Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Wednesday Cheer

This is for all my creative friends who may need a bit of a laugh. Sometimes we just need to be reminded not to take ourselves, or our jobs, too seriously. Where do you fall?

Cartoons by Tom Fishburne. Click here to read more of his blog.






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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Wild Thing



Seriously? Just too good.... good product, good packaging... love the opener. And good for you... Organic, fresh-pressed vegetables. Too bad it's not readily available, I'd love to try it. But I can see it catching on. I'd like some just to line my kitchen counter with. The colors are outstanding!

Packaging design by Seed.

Click here for the Wild Bunch & Co website.
Click here to see more of Seed's work.



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Monday, February 18, 2008

Fashion Forward

What is it about fashion illustration that is so appealing? I just love the style, and the femininity and, well... the clothes! I'm itching to get my paws on a copy of 100 Years of Fashion Illustration by Cally Blackman (available here).



I recently came across French artist Sophie Griotto on NOTCOT.org. Her work is simply stunning. Take a look at some of the eye candy below. Click here for her site and some more gorgeous work.




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Friday, February 15, 2008

Designs of the Year Award Show

The Design Museum in London has recently opened it's showcase of the best designs of 2007. It's a broad mix of mediums and topics, and there's sure to be something of interest for everyone. I haven't made it over yet, but hope to soon. In the mean time, we'll have to make due with the press that's already out there.

Click here for the full article from Creative Review. Pix below from Creative Review.


The Partners Grand Tour.

Unrest exhibition (Jonathan Ellery at The Wapping Project)

Your House (Olafur Eliasson)

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Thursday, February 14, 2008



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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Typographic London



I've been seeing these posters around London for a while now, and they never fail to catch my eye. They're so well done, and they highlight iconic features of London in an extraordinary way. The concept and design is simple (from the iconic standpoint), but they are intricate in the information they contain. It is a great example of what design is supposed to do: simplify the message and use imagery to enhance understanding.


The series was designed by Oscar Wilson (a specialist in hand-crafted typography) for the Mayor of London's campaign to promote tourism. From the Creative Review Blog: Each image is composed from multiple lines of hand-drawn copy, which includes the names of famous places, pursuits and – as with the somewhat psychedelic guitar – some of Camden’s most famous music venues. The work, commissioned by agency RKCR/Y&R, is currently doing the rounds on buses and tubes throughout the city.

You can see more of Oscar's work
here.




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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

FuN fUn

This is just too cute. The site is for a Dutch department store called HEMA, but I have no idea what anything says. Let it load and do it's thing. After you watch the action you'll realize that it doesn't matter if you can read it or not!

Click here. Warning: it's loud, so if you're in work, turn the volume down!

PS Thanks Lael :)

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Monday, February 4, 2008

Graffiti vs. Street Art

I posted many moons ago about the fascination I have with street art. Not the unimaginative "tags" that teenage hoodlums create. But the really intriguing work by actual artists, who happen to use the big wide world as their medium. This is a world away from graffiti, as most people think of it. It's seeing something unexpected & artistic that puts a smile on your face.

There's an artist in the UK called "Banksy," who has become the talk of the town for his street art, and his distinctive stencil-style. His work sells for thousands of pounds. Towns are now calling for preservation of these works of art.

Street art is also moving indoors with dedicated auctions to "urban art" and an exhibition the Tate Modern. Finally, it is hitting the mainstream decoration market, with framed "graffiti" prints, and the cool lamps seen below from Re-surface.

So, the question is: What happens when street art become mainstream? Does it defeat the purpose of the medium? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Banksy
www.banksy.co.uk

Banksy

Banksy

Banksy


Adam Neate
www.adamneate.co.uk

re-surface
www.re-surface.net

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