As most of you know well, I’ve been a huge Daft Punk fan for years – I even built my own costume dammit! I recently found this video featuring many Daft Punk classics and their origins. The eight minute video highlights specific songs and loops the duo samples – yeah, that song you love so much might be a Barry Manilow 70s disco track. Enjoy.
If you tell me about having a model dance to Panda through the streets of Wall Street I would say hell yeah! Of course, if the model knows how to dance… This new editorial vid by Vogue, featuring Desiigner and model Andreea Diaconu for Summer 16 will not only show you the season’s best swimsuits, but also have you singing Panda the rest of the day.
If 2015 was the year consumer drones took off then 2016 is poised to be the year when curious and creative people use these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to push the limits of human imagination. Intel and Ars Electronica FutureLab recently developed Drone 100, a 3D show combining 100 light-equipped drones and a live orchestra to paint 3D shapes and messages in the sky. The show started in Germany but has also come to the States and will continue to ‘tour’ and expand as this generates new uses for drone technology + art.
By now, I am sure you’ve heard Rihanna’s new song “WORK” or seen her new video featuring Drake. BUT, what I had not seen and what I wanted to share today is their recent performance at The Brit Awards, mainly for the lovely use of design + projection used to complement the performance. In a world when sometimes more is more, it is very refreshing and inspiring to see how simplicity and good design can also work to create beautiful sets and impactful shows.
Honestly, by now we all know and love OK GO lovely music videos – and if you don’t, I suggest you catch up because they are truly worth it. There’s nothing else we can say that has not been said before. Inspiring, hypnotizing, beautifully executed, and more… Here’s Upside Down and Inside Out, the band’s latest video. Enjoy!
This is an oldie, but I felt today was a perfect day to not only share this lovely work, but to also celebrate the life and music of one of music’s biggest icons, David Bowie… Canadian Illustrator Andrew Kolb created a beautiful self-promotion book inspired and based on the lyrics of David Bowie’s classic ‘Space Oddity’ and posted it online, for the world to enjoy and share. Take a look and enjoy one of the thousand pieces of work David Bowie inspired during his lifetime.
Rest in Peace :(
I’ve always believed that we are all talented and creative. The only difference sometimes is the level of drive and passion we put into achieving our goals. In a recent TED Talk, Musician Scott Mescudi, aka Kid Cudi, returns to his high school to talk about growing up, get real about his insecurities, his career path in the music industry, and how he got where he is now.
Whether you are a Bieber, Diplo or Skrillex fan or not, you cannot deny the fact that you’ve danced at least once to their song, Where Are U Now – or maybe thought, damn, that’s not a bad track by Bieber… Well, it’s because it is not. All indifference for this shithead aside, the song is as complex as it is catchy. And this video/interview with the three collaborating artists shows how much work really goes into creating ‘just one song’. Check out the video HERE since The Times apparently does not like to share…
If you ever doubted music’s power to heal wounds, create memories and bring people together, you must watch this video. On July 26, 1000 musicians gathered in Cesena to rock the internet by playing in unison a sweet version of “Learn to Fly” by the Foo Fighters. Their goal – to ask Dave and the band, to add Cesena to their list of tour stops and play for them. Did the petition work? Check out Dave Grohl’s message to Cesena after the jump. Bravo Rockin1000!
For a couple of years now, Spotify has dominated the music streaming field. Yes, there’s Pandora, Beats, the rise of… wait, what happened to Tidal? and many more, but if you think mainstream and popularity, I think it’s safe to say Spotify leads the pack. Apple knew this, and as always, didn’t want to stay behind. And while Tidal was making noise, they were working quietly in a new service released yesterday during WWDC15. Apple Music.
Remember the days when networks like the old MTV or The BOX actually cared and played music videos? I mean, who didn’t get inspired by a Michael Jackson, or Biggie video? Well, that ain’t happening no more. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean recording and visual artists out there stopped caring. Cauboyz is a french design team who designed a lovely music video for Husbands’ “Dream”, featuring crafted neon type. Yup, it is as good as it sounds. Check out the music video and the behind the scenes after the jump!
I know some of you might be too young to remember or understand the magic that is David Hasselhoff, so I’ll just say this, he’s kind of a big deal – In Germany mostly. So, if you’re launching a web-backed Kung Fu film and need a track, an 80s track, to make it pop, The Hoff is your man! Check out this amazing video and get a little taste of Kung Fury.
Today. – I’m going to keep it suspenseful and mysterious.
