Corey Arnold has a bit of a fanbase around our virtual office. Not surprising, really–in addition to contributions to the likes of Men’s Journal, FHM UK, Adbusters Norway and Italian Rolling Stone, he’s received a grant from the American- Scandinavian Foundation to photograph fisherman and whalers in Northern Norway, been featured in the Discovery Channel’s Dealiest Catch and been nominated for the 2007 Aperture Foundation West book prize. In case that wasn’t a plateful already, he’s got his own exhibition coming up at the Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica. Who’d have thought a fisherman would be so busy?
If you’re in the area and in the mood for a visual feast, Skitt Fiske! runs May 12th through June 9th, 2007.
I wish I was the kind of girl who babied her electronics. However, as it stands I have yet to buy even a computer case for my Mac- I just (oh no, lecture approaching…) throw it in to whatever bag is coming with me and out we go. This is dumb; if I killed any of my electronics my life would be jumbled in seconds- and if (uh, when) it happens, it’s going to be entirely my fault. Basically, I need some training in the area of electronic appreciation/safety awareness before it’s too late, and I think I’m going to start with one of ACME‘s beautiful and compact camera cases. ACME is already well-known for their fun and expertly made laptop sleeves and bags (ooh, I need one of those too), and it looks like their standards were once again set high in the development of this Traveler case, which holds a camera ( 4.15″ x 2.25″ x 1.15″ or smaller), extra battery, memory card, USB cable, and manual. That’s a lot of room for day-to-day transportation (unless you’re a purse-the-size-of-Texas girl), but the cases are just about perfect for weekend trips or bigger adventures. ACME’s site also stocks a smaller version, the “Solo”, with just enough room for a camera. I think that one could be for me.
Google Maps-based sites are a dime a dozen these days, and for the most part I find them kind of cumbersome and pointless. Unthirsty, however, is something I can totally get behind: a user-populated map that scouts out bars nearest you based on happy hour, wifi connectivity, patio seating and specials. The best part of it is that it’s not city-specific, so you should be able to find a watering hole near you no matter where you live. Discovery of this marvelous website sent both our NYC and Colorado teams into happy-hour research frenzies because let’s face it– it’s been one of those days.
Wallpaper master, Spear Collective member, and soccer aficionado Dan Funderburgh’s ‘Ciphers’ work is currently being featured at Williamsburg based gallery Servicio Ejecutivo. They also posted an interview with Dan on their website, so all of you aspiring graphic designers can gain some insight into what it takes to be able to live off of your design work alone. All of his featured designs contain ciphers: What's this all about? The word ‘cipher’ can refer either to a circle or to a code. In cryptography, a cipher consists of two or more alphabets that are written in concentric circles. When one of the circles is rotated each symbol or character in that alphabet is rotated to match with a new corresponding symbol or character, and you have a created a new encryption. Go try to solve the puzzle for yourself. Also on the website, there’s a high res wallpaper image for your downloading pleasure.
I love learning new words. Today I learned that a Dandy is “a man who affects extreme elegance in clothes and manners; a fop.” Online boutique New Dandyism addresses men’s fashion from the perspective that there has been a new cultural resurgence of dandyism. For them, the term metrosexual doesn’t cut it anymore– men these days truly have an appreciation for fashion as reflected in the astute modern interpretations of classical looks we’ve seen recently. Although their offerings are quite slim at this point, they’re selling some choice clothes (e.g. Loomstate Jeans and the new Rittenhouse line). New Dandyism is based in Norwood, Massachusetts, but hopefully that fact is immaterial to you, because they offer free shipping on everything if you’re in the contiguous U.S. or Canada. They also help us understand up and coming brands with informative interviews and posts to their blog.
Catering to the sneaker-loving subculture to which many of us belong, Canadian website Sneaker Headz provides a seasonal selection of some of the hottest limited-edition and special release kicks we’ve seen (e.g these Pro-Keds Skulls). You’re going to love this simple and easy to navigate site, but may be disappointed to find out that you can’t buy the shoes directly off the web. Rather, you’re going to have to either visit one of the select Athletes World stores throughout Canada, or if you live elsewhere, give them a call to check on availability. At least the website notes each pair’s release date and available sizes. Who ever said it should be easy to get your hands on such distinct hoof-hiders?
Come August, my household will lose a roommate (to grad school in Austin) and gain a whole extra room which, if I have any say in the matter, will be a sleek new office. The timing is perfect, really, because September sees the launch of KnÃº, a line of office furniture from the Industrial Woodworking Corporation, who’ve been at the forefront of sustainability and environmental stewardship since 1995, and have just been certified as offsetting 100% of their carbon emissions through Carbonfund.org’s CarbonFreeâ„¢ business program. From their manufacturing process to a paper-free marketing campaign to their management’s air travel and company vehicle usage, the company is producing a line of home office furniture that’s not only totally sexy, but totally green in every sense of the word from start to finish. For now, the site is informative in nature (it’ll go live for orders in September), and you can read all about their extensive efforts to reduce their carbon footprint here. As for me, I think the only trouble I’ll have here is making up my mind which one to add to my home office.