Monday, December 31, 2012

2012: A Year in Review


Top 3 Favorite Albums

3. Jack White - Blunderbuss 
Leave it to Jack White to put the clarinet back into rock 'n' roll. Standout track: Love Interruption


2. Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
Hip hop meets speed metal meets bubble gum pop in a rockin' explosion of post-modern awesomeness. Standout track: Born to Lose


1. Beach House - Bloom
Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally create what's easily the coolest, most haunting and most stylish album of the year. Standout track: The Hours


Top 3 Favorite Movies

3. Silver Linings Playbook
Can you make a great date movie about two bipolar wash-ups who love football? This dramedy proves it. Standout performance: J.Lawr striking the perfect balance of crazy, sexy and cool.


2. Prometheus
This movie ruined The Dark Knight Rises for me by filling my head with crazy questions, answers and more questions in typical Lindelof fashion. Standout performance: Michael Fassbender as the menacing android David.


1. Moonrise Kingdom
If anyone can turn a #campvibes Instagram into a full-length feature, it's Wes Anderson. Standout performance: Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward deliver flawed yet fabulous freshman performances.


Top 3 Favorite TV Shows

3. Sherlock 
Can't get enough of the detective of Baker Street? Well, these X-files like versions of the Holmes stories are simply the best. Standout episode: A Scandal in Belgravia


2. New Girl
This is the show that invented a drinking game about American history factoids. Standout episode: Menzies


1. Downton Abbey
If you never thought that a BBC drama about turn of the century servants could be crazy compelling, think again. Standout episode: Christmas at Downton Abbey


Top 3 Favorite Cars

3. BMW i3 Coupe
Electric awesomeness in classic Bimmer orange? I'll take it. Standout feature: BMW's "stream flow" design language.


2. MINI Paceman
This is the sexiest crossover coupe around. Standout feature: That sloping roofline.


1. Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
If Lord Vader had to raise Luke and Leia, he'd drive this 556 HP beast. Standout feature: It's a station wagon!


Top 3 Favorite Designs

3. Moonrise Kingdom Font
In a dramatic turn of events—by graphic designer standards—Wes Anderson abandons Futura for a beautiful and nuanced custom font by designer Jessica Hische. Standout feature: An understated, yet striking closing credits animation.


2. Flipboard for iPhone
Easily my number one killer app and the future of editorial and periodical media consumption—not to mention it serves up Twitter faster than their own app. Standout feature: One-handed social surfing at the flip of a thumb.


1. Autodromo
From product design to social media content creation—this line of auto-inspired watches has inspired me all year long. Standout feature: Amazing product photography.
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