Flash Development for your iPhone is coming!

Adobe announced yesterday that CS5 will have the ability to export Flash content to the iPhone. We are STOKED! Here are some links to read more:


Example iPhone Apps


Musician Spotlight: Band of Skulls

Source: Wikipedia and http://www.bandofskulls.com

Wkipedia says: Band of Skulls is a British alternative rock band that formed in 2008 in Southampton, England. It consists of Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals), and Matt Hayward (drums), who formed a band after they all met in college. Initially, they played at night clubs in the greater London area and recorded some demos under the name of Fleeing New York before changing their name to Band of Skulls in November 2008. Their debut album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, distributed by Shangri-La Music, was released exclusively on the iTunes Store on March 6, 2009, followed by a general release on March 20. The track “I Know What I Am” was chosen as iTunes’ free Single of the Week to coincide with the digital release.

I say: We’ve been playing their record a lot at the Hooky Interactive headquarters. It might be too early to tell, but this may be my pick for album of the year. Tracks from “Baby Darling Doll Face Honey” can be categorized in a few different genres. So when they get big, and believe me they will, you’ll be hearing their songs on all kinds hard rock and alternative rock stations. I had a chance to see them perform a secret show at a small theater in Hollyweird a few months ago, and I can honestly say, that they sound just as good live, if not better, than what’s on the album. Follow Band of Skulls on twitter / myspace / facebook.

Purchase their album from iTunes or Amazon. If you’re thinking of previewing a few tracks before committing to the whole album, I’d suggest ‘Light of the Morning,’ ‘Patterns,’ and ‘Cold Fame.’ Either way, it’s a wise investment. Roll down your car windows and turn it up!

Artist Spotlight: Meggs

Source: http://houseofmeggs.com

HouseOfMeggs.com says: Growing up in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, Meggs’ early artistic development was influenced by the cartoons, comics & sci-Fi films of the 1980’s. Fuelling his vivid imagination and creating a passion for superheroes, fantasy characters and bold colourful graphics, such as those found on toy packaging and video covers. This soon developed into a passion for skateboarding culture and interest in graffiti art and graphic design.

I say: I’m really digging the mashing of comic art and graffiti. He’s very good at classic hand-painted type, as seen in the samples below. You can keep up to date with Meggs on his blog.

Artist Spotlight: Andy Howell

Source: http://www.andyhowell.com

Zazzle says: Andy Howell’s roots are simple: skateboarding, surfing, drawing, painting, punk rock, hip-hop. He grew up immersed in the 80’s Virginia and DC punk scenes, making ‘zines, traveling up and down the east coast for skate contests and building ramps with his friends in every place they could find. Late nights of snaking wood and nails and mornings of cutting transitions were among his first forays into alternative DIY creativity. An adrenaline junkie from the word go, he just wanted to move fast, whether on board, with brush, or spraycan. Skateboarding and art became addictions, and soon everything else fell victim. Howell turned pro as a skateboarder in1989, and became an influence in the style of street skating that would set the tone for the next 10 years. His skateboarding philosophy was like that of his artwork: do something different, stretch the boundaries, and make a statement.

I say: I’ve been a fan of Andy Howell for years now, not just in the skate scene, but for his incredible artwork. I remember when he was getting all over under the monicker “HBOMB43”. His book, “Art, Skateboarding and Life,” is filled with skate punk culture and tons of his artworks, available for purchase ($35) at Amazon. His website is dope, his commercial work is rad, and he’s got a bunch of cool stuff for you to buy on Zazzle. Stay up to date on twitter @andyhowell43. You’re welcome.

Comedy Legend: Chris Farley

Source: http://www.hulu.com and http://www.youtube.com

I was just reminiscing about Chris Farley the other day, and I found these videos on hulu and YouTube. and I can remember each one of these videos as if I had watched them yesterday. The man was a legend.

