Ray-Ban Wayfarers have become one of the most iconic sunglasses in the world. Following last year’s Project Colorize campaign, which saw collaborations with artists Ron English and Tara McPherson, Ray-Ban is gearing up to release a pair of shades designed for the DIY movement. Or, rather, lack-of-design. The Colorize kit will come with a blank pair of Wayfarers and a pack of markers and stencils with which to customize them.
Brazilian illustrator Rafael Silveira‘s new book Pop Surreal, featuring his sweet surrealism-inspired artwork, is out now. Produced in limited edition through national publisher Arte & Letra, each copy comes in a special box that looks like an LP cover and includes commentary in Portuguese from Silveira about the included pieces. This artist is by no means new; he first earned his stripes drawing comics and was later picked up by imprint Dark Horse. According to Juxtapoz, Silveira only started his trademark style when an editor connected his talent with surrealism. Hit up the contact page on the publisher’s site to see if they deliver internationally.
Another product to earn kudos for what it’s not (i.e. fattening or habit forming), Clear Magazine has become “100% tree-free” and is now being printed with YUPO synthetic paper. The Michigan-based design and fashion publication released its “fame underground” issue, including features on designers Arne Quinze and Martin Mariela and artist Kenji Yanobe, at Art Basel Miami Beach last month. A recently posted video with Clear‘s creative director Emin Kad explains that the paper is tear-proof and waterproof. Once purchased at fine newsstands worldwide, the issues can be put in recycling bins with other plastic items.
Every sampling artist will tell you that music is everywhere, but there was a strict production process that turned the sounds of everyday life into something you could call a song. RJDJ, an interactive iPhone app, allows anyone to make a sampled song on the fly through a process that is hard to describe unless you hear it happening — hence the video. Check out the demo and see if you can figure it out. The result is an impromptu composition that the creators describe as “reactive music” and has a good chance of influencing music in the future.