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First time visiting Jabal Al-Qala’a after living more than 18 years in amman… Felt like a tourist, in fact I had to actually act like one to get in at 4:15 because they close doors at 4:00 now… They knew we were joking and let us in for 2 hours a while…
The visit was worth it, if only for the pictures you get to take…

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Bananaoto!

A few “design” books are considered a must read, or a must-flip through, if anything!

A few of those few are…. unquestionably; life changing experiences!

One of those is Kenya Hara’s Designing Design… I’m still going through it and I’ll post a review or something soon enough…

But for the time being, flipping through it I was reminded of this amazing showcase of pure design genius… The packaging concept by Japanese Design master Naoto Fukasawa

Bananaoto!

Packaging Concept By Naoto Fukasawa

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So my friends at the Interruptions Team shouldn’t be wondering when will the flood of banana related material will end… It won’t stop until we start making enough noise…

So until NOISE, please mind the banana!

Images of the Whenever!

Most respected blogs feature what might be called “image of the day/week”

So inspired by those respected blogs, whenever I feel like it i’ll open up the blog and post soemthing so silly, so stupid, so unbelievably unnecessary… something that no respected blog would ever post… only mine!

You know why, because I can!

I know it might seem irrelevant to anything now, but just wait… or don’t because really, nothing will ever come out of this…

So here goes, the first two images of the whenever

Have an Opinion Why Don’t You!

A while back i started a group on facebook, named it “as little design as possible

In the description field i wrote;

The last of dieter rams’ ten principles on good design was:
“good design is as little design as possible”
If you feel you understand this,
you’re one of the few…

So, Hello…

You need to know that I’m a simple guy who likes simple and simple-looking things, what most people don’t know is that simple is not always as simple as they might presume…
In a lot of cases simple doesn’t even look simple enough, let alone the fact that simple, or good simple, is never understood by simple-minded people…
This group will contain some works by my friends and myself, anyone is free to post almost anything related to design stripped naked of all it’s unnecessary accessories…

After that i begged asked everyone to join and be active for a change, because commenting is easy on last night’s dinner party, or what degree of bronze a friend’s tan is, or even how good a girl looks on that pixellated-under lit-excuse of a photo she took of herself in the bathroom!
But when it comes to serious comments, or inquiries at least, you’ll find that most annoyingly opinionated people in the real world, don’t have the same skills on blogs and groups…

What happened was that a very few people joined, fewer commented (one or too), and no one contributed…

Then comes a very good friend of mine, and says this:

I agree somehow on what you’ve written, but dont you think you might have patronized non-design oriented people by branding them as ” simple-minded people”? plus werent everything created in couples? extremes might be appreciated! maybe it’s not the era! 80s for example. further, didnt you over complicate the description trying to over simplify it? am not attacking, dont get me wrong, just merely contributing, hence the request!

In my opinion; his reaction is justified, the point he raised about over complicating simplicity is one of the major points discussed in minimalism, minimal design specifically. And now there another thing that i can talk about:

How simple is simple really!?

Now it turned into the start of an actual debate between “designers” and “non-designers” if i can call them that! Instead of me now caring about the group i started wondering why the hell people aren’t that interested in almost anything interesting?

So now you are familiar with this particular scenario, let’s see if after all this rambling you can form an opinion and post it on the comments box down there…

Do those annoyingly opinionated only voice out their concerns in public? is it an image thing? what?… I’m rambling I know, but it’s been such a mindf**king experience trying to come up with answers…

Peace!

Good Thing they Didn’t Blend In

In 2003 something really cool happened… A good, solid, impressive showcase of arabic rock band potential… They didn’t blend in, and they weren’t welcomed into the mainstream as much as Jad Chouiri, Dana Dandan, and that girl sucking on a lollypop naked in a pool of cereal… Good thing they didn’t blend in huh!

Too bad they didn’t stick out like a sore thumb either, cuz i have no idea where they are and what they’re doing or if they’ll ever release a second album…

A summarized biography out of their website

blend first got together in 1997 under the name “leviathan” when vocalist jad souaid and guitarist miran gurunian met as students at the american university of beirut. in 1999, jad aouad joined on drums and haytham chalhoub on bass. the band performed the standard canon of rock covers from led zeppelin and pink floyd to pearl jam and radiohead, wherever they could

in early 2002, blend performed at strange fruit in beirut. there they were approached by a representative from EMI who had been in the audience

on october 2002, blend signed its contract with EMI becoming the first “anglo” style rock band ever signed to a major international record label in the middle east, where artists are predominantly solo “pop” singers, do not write their own songs or play their own instruments and rarely perform live in front of large audiences

act one, their first album, comprises 11 tracks written by the band. it tackles sociopolitical issues that are equally relevant to the new generation in lebanon, as they are elsewhere in the middle east and in the west (again this is a first. such topics are not generally encountered in middle eastern lyrics)

the album was recorded and produced in lebanon by philip tohme during a period of 8 months in 2003 and mastered by chris blair at abbey road studios, london. the lead off single is naturally “belong” and its music video was produced and directed by amine dora, whose previous works have been awarded at zinebi festival (spain), unimovie festival (italy) and the european film festival (lebanon) with a first prize. the album also includes collaborations with natacha atlas on “communicate” and the lebanese rapper rayess_bek on “belong revisited”

act one was launched in the middle east on saturday december 27, 2003 at 7 p.m.

