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"Malika Favre is one of the world's most celebrated illustrators, known for her stunningly simple work, often utilising a handful of perfectly refined vector shapes to convey her subject matter. This revealing monograph tells the story of an authentic artist, one who's stunning output showcases a unique talent attuned to spotting and appreciating the beauty in the simplest things."
"At this level of enlargement, we become engrossed by the details of the printing process itself." Anne Collier at Galerie Neu in Berlin.
Speaking of Caravaggio.
"A few metres from her small apartment in the Oratory of Saint Lawrence in Palermo, where her mother was a housekeeper, one of the most notorious art thefts in history was taking place, as a Caravaggio that had hung for more than three centuries above the altar was cut out of its frame."
Symbolikon is a comprehensive library of symbols throughout ages and cultures.
Lord of the Rings Magazine, 40 pages of funky paintings, drawings and features inspired by Chris Harnan and Charlotte Me.
Chicago painter Laura Berger.
NOTHING: In a one-of-a-kind package.
"Today, new laboratory tests have conclusively determined that the overpainting was not by Vermeer's hand. On this basis, the Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister decided in the course of the current restoration of the work to remove the overpaint." A "New" Vermeer in Dresden. My future travel plans need updating.
Architectural Logos contains a wonderful selection of logos, trademarks and symbols from around the world formed of architectural elements such as houses, buildings, windows, stairs and doors.
"A transit map should be simple, comfortable, and nice-looking, designed with loving care and for people. It should attract tourists to the city and have reasons to make residents enjoy it. Berlin has received such a transit map..
Animations full of strange and silly characters by Julia Farkas.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the novel Slaughterhouse-Five, the 50 Best Slaughterhouse-Five Covers from Around the World.
"Aiming for the Good, the True & the Beautiful through illustrative designwork since 2010." Peter Voth has pretty good aim.
"Obviously you have a pretty cool day job..." An interview with illustrator/artist Pascal Blanche.
All the Rembrandts.
Rowan Mersh uses thousands of seashells to create mesmerizing contemporary sculptures.
Francesco Bongiorni illustrates the mysteries of Italy.
"Something in the new Oscar de la Renta boutique in Paris was not what it seemed." I love this so much.
Illustrator, artist and filmmaker Manshen Lo. Fab.
"Syrinx" is a solo exhibition of new artworks by Jesse Mockrin at the Night Gallery in LA. Masterful. Via Isn't.
Finally, a lavish coffee-table book for The Designers Republic.
"Ten years ago, under the direction of founder Ludovica Rambelli, eight members of the Italian company, Malatheatre, discovered first hand the insanely rigorous poses Caravaggio demanded of his models, creating 23 tableaux vivants inspired by the master's oeuvre."
"Elevated: Art and Architecture of the Chicago Transit Authority, serves as a guide to the more than 70 works of art and 24 significant architectural elements showcased across the CTA system."
"I have two presses, maybe 400 fonts of nineteenth century wood type, and maybe twice that of mostly nineteenth century lead type. A lot of ornaments, borders, both wood and metal, cuts, dingbats, pen flourishes, all that kind of stuff. So, I can fairly quickly and easily put together a period prop that looks great. If you get a good look at it on screen, you can really see that the type pressed into the paper, and the texture, and all of that stuff."
Tiny Doors ATL.
You can now browse through over 44,000 images over at The Art Institute of Chicago's website.
A Rabbit, One Wedding and Two Funerals. ILT on decorated Books of Hours. Fab post.
The Rijiksmuseum in Amsterdam is restoring Rembrandt's The Night Watch and they will livestream it online. So cool.
"When the unveiling of the long-lost Salvator Mundi was cancelled last month, there were cries of fake. But is there more to the controversy surrounding the world's most expensive painting?" A $450m Da Vinci Mystery.
"Julien de Casabianca, 46, French and Corsican, is both a visual artist and a filmmaker. In 2014, he launched Outings Project, which consists in bringing paintings from museum walls into the streets."
Werner's Nomenclature of Colours.
Current Instagram fave: _bands_fc.
"I thought it was a nice accident so I kept it." The Cindy Sherman "Oops" Pool Float.
Cutoutmix is a free open platform to provide new inspirational cutouts for the design industry.
An online directory of women who draw.
