30 June 2007

Rocket Maaaaan

Rocket belt, rocket pack, jet pack, and similar names, are various types of device, usually worn on the back, that use jets of escaping gases to allow the user to fly. The concept of these devices evolved from the 1920s when Buck Rogers, science fiction comic strip hero, used a rocket pack for travel (incidentally in the Amazing Stories publications..)

How cool are these things?! seriously. My first memory of a rocket pack was watching the 1965 the James Bond movie Thunderball featuring Bond (played by Sean Connery) attending a funeral of an agent of the mysterious organization SPECTRE in a French Chateau. The SPECTRE agent is alive and dressed as his own widow. Bond liquidates the enemy, then flees to the roof and flies away using the previously hidden rocket pack.

So if anyone is stuck for what to get me for Christmas this year, look no futher..

Boysetsfire also did a mean cover of Eltons classic 'Rocket Man'.
It doesnt get much cooler than this.

29 June 2007

Under the sea..

Some of my friends are off diving to in the Red Sea this coming week so in their honour take a gander at the inspiring undersea photography of Andrej Belic

Cover Browser

Cover Browser is an awesome website i recently discovered containing hundreds of scanned in covers - It’s nowhere near complete (how could it be? That’d be one massive archive), but it is a great reference tool, and a lot of fun to watch the art styles change over time.

25 of the best...and then some

Get your popcorn on with these great compilation pieces showcasing some of the best title sequences in cinema history.

Sticky Tape

Man i want some of this tape sooo bad! For now these will have to satisfy..

28 June 2007



Whatevers - Asda have produced these travesties of confectionary, attempting a streetwise update of the much beloved classic

Asda sweet buyer James Davies explained: "We thought it was time to update this old favourite. With sayings from characters in shows such as Little Britain and the Catherine Tate Show providing us with more and more contemporary slang, we thought we needed to reflect this."

Lovers of the English language will be delighted to learn that - for their 24p a packet - they will also be entertained by gems including "Bovvered", "As if", "Respect" and "Minger".

Whatevers are actually manufactured by Swizzels at its Matlock factory, and they own its copyright. Apparently, it's the only outfit with a machine capable of doing the embossed messages... shame on them!

Wally Brain

Wally Yachts is a maritime design and manufacture company based in Monte Carlo, Monaco. It was started up by the wealthy Italian businessman Luca Bassani in 1994 and has produced an impressive range of upper market sail yachts and more recently motor yachts, the most noteworthy being the truly unique 118 WallyPower.
The 118 WallyPower is the sleek yacht featured in the pretty poor movie "The Island," starring Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor. My boy Bertie showed me this boat a while ago and i instantly was blown away.. check it out!

27 June 2007

No Idols

No Idols is a fresh clothing company running from the north of England by a very talented fellow called Adam. At the very least i suggest you check this guy out and get inspired by his drive to create..i know i do. First few tees are up for sale here and im told the silver print looks sic. Keep your eyes peeled for some very sweet skate decks coming soon..

"We were idle so long..."

Punk-rock-super-group is a moniker thrown around all too easily these days.. but this one i have high hopes for!
Current and former members of Rise Against, Ignite, Reach the Sky, Spark of Life have come together in a new project called Last Of The Believers. The band draws from the hardcore influences of their previous endeavors with a more melodic style of vocals and choruses. Featuring vocalist Steve Jennings, guitarist/vocalist Chris Chasse, bassist, Brett Rasmussen, guitarist Nik Piscitello and drummer Phillip Lee, the Los Angeles based group promises to have demos available soon.

You can check out 2 tracks here.

"contextual forms"

Avant Garde was a magazine notable for graphic and logogram design by Herb Lubalin.

Dry transfer is a term used to describe decals which can be applied without the use of water or other solvent. Sometimes they are called rub-ons or rubdowns due to the method of application.

In writing and typography a ligature occurs where two or more letter-forms are joined as a single glyph. Ligatures usually replace two sequential characters sharing common components, and are part of a more general class of glyphs called "contextual forms" where the specific shape of a letter depends on context such as surrounding letters or proximity to the end of a line.

Found these awesome Avant Garde ligatures in amongst my letraset, scanned then in and managed to use them for a project. I flipping love ligatures..


