27
Mar 15

MAX 100 Project

TheeBlog-Max100Book Happy Friday! Being that most of us were celebrating Air Max day today, I decided to bring this post back because you cannot talk about Air Max and Design without mentioning the talented Matt Stevens :) So, here you go! – Today I want to follow up on a post from last year. Why? Because I love this project (I’m sure you will also), I love my Nike kicks and because it is finally available for purchase thanks to all the support and love from KickStarter backers. I’m talking about Matt Stevens MAX100 book project. A beautiful high end book featuring 100 different, and beautiful, interpretations of Nike’s iconic AirMax1 or as Matt states it, “the greatest sneaker ever made.” Learn more after the jump, check out some photos, video and get yours today!
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26
Mar 15

Air Max Day 2015

TheeBlog_AirMaxDay2015 If you know what this post is about just by looking at the title or the date, you’re cool in my book. If you don’t, you’re still cool – but will be even cooler after reading this :) Today is a great day for sneakerheads around the world as it is the 28th anniversary of the launch of the first shoe ever to showcase visible Air – the NIKE Air Max. If you are not familiar with the history of Nike Air Max shoes, I invite you to check it out, it is a great example of how one good idea can not only change an entire industry, but also inspire a worldwide movement and culture. If you are familiar, well, there’s nothing much I can tell you as you’re probably busy snapping and tagging a photo of your ‘Airs’ to join the online celebration :)
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25
Mar 15

Target 2015 Campaign

TheeBlog_Target2015Campaign When it comes to good branding, Target is one of the few companies that continuously delivers quality work and constantly raises the bar by exploring and juicing their iconic logo. Today I want to share Target’s new branding campaign for 2015, courtesy of the very, very talented – and TheeBlog veteranAllan Peters (HERE) Check out this great new branding rollout and some of my favorite photos after the jump.
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18
Mar 15

Baymax as…

TheeBlog-Baymax I’m going to say this post is mostly dedicated to my kids since they love Big Hero 6 / Baymax, but I also know that many of you us, love this guy (for the record, my favorite is still Wall-e). Demetria Skye really likes Baymax. How much you ask? Enough to draw awesome versions of him dressed up as Buzz, Wreck it Ralph, Aladdin, Elsa, Lilo and many other Disney, Dreamworks or Pixar characters. Check out Demetria’s great work after the jump and get ready to say awww at the office.
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10
Mar 15

The Mill 2015 Motion Reel

There are so many great agencies out there constantly raising the bar and producing beautiful work. The Mill is definitely one of them. Their impressive work has become a constant source of inspiration and influence for agencies and creatives around the world – and their annual demo reels, in my opinion, are some of the best in the business. So, today I want to share their latest motion reel, full of eye candy and gems like titles for OFFF, MTV, D&AD, Nike, Call of Duty, Gatorade, BBC, and Cannes to name a very few. Enjoy!


03
Mar 15

FEAST

As most of you probably know already, the award for best animated short film during this year’s Oscars deservedly went to Disney’s FEAST, directed by Patrick Osborne. Now, for those of you who don’t have any kids and didn’t catch it in theaters (it launched along Big Hero 6), FEAST is the story of one man’s life seen through the eyes of his dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. Whether you love dogs or not, I guarantee you this short will make you smile and make your day a lot better. If you want to learn more, check out a great interview with Director Patrick Osborne after the jump! – Disney keeps killing video links, so let’s just watch the interview for now…


26
Feb 15

Notes to Myself

TheeBlog-NotestoMyself This one is for all you type and lettering lovers. I recently discover the great work of Australian designer and illustrator Luke Choice – specially his lettering project called “Notes to Myself” and had to share it. This series of typographic experiments based on random notes features interesting styles and colors that I am sure will inspire you. I mean, if you’re going to pin or post quotes around your office, make sure they are as cool as these. Enjoy them after the jump!
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23
Feb 15

25 Years of Photoshop

I have to admit that I have never seen an Adobe commercial – in national television, at least. So, last night after the Oscars, a collection of cool, captivating images and designs caught my attention. After a couple of seconds I literally dropped a “Is this a Photoshop commercial?”, and indeed it was! If you haven’t yet, check out this cool ad spot that celebrates Photoshop’s 25 years. #DreamOn


12
Feb 15

FITC Tokyo 2015. Chaos & Control.

