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!
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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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04
Nov 14

Star Wars by Thomas Dagg

TheeBlog-ThomasDagg_StarWars If you look back or think about your favorite childhood movies, chances are Star Wars will always make your top 5 list. I mean, how could it not? It was a movie that not only changed the film industry, but also became one of the most popular and profitable cult film. Inspired by his 8-year-old memories, Toronto based photographer Thomas Dagg released a lovely and subtle collection of photographs featuring Star Wars elements on different everyday settings. Check them after the jump!
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03
Nov 14

Impossible Magnets

TheeBlog-ImpossibleMagnets We all love to travel. And from each new place we visit, we always bring home something to remind us of it. But how can we get a souvenir of a place that we’ve only visited in our imagination? That was the challenge for this great project by Martín Feijoó, in collaboration with Miguel Sousa, and Sara Enriquez. The result, a beautiful collection of fictional animated magnets featuring different books, movies, cartoons and video games. Check them out (and buy your favorite) after the jump!
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07
Oct 14

Latest Project: Miami MLS Team

TheeBlog-DiegoGuevara-MiamiFC It’s been seven months since David Beckham announced his intention to bring an MLS team to Miami, and even though I’ve never trusted Miami politicians, I was excited because I love the game and would love to get my kids involved in it as I was since a very early age. So, I ignored the “Don’t trust Gimenez” banners – which proved to be accurate – and watched the press conference, joined my local official supporters group and shared the news with friends. Fast forward a few months and we are still in limbo. We have no stadium location (mostly because Beckham is funding this project privately, which means no commissions for local politicians and contractors), we don’t have a team name or even an identity. Needless to say, every other MLS team and city in the US is laughing at us. Now, for a couple of months I’ve been thinking about this issue and the possibility of taking action and doing my part to spread the word and at least get the ball rolling on this subject. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able due to my busy schedule, until now. Last week I had to travel to Chicago for a couple of days, so I realized it was the perfect excuse to disconnect from work, and use a couple of free hours to develop my ideas and build a Miami Team (if you check towards the end, you’ll see real photos of work taking place mid-flight). I challenged myself to develop a complete branding case study in less than a week, and here are the results…
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06
Oct 14

Impressive Pen Drawings by CJ Hendry

TheeBlog_CJhendry There are times when you stumble across work that simply blows you away. This happened to me over the weekend when I discovered the stunning photo-realistic drawings of Australian artist CJ Hendry. CJ is an ex-architecture student who decided to focus her passion, time, and enviable talent on creating impressive large scale drawings of objects – mostly fashion, using only paper and UniPin pens. Yes, I know… Check out some of her beautiful work after the jump.
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01
Oct 14

Vanapalooza: An Animated History Of The Van

You know the story, it all started with two competitive Germans and lots of beer… But in case you didn’t, here’s a lovely animated video by the talented folks at Cub Studio and Pluto, featuring America’s boxy hero, the Van. The van is an integral part of life and society as it helps us build cities, deliver goods, transport people, tailgate, build shack stations, and yes, make babies :)