Probably my last post of the year so thought I would go out in style. This week Travis introduced me to Earles and Jansen and it pretty amazing. For sure worth a listen if you are into prank calls and off humor. The Bleachy series and the Ditchweed one are my favorites for sure.
Our good buddy and master designer friend Gabe (Service) has recently launched a nice clothing store over at Need Supply, Co. In the mood for shopping or getting something nice for your lady friend, I suggest a stop by over at his site, uber hipster.
A while back I mentioned about a new version of Windows coming for all you PC using designers out there. Well a beta has been leaked if you want to be adventurous. The screen shots show it does look ‘ok’, but I still prefer Apple’s approach to os design (go figure). (Zdnet)
A friend sent me a link to this and an extra news release about it. Seems like an interesting idea, when used at small sizes that is. I did a test (extremely un-eco I know) with it, and at a normal reading weight size, it does a good job in my opinion. They state on their website it uses 20% less ink. How much ink it would actually save you, your guess is as good as mine. But at least its a new idea and interesting to see the whole green thing, being applied to even a font now. Maybe we will make our green font here at YouWorkForThem sometime, I like the idea. You can download the font and find more info over at Ecofont. If anything, its free, so its not like its costing you anything to try it.
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This is very Friday worthy news:
“Aiko is a 32-kilogram female android that Trung began building in August of last year. She is just under five feet tall, has brown eyes that can distinguish 300 faces per second and speaks 13,000 English and Japanese phrases. Her skin is made of silicone and her insides are made of an expensive collection of wires, motors and various sensors. In total, Trung has spent more than $20,000 developing Aiko, maxing out three credit cards in the process. The silicone alone cost $6,000 — but Trung insists it was a necessary expense.”
I really liked this part of the article:
“On his wish list? Teaching Aiko to dust, to clean toilets and to clean his ears with a Q-tip.”
A few weeks back we launched our hottest new font development, Agostina. In the past two weeks it has easily become one of the leading fonts in our collection for 2008 and has a bright future ahead of it. Along with its launch, we spent some time here in our Bangkok studio to have some fun with its open type swash features and styles. We began to experiment with the swash forms and it’s abilities in 3d and animation. This video, This is Agostina, is our final result of the past 2 weeks. Enjoy!
Credits: Font designed by Michael Cina. Animations by Michael Paul Young and Lee Suetorsak. Soundtrack composed by Michael Madill.
A couple weeks ago, I completed a new handset font called Hugo. To celebrate the release, I have put together a short web zine (PDF) to demonstrate the flexibility of Hugo as a display face. The zine takes text from the dada writer/performance artist/other worldly being, Hugo Ball. I think the two are a great match.
Download the zine (Right click, Save As) and have a look.
With all this talk of corruption in the Chicago government, a certain person’s name rises to the top. Otto Kerner.
If you live in Minneapolis or happen to find yourself traveling through this weekend, be sure to stop by Robot Love this Saturday and check out some deals.
We just launched new collections of Smoke themed stock images aimed to serve for a great variety of design projects. Stock images work great for many still/image based mediums, but they can also be used in motion graphic projects as well. Check our example video link above to see a small example of how you can mix and match with the images in After Effects to create your own custom animations.