Dissecting the Trend: Dynamic Logos & Brands

on September 30th, 2010

A tetrapyloctomy piece about a very very old trend that came into its own in the past 3-5 years, as the technology stepped in to automate the process. But it all started a long, long time ago, most probably sometime during the second century.
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10 Amazing Stipple Portraits by Noli Novak

on September 25th, 2010

Noli Novak is one of Wall Street Journal’s hedcut (stipple portrait) illustrators, and for nearly 20 years she has created. At her studio, she typically receives an e-mailed photo of her subject. Then, deftly employing a number-one pen, she copies a three-by-five inch image onto special vellum paper. She creates a realistic image with a constellation of dots, lines and crosshatches, a process that generally takes about three hours.

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Rajahstan Style Free Illustration (vector)

on September 25th, 2010

Another free vector for your projects; this is inspired from a set of paintings on a wall in Rajahstan.

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Free Fregate / Ship Vector

on September 25th, 2010

Just a leftover from a project that resulted in a thousand sketches now lying in a pile in my storage cupboard. Hope you find it useful for something.

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The outstanding documentary photography of Claire Martin

on September 10th, 2010

Claire Martin is as quirky as it gets: with a degree in social work and communications she faked a resume to land a job as a chef on luxury cruisers and ended up becoming a documentary photographer who had the guts to live in a community of squatters and shoot the street life of Vancouver’s Downtown East Side – a suburb famous for extreme poverty, drug addiction and an AIDS rate of 30%.
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Michaela Kocianova and Jude Law talk sex for Dior Homme

on September 10th, 2010

Well, sort of. Mild hints. Very mild. My grandmother could have said something saucier. But hey, it’s Jude Law, with a hot Muse theme in the background – and Michaela Kocianova wearing next to nothing.

“Un Rendez Vous”, the first of Guy Ritchie’s three short films for a new campaign for Dior Homme is an Alfie meets Sleuth production; Jude Law sports a suit that would make Michael Douglas jealous and Michaela Kocianova walks around in red lipstick, boots and a hat (how much more cliche can you get?!) Thankfully Muse saves the day with their thrilling Exogenesis Symphony Part 1, and the beautiful photography and eye candy compensate for the lack of actual logic of the plot and the safe-for-your-mom’s-ears ‘sex talk’.

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Lawrence Weiner on Designers, Helvetica and the Universe

on September 7th, 2010

What can I say, I am in love with Lawrence Weiner; he gets me. This is a beautiful movie on Weiner by Debbie Millman – and it’s a must see for any artist or designer. I have also included some of his works, for your viewing pleasure.

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Branding Inspiration: Logan Wines

on September 3rd, 2010

Brand identity work for Logan Wines by Clinton Duncan, of PDC Creative. And I must say, this brand application just tickles me pink with joy, as it is exuberant yet minimalistic, heartfelt yet elegant. Very much removed from geometrical precision and bravely tactile.

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Logo Inspiration: Steven Noble (of Amex Centurion and White House fame)

on August 27th, 2010

If you haven’t heard of Steven Noble before, you most certainly have heard of some of his work: he illustrated the back of the one dollar bill; he is the illustrator who was hired to redraw the White House for its most recent logo refresh; he is the artist behind American Express’ centurion/gladiator illustration, famously used on the company’s initial cards and nowadays on the mythical Centurion Card (unlimited balance, invitation only it seems).
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Books are Scary – Book Art / Design

on August 24th, 2010

I just knew it! They come to life when you’re not looking and live their book lives – cheery, pensive, philosophical or downright scary.

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Her Morning Elegance: 2096 stills, one song, one movie

on August 21st, 2010

Photography? Design? Movie? Music? Actually, all of the above. Sunny and beautiful – and you can go to Her Morning Elegance online gallery to view the video broken apart to its 2096 still frames.
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How to Be Alone – The poem, the movie

on August 20th, 2010

A gem found via Swiss Miss – and I’m putting it here instead of sending you straight to her site because I really love this video, and my blog has become a repository for all things I love. View this movie all the way, if you can: it is beauty and healing.

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Accurate Portrait of Vlad the Impaler as vampire

on August 20th, 2010

Just a bit of lighthearted randomness to kick-start this Friday morning (made me laugh so much I kind of got over my headache).