Nice illustrations by Daniela Gallego.
Local note. Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living at The Art Institute of Chicago. Highly recommended. Plus, it's right next door to the new beautifully curated and annotated John Singer Sargent exhibition.
Painted Street Carpets, by Arthur-Louis Ignoré.
Due to a massive infrastructure project, Amsterdam had to drain a riverbed. They catalogued everything they found and put it all online.
Full-page watercolor illustrations from a 16th-century edition of Pedanius Dioscorides's work on herbal medicine, De Materia Medica.
Andrew McIntosh's paintings of Highland castles with portals to secretive worlds at sunset.
Alexandr Melentiev's entry for an "end of civilization" art contest, City on the Water, Post-Apocalypse.
The technique of intarsia — the fitting together of pieces of intricately cut wood to make often complex images — has produced some of the most awe-inspiring pieces of Renaissance craftsmanship.
DKNG created a mural for the Almanac Beer Co. brewery. Here's how.
Argentinian artist and sculptor Conie Vallese casts faces in eternal states of transformation.
Tableware art by Andrea Zarraluqui.
All Detroit murals in one place.
James Campbell Taylor's gallery of imaginary soccer legend album covers.
Two friends of the agency (going WAY back), Ann-Marie Greenberg and John Upchurch, have a pop-up art exhibition at Rare Nest Gallery opening Friday and closing Sunday.
Images From Chicago's turn-of-the-century design bible, The Inland Printer, by Whet Moser. Great find.
Nice illustrations by Ann-Sophie De Steur.
A forgotten Salvador Dalí painting has been rediscovered after 75 years.
Painted cigar labels by Glenn Wolk.
"Our goal is to continue our exploration of embroidery as a modern artform and to expand our creations to the larger art-scene with exhibitions." Lovely work from Charles and Erin at Lekadre.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein- in charts.
Paintings on mirror-polished stainless steel spheres by Martin C Herbst.
From artist Michele Baldini, The _Eggshibit. Now I'm hungry.
Cristian Marianciuc has made hundreds of gorgeous paper cranes.
"60 years ago Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar joined forces and the world of design has never been the same. Their company Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv has designed some of the most enduring and defining logos of the modern age. of the modern age..
Celebs on sandwiches.
Brand New's best and worst identities of 2017.
SUNday SUNS, a new sun illustration every Sunday by Tad Carpenter.
Two Raphael paintings unearthed at the Vatican after 500 years.
Pantone has announced their pick for the color of the year for 2018.
If there's any sort of book-length scholarly examination of the several-decades-long Patrick Nagel rip-off salon poster phenomenon can someone point me to it?
The Tokyoiter is a Japanese tribute to The New Yorker for illustration lovers.
A set of five commemorative stamps, commissioned by China Post, to celebrate the five most important technology in the country.
United Nations International Peace stamps by Stranger & Stranger.
The Social Network Tarots by Jacopo Rosati.
Grandma would be proud of me.
"A sewing sampler can be the only trace of a 17th- to 19th-century woman's existence, and the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge is recovering this lost history through over 100 examples."
Alexander Perrin's Short Trip. Get on board.
10 iconic logos. 156 Americans. 80 hours of drawing from memory
Ciclotramas rope installations by Janaina Mello Landini.
Chicago's most recognizable, timeless and contemporary neon signs.
"Saner has painted murals and participated in exhibitions everywhere from Morocco to Arkansas, combining contemporary Mexican and ancient Aztec and Mayan iconography with local history and folklore from around the world, as he tries to understand what divides us, and, hopefully unites us."
"Everything in North Korea is state-owned, therefore even the design and products reflect how the nation portrays itself."
A young Italian designer's new take on centuries-old Venetian glass
How to design believable fantasy beasts.
Illustrations by Lilian Crooks.
Hobo nickels carved by Roman Booteen.
"The Uncomfortable is a collection of deliberately inconvenient everyday objects by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani."
Nice illustrations by Lloyd Stratton.
From artist Roberto Benavidez, a gorgeous series of Hieronymus Bosch Pinatas.
Local note: Austin DIY punk legend (Big Boys) and all-around good guy Tim Kerr is in Chicago this weekend with a talk tonight at School of Rock Oak Park and a gallery show in Skokie on Saturday, featuring his paintings and a new mural.
