Lookout for your edition of WIRED magazine this month. Inside of 150,000 copies (in Chicago and NYC), you’ll find the very first interactive print ad, courtesy of Digitas and T+Ink Technology. Because of the hype surrounding Motorola’s Moto X mobile phone, users who are lucky enough to get their mag hooked up to this new technology will be able to design their own Moto X phone by pressing on coloured buttons to change the colour of the smartphone’s case.
This map is more useless than Apple’s maps! And that’s saying a lot! These maps that do not give the user any form of direction or orientation are part of Clemen Villa’s web project, 3D maps minus the 3D. Though the maps are unintelligible to the human eye – unless you have cyborg eyes then […]
Kuma’s Corner, a burger restaurant in Chicago, is in the middle of a religious uproar. So what does burgers have anything to do with religion and desecration and burning in eternal damnation? Well, this burger joint, more popular for its heavy metal-themed burgers, just created the Ghost Burger – ten ounces of meat, topped with aged white cheddar cheese, ghost chili aioli, and unconsecrated wafer and red wine reduction.
Creative Mornings is monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee! Started in New York by Tina Roth Eisenberg, founder of Swissmiss, CreativeMornings has chapters around the world including Chicago, London, Zurich, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, and Auckland, among others.
The second video from Happy Music Radio Hour’s EP, The Chicago Manual of Style, features mechanized robot arms, gameboys, nuclear explosions, clones and spaceships, which is entirely appropriate given the subject matter of the song. Set to a relentless Kraftwerkian beat, is it an indictment of technology? A celebration? A portent of the approaching singularity? Whatever […]
Chicago-based photographer Peter Hoffman, we must say, has a pretty cool Fox River Derivatives series, where he takes developed negatives of the river near his Illinois home and ignites them on fire after dousing them lightly with gasoline. The idea came about after BP’s 2010 massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and some […]
Founded by French musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, Nouvelle Vague have used a variety of female singers including Alexandra Pavlou, Mélanie Pain, Marina Celeste and Phoebe Killdeer for their unique acoustic covers of classic New Wave 80s tunes.
How clever is this? Kent Frayn and Joe Walsh from Chicago have designed a handcrafted wall-mounted bottle opener constructed from a solid slab of wood — and it comes with a powerful magnet catch that will snatch up all your fallen bottle caps before they hit the ground. The only fault we can find with […]
Polvo are a critically acclaimed and widely influential rock band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, that were active during the 1990 before reforming recently for a benefit for WKNC at the Pour Haus. The band was fronted by vocalists-guitarists Ash Bowie and Dave Brylawski. We asked David Brylawski to give us a rundown, in his […]
Have you ever wondered how people navigated Prohibition-era Chicago? How did the gangsters know where all the best Speak Easy spots were? Or maybe you’re curious about how we’d get around the world if there were no water? Thanks to Vincze Miklos, we now have access to all those bizarre ideas in the form of maps. […]
I recently checked out the Canadian band the Arkells at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago. The show was as good as the album. And it was like having a personal concert because the place was empty. I know that this was a rare opportunity; this band is going to blow up. I am still listening to their album […]
For the last three years, in addition to being an artist and graphic designer, I have been working on building up my Chicago streetwear brand Fourth is King. We make t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, skate decks… stuff like that. And our focus is on comfort and simplicity. We recently had the opportunity to put together a […]
Do you think you’re looking at photography? Think again. Contemporary British Realist Painter Nathan Walsh has created these amazing photorealistic paintings of Chicago and New York. Nathan Walsh belongs to a new generation of artists who are extending the boundaries of realist painting. Each work takes three months to complete. Not an easy job if […]
Chicago musician James Swanberg (under the moniker Today’s Hits) is in the midst of a song-a-day project running on two years. That’s right, for 685 consecutive days (and counting) he’s written and home-recorded a new song, without exception. His mostly garage rock songs are usually around a minute long. They get to the point and […]
Tattoo artist Joseph Realubit began his artistic studies in the Phillippines before earning a second BFA in Chicago. Realubit now works as an artist in San Francisco. He has a supreme understanding of the physical musculature of the body and how to work with vibrant pigments of ink, creating tattoo art with deeper meaning. Howlya to that!