It seems that when drones are in the press, it’s often through a negative lens – stories about attaching them to guns, or obstructing first responders, even crashing into the Whitehouse lawn every now and then. Here’s a great story from Fast Company about Zipline who use drones to help deliver blood to remote hospitals in Rwanda. The accompanying video is great too.
POW! WOW! JAPAN 2016 starts today! I was lucky enough to be there last year during the first POW! WOW! JAPAN. This year the mural festival and accompanying events are going down in Kobe, a city in Kansai, near Osaka and Kyoto. It’s a lovely place – I lived there for about 5 years during high school. Funnily enough, many of the murals are going up on my old high school. You can follow the fun on their Instagram account.
Excited about this. As opposed to the Nissan Rogue, which has absolutely no rogue-ish qualities, somehow. Happy Sunday!
Culver City art gallery Thinkspace has a double opening this evening with new work by Sandra Chevrier in an exhibition titled “The Cages; and the Reading Rooms of their Lives” in the main room, and new work by Sean Mahan with “Rendered Problematic” in the project room. I was lucky enough to meet Sean in Hawaii during POW! WOW! a couple of years back, and have been following his great work closely since.
This week’s T-Shirt of the Week is a recently reissued classic from Selector, first released back in 2009, with typography by the very talented Anthony “Bones” Harrison (interviewed). The “Downtown Top Ranking” phrase went on to become the name of a successful series of weekly reggae parties run by the good people at Deadly Dragon Sound in NYC, which continues to this day.
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is the latest novel from talented Swedish author Jonas Jonasson, whose work I’m a big fan of. This is his third novel and it continues in the same vein as the previous two – with a tall tale, chock full of unlikely coincidences and surprising outcomes. Jonasson relies heavily on satire once again – this time, somehow, managing to poke fun at both organized crime and organized religion. It’s a relatively fun and lightweight read which is a nice change from some of the heavier books I’ve been tackling lately. It’s no surprise he’s sold over 14 million books, and that is very impressive when you consider Jonasson’s first novel was only just published in 2010.
Two of my favorite artists recently collaborated for the very first time, which is kind of surprising when you consider what great friends they are. Of course when Aaron De La Cruz (interviewed) and Sam Rodriguez (interviewed) finally decided to combine forces, the result was nothing short of impressive. A great new mural addition to SF’s Excelsior neighborhood. Find it at the corner of Mission St. & Onondaga Ave. Photos by Kenneth Berling-Orozco. [View Gallery]
We’ve just added three great, and rather hard-to-find, coffee table-ready books from the good people at ZERO+ Publishing to the Typo Shop. The three titles in question are LA-based artist Andrew Hem’s incredible Dreams Towards Reality, and two incredible photography books by LA’s own Kirk Pedersen, Urban Asia and Tradeoffs. [See More]
A new stationery offering from the good people at Princeton Architectural Press, this box of Olivetti Pattern Series Notecards celebrates the iconic and revered writing tool with four distinctive patterns made on the classic Olivetti Lettera 32. Nicely done with classic red-and-black printing on off-white paper, these cards are the perfect all-occasion notecard for any typo-phile, design afficionado, aspiring writer, and all fans of printed type on paper. The box includes 3 each of 4 cards & envelopes, for a total of 12 notecards and 12 envelopes. 5.5 x 7 inches. [See More]
Happy Sunday. Here’s a documentary from Monster Energy about Nobody, the latest album from NY-based rap group De La Soul.