The Long Beach Agenda Show starts tomorrow. It’s always a lot of fun for me – my roots are in fashion and streetwear and the impressive trade show always brings a lot of great creative people to town. Plus they’re big supporters of POW! WOW! Long Beach. Looking forward to it, see you there!
This amazing HTML 909 website by Berlin-based Finnish developer/engineer Teemu Kallio deftly emulates the classic Roland TR-909 drum machine from the mid-’80s. The fully programmable 16-step synthesizer boasted the first ever MIDI. The iconic Japanese machine runs a few grand so this great-looking website is an incredibly affordable and accessible alternative.
This week’s T-Shirt of the Week is this mashup of Star Wars spacecraft design and Aztec technology – a top-down view of the Millenium Falcon, with aspects of the Aztec calendar woven into it. It’s by Bootleg, and is available at Hutch LA.
Among the volumes chosen for a recently published collection of 100 classic graphic design books of the past century, one relative newcomer stands out. Featuring a stark white cover and a pink belly band, Designed by Peter Saville (2003) is the first monograph on the legendary British designer. He’s best known for the iconic album covers he designed in the early ’70s and ’80s for Joy Division and New Order. Long out of print but available at New Metaphor Books, it’s a fitting tribute to one of the late 20th century’s most influential designers and an indispensable creative resource. Designer Christopher Wilson’s austere and restrained layout resonates with the quiet intensity of Saville’s best work, the first twenty-five years of which is presented here in detail. Critical essays and an in-depth interview explore Saville’s creative process and unconventional working methods, revealing his genius for turning radical design provocations—from brazen acts of art appropriation to mad mashups of Post Punk’s New Wave aesthetic with Jan Tschichold’s New Typography—into iconic images with an uncanny ability to capture the cultural moment.
About two weeks back, while I was off in Taipei, LA-based artist Mark Dean Veca released a great 8″ figure in collaboration with toy brand/retailer Kidrobot. It’s part of Kidrobot’s series of artist interpretations of Looney Tunes characters. I’ve been interested in vinyl figures since visiting Michael Lau’s studio in HK back in the late 90’s, and it’s great to see a fresh new one these days. You can check out the original artwork the figure is based on too.