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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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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’.


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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.”


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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…


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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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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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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.


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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’.


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Sep 14

The Music Hotel

TheeBlog-TheMusicHotel Remember the old days, when hotels were just… hotels. A clean room, pool and on-site restaurant were pretty much all that was offered. Well, not anymore. The impressive rise of boutique hotels has definitely changed the hospitality game. I mean, how could you not love them, they’re unique, well-managed and marketed, and offer something that big chain hotels don’t – personality and intimacy. The Music Hotel in Berlin is a great example of the passion, and attention to detail that goes into these new ‘cool’ hotels. The music-themed property cleverly based its guidance and signage system on popular song titles, making the overall experience fun, unique and memorable. Very boutique…
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04
Sep 14

Reasons to be Creative – Opening Titles

The always inspiring folks at From Form have created a sweet new masterpiece, this time for Reasons to be Creative 2014. Their ability to use everyday objects or materials to create beautiful and unique videos is remarkable and refreshing. Not to mention their dedication, passion and attention to even the smallest detail. If you are in London make sure you check out this conference!


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Sep 14

OBEY this Film

Several months ago, Brett Novak was commissioned by the Halsey Institute of Charleston, South Carolina to shoot a short film on the infamous street artist behind OBEY: Shepard Fairey. “I definitely knew Shepard’s work, whether it be that repetitive face of Andre the Giant popping up at every street corner I’ve ever been on, or as the Obama Poster that definitely did more for an election than just add aesthetic to it – but I was not aware at how incredibly inspiring Shepard would turn out to be”. For a new understanding of how this skateboarder turned mega famed street star turned out to be, check this film out.


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Aug 14

Beautiful Portraits by Eric Ogden

TheeBlog-EricOgden We all have at least one favorite celebrity, musician or actor. And for some reason, seeing them stripped off their usual character roles or habitat on unique photo sessions interests us. Today I want to share a collection of beautiful celebrity portraits by Brooklyn based Photographer, Eric Ogden. Each one of these portraits is evidence of Eric’s impressive talent, creativity and exquisite use of light; not to mention the reason why his work is constantly featured in publications like Vanity Fair, Esquire, Vogue and Rolling Stone. Check out some of my favorites after the jump!
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Aug 14

Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou

Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou is a lovely animated film by Michael Bidinger and Michelle Kwon as part of their senior thesis at Ringling College of Art & Design. When the chaotically misfortunate Jenkins and the monotonously lucky Lou run into each other one morning, they find a thrilling and fulfilling change of pace as they hurtle down the hills of San Francisco in an ice cream cart. Enjoy!


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Aug 14

Nike House of Mamba

TheeBlog-HouseOfMamba When it comes to pushing the envelope or constantly delivering great products and experiences, you can always count on NIKE. And when you add brilliant agencies like AKQA to the mix, you’re guaranteed amazing results. During the offseason, and his slow comeback, Kobe Bryant and NIKE released his new shoe, the KOBE 9, and to celebrate and promote basketball around the globe, they partnered with AKQA to create a motion-tracking reactive LED basketball court for NIKE RISE, a basketball tour currently taking place in China and that will end soon in Barcelona.
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Aug 14

Secrets of a Signwriter

Sign painting is an art form with a long and rich history. For many years, storefronts, murals, banners, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. Unfortunately, technology and ‘faster/cheaper’ methods of printing took over this field, forcing many talented artists to retire. Fortunately, videos like John Mayer’s Album artwork or films like Sign Painters have successfully documented the skill, love, and appreciation for quality and craftsmanship that makes this trade so unique and captivating. Today, I want to share a moving portrait about one of the last original signwriters in Wales. Enjoy.


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Aug 14

Coca Cola London Offices

TheeBlog-CocaColaLondon It’s been a while since we snoop around cool offices around the world so I figured we could bring it back by checking out Coca Cola’s London headquarters. Fully re-designed and built by Morey Smith Architects, also known for their Red Bull, Sony or Möet Hennessy work, the building hosts 300 employees and is decorated with new and vintage Coca Cola items including signs, bottles, and art.
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Aug 14

Nike Genealogy of Innovation

It is no secret that Nike has become way more than a brand. And as new concepts and models continuously emerge, classic ‘retro’ styles keep coming back. The very talented folks Golden Wolf were approached by Nike EHQ to bring their Genealogy of Innovation campaign to life. The films tracks back to Nike’s humble beginnings and takes us on a journey through their key innovative designs across seven, game-changing eras! 7 Films, 43 years of history and 200 shoes, all in under 2 minutes…. Class Dismissed!


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Aug 14

Brand New Conference 2014 – Armin Vit Q&A

TheeBlog_BrandNewConference2014QA In case you didn’t know yet, the fifth edition of Brand New Conference is going down September 25-26 in lovely Chicago. And as it is now tradition, I invited my bud Armin Vit to answer a couple of questions and give us a little preview of what to expect or what is going behind the scenes as most of us prepare our trips. We talked about why the conference moved to Chicago, the always great speaker roster, and the decision to make it a two-day event. Check it after the jump!
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