Architectural paintings by Daniel Rich.
Colorful maps, icons, posters, and food truck logos for Margate's recently reopened Dreamland theme park.
The Design Museum's Designs of the Year 2017 shortlist. Great selections.
"It's like a 1960s corporate identity got dropped like a hammer next to this friendly 'P' mark and the two look like a hippie and a business executive in line at the grocery store, brought together by circumstance more than mutual agreement." Brand New on the new Pinterest logo.
Illustrations by Spider Money.
"The Prince Estate, alongside Pantone Color Institute, the global color authority, announced today the creation of a standardized custom color to represent and honor international icon, Prince. The (naturally) purple hue, represented by his "Love Symbol #2" was inspired by his custom-made Yamaha purple piano, which was originally scheduled to go on tour with the performer before his untimely passing at the age of 57. The color pays tribute to Prince's indelible mark on music, art, fashion and culture."
The portfolio of Eskimo Design, from St. Petersburg. Fab.
Jackson Pollock at work.
From artist Raku Inoue, Natura Insects: A series of Insects made from Flowers.
Every episode is represented in this Game of Thrones Tapestry
"Blurring the boundaries between the artificial and organic, the nefarious, benevolent, and benign, Peter constructs environments where nanopeople, robots, cyborg plants, and curious synthetic organisms live their lives."
Hand-painted ceramics, by Niharika Hukku.
The strange, surreal worlds of Michael Hutter.
If you're in Chicago or planning a trip here, it'd be well worth your time checking out the Amy Krouse Rosenthal exhibition at the Carrie Secrist Gallery, running until August 12th. It's a great tribute to a good friend we lost too soon.
Text 572-51 with the words "send me" followed by a keyword, a color, or even an emoji and you'll receive a related artwork image and caption via text message. Send me SFMOMA.
See how well you can draw all 50 states.
"In 1966 Mao launches the Cultural Revolution to eliminate his reformist rivals and set the country back on a rigid communist course. An enormous propaganda campaign gets under way, with hundreds of thousands of copies of posters being distributed. The posters show political adversaries crushed by giant workers, determined volunteer soldiers carry machine guns and seem ready to use them. The smiling image of Mao overshadows all, hovering above crowds carrying red flags and Little Red Books."
Bogeyman Hunt: A Dossier of Monsters Worldwide.
Lego masterpieces by Marco Sodano. Brilliant.
"Was your tuna trawled? Is your haddock harmfully-caught? Over 100 species of fish categorised by ocean, rated for ethics and visualized.
Typewriter art by Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt.
For SD, Where's Wallace.
So you know, the quickest history of 20th century art in Russia.
A book of French textile samples from 1863.
Forgotten giants hidden around Copenhagen.
Paper art by Charlotte Sagory.
Colorful illustrations and animations by Karan Singh.
Newspapers from around the world with nothing in them.
James Curran's 30 day #TokyoGifathon.
"As Bernini's peer and first biographer Filippo Baldinucci reported, the sculptor would rebuff people who criticized his long work hours with the retort: 'Let me be, for I am in love.'" Alexxa Gotthardt on The Power of Human Sexuality in Stone.
Curbed takes a look at Marimekko's Helsinki headquarters.
"Comprised of over 3,000 chemically etched miniature figures displayed at varying proportions, each individual is pulled from photographs taken by Ben-David during his travels across Europe, the United States, Central Asia, Australia, and Antarctica, creating a diverse assemblage of various cultures and people.
"These hidden butterflies dwell in the most inaccessible areas of tropical rainforests and some even have the ability to become invisible, which is the reason of their obscurity from the science books. The illustrations show the stages of their life cycle - from the egg, caterpillar and cocoon form, to the fully-grown specimen."
Great illustrations of the most famous 50 cars in the last 50 years.
Well-placed murals by Alex Senna.
Terrible, Awful, No Good, Really Bad Heavy Metal Album Covers from All Over the World.
Colorful art by SKWAK.
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries have a unique trade catalog collection that includes about 10,000 seed and nursery catalogs dating from 1830 to the present.
Gorgeous wood art by Gordon Pembridge.
