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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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Aug 14

Brand New Conference 2014 – Armin Vit Q&A

TheeBlog_BrandNewConference2014QA In case you didn’t know yet, the fifth edition of Brand New Conference is going down September 25-26 in lovely Chicago. And as it is now tradition, I invited my bud Armin Vit to answer a couple of questions and give us a little preview of what to expect or what is going behind the scenes as most of us prepare our trips. We talked about why the conference moved to Chicago, the always great speaker roster, and the decision to make it a two-day event. Check it after the jump!
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Jun 14

MIAMI x UBER

TheeBlog-UberMiami It’s been a long, rocky road. But after all the petitions, campaigns and efforts from all of us since last year (HERE), Miami has joined the 21st century as UBER has finally arrived. And although we only get UberX for now, this is a huge step in the right direction. This is great news Miami! If you haven’t experienced Uber yet, I strongly recommend you give it a try (that’s all it takes). To celebrate its arrival, Uber is offering free rides around Miami until June 20th, so experience for yourself what all the buzz is about. Oh! and if you can’t make it before June 20th, here’s a code for $10 off your first UBER ride pt4s8.


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Apr 14

The STOLEN SOFAS Project

TheeBlog-StolenSofas If there’s something that I honestly enjoy as much as a well designed and consistent brand, is the vision and dedication to get involved, support, and be part of a community. And this is exactly what the great folks at Stolen Rum are doing. Not only is their product great and beautifully designed (you had me at lettering and type) but it’s also very active. One of their latest projects, Stolen Sofas, took place last week in three different cities around the world, including Miami, and it was not only a brilliant simple idea, but also a great way to introduce Stolen Rum to a new market. I was not able to attend the event, but my awesome Stolen friend Eunique was kind enough to share some photos and video. Thank you again E! and we’re looking forward to many more fun events and projects!
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Apr 14

Designer Dirty Talk

TheeBlog-DesignerDirtyTalk When it comes to Designers, certain things are usually different than the rest of corporate America. One of them is definitely industry lingo (Have you ever tried to explain tracking/kerning or golden ratio to a client?) Have you ever wondered what would these everyday terms sound like when used as pick-up lines or bedroom talk? Good news. A new brilliant site called Designer Dirty Talk features a collection of clever and funny design puns that do just that. Check out a few samples after the jump, visit the site or submit your own…
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Mar 14

The GameChanger

TheeBlog-TheGameChanger The World Cup is only 83 days away!!! And if you are like me, you’re already looking for extra DVR storage alternatives, planning out your sports bar itinerary and times and letting everyone know that you will be busy and disconnected for a month. One thing I do hate during the tournament is asking every restaurant or bar to switch replays of college golf tournament broadcasts to live World Cup games – it happens. But hey! Now there’s a solution for that! The geniuses at beIN Sports developed a vuvuzela with the ability to flip any channel, to their station, giving us football fans the power (at least for one happy month)!
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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

Wood Sculptures by Randall Rosenthal

TheeBlog-RandallRosenthal I’m sure that at one point in life, you were given the “Money doesn’t grow on trees” lecture. Well, today I am here to differ, and prove that money could grow-er be made of trees. New York based Randall Rosenthal is an extremely talented sculptor whose über realistic wood sculptures could easily fool any of us. His detailed work includes boxes full of money, newspapers, magazines and comic books. Oh, and they are all made from a solid piece of wood – and without any photographic guides or reference. Yes, he’s THAT good.
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Jan 14

Icebergs by Zaria Forman

TheeBlog-ZariaForman Most people think of icebergs as cold, mean, ship-sinking masses of ice. Artists like Zaria Forman on the other hand, have the ability to not only see their majestic beauty, but also have the enviable and impressive talent to recreate them with – using pastels! Check out some of Zaria’s photo realistic paintings featuring stunning icebergs after the jump.
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Nov 13

