May, 2011


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May 11

Converse Aura

Beautiful promo video for Converse by Nailgun*. ‘This one minute and thirteen second piece whisks the viewer through the whimsical, world of Converse.’


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May 11

The Pitch: The Game of Graphic Design

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We all love board games, specially when they bring out the worst, I mean competitive spirit within us… or mom. Fatimah Kabba, a NY based designer and recent graduate from the School of Visual Arts launched a KickStarter campaign to bring the cut-throat business of ‘pitching’ to our homes through a new board game called The Pitch: The Game of Graphic Design. Check out some photos, rules and story behind this project after the jump.
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May 11

Crazy Hollywood by Martin Schoeller

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If you are a Photographer or simply love Photography, you might know Mr. Martin Schoeller or his iconic “Close Up” work, but if that still doesn’t ring a bell, I am sure you have been exposed to his amazing photos whether through magazines, websites or campaigns, so it’s all good. Being that his “Close Up” series tend to define him, I wanted to share his funnier and creative side through stunning Hollywood celebrities portraits and editorials. The personality, intensity, tones and composition of these photos are flawless and reflect his amazing talent. Check them out, I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as much as I do. Happy (long weekend) Friday!
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May 11

Oil’d

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Although this video has been out for some time now and some of you have probably seen it already, I was going through my bookmarks and realized I never posted it, so here it is! Not only it is a very informative and socially interesting subject, but it is beautifully done and designed by Chris Harmon. There are many info-videos like this one out there, but I fell in love with its colors, design and animation since I first saw it. Check it out and enjoy!
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May 11

New Horizons by Rétrofuturs

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Combinign Photography with Design is always a great idea and the results tend to be great as well. Stéphane Massa-Bidal aka Hulk4598, or Rétrofuturs is a french illustrator / graphic designer whose photo+design combos are rich in color and aesthetics. Check out some samples of his ‘New Horizons’ collection.
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May 11

Mercurial Vapor Superfly III

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With the Champions League final coming up this weekend, we’ve been bombarded with ads and promos for the past 2 weeks including some great spots by Adidas, Nike and company… The one I want to share today, Directed, Edited and Composed by Jean-Paul Frenay, features Nike’s new Mercurial Vapor Superfly III and it’s simply beautiful. Although I’m more of a Puma guy when it comes to ’soccer cleats’ I’m sure we’ll see a few players wearing these during the game Saturday. Check it out right this way…
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May 11

Portraits by David Despau

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There are many ways to illustrate portraits and David Despau definitely knows how to add some dramatic touches and make them theirn own. David Despau is a Creative Director at Orbital BBDO in Spain and I was surprised to see no illustration credits or info considering he has an amazing collection of portraits and illustrations. But I did collect a few samples of his work as well as his great reel for you to check after the jump…
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May 11

Letterpress

Naomie Ross a recent graduate from SVA, created this beautiful video about the wonderful and amazing art of wood letterpress.


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May 11

MAX100: The Book Project

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Personal projects should be a goal all of us, whether Designers, Photographers or Illustrators should attempt to achieve at least once during our career. Not only are they a great creative outlet and source of inspiration, but a perfect self-promotion vehicle as well. And today I want to share a fun and interesting KickStarter project by North Carolina based Matt Stevens, who many of you might know from his amazing work for Dunkin’ Donuts. Matt’s goal is to raise enough money to publish a book about ‘…the greatest sneaker of all time’. Check out some photos, story behind the project and links to support his project, as well as a SWEET promo video done by my good friend Adam Boozer / Jewell&Ginnie after the jump!
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May 11

The work of Dado Queiroz

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Dado Queiroz is a talented Brasil based designer and illustrator with some beautiful typographic and illustration work. Check out his work, combining interesting textures, colors and sweet custom type after the jump.
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May 11

To Life, Love and Loot

Ahoy! Check out Captain Morgan’s new Pirates of the Caribbean-ish spot directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper ‘The King’s Speech’. And as a Monday Bonus (and excuse) check out some fantastic Captain Morgan’s ads featuring the stunning Marisa Miller. Continue reading…;


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May 11

Architecture + Photography + Design Update!