Not releasing a second album till now might be because they want their sophomore album to exceed all expectations, or maybe it’s just them being lazy… But for what it’s worth, I listned to it again today, after losing it for a couple of years now, and i still love it as much as i did back when it came out, maybe even more..,

I have a few people in mind that have to get out a pen and take notes while watching the next video; The song is really really good, and the video is extremely well-done… And also, after you watch it try to go download the album, every single song on the album rocks, in its own unique way…

Also… People, Comment

GINA Concept

You want the future, well here you go…

It’s been sitting at the BMW headquarters after all, and in case you haven’t seen it yet…

Help yourslef to a tissue, and take a look…

Read an interview with the mastermind behind this new direction of motorworks design language…

http://www.wallpaper.com/cars/qa-with-chris-bangle-of-bmw/2441

Mr. Bangle is now retired to pursue his life long passion of not doing cars! leaving Adrian Van Hooydonk at the lead of BMW Design team… Who is also doing some changing BMW, instead elegant beamsters, he presented a concept that brings  the bavarian motor works company back to the old days, 70’s to be exact, a hommage to the M1

The Parlor Mob

My Favourite NEW Band… The parlor mob are bringing balls back to rock…

Just like Axl once thought to himself, “F**k Glam this isn’t music” and he came out and welcomed everybody to the jungle, and it was as if all the men across the street singin’ and dancing to “girls, girls, girls” were actually singing about themselves… All the lace and make-up stopped being “a statement of self assured masculinity”, they were now literally angry, confused, pop artists who used cross dressing as an excuse to make trashy music seem “edgy”… Their music was really good at times, a lot of other bands actually stole the guitar sound motely crue created… But their brand of Rock didn’t compare with G N’ R… Axl & Slash were two of many artists who defined what ROCK really is about, those songs that punch you right in the face with the first riff, that oomph!

Now on to indie rock, I’m not going to speak much about indie, I like a few bands, a few of what seem to be hundreds of bands popping out every other day and getting all the critics attention… I never liked people calling the Genre “Indie Rock” because those boys from “the strokes” can’t be lumped in with all the rockers that graced the stages of history, hell they can’t even drink at the same bar with Axl, And definitly not Slash!

But when a new brand of rockers came out other than the oh so cute indies, I thought, cool: here is a band i can look back after thirty years and say I bought their first album when it came out, and be all proud about it!

True rockers like:  The Black Keys (been there for a while now and the guitartist, vocalist Dand Auerbach released a solo album that Rocks just as much), Black Mountain, Radio Moscow,  The Yelling, and some more… But the one band that if I had to bet, all my money goes on them getting big and hanging around for at least 5 or 6 more real rock the hell outta you albums…

The band i’m talking about is The Parlor Mob… With their album “And You Were A Crow”

Best Film Ever Made

In 1971, Stanley Kubrick gave us…

A Clockwork Orange…

It’s now 2009, and still no movie ever came close…

I’ll admit, from this trailer it looks freaky weird, and the film is weird, not the freaky kind but the good kind… the weird that gave this film it’s unique and innovative approach to communicate certain messages…

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You Wish!

I wish people would be more critical of design, and of designers, who are responsible for designing some pretty nasty stuff.

Marc Newson, Interviewed in director Gary Hustwit Documentary; “Objectified”

Here’s the awesome trailer, My wish actually is for his film to be mandatory watching for every CEO in the region… In fact I’d do my best to plan weekly screenings when the DVD Comes out, all for the dream of people getting to know what exactly is it that major i studied 4 years in college about!

And the awesome poster designed by Build… Black on silver background…

What is it, industrial engineering? interior decor? painting? sculpture? sanay3i? no? new type of engineering then? ooh OK, stylist? no! technician? well then what is it? how is that different from graphic design? oooooh ok? so you’re a craftsman? blacksmith? carpenter? C’mon help me out here!!!

Excerpt from some of many conversations i had with people asking me what exactly is it i am!

To know more about Gary Hustwit, He filmed Helvetica which came out back in 2007!

One simply magnificent masterpiece…

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Poster By Build