Project Apollo Archive

The Project Apollo Archive is a huge repository of space images culled a Johnson Space Center DVD-R and other official NASA sources, posted by Kipp Teague to Flickr. They're all public domain images and some of them are, unsurprisingly, stunning and a bit chilling. It's so hard to wrap my brain around Space and the enormity of it all so seeing these images pulled from our moon and manmade objects orbiting our planet is just... Awesome. In the most literal sense of the word.

Mitchell Bat Co.

Last week I met Jeremy Mitchell, proprietor of Mitchell Bat Company, a shop focused on selling high-quality vintage baseball bats and other related paraphernalia. I can't say that I know much about baseball, and am especially ignorant to vintage baseball, but the design of the wares supersedes that knowledge. I mean, look at this logo! If someone told you that was lifted straight from the 1920's, you wouldn't blink an eye. Same goes for these pennants - they feel incredibly accurate for the time they are reflecting.

Great work to Jeremy not only designing this stuff but having it produced in a way that feels right. It's a real impressive accomplishment to be able to make something like this appealing despite the audience, potentially, not knowing anything about it.

Day One

On the recommendation of trusted friend Arlo Jamrog, I started using the Day One app, a very well designed app aimed at journaling your day. I've never been one to really document my days events beyond photographing the interesting parts but I was intrigued by the idea of having a singular place to reference spots I ate at while out of town, or people I interacted with at various times. It also seems like a good way to strengthen overall memory by having to recall the events of the day.

Maybe it will be a total bust but I'm enjoying the interface at the very least and, hopefully, able to enjoy a little reflection later on down the line.

Creative Works Wrapup 2015

I'll get back to the regular blogging material tomorrow but I wanted to throw out a big thanks to Josh Horton and the entire crew of Creative Works for putting on the second edition of their gathering. From the outside, it may appear to be Just Another Design Conference but it's rather remarkable that it's in Memphis and gathers a lot of talent from the immediate area to partake. I don't think Memphis (or Tennessee in general) is thought of much of a Design central so it's quite refreshing to be around that many creative people in an environment where people can let their guard down a bit.

I am sure I will be posting more effusive praisings of the specific people involved but it was great to spend some time with Demetre, St Francis, Jason Powers, Mikey Burton, Jeremy Mitchell, Ghostly Ferns, Reka Juhasz, Dan Cassaro, Dan Christofferson, Matt Lehman, Matt Stevens, Rick Trotter and a slew of others whose names escape me.

It's a good time and I would recommend it to anyone looking to refresh their brain and get excited to get back to the work of making the Internet more awesome.

Friday Videos - Oct 2nd, 2015

I've been traveling quite a bit this week and attending this wonderful conference in Memphis - Creative Works. That is to say, my browse time for videos has been extremely slim. The offerings here are meager but, hopefully, still enough entertainment to fuel your fire. I'm off to see more Creative Works goodness. Hopefully the above keeps you mildly occupied and satisfied for another week.

AFK: Creative Works Conference

I'm away from the ole keyboard for the next few days attending the Creative Works conference in Memphis, TN. I, regrettably, missed last years first installment and decided I'd be damned if that was going to happen again. The lineup is incredibly solid - filled with some familiar faces, some names I've admired forever and some new talents that I can't wait to hear from.

If you're around the area, please say hello. It'll be awkward at first (as all human interactions are) but I promise I'll keep needling you with questions until we're both loosened up to the level of New Best Friends.

We Own This Town: Volume 69

It has, admittedly, been awhile since I posted a mix from the We Own This Town archives. However, I've been diligently compiling them the entire time, just not releasing them. Turns out that last step is one of the most important.

So, without further ado, here's Volume 69 of the Nashville music podcast. Sure it would have been great to have been enjoying these songs all summer but better late than never, amirite? Good music is good music, no matter when.

  • 1. Steelism - The Serge
  • 2. PANGS - Already Dead
  • 3. Photo Ops - Maybe We'll Change
  • 4. Supermelt - Nobody Else
  • 5. HeCTA - Give Us Your Names
  • 6. BEDROOM - Work this out
  • 7. Iron/Fox - Octogenesis (Something Beautiful)
  • 8. The Minor Toughs - Don't Mess With Tennessee
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Buran Shuttle Model

I am always game to take a browse through a photo gallery capturing the remains of the Soviet space program but this quick repository of the Buran wind tunnel model really caught my eye. You can read a bit more about it here but I think the photos themselves tell the story quite well - a neglected and decaying wooden model left to suffer the elements. The wooden texture on an object, ultimately*, intended for space is such a delightful treat for the eyes.

* no, this 1:3 scale model wasn't intended for space but you know what I mean!

Al Paulsen

They say good things come in threes, right? We had our Blood Moon, Water on Mars news and now it comes to my attention that two of my favorite designers - Invisible Creature - have a lineage responsible for the Golden Record.

The designers posted this image on Instagram to set the record straight that the designs on the infamous record were put together by Alfred Paulsen, the duo's talented grandfather who worked for NASA for 25+ years. I'm sure Carl Sagan, his wife and Frank Drake had insight on helping but Mr Paulsen is the man who actually did the illustration.

