful thing to see typefaces classified and grouped for us to quickly look at from day to day. Particularly I’ve found the Periodic Table of Typefaces to be most helpful. For nearly a year I had it as my desktop background. Every time I looked at my desktop I was looking at type and studying. You can grab the full desktop version here.

These next posters by Martin Plonka are all about Serif and Sans-serif classification. Besides being a beautiful set, I could see them being very useful in classrooms to help students understand the categories of type as well as seeing examples of the type in application. These posters are somewhat small but Martin covers these categories:

• Slab Serif
• Serif Old Style
• Serif Transitional
• Serif Modern
• Sans Humanist
• Sans (Neo)Grotesque
• Sans Geometric

Since 78 Guest Mixer: Ness Higson + Rain

April 16th, 2010

Mix Art via Brian Gossett / Since 78

Time after time it I’ve accidentally left songs playing in iTunes while trying listening to music online. Sometimes its really interesting and other times it’s downright terrible. Just recently came across this website called Rainy Mood. Rainy mood is a website with an embedded 30-minute rain loop that plays in the background by itself or over your favorite music. I loved this idea so much and it sounds so good, that I strongly suggest you try it. Boy do I have the perfect mix for you to test it on. Today Brian Gossett brings to us a new 19 track guest mix composed by Nessim Higson.

Step 1: Turn up your speakers.
Step 2: Open and click play.
Step 3: Click play on the track below, sit back, and enjoy.

Guest Mixer: Ness Higson brought to us by Brian Gossett/Since 78

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Helly Hansen Ad Campaign

April 15th, 2010

Helly Hansen–as you may have already noticed by my Annual Report project–is a major manufacturer of special gear for sports and outdoor work. The HH headquarters is in Moss, Norway which as it seems, would explain the style that comes across through the brands’ design.

The particular agency that created these ads was Swiss Publicis Zurich in 2005. Some other information that I found about concluded that Markus Gut was the creative director, Isabelle Hauser was the art director and Roy Spring was the copywriter for this campaign. These don’t quite fall into the normal range of my posts but this campaign appeared to have a strong driving concept. With that said, my favorite ad is the penquin ad.

I Monster

April 13th, 2010

If you haven’t listened to I Monster before, let me introduce you. They are a British music group comprised of Sheffield, England-based musicians/producers Dean Honer and Jarrod Gosling. These tracks are three of my favorites from the NeverOddOrEven Album.

I Monster – Daydream In Blue

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I Monster – Resistance is Futile

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I Monster – Some Things Coming

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Shell House

April 12th, 2010

shell house on wanken
shell house on wanken
shell house on wanken
shell house on wanken
This is a remarkable house built in the woods of Karuizawa, Japan and designed by Kotaro Ide. The house is a vacation home (if only they rented this thing out) and was designed to withstand the seasonal hardships. The name, Shell House, is derived from the elliptical shell/wrapper forms which subtly represent a mollusk.

The best part about this house is the woodwork and how the structure meets with the cement all around the house. Speaking of the cement, don’t those wall transitions look awfully nice to skateboard on?


Mid-Century Modern Inspiration Pt 2

April 7th, 2010

mid century modern on wanken
mid century modern on wanken
mid century modern on wanken
mid century modern on wanken
mid century modern on wanken
More inspiration from the Mid-Century Modern Art & Design Flickr pool. I would love to find out what cameras were used to take these images–if you know anything, please share.

The Colors of Mid-Century Modern

April 7th, 2010

Image courtesy of

There is always something stunning about coming across gems like these two mid-century color palettes. While they may not be the most attractive images, they certainly have helped me nail down that ever-so-unique mid-century vibe. I’m most drawn to the Siliconized High Gloss and Color Varnish sets.

You can see some other examples of these colors in use here and here.

Bauen Wohnen

April 5th, 2010

These book covers caught my eye immediately as I was fumbling through mid century design archives. The designer who created these was Richard Paul Lohse for the swiss architectural magazine Bauen + Wohnen. The actual booklet size is about 13 x 9.4 inches.

Images via joekral Flickr & info via The Wiedler Collection.

Australian Designspiration + CTA

April 1st, 2010

All new designspiration from Australian based design studio, War Design. This project was for CTA, a technical adhesive company. The goal was to reflect a new level of professionalism and technical advancement in their field and I believe they’ve done that in a strong manner.

Wouldn’t you agree that the system put into place for the Prohesive, Polyblend, and MCB product lines make them sing? The unfortunate thing is that these bags will see the trash can all too soon.

Via Lovely Packaging.

Life Series: One minute of footage takes two years to make

March 31st, 2010 you know those time lapse sequences on the ever-so-amazing Planet Earth and the new LIFE series? This video, from the new LIFE series on BBC, shows how they make those epic time lapses. I’m still in awe every time I watch this video. The amount of room for error is huge here, yet they nail it perfectly. Ninety-five layers deep in what looked to be After Effects most certainly was difficult to work with.

The rigging that the crew used is also very cool. You can see in the video that they are shooting Nikon and using a large gliding dolly combined with an arm/crane to help with the fluid movement. They used a similar motion control setup when shooting the autumn mountain landscape, Japanese cherry blossoms in bloom and a sand storm in the Sahara (see them all here) the more well known of Planet Earth’s time lapses.

Video sourced from Wimp

Hipstamatic App Review Pt 2: The Results

March 29th, 2010

Hipstamatic on Wanken

Hipstamatic on Wanken

Hipstamatic on Wanken

Hipstamatic on Wanken

If you’re just tuning in to part 2 of the Hipstamatic iPhone camera app review, you can catch part 1 here. This set of photos is from this past week around Seattle. I used a combination of lenses and flashes to get the effects that I wanted. Once again, the best part about this app is that its fair unpredictable which leaves room for interesting results every time.

If you have photos taken with the Hipstamatic app, feel free to post your results in a link, in the comments. I would love to see how yours turn out.


Hipstamatic App Review Pt 1: The Interface

March 29th, 2010

Hipstamatic on Wanken

Hipstamatic Loading screen: “Wiping off lens, please wait.”

The latest and greatest new iPhone app capturing attention is Hipstamatic. The name is a little corny (apparently the real Hipstamatic was a toy camera back in the 80′s), but the app is nowhere near it. Hipstamatic brings with it a sleek interface and unpredictability, combined with a cross-processed and traditional film looks to each photo you take.

The first thing you notice when opening up this application is that the interface is built around the design of the traditional Holga. I think this is very cool and pretty nicely done compared to other photo apps. On top of the design, the ease of use is great. To change lenses, flashes or film, it just takes the swipe of the finger. Purchasing more of the features is very simple as well, but I guess what app isn’t?

The best part about Hipstamatic is that it’s somewhat unpredictable. Especially when you forget how each lens, film, and flash affect the photo. At first I was surprised at how quickly it processed each photo and then saved it. I came to find out that it was because the photos that it was processing were only 480px or so wide and not the full resolution. There is a feature in the settings that can be turned on to “print” larger, but when turning this on the “developing” time is substantially longer. I was also pleasantly surprised at how closely–in some cases–this app mimicked cross-processed film. Of course it still has some work to do to even get close to cross-processed film.

So far I really haven’t had any issues with Hipstamatic to speak of besides enlarging the viewfinder window. I also noticed that my lens/flash/film combination kept on resetting when the app quit on me, two minor issues to a great iPhone application. Overall it’s worth your dollar ninety-nine, two thumbs up to the creator of Hipstamatic.

Continue reading to see more screen shot images of the interface. You can also see the photos I took for my review of Hipstamatic in part 2 here.

Hipstamatic on Wanken


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