this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

do have a wonderful summer - and if you go a traveling, try to remember to
take both shoes this time, and always, always, always, try to wear clean elephants, in case your in an accident. So be safe, and remember to play nice ! btw.. if any of you monkeys can name all of the paintings in order in this video, all , not like many, or nearly sorta almost all, but all, as in every single one ... well, you'll win a shiny new iPad ! Mr. Wesley Yendreys, has graciously offered to donate a brand spanking new iPad to the winner. (yes, that is his real name)

70 Million by Hold Your Horses ! from L'Ogre on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

digital two 2010 inflagranti delicto

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

so good, you'll look twice. if you can explain it,
it's extra marks dude

courtesy de le féeriquely brilliant Ms.Taline

Perhaps one of the last things made by hand, (ok, maybe I'm being a trifle dramatic here) but these works definitely required a pre-digital mind, an imagination as it were.

Homo Hablis, the first tool user, required both invention and adventure, things were made by hand and over time.

These artists had both the curiosity and the independence of mind to shape the work by hand, and that shows all the way through.

Especially in the way that the work doesn't look like everything else.

So much we do today is virtually indistinguishable from all else, and it just appears utterly familiar. A numbing visual homogeneity, featurelessly ubiquitous, a faux hip, strategically outré sameness.

Commonality is fine for sheep in a meadow, or bishops at sea, but don't you think your work should at least appear to be as different as the artists which deign to made it ?

In today's instant digital world we seem to have somehow lost the inclination to and the joy of manually creating , nor do we any longer appear to have the patience to do things by hand, or evidently, the skills to.

Handmade objects seem kinda sentimental, fetishistic and clumsy, as if amateurish and unreliable.......

It's remarkable really that the last video entry - Peter Gabriel's visionary "Sledgehammer" video, which is from 1986, still shines as brightly today as it did upon its release. Our poor, assailed species (homo ineptus, I made that bit up) descending deeper into a sticky mass brand idolatry - rife with instant/disposable personality or brand cults, and subject to the inexorable merging of the synthetic/digital life-substitutes like twitter, farcebook, pornorama etc.

Will we forget how to make things ourselves ?, or slightly more sinister - will we lose the desire to?

I mean, dudes, do you think there's such an overwhelming distinction between your umbilical reliance/attachment to your texting devices, than between Neo's symbiotically hardwired connection to the unknown Matrix ?

You can giggle all you want, but it's not that much of a literary absurdity really, there are far too many parallels to be drawn to discount the idea out of hand.

Next time you twitter the entire known universe detailing your absurdly banal daily events, ask yourself this - how different is it really from that - to the grotesque imaginarium of Neo and his band of digital monkeys ?

This summer, do something actually radical, use your hands, make a birdhouse, and just maybe you'll save your soul.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Olympic Pictograms Through the Ages

Designer Steven Heller traces the evolution of the tiny symbols for
each Olympic sport since their appearance in 1936. the image is linked

click moi and read or else !

Design Montreal Open House 2010 Once again, Montreal designers and architects open their doors to the public. As usual, visitors will have the opportunity to meet the winners of national and international design competitions in their work surroundings. Architects, fashion designers, graphic designers, industrial designers, interior designers, landscape architects and urban planners will show off their latest achievements using models, drawings, photos, video screenings, interactive installations and more. The event offers a diverse line-up of programming, including some activities that are brand-new this year. Members of the public will be able to soak up the sights and sounds of the city thanks to themed walking itineraries offered as podcasts, explore the works of emerging designers, enjoy exhibitions by graduating students in the various design and architecture disciplines, and visit art and design landmarks in Montreal. In addition, a wide range of family-friendly events is planned, with entertaining and educational activities for young people aged 10 and up. oops..... sorry this is so late

put down that game console and get outside, here's the link

dear hipsters, you don't really need that new skate deck, or infra-red
iPad, or even Halo 14, just get an good axe. All the cool kids have them.
click the big X punk

“You can’t help wondering about some experts in the future examining trace remains of a pristine Best Made ax, smartly decorated, never used.
Will such a thing tell a story about just
what it was that we worshiped?”

- Rob Walker, The New York Times

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Even the seemingly mundane, the lowly web site loader - can be full of ingenuity and wit. click the pic & dig it, thanks to Kirill.

Dig1 - considering type as a matter of form rather than text.

This letterpress poster by Cameron Moll was handcrafted character
by character over the course of roughly 100 hours. Characters from the
Bickham Script Pro, Engravers MT, and Epic typeface families form the

edifice featured in the artwork, the Salt Lake Temple.

Each poster measures 16"x24" and is printed on Crane Lettra Pearl paper.
Letterpressed by Bryce Knudson of Bjørn Letterpress in Provo, Utah.
his named is linked