Graeme Voigt

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Issue No. 14: Anarchy Evolution, New Norwegian Banknotes, China's Forgotten Village and more...

Worth reading:

  1. Anarchy Evolution - Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God. Written by the front man of the legendary punk rock band Bad Religion this book touches on faith, science, biology and punk rock music. 
  2. Record Label Logo Archive Vol.1
  3. Skara Brae, Scotland
  4. Marina Ginesta: Socialist Activist Whose Photograph Became One of the Most Memorable Images of the Spanish Civil War
  5. Armour of Henry II, King of France
  6. Snøhetta and Metric’s Beautiful, Nature-inspired Norwegian Banknotes Are Finally in Circulation
  7. China's Forgotten Village Swallowed by Nature
  8. Adobe Photoshop Is Finally Coming to iPad
  9. India Unveils the World's Tallest Statue
  10. We Need an FDA for Algorithms

Worth listening to:

  1. John Butler Trio - Wade In The Water
  2. Shotty Horroh - Frank & Stein
  3. Gregory Alan Isakov covers "The Trapeze Swinger"

Worth watching: 

  1. The Gender Pay Gap with Jonathan Pie
  2. What if He Falls? The Terrifying Reality Behind Filming “Free Solo”
  3. First Look at the McLaren Speedtail
  4. Apollo 11’s Journey to the Moon, Annotated

Resources:

  1. FontBase - Finally, a clean, beautiful font manager! 

Worth seeing:

  1. Humboldthain Flak Tower, Berlin. The last (of three) remaining Berlin World War II flak towers. These towers were incredibly strong (think 2 metre thick walls) and designed to defend Berlin during bombing.

Issue No. 13: Apple's Best Product Is Privacy, an Electric Jaguar, Rembrandt's Masterpiece, Offensive Speech and More...

Worth Reading:

  1. Instructions for British Servicemen in Germany - A short but rather interesting read. The book is a reproduction of a small booklet that was issued to English soldiers during the occupation of Germany. 
  2. Advanced App Store Optimization by Moritz Daan & Gabe Kwakyi
  3. Peugeot’s E-Legend Concept
  4. Amanda & Erik - A Swedish Design Studio
  5. How 15 Berlin Neighbourhoods Got Their Names
  6. Forget the new iPhones: Apple’s best product is now privacy
  7. Bizarre Phenomenon Suggests Objects Can Be Two Temperatures at Once
  8. Jaguar Electric 
  9. Britain Turns Offensive Speech Into a Police Matter

Worth listening to:

  1. LaVern Baker - Dix-A-Billy
  2. Alfa Mist - Keep On
  3. Elvis Presley - I've Got Confidence 
  4. Violent Soho - Jesus Stole My Girlfriend

Worth watching:

  1. Roald Dahl at Work
  2. Douglas Murray in conversation with Jordan Peterson
  3. Why This Is Rembrandt's Masterpiece
  4. A Visit to One of the World's Largest Pencil Factories

Resources: A new section of this newsletter where I will recommend various tools and resources. 

  1. Standard Notes. There's no better way to start this resources section than to mention my favourite digital tool. Standard Notes is by far the best note-taking app you will find; your notes can be accessed from any device and most importantly (unlike most apps) all of your notes are fully encrypted. 

Worth seeing: 

  1. The RAMONES Museum, Berlin. 

What I've been doing:

  1. I am super excited to have recently joined the team at Phiture, Berlin. 

Issue No. 12: Kalashnikov Makes an Electric Car, Lego Builds a Functioning Bugatti, Real Holograms, Surreal Britain and More...

Worth reading:

  1. 12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson. My girlfriend bought me a copy recently, I haven't even finished the book and it's already one of the most important I've ever read. 
  2. Kalashnikov (yes, the weapons manufacturer) unveils new electric car
  3. Two Apartments Merge into a Modern Apartment for a Family in Ukraine
  4. Pantone The Game
  5. The Amazing Life-size LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron That Actually Drives
  6. Surreal shots of modern Britain
  7. The Looking Glass: A Holographic Display for 3D Creators
  8. World War I: Powerful (and Creepy) Propaganda Posters
  9. Tempo - A Minimalist Email
  10. The chaotic energy of Notting Hill Carnival, in photos
  11. The Mercedes Benz EQ Silver Arrow Concept

Worth listening to: 

  1. Feine Sahne Fischfilet - Alles auf Rausch
  2. The Radio Dept. - Heaven's On Fire
  3. The Hold Steady - Your Little Hoodrat Friend
  4. Bobby Caldwell - Darling Open Your Eyes 
  5. Jamie T - B Sides

Worth watching:

  1. How Africa is Becoming China's China
  2. 10 Reasons to Look Forward to the Future - Johan Norberg
  3. Method - SIRIUS Graffiti. My brothers latest artwork time-lapse
  4. Why The US Airforce Ejected a Bear

Worth seeing:

  1. The Berliner Dom - Probably my favourite Cathedral in the world. Check out the 360 degree virtual tour. 

What I've been working on:

  1. Automotive Stereo UI design - I recently finished this design project with Enrique, a designer and illustrator from Mexico. 

