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!


10
Dec 14

YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014

The year is not over yet, but the folks at YouTube just launched their 2014 Rewind video which pretty much sums up this year’s most viral videos, songs and users – unless something new comes up in the next 20 days. You might recognize a few of these videos and people – but if you recognize them all, easy on the YouTube and get some work done!


04
Dec 14

Art Baseling

TheeBlog_BRB If you were wondering why this week has been a little slow, it is because Art Basel is here and we’re all busy jumping from gallery to gallery and meeting our favorite artists. So, my apologies for the lack of posts, but I promise I’ll come back next week with lots of photos and coverage from the different fairs and events. And if you’re in Miami, 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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29
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??


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 :)


30
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…