A few months back a colleague of mine introduced me to 8tracks.com, a website dedicated to building playlists within the copyright laws on music. Each playlist must be at least 8 songs (minimum) in length, cannot contain more than 2 songs from one artist and when you’re listening to music you can’t skip more than 3 songs an hour. Once you’ve listened to the playlist before (cookie based on account based) it automatically shuffles the music. Thought I’d share some of my favourite playlists.

If I had to choose one brand of clothing towear for the rest of the summer I’d have to go with my favourite brand for the year UNDFTD. Check out some of their gear.

Born Not Made – Duffle Bag

Five Strike Ball Cap

UNDFTD x Nike U-Man – Tee

So I stumbled upon the Ed Hardy Boyz on funny or die just before the released the 2nd episode and unlike the other exclusives from Funny-or-Die they’re pretty hilarious. Unfortunately I can’t directly embed FOD videos on the free wordpress so I’ll just throw the links up.

Ed Hardy Boyz (Episode 1) The Case of the Missing Sick Belt Buckle

Ed Hardy Boyz (Episode 2) The Case of When the Hot Filipina Girl Lost her Tramp Stamp at Mini-Golf

A good friend of mine, Brandon Brule, recently submitted a great video to Doritos’ Viralocity campaign titled¬†He Wasn’t Always Bad starring his dog, Petrie.

So this is the 2nd version of the Major Lazer video for “Keep it Goin Louder” and like some of his songs they’re a bit odd at first but they grow on you. I am now obsessed with all his songs.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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So last year I attended FITC 2009 in Toronto, Ontario and it was a great experience. My only regret was not having my laptop handy so a lot of inspiration went to waste. Being able to walk through the basement of the Hilton right downtown and see all the booths set up for schools, and companies, and numerous emerging stock image companies was a great experience, especially all the swag that we got. Beating my fellow students at guitar hero in the games room and sitting in on seminars given by some of my teachers was a different experience than sitting in on a lecture at school.

I highly recommend if you can find your way to Toronto between April 25th to 27th that you buy your ticket and check it out. Especially if you’re a recent grad or designer looking for work with their free “Get a Job” event held on Saturday, April 24th between 12 and 5pm where there are companies from all over who set up booths and you can go annoy them with your resumes and business cards.

You can check out who will be speaking at the conference at the FITC website here.

Hopefully I’ll get a chance to see everyone there!

Ever since I started getting into design I have always been intrigued by typography, but more recently I’ve been really looking into typefaces.¬† Subscribing to design sites on my Google reader such as Abduzeedo, Webdesigner Depot and Smashing Magazine where on a daily basis I get to see the buzz on typography, design and insight into the industry is really increasing my love for typography.

In 2007 Gary Hustwit released the documentary titled simply ‘Helvetica‘ and it goes in depth into the history of the font and shows how often you see the font without really noticing. I highly recommend that people who are interested in design to check it out.

Helvetica in Helvetica

In August of 2009 I picked up a book entitled Typeface: Classic Typography for Contemporary Design and I use it almost every week when I’m in need of inspiration for type in my design. If you’ve got a few bucks to spend or you’re looking for a good book on typography I recommend checking this out.

I started research for working in a retro style for a project I’m going to be directing so to test out some colour schemes I’ve decided to do a test image based around the word “SENSES” which is the theme of our project. I’ve had a lot of fun trying to work in a retro style so I’m looking forward to this project for the rest of the semester.

senses, retro, 80s, typeface
My main source of inspiration for this test piece was from a fellow classmate, as well as the DVNO video by Justice.

When working I like to find some good songs to keep me calm and inspire some of my work. After being exposed to John Legend from the song “Heartbreaker” by MSTRKRFT ft. John Legend I did a little more searching for some of John’s songs and I found this song which really helps me work.

I hope you enjoy his music as much as I do and you should check out John’s albums “Get Lifted”, “Once Again” and “Evolver”.

So last summer myself and a good friend of mine, Mark Butterworth, started talking about doing some design work to start potentially releasing some articles of clothing. We have similar taste in clothes and some pretty good ideas (in our opinions) but time constraints seems to have won for the mean time but I’m not giving up yet, and neither is mark. Hopefully before this summer we have some solid designs done and some stuff sent off to the printer.

Just a quick preview of what I’ve been working on, it’s called “The Clock”. The full logo that refuses to upload itself will be up soon, it’s similar to the logo up top on my blog.

hw logo on a clock face

Soon myself, and Mark will be posting some full works for Halfwits, and perhaps just a few side projects we’d like to share with the internet.

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