15.05.14 by Jeff

The Free Umbrella System

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I was recently invited by Bettery Magazine to submit a city story, and the one I chose to share is actually kind of embarrassing (when/if you read the story, keep in mind I’m Canadian-born Japanese). You can read it here.

 

02.05.14 by Jeff

Giveaway: Booooooom x ALLYOU

This week’s giveaway comes courtesy of ALLYOU, they provide a quick and easy way to create an online portfolio. I’ve included a few examples of people who are using the site, below.

I have 3 titanium accounts to give away (each valued: $180/year) so if you’re in need of a portfolio leave a comment below describing your work, and include an image of it. We’ll pick 3 winners on May 16th.

 

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Florence Tétier

 

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Katja Alissa Mueller

 

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Nicolas Coulomb

 

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Philipp Groth

 

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

CONGRATULATIONS TO: Diego Mallo, Karol Banach & Jesse Hunniford!

29.04.14 by Jeff

Booooooom x ???????

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In my big year-end post in December I said “These past five years, all of it, it’s all still the beginning. It would be really dumb to be satisfied with the beginning.” I set really big goals for myself for this year.

I’ve got something big to announce very soon (I’ve been hinting about it on my Instagram), it involves friends of mine and their brand, also based right here in Vancouver (you may be able to guess). This is the first of several projects that have been a little while in the making. I’m excited to tell you about this one. Stay tuned.

 

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13.04.14 by Jeff

Giveaway: Cecilia Camera Straps

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This week I’m giving away four camera straps courtesy of Cecilia. A little bit about the straps:

“The full-grain leather is selected from premium Argentinian cowhides. The hides are finished in the USA with surface treatments that give the leather its durability. The alpaca textiles are handwoven by weavers in the Peruvian highlands. The backstrap loom weaving techniques and traditional patterns are a heritage of Andean culture. Sourced from mills in the USA, the reinforced webbing runs through the ends of the straps to ensure strength and reliability. The straps are assembled in León, Mexico. We work with some of the most experienced artisans of leather goods to craft a product of The Americas.”

If you’d like to snag one of these camera straps, leave a comment below and upload a photo you have taken recently. I’ll let the folks at Cecilia pick their four favourite images in two weeks (4 different winners).

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

CONGRATULATIONS TO: Maria Fernanda G, Matt Skuza, Alex Couture & Guilherme Viñas

07.04.14 by Jeff

Cabin Time: A Roaming Creative Residency

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I like this idea a lot. Cabin Time is an off-the-grid creative residency which launches twice a year in various remote locations. If you’re looking for something to do in August maybe you should apply for the one in Santa, Idaho, or the one in Desolation Canyon, Green River, Utah.

Cabin Time accepts applications for residencies and curates a group of 6-9 artists one month before each residency begins.

“Cabin-Time invites artists, designers, writers, musicians, scientists, sign-painters, bird-watchers, cheerleaders, schemers and dreamers to make site-specific work in cooperative intentional isolation. Conscientious environmental stewardship is a core principle of Cabin-Time. Together, we work to set up camp, share chores, cook group meals, and help each other develop our ideas. Cabin-Time hosts residencies bi-annually, one in the winter and one in the summer. The number of creatives invited to each residency varies by location and degree of isolation.”

Watch the video below, it will get you stoked.

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27.03.14 by Jeff

Giveaway: “White Cube” Book by Brecht Vandenbroucke

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My favourite comic artist Brecht Vandenbroucke finally has his book “White Cube” released in North America. Book publisher Drawn & Quarterly has given me a copy to give away to one of you. If you’d like to snag it, tell me a useless fact in the comments below!  We’ll pick a winner on April 11th.

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26.03.14 by Jeff

An Inspiring Visit to Dublin, Ireland

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Last week I was invited out to Dublin, Ireland, by Jameson to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (aka drink lots of whiskey) and more importantly meet some of the local designers out there.

Thanks to Greg and Russell from This Greedy Pig for taking us around the city and introducing us to illustrator Dermot Flynn, as well as designers Ronan and Peter of me&him&you. Thank you also to Jarrod from The Social House, and Jenny from Google, for taking us out of the city to see a bit more of Ireland!

More photos from me and my friend Jennifer Latour below!

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13.03.14 by Jeff

A Curated List of Creative Iphone Apps (Actually Worth Downloading)

 
I am constantly looking for interesting creative apps for my iPhone, and kinda stunned how hard it is to find good ones. I haven’t come across a single blog post on the subject that isn’t full of utter garbage (Mashable’s list is a joke).

So I’m going to compile my own list, and it will be 100% my honest opinion. I will refuse any payment/bribe to post about an app that I don’t actually find interesting. The links to the apps are not affiliate links (I don’t think that’s even possible) I will not benefit in any way from the downloads. The apps on this list will be ones that I actually think are worth downloading. In many cases the apps will be free, and if they’re not free I’ll try to get some promo codes from the developer so at least a few people will get ‘em free.

If you are a cool developer making a cool app, or you just happen to be a cool person up on cool apps please give me recommendations for other creative apps in the comments below!

My plan is to update this list with more apps as I find them, with your help this could be a great resource. Enjoy.

 

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Name: Glitché

Cost: FREE

Category: Experimental, Visual

Description: Distorts images from your camera or camera roll in the coolest ways. You can even make animated gifs with it (which is how I made the “bad tv” animated Booooooom logo for our Tumblr).

 

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Name: Slit-Scan Camera

Cost: FREE

Category: Experimental, Visual

Description: Allows you to make the trippiest twisting portrait of someone, where they appear to wrap around themselves. I used the app to create this selfie. Lots of fun to mess around with, now we just need a video version!

 

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Name: 360 Panorama

Cost: $0.99

Category: Useful, Visual

Description: I’ve used this app a million times (roughly). You look like a total goof because it takes a minute or two to actually make a good panorama with it, but it’s worth it. This app allows you to shoot a complete 360 degree panorama and then send a link to a friend so they can hold up their phone and look around as if they are standing in the exact spot you took your photo from. You kinda have to see it to know what I’m talking about but it feels like you’re in the future when you use it. I rarely send the link to a friend, I mostly just use it to export a flat image of my pano for Instagram.

 

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Name: Field

Cost: $1.99 (Promo codes at the bottom of this post)

Category: Experimental, Audio, Visual

Description: Turns the images coming through your camera into sounds and abstract images. Definitely not useful, but fun to play around with. Should maybe only be $1.

 

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Name: Keezy

Cost: FREE

Category: Experimental, Audio

Description: A simple sound sampler. It’s really fun to make vocal loops with it, beatbox into it, essentially make terrible music with it.

 

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Name: Goldfish Music Box

Cost: $0.99 (Promo codes at the bottom of this post)

Category: Experimental, Audio

Description: Converts images that come through your camera into sounds. Not an app you’ll use all the time but fun to mess around with when you’re in front of a window.

 

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Name: Adobe Kuler

Cost: FREE

Category: Useful, Visual

Description: Quickly pull colour combinations out of everyday life. Hold your phone up over someone’s outfit and you instantly have the colour swatches. 

 

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