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Fighting generative art

Today we started a workshop on generative art with Mr Bruce Sterling, so it seems fitting to post some recent generative graphic art (for band zZz). The process involved a song, a big sheet of paper, and two chickens, one painted blue and one red. Now lets ponder the critical issues, and some ethical issues too...


the making of

via todayandtomorrow.net

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More Interesting Characters


This wicked poster was inspired in these grey walls by Michael Ciancio (one of the most interesting characters to grace this place) and I believe it's Nic (another very interesting character) hiding behind the poster. It's popping up everywhere! like here! and here! and even on Michael Beirut's blog. Awesome!

More of Michael's work (with the Hyperact Design Group) can be seen at the "Hope" Exhibition at FLUX Laboratory, in Switizerland. It's a US Election themed show that will open on November 1 and run till November 17.

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Out There: where Architecture meets Semiotics

What are the first things you think when I say “architecture”?
Heavy long-lasting buildings? Pyramids? Sparky skyscrapers? A thirty floor residence? The tour Eiffel?
If this is what we usually mean by “architecture”, maybe we need to change our beliefs.

As Semiotics tought me, the meaning of things is not simply an “object” (a “chair” is not only "the object that has the shape of a chair”, because a stone on the grass is actually a chair, if you sit on it!) but the consequences related to them (actions but also feelings).
In other terms, the meaning is what things REPRESENT.
Thats why the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice is called “Out there: Architecture Beyond Building”.
Architecture is not just about “buildings” and “constructions” (=objects): we need to look beyond them.

Today the world is extremely dynamic, buildings cannot be something eternal anymore. What we create must be easy to develop, light, avaiable to be changed in order to our temporary needs.
Architecture is the way to create a world that

we feel like home
(Aaron Betsky)

but paradoxically, without building stable houses.
Its a way to communicate our time, our fears, our views.
Buildings dont represent this anymore.

Visual arts and performances, cinema, collage, illustrations, practices, immaginations, deconstructions, experiences, undefined shapes. Sperimentation, and not just an exposition of what already exists.

This is what I saw “Out there”.

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Sleevage is an Australian blog all about music cover art. From the LP’s of the 60’s to the digital artworks of now.


They are currently looking for writers who want to regularly submit to Sleevage in exchange for free CD’s and concert tickets. Here you will find their contact.

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Ideation through design

Savio Alphonso knows that our environment is in a state of peril. As a responsible designer, he responds to these issues by ‘creating a series of universal pictographic symbols to raise consciousness about the environmental issues facing our global community.’


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Master Saul Bass

Saul Bass was not only one of the great graphic designers of the mid-20th century as we noted before, but he was also the undisputed master of film title design.

By the end of his life, he had created over 50 title sequences for Preminger, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, John Frankenheimer and Martin Scorsese.
When he died, he was called "the minimalist auteur who put a jagged arm in motion in 1955 and created an entire film genre…and elevated it into an art."
Click here to find a collection of this master’s title sequences.

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Polish poster

Poland was known for being the centre of "wall and board" art. The world began to speak of the Polish poster school thanks to its distinct character and artistic value.
The school emerged in the late 1950s, after years of Social Realism being all-pervasive in art.


This work is a unique representation of social and artistic expressions united under one message.
Polishposter.com has an inspiring collection of old and new work that you can also buy.

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Good question.

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Inspiring Ads

They charge for your baggage and will no longer give free snacks thanks to the recent high fuel prices, but somehow they still come up with the most amazing TV commercials.

United Airlines uses different techniques and styles of illustrations accompanied by a pleasant piano to announce its services. Also Sea Orchestra, light bulb and the rose are definitelly worth your time.

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If you enjoy postcards like I do, you will love this new book by London based FL@33. A celebration of recent postcard design with 800 examples featuring over 100 artists, illustrators, photographers, designers and collectives from around the world.


Postcards” will be release between August and September and it contains 20 free designer postcards to send or collect. Sweet!

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Beijing's pictograms

The Pictograms of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games integrate pictographic charm of inscriptions on bones and bronze objects in ancient China with simplified embodiment of modern graphics to make them recognizable and easy to use.


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Vernacular Typography Polaroids

Sweet series of hand-painted signs and vernacular typography polaroids taken over the past six years by Douglas Wilson.


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Kalman and the Restaurant

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.

