New Stuff and Inspiration
John Clayton's ponytail
Here’s the thing: we are excited it’s football season. It’s a great time of year. And if you watch ESPN at all during football season, John Clayton is all over the place. And it’s ironic, too, that the “expert” that they go to for insight is a pencil neck little pale guy, who reeks of geek-who-never-played-football. It’s always been a comical juxtaposition to see him espousing facts about these massive, primal football players. We like that ESPN took note and made this spot, which shows us that he’s really a metal-loving badass behind the scenes. With a sweet ponytail.
It's snowing….cat tails
From the vimeo page:
We brought the country to the city. To revive the grey concrete, to break the routine and give you a moment to reflect on what we are and where we are going. Sometimes surprises just happen and we have no influence over them but we do have influence over our perception. How ready are you to accept whatever life throws at you with a smile?
We love Caryn Arredondo
I have this poster by Caryn Arredondo and you don’t. There is only 46 of them in the whole world. Once upon a time, she worked at Sukle. But now she lives in London, where she is plotting to take over the world with her quirky humor and traffic stopping graphic talent. Both are on display in this silkscreened poster. If it would fancy you to see more of her work, just click here.
If you're homeless, watch out for wild animals
Here’s a neat short film by Canadian film director Eion Duffy that aims to inform viewers of some of the dangers of sleeping in the wild.
This video hails from 1989, from the Beastie Boys‘ album release party of Paul’s Boutique. For a lot of us here at Sukle, this was an important piece of musical history for us, as we all grew up with the Beastie Boys. But the reason this video is so cool, is because a lot of it is almost fly-on-the-wall voyeurism, looking into what it was like to hang out at a rooftop party with some very young Beasties. It’s quite fascinating, although somewhat frustrating since the video and audio are not synced up very well. We’ll blame that on late 90’s recording equipment quality.
Anyway, in the name of sprucing up a mundane Monday and remembering our pal MCA, we thought we’d share something fun. Dig the green vest, too.
I’ve been reading Anni Albers’ writing on design lately. In the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, she wrote about the excessive clutter we bring into our lives by owning too many things. She felt that many objects were over designed so that everything in a person’s home would be screaming “look at me!” She used the designer ashtray as an example of this problem — not quite functional, not quite art either, but in a confused nether land in between the two. (Remember ashtrays in the 60’s?!) She encouraged designers to seek what will endure, and avoid the temporary that we will tire of too soon. Her advice seems so idealistic today where our efforts are often short term, (just get them to hit the like button) and we feel anxious, or left out, when there are no distractions at hand.
What it feels like to be a freelancer
This video is funny, and maybe a little too close to home for creatives everywhere. It’s from the social experiment Don’t Get Screwed Over, where people are shown what it feels like to be a freelancer.
If I didn’t already own too many T’s, I’d buy this Hare Style shirt from Threadless.
Always the lovers-o-letterforms, we were happy to stumble across Type Worship (the official site of 8 Faces magazine). It is laden with great letters, designers and information pertaining to the world of type.
Each year, Goodwill Industries of Denver helps improve the lives of more than 18,000 at-risk youth, struggling adults and people with disabilities in our community, and we wanted to tell people this story. We wanted to show Denver how their donations directly result in helping people get back on their feet, so we took the silhouettes of actual folks Goodwill has helped and made them into glowing monoliths. We put their stories on each statue, with a QR code link to a short video about their story on youtube. We’re hoping these pieces serve as beacons of hope for those needing help, and as educators for those who can give back to the community by donating to Goodwill. That’s the Goodwill effect.