Happy Martin Luther King day everyone!
Today is the beginning of a new column on thisisstar.com.
It’s about t-shirt designers that I like alot, who you should like too!
If any of you have suggestions on other companies I should write about, feel free to let me know…
OR if you’re a t-shirt designer who’d like to be included, please email me!
A few weeks ago, I was walking home from work, and I passed this charming little store:
It had a rack of awesome shirts outside and I couldn’t resist going in.
It turned out to be the showroom for the awesome SF based Apparel company, FluffyCo!!
FluffyCo makes rad t-shirts, wallets, and even some awesome homegoods like pillows and wall mounted bottle openers.
Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type.
This movie came out last year, but it’s currently screening at the Roxie in San Francisco (right down the street from where I work!). If you’re not in SF you can order the dvd from their website.
Typically, this post would be full of all the things that inspired me in a given week…
But I’m so smitten with the film I watched last night that I felt the need to give it a whole post.
Tekkonkinkreet is the story of two orphan boys trying to protect the only town they know.
It’s got enough symbolism to satisfy James Joyce, and enough surrealism to make Michelle Gondry weep.
& the icing on the cake is the beautiful score by UK rockers, Plaid.
The animation in the film is a flawless combination of traditional and 3-d, which is executed in a manner not unlike Ghost in the Shell: Innocence. While it is based off the manga by Taiyo Matsumoto, it reminds me more of a Jaime Hewlett drawing, or an American indy comic book than anything else.
This film was brought to us by Studio4°C (that created the Animatrix), and is the first feature length Anime to be directed by an American (Michael Arias).
However, in America, it’s screening only in LA or NYC & it’s only playing for 4 more days.
In LA, you can see it @ Landmark West Los Angeles, The Westside Pavilion, 10850 West Pico.
In NYC, you can see it @ The Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street (between 5th &6th Ave).