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Only for nonsmokers

An absolutely amazing Flickr set of advertising images and posters from all over the world through history related with the tobacco industry by Lamarde. I am really enjoying it.


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Airport Security Follies

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.


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The Creature is born

Rising from concept to physical realization and lurking in the depths of imagination, Invisible Creature emerges. And its invisibility certainly knows how to handle design, illustration and direction.


Careful, its work may have two simple purposes: to feed your inspiration or to completely kill your creative ego.

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Creative Calendar Designs

Calendars have a lack of creativity. Truth, their function is more important than their design, but here is when practical creativity comes. And risk.


Smashing Magazine has an interesting collection of Creative Calendar Designs from all around the place. Enjoy!

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Countries and their logos

With the aim to have an identity, countries also have their own logos.


Putting together symbols, colors and typography to represent a whole nation is probably one of the hardest tasks for a designer. See a collection here.

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The Other Side

The idea behind the book “The Other Side” just fascinates me. Each page has a corresponding opposite, so we get to see the “two sides of the picture”. Here is a door, what’s on the other side?

Hungarian Istvan Banyai, artist and designer, uses his characteristic stylized illustrations to surprise us with the answer.

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Fake is the New Real


A glorious, beautiful collection of maps and other visualisations, created by an enigma. Above is Trace - a year of walking and biking in New York City, 4.1.05 - 3.31.06. Check it all out here.

Their delicious account is also worth an explore, it has supremely well tagged and incredible links.

via Patrick.

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Some things are bigger than politics

Part of the Green Party campaign based in New Zealand.


Great concept, useful information and very well done site.
I have always said that Kiwis are awesome people!

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Argentineans Luna and Javier are logólogos. No logo-logos, but logólogos. They claim to be normal people and specialists in what they do, which can be mathematic for logos, or using other's creativity to be creative, or explaining that logos turn into logos with a little help of other logos.
They also claim to be specialists in phonetics.

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Rubens makes great illustrations. He has a pretty functional website too.


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Some really sweet collages with maps and body parts. Love the concept.


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Neat Repetition

Samantha Hahn has a very diverse and beautiful collection of patterns and textures.


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One more

Ad for the campaign “Your words can work against you,” for Caja de Ruidos and their public speaking and locution lessons.


There is also the Hugo Chávez and the Eliot Spitzer version.

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Commanding life

Clever and inspiring prints by Atmostheory.


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The Graphic Imperative

Social posters are one of my biggest passions. They communicate, exhort, persuade, instruct, celebrate or warn. Their graphic message has the power to open our eyes, to make us think and perhaps to change our mind.


The Graphic Imperative is a compilation of 121 international posters for peace, social justice and environment, created during 1965 - 2005. It is also an iconic exhibition that travels mostly all around USA.
Here you will find the itinerary and here the inspiring posters.

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Barcodes are continuous, discrete and certainly boring little graphics that are everywhere and that are an essential part of modern civilization. But dear people, why the lack of creativity?


Japanese firm D-Barcode decided to finally add a little bit of esthetics to this-same-over-and-over again design. Check out some of their variations here.

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Trajan Rules

The movie font.

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The art of Bookmark

An online exhibition where we can find vintage, hand made, victorian and all kind of bookmarks.


By the way, one very useful ‘modern’ bookmark is this one:
Bookmark us!

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Typolution is a story being told with letters, but no words.

Minimalist typographical animation made in France with an environmental theme and sounds by Ratatat.

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Swedish artist Thomas Broomé presents ModernMantra, a creative series of drawings where he merges letters with textures and spaces.


Original work!
To see more, click here.

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Spam Lettering

UK illustrator Linzie Hunter takes email spam subject lines and turns them into playful works of art with a variety of lettering styles.
Pretty sweet!


Click here to see the colorful series.

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Bendito Machine

Peruvian Jossie Malis is an animator and illustrator on his way to become a magical cook.

Bendito Machine is an amazing faithfully grim portrait of humanity completely made (sound and visuals) by Jossie at Zumbakamera (that is essentially him).
The concept has been further developed into a ten episode series, but so far only two are available.

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Former fabricante Helder Araujo and some impressive information design skills, came out with a site called connectionmap, which, as the name says, creates connections between social sites and users.


The topics can be books, places, feeds, friends, and their beta version is "MUSIC". To see it work, just enter a band to discover people or a last.fm user to discover bands. With this version, besides finding new artists, you can also listen to their sounds. Pretty amazing!
Try here.

