You’d buy it. (You = all designers reading). I mean how could you not? I just kind of caught myself laughing out loud a little to this one… and also realizing that i WOULD actually be able to beat my gamer friends at Photoshop Hero (versus playing backup/bass on coop Guitar Hero), and if not, i should be ashamed to own Photoshop. Ah, Penny-Arcade.
Steven Nicholson is a 2yr student at Plymouth university in the United Kingdom studying Graphic communications with typography. And apparently he is a genius with a hole punch? Check out this self portrait using 10 different sized single hole punches on a a1 piece of paper that he just sent over. Can you imagine the patience? It reminds me a lot of the Rasterbator… only if you laser cut the holes instead of printing them? More images below!
Oh Murakami, how you never cease to amaze me. The latest news on Murakami, Louis Vuitton, MOCA, and pop up stores…. apparently along with the new Murakami exhibit running at MOCA (10.29.07 - 02.11.08 at the Geffen Contemporary), with a LV pop up “boutique offering limited-edition handbags and small leather goods featuring Murakami designs. The estimated prices of the bags, ranging from $875 to $920, represent about a $300 markup over the $575 to $665 that consumers would pay for the same line without the Murakami designs at the Vuitton store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.”
Most interesting thing to note? As Murakami continues to blend high/low art - and commercialism of every scale… The store seems in and of itself to be a part of the art… “Unlike the traditional gift shop or museum store outside the exhibition area, or a shop set up for a traveling exhibition such as the 2005 King Tut show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Vuitton shop will be situated approximately in the middle of MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary space. It will be among about 20 rooms featuring paintings, sculpture and animation.” Read more about it at the LATimes.
i-delicious is the portfolio of illustrator Lesia Chernish, and it’s just that delectably delicious that it feels like a perfect blend of NOTCOT and TasteSpotting’s passions. I must admit i’ve tried hunting for more information on her, but she only seems to exist on her site: i-delicious! A few more of her pieces that i love below.
This one goes out to all the Monsterism fans out there ~ apparently Pete Fowler has teamed up with HP and created HP Toyrama. I just spotted this over at StashMedia Feed and started making silly little movies. Far too fun and nicely done flash stop action movie making where YOU TOO can animate some Monsterism creatures… and win things. (LOTS of screenshots below of you’re short on time.) According to the press release:
Singapore, Aug 2, 2007 – Embarking on magical adventures is not just for Shrek-like ogres and furry animals from Over the Hedge anymore as HP kicks off a unique contest that invites digital animators across Asia Pacific to create, design and direct short, animated skits using high-performance workstations and graphics tools.
Christened the HP Toyrama Contest, this online competition developed by Arc Worldwide Singapore challenges the best digital content creators in the region to create innovative and rich multimedia stop-motion animation starring five toy characters named Sancho, Farm Girl, Ranger, Jogger and Green from Monsterism Island, designed by cult toy designer, Pete Fowler. The contest has two categories – the Open segment, for enthusiasts, amateurs or students with a passion for animation; as well as the Professional segment, for the more proficient animators.
So i’ve been hearing about the Sony Bravia play doh bunnies running around NY all weekend, and finally sat and tried to dig up whatever info and images possible (thank goodness for flickr… particularly dennyliem and davidwatts1978 who had great sets up from the shoot)… and i’ve compiled them below for a quick overview (and they just make me smile ~ i wish i could have seen them in person!).
So here’s the story - its the third of the Sony Bravia “Color like no other” campaigns… the first being the bouncy balls in SF and then the paint explosions in Glasgow… and coming soon, the play doh bunnies in NY! I can’t wait, check out what people have seen so far below. According to TV Ad Land, “Play Doh is being staged in New York by Frank Budgen of Gorgeous Enterprises, working with a creative team from Fallon, including creative director Juan Cabral.”
Adam Gault’s Lantern Fish is an incredible short film that will suck you out of your world for a few minutes… with mesmerizing music, and visuals that will take you on a journey through the evolution of these various crazy fish of the deep from around the world. Screenshots of some of the fish below…
This comes from my latest obsession the Feed at StashMedia.tv there are SO many incredible shorts and ads they showcase there it blows my mind… like that Chemical Brother’s Salmon Dance video! (it was on org but if you missed it, the youtube is after the jump as well)
LaLaLand presents Hot Lunch! A series of metal lunch boxes - complete with matching thermoses! And you can’t imagine how much i wish i was a kid and needed one of these suddenly. My four favorites are from Shag, Bigfoot1, Amanda Visell, and Kristi Gushiken’s Can Cam! More views of these below. View the full collection at LaLaLand.
Just checked out Gallery 1988 SF’s latest show Skate Life: Skateboard Inspired Sculptures and Paintings by J. Shea and Freddi C and it is unlike any show i’ve seen. Definitely worth stopping by if you’re around (opening is on tonight until 10!).