Issue No. 11: The Gini Coefficient, Albert Camus on Difficult times, Getting Drunk, World's Largest Robot, and More...

Worth reading:

  1. Sketch Of A Last Day by Will Varley. An incredible work of fiction by one of my favourite musicians. 
  2. Dendrobium D-1 Electric Hypercar
  3. The Gini coefficient 
  4. A Milanese Apartment Is Restored and Given a Contemporary Feel
  5. Roman dodecahedron Hypothesis
  6. Albert Camus on Strength of Character and How to Ennoble Our Minds in Difficult Times
  7. Elizabeth Empress of Russia
  8. A Major Physics Experiment Just Detected a Particle That Shouldn't Exist

Worth listening to:

  1. Rise Against - House On Fire. I've been hoping for years that Rise Against would release an acoustic album. The new album Ghost Note Symphonies reimagines some of their previous songs. 
  2. Von Wegen Lisbeth - Wenn du tanzt
  3. Admiral Bailey & Chaka Demus - One Scotch
  4. Maggie Rogers - Alaska
  5. Felix Hagan & The Family - Go Back Home

Worth watching:

  1. The Story of Joy Division's "Unknown Pleasures" Album Cover
  2. Law and Disorder in Philadelphia by Louis Theroux (available on Netflix) 
  3. The Undeniable Pain of Getting Drunk
  4. Clay Kreiner's "Madness" Part
  5. Building the World’s Largest Robot (built by one man)

Worth seeing: 

  1. Copenhagen. On my way to Berlin I spent just under a week here and it is by far one of the most beautiful cities I've ever visited. It has an incredibly rich history, friendly people, amazing beer, architecture and no shortage of museums to visit. 

What I've been doing:

  1. I've been working on a few new vehicle wraps which are yet to be completed and somehow I managed to find some time to add to my 'Black Friday' series. 

Issue No. 10: Man's Search For Meaning, Keith Harring Mural Revealed, How to Spot a Perfect Fake and more...

Worth reading:

  1. Man's Search For Meaning by Victor E. Frankl. By far, one of the most important books I've ever read. 
  2. Joe Strummer’s ‘001’ Box Set to Feature Rare, Unreleased Solo Songs 
  3. Europes Largest Keith Harring Mural Revealed After 30 Years (Amsterdam) 
  4. 15 Fascinating Facts About the Brooklyn Bridge
  5. How to spot a perfect fake: the world’s top art forgery detective
  6. The not-so-real Canon G7X Mark III
  7. Heathrow’s expansion spells disaster for politics & the planet
  8. A Gilded Beast: Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign
  9. Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets

    Worth listening to:

    1. Bad Religion - "The Kids Are Alt-Right"
    2. Gorillaz - Empire Ants feat. Little Dragon
    3. The Bronx - Knifeman
    4. Thee Michelle Gun Elephant  "Satanic Boom Boom Head"

    Worth watching:

    1. Flip-book style animation of NASA's Apollo mission using still images
    2. Marc McKee on The Nine Club With Chris Roberts. Finally, a decent interview with one of my all time favourite artists! 
    3. I'm Starting to Hate Apple
    4. Pizza Skateboards' - The 5ifth Floor
    5. Jordan Peterson on Joe Rogan - #1139
    6. Secrets of Underground London available on Netflix

    Worth seeing:

    1. Alaska. I recently visited Alaska with family before leaving Canada for Europe and it's as beautiful as you would expect it to be! 

    What I've been doing:

    1. A few weeks ago I finished my work in Canada and moved to Berlin, Germany. Hence the massive delay for this newsletter issue. I've been very busy but I'm still incredibly excited to be here! More on that soon... 

    Issue No. 9: Why Germans Pay Cash For Everything, Mountains Taller Than Everest, Vertical Bank Notes & More...

