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Modern Hieroglyphics Magazine Limited Cover Release

Posted by David

We have a very limited quantity of special-edition covers available featuring ISO50 on the limited edition (100 copies) cover. Check them out here.  We could only get our hands on 40 of the 100 printed with this limited cover.

Modern Hieroglyphics is an exploration into art and design from all over the world. Every edition contains interviews with a diverse range of artists, each with their own unique influences, stories, and backgrounds. The visually-rich biannual publication provides an in-depth look into the life and creative process of each artist.
Featured Artists:
Tycho/ISO50 (San Francisco, CA)
HRVB (Berlin, Germany)
Eddie Zammit (Melbourne, Australia)
Cryptik (Los Angeles, CA)
Flask Mob (San Francisco, CA)
Dangerdust (Columbus, OH)
Ivan Lopez (San Francisco, CA)
Rik Oostenbroek (Hilversum, Holland)
Howdy (Long Beach, CA)
Clogtwo (Singapore)

50% OFF Awake Anniversary Sale

Posted by David

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We’re doing a 50% off sale on everything in the shop in for the one-year anniversary release of Awake.

Sale runs until Thursday morning at 8AM PST. Get on it now, prices haven’t been this good since…ever.  A great time to fill in your Tycho collection or get those t-shirts/prints/studio editions you’ve been drooling over.

Film the Blanks Poster Series

Posted by Jon M

“Hell, you might just be the best damn girl in Texas.”

“Each and every man under my command owes me one hundred Nazi scalps. And I want my scalps. And all y’all will git me one hundred Nazi scalps, taken from the heads of one hundred dead Nazis. Or you will die tryin’.”

“Look Dave, I can see you’re really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.”

“A beginning is a very delicate time. Know then, that it is the year 10191. The known universe is ruled by the Padisha Emperor Shaddam IV, my father. In this time, the most precious substance in the Universe is the spice melange. The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness. The spice is vital to space travel. “

“I’m scared, Fif. You know why? It’s that rat circus out there. I’m beginning to enjoy it.”

“It had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now to give it the perfect ending was a bit of the old Ludwig van.”

“You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not fight, then you will meet your destiny.”

“Can you keep a secret? I’m trying to organize a prison break. I need like, what, an accomplice. We have to first get out of this bar, then the hotel, then the city, and then the country. Are you in or you out?”

Film the Blanks, by designer John Taylor, is a series based on famous film posters, with the information deconstructed to a minimal blocks of colors. Can you guess the films above?

You can buy them from HERE or HERE

Lytro Illum Light Field Camera

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You may remember seeing the first Lytro light field camera here on the blog back in 2011. If its unconventional box-like shape wasn’t enough to catch your eye, the astounding technology that enabled photographers to adjust the focal point of the image after it had already been captured surely would have. Check out an example below, you can click to change the focal point and scroll to zoom in and out. There are more samples on Lytro’s Gallery page.

Well, now Lytro is back with the next evolution of the light field camera: the Lytro Illum. Physically, it appears much more in-line with traditional point-and-shoot cameras than its radical predecessor, with an angled display screen that gives the profile of the camera big points on both character factor and, I’d imagine, ergonomics. I’ve also read in some hands-on reviews that it feels remarkably light, weighing in at less than two pounds…yes, that lens that looks like a cumbersome beast apparently weights only half a pound.

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As pretty as the Illum is on the outside, it isn’t until you take a look at what’s inside that you can get a sense for how revolutionary this camera really is. The Illum uses a patented micro-lens array that captures data about color, light direction and intensity, storing this data for later use. This is the key difference between light field cameras and other cameras, which generally don’t give you much control over the photo once it’s been taken. A special Lytro button enables a helpful UI overlay that outlines the contours of objects in the shot, giving a sense of depth and a preview of how the image’s focus will be able to be adjusted by its viewers.



Perhaps the biggest kicker of all is the price tag. Looking at a piece of technology as revolutionary as this, you might instantly assume that it’s going to run tens of thousands of dollars. Wrong. It’s being listed at around $1,599 USD, which isn’t exactly cheap, but in the photography field it actually is very affordable. In his original post, Jon finished it off by opening the table for ideas on how this technology could be applied to great effect. One can’t help but think of all the possibilities when you look at technology like this: how would you use the Lytro Illum differently than you would your usual camera? Or, which of your favorite photographers would you like to see use a camera like this?

You can read more on the Lytro Illum on Engadget and The Verge
Posted by: Alex Koplin via Mani Nilchiani

Leica M Special Edition

Posted by Jon M









Apple chief of design Jony Ive and industrial designer Marc Newson worked together to design a one of a kind special edition of the Leica M rangefinder camera, to be auctioned at a charity event with the proceeds going towards (RED), the charity founded by Bono from U2 to support the fight against HIV and AIDS, and is expected to raise anywhere between $500,000-$750,000.

It is said that it took Ive and Newson 85 days and over 500 models to come up with the final product, which features a laser machined aluminum body and an anodized aluminum outer shell, a 24-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor (as the $7,000 Leica M), and it includes a 50mm f/2 lens.

Designspiration Job Board

Over the last few months I (Shelby) have been working on a number of large updates to Designspiration. The first of these updates is the job board. The goal of the job board is to help creatives find career opportunities at great companies.

There were a number of challenging aspects of building this site addition, but the main one was how to handle mobile. It’s not something I’ve done a whole lot of and just to complicate things, a new grid needed to be developed for the updates to follow. The restructuring of the grid took just about as much time to figure out as it did to build the job board itself. I’ll follow up this post after the next updates to talk more about making Designspiration fast on mobile (hint, hint).

If you know an agency or company looking to hire, post a job or let them know about the job board. Also, follow the Designspiration jobs twitter @Dspnjobs for job updates.

Check it out: http://ds.pn/jobs

Lets talk Boards Of Canada RSD 12″

Posted by Jakub

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As part of Saturday’s Record Store Day festivities, Warp released a solitary 12″ credited to the pair through NY record shop Other Music. The disc features a short clip of a woozy none-more-BoC piece, plus a vocodered voice reading out the numbers “9-3-6-5-5-7″. It appears the record may be one in a series of jigsaw pieces: the record is credited as “—— / —— / —— / XXXXXX / —— / ——” , and features dead space on either side of the clip, implying a fill-in-the-gaps approach.

We obviously approached the story with the requisite skepticism, but Pitchfork now claim they have had direct confirmation that the record is legit. An Other Music employee, Mikey IQ Jones, has also got in touch directly with FACT. According to Jones: “It’s real. We were given a copy to secretly place in the racks at Other Music; we’re really psyched that it was found by a big fan!”

– FACT

So the vinyl is legit, now its time to figure out what the numbers mean. I have to hand it to Warp Records and BoC, this brought back the young fan in a lot of people that might have written them off. Its funny how hardcore music fans that treat music really seriously can trash talk and the less serious more carefree listener is just geeked and ready to spend their weekend trying to decode the exciting mystery that is there.

I personally think the 6 spaces each stand for a letter and then will be converted to ASCII to text and its not going to spell out SUMMER but the album title. Any thoughts from you guys?

Quality sources with info:
2020k

FACTmag

UPDATE – VINYL 2: