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HTML 909

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.

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Let It Snow

Not much chance of that here in Los Angeles, luckily. Here’s the recent Christmas EP from Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, better known as Aloe Blacc.

TSOTW: New Millenium

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.

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Pump

Pump is an interesting (if not slightly alarming) documentary on the oil industry, covering its roots, how it came to be the primary fuel option available for decades, and much more mind-blowingly strange stuff about the car & oil industries. It also looks at the viable alternatives for creating a more competitive marktplate, including electric cars like Tesla. Catch it on Netflix.

Pigment App

Pigment from Pixite Apps is an iPhone and iPad app which insists it’s “The only true coloring book experience.” I found it to be every bit as fun as it looks in the trailer below. Free with in-app purchases (you can buy more black & white designs to color in). Via Fast Company.

One-Offs & One-Upsmanships

The latest from gifted underground Brooklyn emcee Tone Tank, who could care less if you like or do not like him. The release boasts some great production by Tone’s Modern Shark crew including Scott Thorough, Snafu, & J Howells Werthman. You can stream or download it from Bandcamp and it’s also available as a limited edition casette tape in Tone’s online store.

TSOTW: Duppy Conqueror

Please pardon the shameless side project pluggery. This week’s T-Shirt of the Week is the first long sleeve T-Shirt we’ve ever produced for Selector! It features an ’80s blockbuster-inspired Duppy Conqueror graphic down each sleeve. Available in the online shop.

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Designed by Peter Saville

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.

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