    Worth reading:

    1. Why Germans pay cash for almost everything
    2. What is the GDPR you keep hearing about? Give this a read.
    3. MSTR Linx Quick Key Swapping System
    4. An interview with the world's most travelled man
    5. Ulster Bank reveals new vertical notes
    6. Three Mountains Taller Than Everest 
    7. The 100 Stories That Shaped the World
    8. National Geographic Has Digitized Its Collection of 6,000+ Vintage Maps
    9. Bananas have died out once before – don’t let it happen again 

    Worth listening to:

    1. Nujabes - Luv
    2. Jeff Rosenstock - Wave Goodnight To Me
    3. Koza Mostra - TI ΚΑΝΩ ΕΔΩ
    4. The Bronx - Sore Throat

    Worth watching:

    1. Mexican Handcraft Masters
    2. Jordan Peterson Meets Maajid Nawaz. If you're still not familiar with Jordan Peterson, start here.
    3. The Royal Wedding: A Bad Lip Reading
    4. I Have No Taste 
    5. Douglas Murray and Dave Rubin on The Strange Death of Europe 

    Worth seeing:

    1. Neuschwanstein Castle 

    Issue No. 8: Prussian blue, doppelgängers, Tony Hawk and more...

    I hope you're all doing well. Here's a new list for you! 

    Worth reading:

    1. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. A dystopian novel about a totalitarian police state. Completed in 1921 by the Russian author that directly inspired both Orwell and Huxley. 
    2. A Cab Driver Captures 30 Years of New York After Dark
    3. The Scouts rebrand aims to reflect a “more relevant image of Scouting”
    4. Weird and Wonderful Gas Stations from around the World
    5. Prussian blue and its partner in crime
    6. We Asked People How They Feel About Facebook. Here’s What They Said. Despite the (not so surprising) recent news only 17% of people made changes to their account.
    7. Haven’t we met before? On doppelgängers and perception. 
    8. Astell & Kern’s new hi-fi audio player has the strangest bezels on the planet
    9. The Minimalist Monochrome Smartphone by Blloc

    Worth listening to:

    1. Scott Hutchison - The Modern Leper. It's incredibly sad to think he's no longer with us. If you're not familiar with Frightened Rabbit do check them out.
    2. The National - The KKK Took My Baby Away (Ramones cover) 
    3. Chris Farren - I Drew You Once In Art Class

    Worth watching:

    1. Quit social media - Dr. Cal Newport at TED 
    2. Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions 
    3. Tony Hawk: 50 tricks at Age 50
    4. The Origins of the Iconic "Keep Calm and Carry On" Poster
    5. Jordan Peterson on The Wright Stuff

    Worth seeing:

    1. Walhalla monument, Regensburg. Ordered by Bavarian King Ludwig I this monument is located in Bavaria by the Danube and pays tribute to various historic German people.

    Gulf Porsche 911 Vehicle Wrap

    I'm excited to share my most recent vehicle wrap! A Porsche 911 wrapped in a damaged, vintage Gulf livery theme.
    Printed and wrapped by the team at BossDog Vehicle Wraps & Graphics, London.

    Click here to view more pictures on my website. 

    Follow @disruptautoart for more.


    Issue No. 7: Braun Electrical, Fake Paintings and a cardboard Ghettoblaster

    Worth reading:

    1. The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. I've finally started reading this book and in just the first few pages it's already terrifying. 
    2. Collection of Braun products (Dieter Rams)
    3. DS E-Tense coupe concept car
    4. Celebrating the life, work and enduring legacy of Keith Haring on his 60th birthday
    5. So Many Museums Are Filled With Fake Paintings
    6. BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept 
    7. A first-time author has flyposted Penguin Random House to advertise his book 
    8. Berlin Boombox: a DIY cardboard ghettoblaster

    Worth listening to:

    1. Frank Turner - Little Changes. Frank's new album 'Be More Kind' is out now. I highly recommend you check it out. 
    2. Miley Cyrus - Look What They've Done To My Song
    3. Will Varley - A New England (Billy Bragg Cover)
    4. Wil Wagner - Ducks Fly Together

    Worth watching:

    1. This 19-year-old can keep astronauts safe from space junk
    2. Human Flight (wingsuit compilation video)
    3. "Do A Kickflip!" with Eric Koston
    4. Why ships used this camouflage in World War I
    5. The Savage Empires of the Sun

    Worth seeing:

    1. Berlin, Germany. I'm super excited to be moving to Berlin in a few months so naturally I encourage people to visit this wonderful city. 

    What I've been doing:

    1. I just finished designing a new vehicle wrap with the team at BossDog Vehicle Wraps in London, England. Keep an eye on my Instagram profile for photos coming in the next few days. You can also follow Disrupt Automotive Art, my second profile that showcases my automotive art. 
    2. A new logo for Meat Eater, a business based in Norway. 

    Issue No. 6: Operation Mincemeat, Hong Kong Rooftops, 19th Century Tool Box and more...

