33 1/3 Rotations in Space

Every year we create a set of 10 posters for Free Week (a week of free shows that many Austin venues participate in during the first week of January) at Holy Mountain and these might be our favorites yet. Most of the credit goes to the vintage sci-fi pulp paintings, obviously. Trashy space novels forever! And if you live in the Austin area and are interested in checking out any of these great shows, click here for all the details and we’ll be seeing you (in space).

Every Day Things / Instagramming Inspiration

It’s been far too long since we’ve done an Every Day Things post, so I thought I’d do a little round up of some of the design inspiration we’ve been capturing around Austin and via instagram lately. We love keeping an eye out for little bits of typography and flashes of design out in the world that inspire the projects that we’re working on or even just make us think about design and the way it’s used differently. Follow us on Instagram for more — we’ve been on a roll lately!... Read The Rest →

Alien Languages and Musical Portals: NMASS 2014

As we mentioned last month — we love the Church of The Friendly Ghost. We’re lucky enough here in Austin, Texas to have a thriving music community (obviously), even for those of us whose music tastes veer a bit to the experimental and weird side of the spectrum. The Church of The Friendly Ghost is a safe haven for just that, encouraging and cultivating artists and musicians in the community that intentionally colour outside of the lines. That’s why, when they asked us to make their collectable silkscreen poster for this... Read The Rest →

NMASS 2014: Help the Friendly Ghosties!

Recspec loves the Church of The Friendly Ghost — an Austin run organization that helps cultivate and encourage experimental music and experiential art through nearly weekly events, normally held at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre. We’ve been involved in their organization basically since we’ve been in Austin, doing video projections for shows, volunteering at events, and we even had the pleasure of creating the branding for the 2012 incarnation of their yearly festival, NMASS (the New Media Art and Sound Summit). NMASS is the yearly culmination of their weekly events in one three day... Read The Rest →

Bloom

We’re thrilled to be on Dsktps.com for the third time today featuring our ‘Bloom’ design, which mixes some of our favorite things: vintage botanical illustrations, skulls, and moons. And neon green, which is as surprising of a development to us as it is to you. Dsktps is a great resource for high quality mobile and desktop backgrounds by a variety of bad ass artists and photographers, with a new desktop posted every monday. It’s a huge treasure trove of great backgrounds in a sea of mediocrity and pop star backgrounds. Jason‘s... Read The Rest →

Adventure Peaks

We’re so, so in love with these Adventure Time x Twin Peaks mashups that have been making the internet rounds recently. Two of our favorites! First image by Kate Willaert, and the second two are by Mentalguy. Speaking of Twin Peaks, we might have a little Twin Peaks announcement of our own in the next few days. Maybe. Possibly. All things Twin Peaks must remain mysterious, of course.

All That Sparkles: 12th Night Austin 2014

12th Night is upon us once again, and we hope you’ll join us tomorrow night to dance through the streets of East Austin and shake off those winter blues. As we wrote about the tradition leading up to our first (amazing, beautiful) year of 12th night: “This is your chance to shake off the winter doldrums, gather together your krewe, and celebrate with your community. Austin is ripe for a new tradition and you can help us bring some New Orleans cheer and old world magic to this city.” Last... Read The Rest →

Merry Soviet Space Christmas!

While we were doing research and searching out inspiration for our own Christmas on The Moon, we found so many Soviet space propaganda Christmas and New Years cards that we decided to collect and share some of our favorites here. The Russians sure love their space travel, and their big beautiful burly bearded Santa Claus, aka Ded Moroz. We love the mix of the 50’s cartoon styles and then the super intricate ones that are such finely crafted works of art. Enjoy! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all the rest... Read The Rest →

Christmas on The Moon

It’s that time of the year again, where the temperatures drop, the stars shine a little brighter, and somehow even surrounded with people, we often feel a little bit more removed and alone. What would Christmas feel like on the Moon? Desolation, longing, quietude, and triumph. We’ve walked up there, on that big glowing orb. A Christmas up there would be lonely, but beautiful. The Earth shining in the distance like a glittering gift. Here at Recspec HQ we like to have fun with the Christmas season, last year we... Read The Rest →

Early Movements

Dangerous Minds posted some of these earlier which sent us down the rabbit hole of the Phenakistoscope, Thaumatrope, and other forms of early movement and animation (one of our favorites is Eadweard Muybridge, whose work we’ve used in our video projections before). Since DM already did such a good job explaining, we’ll just quote them here: “Phenakistoscope” was the term favored by a Belgian inventor named Joseph Plateau. (The term “phenakistoscope” comes from the Greek phenakizein, meaning “to deceive.”) Plateau’s idea was to put 10 images or so around a circular plate, each... Read The Rest →

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