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Jul 15

Chuck Taylor II – Evolution of a classic

TheeBlog_ChuckII Chances are, most of us own – or did at least once – a pair of classic Chuck Taylors. And if you think about it, the model never changed. Yes, there were different colors, special editions and collaborations, but the shoe was always the same. Well, after 90 long years, Converse is releasing the new and improved Chuck Taylor All Star II. And although this limited edition is already sold out, expect to see this new model available in stores soon…
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21
Jul 15

Hypnotic Gifs by Florian de Looij

There’s something special about animated GIFs, specially when they’re as intricate and hypnotic as these, created by Netherlands based Designer Florian de Looij. I personally, was never a big fan of Geometry - who is? but it is good to know that geometry, shapes, curves and lines can be used for a good and valuable purpose instead of booooring construction, engineering, etc. I know, I know… :)
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14
Jul 15

Suicide Squad!

While some studios think leaked trailers ruin their plans, I believe they help films get tons of publicity, promotion and traction (Just look at what happened with Deadpool). Frustrated about not being able to stop the leak and insane web exposure of the secret Comic Con intended trailer for Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. president Sue Kroll decided to release the trailer in HD, to make sure that people share it and watch it the way it is supposed to be enjoyed. And let me say, it looks like it’s going to be a fun film! And for the record, again, I truly think that Jared Leto will be a GREAT Joker! Yes, I said it…


13
Jul 15

Before there was Photoshop

I’m pretty sure we’ve all heard the famous “in my day…” at least once during our career. But when it comes to Design, there really is a before and after. Particularly when we talk about the difference computers made in this industry. Some of us are too young to even know most of the old tools, and methods. Some of us are the type of masochist – like myself – that would learn and experiment with them out of love for the craft or to learn more about Design. Lynda, in collaboration with Sean Adams, released a video demonstrating what it took to design a simple ad before there was any computers or Adobe applications. If you’re definition of old design tools starts with Adobe CS3, I suggest you check out this video :)


09
Jul 15

Meet Atlanta United FC

TheeBlog_AtlantaUnitedFC As you probably already know – unless you are living under a rock – soccer continues to grow in the US, and prove of that is the constant expansion of the MLS. With new teams being added to the league – New York City and Orlando got their teams this year, Atlanta and LA are getting theirs in 2017 and Miami… we’ll, we’re still crossing our fingers :( it is great to see soccer spreading around the country. You may also remember my case study on my version of Miami’s team branding HERE. Well, today I want to share another MLS branding project (this one is not mine) that was announced yesterday. Meet the new Atlanta United FC.
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08
Jul 15

Stunning Photography by Pierre Dal Corso

TheeBlog-PierreDalCorso We all know Fashion Photography is a tough, tricky business. I mean, if the Photographer is missing that special ’something’ or a unique style, their work might be at risk of being lost amongst a sea of photographers and books out there. Well, luckily for us, Paris based Fashion Photographer Pierre Dal Corso tends to play and experiment with styles, techniques and ideas, A LOT, making his work unique and memorable. His photos combine the right amount of color, lighting and sexiness! But don’t let me tell you, check out some of his work… BTW, there might be a few NSFW photos.
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07
Jul 15

Alphabet of the Countries

TheeBlog_AlphabetofCountries When it comes to logos and branding, we all have different ideas, preferences and taste… but I believe that most of us can agree that ‘country logos’ are usually not the best – specially those who still think that a cutesy hand/brush rendered wordmark surrounded by 75 colors works. Russian designer Pavel Zertsikel explored a different approach, designing custom lettering logos for different countries while creating a lovely alphabet series. His project Alphabet of the Countries is not finished yet, but as you’ll see after the jump, it’s off to a GREAT start!
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02
Jul 15

