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 →

Happy Twin Peaks Day!

“Like every town you’ve ever seen. And no place you’ve ever known.” 23 years ago today the first episode of Twin Peaks aired on ABC. We love these original TV Guide advertisements for the show, they are so perfectly Lynch and its always so interesting to see how something as esoteric and bizarre as Twin Peaks is “promoted” or “marketed”. More below. Best line? “P.S. – She’s still dead.” More from our Twin Peaks obsessed selves: A Very Twin Peaks Christmas Black Lodge 2600 Fire Walk With Me Event /... Read The Rest →

Cool Temperatures, Clear Skies, Star Gazing

We use the different seasons as excuses to design seasonal graphics, like the one above. Sometimes its good to take a step away from client work to play and experiment with something just for the sake of doing it. We just spent a glorious week at the beach (more on that later), beach combing for jellyfish, listening to the waves, burning bonfires and contemplating the stars – which I’m sure was the inspiration for this. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to our Fall Film Series with... Read The Rest →

Black Lodge 2600

It might be apparent, but we’re big big fans of Twin Peaks at Recspec HQ (see: the photos from our Twin Peaks dress-up party commemorating the 25 year anniversary of Laura Palmer’s death). So it probably goes without saying that I almost had a heart attack when I saw the above image, and of course immediately thought that it was a real physical object, until I checked the copyright date at the bottom. A little more research uncovered that Jak Locke has created the game as a sort of love letter... Read The Rest →

Recspec ♥s Space

Wow, the Universe really is a strange and stunningly beautiful place. Via APOD (Astronomy Picture of The Day), here’s a recent video of some Aurora Borealis near the border of Norway and Russia. The Aurora from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo. And above, more Aurora Borealis images from APOD (source, click to view full size) taken in Canada last month. Definitely wanting to take a trip north just to stare at the sky now. We also recently saw the Hubble IMAX movie, which was moving and awe-inspiring and comes highly, highly... Read The Rest →

Rest Well, Dame Elizabeth

We’re a couple of days late, obviously, but wanted to put a little note in this space saying goodbye to the beautiful Elizabeth Taylor. We’re both avid classic film fans, and she must be one of the most stunning and powerful women to ever grace the silver screen. Uncompromising, unapologetic, and completely herself, up until the end. Goodnight, Liz.

Santisima Muerte

Dia de los Muertos is one of our favorite holidays, and for the second year in a row, we’ve carved a pumpkin depicting some skellington friends. This year we decided on making a skeleton lady (last year was the Duke), as inspired by a mural put up on 5th street downtown for the Dia de los Muertos festivites a few days ago. Sadly, I didn’t have our camera on hand, but the lovely Angeliska got a couple of beautiful shots: (Another view) These beautiful ladies made me want to make one... Read The Rest →

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