Alan Sailer

Submitted by on March 6, 2012 Photography
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Alan Sailer from ShowerHacks.com has a pretty sweet gig: not only does he make cool and compelling images as an artist, but he does so by blowing things up.

By using the sound of the explosion to trigger a flash, Sailer manages to freeze his subjects mid-explosion on cheery, colourful backgrounds.

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Pixel Heart Valentine

Submitted by on February 13, 2012 Art
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Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day card for your loved one? Well grab your closest paper cutter and make your Valentine one of these pixel heart cards. Perfect for showing your loved one you care and… you know… all the romantic jazz. Get their pixel heart pumping and download the cutting files and all the instructions here. If you’ve somehow misplaced your paper cutter, the instructions also explain it the old fashioned way.

P.S. We started convoke in February 2009 with a post about left 4 dead Valentine’s Cards, if you’re feeling nostalgic.

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Michal Maciej Bartosik

Submitted by on January 31, 2012 Art
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Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s been ages since you’ve gotten a post out of us. We’re sorry; sometimes life gets in the way of living.  Or blogging.  Or whatever.  Maybe we’re just lazy.  But none of that matters.  What matters is, I’m back and I’ve brought a peace offering to show just how much I care.

That offering, my friends, is a freakin’ geodesic dome made out of fluorescent lights.  B. Fuller is probably looking down on this and saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Michal Maciej Bartosik made this and some other pretty awesome light installations, but there’s more.  After this, Bartosik went right to work outfitting another dome with tesla coils. That’s right: TESLA COILS.

And that is what we call critical success.

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Fan Expo 2011

Submitted by on August 25, 2011 News
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Thanks for checking us out.  While you’re out checking out the latest comics, collectibles, and curiosities, don’t forget to give your friends at CONVOKE a visit.  Perhaps you’ve seen our epic photos from Fan Expo 2010?  Well, this year we’ve managed to sneak our inside the convention hall. We’ll be at booth 1901 (near the Autograph Area), so stop on by.

If you’ve managed to stumble to our website from our business cards, head right on over to photo.convoke.info for pictures (!!!) and updated info on our wheelings and dealings.

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Typographic Lesson Plan

Submitted by on May 3, 2011 Typography
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“Typography is known for two-dimensional architecture & requires extra zeal within every job.”

Ever wonder what each and every part of every character is called? This poster was put together by Scott BomsGrant Hutchinson, two typographic industry veterans, explains just that. If they manage to do another run you can get them here, otherwise you’ll be left drooling over your computer screen wishing they would.

Scope the images after the break to check the quality of this print; spoiler: it’s letterpress.
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EVOL

Submitted by on November 17, 2010 Art
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While EVOL might not have the same recognition as an artist like Banksy, he wields the stencil with just as much flair.  His work falls into two categories: incredibly simple, or exceedingly complex.   While the latter is interesting in its own right, using no less than six stencils to produce the piece illustrated above (on cardboard!!!), it’s his simple ideas that really shine.

See what I mean after the break.

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Spiders on Drugs

Submitted by on November 8, 2010 Art
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A while back, someone at NASA came up with a crazy experiment to test the toxicity of drugs; give them to spiders and see what kind of webs they spin. I guess the idea was that the more toxic the drug, the more deformed the web would be. The results are a bit surprising, with caffeine, one of the most commonly ingested drugs, yielding one of the most disturbed web structures.  But this is all old news.

Fast forward 15 years, and this dude (Guillaume Le Houx), made bowls out of them. No, not that kind of bowl.

Now I’m just going out on a limb here, but a vessel that is 90% empty space is going to have a hard time holding things, which just happens to be a bowl’s primary function. The results are pretty cool looking, but unfortunately they’re just concepts for now.

If you’re looking for some more scientific reading here’s the NASA article.

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Danny Kuo – Staircase

Submitted by on November 1, 2010 Art
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Danny Kuo has come up with a brilliant idea to turn vertical space into storage space. His staircase shelving unit is part cuiro, part step stool, allowing you to access the top shelves easily, and without the need for those cumbersome, rolling library ladders.

A sleek, staggered shelving unit like this would be a welcome addition to my pad even if you couldn’t climb on it; being able to scale your cabinets like King Kong is just icing on the cake.

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Parallel of Time Clock

Submitted by on October 27, 2010 Art
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Believe it or not, this is a time-piece.  What you’re looking at is 4 clocks telling the exact same time, joined at the hands.  As the time changes, so does the pattern of interconnected parallelograms.  Dubbed The Parallel of Time Clock, this piece by Clarke Hopkins Clarke Architects is a pretty abstract take on telling time.  Sure, it looks great, but I really hate to think about having to adjust this bad-boy during daylight savings.

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Favourites: Levis 510s

Submitted by on May 12, 2010 Favourites

As yes, the age old argument of the best pair of jeans. Well, I pick my jeans off the Red Tag rack. Levis 510s are the brands “super skinny”, but don’t let that fool you, these aren’t the painted on tightness of jeans you will find with other brands, they do have some room to them.

Neither I nor Adam are purveyors of washing your jeans unnecessarily. So what we’ve found over here after rigorous testing in the CONVOKE labratories is that a nicely well worn in pair of 510s will fit you like a brand new or just washed 511s, which is right in that sweet spot for jeans. I pretty much wear these jeans every day (about 95%) and they’re still going strong after over 8 months of abuse, showing the quality that your plain old Levis have, and at $75 they really are a steal.

Go grab yourself a pair, throw on a white T, and… strut. It’s just that easy.

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