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Other Names for the Devil

The International Illustrated is a magazine created by two Brazilian designers to evoke and inspire a different sense around designing and illustrating.


Their third issue runs under the label “Other Names for the Devil”.
See some ‘diabolic’ images here.

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All music, no dogma

Greek station Galaxy 92 put together a set of print ads called "DOGMA" with help from Lowe out of Athens. According to writer Nadia Santorinaiou, the campaign, being inclusive, targets multiple music demos.


The first poster says “Black people are the future of music.” The second: “Hard Rock is the Real Cultural revolution,” and the last one explains: “I bless America for Rock ‘n Roll.” Interesting (and brave) approach.

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2010 Mascots


This week the 2010 Olympic Committee introduced the 3 (or 4) mascots of the games set to be held in Vancouver. Inspired by traditional First Nations creatures, the mythical set includes (as pictured above):
Quatchi, a hockey playing sasquatch; Miga, a fanastical part orca part kermode bear creature; Sumi, half thunderbird and half black bear; and their sidekick Mukmuk, a Vancouver Island Marmot.

The team was designed by Vancouver based Meomi. The result is kind of cute, but maybe they should have hired Geoff McFetridge.

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Gondry and the phone

One of my favorite directors, Michel Gondry (Human Nature, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep) as just worked with Motorola on a new spot for a phone.


The website where you can find it also follows Gondry’s inventive visual style and his famous manipulation of mise en scène. Visionary as always!

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Paper Memories

Every image has a story. It was carefully selected by someone. Then, the most romantic and inspiring love story was politely written. Someone mailed it to someone and this someone smiled, sighed and dreamed.


The colors, the décor, the play; vintage postcards are sweet memories of real love. Find a nice selection here.

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Rockstar North

Rockstar North, the developer behind Grand Theft Auto, is looking to expand their teams with a new Camera Programmer, a Game Programmer and a Physics Programmer -whatever that means.

san andreas.jpg

For the successful candidates, they are offering a highly competitive salary, a working environment second to none and an extensive benefits package.
Click here to find more information.

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Dream Chimney


Dream Chimney is home to a gallery of 1630 trippy and ridiculous record sleeves. And they've got other trippy stuff too, if trippy is what you're into.

via purdy

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Techno Tuesday and Andy Rementer Update

Techno Tuesday fan, Cynthia writes: "There's been no new comic for ages! i miss my techno tuesday! i honestly really love this comic. it is very clever and funny. the artwork and style of presentation is beautiful. please start it up again! if its really over, let us know what andy's up to so we can follow him!"

Well, dear Cynthia, Andy Rementer is now living in America and finished his time at Fabrica at the end of April. He most certainly is very funny and clever, and he most certainly is continuing with Techno Tuesday and has, in fact, set up his own Techno Tuesday website which is updated every Tuesday! Andy does not post on the Fabrica blog anymore, but from time to time I remember to add his comics on, as I know he developed his fan base here.

Hope that clears everything up Cynthia. Here now, are the comics you've been so sorely missing...


Continue reading "Techno Tuesday and Andy Rementer Update"

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No (no) logo

Some people love it, others hate it.
The new Olympics 2012 Logo took a year to design, it cost US$ 800,000 to produce, it comes as pink, orange, green or blue and as we can see, has the capital city’s name in lower case.
Some call it a vibrant innovation.
Others, an insult and a disgrace.
To add more controversy, the much-criticised logo and its animated footage promoting the Games has triggered epileptic seizures.

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Ryu Itadani

Nice, simple illustrations of the things Ryu Itadani likes.


via ffffound

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Ruedi again

This is the result of Ruedi Bruchmüllers second lecture about Swiss typography.

ruedi the type

Every Fabricanti was asked to create one letter. Contributed have Andy, Pia, Hugh, Nobu, Matt, Cosimo, Scott, Chris, Alex, Natalie, Annechien, Diego, Marian and Karol.

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Ruedi Bruchmüller at Fabrica


Yesterday legendary swiss Typographer Ruedi Bruchmüller gave a lecture how to get from Plakat A (above left) to Poster B (above right).

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Matt Johnstone


Alex showed me the website of UK based Illustrator and Animator Matt Johnstone. His work is flippin' good. Born in Sussex, later on the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, now freelancing in London, says the summery on his website. www.mattjohnstone.co.uk

And... thanks to Catholicism all Fabricanti have off tomorrow! So see you Monday, and don't forget to make sweet love!

