These Idents for the Welsh bilingual channel S4C are really inspiring. They are rendered in realtime, and audio-reactive - the announcers voice triggers the action elements in the video.
via lawrenceJuly 30, 2008
“The Golden Book of Biology” came out around 1961 and it has some of the most amazing illustrations ever.
Charley Harper, the man behind the art, described his unique visual style as “minimal realism,” capturing the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements. Very inspiring!
July 29, 2008
Of course Radiohead again. Their latest video, "House of Cards" uses real time 3D recording instead of cameras, “utilizing highly technical structured light and Lidar laser-enhanced scanners to model lead singer Thom Yorke and provide an otherworldly narrative accompaniment to the song.”
An interview with the director James Frost, behind-the-scenes footage and all the information about this complex, innovative process, can be found here. Also, visit the video's interactive component, where you can actually control the 3D data of Yorke's head.
How not to love them.
Probably one of the best designer-client relationship ever was between greatest Tibor Kalman -well-known for his singular creativity, his work as editor-in-chief of Colors Magazine and his way to make commercial art serve society- and Florent Morellet, owner of Restaurant Florent in New York.
While Tibor made quirky advertisements for the Restaurant, Morellet fed the designers of M&Co (Kalman’s design firm) four days a week from 1985 to 1993. Great deal!
Click here to find the original work that now forms part of history.
“I was born at the beginning of it all, on the Red side—the Communist side—of the Iron Curtain.”
Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sís shows what life was like for a child who loved to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Young Pioneer, stood guard at the giant statue of Stalin, and believed whatever he was told to believe.
Until he discovered a world full of possibilities.
“The Wall, Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain,” a children's book for all ages, proves that creativity can be discouraged, but not easily killed. A masterpiece!
He is just another García, one of the five million people with the same surname. But he likes that, because, as the timid and sickly person he is, having a more remarkable name would make him feel oppressed.
Even with such common name, srgarcia still makes pretty unique collages.July 25, 2008 July 22, 2008
July 17, 2008
Don’t you just hate Airport Security? Particularly in certain countries, where their security procedures are so ridiculous they are even funny. This cartoon collection of Airport Security Follies has some really nice techniques and a great sense of humor.
July 15, 2008
Create/Reject is based in the UK and specializes in design, typography and art direction. It is also responsible for the book Fifty Designer’s Current Favourite Typefaces, which is not just a pretty nice idea, but also a very kind project since 100% of the price goes to UNICEF.
July 10, 2008
The LANDREFORM is ongoing exhibition series by the KUNSTrePUBLIK in the Skulpturenpark- vacant lots formerly part of the "Mauerstreifen" (Militarised zone of the Berlin wall). Below "Carousel" was held on June 10th.
"In 1918, Irving Berlin penned the patriotic, "God Bless America". Twenty two years later and considering Berlin’s lyrics unrealistic and complacent, Woody Guthrie wrote his own American anthem, "This Land Is Your Land". The song celebrated the country’s land while protesting its class inequality. Now, 68 years later, the song is brought roundabout back to a different Berlin.
Eight BMWs, the sponsor of the bb05, drove in a slow perfect circle. "This Land Is Your Land" played on their radios–remixed for an amusement ride sensation. The cars, roped together like a carousel, circled like an auto display or western wagon train. Every couple rounds the drivers systematically stopped to pick-up and drop-off spectators and riders. Just before dusk, a fire was lit inside the circle.
In Landreform, the banality of economic determinism drives in a circle around itself upon a ground which will soon be developed with luxury condos and office buildings. As sung by Guthrie, the land of Skulpturenpark was made for you and me."
Sexy People is "A celebration of the perfect portrait" (as seen here with Sherry and Mike).
...proof that with the right pose, lighting, and 80's styling...everyone is sexy.
This is how everything started. "Six Men Getting Sick" (or Six Figures Getting Sick), the color animated short film by David Lynch -described by himself as "57 seconds of growth and fire, and three seconds of vomit", was made in 1966. It is also the first work of this master of surreal, nightmarish and dreamlike images.
The film cost $200 and was not intended to have any successors. It was merely an experiment on Lynch's part because he wanted to see his paintings move. Then, just like that, it won the Academy's annual film contest, leading to a commission and later on to a $5,000 grant from the American Film Institute to keep working.
The rest is history.
Alex Sandwell Kliszynski's photo series My Luxuria, explore the idea of the human/doll composite. It is intended as a satirical take on the pornographic image, posing questions about desire and fantasy and their representation in mainstream post-feminist culture.
Photographer Jan Jindra presents eminent Franz Kafka from a very different perspective. With beautiful black and white photography, he takes us to the writer's journeys around Europe; his steps, his travels, what he saw, what inspired him.