TheeBlog_FITCtokyo Branding a conference is always a tough task. But branding a creative conference is a monumental task. Not only because you’ll have thousands of designers analyzing and disecting each piece – for good or bad – but because the concept and execution bar has been set really, really high. FITC is one of the few conferences that constantly delivers beautiful concepts through collaborations with great artists around the world, and as usual, they have outdone themselves this year with the release of the new FITC Tokyo conference branding. But as if the beautiful design was not enough, the recently launched opening titles, created by a team of superstars including Ash Thorp, Andrew Hawryluk, Michael Rigley, Albert Omoss, Chris Bjerre, Alasdair Willson, Nicolas Girard, Franck Deron – Yup, talk about a badass dream team – is one that will make you feel warm inside, fall in love even more with type+animation, and make you want to book your trip to Tokyo. Motiongrapher interviewed these great artists about their experience and online collaboration, and here are some of my favorite excerpts.
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11
Feb 15

Chinatown

TheeBlog_Chinatown I recently found this great project by Mehmet Gözetlik and liked it so much I had to share it. Chinatown is a Chinese translation of the trademarks in a graphical way. It’s a carefully arranged series of artworks showcasing 20 well-known western brand logos with maintained visual and narrative continuity. ‘Chinatown’ pushes viewers to ask themselves what it means to see, hear, and become fully aware. ‘Chinatown’ also demonstrates our strangeness to 1.35 billion people in the world, when you can’t read Chinese. Can you name all the brands?
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10
Feb 15

Straight Outta Compton!

TheeBlog_NWA With all the ignorance and stupidity regarding music coming out of Twitter - yes, I’m talking about the people who have no idea who Paul McCartney, Missy Elliot or Beck are - I thought it is important to share this upcoming movie I just stumbled upon this week, you know, before someone thinks Dr. Dre is trying to be the new Pharell. What’s the movie you ask? Well, it’s the story about the roots and rise of N.W.A. I know!!! Check out the great trailer after the jump!
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02
Feb 15

Outdo You in 2015

If you watched the Super Bowl last night, you watched many commercials (perhaps this is the only time you actually watch commercials instead of fast forwarding through them on your DVR) and yes, there were many good ones and many ridiculous ones. And although every site is talking about them or replaying the top 5, I wanted to share a beautiful ad spot I recently found. This new Nike+ spot, created by the talented folks at AKQA, features the amazing work of Matthieu Bessudo, aka mcbess and aims to inspire and motivate us to take on new challenges in 2015 and… outdo ourselves.


30
Jan 15

Man Seeking Woman

We all have favorite TV shows, and as a visual type of guy, I know I am not alone when I say that we would always pay extra attention to the opening titles, animation, music, etc. Don’t believe me? Just play “I’ll be there for you” by The Rembrandts, and everyone around you will be dropping FRIENDS’ quotes within minutes. FXX’s new show, “Man Seeking Woman” recently dropped beautiful, different and interesting opening titles based on minimalist line illustrations that you have to check out. I mean, this is great news for TV – More Design is always good! In the sequence, symbols of ordinary dating life mix with over-the-top, genre-spanning imagery, reflecting the unique narrative device used in the series.


27
Jan 15

Portrait of a Letterpress Printer

William Amer is a letterpress printer and instructor based in New South Wales, Australia who learned the beautiful art and craft of letterpress at a very young age when his father moved to Australia in 1955. What’s even better, he still operates his amazing machinery and teaches the craft to young students in order to keep this art alive. The great folks at Of Two Lands visited William and produced a lovely short documentary that will surely inspire you and make you smile. Enjoy!


13
Jan 15

Luxury Fashion Dolls

TheeBlog_LuxuryFashionDolls When it comes to fashion and editorial work, the range of constant creativity is something that always impresses me. Think about it, just when you think you’ve seen it all, a Photographer comes along with an idea or a little something that either shocks, inspires or enamors us. Italian Photographer Giampaolo Sgura recently created a lovely photo series for Vogue Paris. The series features real models, dressed up in different luxury fashion brands and packaged as dolls. Check out the series after the jump, and enjoy its impressive amount of detail and execution.
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29
Dec 14

Welcome to AirBnB

TheeBlog_AirBnB_Ad ‘Welcome to Airbnb’, is a lovely ad spot created by TWBA Singapore that takes the user on an exciting train journey through amazing landscapes, and cozy apartments, all wonderfully created by hand! As you board the train in this film, you’re transported into a magical world that represents the very heart of Airbnb. As you wind your way through some of the amazing listings Airbnb has to offer, you get a different perspective on the world. With each viewing, you see something unique and interesting that you didn’t notice before, mirroring the experience that many people have when they travel with Airbnb.
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23
Dec 14

ENTOURAGE. The Movie.

I’m going to be honest. I’m as excited as Drama after getting a casting call. The Entourage movie trailer is finally out and I had to share it. Oh, and for the record, it does not matter if the movie is great or if it sucks, I’ll be there. Bring on the Ari Gold-ness!