Note: I was unable to find the unaltered “Chippendales” sketch. Click into this post to view the rest…
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Artist Spotlight: McBess

Source: http://www.mcbess.com

I recently came across one of McBess’ jams, and was impressed. Then I saw another one, and I got more impressed. Then I saw the following video he created, and I became super impressed. Please, do yourself a favor and view his artwork here. His minimalist Flash website is very cool as well. While you’re at it, you might as well follow him on twitter.

Typography Spotlight: Semilla

Source: http://www.sudtipos.com and http://www.veer.com

Semilla is another typeface by OpenType master Ale Paul for sudtipos.com, available for purchase ($79) at veer.com. I was waiting patiently for this font to be completed, and just looking at this sample, I can say that it was well worth the wait.

Finally, we can all be T-Pain!

Source: http://bit.ly/12GKoO

At first glance, this may seem to be the most ridiculous iPhone app yet. It’s actually quite genius…if you’ve ever wondered what your voice sounds like “auto-tuned” then search no further. T-Pain’s got the hook-up! The screen shots below are pretty self explanatory. Check it out, shawwtty!

Record Cover Awesomeness

Source: http://ifun.ru/view/89049, via Neil Hamburger

The brilliant comedian, Neil Hamburger (@Neil_Hamburger) tweeted a link to these guys a short time ago. I thought they were pretty cool, here are a couple of my favorites. Click here to see the rest.

Drunk History

Source: http://www.youtube.com/user/drunkhistory?blend=1&ob=4

These videos are awesome! Derek Waters, of Derek & Simon, put together these short films in which he gets a friend drunk, and records them recounting a historical event. Brilliant on so many levels. The videos feature Michael Cera, Jack Black, and Danny McBride respectively.

Warning: These videos are a bit spicy at parts.

Artist Spotlight: Paul Linsley

Source: http://paul-linsley-interview.blogspot.com/

I was reading one of my favorite blogs:  http://characterdesign.blogspot.com/ , and came across some pretty radical artwork by artist Paul Linsley.

CharacterDesign.blogspot.com says: I was born on the road and spent most of my life moving around the United States. I went on to explore Mexico and Europe for a few years, drawing as much as I could, painting murals and learning how to work with oil paint. I taught at a few art schools as a way to supplement my studies, then went to Calarts. I had four great years with such a loaded concentration of talented people; I was main-lined to an inspirational tap. My original intention was to be a painter, but became enamored with animation as I was immersed in all it’s glories. I got to study with some of the best and the brightest. In all honesty, I was out of my depths. I was sent as a guinea-pig to Goblin School of Animation (Paris, France) to represent Calarts and begin a relationship between the two schools. There, I was inundated with still more stunning talent and some of the kindest people I have worked with. After graduating I pursued illustration and freelance work and was offered a position on the Calarts Faculty. I went on to teach figure painting, animal drawing, story structure and visual story telling, while I worked freelance and developed my personal work. Later I was offered a position as art director at Tandem Motion Picture Studio. I came on board the story department when I pitched them a feature and became the screenwriter, story artist, and designer for the film. It’s a small Studio and I was in heaven working on this project. I later began work for Blue Sky Studios as a freelancer. Then was picked up and the 8fish Creative Studio. It’s been a fun ride so far. Can’t wait to see what comes next.

I say: Rad. His website is dope, too.

Artist Spotlight: Evan Hecox

Source: http://www.evanhecox.com

I’ve been a huge fan of Evan Hecox for a while now, ever since he started creating designs for Girl and Chocolate skateboard companies.  Since then, he’s become somewhat of an idol. His typographic style is amazing as well.

Artist Spotlight: Jennifer Maestre

Source: http://www.jennifermaestre.com/

JenniferMaestre.com says: To make the pencil sculptures, I take hundreds of pencils, cut them into 1-inch sections, drill a hole in each section (to turn them into beads), sharpen them all and sew them together. The beading technique I rely on most is peyote stitch. I’m inspired by animals, plants, other art, Ernst Haeckel, Odilon Redon, mythology. In fact, it isn’t easy to specify particular sources of inspiration. Sometimes one sculpture will inspire the next, or maybe I’ll make a mistake, and that will send me off in a new direction.

