Songs for Singing + Empire of the Sun

March 27th, 2009

Empire of the Sun
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Empire of the Sun » We Are the People
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Empire of the Sun » Walking on a Dream

Without a doubt, Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream is one of the most intriguing and inspirational albums I’ve heard in the past two years. From the start of this post till now, I’ve listened to ‘We Are The People’ three times. Their dreamy electro pop style is extremely catchy; check out their videos below. Simply amazing outfits and sets–very culturally influenced.

Keep in mind these are Songs for Singing so turn up your volume and start singing!

Where the Wild Things Are Trailer

March 25th, 2009

The trailer for Where the Wild Things Are is here. This trailer is great and the movie will be even better. There has been a lot of skepticism about whether or not the film will be as big of hit as anticipated. For now, while we wait, check out the trailer, or if you prefer in HD, on Apple.

Also take a look below at the similarities of the teaser images to the original illustrations from the book.



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Expo 67 + Designspiration

March 20th, 2009

Expo 67 Designspiration on the Wanken Blog
Expo 67 Designspiration on the Wanken Blog
Expo 67, originally known as The 1967 International and Universal Exposition, was the World’s Fair held in Montreal, Canada. It is considered to be the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century. The design and innovation was outstanding; see the large scope of designs here.

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SanDisk in Style for Once

March 9th, 2009

For the years I’ve been into photography, I’ve never seen a card reader with a great design. I believe that SanDisk has hit on something here with their new multicard readers. The design is more modern than the previous and has a high fashion look to it. Personally I haven’t seen the new card readers, and I’m slightly concerned about the functionality and sturdiness of them. Does anyone have any information on these? What do you think about them and would you make the upgrade?


Songs for Singing + Head Like A Kite

March 2nd, 2009

Head Like A Kite

Head Like A Kite is Dave Einmo, joined by drummer Trent Moorman, and in the studio by a cast of musical friends. Their combined efforts result in a blend of progressive, instrumental, poppy electronic music. Head Like A Kite debuted in 2006 with the Pattern 25 release, Random Portraits of the Home Movie, an album built from samples of Super-8 home movies from the 70′s. What a great band to add to the Songs for Singing collection, check out a song and live performance below.

Head Like A Kite – No Ordinary Caveman

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Images via Head Like A Kite and Video via Songs for Eating and Drinking.

From the Record Factory + Designspiration

February 25th, 2009

Record Factory
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Tonpress was a polish label from 1980′s. Belonging to KAW – Krajowa Agencja Wydawnicza (The National Publishing Agency), their catalog consisted of foreign albums, singles, audiobooks and Polish records.

Tonpress was shutdown in 1990, due to the Polish government discontinuing most of the state-controlled publishing houses and agencies. Much of Tonpress’ collection was lost when it was split between two privately owned music labels. Tonpress records are still available at on-line auctions. Below are several amazing pieces of the artwork from albums.

Source here.

Simplistic Designspiration

February 23rd, 2009






Simplicity in design often speaks louder than complexity in design. This is very much the case with these inspirational design pieces. After browsing Ffffound for an hour I found a whole series of artworks that I find inspirational.

Found via Ffffound.

Songs for Singing + Francis and the Lights

February 19th, 2009



Francis and the Lights. There really isn’t much background information on this band which is great, because it leaves it up in the air as to how the band was started. Deciding whether or not they were very good was hard at first. There is so much energy being pushed out by the dancing that its hard to listen to the music. Every move to the beat is as if he is conducting the whole video.

Sure this artist may border the line of songs for singing, but it fits greatly with the new and fresh songs that I intend to group into the Songs for Singing category. The Bottom line: Francis and the Lights is intriguing. Their 80′s, Prince, Soul sounding music simply rocks. Check out some more of their songs on Muxtape.

Francis and the Lights – Striking

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Francis and the Lights – A Modern Promise

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David Carson…whoa wait, let’s back up here

February 4th, 2009

YouTube Preview ImageIn my recent post from a few days ago, I asked all of you to voice your opinion on some photos pulled from the shot bag. There are a handful of lengthy comments as well as some short comments but there are some valid points being made. The feedback window is still open so take the chance to voice your short creative analysis–comment here–it helps and is greatly appreciated. After reading the comments I came across the word inspiration.

People often wonder what and who inspires creative folk the most.

Personally, I love to ask and to tell. I’m often curious to understand how the creative people whom we look up to, get inspired and how to apply it to the work we do. Just recently I was asked to name a few people who are of inspiration to me. I just began rambling off names of my most recent sources of designspiration…Chase Jarvis, Ffffound.com, Scott Hansen, Shepard Fairey, David Carson…whoa wait, let’s back up here. I named David Carson and I’m not even that big of a fan of his work.

For those who don’t know, David Carson is a graphic designer whose work is very subjective and experimental. My first glance at Carson’s work was quick and right to the point. I didn’t love it–I wasn’t inspired, in fact it was the furthest thing from inspiration for me. I first felt was a crock and didn’t understand how someone could be inspired by his work. That to me suggests that when I was first introduced to Carson’s work, I was not given an insight to what others felt was the inspiration for them to like the work. They simply skimmed the surface by saying a name and proceeding to show the artwork. Month’s later, by chance I came across the video posted above where Carson talks about design in a very open and humorous fashion. Note: He minimally shows his work throughout the piece.

I now see him as an inspiration, but why?

Carson’s work is not the reason behind the inspiration. It’s his willingness to talk of how he discovers design; it’s his humor that I find inspiration in. This is the most important thing to understand when trying to find inspiration through someone else or when told an inspiration that someone speaks so passionately about yet you disagree. Find out just why they’re an inspiration for that person–it could be something truly interesting.

Portfolio Update + Review

January 30th, 2009

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As most of you know and can see, both the portfolio and blog are in the stage of updating and expansion––the full revamp is right around the corner. If you want to keep up on the progress and daily iPhone snaps, follow me on twitter. With the site updates will be a series of new images for the portfolio. I’d like to get feedback from you about these photos. Here are the two simple questions that I have for you. If you will, post a short message down below answering in short, these two questions:

Which image is your favorite?

Which image is your least favorite and why?

I enjoy all sorts of feedback so feel free to leave your full opinion or suggestions as well. Your different views on the photos will help decide whether or not to include these in my new portfolio. Having said that, lets get to voting. Each image is marked with a number that you can reference via the comments.

UPDATE: As you can see there are have been changes to the blog—features added such as Follow on Twitter links, Twitter updates, Feedburner links and Excerpt Links. Make sure to click Continue Reading on posts so you can see more photos and text.

Songs for Singing + Bon Iver

January 18th, 2009


Note: Everybody likes great music––I’ve been gathering a lot of new music lately and have some great songs to share. I will be putting these songs in future posts with a “songs for singing” tag so they can be searched.

Bon Iver (pronounced: bohn eevair; French for “good winter”) is a greeting, a celebration and a sentiment. It is a new statement of an artist moving on and establishing the groundwork for a lasting career. He––Justin Vernon, the head of the band––is also one of my favorite musicians/singers because of his uniqueness in vocals and the vocal range he uses.

Vernon’s music was recorded while living in a remote cabin in the woods of Northern Wisconsin for three months and slowly began to fill his days with twelve-hours of recording music. The end result of his attempts is his current album, ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’. The beauty of Vernon’s music is that he uses old recording equipment, giving it a crisp and raw feel that really makes the music what it is—edgy, awesome, and relaxing.

Check out Vernon’s new EP on the band’s website here.

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Bon Iver – Flume
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Bon Iver – Lump Sum
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