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Top 3 Logos / Alex

Posted by Alex

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paradox
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I am usually reluctant to list my favorites of anything. It’s hard to establish a consistent criteria with which to judge all items fairly, and even if you do, the list changes so frequently that it’s pointless to commit it to writing. My one exception has always been logo design, and Scott’s recent post got me thinking about it again. For as long as I’ve been interested in design I have always maintained the exact same favorite logos. They aren’t necessarily in any particular order, but the three pictured above are far and away my favorite marks of all time. I’ve never been satisfied with logos that gain their strength over time or with gradual brand association; for me, a successful mark works right away.

Mother and Child by Herb Lublin
The immediate cleverness of this one is probably what is most attractive to me. I remember staring at it for about five minutes the first time I saw it in the back of Area. I couldn’t believe how at once simple and wonderfully complicated it was. The ampersand has always been my favorite symbol, so to see it employed so unusually was also very exciting.

Paradox by Christopher Simmons
Another perfectly clever image. It needs no explanation and the “aha” moment occurs instantly. I’m still impressed how much wit was able to be squeezed into one tiny little mark. Like many great logos, it appears incredibly simple and seemingly obvious, but only after it’s come to fruition at the hand of another designer.

Modest Mouse by The Decoder Ring
What a perfect single image. This is one I can’t look at without feeling incredibly jealous for not thinking of it first. It encapsulates so many different feelings and emotions in one single mark, while still managing to be aesthetically pleasing at the same time (though I can’t stand the colors). The designer sums it up nicely: It’s an idea I came up with because it represents stasis — the balloon will never go up or down. It’s just a general feeling I have about everything: Every time we seem to cure or solve something, another problem pops up.

Of course there are many other wonderful logos out there, but this is a top 3 after all. List yours if you can think of them!

Aarnio – Goodnight Gracie Mix

Posted by Jakub

Aarnio - Goodnight Gracie
I haven’t done a mix since 2005’s Pink Rest At Low Levels which you can download here, its an ambient/IDM mix of my favorite music I’d listened to when I would fool around in Adobe Illustrator. This new mix called Goodnight Gracie is kind of an ode to a weekly I did for 3+ years with Matthew Dear, Ryan Elliott, and Scott Brandon at a lounge called Goodnight Gracie in Ann Arbor. Ryan Elliott and Matthew Dear now are big international DJ’s and Scott and I took the night over once they started touring. Ryan would let me open nearly every night and play ambient and deep melodic house before they went on so I could hear Broker/Dealer on decent speakers, I hope you can at least enjoy the end.

Markus GuentnerUntitled 3 – In Moll – Kompakt (2001)
AudionI Am The CarUnreleased – Spectral Sound (2009)
UNDAmbivalente – Maxfield – Defrag Sound Processing (2005)
PleitePleite – Pleite – Trapez (2003)
The LibrarianThe Hornet’s Nest (Teef Antihisatmine rmx) – ModeTwo – Moodgadget (2009)
StenWay To The Stars – The Essence – Dial (2008)
Omar S.Oasis #1 – Oasis EP – FXHE (2005)
Pepe BradockDeep Burnt – Burning – Kif Recordings (1999)
Cobblestone Jazz5th Element – 5th Element EP – Itiswhatitis Recordings (2002)
Daso & PawasDet (Schatrax Beats Plus rmx) – Det – Spectral Sound (2008)
PigonPromises – Promises – Dial (2007)
LusineExcess – Push EP – Ghostly International (2003)
SlowdiveGood Day Sunshine – Souvlaki – SBK (1994)
M83I Guess I’m Floating – Before The Dawn Heals Us – Gooom (2005)

DOWNLOAD IT HERE

Aarnio – Goodnight Gracie Mix

Prefuse 73+MF DOOM+Sex Trothler

Posted by Jakub

Prefuse 73
Prefuse 73 patches together a very strong 30 track LP called Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian, The artwork looks like it was thought out nicely and so was the record. Mr. Herren has reached a great level in music making which is instead of selling out and going the Steve Aoki celebrity DJ route and writing ringtone rap like some other fading stars that i follow on twitter. Herren sounds like he got to a point where he could really push his sound past glitch hop and more into sampling live instruments in the studio which should be every musicians dream but it isn’t anymore. Now he probably will get to work with great musicians and if anything I hope to hear some more collaborations with him and other New York bands.

New Doom is finally out in stores, it features this amazing Raekwon track and he also MC’s over J Dilla’s Lightworks!

Sex Trothler better known under the name Seth Troxler releases again on another Brooklyn based label called Wolf+Lamb Music. The sound reminds of straight early to mid 90s Detroit Techno that was minimalist, melodic, raw, and forward thinking. The vocal is a definite plus, it sounds like a proud diva, something many other younger producers would never of had the courage to touch.

Prefuse 73 – Fingertip Trajectories

Prefuse 73 – Hairy Faces (Stress)

MF Doom – Yessir! feat Raekwon

Sex Trothler – Aphrika

Omni Magazine Covers

Posted by Scott

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I remember seeing Omni magazine when I was a kid and wanting it. For some reason I was never able to get my hands on an issue, so I still don’t know what it’s about, something to do with sci-fi apparently. Anyways, the covers and style are excellent regardless of the content. You can find an archive of all the issues here, although the images aren’t very large.

F5 Fest New York

Posted by Scott

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I’ll be heading out to New York for the F5 Fest April 16-17th. I’ve known the organizers for a while and worked with them on past in events in Barcelona and New York. They’re a great group and I’d imagine this will be a very inspiring event for everyone. More info can be had at the F5 site, here’s a quick run down of what the event is about:

Two-days of inspiring presentations and discussions that will alter the way you think about work, life and everything in between.

– An international showcase of cutting-edge artwork and design
– A relaxing bar/lounge to recharge your batteries and make new friends
– A reason to visit New York City, one of the great creative centers of the world
– An amazing after-party by Media Temple

There should be a few tickets left, you can purchase them here. See you out there!

ChoirofYoungBelievers+Clark+Fever Ray

Posted by Jakub

Clark
Denmark not only has one of the best looking national flags but they also have one of the best looking and sounding bands called Choir of Young Believers and this group last night at Pianos gave me goosebumps 5 times. The couple remind me of if Band of Horses wrote more gentle songs that were less southern and more Scandinavian. If you live in New York come to The Delancey tonight, they’ll be playing there and the grand opening of a new bar in Brooklyn that is owned by the people that own the Cake Shop called Bruar Falls this Friday.

The new Clark record is out on Warp this month, I grabbed the ambient track to share with you all, i’m really loving how that color scheme worked out for that album cover.

I rave about this Studio band a ton here and posted about how D. Lissvik who is half of Studio did a solo album awhile back and now he is remixing and he did an amazing one for Fever Ray who is half of The Knife who is everywhere from in Nylon to the front page of Pitchfork recently. The remix is perfect Caribbean sounding slow disco and the vox fits perfectly, you can grab it up on XLR8R right now for free.

Choir of Young Believers – Why Must It Always Be This Way

Clark – Farewell Mining Town

Fever Ray – When I Grow Up (Version by Lissvik)