Worst day ever. I’m exhausted so here’s the short version. Proper update tomorrow. Packed my stuff last night, got up at 6am EST. Went to airport, had breakfast, waited around took off landed at Calgary all was fine. Then I had to change planes, and that’s when it all went tits-up. Waiting on the runway for four hours at Calgary with more than four annoying children within close proximity is enough to make anyone contemplate suicide. Mood cues – The depressing Calgary winter; the immeasurable wait time; the crying babies, watching the de-icing procedure being done to countless airplanes other than ours. It made for some nice photos, atleast.
Finally arrived in Vancouver five hours over schedule, and had been in transition for more than fourteen hours, at 5:30PM PST… Nothing a hot cup of rooibos, a warm shower, and a cozy bed wouldn’t cure.
Here’s another eerie shot I took on the tarmac.
Proper update tomorrow – exhausted now.
Been super busy the past week, as is the norm these days apparently… On Monday I’m flying back to Vancouver for the holidays to see the family and get some rest, which means that I have to bust my balls a bit to get my work done and get ahead. Ontop of that, I’ve been running around trying to get all my Christmas shopping done in time, and I also have to pack my things this weekend for my trip home. That said, there is always time for fun and experimentation! Meagan and I have been playing photoshop-tennis, and our volleys can be found here.
Because Trapeze was asked to develop specific software for the interactive touch surfaces in the WindMobile stores, Trapeze was given one of the few amazing Microsoft Surfaces that were sent out early for development and research purposes. Today I was playing around with it, and it’s actually a lot more stable than I imagined it would be for such an early prototype. I probably shouldn’t spill what we did for the Wind surfaces, but it involves all the phones sold by Wind being tagged with RFID chips, and the ability to transfer data, checkout the options, and switch plans on the fly using the interactive surface.
If you put two phones on the surface at once, it even recognizes this, attracts them to each other, and allows you to share information between them and see a comparative view of their features. Amazing stuff really. Never thought I’d see this kind of multi-touch interaction in a mainstream context within my lifetime. There is now talks of moving the surface displays to wall displays, and having advertising interact on a subjective and contextual basis – thereby actually supplying you with a service, as opposed to annoying you and bombarding you with a message you couldn’t care less about.
More posts this weekend, probably as I just received a couple posters and will be finishing my x-mas shopping!
Just putting out the word for my friend Niki. If anyone wants to get in touch with her, let me know. I’ve also included her email here incase you’d like to contact her asap to put your stuff in her shop.
I have some exciting news!
I am opening a store in January 2010 that will sell small artworks and artist multiples. Things like zines, buttons, t-shirts, magazines, prints, jewelry, etc. – sort of a gallery shop. I will be sharing this space with a partner who is going to be selling vintage and salvaged furniture, so the whole place will have a really nice atmosphere. The multiples and furniture will be integrated within the store, so it will be a unified shop, not two separate parts of the same space.
The shop is in a prime location at Queen and Dovercourt, which guarentees a lot of traffic! I will be running this space by consignment mostly, receiving the standard 50% of sales, but I am also thinking of providing a few permanent spaces that could be rented by the week for a low price by an artist. For example, a shelf or unit in the window, or by the cash. That way the artist could design their own display if they want and have a guaranteed week of high exposure within the space.
I would also like to encourage people to think of these small rentable spaces as an alternative gallery space for a miniature art show! It would provide a space for small projects to be seen, an opportunity to make some money and a show to add to your CV. The possibilities are endless!
I’m writing to you because I dig your work and I think that you might have multiples and small works just sitting around somewhere not getting sold – waiting to be shared with others!
Please let me know if youre interested, and if you have any ideas or suggestions I would love to hear them!
This is a great opportunity to get your work seen and sold!
Just a quick blurb to say that our design for WINDMobile – which is not yet released – is featured on Design Edge. Mike, Ella and I are all named. Again, though, the site that’s being talked about is the new commercial site, which isn’t released yet – the one shown on the website is the current (old) brand site. The new site should be online whenever they get approval to offer service to Canadians. I can’t show you the commercial site on here, because of the NDA I’m on – but I guarantee it’s better than the brand site.
Great photography exhibit, by Platon, at the New Yorker’s online edition, entitled “Portraits of Power.” The photos can be arranged by Name, Country, Age, Gender, and Tenure. Each photo has an audio component that lets you hear the photographer’s commentary on each piece.
This past September, when nearly all the world’s leaders were in New York for a meeting of the United Nations, Platon, a staff photographer for this magazine, set up a tiny studio off the floor of the General Assembly, and tried to hustle as many of them in front of his lens as possible. For months, members of the magazine’s staff had been writing letters to various governments and embassies, but the project was a five-day-long improvisation, with Platon doing his best to lure the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chávez, and Muammar Qaddafi to his camera.
One of my favourite new men’s wear stores, Klaxon Howl, has launched their collaboration with the Bay. Amongst the others are Comrags, Krane, and Smythe, all prominent Canadian independents, just took part in a huge collabo with the Hudson’s Bay Company to create a unique conceptual collection sold at the Bay in limited numbers. Each company was asked by the Bay to design a piece for the line which contains a variety of items including flannels and wools for both men and women based on the concept of reaching back to the traditional HBC Point Blanket design . The Bay released a number of new things for the winter, but the main attraction was the limited items designed by these up and coming Canadian designers. See the whole line at Cheek Magazine here.
While I love the whole Americana workwear thing which is becoming rather popular right now, I do agree that it’s creating some hypocrisies and contradictions in street fashion right now. The Pop-Up Flea, which just happened a couple weeks ago in NYC, featured a number of new and vintage men’s wear items that all belong to this new trend of vintage Americana in street wear. However, there has been a lot of backlash regarding the increase of pricing, trendiness, and value of these items. This article, at An Affordable Wordrobe, illustrates a good point – that these types of clothes have been readily available for centuries as common staples, and have always been inexpensive. But now that designers are being inspired by the workwear aesthetic of the 20th century, prices are going up on simple flannel shirts, heavier button ups, and boots. Then, this article, at Put This On, agrees and disagrees, while at the same time explains that the crossover between mass marketed and produced clothing, vintage aesthetics, and designer high-fashion creates for a very open market, where it’s all about context. A trilby hat, designed by a very small independent, but produced by J-Crew, could be perceived as trend-setting, OR mainstream-gross. Interesting times, indeed, for discussions on style and value.