Ikea like you’ve never seen it – Hot Malm

Hot Malm
Hilarious little side project by Droga5 project manager Asa Block. Hot Malm mimics a porn ahem, an adult website – but the best part is, each thumbnail links to the actual product on the Ikea website. At first it was thought to be a campaign by the agency due to a tweet from agency creative chair David Droga, but that claim has since been debunked. Some great writing on there, too – with headlines like “Malm on Malm action,” “Malm Gets Wood In Every Hole” and “Check out the Pussy on this Hot Malm.” The site is VERY safe-for-work, so don’t hesitate to check it out.

Flat Guitars: an illustration project

Flat GuitarsGibson Flying V
Flat Guitars is great little illustration project by art director & designer David Navarro (not to be confused with the Jane’s Addiction & Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, Dave Navarro). It combines two of my loves — design and music — and visualizes them perfectly on a great one-pager site. Along with the illustrations, he gives a quick paragraph on each, so you might actually learn a thing or two. He is illustrating a new guitar every week, and is taking requests – so if you want to see your favorite guitar illustrated in glorious flat vectors, or if you just want to drool over the ones that are already there, be sure to check out the website!

Sign Painters

Back before the days of instant gratification, there was a time where sign making took time, skill and patience… lots and lots of patience. In Faythe Levine and Sam Macon’s movie Sign Painters, they spent two years documenting countless sign painters who are keeping this lost art alive. If this trailer is any indication, the movie looks to be amazing! Still MANY screenings left this year, so be sure to check their website for screenings near you.

Sign Painters book
They also published a book to coincide with the movie, containing stories and interviews with over a dozen sign painters, along with tons of inspiration! At a mere $20 for around 200 pages, I’d say this book is a steal – so be sure to pick up a copy today.

Random Quick Tip – Adobe Guide Snap

Presenting a new series I’ll be featuring on here every so often… Random Quick Tip will be very quick, very basic tips meant for the beginner or someone looking to gain new tips they might not have known. Intermediate to advanced people, these aren’t for you! Basically, I want to share some of the best “secret” tips I’ve found over the years that have really helped out my workflow. So, with that said, I’d like to jump right in to the first one — Adobe Guide Snap.

Illustrator Guide Snap

If you are a precision NUT like me, then you are really going to appreciate this. In virtually any of the Adobe Creative Suite apps, hold down the shift key while dragging a new ruler guide (either before you click or after, it doesn’t matter) – and as soon as you hit the shift key, the guide will snap to each ruler tick. This works for both horizontal AND vertical guides, at any zoom level when rulers are used and will always snap to whatever ruler increment is visible (ie: more ticks the further you’re zoomed in). This handy little tip will keep your margins and live areas precise!


Fliike – the real-life Facebook like counter

Check out Fliike. This beautiful little device is the first ever real world Facebook like counter. You simply plug it in and place it in your business, connect it to your WiFi network and link it to your Facebook page. Then, as likes come in, the devices flips to your new count in real-time. Pretty nifty. Act quick, and you can own one of the limited 500 Fliikes being made – for the low price of $390.

Adrift – San Francisco

Adrift is a short film by Simon Christen, a photographer and an ex-Pixar character animator from Oakland, California. It is a breathtaking love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area that took over two years to make. This little beauty is nothing short of mesmerizing and I highly recommend you full-screen this video, turn off the lights and kick back to watch this one. Well worth your five minutes (and then some). After it’s done, be sure to visit his website to see some of his amazing photos.

Painting with light

Immaterials explores the invisible terrain of WiFi networks in urban spaces by light painting signal strength in long-exposure photographs. Created by Timo Arnall, Jørn Knutsen, Einar Sneve Martinussen in Oslo, Norway. Simply amazing!