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May 16

Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines

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If you are a Designer, brand manuals and guidelines are sacred to you. Well, the good ones of course. And if you are into iconic brands and the great minds and principles behind them, you are going to love this Kickstarter campaign. Manuals 1 offers a comprehensive study of corporate identity manuals from the 1960s to early-80s – the golden era of identity design. Published in a limited edition of 2000 copies in 2014, it is a lovingly assembled collection of 20 style guides. Or as Steven Heller calls them – “sacred texts, revered for how they help shift graphic design from simply an intuitive practice to a rigorously strategic one.”
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Apr 16

Illustrating New York City’s Subway Stations

To put it lightly, Philip Ashforth Coppola loves New York City’s subway stations. For the past 38 years, the New Jersey-based illustrator has been exploring the Big Apple’s underground stations and sketching its mosaics in amazing detail with just a ballpoint pen. In 1984, Copp published his first volume of subway drawings, “Silver Connections.” He continues to document the city’s underground, but doesn’t expect to finish until 2040. Keep at it Phil!


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Apr 16

Pepsi 1893

TheeBlog_Pepsi1893 Pepsi has suffered a couple of fails over the years. Remember when they burned Michael Jackson’s hair? Their ridiculous rebrand? Or their recent fiasco during their Back to the Future bottle release? Yet, their latest attempt at being cool might be a little too much, even for them. Pepsi has announced their new artisanal cola (yes, I had to check to make sure it was not an Onion or SNL joke) in order to market to… you guessed it. Millennials! – Yup, that damn term again :/ Check out the photos and video after the jump…
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Apr 16

Kobe. The Conductor.

Yes. It is a sad day in sports. The second greatest basketball player (yes, because Michael is still number one) retires tonight. And in order to celebrate’s the Black Mamba’s last game, NIKE launched an ad spot featuring the love/hate relationship Kobe had with pretty much every fan out there. Depending on who you ask, Kobe Bryant was basketball’s greatest hero or its greatest villain. As he walks off the court for the last time, opponents and fans tell him how they really feel… THANK YOU KOBE!


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Apr 16

Masters of Air, Vol. 1

If you consider yourself a sneakerhead, or into sneakers, this is a film that you have to add to your must watch list… For these collectors, Air Max is a way of life, an obsession, a form of self expression. Some have amassed thousands of Air Max, while others possess some of the rarest collaborations ever released. No matter what their collections look like, they all have one thing in common: a deep passion for Visible Air.


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Mar 16

Art of Time

If you love Rube Goldberg mechanisms, you are going to love this video ad by SEIKO. The art of time blends the clockmaker’s artistry with 47 types and 1200 individual mechanical watch parts–some as small as 0.7 mm across! A stage setting of beautiful precision embodies the company’s slogan: SEIKO.


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Mar 16

2016 NIKE National Football Federation Kits

TheeBlog_2016-football-federation-kits-NIKE If you are a football/soccer fan, here’s your Friday treat! NIKE just dropped the new 2016 Football Federation Kits and most of these already have a spot reserved in my collection! That Portugal away… Turkey… Chile. But it is not only about looks, these are the most technologically advanced kits to date, Nike Vapor Kits with AeroSwift technology are 10% lighter, with 50% more stretch than the kits they replace. They employ a new, textured high-performance yarn that wicks sweat from the skin 20% faster than Nike’s most recent football kits, while also drying 25% faster. Additionally, both the shirt and shorts are constructed using a new knitting process that integrates single and double knit to enhance breathability, stretch, and fit. Continue reading…


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Mar 16

Simplicity + Motion

Sometimes, simplicity is the key to many projects and questions in life. Being able to strip down your work and play with the bare minimum is the perfect way to exercise your creativity and push yourself to build your work from the core > out, not the other way around. This lovely animated video by Jordan Coelho, featuring simple shapes is a perfect example of how you can create beautiful things, using only basics


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Mar 16

Graphic Means Trailer

It’s been roughly 30 years since the desktop computer revolutionized the way the graphic design industry works. For decades before that, it was the hands of industrious workers, and various ingenious machines and tools that brought type and image together on meticulously prepared paste-up boards, before they were sent to the printer. Graphic Means will explore graphic design production of the 1950s through the 1990s—from linecaster to photocomposition, and from paste-up to PDF. Can’t wait for this one!


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Mar 16

End Child Marriage

You may remember my dear friend Maria Bentley from her interview HERE and her stunning work. Maria and her husband Nick recently launched a powerful campaign, which I am proud to share, in collaboration with UNICEF shedding light into a disturbing issue around the world. Underage marriages. “We are so proud and honored to be a part of this powerful ‪#‎EndChildMarriage‬ campaign with UNICEF and BridalMusings to help shed light on this disturbing subject. Today, on International Women’s Day, we are the voice of the voiceless, and we hope you will be too.” Congrats guys!


