Archive for the ‘Cool’ Category

Web’s top gem collector Urlesque has spotted this new kick-ass video from a London based We Have Band. Now, I’m a big fan of stop-motion films, but this is something of an intrinsic value, as it’s made from 4,816 individual stills. Created for the song “You Came Out” by some of the bands own members, the 3 minute animation goes well beyond anything I’ve seen, and truly fantabulous.

The band describes the process of making the video as painstaking, as everyone had to be hand-painted and shot over two days with mouth and lyric syncing to care about.

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Someone with little crafty fingers has found a genious way to reuse cassettes for art purposes. Unlike me, who used to make hair extensions out of old cassette tapes, a budding artist Iri5 has created something much more meaningful out of them cobalt tapes, a portrait of Jimi Hendrix!

Iris5: Ghost in the Machine Flickr Set

Seek out for yourself, and see more tape portraits of rock legends here

While the T-Mobile boogey flashmob ad has been the talk of the month, I’ve been invited to take a look at a new viral ad created by Kickers, the rock & wolling shoe brand. The brand has been synonymous with the British popular culture for as long as people from the 80’s and 90’s can remember, as such its shoes are still worn by the popstar feet from Jarvis Cocker (see below) and Arctic Monkeys.

jarvis-shoes

To carry on with the long-standing tradition Kickers pitched in at music festivals around the Britland last year to gather up revelers to throw down their fanciest footwork to come up with below crazy-snazzy viral.

Can you crowdsource a good pair of dancing legs like Kickers?

shoreditch postersLast weekend I decided to extend my cool hunting beyond the usual digging of the search engine ditches and hit the streets of East London to experience its booming street art scene for the very first time.

I wasn’t in the mission on my own, as I joined a two dozens of art hungry bloggers on a Street Art tour around Shoreditch, which was extremely lucky of me as I was given a crash course in street art by a graffiti whizz kid Michael Vandalong and a resident Art expert Romain of Fubiz . As a result I discovered street art in the form of graffiti ( D*Face, Sweet Toof, Sickboy and Eine), stencils (Banksy, TEK13) , posters (Obey, Jim Cereal and Mike Marcus), mosaics (Invader) last but not least paintings from Barry McGee and Patr2ism.

The tour was part of a wider campaign called Gofindit from Ford Ka, which aims to encourage people to explore the city beyond just the obvious.

As a final note, I’d like to give massive thanks to Robin and Sandrine at We Are Social for bringing in an amazing Art and Mars bar filled afternoon. You can see eclectic mix of photos from our tour on Flickr and a short video clip below.

If you’re interested in organising your own street art tour, please be sure to visit StreetArtLocator , a google street art map mashup for a start.

According to my latest discovery, a groundbreaking new 3D interface technology called G-Speak has been developed by a group of nerdatronics at MIT Media Laboratory, who seem to push idea of spatial interaction beyond what we used to seeing.

Having no first-hand experience,  at first I struggled to grasp the idea behind it but to put it in the simplest possible words, the interface is built on so called Spatial Operating Environment (SOE) techonology, which allows the peeps interact with it through hand gesturing. So if you imagine you’re an orchestra conductor and all of a sudden your computer data dances around you with every hand movements you make.

Oblong Industries, the team behind the mouth-opening project, is said to have been working on it since the early 90’s and their vision and technical expertise was even exploited by the Hollywood film makers including Steven Spielberg, who used a slice of the technology in his futuristic action flick “Minority Report“.

Check the rest out in the following demo video. It’s simply incredulous!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Minority Report For Real – Fubiz“, posted with vodpod

While the instantly gratified polaroid fun is increasingly becoming a thing of the past, the fans of the polaroid camera are vigorously campaigning to save it in the face of discontinuation of polaroid films by Polaroid Corp. The real thing maybe no longer on manufacturers’ list, but the subculture of polaroid photography still lives on. And Interestingly, it has taken a completely new form of production with the advent of Poladroid, the coolest “IT” web app of the moment that allows you to create polaroid image out of existing trash snaps. A hat tip also goes to Polanoid community who keeps the instant fun alive and burning with its ongoing projects like weekly themed polaroid photo competitions.

Where's Emily? (Polaroid Collage)  © Nina Buesing

Where's Emily? © Nina Buesing



Who said paper was the only way of printing and distributing news? According to a new invention by T-Post, a quirky Swedish company, you can now have your news printed on a t-shirt. Once you’ve digested the news on your t-shirt, you can then go out in the street wearing it. It’s revealed that T-Post have more than 2,600 subscribers and 1,027 fans from around the world with new issues appearing every six weeks. What’s more you can also model for your T-Post too, but only if you live in Sweden and willing to stand in your pants for the photoshoot.

I think T-Post is a great addition to my previous post SME Hunts for T-shirt Heavens, as one of the best places to get your hands on rare uber-trendy t-shirts.

I know the Google’s Chrome has recently made a well applauded public entrance to already configured terrain of web browsing market and was then quickly hailed as the future of the web browsing, but I still think the browser technology innovation doesn’t quite end there.

The flat screen, structured way of navigating and browsing the internet has long been challenged with extra creativity and dimensions of a whole new level. Some of these browsers are so much worthy of our celebration, that I decided to include few in this post.