CREED

When it comes to boxing and showmanship, there’s only one name that comes to mind. Apollo Creed, baby! Remember that extravagant pre-fight ring party featuring James Brown… Until the Russians came and well, the rest is history. But if you grew up in the 80s and 90s, you should be as excited as I am because Creed is back! Well, not Apollo, his son is. Along with the man and legend, ROCKY! Pardon my excitement but I was a huge Rocky fan – who wasn’t? Anyway, here’s the trailer…


30
Jun 15

Circles + Movies

Admit it, we’re all suckers for animated gifs. Specially when you combine them with great classics like ET or Back to the Future. This is exactly what Buenos Aires based Designer/Director Axel Rosito did. His series ‘Circles in Movies. A Circular Project’ features iconic film created from circle animations. It may not make sense when I say it, but I am sure you’ll understand the idea when you check them out after the jump…
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25
Jun 15

True Detective Season 2 Titles

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You may remember my post about HBO’s True Detective titles last year, and how much we all loved them. Patrick Clair took double exposure to a great level, created something mysterious and hypnotizing. Well, season 2 of the show is here and he’s done it again. Using different tones and moods, but following the same style, True Detective’s lovely titles deserve recognition – because face it, a show intro titles can sometimes be as good as the episode itself. Enjoy the video after the jump!
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16
Jun 15

Calbuco

As a kid, I remember being terrified of volcanoes, and always thinking of how horrible an eruption would look like. Well, many years later, I am posting about how beautiful and impressive a volcano eruption looks – of course, when shot masterfully. Here’s a great intro by Martin Heck: Volcano Calbuco erupted on April 22, 2015, for the first time in four decades. While riding the ferry on Routa 7 down to Patagonia, we noticed a massive, almost nuclear looking cloud boiling upwards just were we left a few hours ago. Frenetically we rushed to the only non-forested place to get a decent view of the show. We quickly put every bit of camera-equipment we could find on the constantly growing mushroom-cloud. We shot timelapses in 8K and 4K with a Pentax 645Z and Canon 6D. On the A7s we shot 4K video to the Shogun. Enjoy!


09
Jun 15

Apple Music

For a couple of years now, Spotify has dominated the music streaming field. Yes, there’s Pandora, Beats, the rise of… wait, what happened to Tidal? and many more, but if you think mainstream and popularity, I think it’s safe to say Spotify leads the pack. Apple knew this, and as always, didn’t want to stay behind. And while Tidal was making noise, they were working quietly in a new service released yesterday during WWDC15. Apple Music.


02
Jun 15

Point Break. The remake.

You know the saying, there are some classic movies that you simply don’t touch. No matter how fun the idea of a remake might be… Point Break is one of those culture classics that defined a generation, made surfing even cooler and gave us those iconic and badass president masks. This remake, schedule to drop on Christmas, feels a little different than the original – they went from surfing to every extreme sport you can think of – but looks interesting enough to watch. Here’s a little preview…


27
May 15

Pressing On

Pressing On is a documentary examining the relevance of a physical process that is anything but modern. As the individuals who have kept letterpress alive are aging quickly, irreplaceable knowledge and techniques stand in danger of being lost forever. However, there is hope. A dedicated faction of young printers, designers, and hobbyists are on a quest to preserve this art. Pressing On explores the historic culture, the close community, and the remarkable craftsmen who are making letterpress thrive. Luckily, this project has been fully funded through Kickstarter which means we will get to enjoy it soon :) Well done, Internet!


22
May 15

Delta’s Safety Video

I’ve always been a fan of Virgin airlines and their cool safety videos (I believe they were one of the first ones that introduced a different approach). But this week, Delta released an new gem created by the brilliant folks at Wieden+Kennedy, featuring the Internet. Not really much to say… just enjoy it. Happy Friday!


