Jose G. Sketches your weekend

While at tonight’s TYPEFORCE show (go see it!), I bumped into my friend Jesse and asked him about his weekend plans. He fished out his iPhone but instead of launching iCal, he pulled up a photo and replied, “I’m gonna do some stuff from this sketch….”

There, in high contrast black and white, was this dense little sketch mapping out a jam-packed Chicago weekend:

© Jose Garibaldi

The frenzied illustration, entitled “Jose G. Sketches Your Weekend” is the latest in Jose Garibaldi’s incredibly detailed “weekend sketches” series posted weekly to his Internet House Party blog. The former Mad Magazine artist’s illos remind me of a badass Kirsten Ulve mixed with elements from Spümcø’s John K. Besides connecting Chicagoans with what going on in Chicago’s music + culture scene, this super talented artist/illustrator has a ton of great work featured on his portfolio site, Little Brown Heart. Check it out!

Typeforce at Co-Prosperity Sphere

The opening reception for Typeforce is coming up next week at Bridgeport’s Co-Prosperity Sphere. The annual show of Chicago’s “emerging typographic all-stars”, Typeforce includes work from local talents including: Jeremiah Chiu, Renata Graw, David Weik, Billy Baumann, Matthew Hoffman, Chris Eichenseer, Chad Kouri, Ryan Thurwell, Luke Williams, Tnop, Andy Luce, John Pobojewski, Darren McPherson, Lora Fosberg, Margot Harrington, Greg Calvert, Aaron Pedersen, Duncan MacKenzie, Will Miller and Nick Adam. The show runs through March 14th.

Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S. Morgan St)
Friday, February 26, 2010
7P – 10P
RSVP via Facebook

Daedelus live on the Dublab rooftop

The first time I heard Daedelus I was living in Atlanta and listening to the dubstream from L.A.’s nonprofit radio collective, dublab. As soon the lullaby chirps of “Door Bell” hit my ears, I was fan. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen Daedelus live but a friend pointed me to this video of him performing with his monome on the rooftop of the dublab.

My favorite part happens around 6:00 when he brings in a sample of the Isley Brothers’ Foot Steps in the Dark (also sampled for Ice Cube’s It Was A Good Day). Enjoy!

Check out Thrillhouse Production’s YouTube channel for more dublab/Daedelus videos.

New Global Language for

Bronwyn van der Merwe—the BBC’s Head of UX&D—offers a thorough explanation and personal insight into the BBC’s collaboration with Neville Brody‘s Research Studios on the new visual language they’ve planned for the BBC’s digital services. Considering the BBC is the largest broadcasting organization in the world and its website contains content from its 8 national TV channels, regional programming, 10 national radio stations and 40 local radio stations, it’s a huge undertaking to unify something so massive and extensive! Download the 50-page Global Visual Language Guidelines and see for yourself.

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Merging Design Disciplines

Indie design meetup Bevel—Emboss Merge kicks off another collaborative networking (and drinking) event tonight. Described as a “free party for passionate people in the creative industry”, the event’s young ambassador, Mig Reyes, seeks to creates alternative spaces for Chicago’s design talent to meet, collaborate and make the industry better. Designer? Copywriter? Photographer? Illustrator? Motion Artist? Filmmaker? It doesn’t matter—as long as you’re into drinks.

evilOlive  (1551 W. Division St)
Thursday, February 11, 2010
8P – 3A

On Repeat: DJ Gogo

My good friend Gregorio just sent me a link to his mixes on SoundCloud. I’m not sure what took him so long to share them… but after just a quick listen, there’s no way I’m holding out on telling the Internets! Give them a thorough listen and you’ll see what I’m talking about: these are mastercraft audio tapestries—moody, smart and soulful.

If you’re interested in hearing Gogo live, he’s djing the opening reception for Doug Fogelson‘s latest installation

Salt Room: Winter On The Moon
the space (1020 N. Marshfield)
Friday, February 12th from 6-9 P