I have to admit that I have never seen an Adobe commercial – in national television, at least. So, last night after the Oscars, a collection of cool, captivating images and designs caught my attention. After a couple of seconds I literally dropped a “Is this a Photoshop commercial?”, and indeed it was! If you haven’t yet, check out this cool ad spot that celebrates Photoshop’s 25 years. #DreamOn
With all the ignorance and stupidity regarding music coming out of Twitter - yes, I’m talking about the people who have no idea who Paul McCartney, Missy Elliot or Beck are - I thought it is important to share this upcoming movie I just stumbled upon this week, you know, before someone thinks Dr. Dre is trying to be the new Pharell. What’s the movie you ask? Well, it’s the story about the roots and rise of N.W.A. I know!!! Check out the great trailer after the jump!
Cymatics is the study of visible sound co-vibration, a subset of modal phenomena. Typically the surface of a plate, diaphragm, or membrane is vibrated, and regions of maximum and minimum displacement are made visible in a thin coating of particles, paste, or liquid. Yes, that statement may sound a little confusing and even boring. So, what if instead of reading about it, we are able to witness and enjoy these studies? Nigel Stanford decided to combine music with real and elaborate experiments. The result… a lovely and hypnotizing video to prove that science is also badass!
Three months ago, right before the Brasil World Cup, Beats by Dre dropped a beautiful ad spot featuring a group of iconic players and their intimate rituals before a game (HERE). It was then established that Beats is here to compete creatively with its competitors and giants like Nike or Adidas. A new ad spot has been released, this time featuring Serena Williams, the #1 female tennis player in the world. The spot features Serena’s sacrifice and impressive daily routines – which explains why she’s the best.
Being that this World Cup’s song is not what everyone was expecting and has received a lot of criticism, Shakira decided she would step in again and save the day by releasing a song (remember Waka Waka) and a new video featuring a couple of iconic players like Neymar, Messi, and of course, Piqué. There’s only one little problem. The video is a cheap, blatant copy of Woodkid’s Iron music video – you know, that lovely music video we enjoyed a couple of years ago (HERE) . The copy is pretty obvious. From the way the set is arranged, to the elements, animals, effects and even camera shots. In fact, they’re shot in the same order! There’s no such things as “inspiration” when you pretty much recreate shot by shot another video and switch an owl with an eagle. And for those of you thinking I’m hating, I am sorry, but if there’s something I truly hate, is copies and unoriginal people cashing in on someone else’s work. So yes, I will call you out. I mean, it’s Shakira, did they really think nobody would notice???
Even though record stores are slowly disappearing, we still love album covers and always look forward to what artists and bands would come up with next. So, how can you make these great covers even better? Italian Designer Marco Sodano decided to recreate a few iconic albums using Legos. Yup, that’s how you make everything cooler! Check out some of his great creations including bands like The Beatles, Daft Punk, Aerosmith, Nirvana, Kanye West, Pink Floyd and more after the jump.
If you’re a fan of vintage fashion ads and Sassoon jeans, you’re going to love these recently released Daft Punk merch ads celebrating their retro-inspired album Random Access Memories, featuring a lovely array of accessories including t-shirts, posters, and belt buckles. Did I mention the cool vintage ads? The items were produced in limited quantities, so make sure you buy your goodies at www.DaftPunk.com before they sell out.
EUROPE IN 8 BITS is a documentary that explores the world of chip music, a new musical trend that is growing exponentially throughout Europe. The stars of this musical movement reveal to us how to reuse old videogames hardware like Nintendo’s GameBoy, NES, Atari ST, Amiga and the Commodore 64 to turn them into a tool capable of creating a new sound, a modern tempo and an innovative musical style. This is a new way of interpreting music performed by a great many artists who show their skills in turning these “limited” machines designed for leisure in the 80’s into surprising musical instruments and graphical tools. It will leave nobody indifferent.
So, the other day, while shopping at Target, I strolled through the electronics department and heard a familiar song on the display TVs that made me stop and go back to make sure it was the song I thought I knew. It wasn’t. It was a very, very, very close one. In fact, it even shared the same title, and what got me… the same look. Most of you know the work/logo I designed for my good friends Locos Por Juana, and the close tie and love I got for this killer band. So, when I realized that the song that I thought was theirs, was in fact, a new global single by a more ‘commercial’ artist like Juanes, I wanted to share my view on it, because I feel it somehow relates to what us Designers have to deal with often. Again, this is my take on it, and don’t hate me if you are a Juanes fan. I’m just saying…
It’s Friday. So, why not relax, smile, listen to some great music and have a great day. And what better way to kick things off than with a sweet new video by geniuses Disclosure and featuring Mary J. Blige. The song has always been great, but adding Mary J. was definitely the right idea as it gave the track that sweet 80s-90s feel I grew up with. Plus, I love the the cool retro and signature graphics and type used on the video. These chaps always hit the spot. Happy Friday.