Eric Hu just launched a new site full of new work. He’ll soon be graduating from Yale and the future looks bright!
“Kou kou” is a visual work based on an abstract animation synchronized with a song comprising the unique syllabic sounds of the Japanese language, without actually using any full words.
It is in the elements of sounds from which words are made that we find syllabic sounds. In the case of the Japanese language, the linguistic roots or ‘Yamato Kotoba’ each individual sound possesses a unique meaning. For example, words containing ‘su’ exhibit a frictional characteristic and hence are used to represent a linear or direct movement. In modern-day Japanese, ‘sasu’ or ‘susumu’ represent a concrete, tangible action.
We’re doing some Spring cleaning over here and have some exciting developments on the horizon. What we’re looking forward to most is the construction of our new and improved Pattern & Shape store, which should be launching soon.
We’ve also been building a new Facebook group. Connect with us there for recent news and specials you won’t see on the site.
Today is the official release of our newest feature: Seedlings. We tend to get a lot of submissions from students, recent grads and young designers getting their start, so we’re dedicating a portion of our site to them. We hope to build this up over time and are accepting submissions now, so send us what you’ve got. Please follow the submission guidelines.
Beautifully redesigned and restructured site over at FormFiftyFive. Congrats Glenn and team, looks great.
We’re excited to announce a new release as part of our Pattern & Shape series. This design is by our very own Mark Pernice and is based off the crescent shaped Lune. Shirts come in girls and boys sizes and yes, that’s glow-in-the-dark ink! Get yours here.
Stay tuned for more Pattern & Shape news soon.
On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.
The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
Vaka Valo recently shared some work with us and I was curious to learn more about his process, so I asked him. Here’s a bit of background on his latest series:
The project “Antarctica” is my ongoing investigation/documentation of the occurrences I encounter on the ground surfaces of public underground parking garages (usually hospitals) in the middle of the night, while balancing my time between East Asia and Europe. These “paintings” made by tires, shoes, spills, leaks, are in a constant state of transition, like the anonymous people, cars, and machines that made them. Sometimes, I have revisited a particular site only to find the original raw material faded, added upon, painted over, or completely gone. It is surprising how something ignored on the ground can become beautiful, when placed into a different context. For example, the third composition is actually a photo-gram of bird shit. But it looks like a painting. And it is a painting. Just not a painting made with canvas, paint, or brushes.