When I started this personal blog of things that I found inspirational, I never thought I would find an outlet that so many other people would connect with. Since March 2010, I’ve been fortunate enough to watch the site visits grow and grow, eventually adding up to tens of thousands of unique visitors. Just about a year and half old, The Byczek Blog has, proverbially, grown too big for it’s britches and a transformation of some sort was bound to happen.
I’m happy to announce that I have launched a new site, The Exaltation, with the purpose of not only sharing what I love and admire, but expanding to include a team of incredibly talented and thoughtful friends and colleagues. The Exaltation is all about high praise for art, design, architecture, films, music, fashion, events, products and whatever else we feel is worth sharing and celebrating. The site will hopefully grow steadily and morph along the way, and I look forward to cultivating a great site worthy of it’s name. I want to thank you for all your support and hope that you’ll find just as much inspiration in the new project.
Visit The Exaltation here, and be sure to like our Facebook page.
IDEO, the conceptual and creative powerhouse, has turned it’s sights on reinventing the social music player. The digital age has certainly seen a proliferation of players, but many remove the sensual delight of touching and interacting with the actual songs in some kind of format. c6o (featured in their new book I Miss My Pencil) aims to the back by embedding “song cards” with RFID chips that sensors within the player can read and form playlists and even mixes from, these cards carry a signal that prompts the player to recall the track form a database or your home computer, playing it through your speakers. I love this concept, especially for more social gatherings, like having a “mixtape” party where every one brings five of their favorite song cards to share and incorporate into a longer mix for the evening. Of course, that can be done now, through hooking up iPods and whatnot, but this allows for people to touch, handle and mix at will, all without the nuisance of looking at a screen, making it less about the technology and more about the music itself.
Visit the “I Miss My Pencil” website here to see more videos and fantastic ideas from IDEO.
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One of my favorite movies of the 2010, I Am Love also had some of the most beautiful title and location typography sequences I have seen all year. What opens as an austere and frigid winter eventually blossoms into a heated, lustful spring, and the type treatments for both the movie and production credits perfectly illustrates those two worlds, so when I came across a video of the opening sequence I had to post about it. The design and calligraphy are expertly done by POMO, a small design and art direction house based in Milan. As they describe the treatments: “The result echoes both the handwritten titles of the Italian neo-Realist films of the late 1940s, and the Milanese shop signs of that period. Bellissima!”
Visit POMO’s studio website here. And also take a look at this flickr set of stills showing their work in the movie.
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“One Hundred and Eight is an interactive wall-mounted installation mainly made out of ordinary garbage bags. Controlled by a microcontroller each of them is selectively inflated and deflated in turn by two cooling fans.”
American Beauty jokes aside, this beautiful piece, design by Nils Volker, could be a wonderful installation in large public places like urban parks and concourses, speaking to a a larger issue of waste and recycling in an inventive and visually appealing way.
Visit Nils Volker’s website here.
Here’s the latest installment of Weekly Stimuli – a batch of images from my inspiration archives.
Enjoy the visuals after the jump! Continue reading
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Here’s the latest installment of Weekly Stimuli, a batch of visual goodness from my inspiration archives.
Enjoy the images after the jump!
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If you haven’t seen this yet, head over to the always inspirational Dezeen and see more images. “Homemade is Best” is a Swedish recipe book in collaboration with Forsman & Bodenfors, stylist Evelina Bratell and photographer Carl Kleiner. The images, composed of ingredients in incredibly visually appealing ways is giving me the itch to bake again.
See more of the project at Dezeen.
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