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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

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

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

Coffee + Lettering by Rob Draper

TheeBlog_RobDraper One of the many things I love about Type/Lettering is its flexibility and range. While most designers or letterers have their signature style or method, there are many who constantly explore different materials and mediums. This is the case of the beautiful lettering work of Rob Draper, a talented UK based freelance designer, artist, illustrator and typographer. Rob uses coffee cups as canvases for his intricate letters and illustrations, giving the pieces a lovely new perspective. Check out some of his work after the jump!
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Aug 14

The Adobe Illustrator Story

When Adobe Illustrator first shipped in 1987, it was the first software application for a young company that had, until then, focused solely on Adobe PostScript. The new product not only altered Adobe’s course, it changed drawing and graphic design forever. Interviews include cofounder John Warnock, his wife Marva, artists and designers Ron Chan, Bert Monroy, Dylan Roscover and Jessica Hische.


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Jul 14

Impressive Portraits by Heather Rooney

TheeBlog-HeatherRooney Since many of us are suffering from World Cup withdrawals, I’ll continue to post football-related articles every now and then as we smoothly switch back to ‘normal’ mode. Today I want to post the stunning and hypnotic portraits of self-taught illustrator Heather Rooney. I saw a couple of heather’s photo-realistic portrait videos during the World Cup, featuring players like Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi, Dempsey, and Rooney – as well as celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Paul Walker, Dwyane Wade – and I had to share them! Enjoy.
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Jun 14

Great Goals by Richard Swarbrick

The day is finally here!!! The World Cup starts today, so if you still have not noticed, you might be seeing a few World Cup related posts every now and then. And it’s all good, because this only happens every 4 years (that’s what I keep telling my wife), so let’s live it up! In order to celebrate, today we’ll combine World Cup and #ThrowBackThursday with a beautiful animation video by the extremely talented Richard Swarbrick, featuring great, classic goals from previous tournaments. Enjoy!


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Jun 14

The Last Game

Yesterday we enjoyed a lovely spot by Beats, and although a lot of people were unsure if it had triumph or gained more attention than Nike’s original World Cup mini-film “Winner Stays(HERE) there’s one unspoken law in advertising. Never, never underestimate Nike. As part of their Risk Everything campaign, Nike dropped a new mini-film, this time animated, featuring iconic players like Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic, Rooney, Iniesta, Howard, Ribery, and the one player that started it all, Ronaldo. Check out the lovely film as we’re only 2 days away from initial kick-off!


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Jun 14

Iconic Movie Rides

TheeBlog-IconicRides When it comes to classic movies, there will always be lines, scenes or props that become iconic and representative of not only the movie itself, but of an era. Ask any 80s kid about a DeLorean for example… And speaking of rides, today I want to share a sweet series of iconic movie rides by Tel Aviv based Illustrator Ido Yehimovitz . The series includes movies like Kill Bill, Dumb and Dumber, Jurassic Park, and shows like The A Team and Arrested Development. Check out these great illustrations after the jump!
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May 14

Lovely WWE Illustrations by James White

I’ve always been a huge fan of James White aka Signalnoise and his unique and mesmerizing style of illustrating, designing, and of course, his enviable use of color. I am sure you’ve seen his work on many agency or studio walls, or all over the internet. His latest project, for example, blew up Instagram as it brought great memories to us 80s and 90s kids who grew up with the glory days of the WWE. Today I want to share a great video by the folks at Lynda, documenting James’ process and explanation behind this awesome project. If you ever wished you could witness James at work, and learn from his techniques, you’re gonna love this video!


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May 14

Beautiful Book Covers by Mike Mahle

TheeBlog-BookCovers_MikeMahle You know that old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, I say Why not?. As a Designer, I proudly consider myself a visual judger, specially when it comes to items I want to purchase, read or wear. For the record, know that I am not talking about people. In that case, if she looks like a wslut, chances are, she is a slut. But we can talk about that some other time… Back to the point. Book cover design is one of the oldest forms of Design and today I want to share a collection of new covers combining great illustrations with lovely Typography, designed by Mike Mahle for Rock Paper Books featuring classics like Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes, and The Art of War. And keep on judgin’!
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May 14

Digital portraits by Hans

TheeBlog-HansPortraits When it comes to digital portraits, there are many techniques and styles – which is a great thing! – that make them unique. These impressive realistic celebrity portraits by Bangkok based artist Hans including Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Eminem, Bruno Mars, Kanye West and Lady Gaga combine a great amount of layers, colors and attention to detail. Check them after the jump!
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May 14

Self Initiated: Daren Newman

When it comes to Lettering and Typography, there are so many talented and inspiring artists that it becomes difficult to choose what to post sometimes (don’t worry, they’re all going up!) Today I want to share the beautiful work of Daren Newman through a short film which covers his history, inspirations and process. It also features some snippets of exclusive new work for Leicacraft.com Enjoy!