    Here's what I've been reading, watching and listening to in recent weeks. I hope some of these links inspire you.

    Worth Reading:

    1. Artist creates 'mirrors' out of random objects (be sure to watch the videos in each artwork)
    2. Henry Rollins: Don't Sleepwalk Through Life — Get Out There and See the World
    3. 19th-Century Tool Box is Meticulously Designed to Hold 300 Tools
    4. Operation Mincemeat: How a dead tramp fooled Hitler
    5. Genesis Electra GT (concept car)
    6. How Two Photographers Unknowingly Shot the Same Millisecond in Time
    7. A Powerful New Memorial To Victims Of Lynching
    8. The Hidden World of Hong Kong’s Rooftops 
    9. Halfpipe Design Is An Art

    Worth listening to:

    1. Saul Williams - List of Demands
    2. La Düsseldorf - Cha Cha 2000
    3. Counting Crows - Round Here (Live at Sydney Opera House)
    4. Bad Brains - I Against I

    Worth Watching:

    1. How Jack White uses colour
    2. John Anderson. Conversations: Featuring Jordan B Peterson
    3. How Coca-Cola's Bottle Got Its Curves

    Worth seeing:

    1. Whitehorse, Yukon Canada I visited The Yukon just before Christmas last year. It's still one of the best places I've been. We were lucky enough to see an impressive display of the aurora borealis each night too. 

    What I've been doing:

    1. I deleted my Facebook profile this week and it feels wonderful! 

    Issue No. 5: Utopia is Dangerous, Space Junk, The Real Adam Smith and more...

    Worth reading:

    1. D Day Through German Eyes by Holger Eckhertz. A insightful book showing the other side of such a historic day. The book is written in an interview/conversation format. 
    2. The real Adam Smith - He might be the poster boy for free-market economics, but that distorts what Adam Smith really thought
    3. Headlights of the Geneva Motor Show  2018
    4. Debris and tiny satellites imperils the Hubble Space Telescope and equipment used for phones, national security and weather forecasting
    5. The Secret History Of Russia’s Most Recognizable Brand
    6. The dizzying story of Symphony of the Seas, the largest and most ambitious cruise ship ever built
    7. Utopia is a dangerous ideal: we should aim for ‘protopia’ 
    8. 10 Breakthrough Technologies in 2018
    9. The Electric and Electrifying Electra (Concept Car)

    Worth listening to: 

    1. The Gaslight Anthem Live at Southside 2013 My partner recently surprised me with tickets to see The Gaslight Anthem in London this year. Here's a taste if you don't know them already!
    2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Live at The Fonda Theatre
    3. Kraftklub - Mein Leben

    Worth watching:

    1. Not So Austere – Mark Blyth
    2. Explore The Clash’s London Calling (in 5 Minutes)
    3. Why you keep using Facebook, even if you hate it
    4. Why old buildings use the same leaf design
    5. How the Dead Kennedys Used Satire

    Worth seeing: 

    1. Basilique Notre-dame De Montreal. I recently took a trip to Montreal and saw this beautiful building! I highly recommend you check it out. 

    Issue No. 4: Anti-anti-communism, The Last Whalers, Israel's Rule on Cyber Security and more...

    I've just arrived home (in Canada) after traveling to Tokyo in Japan and then Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in Australia. Here's some new links for you. 

    Worth reading:

    1. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell. I've nearly finished reading this one and it's one of my favourite Orwell books yet. 
    2. The Last Whalers
    3. The Crazy Stories Behind 6 Of The World’s Rarest Colors
    4. Anti-anti-communism
    5. A Tour Of Tokyo’s Ghostly, Post-War Housing Blocks
    6. Netflix unveils Netflix Sans a custom typeface developed with Dalton Maag
    7. Facebook: is it time we all deleted our accounts? 
    8. Vue de l'asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Rémy by Vincent van Gogh expected to sell for over $35 million USD
    9. How the In-home Coffee Maker Emancipated Women in the ’30s

    Worth listening to:

    1. Seán McGowan covers Spancil Hill
    2. Frank Turner - Blackout 
    3. The National - Day I Die

    Worth watching: 

    1. How Israel Rules The World Of Cyber Security
    2. How Formation Flying Works (feat. the Red Arrows)
    3. Singapore Airlines $24,000 First-Class Suite

    Worth seeing:

    1. The Dingle Peninsula, Ireland. 

    What I've been working on:

    1. A new logo design which I'll share in the coming days. 

    Issue No. 3: Orwell, Amazon, Buying Guns, String Theory and more...

