Tekken-Style Health Bars for Taekwondo

Martial arts competitions can be a little confusing to the untrained eye. The scoring systems simply favour landed hits, no matter how slight or imperceptible. During a recent exhibition, the Korea Taekwondo Association demonstrated a brand new piece of technology designed to make the sport more spectator-friendly, essentially turning competition into a real-world fighting game.

The system features brand new wearable sensors that measure the striking power of every attack and deduct from the fighters’ health bars appropriately, very much like a fighting game. Both competitors start out with 100 health points, and the first to drop the opponent to 0 is the winner. Everything is accompanied by sound effects and larger-than-life graphics. The result is something that looks like a combination of Olympic sport and Tekkencompetition—without the bears and Jaguar-masked wrestlers, of course.


Source: Tekken-Style Health Bars Make Watching Taekwondo So Much Better | Kotaku Australia

A Very Frosty, Expensive Game Boy | Kotaku Australia

Artist Daniel Arsham, who in 2018 quietly collaborated on one of the sneakers of the year, often makes and sells very expensive, very sought-after stuff on his personal site. Loads of them are from his “future relic” series, where everyday pieces of tech and pop culture are reimagined as archaeological remains, and the next one is the Game Boy.

Many of his previous future relics have sold for $US500 ($724) retail and then thousands at resale, so this is a little more exclusive than your average Nintendo collectable, even if the crystal effect is just for show (it’s actually made of resin). Whether it’s worth that much to you is up to, well, you.

Source: A Very Frosty, Expensive Game Boy | Kotaku Australia

Exposure Currency

The note that no one asked for.

The ‘I scratch your back, you scratch mine’ idea of not paying a creative for their work and giving them ‘exposure’ in return just isn’t right. A creative loses up to US$6,620 every year through creating actual work for no pay. But what sort and amount of exposure did the Creative earn? The returns are often unclear.

The insight resulted in the Exposure Currency, a series of paper notes that is designed to imitate dollar bills upon the first impression. However, a bright hue of text displaying “The Note No One Asked For”, immediately reveals the idea of its use. At the back of the note lies a declaration that acts as a reminder to properly compensate someone for their time and efforts. May they realise, that the currency of Exposure they promise Creatives with, is as worthless as our Exposure Dollar in their hands.


Source: Exposure Currency

WePresent | I’m taking a power gap and closing it with an information gap

In about a week’s time, the high-profile, and often controversial, survey of up-and-coming American artists known as the Whitney Biennial will open in New York. Gretchen is not a part of that show. Instead, her project, Whitney Biennial 2019…Vision Board is beginning its month-long run on the opposite side of the country, at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. When Gretchen addresses the guests, she refers to her opening as a “celebration and manifestation” of the work. It is the IRL component of a piece that largely lives online, the culmination of months spent expressing her own desire to be part of the Whitney Biennial and subsequently tricking Google into thinking she actually is part of the esteemed exhibition.

Source: WePresent | I’m taking a power gap and closing it with an information gap


It took 850 days, 74 tubes of soy ink, 15 colors, 660 masters, 690,000 sheets of paper, 3 fans, 2 riso printers, and 4 people to complete a book – a 360 page book that only talks about 1 thing. The thing that is always the most fascinating is “Process”. The processes and experiences that did not have the chance to appear in the pages of this book can only be quantified, converted, and recorded into words. is the result of 2 years of image separation studies and experiments, and is the second book published by O.OO, continuing the spirit and purpose of published 3 years ago. Instead of using wordy descriptions, we hope that readers can feel the wonders of Risograph printing through the details of the design in the book. Whether you are a designer, an artist, or an illustrator, anyone interested in color can use this book to enter the field with ease.The methods discussed in this book are not the one and only, and are not absolute. Everyone’s way of experimenting is different, and this book just offers our experience as a tool. Without the participation of people, the technology is plain and void of charm. Thus, the title NO MAGIC IN RISO.

Source: NO MAGIC IN RISO(SP COVER) – O.OO Risograph & Design ROOM

My Famicase Exhibition

Aaaanndddd we’re back. Sorry for the hiatus everyone, just needed some time out and finally had a break from work to welcome our friend who is moving here from Japan.

Reveal Image – Beautiful Castle Death Machine: A quiet morning survival version by BAKAkid

Anyway, that ca(r)t is finally out of the bag. My first show in over a year is an awesome group show in Tokyo, featuring a host of awesome artists making custom labels for Famicom Cartridges. Its crazy, I had the idea for the same kinda show while we were living in Osaka, and then when we travelled to Tokyo I just happened to visit Super Meteor while walking around Nakano Broadway, and they had the 2017 My Famicase Exhibition on. It was awesome, and I am so glad to be able to be part of it this year.

My entry is called – Beautiful Castle Death Machine: A quiet morning survival version

Photo of Exhibition – Beautiful Castle Death Machine: A quiet morning survival version

I have a few more in the series planned, and will be bringing them to life later this year for my own famicart exhibition if all goes to plan.

There are so many amazing entries this year, so here is a gallery with my favourites. Once I have my hands on the catalogue I will update with links to each artist.

I am so stoked that I was able to be part of the Super Meteor – My Famicase Exhibition 2019! feels really good to have my art out in the wild again, and has driven me to keep creating more and more.

It looks like I made the cover for the catalogue this year. yyyuusssss!

Super Meteor are awesome to work with, and should have all the Famicase images up on their website – www.famicase.com – shortly.

Helvetica® Now

Did we need a new Helvetica? No. Did we want a new Helvetica? Kind of…

The Monotype Type Foundry has released and updated version of Helvetica, called Helvetica now. At a glance it looks like Helvetica, but there have been a bunch of updates and additions, attempting to modernise the font for the current digital age.

Helvetica® Now is a new chapter in the story of perhaps the best-known typeface of all time. Available in three optical sizes—Micro, Text, and Display.

I haven’t been using Helvetica as a workhorse since my screen printing days about a decade ago. a few years ago, I came across Neue Haas Unica (also by Monotype), which I thought was a more interesting sans serif that had a bunch of weights and uses, and pretty much stuck with it for my everyday. Im tempted to get Helvetica Now, but I dont think I really need it.

The Verge has a pretty in depth behind the scenes interview about Helvetica Now.

Source: Helvetica® Now