dwayne bell

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Dylan can't be covered, or so it would appear.

Dear Lord!
Just been looking through Spotify for some Dylan tracks and obviously I found a ton of covers. It sounds however, like the only people who cover Dylan tracks are those who have a complete hatred for his music. Rendition after rendition of classic and marvelous tracks made me wince and reach for the skip button in amazement.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

1925 Bugatti Brescia Type 22 Roadster

On the subject of underwater, here's a Bugatti which has be recovered and is now up for auction having been at the bottom of Lake Maggiore in Switzerland for more than 70 years. It looks quite beautiful for it's years beneath the water, like a piece of sculpture. I think so anyway.

These amazing pictures were taken by Anatoly Beloshchin in the cave Cenote Angelita, Mexico. Here’s his description: “We are 30 meters deep, fresh water, then 60 meters deep – salty water and under me I see a river, island and fallen leaves… Actually, the river, which you can see, is a layer of hydrogen sulphide.”
It must be an unforgettable feeling once you’re there and see it with your own eyes.

Taken from Fortuna

The new Dirt is out tomorrow, it's one of the most interesting magazines in terms of design that I buy. At times it might be a bit too "extreme sports grunge" for me, but it never fails to be creative and lively. I actually look forward to getting it as much for the deign as for the content.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Helmet dilemma

Looking for a new full face helmet, problem is most of the good ones tend to suffer from graphics overkill. Just found this which is a breath of fresh, minimalist air. Hopefully they'll hold off from covering it in imitation graffiti and “urban art” before its release in March. Doubt I'll have the patience anyway.

Sunday, 24 January 2010


Not a proper video by any means but here we are enjoying a snow-less hill at last, got the start of a tarck scratched out. Now we just have to hope for some dry weather.

If you haven't read this book, then you really should and if you've read it, read it again. I am and it's still a great book. The sort you end up loaning to or buying for friends.

Been digging

A day playing in the woods. We may be adults (only physically) but a day playing in the woods is still a good day indeed. Big bikes, spades, saws, a bunch of friends and a big wood on a big hill. How could it be anything but fantastic? Role on summer when we can add warmth, cold beers and a BBQ to the mix.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Transition TR450

As wrong as it might seem, I've got to say, this is in my opinion, a fantastic piece of design. By all accounts it works a treat and fingers crossed they won't bugger it up with a pile of graphics, leaving a functional and clean looking (even when dirty) design. Now, if they'll just drop the price by a grand and a half I might be in with a chance...

Monday, 18 January 2010

A couple of my favourite reads

Having a great time at the minute re-reading some old favourites. Just got done with Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam and The Chesse Monkeys by Chip Kidd and am sinking my teeth into the greasy, Paradise Products goodness of A Confederacy of Dunces. I recommend these books to anyone.

Association of Illustrators at Leeds Met

I've been invited to take part in a show at Leeds met, which is to accompany an AOI conference, both exhibition and conference sharing the title "Survive". I've got to do a piece of work inspired by that title. At the minute I'm over thinking it massively and can't think of anything other than I'd like to (at this point) include some aspect of nature. The process is making me remember what it was like being a student and feeling this pressure with every brief. For some reason I don't think I've ever felt anything close in a real world brief. Strange.

Canned Heat

Time in the office is rather pleasent today, thanks mainly to these fellas.

Sunday, 17 January 2010


Got a few dvds today including Moon, hope it's as good as I've been led to believe.

Sunday - I've just watched Moon and it was fantastic. Rockwell's always been a great actor and this continues that trend. The design of the sets, costumes etc makes it look like a future being imagined from the 70's. Complete with classics such as bulk heads with large Eurostile numbers, chevrons a plenty, grimy, laced up space suits and tonka style computers with big clunky keys. With the special effects being more model than cgi it was gorgeous to look at. AND it had a story which unfolded in all the right ways. I'll be blabbing about this to anyone and everyone for a good while I think.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Local Birds

Birds have been cropping up in
my work lately and I'm not sure of the reason. Here's two pieces I done recently which focus on local birds.

Tyne Tunnel

It's the new craze sweeping the nation (our office). Tyne Tunnel web cam. Can you catch an interesting character walking by? A little like big brother but without pretension and the needless hunger for fame but with the added thrill of maybe seeing a dog or a man on a bike.

Recent snow