(via) Roundhand script is a 17th century calligraphical art form that today has largely been relegated to the sides of big trucks, motorcycles, and military aircraft. It’s been made easier with typefaces like Snell Roundhand and Kuenstler Script, but it stands out more when done by hand with a paintbrush. Glen Weisgerber – who looks all kinds of badass – is a self-taught master of this craft, as evidenced by the doubtlessness of every stroke in the demo above.
Tired of Wes Anderson films? Despite the repeat schticks, we definitely aren’t (also, swamp leeches, what’s the deal?). This is the trailer for his next movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel. The cast includes all the regulars like Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, and Edward Norton, but also includes a few newcomers, namely Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, and Saoirse Ronan. What’s it about? Radness, presumably, plus lobby boys and the bedding of much older women. The film is set to open in theatres on March 7th.
You probably recognise Kumar Pallana from movies like Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Darjeeling Limited. But did you know that he was also a famous plate spinner, acrobat and yoga instructor? “Granted, there might be a few things that he can’t do, but this much is certain: Kumar Pallana can do an awful lot of things, and he’s really, really cool.” Press play above and get to know him a little better.
(via) We like a good TED Talk as much as you do, but sometimes the especially weighty ones – like the 45 minute lectures on breaking down plastics with bacteria – have us snoozing, side mouth drool and all. Wouldn’t it be more riveting – just once – if the speaker was high out of his/her tree? This video shows us what that would be like. Money quote: “Dude. I’m for real. I think this is a legit, good idea.”
A new music video by the creatives at Oh Yeah Wow for Australian band The Paper Kites sees over 4,000 images of over 350 people performing in stop motion. It took them 10 days to make and the results are straight up awesome. The song – Young – ain’t half bad, either.
(via) Here’s 27 year old Canadian kayaker Ben Marr (and friends) making short work of the downhill drainage half-pipe that poops him out (shockingly upright) into Lion’s Bay at 56km an hour. When reached for comment, the local RCMP detachment said “That’s so fucking rad!” Wait…no…we made that last part up.
One of my favourite “characters” in the 2007 Helvetica typeface documentary was Massimo Vignelli. The Milanese designer came across as confident, opinionated and uncompromising, plus he had a rad sense of personal style and the greatest quote in the whole film: “The life of a designer is a life of fight. The fight against the ugliness. Just like a doctor fights against disease. For us, the visual disease is what we have around, and what we try to do is cure it somehow with design”. He works with his wife, Lella, and their influence is everywhere, from New York City’s 1972 subway map (with Bob Noorda) and IBM to American Airlines and Benetton. Now there’s a documentary film about them called Design Is One. Check out the trailer above. The release date in October 18th.
(via) Check Please! is an upcoming book of a collection of restaurant bills that have been – in myriad ways – modified by dozens of artists. Creator John Williams has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to help get it made. It’s based on submissions to his art blog, Guest Checks.
This is an epic Full Color, 80 page Hardcover art book that measures 9×9 inches. Over 50 artists with more than 150 checks, each check different, different media, different use of the same space. I am so proud to be among the artists involved with this project and it would be a dream of mine to get this book funded and into some well deserving hands.
(via) Musician Eclectic Method (aka Jonny Wilson) has just released a song based on clips from Anthony Bourdain’s CNN food and travel show, Parts Unknown. Press play and try not to eat your own face because OMG that filet mignon covered with cognac sauce looks amazing!
Yesterday’s rainstorm didn’t come without a warning from our East Coast buddy, Frankie MacDonald. If you’ve never seen any of Frankie’s awesome YouTube videos before – a few of them with over 100,000 “likes” – he’s a 28 year old Nova Scotian with autism who posts daily weather reports from his room and clearly loves the hell out of it. Best amateur meteorologist ever? We think so! Thanks for the heads up, Frankie, especially about the puddles! Here’s a photo of the storm’s beautiful aftermath just for you…
Back in August of 1992, a powerful hurricane left 175,000 people homeless in Florida, caused $25 billion in damages, and killed 44 innocents. It was named arbitrarily named “Andrew” by the World Meteorological Organization, and I remember (being the delicate teen that I was) not liking how my first name was being associated with so much destruction. I imagine the late summer of 2005 was equally uncomfortable for girls named Katrina. So how are the names chosen?
(via) “The organization [WMO] uses a yearly, fixed list of names arranged alphabetically (omitting the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z) for a given year, such that, for example, the first Atlantic tropical storm of 2011 was named Arlene, the next was Bret and so on. Successive storms for a year simply go down the list of names. There are six years of lists in place, and each list is reused every six years (the 2011 list will be used again in 2017). Interestingly, while each yearly list of names is reused every six years, a name can be replaced on a list if it was used for a storm that was particularly deadly, costly and generally devastating. For example, just try to find the name Katrina on the list — you won’t. If new names are needed, the WMO chooses them during an annual meeting.”
That must be a weird meeting, picking seemingly harmless and innocent-sounding names for storms that ruin lives and lay waste to entire neighbourhoods. I mean, Arlene and Bret? They sound like tennis partners in Santa Monica. Why not Adolf and Beelzebub? Better yet, why not name the extraordinary storms after policy-makers and people in positions of influence who do real damage by denying that man-made climate change exists? Because let’s face it, Hurricane Sarah Palin sounds a lot better than Hurricane Sandy. And that’s exactly what’s being proposed – satirically – by the people at ClimateNameChange.org, who put together the video above to show us how such a revised system might play on the news. I love it!
Getting to and from a 30ft hight treehouse can be a tricky business. Ladders, ropes, and corkscrewing steps are the standard solutions, but what about a bicycle? Maker Ethan Schlussler built a kickass elevator system using a heavy counter-weight pulley system and his old 20-speed bike. Top marks, Ethan!
Everything you need to know about clapping (but forgot to ask) by Youtube maestro Vsauce.