Le Royaume

November 29th, 2011

An animated short by Sébastien Hary.

The National Geographic design

November 28th, 2011

A nice look back at the design of National Geographic, from cover to page layout:

The eponymous yellow rectangle has seen virtually no change, much like the interior pages, since it first bordered the front covers of the 1888 launch issue.

I thought it could teach us a few things about timelessness in graphic design, so I randomly picked four issues to look at; March 1964, November 1988, April 2000 and a recent December 2009.

Aokigahara Suicide Forest

November 27th, 2011

Short documentary from Vice on a japanese forest that has become the final resting place for many people:

The Aokigahara Forest is the most popular site for suicides in Japan. After the novel Kuroi Jukai was published, in which a young lover commits suicide in the forest, people started taking their own lives there at a rate of 50 to 100 deaths a year. The site holds so many bodies that the Yakuza pays homeless people to sneak into the forest and rob the corpses. The authorities sweep for bodies only on an annual basis, as the forest sits at the base of Mt. Fuji and is too dense to patrol more frequently.

Title Scream

November 27th, 2011

Title Scream is a small collection of title screens from 8-bit and 16-bit systems. Many of them have their animation intact too! A lot of good ones are missing, though I suppose that’s partly nostalgia speaking.

Wolverine: Adamantium Rage

While not every title screen is a masterpiece, some show off nice pixel art techniques and composition that does a good job of drawing the player in. The frame from the title screen of Wolverine: Adamantium Rage above is only 15 colors, but nice re-use of the palette certainly gives the impression of more. For example, note the blue and yellow from his suit that is also used to shade his teeth.

A Song of Ice and Fire covers

November 24th, 2011

The japanese editions of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novels have covers that are just a teensy bit better than any english language version I’ve seen.

via omega-level

Handlettered department store logos

November 24th, 2011

A nice collection of old handlettered department store logos. They very much share a style, but the looseness of some of the logos from the 60’s and 70’s is different and very nice.

This made the rounds a few weeks back, but I spotted it again going through my bookmark library and was happily reminded.



X-Men: First Class

November 20th, 2011

Living up to the first few films in the franchise, X-Men: First Class is an enjoyable and mostly well told super-hero flick. Kevin Bacon is getting pretty old and looks weird in a helmet.


Sucker Punch

November 20th, 2011

Sucker Punch has a lot of things going on, sadly little of it adds any depth to the story. The visual effects are at times impressive, and the film is filled to the brim with them, but the actual storytelling is flat and doesn’t engage. The film’s constant attempts to appear more complex than the story warrants, and the lack of any sense of urgency or risk, left me feeling uninterested. The camera work isn’t much to talk about and the film is heavily color graded, again to little affect. This could be a good time for someone to tell Zach Snyder not to touch the script, and maybe lay off the slow-motion a little. If played at full speed, I believe the movie would be about 40 minutes shorter.



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