Florin Ene, aka Battlow on DeviantArt, has an awesome take on Vlad Tepes (The Impaler), a cross between his history books portrait and Bram Stoker fangs. Pretty cool.

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Whistling Straits Golf Course Logo

on August 18th, 2010

Hat tip to my husband for pointing this out to me – the first time something good came out of his incessant golf-watching. Because this logo is sheer awesomeness.
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Hijacking Two Trends: A One-Page Vintage Website for Naked Communications

on August 18th, 2010

Not the first contender to run this race – remember Dollar Dreadful and CSS Tinderbox? well, if you don’t just scroll down – Naked is the first Aussie one I’ve come across, and I love the look of it.
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Three, One, Two: Restaurant Identity

on August 17th, 2010

Three, One, Two was a Melbourne restaurant established by Andrew McConnell, one of Australia’s most respected chefs. It is now closed, I understand, but the branding was gorgeous and deserves a mention.
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Cyrillic fonts revisited: Slavica

on August 16th, 2010

Gorgeous font for cross-stitch aficionados, logo designers and anyone with a passion for vintage fonts, Slavica is a modern take on the Cyrillic type of Orthodox manuscripts, Byzantine icons and village doilies.

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Early in the night

on August 14th, 2010

Both him and her survive the debauchery, albeit with a few lessons learned, and the night goes on undocumented. instead we get one last glimpse of the couple earlier in the night; a moment in time captured on film which happened once and will never happen again.
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Stir something deep inside…

on August 13th, 2010

Sydney-based Collider was awarded the top prize for Commercials – Visual Effects at the 2010 Australian Effects and Animation Festival Awards (AEAF) last night for Nestle Club ‘Intense Pleasure’, via agency JWT Sydney. The spot was directed by Collider co-founder and creative director, Andrew van der Westhuyzen. And it’s stirring and delicious…. Read more

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Ad of the Day: Australian Childhood Foundation, ‘Invisible’

on August 12th, 2010

According to the Australian Childhood Foundation’s website, neglect accounted for 30 per cent of reported child abuse cases in Australia in 2006-7, although many children suffer a combination of emotional, physical and sexual abuse. The Foundation stresses that it’s the role of adults to learn how to notice and report child abuse – and so the Australian Childhood Foundation has once again partnered with advertising agency JWT to create a unique outdoor advertising campaign to raise awareness of neglect as a form of child abuse. JWT won the Bronze Lion at Cannes Outdoor Lions 2010 for this campaign.
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Work, Buy, Consume, Die

on August 12th, 2010

Not very sure what the purpose of this website is, but the splash page is a gorgeous stencil: Work, Buy, Consume, Die – the adventure of a life time. I share it with you here, it was just too good to pass. There seems to have been printed on walls in Europe back in 2007, but this is the first time I came across it. So here we go:
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Headshots – Fear and Loathing

on August 9th, 2010

Ever had to have your photo taken and freaked out? Looked at a photo of you and thought “Gee I look like crap”? Then watch this.

Awesome video and great advice for headshot photography – not only for actors, but for corporate types, personal photos etc (I’m not including kids because they do it naturally). Watch until the end, there’s a great mantra you can use for your next portrait shot.
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Gorgeous Victorian Font: Phaeton

on August 5th, 2010

One of the most elaborate typefaces I’ve seen, Phaeton is a beautiful font with hidden gems of beauty everywhere. The font’s nearly 600 characters includes a large number of alternates, ornaments, decorative banners, picto-glyphs, swash capitals, and 49 wordmark glyphs for ‘and,’ ‘the,’ ‘with’ etc. All characters are hand-drawn (and you can see it). Screenshots included – and you’ll see why Phaeton makes me shiver with type lust. I know, I get turned on by fonts. I’m weird that way.
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The Heart-Warming Street Art of Sandrine Boullet

on July 22nd, 2010

Seeing the world through a perspective of her own, always humorous and ingenious, Sandrine makes quirky pieces of art out of nooks and corners, bolts of the urban landscape, garbage and abandoned furniture. If you need a smile today, have a look at the world through her eyes.
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