Hang on Tight!

Artist Kenny Irwin posts under the name perfectlymadebirds on Flickr. His photos and their descriptions are totally amazing. I found myself getting sucked into his weird universe for more time than is strictly acceptable for someone on the right side of the mentalist line.

I’m not going to say any more, I’ll only spoil it. I’ll just suggest a couple of ‘drop-in points’…

And do make sure you read the descriptions, it really helps to contextualise things.

Once you get into Kenny’s art, like I have, you’ll want to head over to www.redbubble.com to buy some of his artworks as prints.

p.s. He also has a great collection of eyes (including these glass Cat and Goat eyes).

Flickr Unleashes the Might of the Animated GIF

I just went to enable Flickr Stats so that I could see what’s been going on in my world of photos. And imagine my surprise and joy when the ‘processing stats’ page threw up an assortment of the finest in old-skool animated giffery…

This page:

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Offered up this:

And this:

And this:

In rotation.

But it made me wonder… I get the joke. Some of the people I know would get the joke. And lots of the folk on Flickr would get the joke. But what happens to the people who don’t get it? Does it matter? If you were a ‘design’ person who didn’t get the reference would you just think it was a bit of duff design. Or would you even notice? Or does everyone get what Flickr are doing? Or am I thinking too much again?

A New Design

Sophie’s away. So I spent most of the weekend geeking out and re-building my blog. I learned a lot of CSS stuff. But it did quite often feel like it was the boss of me rather than the other way round. Which I’m sure isn’t how it’s meant to be.

But I think it’s mostly working again, There’s still a few more yellow highlights than I wanted. I’m hoping I can find a helpful person at work to help me to get my head around the bits I couldn’t figure out on my own.

Anyway I hope the new look doesn’t make anyone feel too sick…

An Amazing Animated Gif Video

Absolutely incredible – also from http://www.perishfactory.com/. It’s just one long scrolling scene made up of thousands of animated gifs. I quite like the song too, it’s jolly.

Whoops, almost forgot the track is by The Sea and Cake and it’s called “Coconut”.

Lovely Becks Art Beer Bottles

When packaging just works. I couldn’t resist them in the shop. They just stood out a mile.

I went in to buy 2 beers. And when I saw these I’d have bought all the designs they had. But they only had 3…

I don’t even feel like a sucker. Much.

Still not quite as good as the old Tennents cans though. I’ve got vivid memories of my grandpa drinking these in Scotland wearing a cracking Rab C. Nesbit style vest…

Tennents Lager Lovelies

Finally Someone’s Done Cool Bike Helmets

Big up the Danish company Yakkay. I’m so glad that someone’s made cycling helmets that don’t look like some piss-poor Tron rip-off or a bit of Super Mario fancy dress. It’s been on my list of things to sort out in the world for a while.

With the Yakkay system you buy the base helmet, and then you can choose nice covers for them…

YAKKAY - brainwear for smart people. Bicycle Helmet, cover, Izmir, Dublin, Paris, Tokyo.

I’ve got a couple of reservations though…

They might just look like really big comedy “It’s A Knockout” hats. How do I know this model hasn’t got a massive head that makes the helmet look OK?

Min sang

And also I’m not sure that this looks like the most robust and safest type of helmet in the world. I wouldn’t trust myself to get the pads in the right places to save my life…

Min sang

via: Springwise

The Girl Effect

The design of this charity site is really lovely. To my ill-trained eyes the typography is nice. And I like their promo film too. Everything about just feels like it works together.

And they made sharing so easy I’d have felt mean not doing…

The Girl Effect - Home