Let’s hear it for time lapses and NYC!!!
If you’re a fan of US History and design, than Momentus is for you. Even if you’re not a fan, this is still rad.
Momentus is a new project that launched today, which involves a slew of designers/illustrators taking on certain events in US history. The first one just so happens be from one of our favorite dudes, Jon Contino, and is for The Revolutionary War.
This seems like a good way to stay knowledgeable while pleasing your eyeballs, so keep checking back as new submissions get posted.
In addition to being a nice looking site, the Lost Type Co-Op could be a useful place for you designers out there (or anyone randomly in need of a cool font).
Remember when Radiohead decided to release a pay-what-you-want album? Well, Lost Type Co-Op is basically the same concept, but with fonts. 100% of the funds go directly to the designers, or you can even type $0 for a free download. Simple as that.
Check out Lost Type Co-Op
Artist, designer, lady magnet, and stunt biker Travis Collier has a new tumblr going called Nomadic Buffoonery. It’s a great glimpse into the wonderful and strange things that Travis comes across in his life and I can’t wait to see more of the wild stuff he thinks up. Some of the pictures definitely caught me off guard on first glance, like this picture of a
parking lot mammoth creature. Or the above one of the cat. What the hell is going on? And… where is that?
Also while on the subject of bmxers on tumblr, don’t forget to subscribe to another photo tumblr we at Defgrip thoroughly enjoy – De La Rosa.
This has been floating around the web for a bit now–John Cyr’s photographs of famous developing trays. Featuring the trays of famous photographers like Sally Mann, Ansel Adams, and various notable organizations and photographers, this is an interesting photographic study and something I’d love to see prints of in person. Head to Cyr’s website to check it out–very cool.
I was browsing Tumblr earlier and came across the above graphic, which caught my eye. Being a fan of simple graphics with feeling, I had to know who was responsible. Since credit is hardly ever given to random stuff on Tumblr, you never know who the hell has done what, which led me to unleash my web searching savviness (ie: google).
50 AND 50 IS A CURATED PROJECT WHICH ATTEMPTS TO CONSTRUCT A HANDSOME NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT OUR COUNTRY. FIFTY DESIGNERS, ONE PER STATE, HAVE ILLUSTRATED THEIR STATE MOTTO, CREATING SOMETHING STEEPED IN HISTORY BUT COMPLETELY MODERN AND UNIQUE: A KIND OF DESIGNER’S ATLAS.
All these came out awesome. Go HERE.
Shout out to random comic strips that make me laugh.
Via – Kerry Callen
Orchid Footwear’s new video FOOTWORK is now available. Pick the DVD up for $10 and you’ll witness a slew of great riding, g00d times, hot babes, and of course more high jinks like in the trailer above.
From Terje Sorgjerd’s Vimeo page:
This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain´s highest mountain @(3718m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.
The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.
A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.
Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.
Here’s a rad design exercise in keeping shit simple when it comes to packaging. I understand shoppers need to be stimulated somehow, but I feel like most of these examples end up looking better than the original. A lot of OG logos are timeless, and some of these do end up looking a bit generic super stripped down, but this is interesting to see anyway. Please note, these are not real.
The 2nd part added an additional super stripped version.
Design by Antrepo.
Whatever is happening on Aled Lewis/Fatheed’s Flickr stream, is amazing.
Here’s Corning’s look at the future. On one hand our lives look so much easier and more efficient because of the technology; on the other hand these people don’t go five seconds without touching a screen and the wife can’t even leave the driveway before swiping the navi ten or twenty times.
I like that the video tries to diffuse the predictable “no one has real conversations anymore” response by focusing on how their technology can help you stay in touch with the grandparents and hang with your kids in the morning and have so much time to spare that you can make breakfast from scratch, but dang. Can the future please have a little more style? The daughters’ uniforms indicate that future families will be able to afford private school, but the dad’s 1/4 zip fleece indicates that all the technology in the world can’t give you taste.
I almost feel obligated to write about this since I’ve seen it a bunch on other sites, through my Tumblr and Flickr. I guess by doing so, I’m just adding to the hype, but whatever. I like Banksy’s stuff and make no bones about it. I also love when the haters come out on him.
Anyway… Banksy has been hitting up LA recently, and people have been coming across his stuff. Considering Exit Through The Gift Shop is nominated for an Oscar, none of this seems out of place. The above billboard takeover (I hate that term) on Sunset Blvd. depicting a coked-out Minnie Mouse and a sleazy Mickey is getting most of the attention, and even though it doesn’t scream Banksy’s signature style to me, it’s still rad. And it’s also now torn down. I’m sure more stuff will be surfacing.
Also, you can’t get more LA than ending up on TMZ, so I guess Banksy really is Livin The Dream.
Seeing as Austin, TX is a big BMX town, chances are that some of you have been to Gourdough’s and experienced their over the top donuts. I myself have gone there each time I’ve been to to Austin, and highly recommend it if you have a sweet tooth and feel the need to pig out late at night. I knew the place was serious when I was looking over the menu and noticed “add $1 for meat”.
Gourdough’s is housed in an airstream on the side of road, and has some simple yet nice design (see above). Funnily enough, I was browsing Yewknee and came across Cody Haltom, who is the person responsible for the Gourdough’s branding. Sweet ! (no pun intended).
Check out Cody Haltom’s work HERE.
Revok is one of LA’s finest graffiti artists, definitely one of my favorites. The above photo was just posted on his site and it combines a new billboard, a sunset, traffic, the ocean and palm trees. Doesn’t get more LA.
I also just watched a new video of Revok speaking on a bunch of various subjects, which you can also check out below. It was put together by EIKNARF.
Via – Revok
Kelsey Dake is a New York based illustrator that has done some great work for awesome clients including Antenna Magazine and the New York Times! She hit us up to say what’s up and we ended up talking her into putting together some Defgrip Wallpapers for the site!
Keep reading to check out her work and to grab a new wallpaper. Make sure to check out her site as well – kelseydake.com