    Here's another quality list for your inbox. I'm currently in Tokyo which is one of my favourite cities in the world to visit. If you haven't been here already you should seriously consider it! 

    Worth reading:

    1. The #1 reason Facebook won’t ever change
    2. The masterpiece that killed George Orwell 
    3. Amazon is complicit with counterfeiting
    4. Go Ahead, Millennials, Destroy Us
    5. Leonard Cohen on Words and the Poetry of Inhabiting Your Presence in Language
    6. Johnnie Walker’s Transformative ‘Jane Walker’ Campaign
    7. Made Thought design world’s first Plastic Free Aisle for Dutch supermarket
    8. Steps To Buying A Gun In Japan: 13. In The U.S.? Just 2

    Worth listening to:

    1. Caroline Rose: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. I've been listening to this set pretty much every week since I discovered it 3 years ago. 
    2. Bob Hund – Istället för musik förvirring
    3. The Growlers "Black Memories" 

    Worth watching:

    1. Joe Rogan and Douglas Murray: we in danger of losing free speech 
    2. Henry Rollins: The Best Time to Listen to Vinyl
    3. How Gods Die - The Collapse of Easter Island
    4. String Theory Explained – What is The True Nature of Reality?

    Worth seeing:

    1. Japan. I have nothing but good things to say about this country and it's people. 


    Travel Sounds: Crowded Cafe Reykjavik Iceland

    Here is the second recording of the travel sounds series. Recorded in a busy cafe in Reykjavik, Iceland. 

    Issue No. 2: Why it pays to be grumpy, design facts, $110 million Basquiat and more...

    Some quality content in your inbox for once. 

    Worth Reading:

    1. No Logo by Naomi Klein (Corporate brands and capitalism) 
    2. Design Facts. Random, bite-sized design industry facts. 
    3. William Blake’s Most Beautiful Letter: A searing defense of the Imagination and the Creative Spirit
    4. How Orwell used wartime rationing to argue for global justice 
    5. Why it pays to be grumpy and bad-tempered 
    6. Why Do Filmmakers Color Grade Moonlight to Be Blue?
    7. Why Spend $110 Million on a Basquiat?
    8. Why This Florida City Is Debranding Itself
    9. Patti Smith on the Two Kinds of Masterpieces and Her Fifty Favorite Books
    10. 19th-Century Tool Box is Meticulously Designed to Hold 300 Tools

    Worth Listening to:

    1. Listener - Building Better Bridges
    2. The Homeless Gospel Choir - Armageddon 
    3. Brian Fallon - Forget Me Not

    Worth watching:

    1. Optimistic Nihilism. A beautifully animated philosophical video. 
    2. It’s not you. Phones are designed to be addicting.
    3. Tangled Up in Blue: Deciphering a Bob Dylan Masterpiece

    Worth seeing:

    1. The Klementinum in Prague, Czech Republic. I visited this library a few years ago and it's one of the most memorable places I've been. 

    What I've been working on:

    This t-shirt/sticker design for Disrupt! Automotive Art. 


    Travel Sounds: NYC Metro 6 To Bleeker Street

    In my travels I often record a few minutes of my surroundings in a new city. 

    I thought I'd start sharing some of these travel sounds with you all as they provide a nice atmosphere that isn't quite the same as photography or film. Here's the first one, recorded in New York City.

    Issue No. 1: Airport identity, Freddie Mercury's voice, The Berlin Wall and more...

    Welcome to my newsletter of sorts. 

    I'll post regular links to things worth reading (no specific topics), watching or listening to, some travel stuff, design stuff and a bit about me. I'm honestly not sure what this will evolve into! 

    Worth Reading:

    1. Curing the Airport's Terminal Identity Crisis
    2. Muji is not just about minimalism and simplicity, says art director Kenya Hara
    3. Why Freddie Mercury's Voice Was So Great, As Explained By Science
    4. How graphic designer Erich Strenger shaped the image of Porsche
    5. Up in the Air: Meet the Man Who Flies Around the World for Free 
    6. The story of Keith Haring’s courageous Berlin Wall mural
    7. The Man Who Owns the Smiley Face 
    8. Is A 500-Year-Old German Beer Law Heritage Worth Honoring? 
    9. Why printers add secret tracking dots 

    Worth listening to:

    1. Townes Van Zandt Solo Sessions Jan 17, 1995
    2. Will Varley - Seven Days
    3. The War On Drugs - Baby Missiles 

    Worth watching: 

    1. Jordan Peterson with Russell Brand - Kindness Vs. Power

    Worth seeing:

    1. This lighthouse perched on a rock in Iceland

    What I've been working on: 

    1. Ransom coffee packaging