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Mar 16

Vanity Fair Oscars Portraits by Mark Seliger

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The Academy Awards are the Hollywood version of your High School prom. Celebrities play dress up and try to behave – even the trashy ones. And like any other prom or I-spent-money-on-this-dress-so-I-better-get-some-photos event, there are many photo ops and photos I am sure you’ve seen around, including red carpet, winners gallery, etc. But the one gallery that caught my attention and that I enjoyed was this series of photos taken by the talented Mark Seliger at Vanity Fair’s Oscars Party. Check out the series after the jump and learn your pose for the next office party…
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Mar 16

90 Minutes. US Soccer Official Typeface.

Like everyone else on the internet, I am sure you saw the new US Soccer crest unveiled yesterday HERE but what many people didn’t notice or know is that not only the logo has changed. A new official typeface called 90 Minutes was also created. In this short video, Tal Leming of Type Supply explains the inspiration and development of this new typeface. #ibelieve


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Feb 16

Rihanna + Drake + Design

By now, I am sure you’ve heard Rihanna’s new song “WORK” or seen her new video featuring Drake. BUT, what I had not seen and what I wanted to share today is their recent performance at The Brit Awards, mainly for the lovely use of design + projection used to complement the performance. In a world when sometimes more is more, it is very refreshing and inspiring to see how simplicity and good design can also work to create beautiful sets and impactful shows.


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Feb 16

The New Walden

TheeBlog_TheNewWalden I am a huge believer that personal projects are essential for personal and professional development. Not only do they help us grow by keeping us constantly active, but they also help us balance work, time and yes, even stay fresh. So, when I found out that my good bud Matt Steel launched an ambitious Kickstarter project, I had to share it, specially with all you book lovers here. Matt’s goal is to reach enough funding to create an newly edited hardcover adaptation of Henry David Thoreau’s WALDEN. Check out the project’s video after the jump!
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Feb 16

Upside Down & Inside Out

Honestly, by now we all know and love OK GO lovely music videos – and if you don’t, I suggest you catch up because they are truly worth it. There’s nothing else we can say that has not been said before. Inspiring, hypnotizing, beautifully executed, and more… Here’s Upside Down and Inside Out, the band’s latest video. Enjoy!


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Feb 16

Roman Mars on Flag Design

Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don’t have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.


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Feb 16

KARA

Who said the Star Wars hype was already over? Written and directed by Joe Sill, KARA is a lovely short fan film set in the Star Wars universe. If you are an old school Star Wars geek, or if you recently discovered the force and are already hooked, you’ll definitely enjoy this film!


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Jan 16

NYC Gifathon

If you enjoy and use gifs, other than for texts and sharing mean cats, you’re going to really enjoy today’s post. Last November, James Curran spent a month in New York City where he animated a new GIF every day for 30 days inspired by something that happened during his stay. Make sure you follow James for more animated goodies!


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Jan 16

Raul Alejandro x Hallmark

TheeBlog-RaulAlejandro_Hallmark You may remember my homie Raul Alejandro from an interview back in 2014 (HERE), or you may recognize his work from your IG feed. I’ve always been a fan of Raul’s intricate and inspiring work, and his IG account is one I constantly share with students or type and lettering lovers. Today I am glad and proud to share Raul’s latest project/collaboration, with none other than Hallmark Signature cards. Each card in this new series features Raul’s lovely and signature lettering style, meaning that yes, these are definitely not your grandma’s cards! Check them out at the link below and buy one, or two :) Congrats again, brother!
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Jan 16

Nike Flyknit Projection Mapping

Berlin played host to the global launch of the Nike Flyknit Lunar2, the latest running shoe innovation from Nike. 100 international guests were treated to a Flyknit experience that included exclusive tours of the new Nike store, bespoke fittings, a thrilling 4D projection mapping show on the Europa Centre, a run through Berlin led by four-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix – all culminating with an intimate after party at the top of the Europa Centre.
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Jan 16

The Holiday Card: The Movie

If you work or have worked at an advertising agency, this will make you smile – and then cry a little inside. We’ve all been through this, and many of us have survived the dreaded ‘Holiday Card’. A project so iconic and important for very, very few people. Check out this mini trailer and show it to your friends… $100 says they still won’t get it.


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Jan 16

Space Odity

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This is an oldie, but I felt today was a perfect day to not only share this lovely work, but to also celebrate the life and music of one of music’s biggest icons, David Bowie… Canadian Illustrator Andrew Kolb created a beautiful self-promotion book inspired and based on the lyrics of David Bowie’s classic ‘Space Oddity’ and posted it online, for the world to enjoy and share. Take a look and enjoy one of the thousand pieces of work David Bowie inspired during his lifetime.
Rest in Peace :(
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Jan 16

HOLORAMA: An Optical Theatre

File this under WOW! Inspired by the great tradition of optical theatres, Holorama brings several iconic scenes from the history of cinema back to life. From Twin Peaks to The Big Lebowski, Holorama gives these famous scenes a third dimension using a simple holographic process based on a semi-transparent screen, mixing the image of an extremely faithfully built model with the characters extracted from the original scene. A new perspective and a tribute to cinema, accessible to all.


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Jan 16

The Stormtrooper Life

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You don’t have to be a Star Wars geek to love Stormtroopers. We all do! But in case you were still on the fence, thinking they are evil and mean, these freakin’ brilliantphotos by Stockholm based Kristina Alexanderson might make you reconsider and appreciate them for how cool, caring and ‘real’ they are. After all, it’s just a job… Check out this great collection of photos after the jump!

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Jan 16

Hi, I’m Scott

TheeBlog-KidCudi_TED I’ve always believed that we are all talented and creative. The only difference sometimes is the level of drive and passion we put into achieving our goals. In a recent TED Talk, Musician Scott Mescudi, aka Kid Cudi, returns to his high school to talk about growing up, get real about his insecurities, his career path in the music industry, and how he got where he is now.
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