Louis Reith is one to watch

“Who?” you might think. Louis is a Dutch illustrator and designer who creates simple yet beautiful artwork. He creates geometrical ink designs, mostly black but sometimes with some subtle use of colour too. One fact about his work is that he works on old book covers. This is something that makes me, as a bibliophile (yes, that is a word), even more enthusiastic! You can check his work at his website, or his better updated Flickr account.  

Spaceball by (c) Louis Reith

Spaceball by (c) Louis Reith

Last week, Louis won an art competition organised by Nike. Five artists were asked to design a piece to support the Dutch National Soccer Team during the World Cup, below you’ll find Louis’entry. People were asked to vote via this website and Louis’ work won deservingly. His piece of art is printed on a huge canvas and will be shown on the center spot during the first friendly match of  The Netherlands (vs. Ghana) on the 1st of June. 

(c) Louis Reith for the Nike Art Challenge 'Bloed Oranje'

(c) Louis Reith for the Nike Art Challenge 'Bloed Oranje'

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Poladroid – simple yet great

As I grew up with it, I too was sad to see that Polaroid earlier this year decided to stop with making polaroid film (after stopping making the cameras in 2007).  Much was written about it in newspapers, blogs and magazines. Dazed & Confused, one of the few magazines I have a subscription on, even did a 24 spread on Polaroid photography.

Who didn’t love the sound that the camera would make or the anticipation of waiting for the picture to develop in front of your eyes? No need to miss it anymore with the free application from Poladroid. You can drag and drop your photos onto the Poladroid “camera”, and after a few seconds it spits out your unprocessed print (with the original sound!). You can watch it develop and then save and print it. Pretty fun UI! For  cool examples, go to the special Poladroid Flickr group. See my experiment below :-)

Yours truly in Nice

Yours truly in Nice

Crazy Paul Smith fisheye camera

Online (can’t give credits since i truly don’t remember the website anymore), I came across a very cool fisheye Lomograph camera by Paul Smith! People who read my blog regularly know I have a weak spot for everything that has to do with Paul Smith, so of course it went straight on my Sinterklaas (Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus) wish list! Now I just can hope I was sweet enough the past year to deserve such a nice present :-)

Paul Smith - limited edition fisheye camera (Lomograph)

Paul Smith - limited edition fisheye camera (Lomograph)

Cool retro detail is that the camera is not digital but analog, it uses 35mm lens and regular development. Also, for those who don’t know: a fisheye camera gives great distorted arty images. Some wonderful examples can be seen in this Flickr group. Getting all greedy? Here you can order one yourself!