22
Dec 14

Art Basel Miami 2014

TheeBlog_ArtBaselMiami2014 As most of you know very well, every year – every December to be specific, Miami turns into a unique, extravagant, classy, and busy city full of art fairs, shows, music, inspiration, and great food. This year, like every other year, my mission was to visit as many art fairs, galleries and shows as possible (it is extremely hard) as well as catching up with a couple of friends that visit Miami to work on their awesome projects. Now, I know it’s been some time since Art Basel 2014, but I promised I would share photos and here I am to deliver (had to go through hundreds), and to give you, who could not be in Miami, a little glimpse of what you can experience and enjoy for one entire week.
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15
Dec 14

Aaron Draplin Logo Design Challenge

If you know me, you know what a huge fan I am of Aaron Draplin. Not just because he’s a real badass and extremely talented, but because he’s one of the coolest and humblest guys you’ll ever meet. Last week, I found this Lynda video featuring the man himself, and I had to share it! Most logos aren’t designed in fifteen minutes, but most designers aren’t Aaron Draplin. Aaron’s a Portland fixture by way of the Midwest, the owner of Draplin Design Co., and an advocate of “blue collar” design: design that works. Here he takes our logo design challenge, creating a dozen iterations of a logo for a fictional construction company. Watch as he sketches, brings his ideas into Illustrator, and tests and tunes the different iterations. Along the way, he provides tips for freelancing, finding inspiration, and providing clients context for logos that won’t just live in PDFs. Enjoy!


01
Dec 14

Pan Am Flies Again

TheeBlog-PanAm From its founding in the 1920s to its peak in the 1960s and 1970s, Pan Am set the status quo when it came to international travel. Everyone wanted to fly Pan Am, other airlines wanted to be Pan Am, and everyone wanted to work for Pan Am. Revered by the rich and famous, the traveling public, enthusiasts and employees alike, its legacy lives on to this day. And to celebrate it, Los Angeles based photographer Michael Kelley partnered with Anthony Toth, one of the world’s foremost experts on aviation history, to bring Pan Am back to life in 2014. This is the story of Pan Am Flight 120, from Los Angeles International to London Heathrow on a Boeing 747-200, Clipper Gem Of The Ocean – Specially dedicated to my brother, who is a pilot and whose love for aviation is beyond contagious :)
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25
Nov 14

CYMATICS by Nigel Stanford

Cymatics is the study of visible sound co-vibration, a subset of modal phenomena. Typically the surface of a plate, diaphragm, or membrane is vibrated, and regions of maximum and minimum displacement are made visible in a thin coating of particles, paste, or liquid. Yes, that statement may sound a little confusing and even boring. So, what if instead of reading about it, we are able to witness and enjoy these studies? Nigel Stanford decided to combine music with real and elaborate experiments. The result… a lovely and hypnotizing video to prove that science is also badass!
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24
Nov 14

Super Flemish by Sacha Goldberger

TheeBlog-SuperFlemish You know well I am a sucker for personal or experimental projects. And this new series by french photographer Sacha Goldberger is definitely one to be shared. Super Flemish is a photo series featuring many of our favorite heroes, ranging from Star Wars to Batman, Superman, and Iron Man, in a brilliant and unique way – 16th Century portrait style to be specific. What really blew my mind though, is the fact that the portraits use real costumes, created for this series. Yes, that’s a LOT of work! Check out this great collection and Sacha’s site for more great photography.
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19
Nov 14

TheeBlog Q&A Sessions: Raul Alejandro

TheeBlog_RaulAlejandro-Draw_ul It is no secret that I am a huge Type and Lettering geek. And as such, I make a point to always follow or connect with artists I admire and whose work continually inspire me. Raul Alejandro, also known as Draw_ul online is one of these artists, and since I’ve known him for a while, I invited him for a fun interview I want to share today. I’ve been connected with Raul via Instagram for a couple of years, and we’ve always exchanged messages or emails about his work, inspiration, and this interview as I’ve always wanted to share his work, his story and his impressive evolution as a lettering artist. If you are a Type geek like us, and even if you’re not, I am sure you will enjoy this interview and fall in love with his work. Enjoy!
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13
Nov 14

OK Go – I Won’t Let You Down

TheeBlog-OKGO_IwontLetYouDown Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to work on different fields, mediums, and for great brands I admire. But, if you ask me what’s the one thing I have not done yet and that is definitely part of my bucket list, I would say - without hesitation - a music video. Music videos have been an important inspiration source for many years, think Michael Jackson, Guns N’ Roses, Hype Williams’ hip hop videos, and the list goes on. OK Go is a band that has been killing it lately through amazing creative direction and impressive executions. Their latest video, shot in Japan is another example of their vision and commitment to continuously raise the bar, try new things and deliver great visual products.
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10
Nov 14

HBO: Banksy Does New York

TheeBlog_HBO-banksy I had the chance to catch an early showing of HBO’s documentary on Banksy’s New York 2013 residency over the weekend and I wanted to share it in case you were not aware of it (premieres November 17th). The film, produced entirely from user-generated content, from YouTube videos, Instagram photos, New Yorkers and Banksy hunters alike, documents the 31 days the artist spent in NYC and the different pieces he delivered around the boroughs (some still on sale).
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