To celebrate the new website and also us turning 6, we are throwing a little party on Saturday, November 8th in Minneapolis. It will take place at the wonderful Clubhouse Jager in Minneapolis. There will be great drink specials, music, good people and free giveaways. Come help us celebrate this and our new public officials!
YouWorkForThem Alumni, Tristan Benedict-Hall, has launched his new t-shirt and goods project called A Mystery In Common. Need some gifts for christmas or just want some new getup? Stop on by his shop and grab a few things, you will feel cozy and warm inside if you do.
YouWorkForThem Celebrates Six Years (Bangkok)
Our birthday was actually back in June, but we have been so busy we forgot to party, so lets do it! There will be free food, live bands from Parinam Records and projections of our latest videos. Phra Nakorn Bar is located by the Democracy Monument. Go through the roundabout, heading towards Sanamluang. After the first red light, it will be the first soi on your left. Phra Nakorn bar will be straight ahead on the right.
Logan has updated with some amazing new work for Metal Gear Solid 4. Be sure to watch all the video links on the bottom right hand corner. Very interesting work for a video game medium.
I have left Windows behind me and I am not looking back. That being said, I know many people still prefer Windows over Mac. Whatever floats your boat right? So you may find this preview of Windows 7 interesting. Microsoft is fairly confident this will crush Vista and bring back your faith.
They lost my faith around the time of Windows 2000…
Just out a couple days ago, Squarepusher’s Just A Souvenir was released. I haven’t bought the album yet, but I have previewed it on itunes. It sounds a bit much for me, but maybe I will give it a go.
Here at YouWorkForThem we take some extra steps to bring you very unique stock art and fonts. We once filmed small fish and sea animals from Thailand to create these stock videos. Our recent handset font, Muck, was created using a process many people know already, screen printing.
1) We started with a hand-eye redrawing of classic serif fonts creating our own modern hybrid of an alphabet onto A4 printer paper. Drawing by hand, we get a more organic feel right from the start.
2) We then visited some friends at a local university who let us go wild with some ink and basic screen printing tools. Its always good to have friends still in school or know the professors! We used a 6 inch roller to roughly lay black ink over the custom alphabet we had drawn.
3) Shuffling back via taxi and braving out-of-control rain storms, we got the papers (now with extra weathering) back to the office to dry out for the weekend. Note – keep these wet prints outside. The fumes and stench will blow you away if you do not.
4) Once the papers had dried, we edited down the best ones. Then started scanning for 2 days at 600 DPI all the papers. Once scanned, the items were taken into Photoshop, adjustments made and converted to Bitmap TIFF files.
Final result is a very intense and textured font that you can hand set yourself. Hand-Sets are not the type of items you want to compose an entire block of text with, unless our into that kind of torture. They work best for headlines on posters, packaging or even in motion graphics.
The always amazing OFFF Festival will be holding its event again next year in Lisbon from May 7-9. If you have never been, you really should go check it out. Offf is by far one of the best events, covering many digital mediums of artistic expression This year record label Raster Norton will be there as well with performing artists. Should be quite the treat! IF anything, its a good reason to take a trip to Lisbon, yeah? Some of the usual suspects will be there speaking on design or whatnot, but I always enjoy the musical and more experimental artists they get involved.
As if Reason #4123 Uniqlock wasn’t enough, my favorite fashion brand has gone even further by giving away FREE clothes in NYC this November by way of Human Vending Machines! A Uniqlo rep describes it as such, “Basically we’re going to have two mimes. A male and a female mime inside the machine. And the public can see them through glass. When you get there, we’re going to have Uniqlo reps dressed in the silver bodysuits. And they’re going to hold a thermograph scanner — think of an airport security machine. The thermographer identifies cold spots in your body. After you go through that, you go to the vending machine and push a button and the mimes are going to do a synchronized choreographed routine and then your outfit comes out.” Check out the post on NewYork Mag for more details.
Mister Owens has a new video on his site, The Hidden Cost of War. “Volumeone worked with Good Magazine to develop this motion piece on the 3 Trillion Dollar Iraq War for the Transparency section of their new website. The overall concept of a diagrammatic “War Machine” takes the viewer through the ten stages of aggregated war costs.”
I like design. I also like History. Thus, I found this article about The Evolution of National Flags quite interesting. For example, they start with a nice lesson on the American flag:
“Did you know that the current US flag was designed by a high school student for a class project? (He got a B, though his teacher changed it to an A after Congress accepted it as the national flag!).”
Also seeing the changes of the Afghan flag is pretty wild. The flags really do tell a lot about that country’s history of stability and change.