Modern Warfare 3 Coming This November

23 Jan

A third game in the Modern Warfare series is coming this year, according to a new report from the Los Angeles Times.

Citing unnamed sources, the LA Times says Activision has recruited Sledgehammer Games, the studio currently working on another unannounced Call of Duty title, and Raven Software (Singularity) to help finish development of Modern Warfare 3 for release this November.

The report states both Sledgehammer and Infinity Ward are equally completing the single-player portion of the game, while Raven is working on its online multiplayer features.

Due to the developer collaboration, sources said the Call of Duty spin-off project in development at Sledgehammer, rumored to be set in the future, has now been put on hold.

Since Infinity Ward executives Jason West and Vince Zampella were fired from the studio in March, more than 35 employees have left the studio. Activision said recently it has received over 5,000 applicants to fill the vacancies.

The publisher has not publicly announced what Call of Duty title would be released this year, but did confirm a new game would be arriving in the back half of 2011.

When asked about the report, an Activision representative told IGN, “There’s been much speculation recently. We look forward to releasing details for the next Call of Duty in the near future.”



Marilyn Manson To Guest On Helden Von Morgen

14 Jan

Marilyn Manson is due to make a guest appearance as performance coach on Austria’s Helden Von Morgen (translated as Tomorrow’s Heroes). Various sources report that Manson will advise potential performers in an episode of the show airing on January 21st, 2011.
The Austrian Independent has an English report on the news, which you can read below.

Rock star Marilyn Manson has agreed to coach pop hopefuls.

The controversial rock singer will appear on Austrian broadcaster ORF’s “Helden von Morgen” (Tomorrow’s Heroes) show on 21 January, it was announced today (Thurs).

The 42-year-old American performed in Austria many times including a show at the Nova Rock festival in Nickelsdorf in 2007. “The High End of Low”, his seventh studio album, was released to mixed reviews in 2009. Vienna’s Kunsthalle museum put a series of paintings by the rock star on display as part of its “Genealogies of Pain” exhibition last year.

German rapper Sido, Austrian singer-songwriter Rainhard Fendrich and English pop star Kim Wilde previously appeared as coaches and jurors on “Helden von Morgen” which started last autumn. The show’s final will be broadcast live on ORF 1 on 28 January.

“Helden von Morgen” has similarities to British singing competition “The X-Factor” and German prime time show “Deutschland sucht den Superstar”. ORF created the format after four series of casting format show “Starmania” and just one series of “Musical – Die Show”.

Design = Music

14 Jan

iDsgn have a very interesting piece about how important design is to music. Bringing up Justice, Kanye West & Gorillaz as three examples, they go through how design has had a vital input on music. Of course, this is nothing new, especially as many musicians claim to see music in forms of colours and whatnot, but it’s always an interesting topic to read about. Read the piece over at iDsgn.

Via Selectism

The Pencil Is Mightier Than

12 Jan

When I draw something on paper, it looks like an abstract form of nothing. When Daan Noppen does, it looks absolutely for real! I love it when people got the skill to draw realistic portraits. It’s like one image tells a whole story. You have to see for yourself! Definitely proves the pencil is mightier than the sword. If you can show me someone who can do this with a sword, I’ll quit smoking! Wait. I don’t. Well. Never mind. Big up Daan!

Via Nalden

Alexey Kurbatov – Moscow Based Illustrator

10 Jan

We love Alexey (Ljosha) Kurbatov’s classy portraits of famous people because they manage to be many things at once: gentle and powerful, subtle and strong, transparent and muscular, watercolory and sculptural.

Using muted hues, Ljosha achieves a sepia-toned, old-photograph look that lends subtlety and gravity to his portraits. This phenomenon is noticeable in all of the work of this young, Moscow-based graphic designer, illustrator, photographer and artist.

Ljosha’s art carries the solid look of mature importance. It avoids the common in-your-face, look-at-me, trying-too-hard desperation of yet-unknown illustrators and somehow makes him look like an old master.
Russian-speaking readers have seen many of his pieces on the pages (online and off) of Snob magazine and in other publications, also on album covers, posters and books. Moscow’s little non-commercial gallery of experimental projects, Chistka Odeshdi, held an exhibition of his work in July last year.

We have no doubt that the rest of the world will be seeing much more of Alexey Kurbatov’s art in the future.


Dutch Winter

8 Jan

1955 Custom Ford T-Bird

5 Jan

Some design is classic. Some design is innovative. And some of the most interesting design seamlessly blends classic styling with innovation. 

Vizualtech’s Bo Zolland specializes in technical illustration and custom design – using modern influences to transform the chassis of cars from new to old. 

Zolland created a series of renderings of a 1955 Ford Thunderbird for a client.  The car will be built from the body and components of a 2009 Ford Mustang, but will be completely remodeled to resemble the classic lines  of the T-Bird – proving that the reverse can be true: from the new can come the old.