Sunday, November 21, 2010

This Is Where I Want To Live

I have long been a big fan of converted industrial/commercial properties becoming living/studio spaces. This is still what I want to do - I am very interested in finding some industrial building here in Greenville and renovating it. My ultimate dream would be to find some small decrepit mill (of which there seems to be many) just outside the city, in the woods, all brick, etc. and create my ultimate home and working space. Btw, if you know somewhere like this, and it is cheap-to-reasonably priced, please let me know.

Above is one image from a gas station renovation in Los Angeles - so amazing.

Much more can be found here.

Unknown Pleasures Is Everywhere

Joy Division's seminal masterpiece Unknown Pleasures seems to be everywhere these days. Original JD bassist (and New Order alumni) Peter Hook is currently touring (and soon to be hitting the States) behind the 30th Anniversary of the album, performing it in it's entirety.

Everything about the album has become iconic, from the songs themselves to the album sleeve. Legendary designer (and personal hero) Peter Saville created the iconic cover image of a digital view of a sound wave, and from that abstraction the cover was born. Today you can buy shoes, skateboard decks, iPods, or even mittens with the cover printed on it.

The album itself has held up amazingly well by the way. It sounds so, so contemporary. Everyone should go out and buy it, it should be essential listening for all members of the human race.

This is a really long way of saying that I love Joy Division, and the image of the doorway in Manchester above reminded me of that today. Really, that's all - I really love Joy Division.

Typekit Is Totally Legit

One of the major reasons I have never gotten too into web design is that the designer can be quite limited by the typographic options available. And since I'm a serious, hardcore typophile, I had little interest in having my typography change depending on the computer that is interpreting it.

Recently several new technologies have sought to solve this problem. TypeKit is one of them, and by all accounts, works cleanly to this end.

Check them out here.

Typographica Is Beautiful

If you haven't been to the phenomenal Typographica, then go there right now.

No really, leave my site, and go check it out. It's a beautiful thing.

Get there here.

Minimal Sites Is Inspiring

We are all always looking for inspiration right? Well, Minimal Sites provides a boatload of it. I love the pared back, less is more approach to websites - though you might not guess that from my site.

Anyway, check out Minimal Sites for some serious fire.