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Doodle Association

I know some people were thinking of doing some travelling this weekend, France, or something. Or maybe you were thinking of watching 48 episodes of Lost, but why bother when you can play a fun and creative game with the gang in the comfort of your Trevisian home or favorite Osteria? Doodle Association Game!


"Person A draws something. Anything. A shape, a bridge, an amorphous blob; whatever strikes A's fancy. Person B then draws something of their own, influenced by the previous drawing. Sometimes it may be the shape; sometimes it might be the subject matter. Sometimes it might just be one little piece that looks like it could be a piece from something else. Then... it's Person A's turn again.

Pretty simple, right? It's fun to do with multiple people, but there's no reason you couldn't play all by your lonesome self. Don't fret about rules, or about creating a masterpiece; the point of the game is really just to kill time. And to tell you the truth, the simpler your drawing, the easier and more imaginative the game is."

via Drawn!

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Von Schreber vs Seba

Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber (1739-1810) totally ripped off Albertus Seba (1665-1736.) Both did amazing work, one was an original. It's just like it is with Yianni and that other guy.


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OOOoooo AAAaaaaa

These are SO COOL! It makes me want to order them right away, but with Italian postal service, I might be gone before I get them... but man, check these out!


Moo prints little mini cards from your favorite flickr photo collections and you can use them, as, yes, business card that we all dread designing! They are half the size of a normal business cards (which makes it even cooler), The process seems to be streamlined with your flickr login, AND if you are a pro member, you get 10 free ones!

via the ever so cool, Boing Boing

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Helvetica the Movie

Here comes the perfect movie for all font nerds: Helvetica, a feature-length documentary film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It includes interviews with graphic designers from all over (mostly the western countries who use the font anyway) and the website has some really nice looking stills.


Helvetica the font will be celebrating its 50th birthday next year (2007), and that's when this movie will start screening world wide.

Already anxious? You can join their mailing list or buy the merchandise from the website.


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Tom Richmond’s inking tutorial

Hot off the heels of his colouring tutorial (previously on Drawn!), MAD Magazine’s Tom Richmond offers up a wonderfully-detailed and thorough tutorial on how he inks one of his illustrations. He explains the tools he uses, the various types of inks, how he holds his pens, how he moves his arms, cross-hatching, solid blacks — you name it! He even drops a few secrets of some of the older generation of MAD artists like Mort Drucker and Jack Davis.

Tom Richmond’s Inking Tutorial: Part One | Part Two

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The Urban Forest Project

the urban forest project

"Design Times Square: The Urban Forest Project brings 185 banners created by the world’s most celebrated designers, artists, photographers and illustrators to New York’s Times Square. Each banner uses the form of the tree, or a metaphor for the tree, to make a powerful visual statement. Together they create a forest of thought-provoking images at one of the world’s busiest, most energetic, and emphatically urban intersections."

Brought to Times Square by AIGA, the project invited selected talents from around the world to put in their 2 cents visual statement about trees. The banner results, all 186 of them, can be viewed from the Urban Forest Project website. In September, New Yorkers (and NYC's tourists) will see these banners grace Times Square. After one month of showing, the banners will be made into bags and sold at auction to benefit student of the arts.

Omar Vulpinari, head of the Visual Communications department at Fabrica, was amongst the invitee. Here is his banner (click on it to view the big one at the UFP site):



(The banners on the graphic above are from left to right by: levinson tufano, volume inc, stilleto, and david katzenstein.)

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Spring/Summer naked collection

By Paris-based photographer Nicole Tran Ba Vang



kind of reminds me of old fabrica stuff, though, raunchier!

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Global Curse of Comic Sans

Ban Comic Sans
Illustration from "Ban Comic Sans"

Design Observer has an article on the Global Curse of Comic Sans, that one font we always hate but find them every where.

The article also pointed out a Comic Sans Flickr pool, where people (and especially that font designer, Vincent Connare) document the usage of the font in signage all across Europe and United States.

"Why do you think it's all over the place?" he asks. "No 'decent' corporation cares what a minority of specialists thinks."

And he's right. Who cares if a small minority of deeply principled letterform diehards care about the wanton proliferation of a font that single-handedly throws typographic evolution back, say, a few thousand years or so?

