Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Gear of Alien: Covenant


In July of 2012, I was Portland, OR with a ticket in hand to see The Dark Knight Rises. The night before, we decided to see Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi epic as a primer. Though I already knew that Prometheus was a pseudo-Alien prequel, what I didn’t know is that it that would fill my head with enough ideas to pretty much completely ruin my Batman experience and give me enough questions to think about for the next 18 months or so.

About 30 seconds into Alien: Covenant I realized it was in fact a direct follow up to Prometheus—not the indirect sequel we were initially led to believe. And I was stoked. Finally, answers would arise! Well, some questions were answered, others weren’t. But what was clear was—man, this movie looks awesome: the cast, cinematography, locations, sets, and yes… the gear.


Scott and his costume designer Janty Yates enlisted the help of fashion designer Craig Green to create a completely original, but familiar and functional look for the away team’s uniforms. I was completely struck by the textures and tones, the buckles and the brims. 

You can see from Green’s previous work that he has a knack for riffing on classic fatigues, giving them a futuristic and almost otherworldly vibe. 

From this interview with Yates, we learn that Scott instructed to his design team not to revisit what we’ve seen in the previous Alien films and do so with an eye for simplicity. Ironically, it was these fashionable threads’ lack of a space helmet that led to the team’s troubles. At least they looked good in the process.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Celebrating Video on Flipboard

Super excited about my latest work with RSQ celebration powerful integration of video across Flipboard. Read this Medium post about the process!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pile Style

The dream of the 90's is alive. I've been a fan of the pile fleece since high school. I love that thanks to a handful of retro brands, this classic look is making a killer comeback.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Autodromo: A Study in Intersections

Ever since I stumbled upon the Autodromo brand, I've been fascinated by how they've created such a perfect intersection of auto enthusiasm and horology. This short film by Crown & Caliber really captures the spirit of that intersection and brings it to life.

Monday, January 02, 2017

2016: A Year in Review

Top 3 Favorite Albums

3. Future Present Past EP - The Strokes

I know this one’s just a little 4 track EP, but I wore it out on my walks to and from Grand Central. Standout track: Oblivius (Moretti Remix)

2. Cleopatra - The Lumineers

Definitely got my fix of Hey’s and Ho’s with The Lumineers’ next big album. Standout track: Gun Song

1. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Sing Street
This was tough. This flick was easily one of my faves, but its music is what took it to the top of this particular top 3 list. Standout track: Drive It Like You Stole It

Top 3 Favorite Movies

3. La La Land
I’d pretty much follow these two anywhere, even into a musical stroll through an insider’s view of Los Angeles. Standout feature: 2.55:1 CinemaScope Aspect Ratio

2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The first time I saw this, I had some mixed feelings. On my second viewing I was sold. Standout feature: Cassian’s Coat

1. Arrival
This movie came just when we needed it most. It’s an alien invasion flick with a promise of peace. Standout feature: The Heptapod Logograms

Top 3 Favorite TV Shows

3. Last Man on Earth
With cameos by some of my favorite tv stars and movie cars, my number one pick from last year easily continued to earn a spot on this year’s list. Standout episode: General Breast Theme with Cobras

2. Black Mirror

So glad that Netflix is now helming this series. You’ll never look at your mobile phone the same way. Standout episode: Playtest

1. Stranger Things
I seriously don’t care how many member berries are packed into this one. It feels tight and fresh despite referencing films I know and love. Standout episode: Holly, Jolly

Top 3 Favorite Cars

3. Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
Hopefully this rig will help usher in a new era for the post-dieselgate VW.  Standout features: long roof lines and a gravel-tackling stance.

2. BMW M2
You knew this would be here. It’s a treat to the eyes and the ears. Standout feature: wide-bodied wildness.

1. Porsche 911 R
There’s no doubt about it, Porsche tapped right into the whole Magnus Walker fanboy vibe with this one—creating the most driver-centric modern car of all time. Standout feature: throwback minimalist design philosophy.