New Stuff and Inspiration
The Copenhagen Wheel
If you’ve read this blog in the past, you know we’re bike fans here at Sukle. Whenever we get the chance, many Suklites will bike commute to work. Thankfully, Denver is pretty flat, minus the one hill up the Highlands where we’re located, so it’s a pretty easy ride. However, that hill sure would be less sweat-inducing if we all had Copenhagen wheels!
This invention seems like it might just change the face of bike commuting. You install this device in your wheel and it stores up energy as you pedal and brake, then when you need it, the motor kicks in and helps make pedaling easier. Take THAT, one hill up to Sukle.
Copenhagen Wheels are available at Super Pedestrian, where they are taking pre-orders and even giving a $100 discount to the first folks to order. I think this think might be on a few of our Christmas lists.
Furniture From Computer Parts
Designer Benjamin Rollins Caldwell is making good use of old computer parts- he’s turning them into furniture. He’s been turning other found objects, like bottle caps and soda boxes into furniture, but now he’s reusing of all the old computers we discard, which is mighty green of him. Caldwell leaves as many parts moving and working as possible on his furniture, which seems intriguing. They look like you’d get a processor chip in your crack, but they’re apparently actually quite comfy to sit on. See more at psfk.
Lessons in Sport
Check out this great tumblr blog featuring minimalist designs depicting famous sports figures and what they’re known for. It’s called Lessons in Sports, and it’s pretty entertaining. The blog’s mastermind is illustrator Andrew Janik, and he explains that it’s a project he concocted that combined his love of sports and his love of simple illustration. Oh, and if you didn’t guess, the pieces we featured go as follows: Jose Canseco, Bob Knight, Howard Cosell, Patrick Ewing and Doc Gooden/Daryl Strawberry.
I’d Hang This On My Dorm Room Wall
Bob Marley died of cancer at age 36. If cancer wasn’t such an asshole, college kids across America would be enjoying his new music–instead of listening to Legend on repeat. And, instead of hanging this poster, they’d hang one that looked like this. Because this is what Bob Marley would look like today!
These portraits come courtesy of Sachs Media who created a series of digital portraits showing us what some of history’s greatest musicians would have looked like if they hadn’t died young. See the whole series here.
No, That’s Not Daniel Day-Lewis
That’s actually Honest Abe in color! Sanna Dullaway is a Swedish retoucher who specializes in colorizing old black & white photos. To show off her skills, she decided to add color to some of history’s most recognizable photos. See the whole amazing collection here.
New Dylan Video
Really sweet new video for the Dylan tune “Like a rolling stone.” Flip through the 16 channels and see the video on each of them. The video is timed with the release of The Complete Album Collection, Vol. 1, a massive new Dylan box set. Via The Denver Egotist.
Toilets On Toilet Day
Seeing as how today is world toilet day, it’s a fitting time to unveil some new work. The assignment was to raise awareness that Denver Water is offering $75 rebates to encourage people to switch to high-efficiency toilets. To promote these rebates, we created long copy bus shelter ads. To make sure people actually read them, we installed toilets right in front of the ads, because we all know toilets and reading are BFFs.
This is a really cool spot for Skype. The fact that these two girls have so much in common and have become such great friends via Skype makes for a no-brainer of a great spot. Warning: this thing will pull at your heart strings.
Street artist Daan Botlek seems to know how advertising creatives feel
Street artist and illustrator Daan Botlek is based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and it almost seems like he gets the game we creatives go through on a daily basis, searching for a fresh insight. We often must shed our preconceived notions and look deep within ourselves, or others, to get to that one great idea that really sings. And sometimes getting there feels like you’ve been flattened by a rock.