You can browse more of his creations here but, mostly, it's just great to think about his work floating forever through space and how his influence continues to inspire so many great things.

Dennis Congdon

I was really struck by the color palette of Dennis Congdon's latest works - lots of pastels and desturation - but I quickly became enamored with the bizarre subject matter. The landscapes portrayed are beautiful because of their coloring but seem to depict a graveyard of trash and ruin. A post-apocalyptic world filled with ruins from another civilization.

This Was My Jam

Welp, they said they were going to do it and now they've done it. This Is My Jam has been archived and no longer accepts new submissions. I actually applaud them for moving on to new projects but will miss the little social network they created. Fortunately, they also created a handy archive of all submissions and converted what they could into Spotify playlists for all to enjoy. Not a bad way to go out if you ask me.

Christian Marclay - Surround Sounds

I was fortunate enough to catch the Christian Marclay exhibit Surround Sounds over the weekend and I'm still grappling with finding a way of sharing the experience online. The exhibition page has some nice stills of the works but the main event was a cavernous room with all four walls projecting an immersive animation consisting entirely of comic book onamonapia. An image like this gives you a small idea of the scale but you really need more examples to understand how bonkers it was. So, by all means, dive into the gallery tag and immerse yourself.. there's plenty to see.

Friday Videos - Sept 25th, 2015

Occasionally there are things I can't embed in the Friday videos because my player only supports Youtube and Vimeo. I'll figure out a solution for this one day but, in the meantime, please make sure you enjoy this Donald Trump Narcotest video and spend some time with Nicolas Godin's Contrepoint album. You need them both in your life.

I digress! On to the videos... Where's the Bad Lip Reading of the Pope's USA visit? It's percolating, right?


The folks at Exposure (the photo narrative site) have grown into a full fledged multi-disciplined company, now named Exposure Labs. Their first release under the moniker is StatShot - a daily Instagram stat tracking tool. This may sound mundane but their solution is simple, elegant and, thus far, better than the web's previous offerings. I'm not really that obsessed about the metrics of my Instagram account but I do appreciate that getting that info is no longer a pain in the ass.

Pebble Time Round

I'm one of the masses of people that isn't quite sure where a SmartWatch fits into my life but will, undoubtedly, come around to it eventually. The Apple Watch seems nice enough and many of the Android offerings look solid too. That being said, I find myself quite intrigued by the new Pebble Time Round - the latest design from the eInk powered Pebble crew. The intro video showcases a simplicity to the display and interface that I find refreshing. The animations seem a little quirky as well, which is actually a bonus in my opinion.

The physical device itself seems more watch-like than anything I've seen. It's got a low profile, an always-on display (like my actual watch) and sensible color combinations between band and face.

These wearable devices seem like an extravagance to me at the moment - a way to view a text message without having to cumbersomely reach into your pocket (that's sarcasm). I'm all for convenience but I'm not particularly inconvenienced by my current setup. That being said, I am certainly intrigued.

The Eyes of Film

I don't browse Letterboxd lists very often but, occasionally, you run into a gem like a collection of movie posters featuring Eyes. The variety of images is pretty astounding (though it does tend to skew towards the Horror genre). It's hard to pick a single favorite but that's part of the delight.

Semi-related: it reminds me that I need to continue fleshing out my Arms and Hands playlist.

The Complete Drug Factory Press Print-of-the-Week

I've been a longstanding fan of Ryan Duggan for some time now, so it's quite exciting to see that The Vacvvm has released The Complete Drug Factory Press Print-Of-The-Week Poster Series Book (that title is a mouthful). It's 52 prints from 2014 capturing Duggan's distinctive illustration style depicting grim reapers, hawks with hoagies, piles of poo and gorgeously inked landscapes. Some may call it an odd combination but I find it to be the perfect mix.

The Last Cat

The Last Cat started as a design collaboration between brothers Luke and Aaron Martinez but has grown over time to be more than just a singular creative outlet. It's an art gallery, an incubator for creativity and a marketplace to showcase the talents of their respected friends. They recently released a limited edition Deth P Sun patch and have plenty of previously released enjoyables.

There's a ton to see on their blog and it's not all cat related (though, a great deal of it is, thankfully). On the whole, it's a great place to get your creative fix.

Arrival: Alex Myung

Way back in 2013, Alex Myung launched a successful Kickstarter project to fund his vision for an animated short film depicting the struggles of youth in the context of a young man struggling with coming out. The illustration style harkens to many of the anime greats - think Miyazaki as a strong influence - and was all hand drawn by Myung himself. An incredible impressive feat to say the very least.

The first official trailer has debuted and it looks great. I can't imagine the amount of work that goes into making such a creation but I'm excited to see more.

1767 Shop

The team at 1767 Designs does an excellent job of going into old Nashville homes and rescuing building materials - wood, bricks, metalwork, etc. - to be re-used in their own creations. Their blog is a compelling read to see the beautiful interior spaces they explore, albeit cut with a little sadness to know that they are on the cusp of being destroyed.

Recently, they opened the doors on their own Shop, where they're offering coffee tables and decorative panels culled from the aforementioned building materials. They are rather compelled pieces and I love the idea of keeping a bit of old homes alive in a new space through their efforts.