It also certainly made me homesick for LA ~ with scenes from Venice and Culver City… these skeletal/angelic skaters armed with some seriously adorable pipes, bongs, skateboards (check out the close ups in the gallery… just keep clicking through till they are HUGE - and look at the details… like the skateboard wheels) These murals are a brilliant blend of the vector/stencil like imagery painted on wood… mixed with penciled in song lyrics… and a refreshing contrast to the many super sleek resin/plastic toys and figurines trend. And beyond the great colors, themes, and artwork… the one thing that you absolutely need to see this in person for is the SHADOWS. With such a mixed media piece, you really get sucked into these mini mural/dioramas, and with the lighting its really fun seeing the shadows of these beings floating and jumping across the scenes. For the lazy, a few more of my favorite pics below for an overview, but really, take a look at the images i put in the gallery… at full res for the full effect.
Product/Advertising mocks will never be the same again. Live Surface is incredible. Beyond its incredibly clean, well designed website, and the breathtaking demo video on how their files work… They have some of the most beautiful renders of everything from CD cases and hardcover books to coffee bags and spray bottles (even with transparency where appropriate). Even for outdoor advertising, there are more scenarios than you can imagine to show that client just what it will really look like. And they’ve made their files ready to drag and drop your graphics into using vanishing point in photoshop… go try their demo (the box i used up there, that literally took me seconds to drag and drop the logos and images that were on my desktop onto). I’ve seriously been floored by Live Surface since i found it on Swiss Miss this morning. And in all honesty, i can’t imagine a designer that can afford NOT to spend 30$ on one of these files when they need to throw something together quickly.
Hmmm Axe strikes again, with another hilarious ad campaign. This time is the “Get A Girlfriend” 3 step process to take you from the scenes shown to having the ladies hanging all over you in no time. And i don’t know what it is that struck me, but i gotta say, the frog leaping contest looks pretty fun/funny (see the closeup of the frog below, its expression is hilarious), the high score on the arcade game cracked me up, and damn thats a lot of legos. See more from the campaign at I Believe in Advertising.
Agency: Lowe Bull, Johannesburg, South Africa
Creative Director: Gareth Lessing, Rob Mclennan
Copywriter: Matthew Brink
Art Director: Adam Livesey
Photographer: Clive Stewart
Typographer: Adam Livesey
I stop and swoon at Brooks Salzwedel’s belt buckles every now and then (seeing them over at Ron Herman just reminded me again), and i just rediscovered his art which i failed to post about previously. So here they are (more below) - and in the artist’s own words, from NY Arts Magazine Interview: “With the use of transparencies, including vellums, acetates, tape and resin, I see my work in layers. I ask myself what images should be in the foreground, and what images should recede to the back. I want all my pieces to have an overwhelming feeling of depth. A good piece, for instance, will have faded fog in the background, but still show detail in both its foreground and background. Most of the time, a piece will be a surprise to me, once I pull the resin out of its mold. The layers change—some images will become dull, while some will become crisp—which helps me feel like I’m not working in some formulaic way. It’s all still an experiment and so creates accidents.” See more of his buckles and work here.
Exactly what it sounds like. You get clay - and you quick sculpt Queen Vic! Spotted this over at 30gms, and couldn’t stop laughing - wish i could have participated! “The worshipful craftspeople of Fibre Design offer the opportunity for all loyal and devoted subjects to once again fashion a likeness of her royalness Queen Victoria. Your great and sacred mission is to assemble the instrument of the plasticine in the divine image of the sovereign in the allotted time applying the immutable laws of beauty and symmetry. The artist of the noblest resemblance will be awarded a hamper of the finest craft equipment.” Here is 30gms’ coverage of the finished products. “Judging takes place this week and a Flickr set to follow shortly after. But whoever wins the coveted creative hamper everyone graduated with honours.” Can’t wait to see who takes home the prize!
On pretty flashy sites, a few weeks ago i was browsing denim lines and came across Kasil’s site which stood out in its nicely textured, layered site (versus the usual hard to navigate boring same old lookbook imagery?). My favorite part of this side of Kasil is their naming of their washes! (see image below) The washes are named Atlantic, Baltic, and Pacific - with a corresponding cylinder of dark to light blue gradient (complete with subtly moving bubbles). It’s refreshing to see a denim site thats gone out of its way to really give its brand a unique look which goes beyond its logo, buttons, and pocket details, with this artistically playful feel.
More exciting news about Kasil’s jeans… but before that i just wanted to take a second to focus on their great graphic+web design.
Still fixating on Portfolio - just got lost in their multimedia section… and the bloomberg redesign was previously featured on .org, but i hadn’t had time to fully explore Portfolio then. Loving their infographics like the interactive one above on Salary Comparisons where you can drag the arrow to see how the ratio has grown over the years. They even have E.Q. quizzes to see if you have what it takes to be a CEO - much like those you’d find in cosmo, only better typography and graphics. They even have gorgeous quizes to see whether you can spot the knock off, or pick which tie is cheaper (screenshot below).