October, 2013


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Oct 13

Impressive Pumpkins by Villafane Studios

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It’s Halloween, so here’s a special post. By now, you probably already carved at pumpkin at home or planning to carve one today, so I figured I could offer some inspiration and ideas. And who better for this than the pumpkin master himself, Ray Villafane. If you have not seen his masterpieces, here’s your chance to admire his amazing work and try it at home – please send pics!. Check out some of Ray’s detailed and realistic work after the jump. Now, look back at your pumpkin and feel free to cry and be disappointed… Happy Halloween.
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Oct 13

LeBron James – Training Day

We’re finally only a day away from the 2013-2014 season kick off! Just last week, a friend and I were talking about how quiet this break has been for Wade, LeBron and company. Yes, they have been doing their thing and enjoying some well deserved time off, but we barely saw any new commercials… until today. With the new season about to start, Nike released its latest ad spot called Training Day featuring LeBron and a few hundred Miamians who accompany him throughout his off-season workout routine including some swimming, cycling and running. Check out the cool spot – Oh, and a shot-out to my friend Lee who makes his appearance at the 1:17 mark (or yellow tank on the screenshot above).


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Oct 13

Facebook Town

TheeBlog-FacebookTown It is no secret that Facebook might be one of the coolest companies to work for, and one with one of the coolest ‘campus’ around – How many companies can call their HQs a campus? Facebook is more than just a cool and pretty facade, from what I’ve learned from people I know who work there is that there’s this great inspiring vibe complimented with great vision and leadership. Add sweet offices to this mix and you have a $100 BILLION company. Give or take a couple of billions. Now, I know I’ve shared Facebook’s offices before (HERE) but today I want to share more than just their main building. I came across a great article featuring Facebook’s entire campus or mini-town composed of laundromats, bakeries, barber shops, restaurants, music studios, wood shops, banks, bike shops… which are all free and available to all employees. I know… I know…
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Oct 13

LABOKOFF by Fabienne Rivory

TheeBlog-FabienneRivory I’ve always had this soft spot for watercolor, and event hough I am no expert or don’t use it much, I love projects or artwork that combine this beautiful medium with illustration, design or photography. French Photographer/Artist Fabienne Rivory has been combining photography with watercolor since 2007 when she created an art project called LABOKOFF which explores the interaction between photography and painting, real and imaginary world, memories and reality.
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Oct 13

Stephen Wiltshire – NYC Skyline

TheeBlog_Stephen-Wiltshire-UBS When was the last time you drew something from memory? Director/DP Noah David Smith recently teamed up with humble and Publicis to shoot a touching film for UBS featuring artist, Stephen Wiltshire. Stephen has the amazing talent of drawing city skylines from memory. Having spent only a few hours in a helicopter flying from Brooklyn to the tip of Manhattan, he memorized the city skyline and headed back to a studio to work on his drawing for three days. The result, truly inspiring magic! Check the video after the jump…
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Oct 13

Typism Book!!

TheeBlog-TypismBook Today I want to share some awesome news coming from Australia. Last month, Typism, an international Type conference, took place in Australia and it featured many amazingly talented and inspiring Designers and Type Masters like Dominique Falla (its creator), Gemma OBrien, Matt Vergotis, Nicole Phillips, Wayne Thompson, Aurelie Maron and Bobby Haiqalsyah.. Being the Type geek I am, I loved the idea and learned about the event earlier this year. Now, although I couldn’t make it to Gold Coast to be part of this inspiring conference, my work did :) Back in May, Dominique contacted me and invited me to be part of the Typism book she was building in conjunction with the conference. The idea of the book was to gather Designers and Type Lovers from all over the world like Jon Contino, Simon Alander, Sergey Shapiro, Jackson Alves, and put them together in a cool new Typebook… YES!
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Oct 13

Twitter’s San Francisco HQ

TheeBlog_TwitterHQ When it comes to cool headquarters and offices, startups and tech companies really do take the cake. Don’t know if it is the influx of young(er) blood and beliefs or simply the understanding that creating a well decorated and comfortable environment will always keep employees happy and production growing. Unfortunately, as simple and true as this equation is, there are still many offices and corporations who do little or nothing to improve their old or tacky in-house culture or decoration. Twitter is definitely one of the companies that share this ideology, and it is reflected in their sweet HQ offices located in San Francisco. Housed in a lovely 1937 Art Deco building, this HQ comes with great social areas, a couple of cool conference rooms, an impressive cafeteria, a rooftop social area and garden, a yoga studio, game rooms and more…
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Oct 13

