It comes in many forms. Sometimes explosive and for the whole world to see like the Saturn V rocket blasting off from Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969, to launch the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon. Or it can be quiet and unseen, like launching a clothing company from the living room couch. Or somewhere in between.
No matter what your idea of adventure looks like, it is one of the major tenants that Meteor is based on. One of our earliest shirts says that loud and proud. Adventure Awaits was designed to inspire adventure and smiles in others and one’s self.
As a designer that spends much of my life behind a desk, I need reminders to not only take risks and “jump into the deep end” creatively. But more importantly, I need that reminders for life. Reminders like our GO/DO shirt to get my butt out of my chair, and have an adventure in the real world. I figure if I need that reminder, others might too.
LEGO Saturn V
There’s a reason for such a specific example for explosive adventure. I had the chance to build LEGO’s NASA Apollo Saturn V set. Talk about an adventurous build. By the time I finished, I had a 39” tall LEGO model of the Saturn V rocket in my office. That’s HUGE. Not only do you get the rocket, but also minuscule versions of the Lunar Module and the Command Module post-re-entry.
Everything about this set screams “HISTORY!” From the accuracy of how rocket stages build on each other and separate, to the in-depth research represented in the instruction manual. It was a blast (and a perfect teaching moment) to share this experience with the kids.
I wasn’t even alive during these events, but ever since I discovered the concept of space travel, real or fiction, I have been fascinated. And seeing that fascination blossom in my children’s faces as we discussed the Saturn V and Apollo 11 while holding a ginormous LEGO model. That’s double points for life and parenting wins. Being able to walk through how the rocket worked and how each stage was integral to the success of the Apollo 11 mission, in the instruction book as well as with the final build. It was a life memory for both me and the kids.
If you are a space nerd, of any stripe, this is a set for you. Now I just have to figure out if I want to find a place for this amongst the dwindling LEGO real estate in my office or try and convince my wife that it belongs on the mantle…because LEGO even included stands so that it can be displayed horizontally!
I’ve been aware of Jeff Lemire since the day someone put Essex County in my hands. His art was raw but utterly unique. The story Jeff wrote is not one I would have sought out on my own. Small town Canadian life and Hockey. Not my go-to subjects. I’m glad I kept an open mind.
Dustin Nguyen’s art has been on my radar for years. His unique style paired with his gorgeous watercolors has always stood out amongst the racks and racks of comic books you find at your local comic bookseller.
Their work together is absolutely stellar. (Sorry, that pun wrote itself. I had nothing to do with it.) This tale is on a much grander scale than most of Lemire’s work. No Canadians (that I’m aware of), no hockey, and no mutant antlered children named Gus. Though I’m through episode 1 of Sweet Tooth and it seems much less bleak than Jeff’s original book. I’ll get back to you on how the rest plays out.
This is a story about a boy. A boy robot. And his robot dog. And a lot of other robots. And aliens. And most importantly, ADVENTURE!
A well-told story, beautifully illustrated. What more could you ask for?
Where do I put all these books?
From an early age, I’ve been a book hound. As a kid who's dream of grandeur was having enough books to require one of those rolling bookshelf ladders, you set yourself up for two things.
Too much popularity in school to handle.
Knowing that every time you have a choice to buy a book, you're that much closer to the ladder of your dreams.
OK. Maybe you're just setting yourself up for one thing. Regardless, my book acquisitions have only increased since starting Transmissions. And it’s only going to get "worse." That’s why I’m always on the lookout for new ways to store and display books.
Image by João Teixeira
Enter Portuguese designer João Teixeira knows what I’m talking about. designboom shared his most recent project. He’s designed a desk with people like me in mind, and it's wonderful. Look at those lines. That material combo. The whole package book-displaying-package. It would be a serious upgrade in the work from home situation.
Now how do I get a desk all the way from Portugal to Eastern Washington?
What’s Wrong by Half Alive
From the moment Half Alive’s first album blared through the Bluetooth speaker in our kitchen, the band has been in heavy rotation and sprinkled throughout many of our playlists. They are also the reason my brain was forced to blurt out the phrase “hand dancing”. (Watch their music videos and you’ll understand.)
So you can imagine how excited we all were when half•alive announced an impending new album. Their first track, “What’s Wrong”, is a ton of fun. The kids have been running around the house singing “Yippie ki yay” on solid repeat. This is funny for so many reasons including what that phrase means to any die-hard Die Hard fans. I’m not sure why it’s funnier when kids are involved, but…it is.
The video is…well…just check it out. It’s a whole thing. Plus - more hand dancing.
Thanks again for hanging out with me for another issue of Transmissions. Issue 006 is shaping up to be absolutely magical.
As always, if you have something that you think the Meteor community would appreciate, send ideas my way.