Clearly, there's no accounting for taste.


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Graphic designers snubbed White House gala

In a symbolic gesture of protest to the Bush administration, five American graphic designers (see names in the letter below), honorees of the National Design Award, turn down Laura Bush's invitation to breakfast at the White House citing that it would be inconsistent to their values and beliefs as designers to accept an award celebration from the representative of the administration who abuses language and mass media.

Drumming for attention or displaying meaningful act of dissent? -- you decide.

full story: http://www.designobserver.com/archives/015742.html

Dear Mrs. Bush:

As American designers, we strongly believe our government should support
the design profession and applaud the White House sponsorship of the
Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. And as finalists and recipients of
the National Design Award in Communication Design we are deeply honored to
be selected for this recognition. However, we find ourselves compelled to
respectfully decline your invitation to visit the White House on July

Graphic designers are intimately engaged in the construction of language,
both visual and verbal. And while our work often dissects, rearranges,
rethinks, questions and plays with language, it is our fundamental belief,
and a central tenet of "good" design, that words and images must be used
responsibly, especially when the matters articulated are of vital
importance to the life of our nation.

We understand that politics often involves high rhetoric and the shading
of language for political ends. However it is our belief that the current
administration of George W. Bush has used the mass communication of words
and images in ways that have seriously harmed the political discourse in
America. We therefore feel it would be inconsistent with those values
previously stated to accept an award celebrating language and
communication, from a representative of an administration that has engaged
in a prolonged assault on meaning.

While we have diverse political beliefs, we are united in our rejection of
these policies. Through the wide-scale distortion of words (from "Healthy
Forests" to "Mission Accomplished") and both the manipulation of media
(the photo op) and its suppression (the hidden war casualties), the Bush
administration has demonstrated disdain for the responsible use of mass
media, language and the intelligence of the American people.

While it may be an insignificant gesture, we stand against these
distortions and for the restoration of a civil political dialogue.

The letter was signed by Michael Rock, Susan Sellers, Georgie Stout, Paula
Scher and Stefan Sagmeister.

2006 finalist Chip Kidd was also asked to sign. But Kidd questioned the
appropriateness of the gesture, said so in an email to the group. "The
real issue here is that we were not invited to a rally in support of the
war in Iraq. We were invited to recognize the National Design Awards, in
our nation's capitol, in an extraordinary building that is a cornerstone
of our history." He added that, like them, he was opposed to the Bush
administration's policies, and pointed out that, also like them, he had
created and published work that had expressed those views in no uncertain
terms. But, he added, "it is that ability (hey, the freedom!) to make and
send meaningful messages that we are supposed to be celebrating."

Kidd concluded, "Of course I respect your decisions, as I hope you all
know how much I respect you and your extraordinary talents. But as graphic
designers, we rightly complain that those talents are too often uncredited
and taken for granted. Personally, in this case, I think it accomplishes
more to stand up and be counted than to stay away."


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Eboy is a group of 4 illustrators (Steffen Sauerteig, Svend Smital, Peter Stemmler and Kai). They are the masters of Pixel ArtTheirs is the style which many have tried to immitate but no-one has managed to match - a mix of retro sub-culture and classic videogames which appeals to a much wider audience than most people would have ever expected. Their client list includes Coca-Cola, Levi's, Adidas, Nike, MTV, Honda, Wired, Computer Arts, Creative Review and many more!!!!!!!

(also see our earlier post on Eboy's Future Venice)

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Co. & Co.

Company and Company is a group of like-minded artists and designers from Halifax and Brooklyn (an interesting matching of cities if ever I’ve seen one). While their online portfolio is more geared towards graphic design than illustration and traditional drawing, the sketchbook section of the site is just the opposite, and is a joy to browse. Included in the group is the previously-blogged Ray Fenwick.

Halifax and Brooklyn are two of my favorite cities, I'm way into this pairing. --L.N.R.

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COMPENDIUM: designer ' s style book

The second edition of the Compendium has started this week!

