March, 2012


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Mar 12

THEE BLOG Q&A Sessions: Maria Carmel

TheeBlog-MariaCarmel Happy Friday! March is practically over, and to close the month with a bang I am stoked to introduce and share the latest addition to Thee Blog’s Interview series featuring my extremely talented and good friend, UK based Photographer, Maria Carmel. Maria’s enviable background and professional experience includes names like David LaChapelle, Russell James, Victoria’s Secret, a reality show and even Paula Abdul. Yup, imagine all the stories and gossip… After meeting her last year and learning more about her background, I had to bring her and share her inspiring stories as well as her fun, fresh, witty and awesome personality. Thank you again Maria for being such a great sport and sweetheart!
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Mar 12

Real Life Disney

TheeBlog-RealLife We’ve all watched at least one - or a few Disney movies over the years and probably have a favorite character that we can identify with or that we simply find hot. Don’t judge me, you know you always had a crush on Prince Eric, Aladdin, Ariel or Jasmine. All judging aside, have you ever thought what these characters would look like in real life? Well, Finnish Design student Jirka Väätäinen did and created a great series of ‘Real Life’ Disney Characters featuring Ariel, Snow White, Jasmin (who always ends up looking like that Kardashian girl), Mulan, Belle and many more. Check them out!
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Mar 12

Childhood of a Circle

TheeBlog-ChildhoodofaCircle Remember those old Saturday morning cartoons with the creepy melodic music or those vintage school Biology videos narrated by a dark and intriguing voice-over? Well, Kadavre Exquis decided to bring this ’style’ back by animating and directing a great short film featuring a bear named Archibald and beautifully done landscapes and animation. I personally loved the feel and nostalgia of tones, graphics, music and that fuzzy, deep and dark voice-over. Not to mention how great these landscapes and stills would look on canvas prints! Not sure if it brings good or bad memories yet, but definitely a great piece of work. Check it!
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Mar 12

Thank you again IADT!

TheeBlog-IADT Last night I had the pleasure of presenting my work and share some of my experiences throughout the years in this business with an amazing group of students at IADT. So, I wanted to begin my day by thanking all of you who attended class last night (and all your wonderful feedback, comments and messages) the awesome professor, Mr. Trutt and IADT for inviting me again as a Guest Speaker and letting me do my thing :) Thank you!


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Mar 12

Your Own Cinemagraph App

TheeBlog-Flixel You have no idea the amount of emails, comments, messages and even reader-created samples I’ve received ever since I posted and shared my love for Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg’s Cinemagraphs. Yes, those magically beautiful ‘animated photos’ we all fell in love with (HERE, HERE and HERE) Well, good news! Thanks to Flixel, now you can create your own Cinemagraphs in seconds. Check out this great new App after the jump, and send in your own masterpieces :)
You knew it was just a matter of time…
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Mar 12

The Dark Knight Rises – Opening Credits

OK, before you say anything or email me, I must let you know this is not an original version of the film’s opening credits. It actually is a clever fan-made version created by Doğan Can Gündoğdu and Günışığı Cihangir that I enjoyed and thought you might like as well. Can’t wait…


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Mar 12

The work of Timothy Goodman

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Happy Friday! I recently discovered the great work of the talented New York based Designer and Illustrator Timothy Goodman and had to share it with you. Timothy’s clean, fun and fresh style is evident throughout his projects and his wide range of work includes clients like Apple, The New York Times, CNN, Wired, Ace Hotel, Imprint, Microsoft and Collins. Check out some of his work after the jump!
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Mar 12

Underwater Colors by Alberto Seveso

TheeBlog-AlbertoSevesoColori It is obvious that whoever said Ink (or paint in this case) and Water don’t mix never saw the beautiful work of Italian Digital Artist Alberto Seveso. You might remember Alberto’s work from a previous post HERE. This new series of paint (varnish) and water is one of his latest projects and as always, it is stunning. His ability to seamlessly combine bright with muted colors and compose intriguing shapes and textures is remarkable. Check them out after the jump!
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Mar 12

Louis Vuitton + Marc Jacobs

TheeBlog-LouisVuittonMarcJacobs Yesterday’s post was dedicated to all you Designers and Typophiles out there, and to keep the shopping spirit alive, today’s post will make Fashion Designers and Fashionistas drool. Rizzoli Publications is launching a beautiful book this week ‘Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs’, celebrating the history and origins of two of the most successful and recognized brands in the world.
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Mar 12

Scrabble Typography

TheeBlog-ScrabbleTypography We’ve all played Scrabble at least once or twice, and although I am not a huge fan of board games (even though I am as ruthless as Trump when it comes to Monopoly) this sweet limited edition Typographic Scrabble, scheduled to be released this summer, could definitely get me in the mood to play. Check out some photos after the jump, and the pre-order link in case you are interested.
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Mar 12

Good Day CA

TheeBlog-GoodDayCA When was your last road trip? Whether it is with friends or family, we all enjoy the freedom, sense of adventure and discovery road trips provide. So, what could make a road trip even better? How about some great illustrated postcards like the ones Braden Wise, a Los Angeles based Designer & Illustrator created to document his cross-country move to California. Good Day CA is a visual memoir of this trip and combines beautiful illustration, typography and Braden’s personal experiences. Happy Friday and plan a fun trip soon!
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Mar 12