The photographs are completed with details of Kafka’s relationship with the places, which creates a stronger connection between his life, his unique body of writing and our personal perspective about him. Fascinating!
A German study compared the look of 100 different products as shown by the packaging with the actual contents inside the boxes. Just delightful...
Thank you Photoshop for making us believe in the impossible.July 08, 2008
July 07, 2008
Happily in the wrong place.
If there was one thing our fabricanti were not expecting to be confronted by on their way down to the cinema after a hard days writing, drawing, filming, designing, playing, planning and researching last Thursday evening, it was probably semiotic formulations expressing the science behind language codes. "But Giulia's in graphic design right?" comes a querying whisper. Giulia is indeed in the graphic design department, Visual Communication to be precise. However, as these presentations constantly reveal, Fabrica's fabricanti have many unexpected cards up their colourful sleeves. Miss Giulia De Meo is of course no exception to this and her card of choice this particular Thurs-Day-Night was Semiotics.
Like Alice herself, we were taken on an unexpected journey through this wonderland of coded meaning and diverse understanding. From Charles Sanders Pierce to Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (himself coded by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll) and his 'racist flowers', who fail to break their thought structure so as to understand Alice in the context of Wonderland, as anything other than an ugly plant; to Sherlock Holmes who solved crimes by combining imagination and logic and breaking out of common thought structures; to the history of the Christian Church; to Micheal Gondry's 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' which encourages us to break our thought structures and "take me somewhere where I don't belong, where we can hide"; to Radiohead's 'Everything is its right place', live in London. Here Giulia brought together the various elements she had discussed during the presentation to show how the same logical semiotic theories and philosophies are found in film, music, literature, design and indeed anything that questions the set thought structures which determine how we approach and interpret
'everything' and it's 'right place' in the world around us.
Whether "semiotics will make you crazy" as Giulia jokes, is yet to be seen, but it certainly sent us away feeling that maybe we're all quite "happily, in the wrong place".
The secret sound garden of Francesco Novara
After a long day in a hot, sunbaked Fabrica, a rabble of eager fabricanti clutching ice creams and coffee freshly expelled from the the machinetta, hasten their way down to the cool depths of the Fabrica Cinema for an extended evening of film and frolics.
They are met by Francesco Novara, veteran of F A B R I C A Musica, waiting, poised to present beneath a huge projection screen showing an entrance display of 'hilarious football goofs' to lighten the mood. When we are all sitting comfortably, Francesco begins. “It can be a little lonely [recording and producing in the studio] as you're always on you're own”, he explains, not quite answering the question always on our minds at the start of Thurs-Day-Night fabricanti presentations of 'what exactly do you do at Fabrica?' Although everyone had previously heard Francesco's work and were aware of his talent, it still came as a surprise when one month ago he revealed 'The quick fox and the lazy dog', the original CD accompaniment to the Fabrica ColoursNotebook project. In his Thurs-Day-Night presentation Francesco picks apart various tracks from this collection for us, revealing the method in the madness which took stimulus from computer font names such as 'courier new' and turned them into recorded samples which were then mixed, chopped and assembled along with a series of diverse rhythms and vocals, all produced by Francesco himself, to create this album of original contemporary music which was presented with the ColorsNotebook project in Berlin last month.
The presentation culminated with a full volume 'sound a light show' (thank you to Gabo on the lights...) of 'Stencil', a fabricanti favorite off 'The quick fox and the lazy dog', leaving everyone just about rejuvenated enough to take on the Godfather double bill which took the more hardcore film watchers way into the night.
Joao Wilbert is a brasilian interactive artist/designer based in London, who's just completed his MA. His final project was a WWW and site specific installation where a community could observe and manipulate environmental conditions of his room while he slept.
I logged in one morning during the project to check up on him, and he was sleeping soundly in blinding light. I turned off the light, but the blinds were open, so it didn't help much. Sorry Joao.
The installation has just wrapped up today, but you can check out the video and chat logs on the project site.
(Joao will be joining the interactive dept here at fabrica in the autumn...yay!)July 01, 2008
Probably the only time I really enjoyed censorship...
The recipient of the F award is Leonie Purchas, from Great Britain, with the essay “In the shadow of things.”
The winner of the F25 award is for Abdul Munem Wasif, from Bangladesh, with “Old Dhaka”.
The winning F project will receive a contribution of euro 20.000, the possibility of publishing a book and of having an exhibition of the selected work. The F25 winner (for photographers under 25), will be awarded a one year scholarship in Fabrica's Photography Department.
Burn the rope. Kill your boss. Bathe in the musical glory. Yeah!
(the perfect way to increase your self-esteem on a tuesday morning)
via harry and the fox