check out the music label klamauk (which basically means hullabaloo) from mainz, germany. founded by tilman schwarz, michael fluhr and karsten brommenschenkel in august 2008. the label focuses on techno and house (or as they’d describe it: microfunk) releases.

not only do i actually like the music but the guys running the show came up with a cool web device. because the first vinyl release was a black and white print with individual hand coloration from each artist the guys from klamauk wanted to keep the individual element to their releases alive even for mp3 cover art. the website was realized by euro rscg 4d in duesseldorf, germany.

design your cover at klamauk.net/digital and listen to their music at juno or itunes.

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mwm graphics

April 5, 2009

diversity and quality are two things coming to mind when i look at what matt w moore does professionally. he is a designer, illustrator and generally a creative mind i guess. and, it’s pretty hard to stand out these days where you can find pretty much everything over and over again, where the same thing with just a different name on the tag is only a mouse click away.

doesn’t happen that often that you find someone who does wallpapers, snowboards, art, packaging and other stuff with such a high quality level and unique style.

check out his site and work. mwm graphics

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flash mob action

April 3, 2009

most of you probably have seen the frozen grand central flash mob action in new york but in any event i came across it again and it’s worth it to watch twice.

for those who didn’t know, a flash mob is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual action for a brief time, then quickly disperse. the term flash mob is generally applied only to gatherings organized via social media or viral emails, rather than those organized by public relations firms or for a publicity stunt.

rumor has it that bill wasik, senior editor of harper’s magazine, created the first flash mobs in 2003. in one more than 100 people converged upon macy’s ninth floor rug department, gathering around an expensive rug. anyone approached by a sales assistant was advised to say that the gatherers lived together in a warehouse on the outskirts of new york, that they were shopping for a “love rug”, and that they made all their purchase decisions as a group. funny.

trash art

April 3, 2009

very graphic, like it. the italian artist moreno di trapani has created a unique installation in reaction to the garbage crisis in naples, italy. di trapani placed hundreds of stuffed garbage bags into an empty building in the northern city of tradate. the building facade overflows with the bags, which “ooze out of the windows and out of the doors; the garbage piles up on the balcony.”

trainloads of naples garbage (some of which had radioactivity levels eighty times the norm), collected by the italian army, have been shipped to hamburg, germany last year to be processed. love it.

let the germans process the trash.

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(photo by gianpietro malosio, text partly from jennifer allen, artforum)

LED sheep

April 2, 2009

samsung, one of the consumer electronic companies that usually does stuff more on boring side of life landed now a big hit with their viral video “extreme sheepherding” done by the viral factory.

it is definitely entertaining to watch. having that said i can’t push upcoming thoughts about sony’s extremely successful color campaign aside. the fact that the two companies are direct competitors makes me, from a creative perspective, feel just slightly uncomfortable. anyways check it out so you know what people talk about right now.

artless, shun kawakami

April 1, 2009

pretty interesting guy this shun kawakami from japan. born 1977 in tokyo he became an artist and designer, co-founder and head of artless inc. an art and design studio that focuses mainly on graphic arts and design, interactive, installation, video and exhibition.

get lost on the artless website, pretty interesting, the site itself as well as their work – artless.co.jp

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wow – eico hanamura

March 25, 2009

let’s go back to the 60s for a second, across the ocean, far far away. interesting pop-art, manga, kitsch japan style illustration by artist eico hanamura. interesting personality and story, read the interview from pinmag.

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