Derek Hodgson's illustration in back and the actual etching on the Zune.
So with quite a bit of fan-fare, Microsoft's Zune launches in Canada today with a nod to customization and Canadian contemporary art. Six artists from across the country contribute to Zune's library of customized etchings. Andrew Pommier, Derrick Hodgson, Luke Ramsey, Meomi (Vicki Wong & Michael Murphy), NDEUR (Mathieu Missiaen), and Stephen Crowhurst make up the list. Even nicer is that for the next three months, those designs are free in celebration of the Canadian debut. Want to check out the artwork in more detail? Head to www.zuneoriginals.ca.
Derek Hodgson represents Toronto's bit in this endeavor and the themes of "community" and "social" were the starting point for his piece. He describes some of his rounded creatures as "seed suckers," "floating birds," and "sea birds." Not so much to your taste? There are others to choose from or if you're the vanilla type, you can leave things with just text or even blank. Playing with the text yields a broader character palette than the ipod, but alas, I am still unable to use the less-than/greater-than characters. Still, you could ask someone to marry you, as I'm told one couple did.
Wintersleep is playing the Best Buy at Yonge & Dundas as I write this.