Inspiration


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Apr 17

New Premier League Typeface

TheeBlog_PremierLeagueTypeface Last year, the English Premier League updated its branding, shaving off a couple of years by switching to more vibrant, younger colors and by proving once again, that ‘flat’ design, when used right, can be a thing of beauty. However, there was one thing that remained intact – the iconic typeface and its lovely numbers. Until now. From the start of next season Premier League clubs will wear shirts adorned with an updated set of names and numbers which align with the Premier League’s visual identity and includes the new logo introduced from this season.
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Apr 17

Optical illusions by Howard Lee

Howard Lee is a British multidisciplinary artist known for his hyper-realistic drawings. Illusion, trickery and playful deception are the hallmarks of Lee’s hyperrealist drawing videos. Mixing an impressive array of media from Copic Marker through to Prismacolor Pencil and artist’s acrylic paint, Howard Lee presents a re-interpretation of reality that asks you to question the validity of the online world. Too bad the video quality is not up to par to the impressive work.


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Mar 17

The Sampling of Daft Punk

As most of you know well, I’ve been a huge Daft Punk fan for years – I even built my own costume dammit! I recently found this video featuring many Daft Punk classics and their origins. The eight minute video highlights specific songs and loops the duo samples – yeah, that song you love so much might be a Barry Manilow 70s disco track. Enjoy.


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Mar 17

NORTHBOUND

Ice, driftwood, foamy waves and … skateboards? Four skaters head north to the cold Norwegian coast, applying their urban skills to a wild canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand and pastel skies. The result is a beautiful mashup — biting winds and short days, ollies and one ephemeral miniramp.


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Mar 17

Air Max Reinvented

This one is a little old, but since it is Air Max Month, I decided it was a good idea to bring it back. Doubleday and Cartwright was commissioned to create an illustrated genealogy and cultural impact survey of Nike Air Max, from designer Tinker Hatfield’s discovery of visible air to Air Reinvented, a collection of four classic styles revamped with Nike’s latest material innovations. Through fun and fantastical key art, supporting illustrations and copy, D&C unlocked the hidden histories behind these collection favorites—The Air Max 1, a design conceived at Paris’s Centre Pompidou that ignited Nike’s most critical footwear advent; The infrared-accented Air Max 90, a veritable staple of the early Acid House scene; The anatomically-inspired curves of the Air Max 95; The Air Max 97’s metallic ellipses, perennially secured to the feet of creatives, club-goers and style connoisseurs alike.


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Mar 17

La La Land Posters

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Before I get into it, let me state that I have not seen La La Land. I know, I know… However, the bits and pieces that I’ve seen so far reveal a very interesting palette of colors, settings and design. And because films like these tend to be promoted over a long period of time, festivals and screenings, the team behind it decided to create various posters and looks in order to keep things fresh and play with different ideas and executions. Lionsgate Studios, prides itself on creative marketing and mapped out at least a half-dozen ways to visually tease this Damien Chazelle musical. The posters range from the subtle (styles influenced by the classic covers of jazz albums) to the painterly.
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Feb 17

Get Schooled by Frank Gehry

Back in my architecture major days, I got to study – and obsess – the work of geniuses like Calatrava or Gehry – but I never thought it would be possible to take a class, even if it was online, with one of them. Now, thanks to MasterClass.com, you can take video classes and learn from the best, including Architecture and Design classes taught by Frank Gehry himself! Check out the video and visit their site if you are interested or just want to tell people you took a Gehry class once…


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Feb 17

Abstract: The Art Of Design

If you have not heard by now, NETFLIX just launched a great documentary series called ABSTRACT featuring eight of the most creative thinkers and imaginative minds working in the world of art and design. These series take us deep into their creative process, allow us to explore their work, and discover how their innovative designs have profoundly affected our every day lives.


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Jan 17

Behind the Stranger Things Title

if you, like many others, are hooked on Netflix’s Stranger Things, you’ll agree with me that besides the show’s great storyline and superb production, its 80s themed opening titles are refreshingly engaging thanks to the perfect combination of nostalgia – think Stephen King, Spielberg, John Carpenter, John Hughes, and a powerful, eerie synthesized track. If you’ve ever wondered who worked on the design or how it came to be, here’s a brief look into the process behind this beauty.
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Dec 16

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is a black and white stop motion short crafted by filmmaker Simon Scheiber over the course of 7 years and made up of over 14,000 photographs! A lighthouse keeper’s surprising discovery pulls him out of his monotonous, daily routine and takes him onto a journey into uncharted territory. Yes, I know… 7 years!


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Dec 16

Stunning Paper Architecture by Ingrid Siliakus

TheeBlog-IngridSiliakus During my first years of College, as an Architecture major, I learned to appreciate and love the immense amount of detail, planning and labor that goes into creating beautiful structures. And although I switched careers, my love for Architecture remains and only grows stronger as I gracefully age :). So, if you love beautiful Architecture – and origami, today you are in for a treat. Ingrid Siliakus is an Amsterdam based Paper Architect/Artist whose stunning work has been featured in numerous publications, galleries and award shows. Her intricate paper structures range from Architecture studies and models, to stunning Escheresque works of art. Check out some of my favorites after the jump…
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Nov 16

KAWS x NIKE

TheeBlog_NikeKAWS Nike’s deep roots in New York City are represented in its latest campaign: New York Made. Made possible through partnership with the New York City Parks and Recreation Dept., Nike’s commitment to the city and its community is at heart of the program, which kicks-off through the opening of the New York Made: Stanton Street Courts by Kaws. Designed by Brooklyn-based, world-renowned artist Brian Donnelly, the court embodies Nike’s drive to elevate sport, culture and community through innovative collaborations.
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Nov 16

UNSATISFYING

During the summer of 2016, the folks at Parallel Studio created and directed a video about unsatisfying situations: the frustrating, annoying, disappointing little things of everyday life, that are so painful to live or even to watch. If you haven’t seen this yet, I encourage you to watch it as I am sure you’ve also experienced at least one of these situations lately…


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Nov 16

The adventures of Jay Alvarrez

In case you did not know about Jay Alvarrez, he is a Hawaii born model who has been documenting his travels and adventures with friends and model girlfriend Alexis Ren. Why am I sharing this you ask? Well, first because the quality of the videos is pretty good. Also because it should inspire us to travel and enjoy life a little more, I know it did it for me. Check out this compilation video and check out his YouTube channel for more travels and vids. Now go book a flight!


