New Paintings on Salvaged Books by Mike Stilkey

Artist Mike Stilkey uses the covers of books reclaimed from library trash heaps as a canvas for his whimsical paintings. He works with a mix of ink, colored pencil, paint and lacquer to create each artwork that can vary from anthropomorphic animals playing instruments to portraits of men and women inspired by Weimar-era German expressionism. Elements of his playful and at times emotionally exaggerated style have been compared to Edward Gorey and Egon Schiele.

The Los Angeles-based artist credits an immersion in skateboard culture during much of his youth as the beginning of his artistic career, as he simultaneously became exposed to graffiti and street art, though he received no formal training. His work has since been exhibited throughout the United States as well as internationally in galleries, museums, and libraries.

Stilkey most recently had a solo show at Gilman Contemporary in March, and had several pieces on view through BDX-LAX Faraway So Close, a cultural project that promotes contemporary art between sister cities Bordeaux and Los Angeles. You can learn more about his work in this three part video interview from Fully Booked (Part 2Part 3), add see much more over on Facebook.


Sharp’s ‘Free-Form Displays’ with Ultra-Thin Bezels Make New Display Shapes Possible

Sharp today announced its upcoming “Free-Form Display” technology that will allow the company to nearly eliminate the traditional bezel that surrounds LCD displays. As a result, Sharp will be able to build LCD panels in nearly any shape to conform to the display area of the intended product. 


Conventional displays are rectangular because they require a minimal width for the bezel in order to accommodate the drive circuit, called the gate driver, around the perimeter of the screen’s display area. With the Free-Form Display, the gate driver’s function is dispersed throughout the pixels on the display area. This allows the bezel to be shrunk considerably, and it gives the freedom to design the LCD to match whatever shape the display area of the screen needs to be.

As an example, Sharp demonstrates a prototype display for a vehicle dashboard, with the display conforming to the shape of the main instrument panel, but the company also address the possibility of using the technology for “wearable devices with elliptical displays”. 

The concept of non-rectangular LCD displays naturally ties in to Apple’s rumored iWatch, which at least one analyst believes will include a round display, although most recent rumors have suggested the device will use an OLED display. Still, advancements in LCD technology that would allow for non-traditional display shapes open the door to many different possibilities for future devices, particularly as wearables appear set to become an increasingly significant focus for mobile device companies. 

Reducing bezel thickness on traditionally shaped devices such as the iPhone and iPad has also been a goal for Apple, seeking to maximize display size relative to the overall device size. Sharp’s technology could serve to push this effort even further, and issues with devices registering unintended touches from simply holding the device should be minimized as Apple has already developed software solutions for recognizing those touches as part of the development of the iPad mini and iPad Air. 

Sharp has not announced when its Free-Form Display technology will be ready for use, noting only that will enter mass production “at the earliest possible date.”

Award-Winning GIFs by Micaël Reynaud

We’ve been looking at these a lot – like on and off all day. Take a look at these crazy cool gifs below…and you’ll see why we were hooked. There’s also some pretty cool info out there about creating stuff like this. Enjoy!

Freelance designer and stop-motion animator Micaël Reynaud (previously) creates animated GIFs unlike any we’ve seen. His process involves the use of video techniques like slit-scanning, time-lapse, and various forms of masking to create what he refers to as “hypnotic very short films.” Indeed many of these animations are pulled from fully realized videos which you can watch over on his Vimeo channel. Reynaud’s work has not gone unnoticed in the art world, the pigeon GIF above was a finalist in the first Saatchi Gallery Motion Photographycompetition, and he recently won the 2014 Giphoscope International Art GIF contest. You can scroll through dozens of his creations over on Google+.

Watch out, Google Glass

In our always-connected society, our smartphones are often our balls and chains. We’re constantly looking at them, checking for new emails, text messages, missed phone calls, Facebook updates, and weather alerts. But what if you could just leave your phone in your pocket, or even elsewhere, and get your notifications delivered right in front of your eyes? That’s where Matilde’s Fun-iki glasses come in: you wear them like regular glasses, but when a notification comes in on your smartphone, the glasses lets you know with a series of blinking lights.

The glasses connect to your smartphone via Wi-Fi, which means you can still get notification so long as you’re within wireless range. The frames have LED lights embedded into them, which leaves the glasses capable of handling prescription lenses, if you need them. You can set your notifications for specific colors, perhaps blue for Facebook messages, red for emails, or green for text messages.

The glasses work with your basic notifications, but can also be set to work with third-party apps. You can set the light intensity, too, so that you don’t look like a disco ball walking down the street when you get inundated with emails. The glasses also have a mode that allows you to get messages in morse code, so if something urgent comes in, you’ll see the flashes as S.O.S.

Fun-iki glasses also have built-in speakers and a micro-USB port for charging. So far, though, they only come in two colors: white and hipster black. Fun-iki glasses go on sale later this year for the low price of $147. That’s a lot cheaper than Google Glass, but it’s arguably a lot more distracting for you and everybody around you who has to see your glasses flash different colors.

Long Exposure Photos of Budapest Trams Lit Up with 30,000 LED Lights

Although Christmas still feels like something in the vast future (or past, depending on your point of view) it certainly doesn’t hurt to think about the wintry season as summer temperatures continue to rise. One of the most mesmerizing Christmas sights we’ve seen are these trams and local streetcars in Budapest decorated with over 30,000 LED lights. The twinkling lights, when photographed with just the right exposure, creates a marveling image that resembles a futuristic vehicle speeding through time. This beautiful tradition of decorating trams was an initiative by the Budapest Transport Company, which kicked off in 2009. If you want to plan a visit you’ll definitely want to check out their website for routes and tram schedules.

5 POINTZ NYC – Google Cultural Institute

The image above is called 5 POINTZ NYC. It was done by Lois Stavsky and Houda Lazrak.

You can view this street art exhibit and thousands of others around the world using the Google Cultural Institute website.

Straight from Google, the cultural institute lets you:

“Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces.

Create your own galleries and share favorite finds with friends.”

We’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg for street art, and there are literally millions of other things to explore. This is something unique, and you might just get lost in a whole new world. Happy browsing – let us know if you create any galleries of your own!

LYVEHOME – Your personal content station

Created by an ex-apple engineer, LyveHome is a new device that allows you to manage and protect all your photos and videos in one place, but is accessible over all your other devices. The wireless device offers 2 Terabytes of storage and an included app can be used to view your entire photo and video collection from any mobile device, with the full resolution originals safe on your LyveHome. via 
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Learn more from the LyveHome website or purchase now from Amazon

E3 2014 | Electronic Entertainment Expo


It’s  here – E3, for all tech and video game related info about the hottest new releases for this year. The press conferences start in less than one hour and you can listen and watch on livestreams across the internet.

Just a few of the big names giving press conferences today are Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Sony.

Be sure to keep your eyes open for some submissions from smaller developers too, like the Oculus Rift we discussed in a previous post.

Enjoy the show – let us know what you think in the comments below.