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This is the Garden Getaway webisode pilot we created for


СИГНАЛ / SIGNAL from Maxim Zhestkov on Vimeo

Signal, a sci-fi movie about the formation of life and transformation of dead space into the living organic matter. By Maxim Zhestkov.

Destination Design: nhow Berlin Hotel

Destination Design: nhow Berlin Hotel

“The nhow Berlin is Europe’s first ever music hotel, uniting music lovers from all over the world to stay and play together.

Located on the river Spree in an area where creativity is flowing, you can be sure that stepping outside the hotel will bring you as much creative inspiration as being inside. With a stunning exterior by architect Sergei Tchoban that nicely complements the dramatic interiors by Karim Rashid, the entire experience feels like it’s moving to the beat of a different drum.

Destination Design: nhow Berlin Hotel

Catering to musicians and other creatives, the hotel features a recording studio with panoramic views of Berlin in cooperation with the legendary Berlin Hansa-Studios as well as its very own music manager. About 30 TV and 50 music radio stations integrated in a state-of-the-art entertainment system. The hotel is constantly hosting live events and concerts and there is always a top DJ spinning in the bar.

Destination Design: nhow Berlin Hotel


Additionally, there are tons of other amenities. Fabrics Restaurant nicely complements the musical theme with funky soul food — modern Franco-German — from Berlin native Head chef Patrick Rexhausen.”

44 Exquisite uses of Typography


Typography has made its mark on design in a big way.  You can’t go outside without it touching you in some form or another.  In today’s post, I will share with you 44 fresh examples of typography in design.


Scratch: Study No. 1 ©2011

My first direct animation hand painted film at SCAD.

Restrepo The Movie

A message from cousin Steve…

I just wanted to tell you all about a reporter named Sebastian Junger.  He went to Afghanistan during my first tour there in 2005 – 2006 and spent the majority of his time with Battle Company 2-503rd.

During my last deployment to the Kunar Province in Afghanistan he rejoined our unit to document our journey which turned out to be more than we could have expected.

Since that deployment Sebastian Junger has written the book WAR that mainly follows Battle Company’s 2nd Platoon in the Korengal Valley (located in Kunar Province).  I have not read this book yet but I have spoken with many others who were involved with this deployment and they were blown away by its accuracy and honesty in relation to what we experienced.

Sebastian was also able to create a documentary with Tim Hetherington called Restrepo.  It is only playing at select locations across the nation on certain dates and would recommend that you see this if you have the opportunity.

I have met Sebastian and he is extremely different from any other embedded reporter that has had the chance to observe the 173rd. We saw him as a member of our brotherhood instead of a reporter focused on catapulting their career.  This documentary has won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Golden Rock award at the Little Rock Film Festival so far with more film festivals on the horizon.

Many people have asked me what it was like during this deployment and it is extremely difficult to put it into words so that it can be understood the way we experienced it.  If you are interested in seeing what Afghanistan was like behind TV News anchors or newspaper articles, this is the best opportunity that you have.  Not only will you see what the Kunar Province was like, you will also be able to see how hard the men of the 173rd Airborne Brigade fought for each other and the ones they love back home in America.

Please forward this on to friends, family and anyone that you feel would be interested in the book and the documentary.



Restrepo is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, “Restrepo,” named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 94-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you. Directed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger.

Gordon Bennett’s Robot Marvels

Oscar & Felix





Today’s Daily Heller features the art of Gordon Bennett of Bennett Robot Works. Bennett’s robots are assembled from everyday found materials and mechanical parts, each with unique and witty names. Bennet’s robot marvels are currently on display in the windows of Paul Stuart in NYC on 16th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Peep the website here.

–Enjoy, OB1

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Real Hope

We should look to our founding fathers about what real hope means.

Gina and I were watching Glenn Beck tonight, here’s a quick obamicon version of his Shepard Fairey rip, hope poster.

100 Amazing Futuristic Design Concepts

This is another link I hope you enjoy. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’ve been sorting through older bookmarks of design inspiration. This one is all about concept designers also referred to as “visual futurists”. Remember that these are all just conceptual, you can’t buy them yet!

The Audi Shark – Flying Sportscar

This impressive concept design by Kazim Doku is a flying sportscar. Meant to combine the raciness of motorcycles with the sleekness of aircraft, the Audi shark is the answer to our collective sci-fi dreams. This award-winning concept design is a two-seater that offers its passengers “strong sensations and high levels of safety”.

Spokeless Wheels Bike

Spokeless Wheels Bike - Created by Bradford Waugh

This bike concept was created by Bradford Waugh. The concept completely replaces the traditional gear system of a mainstream bike with one that allows for spokeless wheels.

For the rest of the futuristic design concepts, peep the link.

—enjoy, OB1

Candide or Optimism, is a French satire written in 1759


Written by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment
I’ve recently been raised as a Freemason, in my search and quest for personal growth and development as well as a better understanding of the human condition—I’ve been drawn to this essay by Francois-Marie Arouet, better know by the pen name Voltaire.

It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism (or simply optimism) by his mentor, Pangloss. The work describes the abrupt cessation of this lifestyle, followed by Candide’s slow, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world. Voltaire concludes with Candide, if not outright rejecting optimism, advocating an enigmatic precept, “we must cultivate our garden”, in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra of Pangloss, “all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds”.

“Voltaire was a quintessential Enlightenment figure being a penetrative observer of the human situation and a champion against injustice and hypocrisy” —Bro. Gerald Reilly.


I hope to one day get my hands on this french essay.

—enjoy, OB1

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