Book Art: Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer
By March 21, 2011

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Like so many of my favorite novels, I found this book accidentally. I was looking for books that experimented with form, and boy did I ever find a book that experiments with form! This book is so experimental that it was deemed unprintable until Visual Editions decided to take a stab at it. With the help of an ambitious Belgian company called die Keure, Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Tree of Codes has come to fruition.

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Beardhead Bearded Hats
By March 18, 2011

CV Beardhead 1 Beardhead Bearded Hats top articles design Knitted facial hair? That’s right! Keep your face toasty warm with these ingenious bearded hats by Beardhead. These funny caps come in “Viking,” “Lumberjack,” “Pirate,” and “Grandpa,” which translates to blond, brunette, black, and distinguished, respectively. You can buy add on mustaches too! How cool is that? For the ladies there’s also a pink “Bunny” version, but I prefer either Pirate or Viking myself.

Lucky Green Art Showcase
By March 17, 2011

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Here’s a little lucky green-inspired art to brighten your day!

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Artist Interview with Nancy Mungcal of Pretty Little Thieves
By March 16, 2011

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The first time I came across the art of Nancy Mungcal, aka Pretty Little Thieves, I was smitten. I love the way Nancy’s fun illustrations and stylized drawings evoke an aura of distinct playfulness. Her work is delightfully whimsical and I love the way she’s built up a personal repertoire of iconography that is seamlessly threaded into each of her characters throughout her compositions. From drawings to paintings to illustrations, Nancy has a way of creating beautiful shapes and patterns in the most dynamic way. Her art has an appealing folksy charm about it that makes it really unique. So I tracked Nancy down to ask her more about her art process…
prettylittletheives 01 Artist Interview with Nancy Mungcal of Pretty Little Thieves top articles interviews art Gayle: How did you get started as an artist?
Nancy: I have the typical drawing and making things as a child story. I never really stopped. A few years ago I decided to put my work out there. prettylittletheives 02 Artist Interview with Nancy Mungcal of Pretty Little Thieves top articles interviews art

Fringe and the Art of Retro Design
By March 15, 2011
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If you’ve been watching Fringe over the last few seasons (and you should be), you’ve probably noticed that the intro has taken on a life of its own. While the intro sequence could have easily become forgettable, instead it has developed its own complex personality that both mirrors the themes of the show and serves as a visual cue about the location of the upcoming episode. In a recent episode the show has gone even further by introducing an amazing 1980′s style remix of the opening sequence that fit perfectly with the flashback episode.

Turkey’s Gamirasu Cave Hotel
By March 14, 2011
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Ancient cavemen would be charmed by the Gamirasu Cave Hotel, modern cave dwellings set in a restored thousand-year-old Byzantine monastery in Turkey. The hotel’s got some cool highlights, such as Turkish cooking courses where you can try your hand at Turkish wine-making or bake artisanal breads in a stone oven.

But perhaps the most unique perk is the chance to witness the meditational dance of Whirling Dervishes. This Sufi worship ceremony, formally known as the Sema, is performed with the aim of reaching religious ecstasy. The spinning of the body in repetitive circles is said to be symbolic of planets orbiting the sun.

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Colleen Atwood and the Ocsar Winning Costumes of Alice in Wonderland
By March 11, 2011
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You may not be familiar with her name, but you probably know her work. Some of the most iconic costumes in the Tim Burton universe, from Edward Scissorhands to Sweeny Todd, have all come from the mind and hands of Colleen Atwood. Here we’ll look at her latest Oscar winning work from the hit movie, Alice in Wonderland, including concept drawings, photos, and a video interview with the designer herself.

Designing the Chicken Stick: The Ultimate Club for Your Virtual Bag
By March 10, 2011

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Take a moment to prepare yourself because what you’re about to read may shock you, may confound you, may make you glad you’re not reading this out loud to your children.

The Wii remote is not a golf club.

I know, many of us wish that wasn’t true, but no matter how much the Tiger Woods PGA Tour PR team might tell you it is, the small rectangular controller is not. Attempting to recreate your golf grip and swing is almost futile, but that doesn’t stop die-hard golfers from trying. However, now there’s an alternative: the Chicken Stick. What may in fact be the adorable love child of a 9iron and the Nintendo Wii, the Chicken Stick, made by the company Bad Chicken, is a virtual golfer’s dream come true.

The Chicken Stick takes the upper half of a golf club (complete with Golf Pride grip and True Temper® shaft) and grafts on a sturdy holder for the Wii remote. Combined with the Wii and Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf, it offers the promise of allowing the player to bring their real world swing to the virtual course. But is it too good to be true?

Being obsessed with golf, I had to try it out. I had spent several weeks coming up with the best way to hold the remote that let me somewhat recreate my golf grip, but it still wasn’t the same. But after unboxing the Chicken Stick and playing 18 virtual holes, there is no doubt about it, the Chicken Stick does add an unbelievable level of realism to Tiger Woods PGA Tour golf, second only to having a true golf simulator.

I enjoyed the experience of taking a full grip and swinging the club as I played St. Andrews or Torrey Pines, so much so that now I can’t imagine playing the game without it. I’m dependent upon the ‘Stick and in my house it’s become a mandatory accessory.

But the question remains: is it worth the steep $40 price tag? Truthfully, that depends upon your level of obsession. For the casual player, probably not. But for anyone on the fence about purchasing one who has dreamed of having a driving range in their living room complete with a launch monitor detailing your face angle, swing plane, and launch angle, it’s worth every penny.

Having worked as a product designer, I was intrigued by both the concept and execution of the Chicken Stick. I had the chance to interview Bad Chicken co-founder Jordan Brandt about his design process, what it was like designing the Chicken Stick, what design hurdles had to be overcome, and what’s in store for the future.

Paper Breakfast by Paper Donut
By March 10, 2011
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Yum! Paper Donut, a French collective of visual artists, has managed to make paper look absolutely delicious.The eggs look divine and I just want to grab that knife and spread the paper jam on the paper toast. Don’t even get me started on how perfect all the fruit looks. I’d love to see what they’d come up with for a paper dinner accompanied by paper dessert.

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Color Vixen: Strawberry Lime Butterfly Palette
By March 9, 2011

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This week’s color palette was inspired by a unique fashion installation on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

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