MIA Sessions

Those of you who know me well or that have come to know me through this blog know that I love what I do and that I am always trying to do my part to share inspiration and the beauty of creativity. I am a huge advocate of working on what you love, sharing / collaborating with others, and never settling or getting too comfortable. Unfortunately, when it comes to cultivating creativity or building a strong -and involved- creative community, Miami has fallen a bit short, which is terribly sad considering all the amazing jewels this city has to offer and the amount of amazingly creative people who live here. This is why, a couple of very good and talented friends and I decided to work together to change this scenario, to do our part. Today, I am stoked to introduce you to our new baby, a project we’ve been planning and working on for quite some time and that is finally ready to be shared and to help Miami be the place we all want it to be when it comes to inspiration and creativity. Meet MIA Sessions!
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Nov 13

Sam Barclay designs Dyslexia

TheeBlog-SamBarclay_Dyslexia Let’s face it, we are all aware or know at least one person who suffers from dyslexia, and although we somewhat know some facts about the condition, we really don’t have a clear understanding of how it affects people. Yes, there have been methods created to improve and help dyslexic patients, but how can we really understand and think of ways to help if we are not able to see first hand what it’s like to be dyslexic. Sam Barclay, a recent University of Portsmouth Graphic Design graduate came up with the brilliant idea to use Design to demonstrate the hurdles dyslexic patients have to deal with on a daily basis. This book aims to provide the reader with a beautiful, design led experience of what it feels like to struggle with reading and it is currently being funded by generous folks through KickStarter.
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Nov 13

The Reel Miami Project – Wynwood

TheeBlog-FroRojas_Wynwood In order to promote how awesome Miami is, The Reel Miami Project partnered with a few of Miami’s most talented Directors to produce six short films featuring different neighborhoods of Miami. My good friend and very talented Director Fro Rojas collaborated with this project and crafted a great short film featuring Wynwood. Today I want to share his lovely trailer, which was just released this week and that will be making its rounds around the city very soon. Classy work my friend! Check out this and the rest of trailers by checking The Reel Miami Project’s site…
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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

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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Sep 13

Mile High Awesomeness

TheeBlog-SpewbagChallenge When it comes to flying, I’ve realized that I’m the type of person who simply cannot sleep in planes. If I’m not watching TV, listening to music or working, chances are I’m doodle-practicing or playing with letters. And for a while, I thought I was alone in this habit… But then, I discovered the stunning work of Australian Typographer and Letterer Gemma O’brien, and her in-flight lettering masterpieces. I’ve been a fan and follower of Gemma’s enviable talent, technique and lovely work for quite some time, and I am excited to share her recently launched mini-site called The Spewbag Challenge, featuring some of her beautifully lettered ‘airsickness bags’. This one is a must-bookmark!
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Sep 13

Q&A Session: The Fashion Poet

TheeBlog-TheFashionPoet When we talk about Miami, most people immediately associate it with beautiful beaches, hot women, warm (or scorching) weather, food and nightlife. But there is so much more to Miami that most visitors, and even locals don’t know. We are an eclectic melting pot where creative, passionate dreamers and doers share ideas and collaborate on a daily basis. A hub for all things creative, inspired by the vast amount of mixing cultures and backgrounds. Today, I want to share a fun Q&A I had with my friend Annie Vasquez, who I can honestly say exemplifies perfectly all these Miami attributes and might be one of the hardest working women in Miami when it comes to Fashion. If you are from Miami, I am sure you know her or have met her, and if you are not, get to know her through this interview where we talk about Fashion, Miami and her new film, screening this weekend at the Miami Fashion Film Festival…
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Aug 13

Realistic 3D Drawings

TheeBlog-AlessandroDD In the very, very long list of artists that have inspired me over the years, there’s a very special place for Mr. M. C. Escher. His work not only blew my mind when I first saw it as a kid, but also left a mark and a deep love for his work and technique. While browsing the interweb last night, I came across the impressive work of Italy based artist AlessandroDD. His ability to create and display his realistic pencil illustrations is enviable as it seems to go beyond 3D drawing AND will instantly remind you of Escher’s work. And that’s a very good thing…
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Aug 13

