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 →

I’ll See You In The Trees

Sometimes it seems like we’re always posting about those of us who’ve left us, but it’s important to us to give them whatever little space we can here, because they make up so much of who we are and what influences us. With that said, last night we lost a true gem — Little Jimmy Scott. His story is a wonderful and interesting one: he was popular in the 40’s and 50’s, but faded almost completely in the 60’s. His renaissance occurred in the 90’s after Lou Reed saw him perform... 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 →

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 →

Every Day Things / It’s Radiant

It’s been a while since we’ve posted an everyday thing that’s inspired us – so the other day when we were taking stock of our video projection equipment and noticed these lovely labels, we decided it was high time for a post. Here at Recspec we delight in the ordinary and the beautifully mundane — and for the times where things had good design just purely by existing when they did. Below are the labels and some details from two compact projection screens we have, the Radiant and the Da-Lite... 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 →

Fly Lo, We Love You

It’s always so rad when two awesome things come together, like Flying Lotus and Adventure Time (it took us so long to find out about Adventure Time, thankfully our friend Belen gifted us the first DVD and we’ve been in love ever since). Flying Lotus made a song for the latest episode of the show, and its bubbly, glitchy, Fly Lo fun. [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/86378481″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] We also thought we’d take this opportunity to say how much we absolutely loved his latest album, Until The Quiet Comes, it... Read The Rest →

12th Night Austin

Exciting news! We’ve had the pleasure of teaming up with some fantastic local businesses to bring the New Orleans tradition of 12th Night to Austin in just a few weeks! Brought to you by Recspec, Coco Coquette, Charm School Vintage, Sister Temperance Tarot and Sweet Ritual – on January 5th we’ll be parading with the Minor Mishap Marching Band from Maison d’Etoile to The Blackheart, where we will crown the publically elected King and Queen, eat king cake, and dance the night away. As Allyson from Coco Coquette put it:... Read The Rest →

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