Metamorphosis

TheeBlog-Metamorphosis Remember that cool Gnarls Barkley ‘Crazy’ video? For some reason, we’re attracted (at least I am) to people and objects morphing into crazy shapes that sometimes challenge and invite us to use our imagination in order to interpret them. The folks at Antfood recently created a lovely and trippy video for Good Books taking us through a gnarly and entertaining trip full of interesting morphing, shapes, colors and sounds. Check it after the jump!
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Mar 12

Delicious Pantone

TheeBlog-DeliciousPantone Most of us know what a Pantone swatch book is, and most of us can identify or recite our favorite colors. In fact, I carry one with me at all times and I can safely say I use it on a daily basis. Now, imagine how sweet (pun intended ha!) it would be if you could taste your favorite Pantone color? Well, thanks to French Food Designer Emilie de Griottes, now we can! Emilie created beautiful and delicious dessert tarts to illustrate some of the most popular Pantone colors used. Check out these sweet treats! (pun int… nevermind, you get it)
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Mar 12

L’Odyssée de Cartier

TheeBlog-OdysseeCartier There are good advertising campaigns and then there’s epic campaigns that blow our minds. Today, I am excited to share one that did the latter for me and that I am sure you will love. By now, you might’ve seen Cartier’s new animal themed ads on magazines and billboards but probably were not able to connect the dots, I know this because I’ve heard people mention WHY leopards and horses? Well, today’s brilliant film L’Odyssée de Cartier directed by Bruno Aveillan, along with a lovely site full of information and bonus features will offer a beautiful explanation and insight into the glamorous world of Cartier. The film narrates the history of the brand and features a fantastic score, Cartier’s iconic Panther as well as other magical elements throughout different breathtaking worlds. Check out some photos and the film after the jump.
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Mar 12

The work of Mathis Rekowski

TheeBlog-MathisRekowski I know… it’s one of those weird Mondays. And since we are all still trying to get it together and start fresh, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to share the great work of Berlin based self-taught Illustrator Mathis Rekowski. His complex and detailed work has earned him a sweet list of clients including Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, Orange, Skoda, and awards like Germany’s ADC in 2011. Check out some of his work after the jump…
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Mar 12

Stunning Photography by Camilla Åkrans

TheeBlog-CamillaAkrans Happy Friday! And to close the week in style -pun intended, here’s the stunning photography of Swedish Photographer Camilla Åkrans. Camilla, a former Graphic Design student, has become a fashion favorite when it comes to striking campaigns and editorials. She’s been featured in numerous publications like Harpers Bazaar, Numero, New York Times, Vogue and has worked on campaigns for brands like Hermes, Missoni, H&M, Jil Sander, Shiseido and Boucheron. Her work is characterized by the different moods and stories present on each project and the enviable use of light and color. Check out some of her work after the jump.
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Mar 12

Chalk Sweetness for United Adworkers

TheeBlog-UnitedArtworkers United Adworkers launched a contest recently inviting people to design their 2012 Membership Card. Although I have not seen many entries yet, I can honestly say this lovely video entry by BVK is (and probably will be) my favorite. Why you ask? Because it is brilliant! I’ve been in LOVE with Dana Tanamachi’s work since I first saw it and I am a firm believer that she inspired and perfected a new (I know it’s not new, but it has definitely made a strong comeback to the limelight) style of design using chalk. So, anything inspired or similar to Dana’s will always be on top of my lists :)
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Mar 12

Hello… Kitty?

TheeBlog-HelloKitty Kitty White is a fictional character portrayed as a female white Japanese bobtail cat with a red bow designed by Yuko Shimizu. But you already knew this right? Everybody loves Hello Kitty! your daughter, my niece, my friends and even my wife (Yes, I’ve bought Hello Kitty jewelry). Think of it as the equivalent of what Star Wars is for boys. Today, I want to share an epic collection of different Hello Kitty ‘personalities’ based on iconic heroes and characters created by New Zealand based Illustrator Joseph Senior. These brilliantly executed illustrations include Lady Gaga, Daft Punk, Batman, Kill Bill’s Bride, Mickey and of course, Star Wars.
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Mar 12

One Hour Per Second

TheeBlog-YouTube Say, did you know that every second, one hour of video is uploaded to YouTube? Well, if you didn’t, this fun new illustrative site by YouTube is here to share some stats and help us visualize them using cats, spaceships, oh! and Rebecca Black.
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Mar 12

Luz Nas Vielas

TheeBlog-LuzNasVielas It’s Friday! And what better way to close this week than enjoying an inspiring project full of bright bold colors and positive messages. Luz Nas Vielas (Light in the Alleys) is a beautiful and inspiring participative Urban Art project created by Spain based collaborative Boa Mistura in the heart and streets of São Paulo’s favelas. The project combines a great perspective/lettering technique, vibrant colors, positive values and the most important element, the involvement and participation of the community! Bravo!
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Mar 12

The Story of Sushi

I know most of you love Sushi. But, do you really know its story? This great and elaborate video is here to help and teach us the how, where and why of Sushi. Oh, and on a side note, it was completely created using miniature figures and took only 7 months… yeah. It is a great and well executed idea, although I must admit the narrator’s voice bothered me a little since it felt a little too’movie trailer’ and didn’t follow the international Narration & Voice Over Guidelines’ number one (and most important) rule: Hire Morgan Freeman.