From oldest to newest:
Two lovely ladies setting out for a spin. I think is staged (the bike is leaning against a wall and both girls are side-saddle.) None-the-less it’s going into my rotation of motorcycle wallpapers.
In honor of a lot of things including a motorcycle, a watch, and one of the Greatest Movies of All Time. A Heuer liveried Bonneville. It lacks only Steve McQueen to make it the sexiest thing I have seen in a decade.
From about the same time, a Dormobile Camper Van. Adorably dorky.
Furturistic. A design for a fuel-cell powered scooter/bike hybrid with cargo capacity. The trick with the handlebars that convert from up-right scooter to more lay-down bike profile is particularly clever. Cute, but it’ll be along time before this replaces the Honda Cargo as the intra-urban stuff hauler of the 2nd and 3rd world.
Another in the series — Geez, We Live on a Pretty Planet. A set of space shots of tiny islands.
Tech and Society
Google has a new, mostly unreported, tool. The Google Dashboard lets you look at all of the services associated with your gmail account. It’s aim is to give you one place to check to see what you are and are not revealing to the world about your use of gmail, picasa, google docs, etc. Check your account. You may discover, as I did, that you have accounts with services that you don’t remember signing up for. (Google docs? I own documents on Google Docs? Huh?)
Images, Design, Animation
You all know that I am all about the shoes. I wish I had had room in my luggage on my recent trip to Mexico for Dia de los Muertos to haul along a pair of the Ladies Muetre Platforms. (Second row, far left). Zombie stompers indeed.
The last time I lived in a truly tiny space was in a dorm room in college. We conserved space with jury rigged bunk beds built on top of milk crates stacked to the ceiling. The convertible beds featured here are so much more attractive and probably less prone to catastrophic failure under heavy use.
In 2004 a group of artists produced a digital looping collaborative piece called ZOOMQUILT. It is a ton of fun to play with. Be patient with the load time. It’s worth it.
This year another group made a similar piece called ZOOMQUILTII. The art is of the same high quality but the interface is god awful. Sigh. Sometimes old-skewl really is best.
Three fine, very different illustrators this morning:
Prop4g4nda4 takes a riff on the Soviet Era to produce concert posters. These are so far beyond the stuff stuck to the power poles around town.
Jeff Miracola had dropped off my radar until he posted about having a piece included in the recent issue of Spectrum. A quick look at the front page of his site reminded me why I’d added him to list of artists to keep track of. Also he might get the weekly award for reasonable and attractive use of flash. I love the constantly changing header art.
Flora Chang’s Happy Doodle Land is a good place to spend a couple of minutes on Monday morning.
Here is a animated teaser for a French cartoon that is still looking for production and broadcast deals. Sweet, yes, but so far from saccharine. If I owed a production company…
Here’s hoping this is the start of a fabulous week.