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Apr 14

Dishollywood

TheeBlog-Dishollywood When it comes to Disney characters and artists, there seems to be this weird yet very interesting infatuation. It seems that the idea of turning something wholesome and utopian into something a bit more obscure and ‘real’ inspires many artists to share their view on different topics. Today I want to share the provocative work of Mexican artist José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros. His latest collection, called Dishollywood combines Disney and Hollywood characters with hints of pop culture and events to create great though provoking pieces. Check out some of these after the jump!
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Mar 14

Blood, Sweat & Tears

TheeBlog-BloodSweatTears Continuing with yesterday’s inspiring Type goodness, today I want to share a project launched by the Art Directors Club, featuring twelve talented designers and illustrators including Alex Trochut, Jen Mussari, Jordan Metcalf, Kyle Read. The project, aimed to promote this year’s Portfolio Night, showcases the countless hours, sleepless nights, killed ideas and ambitious drive that go into crafting the perfect piece, through a collection of beautiful individual interpretations of the phrase Blood, Sweat and Tears.
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Mar 14

Do Not Open

TheeBlog-DoNotOpen I know I’ve said many times before that Type and good lettering could make the world a cooler, nicer, happier place. To prove my theory, today I want to share a beautiful series of custom hand-lettered envelopes featuring the always inspiring lettering work of San Francisco based, Erik Marinovich. Do Not Open is a personal project Erik began as ‘thank you notes’ to colleagues and friends. The great response and internet love these envelopes received, inspired Erik to open it to the world and make it ‘official’. Check out some samples after the jump…
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Mar 14

Film posters by Laurent Durieux

TheeBlog-Laurent-Durieux If you’re a film geek AND enjoy good, retro design, you’re going to love the work of Belgian Illustrator Laurent Durieux. His lovely reto-futuristic posters are a combination of classic films, enviable illustration techniques and composition, and the perfect use of color. Check out this series including films like Back to the Future, King Kong, Jaws, Vertigo, Die Hard, Psycho, and many more.
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Mar 14

Finger Painting Morgan Freeman

Although I’ve never tried it, I’ve always seen people drawing and painting on their iPad, specially at airports or during flights. One thing I had never seen, extremely photorealistic paintings like this crazy Morgan Freeman portrait by iPad artist (can we use that term?) Kyle Lambert. Using only a finger, an iPad Air and the app Procreate, Lambert paints a detailed portrait of Morgan Freeman so good that -let’s be honest- you might actually question its veracity. Only thing that could possibly make this video cooler? A step-by-step narration by Morgan Freeman!


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Mar 14

Graphika Manila 2014

With so many amazing conferences happening around the world, it has become hard to keep track and attend, watch or read about them. So, I’ll try to share some of my favorites here. Today I want to feature one that is celebrating its 9th anniversary and that has become a must for creatives - If you haven’t heard of Graphika Manila you have some catching up to do… PLUS! as a special bonus for its 2014 edition, my amazingly badass and talented good friend Sara Blake was invited (Hell yeah Sara!), along with top talent including Ash Thorpe, The Mill, Dvein, and Jessica Hische. Missed it? Check out this cool event video courtesy of the folks at Kakampi.


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Mar 14

Draplin x Miami

TheeBlog-MIAsessions_DraplinMiami Don’t forget to cancel plans and join us tomorrow for a night of Design, inspiration, lots of cursing and… Draplin. Aaron Draplin’s “Tall Tales of a Large Man” tour hits Miami and if you are in the creative field, this lecture is a must. BUT that’s not all, we’ll be spending some off-time with Aaron around town, and will get some juicy stories, footage and interviews for MIA Sessions. If you are not following us yet, do so and stay tuned. Some cool stuff coming soon…


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Feb 14

Oscar nominees. Pixarized.

TheeBlog-PixarOscarPosters The 2014 Oscars are scheduled to air in less than a week (March 2) and as always, there will be films we have never heard of – and some films that we love. But when it comes to these year’s films’ posters, illustrator and artist Todd Spence decided to twist things up a bit and give each nominated poster a fun new ‘Pixar look’ by replacing their main heroes with Pixar movies characters. Don’t know about you, but that Wolf of Wall Street one… pure gold!
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Feb 14

Dumb Ways to Valentine

Remember that brilliant animated PSA video by Metro Trains Melbourne called Dumb Ways to Die? (HERE) Well, the little fellas are back, just in time for Valentine’s Day, to remind of a few things like not giving out your heart so easily, or not sleeping with that mysterious european bartender you just met at the bar. Yet.


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Feb 14

The Landscape Alphabet

TheeBlog-LandscapeAlphabet Today I want to share a gem I recently stumbled upon and that proves my theory of human fascination with letters. The Landscape Alphabet is a book, published nearly 200 years ago, featuring a collection of 26 stunning landscape scenes shaped as letters of the alphabet, available now courtesy of The British Museum . Whether you are a Type geek or someone who simply think letters are… letters, these lovely and intricate landscapes will definitely hypnotize and inspire you. Enjoy!
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Dec 13

The Creative Spark: James White

If you are like me and follow all your favorite Designers on different social platforms, you’ll enjoy this great new video by Lynda. I’ve always been fascinated by the amazingly cool work of James White or Signalnoise if you prefer to call him that. Not only is James an extremely talented artist, but also an über cool and humble guy who I recently had the pleasure of meeting and are in the process of planning some cool stuff for 2014! (Stay tuned for some exciting upcoming news!) – Designer James White spent a decade working for other agencies before he founded Signalnoise, a one-man design studio in Nova Scotia. He was determined to explore his own aesthetic: “Fascination, wonder, and imagination made visual.”