"With echoes of Cubism, Lister's 8-bit art - which includes drawings, paintings, and 3D printing - deliberately avoids all use of diagonal or curved lines. Instead it combines the minimal, mathematic aesthetic of pixellated graphics with the soft transparency of watercolour paint to create something quite unique."
Meet Fearless Girl.
Soviet Logos feed.
Illustrator Brian Kesinger's Star Wars/Calvin and Hobbes mashups are delightful.
The Van Gogh Museum is showing over 250 prints from their extensive fin de siecle collection in the current exhibition Prints in Paris 1900: From Elite to the Street.
Adobe Illustrator was released 30 years ago. I've been using it for 29 years now, you'd think I'd be better at it.
Gustav Klimt's gorgeous painting Bauerngarten sold for $59.3 million at auction.
Watercolours from the Late Regency (1812-1820) by Diana Sperling Wonderful, via MeFi.
Tiny food you can't eat.
Smithe, street art, graffiti and illustration by Mexican artist Luis Enrique.
Tim Hykes' 28 Days of Black Designers.
Peeping into a great series of illustrations by Andrey Prokopenko.
The illustration portfolio of Sergey Kolesov.
Valentine's Day and the romance of cobwebs.
Sotheby's has Gustav Klimt's gorgeous masterpiece Bauerngarten for sale
Gorgeous paper sculptures for Hermes in Dubai.
The best (and weirdest) charts 538 made In 2016.
Pop surrealism paintings by Camilla d'Errico.
"Unlike the meditative atmosphere in the former bottles - a more vivid and intense ambience is created inside these bottles. Also the plot - if there is one - concentrates more on the things hidden beneath us. The creatures underground." Rafael Varona's Impossible Bottles 2.
An interactive visualization of every line in Hamilton.
Part 4 of Brand New's run down of the best and worst identities of 2016.
Palette knife portraits by Salman Khoshroo.
Nice illustrations by Rob Bailey.
Graphic Content by Joaquín Rodríguez.
La Linea Roja.
1915 film of Claude Monet painting "en plein air" in his garden in Giverny.
The illustration and design portfolio of Marie-laure Cruschi. Four stars.
"Painting is probably much more exciting than advertising, so why shouldn't it be done with that power and gusto, with that impact." James Rosenquist. F-111. 1964-65.
Animated interpretation of Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights. Fantastic at full-screen.
Intricate illustrations by Javier Arres.
Birds of Note.
Debate rages over the authenticity of recently found notebooks by Van Gogh.
"The forest wildlife and taxidermy that I find myself surrounded by serve as my vocabulary and iconography. My work depicts unsettling, isolated creatures, along with peculiar conglomerations of the body's textures and tissue. They exist in a state of purgatory, a mysterious flux." Hannah Ward.
PolyWood by Mat Szulik.
Dave Pollot brings new life to thrift store art.
Daily stop by most here McSweeneys gets a nice makeover.
"Archillect [archive + intellect] is a synthetic intelligence (or artificial intelligence, depending on the point of view) made to find and share inspiring visuals over social media channels. She is a living inspiration archive. She is a digital muse."
Colorful styleframes by Roof Studio.
A walk through Zurich with illustrator Philipp Dornbierer.
"Five hundred years of the vulgar tongue." Green's Dictionary of Slang is now online.
"On Wednesday, the Museum of Modern Art announced that it had acquired the original set of 176 emoji for its permanent collection."
Nice illustrations by Rune Fisker.
Related to the last, Köln Domfenster.
Love these three pics of Gerhard Richter's Stained Glass for the Cologne Cathedral. On my bucket list.
Dinara Kasko makes some pretty sweet geometric cakes.
Austin Light removes one letter from famous movie titles and illustrates the results.
With their intricate line and often ghoulish tone, the works of Irish artist Harry Clarke are amongst the most striking in the history of illustration and stained glass design.
"Recreating a figure from a Chinese painting in the gongbi style."
Nerd alert for the Harry Potter fans in the office, (me and BB) a chart showing when every spell was cast in the books.
"The recipient has no insight as to what it is until it is completed and they pull their arm out of the hole. There is no communication and no contact other than the tattoo." Whole Glory.
"Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar, 1919-23. Plates from the book about the first years."
Don Quixote by artist Jie Ma.