I say: I stumbled upon these sculptures, and thought they were pretty damn unique. She gots mad pencils, yo! I like the “Chimera” personally. Go here to see other samples of her work.

Typography Spotlight: Sentinel

Source: http://www.typography.com/fonts/font_overview.php?productLineID=100034

Hoefler & Frere-Jones says: For everyone who’s ever wished Clarendons had italics, everyone whose favorite slab serif is shy a few weights, and everyone who’s ever needed a slab serif to thrive in text: we designed Sentinel for you.

I say: Just look at those slabs, what an attractive multipurpose typeface! Reminds me of some of the better designed textbooks from high school.

Neurosonics Audiomedical Lab

Source: http://www.vimeo.com/6223439

KIASoul.com Wins Communication Arts Webpick

Source: http://www.commarts.com/webpicks

We here at Hooky have been honored by Communication Arts with a webpick in the digital category. Our thanks to everybody at David & Goliath. Go to www.kiasoul.com to check out the site.

Artist Spotlight: Moldover

Source: http://www.moldover.com

Moldover.com says: Known to 400,000 YouTube viewers as “The Godfather of Controllerism”, Moldover has become the inspiration for a new generation of musicians and DJs. Famous for building, hacking and playing controllers with virtuosic skill, his dynamic performances transfuse new life into electronic music. With appearances on national television, coverage in major music publications, and countless live shows around the world, Moldover is in constant demand by people interested in the next evolution of music.

I say: Check out these videos from this ‘controllerist’ ubernerd. I commend him for being innovative, and would really like to get my hands on one of his CDs. You can check out his website here, and his videos on vimeo.

Air Guitar Champion: “The Awesome”

Source: http://vimeo.com/5402478

I’m not sure if he won the competition or not, but he’s a winner in my book.

Artist Spotlight: Dave Kinsey

Source: http://www.kinseyvisual.com

KinseyVisual.com says: Dave Kinsey was born in Pittsburgh in 1971 and attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Art Institute of Atlanta before moving to California in 1994 to pursue a career as a designer and fine artist. His work captures the universal essence of the human condition mainly through an energetic portrayal of urban figures. Working spontaneously, and utilizing a range of mediums, he constructs multi-layered, textured environments easily likened to the complexities of contemporary life. His images depict beings who are both triumphant in their defiant stance to their surroundings, and tragic, as they transmit a visual display of raw emotion and jangled nerves. Kinsey founded BLK/MRKT Gallery in 2001, allowing him to provide a crossroads for a new movement of emerging and electrifying iconoclasts. In addition to these pursuits his fine art has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide, among these a recent exhibition at the URBIS Museum in Manchester and Art Brussels in Belgium. He has also been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Black Book and BLK/MRKT One and Two, and invited to speak at numerous institutions such as The Art Center, UCLA, Montserrat College of Art and most recently, the Semi-Permanent conference in Sydney, Australia.

I say: I’ve been a huge fan of Dave Kinsey since he was bombing walls in San Diego under the tag “büst.” I’m really excited to see the evolution of his art over the years. His fine art is very impressive. Please take a look at his website.

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Typography Spotlight: Sudtipos

Source: http://www.sudtipos.com and http://www.veer.com/products/cddetail.aspx?image=UMT9001001

Veer says: A brilliant typography collective from Argentina, Sudtipos is best known for the work of Alejandro Paul. When Paul pairs his OpenType mastery with his deep passion for calligraphy and South American sign painting, pure typographic magic happens. Sudtipos also features the work of several other professional designers, including Angel Kozupia. The collection ranges from swashed-out calligraphic wonders, energetic brush scripts, to contemporary sans serifs.

I say: I’ve become friends with Ale Paul on facebook, and he is a gentleman. I would suggest you take a look at his typefaces next time you set out to design something awesome. Here are a few of my favorites, linked from Veer:

Calgary Script / Feel Script

Kewl Script / Galgo Script