I was discussing icon design the other day with a friend and Susan Kare’s name came up. She is the brilliant designer behind these classic Mac icons as well as many other high profile user interface projects. We were specifically talking about Facebook’s icons (which I happen to love), and while I’m not sure if she created the original interface icons for the site, I know she was brought on in 2007 to handle the gifts project. Update: Aaron Sittig created many of the most well known 16 x 16px icons that you see throughout Facebook.
Shown above are some of her limited edition prints. Guaranteed to induce nostalgia in just about anyone that was present in the early 90’s (Mac OS 7.5.3 was the best!). If you’ve got any computer type folks left on your shopping lists, THIS is the gift for them.
Also, an interesting read over on Mashable, an interview with Susan Kare:
“It was a challenge to come up with a symbol for the command key. The word is a bit forbidding, as are many types of images that instantly come to mind, such as a police hat or badge. I leafed through a book of symbols, and came across a similar cloverleaf, which was identified as an image used on signs in Swedish campgrounds to mean ‘interesting feature’…Later I learned it is meant to be a castle, seen from above”.
After weeks of going thru my posts and not looking at other websites end of year lists I finally finished the my favorite songs of 2010. We will release #25 – #1 tomorrow and honorable mentions on Friday, good news for all of us is that we get a big fatty playlist pretty much, joy! Now off to see what other sites put!
50. Small Black – Camouflage
49. Korallreven – The Truest Faith
48. Keep Shelly In Athens – A Tear In My I
47. Onra – Long Distance (Instrumental)
46. Prins Thomas – Nattonsket
45. Oriol – Coconut Coast
44. How To Dress Well – Ready For The World
43. Houses – Soak It Up
42. Anika – Officer Officer
41. Weekend – End Times
40. Sun Araw – Beat Cop
39. Gonjasufi – Candylane (Bibio Remix)
38. The Drums – Forever and Ever Amen
37. Motor City Drum Ensemble – Raw Cuts #6
36. Baths – Nordic laurel
35. Stellar Om Source – Island Best
34. Rangers – Golden Triangles
33. Actress – Hubble
32. The Radio Dept. – The Video Dept.
31. Bonobo – All In Forms
30. Real Estate – Younger Than Yesterday
29. The Beat Broker – Deep Sleep
28. Peter Broderick – Pulling The Rain
27. Sun Kil Moon – Alesund
26. Sepalcure – The Warning
Purchase this music at any of these fine retailers:
iTunes / eMusic / Insound / Boomkat UK / Other Music
Came across these random mid-century interior images in a Flickr stream today. The more I look at these images, the more I want to flash back to the past and interview the designers. Their thought process would be invaluable.
I checked in on Tim Navis recently after way too long away and as usual, I was not disappointed. He’s posted a lot of new work much of which I see as a distinct evolution from his already stellar earlier output. A lot of it is taking on a very illustrated quality which I really enjoy. Also loving the new B&W stuff; that tennis court shot is incredible. I’m pretty sure he’s using a 5D MK2 these days, not quite certain though.
On a side note, I’ve been trying to get Tim to do a process post here. Maybe a little urging will do the trick.
More at Navis Photography and Flickr
A small peek into my personal life, I will always look for the original Black/Red Poltronova Saratoga 2-seater on ebay and craigslist when I get a chance but I never have the money. The 3 piece is a pipe dream and i’d definitely settle for the single seat one too, my obsession with original glossy lacquered furniture will never die.
I came across this video on Reddit tonight and was pretty much blown away by the concept, but not necessarily the execution. Then I read the comments where someone had linked to the above video and I was absolutely mesmerized. Visually the whole thing is very reminiscent of Michel Gondry’s video for Star Guitar. Now if the whole thing would just sync up the same.
The video was made using a simple mirror filter and an HD video camera, shot from a train. I use a lot of mirroring effects for live visuals, but never on material shot from a moving vehicle. Something about it feels so fluid; almost CGI. I wonder if this effect will become the video equivalent of tilt-shift, popping up everywhere all of the sudden.
Oh and if you haven’t had your videos-shot-from-a-train fill yet, here’s one shot using a high speed camera from a high speed train, in slow motion.
And here are a couple more from Tokyo, this time shot from a car. The vertical movement of the car (shocks) really accentuate the effect: One | Two
Just a quick note on a new feature we’ve added to the site. You may have noticed that little heart icon and number at the bottom right of each post. It’s pretty self-explanatory, if you enjoy a post just click the heart button and it will bump the number up. We tested on most of the major browsers, but let us know if you have any issues or suggestions.
A friend recently turned me on to Adreas Gursky’s photography. His work is absolutely breathtaking; the sort of vaguely distant quality of the images is really striking. Gursky has been working for many years but only started using computers to manipulate his photographs the ’90s. Apparently his prints range all the way up to 6 feet tall; I can’t even imagine how impressive the detail must be at that scale. You can find some more of his work at the Matthew Marks Gallery site or via Google Images. Truly inspiring.
Also, I really need to go to wherever that pool is. It looks like some sort of utopian society where they somehow put Barton Springs in the middle of Amstelpark.
Via Simon Smith
UPDATE: Thanks to WZT in the comments for sharing the location of the pool in the last photo. Check it out on Google Maps.