Brand New Conference 2013 – Armin Vit Q&A

TheeBlog-BrandNewConference2013_interview The fourth edition of one of my favorite Design and Branding conferences (and you can quote me on that) is finally a couple of weeks away! Brand New Conference will take place in New York City this coming September 13th, and as always, it promises to be full of learning, inspiration, cool talented people and amazingness. And to keep the pre-conference Q&A tradition going strong, once again, I invited my friend Armin Vit, to answer a couple of questions and share some details about the planning,preparations and what to expect at this year’s conference. I am sure many of you are already booked and registered, but if you are not yet, do it! Trust me, it is that good.
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Aug 13

99 Problems

TheeBlog-99problems There are many things, scenes and quotes that come to mind when we talk about Jay-Z. And although he’s got a plethora of iconic quotes and lyrics, 99 problems is one of those that made an impact and became a staple of Hova’s work through the years. Illustrator Ali Graham decided to illustrate all 99 problems and although the project is not complete yet, her great and witty illustrations will make you laugh and follow her site for more…
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May 13

Google celebrates Saul Bass

TheeBlog-Google_SaulBass We all love good films. And if there is one thing we love more – or as much as – movie trailers, it would definitely be opening and closing title credits. Film titles have become an art and category of their own, sometimes even overpowering their own films - think Blue Valentine just to name one. If you’ve been to one of my classes, you already know where this is going… Today, Google celebrates the 93rd birthday of one of Design’s most influential, inspiring and recognized icons, the fantastic Mr. Saul Bass with a lovely reel featuring some of Saul Bass’ most iconic work. Yes! this is the man that started it all back in 1955 when he created the titles for The Man with the Golden Arm, created a beautiful niche and inspired millions of people including yours truly.
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Apr 13

The awesomeness of ReplaceFace

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Many Hollywood celebrities have played numerous roles throughout their career, but have you ever imagined Steve Jobs, Matt Damon, Dave Grohl or even Robert Pattinson as Army Generals? Russian Generals? Well, Steve Payne has! Steve used old Russian General portraits painted by English artists George Dawe during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and combined them with current celebrities portraits to create an awesome new site called RaplaceFace featuring a sweet collection of these ‘Photoshop paintings’. Check out some of my favorite after the jump!
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Apr 13

Real Beauty Sketches

TheeBlog-DoveBeautySketches If there’s a company that knows how to create successful viral and empowering campaigns, it has to be Dove. Their approach to beauty, very different than what the media has sold us, has set them apart from the competition, and their campaigns, including the one I want to share today, have the power to open our eyes and realize that we must embrace our traits and differences as we are all different, and great. Real Beauty Sketches is a new campaign aiming to change the way we look, think and feel about ourselves. Congrats to Dove for such a great concept and a beautifully executed ‘experiment’.
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Apr 13

Google’s Newest Addition

TheeBlog-GoogleNose Google has just announced their newest addition to traditional Search. Google Nose. Knowing that users always expect more and are constantly looking for ways to enhance their online experience, Google developed this new technology that will not only provide search results, but could also provide scents as well as capture and determine scents we might search for. Take a video tour after the jump or visit Google.com/nose for more information and to download it. (Still in Beta stage)
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Mar 13

Posca Artists

I am sure you love finding inspiring videos and short films on vimeo as much as I do. I mean, what better way to “kill time” than watching beautifully produced and filmed films featuring inspiring work and characters? Today, I want to share a recent find. POSCA is a European brand of coloring markers, (don’t understand why we don’t have this brand in the US), with an impressive culture and following. They not only support many artists but also promote art, and organize workshops. (Again, why don’t we have this brand in the US?) This documentary series video features street artists Supakitch and Koralie. Check it out and visit their site for more cool videos!