Alex Varanese

February 21st, 2010

Alex Varanese is a stunning visual artist based out of San Francisco. His work has a very unique and retro feel to it, using experimental type to really make each piece sing. Initially the detail is what I was drawn to, but after reading about Alex on various sites, I realized that the majority of his work is true 3D Illustrations. It’s extremely hard to tell because each piece has been completed so extensively. I could only imagine that each one of these pieces was substantially time consuming.

I would love to take the time to learn how to work with a real 3D program such as Maya or 3ds Max. It seems like there is so much that could be done design-wise. If you have any other great 3d design links, feel free to share them.


Venture Magazine

February 19th, 2010

venture magazine
venture magazine
venture magazine
These images are of a 1960’s magazine called Venture. It’s a shame there really isn’t that much information about the magazine.

Via the Retro America Flickr pool

Mesoesthetic Packaging

February 11th, 2010

mesoesthetic packaging

mesoesthetic packaging

mesoesthetic packaging

When large typography and monochrome color combine, I fall in love. This is without a doubt, one of my favorite package designs this year. The product, Ms men by Mesoesthetic, was designed by Espluga + Associados a Barcelona based design group. If anyone from Mesoesthetic just happens to be tuning in I would love to get my hands on some of this product.


February 10th, 2010



If you need on the fly icons to serve in your wire-frames or maybe even icons for your design then Helveticons are your savior. These are are beautifully designed icons based on the Helvetica Bold typeface. This set includes 245 icons in a slew of different formats to suit your need. I’d definitely recommend using the preview icons on the website as inspiration to create your own or purchasing if you can stomach the $279 price tag.

As a side note I just have to say that the Helveticon’s website is nicely laid out. The typography and ‘Preview’ section is what pulls me in. As you click to preview the icons, the page slides up as a reveal for more content. The motion is very pleasant and leaves your mouse with an ‘x’ to click, close and show the main page. I haven’t seen a site done this well in a longtime. Not to mention one with such a beautiful grid.

Read Kyle Meyer’s thoughts on the website’s design.

FWA + Designspiration

February 9th, 2010





Nearly every week for the last year and a half I’ve been viewing websites on The FWA for inspiration and then saving to my bookmarks. In these screen shots I’m loving the navigation systems combined with fullscreen imagery or video. In one of my current projects (to be launched very soon), I’m working with navigational elements in a similar way to make the most sense of the interaction.

You can check out the sites below–all are beautifully designed sites in flash:

• Note: Not awarded an FWA, but shown for relevance

Its Your Turn

February 2nd, 2010

If you’re hiding down below in the rss feeds, could you come out for just a moment? I am looking for your suggestions to improve the blog or how the content is received. Do you see bad links, errors or areas for improvement? Whether or not your idea is a design change or not is up to you, its your opinion. Maybe it’s even a suggestion about content type or a new music player that plays song after song in a post. Put your suggestion out on the table and I’ll do my best to step into your shoes as a viewer.

What suggestions do you have that could improve this blog or its content?

Murdock Young + Cutler Residence

February 1st, 2010

murdock young architecture
murdock young architecture
murdock young architecture
murdock young architecture
murdock young architecture
The Cutler Residence was designed by Murdock-Young Architects and is located in Montauk, New York. The residence is a beautiful combination of wood paneling, concrete and dark metal helping it showcase its elegance.

It’s always interesting to know the client’s requirements for their home. In this case, the client requested that Murdock-Young design a house with a very minimal impact on the surrounding landscape and to maximize the views. Judging by the photos and open view, I think it’s safe to say that the view at sunset is nothing short of amazing.

Showcased Work: Shwood Website Design

January 26th, 2010

These are just a few of the web designs done late last year for Shwood Eyewear out of Portland, Oregon. The website itself was to be built in HTML/CSS with jquery components and a full-browser Flash video player. This project is one of many more to be included in the new portfolio the next few weeks.

Check this project out on Behance.

Canon 1d Mark IV: Nocturne + Sydney New years

January 25th, 2010

Both of the above videos were shot on Canon’s newest DSLR, the 1d Mark IV. The videos look incredible, but what is absolutely jaw-dropping about the first video, Nocturne by Vincent Laforet, is that it was shot at ISO 6400 for nearly the whole video–some of the scenes were shot at ISO 3200 but all scenes used natural light sources.

The quality coming from the new 1d Mark IV is stunning. Prior to the 5d Mark II and Nikon D90 I was not super thrilled about video on DSLR’s. The main reason was that I didn’t see its potential. Now that these video capabilities are so well refined, I’d love to get ahold of a new DSLR. Just one more thing to add to this years wish list.

Crescendo + Ambient Moodcast + Mount Vision Mixes

January 20th, 2010


Cover by Alex Koplin/h34dup

Don’t you love it when you forget about certain tracks in your playlist and stumble upon them months later? It’s almost like finding gold, or better yet, greener pastures in music. I was fumbling through iTunes earlier this week and came across fellow designer and friend Alex Koplin’s extraordinary mixes. It’s been quite some time since I’ve relaxed to the soothing beauty of his Ambient Moodcast or the deep bass of the Crescendo Mix, but when I cranked up the volume, I realized I had to share their inspiration with you.

First up is a stunning creation that will make you want to jump about and start slappin’ da bass’. The mix is titled Crescendo Deep House and is just over one hour long.

Crescendo Deep House Mix by Alex Koplin/h34dup

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Cover by Alex Koplin/h34dup

Wow, over an hour of the hottest cuts–didn’t you just love that mix? Next up is Alex’s amazing Ambient Moodgadget Moodcast. This is my favorite mix that he has created so far. When listening to this in the summer it gives off such a great vibe. I found myself often drifting freely out of mind but still maintaining complete focus on the work in front of me. The track list features Shigeto, A Setting Sun, Calmer and many more ambient favorites. You can check out the track listing here.

If you enjoy this mix as much as I do, let us know. Perhaps we can persuade Alex to create another.

An Ambient Moodcast: Presented by Moodgadget, Hosted by Alex Koplin/h34dup

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Last but not least is the Mount Vision Mix. Even more ambient than the previous, this mix brings the sounds of nature into play. As I listen it conjures up ideas of meditation in wide open fields, birds chirping in the early morning sunlit trees, grass rolling in the breeze and thoughts of discovery as you walk through the forest. Even the faint voices in parts help shape the experience of Mount Vision–a place I’ve never been.

View the track list and more photos for this mix.

Mount Vision Ambient Mix by Alex Koplin/h34dup

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Lots of hard work and time went into the creation of these so lets give Alex a well deserved applause.

January 17th, 2010

It even has a watermark is by far the finest collection of the business cards out there. Not to mention its one of the largest that I’ve found and one of the most inspiring. If you have the patience of clicking, sift through all of the cards, its well worth the time. In case you’re wondering about the name–It even has a watermark–watch this scene from American Psycho.

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