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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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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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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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Oct 14

Heat Nation by Gil Green

A new NBA season begins tonight (Heat vs Wizards) and it sure will be interesting – for obvious reasons. Am I hopeful and confident about this new team? Of course I am. We all are. So, to celebrate our love and passion for this city and team, the always great Gil Green launched a new Heat video that features many of our iconic and cliché landmarks, different cultures, and yes, pots and pans…


23
Oct 14

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer

Whether you are a Marvel movie type of fellow or not, you will probably end up watching this movie next summer, and you should. The new, darker, trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was finally released and as you can imagine, it went global in just minutes. And although the trailer generated a bit of confusion and questions (specially from my kids as they couldn’t understand why Iron Man and Hulk were fighting) the movie looks as cool as the first one – But can it surpass Guardians??


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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 :)


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Sep 14

Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters

TheeBlog_john-malkovich-portraits When it comes to Photography, there are many iconic images that many of us recognize, have studied or that have inspired many photographers and artists. So, what happens when you decide to recreate these iconic photos using a different muse? Photographer Sandro Miller invited his long time friend, A-Lister John Malkovich to recreate each pose and character for a series called “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters.”. The series combines Miller’s lovely photography with Malkovich’s signature uniqueness, making it very interesting – and kinda eerie at the same time. Oh, and these were all done without Photoshop!
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23
Sep 14

Chicago Bound!

TheeBlog-Chicago_Bean As most of you probably know already from my latest interview with Armin Vit (HERE), I am on my way to Chicago for this year’s Brand New Conference (hope to meet some of you there!) , so there won’t be any posts this week :( But it’s not all sad news. Make sure to check Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as I will be sharing photos, behind the scenes, and talks by some amazingly talented speakers I can’t wait to meet. See you on ‘the social media’.


23
Sep 14

Cityscape Chicago

Being that I am on my way to Chocago, I figured it would be a good idea to check out and share some cool videos and time lapses. “Cityscape Chicago is a personal timelapse piece consisting of over 30,000 still photographs shot on the Canon 5D Mark III incrementally between July and October 2012 around downtown Chicago, Illinois.”


19
Sep 14

Field Notes COLORS Fall 2014

The great folks at Coudal Partners recently launched a sweet promo video for my good friend and all-time Badass Aaron Draplin and his new collection of Field Notes. “The 24th COLORS release, introduces brand-new, limited-edition FIELD NOTES memo books for the fall of 2014. We generally take this chance to describe the papers, materials, and process in excruciating detail, but this time, we’ll let the film explain it all…” Gotta love the censoring…


18
Sep 14

Nike Athlete Plane

TheeBlog-NikePlane When it comes to combining Design and Technology, there are few companies who truly like to experiment, research and improve their fields. NIKE is definitely one of them. Their constant pursuit of better and improved experiences or products always delivers game-changing solutions. This is why, TEAGUE, leading design consultancy for aviation, partnered with NIKE to develop an athlete-focused airplane, catering not only comfort and privacy, but entertainment, and features like Recovery, Circulation, Sleep, and Concentration.
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17
Sep 14

Where Are They Now?

TheeBlog-WhereAreTheyNow Have you ever caught yourself telling younger friends or even your own kids “Cartoons used to be a lot better back in the day…” Well, if you have, you are absolutely right! I mean, have you seen the crap that’s on TV nowadays? But fame and ratings don’t last forever, and sometimes, even cartoon characters find life outside the limelight difficult. Steve Cutts is a London based illustrator and animator, whose recent video-story ‘Where Are They Now’ shares the current struggles of many familiar 80s and 90s characters. Yet, Kim Kardashian is on every channel…
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16
Sep 14

Nothing Stops Serena

Three months ago, right before the Brasil World Cup, Beats by Dre dropped a beautiful ad spot featuring a group of iconic players and their intimate rituals before a game (HERE). It was then established that Beats is here to compete creatively with its competitors and giants like Nike or Adidas. A new ad spot has been released, this time featuring Serena Williams, the #1 female tennis player in the world. The spot features Serena’s sacrifice and impressive daily routines – which explains why she’s the best.


12
Sep 14

Live the Language. 50 Years.

TheeBlog-LivetheLanguage_50Years If you know me well, or if you’ve taken one of my classes, you know how important good Type is for me and what a sucker I am for anything that involves beautiful typography. EF launched a series of Type videos called ‘Live the language‘ a couple of years ago, and we enjoyed them (HERE and HERE). Yesterday, I received a message from Hedvig at EF, sharing their latest video… and it is as lovely as the previous ones. Although, it saddened me to see that after the 90s, Typography has not have a truly iconic look like previous decades. The Type drops at the 90s mark, and then all we get is a generic text bubble :(
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10
Sep 14

The September Event

TheeBlog-Apple_SeptemberEvent September is an iconic and important month for many people. For some, there’s Fashion Week, but for tech geeks and pretty much everyone who’s ready to splurge on the coolest and newest gadgets, there’s Apple’s September Event. As you probably know by now, Apple made a couple of big announcements yesterday including the release of new iPhones (6 and 6 Plus), and the introduction of Apple Watch. So, instead of listing details, going into specifics or writing lengthy reviews, I compiled a few videos that feature these new products and that will give you an overall idea of what to expect. Happy buying!
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09
Sep 14

A day with Jessica Walsh

Jessica Walsh is a New York City designer, art director and illustrator. She is a partner at design studio Sagmeister & Walsh and her work has won numerous global design awards constantly inspires designers and students around the world – what really matters ;) This lovely documentary features some of Jessica’s work, story, and daily routine, including her latest personal project ‘40 days of dating’.