May 30, 2012
I ran into my man Steve Tam the other day and he’s got a great new project I wanted to share…
They’re called Beacon Bike Lights which are effectively small, LED bicycle head/tail lights that are held on the bike using zip-ties rather than either of the two most common methods which are a) silicone straps that are quick release (a la Knog) which are convenient because you can take them off easily but are a ball-ache because thieves can take them off easily as well or b) permanent fixtures which are typically big, bulky and tacky.
For those of us that have spent a lot of time tinkering with bicycles, motorcycles, etc., we know that life is often held together with zip-ties making this an ideal solution. To be honest I’m surprised that no-one came up with the idea to bring something like this to market sooner!
Steve and his partner Taylor have most of their duckies in a row but are seeking funding via KICKSTARTER to get production moving. If you like the idea, want some for yourself and want to see these lights become a reality, follow this link and kick in some bucks!
Apr 25, 2012
One of the best parts The best part about working where I work is that I’m surrounded daily by some immensely talented designers, developers, animators and illustrators… What’s even better is that everybody outside of here has other talents; from chefs to photographers to motorcycle mechanics to digital “speed-painters” to musicians…
A little while ago Del Bel’s new record, Oneiric, came out (the limited first run came with the old glass slide shown above) and I meant to post about it but the draft got lost in the shuffle but with the release of this new track featuring Bry Webb of The Constantines I figured I’d post up and share the track with all 3 of you.
Del Bel & Bry Webb: No Cure For Loneliness
Apr 16, 2012
“We asked some of our favorite illustrators to imagine a postcard from everywhere and nowhere at once. We’re blown away by the results, which we’ll be sharing every day on this blog. We hope you will be too”
More at *Wander – available for download as iPhone or iPad wallpapers as well.
Apr 11, 2012
“Africa has had a devastating history of blood diamond wars. Blood diamond refers to a diamond mined in a war zone and then sold to finance an invading army’s war efforts, usually in Africa where more than two-thirds of the worlds diamonds are extracted. This site specific social / political word play was painted on the exterior wall of Johannesburg’s largest diamond trader Jewel City. Jewel City is a six-block mega-precinct that serves as a base for some 300 diamond traders as well as South Africa’s Diamond Board and State Traders Association. Jewel City is the largest diamond exporter in the southern hemisphere with over 7-Billion worth of Diamonds being exported every year.
I was able to get away with this diamond wall heist because I told the owners I would paint in big letters “Diamonds are a woman’s best friend” on the exterior of their building. The owners loved the idea and all quickly agreed. The next day I had started painting but what the owners didn’t know is that I lied to them and was hijacking their wall. Like any premeditated robbery, situations are not what they seem and shit can flip from best friends to worst enemies in a few moments.
I assume the owners were too busy trading diamonds inside the mega center they never took the time to come out and see I was painting a controversial word play about the diamond trade and how it’s fueled so much bloodshed in wars making it one of man’s worst enemies.”
Apr 4, 2012
Apr 4, 2012
One of my favorite brands out of Australia, Deus Ex Machina, has opened up shop stateside and the place looks just as beautiful as I’d expect. I really wish it were there the last time I was in LA so I could have seen more in Venice than Urban Fur Trappers and Pirates on Segways.
via Dice Magazine
Apr 4, 2012
Some photos John Watson took from this year’s NAHBS show Portland’s Tanner Goods branching out further into the bicycle world, presumably after the success of their collaboration with Ira Ryan Cycles & Ned Ludd (shown below), and the results are beautiful. Killer, get on it!
More photos here.
via Trackosaurus Rex
Mar 16, 2012
Last week I ran into my good friend Martha, last I mentioned her she was working at Canadian Salvaged Timber. She’s since moved on to do consulting work and one of her clients is one of her former CST co-workers who has gone on to start StackLab; a downtown design and production studio in Toronto – inspired by the exploration of material and of process. She told me about their work and now I’m telling you about it because it’s pretty rad! True story.