March 2013


Washington-based artist Diem Chau has recently created a charming set of letters that is carved out of Crayola crayons. Each letter of the alphabet is accompanied by a matching crayon sculpture—for instance, the letter ‘C’ is paired with a cat carved out of an orange crayon.

“I’ve been wanting to make a set of “Alphabet” crayons for a long time. I’ve always been drawn to illustrated alphabets. Maybe it’s the Fontophile in me, but I find an extreme satisfaction in seeing a well made set of ABC’s.” The artist has an upcoming art show—running from 5 April to 18 May 2013—at the Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, where she will be presenting the full set of crayon letters and some of her other carved pencil art. (via DesignTaxi)




Here is another thing to add to your Tokyo to-do list: party on the fabulous Jicoo Floating Bar. Cruising serenely within Tokyo Bay, the boat bar looks more like a high-tech warship from a sci-fi movie than an entertainment venue, but it is certainly designed for a good night out.

Its route will bring you back and forth between the Hinode Pier to the Odaiba Seaside Park in an hour, providing services like live performances to wedding party logistics. (via DesignTaxi)


Pepsi will be introducing a new bottle design for the first time in 16 years. The new bottle, which will debut next month, will feature a swirled grip on the bottom and a much shorter bottleneck. It will also feature a smaller bottle wrapper, showing off more of the drink’s content and placing more emphasis on the brand’s existing logo. Pepsi’s Vice President of Marketing Angelique Krembs claims the swirl on the new bottle design “is an element that goes back to some of the early glass packages”.

“We didn’t want to create a shape that came out of nowhere,” Krembs said. “It’s not uniform, it’s a little asymmetrical, there’s a little edginess and playfulness, which is consistent with Pepsi’s equities and youthful spirit.” While its rival Coca-Cola has always been known for its iconic contour bottle shape, Pepsi hopes that with this new design, it will help boost the brand and become “a standard” that can be built on in the future. This new bottle design will affect the brand’s 16 oz. and 20 oz. plastic bottles—as well as a 12 oz. glass bottle, which will only be available from selected retailers. (via DesignTaxi)


It’s 1992 in Bogota, Colombia, where the mobster Don Luis, orders a hit against his former associate Fabio Restrepo (Jesse Borrego) who he considers has betrayed him. Only Fabios young daughter Cataleya Restrepo (Zoe Saldana) escapes the massacre with in depth mob information that will be her passport out of Colombia. After having fled the Federal Police she reaches her final destination in Chicago and her uncle Emilio Restrepo (Cliff Curtis), to whom she swears that she’ll become a hit-man and avenge her family. Several years later Cataleya has become a skilled contract killer with her uncle’s help. However, she signs each of her kills with a message destined for her real prey, Don Luis, making her one of the FBI’s most wanted. She needs to reach Don Luis before his men and the FBI reaches her….

“Colombiana” is just so borderline stupid in so many ways I could write a whole essay about it. There isn’t a day that goes by I wonder why Luc Besson writes and produces this kind of crap. What happend to him? In the first scene you know that this will be such a piece of crap via the simple fact that you let the actors speak english when the setting is Colombia. Why? To create a level of believability you would let spanish be the language until the story reaches the US wouldn’t you? I would. But, not Besson and Megaton. And the first scene contains as well pretty wobbly acting and bad wigs. Great start… There is zero depth, bad acting, a too simple plot, clichés in everyway you can imagine, stereotypes in everyway you can imagine (cops are fat, stupid, sexist etc etc…), shitty dialogue, scenes that makes no sense at all (my favourite is the one where Emilio randomly shoots at a car, to make Cataleya choose her future, in the street during broad daylight and the cops arrives and he just walks away with Cataleya….) and Zoe Saldana gives a pretty wooden/clichéd presentation of Cataleya. I do like her, but this is not her finest moment. Megaton knows how to edit/cut MTV style and blow up stuff. That’s pretty much it. I truly dislike this movie and it should’ve never been made. Not at least with this script, form and shape. (1 and a half out of 5)


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