Unlike — the top notch city guide website — has just released a killer iPhone app full of food, art, fashion, events and urban culture, as well as some other very useful features. Using the iPhone’s GPS, Unlike can pull up a map of attractions, making you an instant expert. Plan a tour, save all your info, and then go walk the city. Most of the locations are international, which usually means roaming charges or finding a wifi spot. But the Unlike app downloads all the necessary info, so no need for an Internet connection. Individual city guides include: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen and London (more cities coming soon). They’re $4.99 each, or you can the buy the whole enchilada in one app for $19.99. [iTunes Link]
Any ping pong table can become a dining room table with the proper table cloth, but did you know that the early gaming tables were originally used for both purposes way back in Victorian times? Recalling the olden days when table tennis was an after meal form of amusement, Hunn Wai’s latest creation for Mein gallery is a table for eatin’ and pongin’. Equipped with regal timber legs, the DuPontâ„¢ CorianÂ® surface comes adorned with French Rococo patterns mixed with iconic ping-pong imagery. The striking tabletop is perfect for kicking it super old school, whether you feel like supper or sport. Flower net is included.
The debut line of T-shirts from Glyph Cue is brought to us by the colors black, gray and blue, spun together to present their name in innovative graphics. Each image from these Portland, Mainards (including one Matt W. Moore) deserves a prolonged stare, as they remodel constellations, hieroglyphics, and the classic yin-yang in new ways. Our fave is the optical illusion infused fractal design on their Big Bang print.
The lovely new website celebrating artist Mira Nameth's creations covers a broad range of illustrations and images broken down by prints, commercial, personal, fashion, vector, and hand-drawn work. (And you thought you had a lot on your “to do” list.) In addition to Rorschach flowers and "florafauna" commissions for Coke, Nameth's imaginative contributions include charcoal-colored dresses with shoulder and chest armor (armor being the operative word "” many of the details on the clothing are actually created with silk folds). The rust and deep gold colors of her new clothing line reflects her admitted "restrained, or at least concise, color palette."
When asked to reflect on why she's passionate about her work across mediums and continents, Nameth said, "A lot of the work feels sculptural and flat at the same time to me, and crafting that is very fulfilling. I like to surprise the person looking at a piece with something a bit unexpected, like the wing growing out of the multi-species plant or the peacock, where I wanted to create a new kind of peacock drawing with elements integrated into the tail." The former print can be yours through Etsy.
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With the advent of the Internet, magazines and newspapers fought to keep their readers loyal to the paper versions. When things started looking bad they released some of it online. Now, as publishing companies start hacking and slashing to keep their print biz running during the economic crisis, some companies that sell the written word are heading the opposite way. Trip magazine in Brazil — one of the best lifestyle magazines in the country, with a few issues designed by Ray Gun magazine design pioneer David Carson — is putting the whole kit and caboodle online for free. To promote their big move they put out photocopied issues of the magazine and its female counterpart, TPM, all over metro stops and other public places, encouraging people to “Steal This Magazine”, a riff on Abby Hoffman’s famous phrase … as if the naked girls on the cover doesn’t already give you a reason to want to steal the issue. Check out the video of the campaign. The question of whether we will still pay for a magazine despite having the content for free still rages on. What’s your take on it?