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Like most other designers/artists I find myself being influenced by a huge variety of sources. More often than not I get a great idea for a project when I am away from the computer. Like say a color scheme for a website from a well dressed woman walking down the street. The blog Wear Palettes has taken inspiration from the street photography of The Sartorialist and created color schemes using the awesome web tool Colour Lovers, then posting them all on their blog. A great idea for cataloging inspiration for design and fashion. I think it would be interesting to do this with a party photographer’s shots, like this one from Shadow Scene. I am sure you could come up with some some interesting schemes.
Are you in a band that has wanted to produce an album, but you just don’t quite have the means to get it done? Well, if you think you’re good enough you may want to check out SellaBand, and website designed to get independant artists and bands enough money to get the music produced. Here’s how it works: bands and artists upload their profiles and music fans or as they call them “believers” find artists they really like. Believers then are able to support the bands they like buy investing $10 towards the production of their album, when the artist or band reaches $50,000 (5,000 investors) the money goes towards the production of their album, and the investors receive one of the albums. Have a hard time believing something like this works? A band by the name of Nemesea just raised 50,000 big ones in just 3 months, crazy shit.
Along with new features that are being added to the iPod, comes new accessories to compliment them. Such as the Griffin Centerstage Flip-Stand. The case not only protects your iPod with it’s tough polycarbonate case, but it also features an anodized aluminum flip-stand that allows you to stand your iPod while watching movies. The case of course allows you access to all your ports and controls, and comes in four sleek colors.
Waking up to that super-annoying alarm clock beeping just doesn’t seem like the right way to start of your day. I’ve been looking for alternatives for a long time, even the radio alarm is annoying most the time. I recently got clued-in on an application for the Mac called Awaken. This nifty little app allows you to set the alarm time, and then customize a specific iTunes playlist that will slowly fade-in to the volume you choose. Not only that, but Awaken allows you to set a sleep timer as well, so you can fall asleep and awake to and music you choose.
[via: The Don]
With the amount of awesome websites out there increasingly growing, it is easy to overlook or never even see some of the greatest. CSStux is on a mission to give exposure to the little guys who have great websites and deserve to be recognized for them. Offering a very clean, simple interface CSStux provides thumbnails of each website it spotlights, and allows you to rate and comment on each one.
Because we love everything t-shirts and everything lists, we had to link this winning combonation. T-List lets you customize t-shirts with a list of your favs. Top 5 break-ups of all time? Put it on a shirt. Favorite albums of 2006? Put it on a shirt. Want to let the world know that you love “design, magazines, art, peanut butter, culture, Fidel Castro?” Put it on a shirt. You could “consider it the street-level lo-fi reaction to the current wave of social software.”
Forget those overpriced iPod speakers with all the fancy-shmancy bells and whistles. When traveling all I really want is some speakers that are very portable, and sound decent. The MUJI cardboard speakers are just that. The cardboard boxes make for a very lightweight, compact speaker. And at $42 a pair, the price is great too. I mean when traveling it’s too easy to lose stuff, and the less expensive, the less you worry. Not to mention they just look cool.
In one of the new HP Notebook ads (which are all done very well by the way), master producer Pharrell says “art is like music for your eyes”, I completely agree. Musicians tend to have a keen eye for art, and artists for music. That’s why I thing The Designers Mixtape is such a cool idea. Brought to you by Nitrocorpz Design, The Designers Mixtape asks designers from all around the globe to put together a playlist of the music that inspires them. The playlists are posted and available for listening. I think it’s really interesting to see the different genres designers use for inspiration.
We live in a day where you can fit 5,000 songs in your pocket, technology has come along way from records, 8 tracks and tapes. Somewhere along the line of all this new technology album cover art seems to have disappeared. For those of you who miss your cover art there’s the I-Disk. The I-Disk allows you to dock your iPod Nano and display your music’s cover art on the LCD screen of an artificial record. The record itself is also a touchscreen that you can use to control your player, giving you the feel of an old-school record player.
Audio blog aggregators are something I discovered after they started linking to my “Remix Rush” posts. They have since become one of my biggest tools for finding new artists and music. It works like this – an aggregator searches all of the best audio blogs out there in the blogosphere and gathers all of the songs uploaded to these blogs. This way you can search their database, and preview the songs all in one place. If you like what you hear you can download the song from the audioblog and then put it on your list of “music to buy”. The best aggregator I have found so far is a site by the name of The Hype Machine. The Hype Machine was instantly added to my daily reads and I could spend hours searching and discovering.
TXTual Healing is a project by Paul Notzold that allows an audience to interact with large speech bubbles projected on buildings and public spaces via text message. The viewer is given a number to send their message to, and then the text is displayed in the projected bubble. Paul has designed the project to explore public vs. private spaces and the dialogue of our private thoughts. What a cool idea, I would love to see a viewing of this.
Admittedly I spend more time on Myspace than I probably should, but with 86,000,000 registered accounts I don’t think I am alone. I may be a little embarrased about my Myspace addiction, but I have more recently become addicted to a community website that I have no shame in wanting to spend my time on – Computer Love. Computer Love is a online community for creatives to find like-minded people, jobs, news and a lot more about the world’s creative industry. The site also provides a place to upload and share your portfolio and work completely free. The design and layout is executed perfectly and I am sure will only get better, if getting better than perfect is possible.
I can’t count how many times a friend of mine, being a newcomer the the iPod, has asked me to transfer songs from my iPod to theirs. I also know many people who have purchased iPods without having a personal computer of their own, making it difficult to transfer their CDs and purchasing music to transfer to their iPod. For someone who wants the freedom of being able to download music directly to their music player, the answer is the MusicGremlin. This handy little MP3 player gives you the ease of downloading songs from their online store directly to the player with its WI-FI connection, skipping the personal computer part altogether. You can purchase songs for 99 cent individually, or pay $15 per month and download songs until the 8GB hard drive is full. The player’s other great feature is that you can trade songs and playlists wirelessly with other MusicGremlin owners, provided they also have the monthly service.
“Billboards and neon advertising signs determine in increasingly radical fashion the appearance of our streets and squares. The Graffiti Research Lab has taken up the task of actively opposing this state of affairs. In light of the thoroughgoing commercialization of public space, its aim is to redefine and rehabilitate graffiti as an individualized means of expression. Reasonably-priced technologies are designed to give individuals the opportunity to stake a claim to a public space and to make an impact on it. In collaboration with street artists and activists in New York and Washington D.C., Graffiti Research Lab has developed actions that bring software and electronics into traditional forms of expression of urban protest. This gives rise to completely new forms of Street Art in which building walls, streets and squares are painted with light-graffiti. graffitiresearch.com provides instructions on how to go about it and documentation about what’s been done so far.”
For all you designers who lack the necessary knowledge to build your own online portfolio, or perhaps simply don’t have the time, Carbonmade is the perfect solution. With its very user-friendly interface Carbonmade allows you to upload your work and organize it using your own categories. Customizing the look your portfolio is also easy, and you can even keep track of your traffic.