1. Mean’s Supervideo Series Launch
The Los Angeles-based magazine Mean expands their media empire, seizing on the music video renaissance by introducing an experimental format that brings together top talent from film, pop culture and television to create short films (whether animations, abstract or otherwise) to track’s by contemporary artists. The first winningly pairs LCD Soundsystem’s “Pow Pow” with Academy Award-nominated actor Anna Kendrick and director David Ayer.
2. Limited Edition “Small Craft on a Milk Sea” by Brian Eno
The legendary Brian Eno gave Kitsune Noir a rare look into his own packaging process for his new limited-edition vinyl record, Small Craft on a Milk Sea. Needless to say, the results are absolutely stunning; consisting of three separate booklets which contain the dual vinyl along with a lithograph print and a digital version of the record.
3. Orishiki suitcase
Designer Naoki Kawamoto reinvents the suitcase in a beautiful geometric pattern that folds flat for storage. The Orishiki suitcase (named after a fusion of origami and furoshiki) is one of the highlights from Design Tide Tokyo exhibition at Tokyo Design Week.
4. Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses
Rolling Stone gains early access to the colossal Nirvana exhibit that will take up residence at Seattle’s Experience Music Project beginning 16 April 2011. The display features over 200 artifacts and never-before-seen photos, including a body fragment of the black Fender Stratocaster that Kurt Cobain smashed during the recording of “Endless, Nameless” during the Nevermind album sessions, April 1991.
5. The Grip
ColorWare, already known for transforming standard gadgets into colorfully shiny products, recently released a first product for themselves—an iPad carrying case dubbed The Grip. The case’s handle doubles as a comfortable way to hold the iPad when watching videos or reading.
6. The McGurk Effect
A fascinating look at how speech and vision interact laid out in this
video on speech synthesis and the McGurk effect. Who rules, the ears or the eyes? Find out and be prepared to have your mind twisted.
7. Kik Messenger
For those wanting something better than standard SMS, Kik Messenger, an app that makes messaging on smartphones “quicker and more social” (much like BlackBerry’s proprietary BBM service), has already seen impressive numbers of downloads in its first couple weeks.
8. If They Can Make It Here
Some of NYC’s new garde (writer and Sight/Unseen cofounder Monica Khemsurov and photographer/impresario TIm Barber) profile some of NYC’s new garde—from CH favorites RIch Brilliant Willing to talented multidisciplinary designer Roanne Adams—in one of the New York Times’ latest interactive features.
9. Another Great IDEA
T Magazine’s Steven Heller celebrates Japan’s highly regarded IDEA Magazine, which commands a near cult-like following from graphic designers and font geeks alike in search of truly fresh inspiration.
10. Muji iPad App
Master of beautifully functional simplicity, Muji recently applied its intuitive approach to an iPad app, which keeps you organized with its calendar, notebook and on-the-go travel info.
11. Dandy Lion
The second installment of a three part series at the The Gallery at Harlem PoP, the new exhibition Dandy Lion “pays homage to the fashionable urban gentleman—an African Diasporan man of style, an urban connoisseur of sophistication.”
12. Nobuyoshi Araki for Barneys
Simon Doonan outdoes his last Barneys holiday campaign (again) with a cleverly current pairing of the notoriously risqué Nobuyoshi Araki’s sensual photography with a “foodie” theme.