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Holiday Giveaway Third Prize Winners

Posted by ISO50

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Congratulations to Bryan Maddock and Wayne Dahlberg who won the Third Prizes in the Holiday Giveaway!

We still have two copies of Adobe CS4 Design Premium and lots of ISO50 prints and shirts to giveaway so be sure to enter now before the rest of the winners are picked. Just make any purchase at the ISO50 Shop to be automatically entered to win, or you may enter at the original post.

Good luck!

Lamborghini Countach Concept & LP400

Posted by Scott

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Beautiful shots of the original LP400 and concept models of the Lamborghini Countach before Crockett and Tubbs got back from Kragen with all the wings and spoilers. You may recognize some of the lines from the Bertone post, that’s because Bertone designer Marcello Gandini also designed the original Countach concept in 1971.

This is such a beautiful design, shame they had to go and muck it up with all the over the top junk. Although I guess if it didn’t have all that stuff we wouldn’t have such a perfect cliche ’80s car as a reference point in video games and movies.

Via Lotus Esprit Turbo

Top 50 Songs of 2009: 30–21

Posted by Jakub

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We’re getting closer to the Top 10 and with the playlists now that Scott integrated this is way more exciting even for me.

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30 Lone – Karen Loves Kate
29 Beach Fossils – Daydream
28 Memory Tapes – Swimming Field
27 Mayer Hawthorne – Maybe So, Maybe No
26 Bear In Heaven – You Do You
25 High Wolf – Don’t Fuck With The Tropics
24 DJ Koze – 40 Love
23 Actress – Crushed
22 Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue
21 Neon Indian – Should Have Taken Acid With You (Daytrotter Version)

This is part of a series of posts on the top 50 songs from 2009. Click here to view all posts in the series

New Audio Player

Posted by ISO50

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For those of you who listen to a lot of the songs here on the blog this should make your lives a lot easier. We’ve added a new audio player to the site for individual music posts which supports playlists. This means that you can just hit play and let them go without having to click each song individually. The new system is based off the same JWPlayer framework as the normal ISO50 Playlist player (top of the center column) but it will now be for individual posts as well. We will continue to update the main Playlist each month or so, but you can think of this as a new mini playlist each day. The skin is just temporary as I refine it, but all the core functionality should be there.

So far it’s only been implemented on Jakub’s recent “Top 50 Songs of 2009″ series but it will be used for all music posts moving forward. So give it a try and let us know how it’s working. If you find any bugs or issues please let us know in the comments.

Enjoy!

Top 50 Songs of 2009: 40–31

Posted by Jakub

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…and the list gets longer, after listening to few of these songs in the 30′s I feel like some of them should be in the Top 10 but then I look the Top 10 and understand why its like this. Hopefully some of you are clicking the links and checking a few older posts out, we posted a ton of music this year, its blowing my mind.

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40 – Juana Molina – Un Dia
39 – Kurt Vile – My Best Friends (Don’t Even Pass This)
38 – Tim Hecker – Sea Of Pulses
37 – Paul White – Highlife
36 – The Mercury Program – Arrived/Departed
35 – The Horrors – Sea Within A Sea
34 – Washed Out – Phone Call
33 – Piano Magic – The Faint Horizon
32 – Holiday Shores – Edge Of Our Lives
31 – White Rainbow – Tuesday Rollers and Stroller

This is part of a series of posts on the top 50 songs from 2009. Click here to view all posts in the series

Pan Am’s “Helvetica Dream”

Posted by Alex

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Determined to find out the history behind these beautiful posters, Frederico Duarte did some extensive research and learned how “Pan Am’s short-lived Helvetica dream” came to be. He chronicles this process over on the Eye Blog and in an article for Eye Magazine. These posters are incredible and their story is well worth the endless emails and phone calls he had to make to determine their origin.

Pan Am is no longer. But the story of its redesign, as told by the people behind it, proves personal connections, proximity and chance are all makers of (design) history. How many other great design stories are left untold?

Fredrico’s post reads like a design mystery and I lamented how little of this research I do, or even curiosity I possess when I come across work that interests me. For example: I wake up, see something amazing on FFFFOUND, then I bookmark it. End of story. If it’s especially awesome maybe I blog about it, but I rarely dive deep into whatever visual universe I’ve uncovered. I usually just absorb it quickly, then move on with a slightly augmented sense of visual understanding. This is why I both love and hate sites like Dropular or FFFFOUND. While they allow me to quickly consume lots of high quality design, they remove context and discourage the exploration that would otherwise go along with finding out about a new artist. (Of course there are many benefits to sites like these, but the removal of the ‘story’ that goes along with the work is one of the primary downsides.)

As Fredrico mentions in his article, the research was done for an SVA class where the rule is “No Google”. I thought this was interesting because I tend to use Google and “research” interchangeably, especially when thinking about design. To be stripped of my only research tool! Of course this makes sense these days, as most of us young designers primarily exist on the web anyway (which is a scary thought if you think about it…if the hardrives go, so do I). What the story hammered home for me was the importance and overwhelming benefits of a design education. What allowed Fredrico to take this much time plunging into the depths of design history (and what allowed me to spend so much time with Playboy) was the freedom and time provided by the design education environment. While you could always try and inspire yourself to do this on your own, it’s hard to beat limitless boundaries coupled with external motivation.

Top 50 Songs of 2009: 50-41

Posted by Jakub

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This week we’ll unveil the Top 50 songs of 2009, a new playlist at the end and then the Top 10 albums of the year. Hope you enjoy the list, some memorable tracks from the year and some of the linked previous posts.

50 – Nite Jewel – Artificial Intelligence
49 – Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream
48 – Real Estate – Suburban Beverage
47 – High Places – From Stardust to Sentience
46 – STL – Silent State
45 – Legowelt – Day Sailor
44 – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Can’t Hear My Eyes
43 – Volcano Choir – Island, IS
42 – The Field – The More That I Do
41 – 2562 – Lost – Unbalance

This is part of a series of posts on the top 50 songs from 2009. Click here to view all posts in the series