Came across this site the other day by North Kingdom. Super high production values and amazing art direction and shed loads of money (I would love to know how much they had to spend on this!).
German born street artist Stefan Strumbel has been exploring the notion of ‘heimat’ which is one of those German words where we don’t quite have an English equivalent of but loosely means homeland or regional identity. In his pieces he takes traditional Black Forest style cuckoo clocks and transforms them into pieces of art using a splash of graffiti. I’d love to get one but prices start at €850. I’m not even going to bother converting that into pounds.
Following on from the Selleck Waterfall Sandwich here’s another strange one. Record Tripping from the magic that is the Bell Brothers. If you fancy yourself as a bit of DJ then you could be quite good at this. The idea is to complete puzzles by speeding up or slowing down the record whilst a story is told with the background. Trust me, it’s better just to check out. It’s really good.
It’s just as well Northen Kingdom are from Sweden, the home of IKEA. Handy for picking up a new awards cabinet every other day. One of the many great examples of work is the the Teamgeist. To create a buzz about the new German football team’s strip they create an interactive game. The look and feel of the film used would not look out of place in any Hollywood movie. We could blab on about them but best to let them tell us what they do. It’s quite inspiring:
“Storytelling is our trade. We provide unique interactive communication. Connecting brands with people. Creating emotional bonds and experiences that make people feel, reflect and discuss. We work methodically and are always excited about new ideas. When we work with you, we’re a focused and passionate team. From the wildest concepts to the finest details, passion, perfection and innovation are at the heart of everything we do. If you want to break boundaries with your project, working with us is a good start.”
And please, please, please check out their amazing showreel on Vimeo.
A source of design inspiration for a while now has been FormFiftyFive. Without doubt one of the best design blogs out there. It was founded by a bunch of designers eager to share the cool things they found. Now in a world of thousands of design blogs it still stands above much of the competition. The secret seems to be in the quality of it’s content. Every image used is of exceptional quality and the work featured is interesting and varied. If we had one criticism then it would be that we would like to see more digital projects.
This movie showing the known universe created by the American Museum of Natural History really makes us feel a little small.