Food for thought‘[...] do not think that good design can make a poor product good, whether the product be a machine, a building, a promotional brochure or a business man. But [...] good design can materially help make a good product reach its full potential. In short, [...] good design is good business.’
Thomas J. Watson Jr., IBM CEO

Here's to a better new year!

December 31, 2007, 5:05 PM

(Taken on Mutu Peak, Straja. My br’er, waiting for my signal to film him completing the “eights” I’ve started in the pulver :) )



Steep rides

December 29, 2007, 2:15 PM

Just got back from skiing and this trailer blew me away. Steep (movie) seems to show what extreme freeride skiing is all about. And no, no hip-cool-look-at-my-new-hairstyle snowboarders :P (snowboarding is a fashion these days, not a sport for the brave – it’ll cool down in time and remain among the true fans, just like surfing and other “cool” sports did).

Watch in awe:

Trailer also on Apple page.



USS CityMall

December 15, 2007, 3:06 AM

This bridge is placed just outside my window. I got to visit it for the first time today. Interesting. Feels like “beam me up, Scotty” :P


and this is from the night they put it together (can’t believe it was 3 months ago already, time surely flies, with warp ten sometimes :P).


And if you’re wondering why the pictures are all at night, it’s because designers are actually vampires, we only work at night (it’s a big conspiracy to hide the truth from all of you people and all the other bla bla) :P

Later edit:
City Mall has posted on their site some details about the project (link in romanian). According to their webpage, I’ll have just around the corner 4 banks (Raiffeisen, BCR, Emporiki and Piraeus) and two big retailers, Domo and Billa (plus one casino, in case I feel lucky :P). I’d be glad about them, but having a 11-floors-24/7-open parking lot nearby means less fresh air from the parks around :(

At least I’ll be able to see Bucharest from sky high :)



Little windows to the past

December 11, 2007, 11:53 PM

These nice courtains reminded me of my grandparents’ today.


(taken in “La Taifas”, around Calea Victoriei, Bucharest)



Corto Maltese – Esprit Sauvage

November 20, 2007, 4:13 AM

This ad almost made me buy Christian Dior’s Eau Sauvage. What better way to portray the idea of a “sauvage” perfume?

here’s a larger image

Corto Maltese is the image of the strong, solitary, misterious and yet melancholic man. I think Corto Maltese is one of the least explored great characters, I wonder how come Hollywood (and US entertainment machine) hasn’t grasped it yet. I’d surely preffer a Corto Maltese movie to any Superman, Hulk, Spider Man and so on (would’ve included Batman too, if he hasn’t been played by Bale lately :) ). Collin Farrel might make a good Corto if he’d be more “classy” (can’t think of a better “rugged” actor for this – Bale or Pitt are “too blonde” :)) ).

Anyway, if you want some great stories, mind-blowing watercolors (Hugo Pratt, Corto’s father, is a true master) and some of the same coolness of Cowboy Bebop, that oozes from every page, definitely get Corto Maltese. Too bad it’s so hard to find, only has some of the novels and dvds, so if you know french well enough, you’re in for a treat :)

And about Dior’s Eau Sauvage, well, you have to test it to see how well it suits Corto :) Bold, rough, then whiskey-old, melancholic, classy. One minor complain, I don’t think Corto would be caught doing that gesture, it’s not manly enough :)), but then again, none of us really is, we’re just good at pretending sometimes.


Later update:
Hehe, I did order Eau Sauvage eventually, so the ad did it’s job very well :)



Classics never die

November 17, 2007, 9:15 PM

I was listening to Guerrilla Radio and something odd caught my ear. The song was American Woman, but the voice resembled Robert Plant‘s. I may not be a “rocker” anymore, but once a Led Zep fan, always one… So I was wondering when on earth did Plant record this song and how come his voice sounded so good (like the good ol’ days), since I knew that he lost it through age and rock’n’roll excesses (should you wish to disagree, listen the beautiful Rain Song here and then here).

Checking the song, I found out that I was mistaking, the song was performed by The Guess Who, and they surely sounded like Led Zep’s Plant singing next to Cream‘s Eric Clapton.

Here are the videos, enjoy some true classics (and mind the similarities :) ):

There seems to be some problems with embedding youtube movies, here are the links (I’ll try to fix this again later):

American Woman – The Guess Who

Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin

I Feel Free – Cream



Do great books a great designer make?

, 4:48 PM

Of course not, but they surely help. Even if sometimes you won’t understand what they are about until you’ve gained more experience. As it has been said in the past, you are always searching for what you already know, uncounciously or not. And one of the best education you can get is reading a 2m stash of great books from your area of expertise (usually this beats most schools, especially romanian ones). Too bad I can’t remember who said this either.

I’ve added an Amazon Wish List widget in the sidebar, you can check some great books that I think are worth buying (and will buy most of them, gradually, unless I win the lottery :)) ).




November 6, 2007, 1:51 AM

Wonderful song, brings pure joy every time. Maybe they should play it in the metro stations every 10 minutes or so :)

Who could not smile when hearing:
“Are you married?”
“Am I not a man? And is not a man stupid? I’m a man. So I married. Wife, children, house, everything. The full catastrophe.” (Zorba’s reply)



Totoro Pumpkin

November 1, 2007, 1:14 AM

I knew I’d get the chance someday to post this beautiful Totoro :) Happy Halloween, for those who celebrate it.


(check this site for more pumpkins)