Five Ideas: Labour
Five Ideas is a collection of work from GOOD's favorite artists, illustrators, and designers. Some of the work you've probably seen, some of it has never been published. Each week, we'll showcase five pieces of work that tell a short story about our most creative friends.
Labour is a Brooklyn-based creative office that makes moving images, still images, physical images, and mental images.
At Labour, we like things to be quantifiable and quickly digested as concepts. Here are five:
1. Boxes on Heads
For the music video for "Rules Don't Stop" by We Are Scientists, we constructed two pieces of headgear–one cube, one double-cube–onto which additional footage and imagery could be placed later. These boxes give the video the depth and emotional range that the band just couldn't quite achieve on its own.
2. Unreadable Words
We wanted to create a typeface that can only be read in context, which otherwise breaks down into unreadable forms as single letters. After achieving this, we wanted to create a t-shirt that would make passerby strain their eyes to decipher, only to audibly groan in realization that there is no payoff or punchline. This is life as a graphic tee–dark, hard to figure out, and a bad pun at best.
3. Rock Bands
This short video done for MTV speaks to the gritty, abrasive reality of life in a rock band.
4. Visualizing Success / Spatiotemporal Manipulation
The body can realize what the mind can only dream of. Shutter the eyes and make the mind's eye the soul's window. Lifestyle branding.
5. Time Traveling Monkey Astronauts
The Infinite Monkey Theorem suggests that a roomful of monkeys with typewriters (immortals, or indefinite supply of monkeys), given an infinite amount of time, will recreate the entire works of Shakespeare. This spread from Faesthetic no. 8 (The Infinity Issue) is a future-historical portrait of the actual monkey responsible for successfully completing the entirety of the works, who then climbed into his time-traveling spaceship to voyage to the 16th century in order to gift the works to their nominal creator with detailed instructions for their unveiling. We salute you, commander Pooper.
Here are four English Electric Lightnings flying in tight formation. Shapes only an engineer could create, unfinished metal surfaces, steel-nerved RAF pilots and an overcast sky that mirrors the pallid emotional landscape of cold war-era Britain. Soundtracked by John Foxx's "A New Kind of Man".
What if Simply Playing Soccer Could Power a Whole Village? Uncharted Play's Soccket balls ingeniously turn kinetic energy into electric current.
Next Time You're at a Pretentious Exhibition, Just Change It Güvenç Özel shows how a digital solution can augment a physical problem.
A Mosaic Shines in Philly A intimate conversation with a fixture of the Philadelphia art world.
Zaha Hadid Had a Busier Week Than You Did A posh homeware line, a math-inspired museum wing, and a blossom-shaped apartment building
London Skaters Fought Gentrification, and Won A coalition of skateboard enthusiasts just saved the birthplace of British skate culture from a future as a shopping center.
“What I Would Like to See is More Bystanders Stepping in to Take Action” The Everyday Sexism Project chronicles more than 80,000 instances of sexism around the world, and it’s making a big policy impact.
It's Not Where You're Going, It's How you Get There The future of transportation is now A look at futuristic forms of transportation that have become reality.
Inside the Minds of 11-Year Olds From Around the World A new documentary probes the special moral clarity of 11-year old children.
This Underwater Museum is Bringing a Coral Reef to Life A collaborative effort spurs a marine project off the coast of Egypt.
“French Navy” and Other Suggestions for Scotland’s New National Anthem EDM, art rock, indie ballads … let’s pretend it’s all on the table if Scotland votes for independence.
How a 17th Century Bible is Helping to Revive a Native-American Language One human language may die every 14 days, but the ancenstral tongue of M.I.T.-trained linguist Jessie Little Doe Baird won't be one of them.
Thank You For Caffeinating The dirty secret behind your favorite soft drink America’s $75 billion love affair with soft drinks has less to do with flavor than a specific, notorious ingredient.