Good friend Chez took some shots of my housemates and i in our respective bedrooms before we cleared out our student house... the fruits of his labour are shown here along with a messing around shot i took of us both. Happy times x

1st, 2nd..

Third place isnt something we might think very worthy of accolade these days.. maybe we never did. Anyhow, i saw this badge and after buying it and wearing it for a while i got to thinking about it a lot (maybe too much) - who got the badge for coming third, and what for? - is it a sign for losing or almost winning? - worn with pride or shame? Either way, it rules.

26 June 2007


In 2006, a "Build-A-Figure" toy was produced by Toy Biz for Wave 15 of their Marvel Legends toyline. This toy required you to buy all the figures in the wave with each figure coming with a piece of the MODOK toy. The pieces would snap together to make the figure complete.
MODOK is a fictional character, a supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. His name is an acronym for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing. The original MODOK first appeared in Tales of Suspense #94 (October 1967), which was written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Jack Kirby.

In addition to extraordinary intelligence, MODOK has great psionic powers that enable him to mentally control large groups of people (provided they are weak minded), and with the assistance of his armor/flying platform he can use his psionic powers to fire a mind-beam. He is able to operate machinery such as his flying platform/armor with his thoughts alone.
MODOK has also designed a large number of sophisticated weapons, vehicles, computers, androids, and telescoping limbs for his armor. He even has a giant android body that is proportionally sized for his head. His armor/flying platform is designed based on magnetism. He has developed machinery that allows him to turn himself into data and "e-mail" himself to anywhere on Earth.
Despite MODOK's great powers, his effectiveness is greatly hampered by emotional instability and immaturity, sometimes to the point of making rash and dangerous decisions that belie his great intellect.

This amazing little dude also has a BLOG!
"BLOGDOK is the psychotic ramblings of a Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing. Or is it merely a decoy for a far more sinister plot? I, MODOK, have over 2,459 wholly separate plans for world domination running simultaneously in my highly advanced 144-lobed brain, so not even I know for sure!"
In the end, MODOK-love is a little like a crush, a little like a child, a lot like a cult: you either get it, or you don't. Get it. Feel it. Live it. The man, the mental organism: the MODOK.

Collectors Corner

"Situated in the beautiful cathedral city of Truro in Cornwall, we specialise in coins, banknotes, medals and militaria, We have been in business for nearly 30 years" blah blah blah.
Website is as boring as it sounds, but boyo is this shop a little treasure trove of stuff! i flipping love it..

You'll get THREE

Spotted these posters today in Truro... possibly the worst ever?

Mmm appetising..

Satans a bitch!

Got me some holy gum today to go with my delicately scented air freshner (with the aromatic essence of a beautiful spring meadow)

Jesus rocks? He does and we know it. Amen. Peaceful peppermint flavour people! go buy fun sweets...


Jeremy Tridgell, he's loco! He's only gone and set up an awesome website called ecoloqo. This is a social bookmarking site that works visually and collects views of the best looking and most useful sustainability websites. The aim is to explore how sustainability is represented on the web and examine and discuss webdesign for sustainability.
It is for all in design and those interested in sustainability and the web.
It has three basic views:
- a tagcloud of subjects that users have tagged their sites with
- the tagged collections of visual cues or cropped elements that give us thumbnail views of the sustainable web, and
- the access to the individual sites with a chance to vote upon, comment on as well as view the site live.

Im not much of a one for webdesign, but I really like the interface.

25 June 2007


Jon MacKinnon is a young designer and photographer who got in touch with me recently to help me out - a random act of kindess. Be his friend, check out his photography and design work. Thanks Jon!

24 June 2007


GIANTSUMO is the graphic output of JAMES RHEEM DAVIS - a superb poster artist.. i got these limited signed screen prints quite a while ago and taking them off my wall this week i was reminded at how nice they feel..mmmm yummo

Exceedingly Good Poems

Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!


Thanks to Ellie for the awesome kitsch sweeties she ordered from the good ol U S of A (where else) for her dissertation ("holy sh*t") which was actually amazing. The people have to have something fun to read on a sunday..

Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep.
—Ecclesiastes 5:12