So, heard GoDaddy bought MediaTemple…

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Oct 13

Banksy NY Art Sale

TheeBlog-BanksyCentralParkPrints When it comes to Banksy, opinions are pretty divided. There are those who think he’s an overrated artist producing yuppie work, and there are those of us who see beyond the stencils and give him credit for his ability to play with everyone’s mind through different mediums, and for always knowing which buttons to push. I personally love his work – when it’s real and the way it was meant to be, not when it is prostituted at galleries or shows like it was during Miami Art Basel last year. As part of his recent NYC takeover, Bansky released a video this weekend featuring his latest stunt. An art stall in Central Park, selling original, signed work for $60 – Total estimated value of $1.5Million. The result, a total of 8 pieces were sold, totaling $420. Real estimated price of these prints… $330,000. Banksy successfully pulls another mind-trick stunt and hundreds of art collectors are crying in bed…
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Oct 13

Neuarmy Surplus

TheeBlog_NeuarmySurplus I know it’s been a while, but you might remember an interview with my very talented friend Ryan Katrina aka NEUARMY HERE and some of his beautiful work. I’ve known Ryan for a couple of years already and I’ve always been a big fan of his great work. He is one of those great designers who are constantly working, experimenting and inspiring many of us. Today I want to share one of his latest projects, his recently re-launched Neuarmy Surplus site featuring sweet new work and merch you can (and should before it sells out) purchase. Check out the site and grab some goodies!
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Oct 13

Beautiful Type by Jackson Alves

TheeBlog-JacksonAlves When it comes to Type, the amount of bookmarks and artists is pretty dense (and amazing!), but I still get excited when I discover new artists and beautiful projects. Today I want to share the beautiful work of Jackson Alves, a very talented brazilian Typographer, Letterer and Calligrapher with an impressive talent, technique and portfolio. Check out some of my favorite pieces including sketches and full vector projects after the jump… and thanks for the tip Ben! (@FreelanceKnox )
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Oct 13

Bic Pen Carpets

TheeBlog-BicPenCarpets You know that saying, “It’s all in the details”? Well, it is true. Even when all you have is a Bic pen(s), your work could be amazing if you combine the right amount of technique, details and talent, of course. Today I want to share the amazing work of Jonathan Bréchignac, a Paris based Art Director whose carpets, illustrated with just Bic pens, blew my mind. Check out the amount of detail in these beauties!
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Oct 13

BOX

“Box” explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera. Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. This methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression. – Agree!


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Oct 13

Sideshow Sign Co.

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A couple of days ago, a friend asked me, ‘why do you like vintage and old design stuff so much?’. Well, first of all, there’s a big difference between ‘old stuff’ and beautiful vintage designed/crafted pieces. You see, as a Designer, I always look for that special little something in things. Unfortunately, these special details are harder and harder to find these days as things need to be produced faster and cheaper, but at the same time, it allows us nostalgic Designers to learn, rescue and enjoy ‘old’ techniques, design materials, objects and signs! So, because I know everybody enjoys beautiful signs, today I want to share the amazing work of Sideshow Sign Co.. A studio with a beautiful collection of work ranging from stunning type marquees to beautiful vintage signs and prints. Get ready to drool…
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Oct 13

Inside the new NFL Headquarters

TheeBlog_NFLheadquarters0 Although I am not a huge ‘american’ football fan (I know… you have 30 seconds to boo me) the NFL has, and will forever have, a very special place in my heart since it was my first ‘Big’ client when I opened my own Advertising / Design studio back in 2006. Not only was it a great experience and client because they believed in us, but also because we learned – a lot, and enjoyed a few perks and benefits :) Since I know most of you are hardcore football fans, here’s one for you. Architecture studio Ted Moudis Associates recently completed the construction and decoration of the new NFL headquarters located in Manhattan. Tour the offices after the jump…
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