1. Navigaya Beta – a browser with multitudes of innovative elements, it is the ultimate browser that you get completely immersed into. With its sensual, sleek design and the subtle background music this browser has really stolen my heart from the very first instance. Without spoiling it any further, I have the demo here.

2. CoolIris – as the name suggest, this is a browser that allows you to experience the most amazing multidimensional internet browsing you could ever have. CoolIris is an integrated browser through which you can watch and organise all your social media assets and profiles. Build as a simple add-on application, you can easily download this browser as part of your Firefox extention.

3. 3B – another 3D inspired browser that has been existing for a while. Unlike other 3D browsers, 3B is based on unification of virtual world and a browser. The result is quite interesting as the browser looks a bit like a cross between virtual rooms and social browsing.

Observer published a feature today called the 08 Cool List, with effortlessly cool Alexa Chung, the Channel4 TV presenter being on top of the list. I think she well deserves to be named the coolest, as she’s uber talented, stylish and has really quirky sense of humour, and let’s not forget she bagged herself an Arctic Monkey.

Here’s rest of the top 10 cool people out of 50.

2. Miranda July

An author, film-maker, artist and god know what else, July is a neo-punkist who made a prizewinning film Me and You and Everyone We Know and a collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You. She is working on some very cool web projects, go and check the out.

3 & 4. Camilla and Marc Freeman, designers

This Australian siblings who make bold yet wearable dresses worn by cool Hollywood kids like Kirsten Dunst, Mischa Barton and Scarlett Johanson. They must have inherited their coolness from their uber fashionista grandma or something.

5. Camille, musician

Parisian 30-year-old Camille’s 2005 album, Le Fil, starts with an intake of breath. Later, there are hand claps and moments of human beat-box. Her recent release, ‘Music Hole’, is quirky in the best possible way” Observer says. Here’s her song Paris in french 🙂

6. Henrik Vibskov, fashion designer

Danish designer Vibskov, 35, makes films and funny, colourful, brilliant cropped trousers like these ones.

7. Yvan Face Hunter, photographer/blogger

Yvan, cam-shoots rare stylistas around Europe for his street fashion blog Face Hunter and as previously posted he also has street fashion show which expolores fashion beyond Europe.

8. Steve Gullick, photographer

London-based Gullick, rose to fame as a punk photographer before starting seminal anti-music-press magazine Careless Talk Costs Lives. He photographed the likes of Kurt Cobain, Neil Young and Bloc Party and all his photos are vintage looking.

9. Brian Gathii, graphic designer

Kenyan-born Gathii uses innovative, non-fading techniques to create hilarious, neon t-shirts. Check the dude’s interview on NYLON magazine.

10. Fafi, artist

Parisian street-artist Fafi, paints feminine graffiti – curvy, sassy girls all around the world. Her profile reads “her sexy, funny, and sometimes aggressive girl characters made the whole world look and help kick-start a whole new graphic language; exploring feminity through stereotypes, and using it to her advantage, she drew enormous attention and thus started to travel the world with thousands of Fafinettes in her brushes and paint cans”

Threadless BesteesMy trend ball tells me that we’re getting ever more loved up with our second wardrobe – our t-shirts. Forget about the Man-U t-shirts, I am talking about the trendiest and artiest t-shirts on earth.

Have you noticed the trend savvy young things wearing the insanely snazzy t-shirts, just like the ones seen on D.A.N.C.E video from Justice. Well, I personally fell in love with lots of t-shirts worn by others, but never dared to ask where they possibly got them from, sometimes I’d wonder whether they were sent by the aliens as a modern day fashion fix.

Anyhow, without being too superstitious, I went on a hunt for the most original t-shirts online and I can tell you that there is plenty of t-shirt loving culture going on and below are my Top 5 online destinations for t-shirt aficionados, in no particular order.

1. My first stop was a site called A Better Tomorrow, the site offers some really cool graphic and cartoon style t-shirts from various designers. The selection is absolutely humongous with a price tag of €16 for a tee.

2. Threadless, the only site that has a ready built community around designing and making t-shirts. Thanks to its whole-hearted DIY approach and ever revolving customer base, it has become something of a mecca for an original t-shirt lovers. Those who submit their own designs, gets a huge cash reward and as a customer you get the most inspirational, unique and random t-shirts ever made. Price: depends on your choice.

3. SP:UK is an up and coming UK clothing brand that sells the coolest and urbanist t-shirts in limited edition. It also guarentees that your t-shirt is made from an organic source. Currently they’re inviting all scribblers, doodlers and aspiring artworkers to submit their t-shirt designs to a competition here. Price: Starts from £16.50

4. BustedTees Defunker, an online t-shirt seller based in US, offers some of the most good looking t-shirts and has handsome pictures to prove it. Price: $22 (£12) for a t-shirt.

5. Uniqlo UT T-shirts has over 700 invidual designs some of which are so ecclectic and vibrant that you can’t resist not buying and once bought there’s no chance you’d find others wearing the same stuff, not to mention your t-shirt comes pickled in a jar. Price £12.99 for a funky tee.

Uniqlo UT

If you’re interested in more information about custom T-shirts I found the following blogs to be very useful T-Shirt Talk Blog and The T-shirt Around the Internet.

Oh, and you can use Pleasedress.me, a dedicated T-shirt search engines to find all the latest t-shirt designs.