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I know it’s been a while since my last post about this new personal project I started (Link Here) but as promised, here’s an update. I finally had some time to work on these and wanted to share them with those of you who enjoyed the first batch.
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May 11

Beautiful Work by Chris LaBrooy

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Great idea, check! Elaborate sketches, check! Playful colors, check! Give them an amazing texture and perspective and you got magic! This is the type of magic that characterizes Chris LaBrooy, a UK based Freelance Designer / 3D Artist with an amazing collection of projects for clients like Red Bull, .net Magazine, NYC.gov and more… Check out some of his lovely work!
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May 11

A Love Letter to Script Letters

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While moving to a new house recently, and noticing the number of boxes labeled books outnumbered any other boxed category-by far, I realized I might have a ‘problem’. Don’t get me wrong, it is not a bad thing – I think, in fact I believe it is a must for any designer to own a small collection of books, whether it is because of cover design, content, reference, history or simply inspiration. And this book I want to share today might cover all those descriptions and more! Steven Heller and Louise Fili released a new book featuring beautiful lettering from Design’s Golden Age. Check it, love it and get it!
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May 11

Breakfast Interrupted

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Yes, breakfast is an essential part of your day and it’s good for you. But you know what’s better? Playing with it while filming every drip, crash, jump and splash at 1,000 fps with a sweet Phantom HD Gold. Don’t take my word for it, check out this delicious video by Bruton Stroube Studios as well as some behind the scenes and production photos and video.
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May 11

Celebrities 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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May 11

The amazing worlds of Dylan Cole

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Recently, while visiting the world of Harry Potter at Islands Of Adventure, I noticed how amazingly realistic and detailed the decoration is, and how accurate in comparison to the stunning movie sets these attractions really are. There’s something magical about those incredible sets, landscapes and entire cities we see in movies. Yes, by now we all know they are computer generated, but what is the process behind ‘Computer generated’? Who comes up with these landscapes and crazy architecture? Dylan Cole does! Dylan is a digital/matte painter and concept artist whose work has been featured on movies like Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, Tron, and many more. Check out these stunning photos of his work…
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May 11

Design Army + Adobe. Part Deux.

Another great video featuring Adobe Products and the always inspiring Design Army. Enjoy!


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May 11

We’re totally lawyers

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Zach Morris is back! Well, not really, but as a handsome man who grew up watching Save by the Bell, I’m glad he’s done with all those ‘real’ and serious roles he’s been doing for a while and decided to come back to his smart-ass usual self. This time, he’s back as part of TNT’s new law show. Now, don’t think this is some sort of advertising, in fact, I don’t know if this show will be any good, but I found the promos funny, specially the ‘reading-your-law-book-for-the-camera’ shot. BTW, Who directs all those attorneys commercials?
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May 11

Stunning Illustrations by Alexis Marcou

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Well, it’s Friday, and not just any Friday (13th). So, in order to close this week with a creative bang, I want to share the a-freakin’-mazing work of Greek Designer and Illustrator Alexis Marcou. The right amount of detail, an enviable technique and his signature treatment are really admirable and inspiring. Check out some of his work after the jump. Happy Friday!
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May 11

Love me tender…

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As many of you know by now, I’m a huge Greg Williams fan. His Photography work is superb and his vision, talent and creativity shows in everything he does. Greg, as many other Photographers nowadays, decided to explore new fields such as film and began directing and creating short films for clients like Esquire, LA Times and Agent Provocateur. Today, I want to share a sexy viral short film he directed for Agent Provocateur starring Transformer’s new leading lady Rose Huntington-Whiteley. I must say the ad might be a little to risqué for work, so watch at your own risk.
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May 11

MAD MEN. Behind the scenes.

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Most of you watch or have heard of MAD MEN. And although I have not caught up yet, as a designer/advertising-er, I enjoy the plot, love the fact that it showcases how badass the ‘Golden Age’ of advertising was and the great sets and costumes. If you feel the same way, you will enjoy this post featuring a series of behind the scenes photos the talented James Minchin III shot for Rolling Stone.
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May 11

Inception. The OS X version.

Admit it. It took you some time to figure out INCEPTION or you may still debating with friends at work. Fret no more! This simple and Apple-ish explanation created by Chris Baker will clear things up. Hopefully.


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May 11

Great Illustrations by Lucas de Alcântara

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I’ve recently started a few personal projects hoping to get back in the habit of drawing, sketching and coloring on a regular basis. Not only it is fun, it is also a great way to find inspiration… You never know the crazy stuff that might come out once you begin sketching freely. And then, while browsing the web, I found these gems I want to share with you today. Lucas de Alcântara is a brazilian Fashion Designer, yes, Fashion designer, with an amazing collection of stunning illustrations. Check out the great range of styles, detail and color after the jump…
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May 11

GUCCI Guilty

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You may have seen this new campaign by Gucci featuring Chris Evans and Evan Rachel Wood all over the mall this weekend while you were out buying your last minute Mother’s day Gift. Well it turns out the campaign includes a sweet ad spot directed by Mr. Frank Miller, yes, Sin City Frank Miller. The spot narrates a love story, if you want to call it that, and is shot in Miller’s signature style. Check out the Director’s Cut video and some screenshots right this way…
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