The following text is a sample email sent to a list of designers:

Hello, my name is pixel, from onthecamper.com We are group of friendsactive in graphics, arts and design based in Switzerland. We are looking for people who want to join our idea: to create and publisha small pocket book ("compendium"). Each page contains the contribute of an artist or designer.There are no limits regarding neither theme, topic nor technique! But the space is limited (82x115 mm), and you can add a short text (max 300 letters). Along with your contribute and short text, obviously also your email will be published!
You can send your contribute to this address: pixel@onthecamper.com, please send high resolution jpeg files (300 dpi [969x1358 pixel])

For more information, please download a detailed pdf file!
Remember this url! http://www.onthecamper.com/compendium
These are some detailed pdf and html files:
PDF in italiano ///// versione HTML
PDF in english ///// HTML version
PDF in japanese ///// HTML version

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Future Venice by eboy


Check out this fun pixel illustration site by eboy. They also have full posters of futuristic cities, above picture is taken from the Venice one.

via Kottke.

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This project could easily inspire many other projects in the same vain, especially in countless of countries where English is so pervasive. God knows I've laughed and giggled at many signs in Japan and Thailand, took countless photos of them and just let them rott in my digital bin.


This Flickr set is an exhibit of the English of India project. The artist created signs based on the color palette and lettering used in signage India.

Also check out her very lovely Flickr account of other photos from India. (Thanks Meena!)

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Igor Olejnikov

Wowzers. The most difficult thing with posting a link to Igor Olejnikov is choosing which image to use here. Each piece is lush, expressive masterpiece. Don’t miss the little “previous” link on the bottom of the pages — they lead to more and more illustrations.

Thanks, Robin!

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the logos of the web 2.0


Ludwig Gatzke’s compiled nearly 400 Web 2.0 logos. WOW!

Click here for a breakdown of the fonts used in some of the fontshop's favorite brands.

(via design*notes)

this reminds me of logo books

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Typetester : Check any type you like and you can see how it will display in different sizes, colors, treatments, etc.

(via steelbuddha)

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mario hugo gonzalez | designer


Mario Hugo Gonzalez' portfolio site made me look. Twice.

(via magnetstudio)

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Chris Ware on NPR's Here & Now

David Pescovitz:  Artist Ware Ware Splash WBUR radio's Here & Now interviewed amazing comic artist Chris Ware. The conversation has been archived online. Fantagraphics just published Ware's Acme Novelty Library #16, the first issue of the groundbreaking comic in four years.
Link (via Flog!)

some of us are big fans of Chris Ware over here...

Via Boing Boing

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Hurricane Poster Project

This might interest some of you designer types (and I know you ALL are)...


The Hurrican Poster Project is a collective effort by the design community (in the U.S.) to help raise money for the Red Cross in order to aid the rebuilding of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina.

They're taking donations of limited edition posters from designers and are selling (auctioning, sort of) through their website... The more the poster sells, the higher the prices. The highest price is $300. It looks like you'll have to design the posters, print them out, then ship them to the organization... they take care of raising the money using your work. Could be a nice donation if you want to help but don't have the means.

On the other hand, I think the Red Cross by now had already raised more than a billion dollars in private donations alone during the media frenzy Katrina devastation... but hey, any donation is good money, right? You totally know for sure it's going to be in good hands, right?

And the good news, the Atlantic Hurricane season officially ended yesterday (Nov. 30th).

(thanks filter for the tip on the project)

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Beer mat art

Marrs Bar is accepting art on beer mats (aka coasters) from artists around the world for an upcoming exhibition. Gallery.

Via Pigmag.

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"Tampax Dam" Poster

In all my ignorance, I always thought this Tampax Dam ad was a spoof, but no, it was a poster that Leo Burnett placed in the bathroom stalls. It was an OBIE Awards finalist back in 2003 (source: AEF, OAAA).

YES! This is what I called great advertisement! Ha!

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Greenpeace tee-design contest: FUKC

Cory Doctorow: Gillo sez, "At Greenpeace we are running a t-shirt design competition for our Kleercut campaign, the winner will have his/her design printed on Greenpeace t-shirts. Kleercut is a campaign against Kimberly Clark, Kleenex tissues (and toilet paper) manufacturers. Have a look at the site for more details. The idea is to have a contest for the best t-shirt design with the acronym 'FUKC' that needs to be accompanied somewhere on the t-shirt by the saying explicitly 'Forget Using Kimberly-Clark'" Link (Thanks, Gillo!)

go graphics go! we know you designed t-shirts ;)

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Best mag covers of the past 40 years

Cory Doctorow: The American Society of Magazine Editor's gallery of the 40 best magazine covers of the past 40 years is hilarious and inspiring. Link (Thanks, sirhc!)

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