Sunday, November 30, 2008
The title is a quote from John Cleese regarding the creative process and getting out of being stuck. I think it's brilliant insight. Read the excerpt here to get the idea in full.
The funny walking photos are cool, too, no?
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
You have got to see this.
It does change my mind about two things:
1. There is now a purpose for guitar hero (if only for one person)
2. There is hope for user generated content (if this was indeed user generated)*
*OK, there is REALLY great user generated content out there, a lot of it. The good is just a small percentage of all UG.
Same woman, just a few talented people, photographers and one kick-ass makeup artist. Can't think of why the 30 year-old has to look like a street walker, but well done none-the-less.
Vogue Paris November 2008 with Eniko Mihalik by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin styled by Carine Roitfeld, make-up by Lisa Butler.
Friday, November 21, 2008
So, a week ago at this very time I was leaving the ADCD Student Show hosted by RMCAD in the rotunda space. If you haven't been there for an event, it's like a giant gazebo attached to another building. And it was perfect for the show this year. There are predictions about next year's show needing a bigger space. Anyway, that was a full week ago — and yes, I'm just getting to writing about it now. Apologies.
But you know, the week has given me a little distance from it and now I can see more clearly some of the reasons why I think it was a great success. They are:
1. The Denver area has a lot of schools with design related studies. It was fantastic to have them all together in one place, showing off their students' work.
2. The students were proud. They brought their families. And their friends. And I watched as they made the rounds actually looking studiously at and discussing the work of their peers.
3. The space. Gallery-like and big enough to accommodate everybody yet small enough to make it feel like a hot-ticket event, it was perfect.
4. The DJ. J. Scott Womack, A.K.A. cobelco, is a fantastic mood enhancer. Strike that, he creates the scene. Some music is fine for the background and some music is great front and center. cobelco's wide range of influences and spontaneous mixing saavy combine to construct something that is more like the skeleton of an aquatic creature. The underlying groove helped the event and the attendees move along fluidly, occasionally accented by something recognizable or, even better, a completely new flourish. That's how he does it.
5. Kimberly Carey Putnam. The event seemed effortlessly put together by Kimberly and her crew. All her planning made an occasion that the students, their families and the ADCD can be proud of.
6. Finally, the fact that this show happened just weeks after the much successful and beneficial Student Briefies event (see previous posts labeled Briefies Wow), has me thinking that the ADCD really has something to offer the younguns in the profession. I think this may not be as obvious as it could be. And that's too bad, but I think that will change.
Stay tuned for more of the same. And tell a student about ADCD. Good for the student, good for the community.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Hey, kickin' youself because you missed the student show and really wanted to memorize the winners names for their future glory? You're in luck. Here they are. congrats to the winning students and their respective institutions.
Phil Lietz//Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design//The Catch//Best in Category: Illustration - Digital
Angelia McLean//Metro State//Urban Harvest Gardening Journal//Best in Category: Publications - Book Design
Iyesha Sayeed//Community College of Denver//Word Play (David Caron)//Best in Category: Graphic Design - Cover
Hayes Trotter//Community College of Denver//The Town Company//Best in Category: Graphic Design - Stationery
Hayes Trotter//Community College of Denver//The Town Company//Best in Category/Graphic Design - Trademarks/Logos
Andy Musser//Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design//Battle of the Bulbs//Best in Category: Video and Sound - Animation
Lori Stikeleather//Metro State//Tagging Profit Margins//Best of Show and Judge's Choice and Best in Category:Print Advertising-Magazine
Christopher Manzanares//Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design//How Science Hurts Love//Judge's Choice and Best in Category: Illustration - Traditional
Brian Twigg & Andrew Alger//Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design//Preparing for Failure//Judge's Choice and Best in Category: Environmental Graphic Design - Exhibits/Displays
Sarah Wagle//Metro State//Definitions//Judge's Choice and Best in Category: Editorial Design - Magazine
Shane Miles//Colorado State University//All (Equality)//Judge's Choice and Best in Category: Graphic Design - Poster (poster set)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Put this under "Doh, I should have thought of that" a Japanese man has figured out how to put logos on apples all naturally. Seems as though you just have to sticker them a month out of harvest to make it work. This looks to open up room for so much more merchandising.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
While browsing over at Notcot.org, cam across this brilliant packaging for Red Dog Candy from the shop over in Boulder, Moxie Sozo. Can't tell you how much I love this packaging. I could go on for ever, but I'll spare you the details and just give you the link.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
From Target. The description from their site: "This 1.2 MP Digital Camera GiftCard takes pictures and comes with 40 free prints." That's fun.
Target has really changed the face of their store shopping experience and brand, obviously. I can hardly remember what it used to be like 20 years ago, except that it seemed so uncool.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
This is cool. But it actually makes me want to get my real art supplies out and step away from the software. I'm a sucker for a tube of cadmium orange and a palette knife. Still, great ad from Indonesian software reseller Software-asli.com.
I happened to catch the ad on TV last night, and no doubt many intended viewers will like it. (The spot is called "String" if you want to Google it.) I didn't think the spot was that special; the story was cute, but nothing wowed me. But the simplicity of the copy and image at the end was far more interesting to me and the use of a word that is a bit younger was a great step out for Zales, I thought. It's got great potential and I'm interested in seeing more.
Agency: The Richards Group.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The schmancy garden company Smith & Hawken rolls out an online auction to boost the holiday season's commercial success. Christmas designed by Eva Longoria-Parker, Brooke Shields, Julianne Moore and others are available for bidding online and proceeds benefit Keep America Beautiful (KAB.org).
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Pretty good story telling. Especially considering it is a. a student, b. the stroy, drawing and direction was all the same person, and c. this was a class assignment. Some really talented kids out there.
The Story of One-Eyed Ophelia Jackson is a 2008 graduation film by Kat Morris from School of Visual Arts. The eye-catching short, about the luckiest girl in the world, Ophelia Jackson, and her encounter with a Sea Witch, stands out for its confident drawing style and sophisticated sense of design.
This book cover was designed by Isaac Tobin, using hand lettering by Lauren Nassef. Lettering done by hand, yes, but not drawn by hand. Pinpricks through heavy card stock was the method, perfectly illustrating the book's title. Awesome. Haven't seen the book in person, but it'd be really cool if the hand pricking was mass-duplicated on every cover so you could actually feel it. Regardless, great execution.
From NY Times The Book Design Review.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I credit getting into this business to a lot of time spent with Sesame Street. It was videos like this that first turned me onto type, animation, story telling, design, the whole package. It was the hours of time spent to make something so simple and fun (even at a young age I could tell how much effort was put into something like these) that actually prepared me for this industry. Now I look around, and yes I'll say it, there isn't much out there that I can say would inspire me in the same way. There are a few. But nothing like these. The best i can say is at least Hulu is starting to post these. Allowing the digital age to discover them again.
I love this lamp. It's such a postmodern twist on the guy in the Christmas poem who walks around his house with a lit taper. The design is simple and very cool. See the full description here. Thanks to swissmiss.