27 January 2011

Penguin Great Ideas and bloody great covers

So recently I've been reading and writing alot more than i had been for a long time. it's been creative and inspiring.

There's an english bookshop on the corner near my work that i've been going into every few days for the last couple of weeks...but why? i discovered they stock the Penguin Great Ideas series of books - short works by different philosophers and writers from Ancient Greece and China to Victorian Britain and pre-war Germany. The authors range from Schopenhauer to Lao Tzu, Nietzsche, Kant, Freud and beyond...

Of course they're mind-bendingly and head-scratchingly brilliant reads in themselves, but the cover art elevates them to a whole new level. i spent half an hour in there just fondling and staring at the covers today. I would have bought a few, but think a whole lot of other people must have the same idea - each one had been handled to death, and i like to get crisp pages for my money when i buy a new book. ok, i bought one.

the covers literally blow me away. it's such a perfect example of how good design and the right typography can make a good thing AMAZING.

here are a few of them. lush.

09 January 2011

December snow - an ode to clouds

Happy New Year to all...

Here's hoping the task of making and sticking to new years' resolutions won't be too troublesome...

So to begin 2011, i made a little film set to music (not sure if film is the word to use as it was so basically done). The view on my way home to england from spain was so beautiful that i had to record it. It was originally supposed to be the unedited video uploaded with a song, but i got very carried away and i ended up chopping a few parts up to the music...it's been a really long time since i've gone near any video-editing software though, so it was avery refreshing little exercise.

anyway, here it is, it's a little ode to my love of clouds and the british countryside covered in snow (they sort of blended in together, it was gorgeous) and one of my favourite songs at the moment too - Fuzzy by Radiosofa.