Bicycle travel is about going slowly, exploring the world and seeing it for the first time, also bringing back the most indelible memories about the people you’ve met. “One Year on a Bike” is a new book that documents Martijn Doolaard´s cycling journey from Amsterdam to Singapore, it is simultaneously a travelogue and visual journey, and depicts his long adventurous ride, plus the pleasure, the pain, and the lessons learned through traveling. Doolaard shares the gear and knowledge that made his trip possible alongside the passionate curiosities that served as his impetus. €40 Continue reading
We’re all guilty of it — staring at our phone screens for hours on end, ignoring the world around us. Whether it’s for work or play, emails, Instagram, and other distractions have us on our smartphones constantly. No matter how hard we try, it’s almost impossible to break their hold. But in Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked, professor of psychology and marketing at NYU Adam Alter dives into the rise of behavioral addiction and describes how tech companies make these technologies so dang Irresistible. It also explains how to break free from the screens and harness their evil for good, but you’ll have to log out of Facebook first to find out. $16
Shooting outdoor photography is a powerful way to commune with nature and experience the fullness of life. No one does it better than Chris Burkard, a renown adventure and landscape photographer famous for his cold-water surfing work and expansive landscapes, his work will leave you inspired to get out and seek these experiences for yourself. Now Chris has teamed up with filmmaker Ben Weiland for a gorgeous movie named “Under an Arctic Sky” that documents the search of six surfers for waves under the Northern Lights of Iceland as the worst storm in twenty-five years is about to arrive. According to Burkard the journey to this remote stretch of the world was treacherous and challenging, turning the search for waves into a life-threatening prospect. But as the saying goes, “the greater the risk, the greater the reward”. $15+
Today’s designers need more than just inches to layout their sketches. The Lindlund Creative Ruler was made for them. Cut from high-grade aluminum, it offers the traditional measurements of inches and centimeters, plus both picas and pixels. The latter has a simulated ppi of 150, as well as indications for the sizes of iPhone and iPad screens. A rubber coating on the back keeps it securely in place, and the four measurements make it easy to create 90-degree angles. Available with a black or silver anodized finish. $25
Great artists usually create the most iconic album covers. And in Art Record Covers, the relationship between artists and the album covers they’ve contributed is explored. The book features 500 album covers and records by visual artists from the 1950s through today. Among those are classics like Mapplethorpe’s portrait of Patti Smith for Horses, Takashi Murakami’s work for Kanye West’s Graduation, and a look at The Velvet Underground & Nico, arguably the most iconic album cover of all-time with artwork by Andy Warhol. Readers are also treated to interviews with creatives like Kim Gordon and Shepard Fairey along with insightful analysis and details about each album cover. $70
From William Hall, the author of Concrete and Brick, comes the aptly titled Wood, a look at the world’s most celebrated timber architecture. Featuring 170 structures from the last 1,000 years, Wood is organized into themes like Texture, Light, and Juxtaposition. The latter of which is arranged to promote comparison and discussion, taking readers on a global tour of different projects — like an onion-domed Russian church that sits next to a fortified Japanese castle. Each project is highlighted with outstanding photography and an extended caption for commentary about each structure. Hall provides an original look at one of the most versatile and storied building materials on earth. $50
Yestreday was Art day (an exclusive forum in support of artworks and artists) which got you covered with a new, unique and absolutely innovative Kickstarter campaign. As part of the project, the iconic persona of Van Gogh will be captured into a luxe little action figurine, that is worth all yours ooh’s and aah’s . Also, the animated statuette comes with not just one but two detachable ears! To lay hands on this Van Gogh toy, you will need to support the idea on Kickstarter by donating at least $21 to the project. The ultimate goal behind the campaign is to “make art history more fun, develop a new kind of product for art history fans [and] pay tribute to one of the greatest painters of all time.” Regardless of the motive, a tiny Gogh for keeps is not something to be missed! Continue reading
Many of you guys are probably familiar with Etsy, the online shopping platform that is geared more towards shoppers and sellers who are interested in handcrafted items and art. However it seems that the company has decided to branch out and have announced the launch of a new platform: Etsy Studio.
According to the company, “Etsy Studio, the first new market we’ve built from the ground up since Etsy.com debuted in 2005, will be a global market dedicated to craft supplies that seamlessly combines inspiration and shopping in one place. When it launches this spring, visitors will be able to shop original DIY projects and tutorials alongside all of the supplies they need to bring those creative projects to life.”
Basically the idea is that if you’re looking to buy items needed to make your own art or DIY projects, Etsy Studio will be your destination. While Etsy itself might be where you go for the finished/complete product, Etsy Studio is designed to be more of the place where you want to go if you want to do it yourself.
Etsy Studio is expected to be launched in the coming months so if you do love all these DIY projects, then perhaps it could be worth checking out in the near future.
Kurt Cobain would have been 50 years old this month, and to honor the rock legend one of his guitars is going up for a special auction. Kurt Cobain’s Hagstrom Blue Sparkle Deluxe Guitar was owned by the Nirvana frontman in 1992, and then gifted to a close friend by Courtney Love in 1994 following his death. It’s been unplayed for decades and remains in nearly the same condition as it was while in Cobain’s possession. 10 percent of proceeds from the auction will be donated to a Portland-based nonprofit that helps people transition from homelessness to housing in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more here
Advance screenings are nothing new in Hollywood. In fact, it’s not unusual for a movie to be recut or even go through reshoots based on those initial reactions. Scoop Advance Movie Screenings gives you a chance to give feedback on future releases from the comfort of your own home. Sign up, and you’ll be added to their roster of potential viewers. Once you’re selected, you’ll get a copy of the video to screen, completely unique to you — so don’t go sharing it everywhere. It’s completely free. All they ask in return is that after you’ve watched, you fill out a simple form and tell the filmmakers what you thought, which is a small price to pay to get to see a potential blockbuster weeks or even months before the general public.