19
May 15

Lovely type music video by Husbands

TheeBlog-Husbands_Dream Remember the days when networks like the old MTV or The BOX actually cared and played music videos? I mean, who didn’t get inspired by a Michael Jackson, or Biggie video? Well, that ain’t happening no more. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean recording and visual artists out there stopped caring. Cauboyz is a french design team who designed a lovely music video for Husbands’ “Dream”, featuring crafted neon type. Yup, it is as good as it sounds. Check out the music video and the behind the scenes after the jump!
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14
May 15

3D Drawing

Chances are, you’ve probably seen this video making its rounds on Facebook, but after a conversation with a friend today – who has not seen it yet – I decided to share it, because we all deserve to watch this impressive drawing. Only thing I can tell you is, this is no ordinary glass of water drawing. Enjoy!


07
May 15

No Country for Limes

There are certain artists and celebrities known for their Midas touch. Justin Timberlake is definitely one of them. Everything he touches… well, except Cameron Diaz and MySpace – but hey! He definitely owns May. His new venture Sauza 901 has been steadily growing and hitting mainstream media. And to help push the brand, he recently launched a new advertising campaign, featuring himself, as a lime. This is a great example of a good ad spot featuring a celebrity that knows how to use his image and humor. Consider it advertising inspiration – As I am sure there are many meetings going on now, talking about this video and how they could make “something similar, but better and funnier”


06
May 15

Conan + Kinetic Typography

I’ve always believed that there is something magical about Typography in motion. Kinetic typography, if you want to get technical. Being able to combine letters and movement is not an easy task, but when done right, the results are very well worth all those strenuous rendering hours. This lovely kinetic type video by Jacob Gilbreath features Conan O’Brien’s farewell speech during his last episode as host of The Tonight Show. Yes, the speech is great, but the type motion, inspired by Lou Dorfman’s iconic Gastrotypographicalassemblage, steals the show…


27
Apr 15

Phantom Flex 4K 1000fps = Ultra HD

Yes, yes, we’ve heard it before, the tools don’t make the pro. But, to be fair, having the right tools and knowing how to maximize their potential could be very helpful, and sexy. This video, shot with a Phantom Flex at 1000fps shows how much depth, detail and awesomeness you can capture and enjoy with Ultra HD. Enjoy!


20
Apr 15

9 Squares

TheeBlog_9Squares I am a sucker for collaboration projects, and this one, started by Al Boardman, Skip Dolphin Hursh and David Stanfield, is as hypnotizing and cool as it gets. 9 squares is a fun project where 9 different designer/animators collaborate, animating an abstract, 350px, 3 second animated square to make up a single GIF loop, from a 4-colour palette. I know, it may sound a little confusing, but the results are great!
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17
Apr 15

The Hoff is Back!

I know some of you might be too young to remember or understand the magic that is David Hasselhoff, so I’ll just say this, he’s kind of a big deal – In Germany mostly. So, if you’re launching a web-backed Kung Fu film and need a track, an 80s track, to make it pop, The Hoff is your man! Check out this amazing video and get a little taste of Kung Fury.


14
Apr 15

ANT-MAN Trailer

Let’s be honest. How many of you knew Ant-Man was a real Marvel super hero? I know… But, I am sure everyone will know and love Ant-Man after the movie drops this summer. I personally love the casting of Paul Rudd for the role and can’t wait to watch it. But you don’t want to read, you want to watch the trailer. Enjoy.


13
Apr 15

Celebrity Portraits by Randall Slavin

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Many Hollywood celebrities like to partner up with brands, magazines or Photographers to create beautiful editorial, fashion or personal photo sessions. Randall Slavin is one of these few talented and creative Photographers celebrities like Eva Longoria or Charlize Theron like to work with. And after checking his portfolio, it is easy to understand why. His creative use of light and color, combined with the ability to create short stories and add personality and ‘that special something’ to each photo set him apart and define his style.
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09
Apr 15

A day with Jessica Hische

If you are a Type geek or a Designer, chances are you know who Jessica Hische is. For those of you not familiar with her work yet, this is a great way to meet her and discover her lovely work and impressive client roster including Starbucks, Target, Wes Anderson, The Wall Street Journal, MailChimp, and many more. Now that I’ve got you interested, get to know Jessica a little bit more thanks to this great video by the cool Like Knows Like folks.