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Sep 16

Photography: History of New York

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New York City’s Department of Records recently launched the Municipal Archives Online Gallery. A gallery composed of almost a million digitized photographs taken mostly by anonymous photographers and municipal workers dating back to the mid-1800s. This collection covers New York City’s history thoroughly from its architecture and people to its infamous depression and organized crime era. Enjoy!
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Sep 16

Ugo Gattoni + Mcbess

Sweetbread is the result of a week of artistic residency with Ugo Gattoni and Mcbess at the URDLA print shop, located in Villeurbanne. For seven days, the two artist friends ate together, drew together, cooked together, laughed together, and created this stone lithography entitled Sweetbread. This residency was the occasion for Ugo Gattoni and Mcbess to immerse themselves and experience one of the major themes of their illustrations – food. Thanks to Ben for the tip!


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Sep 16

The Making of Movie Titles

By now, I am sure you’ve witnessed the coverage and hype around the titles for Stranger Things. Movie Titles have always played a significant role in films, depicting the genre, mood and sometimes quality of the product. In this great mini-documentary, title designer Dan Perri explains how he designed movie titles for films such as “Star Wars,” “The Exorcist,” and “Raging Bull.” Enjoy!


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Aug 16

DMM Planets

TeamLab in collaboration with DMM.com recenlty launched the world’s largest digital installation at the Odaiba Yume-Tairiku festival in Tokyo. The huge installation will invite participants of all ages to immerse themselves in the multi-room environments spanning around 3,000sqm and showcasing multiple digital works. Participants will be invited to explore inside interactive artworks —including the largest Crystal Universe ever shown.
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Jul 16

Empty, Dense, Merge.

TheeBlog-EmptyDenseMerge We all know that the differences between urban and rural America could be… abysmal (pun intended). But what happens if they are combined? What if, one of the country’s busiest and probably most over-habited cities is combined with one of the largest and most desolated landmarks to compose a new landscape? Well, Zurich based Photographer and Artist Gus Petro decided to find out. After traveling to Manhattan and The Grand Canyon for his series Empty, Dense, Merge, Petro combined photographs of both places to create a fascinating new world, where Manhattan becomes a valley… yup.
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Jul 16

The Switch

Because I know some of you us are still having Copa America + Euro Cup withdrawals, and yes, because Ronaldo finally won a well deserved Euro trophy, here’s the full version of that commercial you kept being teased with throughout the entire tournament and featuring players like Anthony Martial, Harry Kane, and of course, Ronaldo. Enjoy!


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Jul 16

ESPN Euro Cup 2016 by Imaginary Forces

As we approach this year’s Euro Cup Final, I wanted to share the lovely title sequences the talented folks at Imaginary Forces created for ESPN. With a lovely ‘paint’ interpretation of each country’s national flag and paying homage to classical sculpture and the patina of old soccer trophies, the opening roars through the ‘field’ of Europe, setting up the 2016 Euro Cup package to push the limits of what a major sporting event identity can be. Check out the behind the scenes video after the jump to see how this intro came to life!
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Jun 16

Neighborhood Pushers

Style in skateboarding is predicated by the push. Since 2004, Mighty Healthy’s defined success by sharing that push with anyone along for the ride. Watch that mindset manifest in this edit with Dane Vaughn, Pete Eldridge, Chris Colbourn, Gavin Nolan, Connor Champion, Jeremy Murray and Andrew Singh as they paint the corners of their hoods, as only they can.


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Jun 16

Dieter Rams. The Film.

Gary Hustwit, the director of the documentaries Helvetica and Objectified is working on his new documentary: RAMS, and he needs our help – if you are a Designer, or someone who loves Design, you need to pay attention and check out this Kickstarter project. The documentary will include in-depth conversations with Dieter, and detail the process behind some of his most iconic designs. This needs to happen!


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Jun 16

Las Vegas in Infrared

We’ve all seen Vegas videos full of colors and light – and tourists. But we rarely see footage from a different perspective or in a different ‘tone’. This new video by filmmaker Philip Bloom shows Vegas in a different light, and it is beautiful. The video was shot on a Sony RX100 IV and if you want to get technical you can learn more about it on Bloom’s website. Enjoy!


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Jun 16

Muhammad Ali by Louis Vuitton

TheeBlog-LouisVuitton-MuhammadAli It is a sad day for sports. So, I thought I would bring back this post featuring the Greatest of All Time. Rest in peace King — I’m pretty sure you’ve seen those lovely Louis Vuitton ads featuring iconic celebrities, politicians and artists. Yes, they are great, but this new Core Values campaign, featuring the All-Time Greatest, is simply gorgeous! Muhammad Ali – The Greatest Words is a tribute to the champ, beginning with a series of videos featuring the impressive calligraphy of Niels Shoe Meulman and a mesmerizing performance by Poet Yasiin Bey (Mos Def). The videos, created by Ogilvy Paris are beautifully directed and the combination of type, music, historic Ali quotes and powerful delivery by Mos Def is exquisite. Enjoy!
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