"All 1,000 rocks have been crafted in pairs – so every rock has a twin. 500 Rocks will be gathered at our venue in a massive, sprawling display... The other matching 500 rocks will be stealthily tucked into random locations around Grand Rapids." #RockAroundGR
The surreal subjects of Sicioldr.
Nice illustrations by HelloMarine.
"Our goal was to bring together people of different backgrounds, cultures, ideas, beliefs, and skills to work together to transform blank canvases into original pieces." The Canvas Project.
Shadow Shapes by Richard Keeling.
ILM shares some of their work on visual effects from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Swiss Style Now.
A look at the Evolution of Stop-Motion.
Sci-fi illustrations by Cosimo Galluzzi.
Plasticine heroes and villains of Rio 2016 by Wilfrid Wood.
Colorful 3D illustrations by ikiste.
"In its ruggedness and lack of concern to look comfortable or easy, Brutalism can be seen as a reaction by a younger generation to the lightness, optimism, and frivolity of today's webdesign." Brutalist Websites.
For DW, Star Trek stamps!
"Frank is supposed to be a psychic friend giving you positive messages and keeping you company along your journey. He's a lovable everyman in the way he relates to all people, and also a mystical being in his ability to transcend culture, age and language." The story of Frank Ape.
Drawings and collages by Jenny Brown.
"The rediscovery of the woodcut and associated techniques was an experiment with far-reaching effects during Modernism, not least for successive generations of artists. What is so fascinating about the color woodcut in Vienna is the stylistic and thematic variety as well as the mood of change, which can still be sensed today."
Paris sketches by Nicolas Weis.
Line drawings by Jimmy P.
The spectacular paper sculptures of Li Hongbo.
"If you become too influenced by others or worried if people will accept your style, you might not seem confident, and I don't think anyone wants to hire someone who isn't confident." TGD interviews Jean Jullien.
Wood sculptures by Paul Kaptein.
"Until that day I came in for more of those cheap black plastic hangers and simply got a little turned around. It couldn't have been that long ago. It's still 2008, right?" For the Love of God, Show Me the Way Out of this Ikea, by Sarah Lelek.
United States Service Symbols.
Risorama brings together a collection of national and international publishers and printers for a one day adventure in risography.
An exhibition explores what happens to an artistic style when it's cut off from the rest of the world. Jo Jong Man on the North Korean Choshonwha style of painitng.
Atmosphere paintings by Ian Fisher.
Yayoi Kusama has illustrated a contemporary version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid for the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen.
Photographer/curator Alfred Stieglitz's 291 predated and informed Dadaism, and is absolutely a work of art in its own right. The University of Iowa has made the entire 19-issue series available for download.
A look at the new logo for MasterCard
Modulok by Fernando Rivas.
Dr. Seuss' Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy.
London-based illustrator Jamie Jones.
White Birch on Fire-Crackle Mountain, covers and illustrations by Kishida Ryusei, 1917-22.
Dreamy illustrations by Eero Lampinen.
Selected spreads from the monograph, Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress.
So you know, where to find free works of museum art online
"The inner part represents my confusing and beautiful creative process, while the round frame wraps it up in fluidity and gives it purpose. These two combined build a texture the ink can flow through, providing my personal brand with the perfect support. At last, Minion Pro gracefully writes my contact information." Igor Pinheiro's personal stamp.
Single line tattoos by Mo Ganji.
So great, an opening sequence for The Empire Strikes Back done in James Bond-style
"The Recycled Currency benches and objects play on the iconographic meaning of one the globe's fundamental systems: money."
Making of Japanese handmade paper of Kyoto Kurotani. Lovely.
Vintage labels and tags.
Colorful coffee art by Mason Salisbury.
Friendly Skies or maybe not-so. Eric Etten's airline fighter jets.
"On the second floor of a nondescript warehouse owned by New York City's Sanitation Department in East Harlem is a treasure trove-- filled with other people's trash."
An animation showing the sinking of the Titanic in real time.
Flat File No. 07: Lubalin's American Flag.
"This is the utmost of a Counter-Reformation picture, and it cannot be made by anybody else other than Caravaggio." Wow. Guess I need to add an entry to my life-list.
"These bastard images are all my fault. I'm sorry. I don't know what I was thinking. It's awful, I know. I wish it didn't have to be this way. I'm so sorry." Buffalo Bill Gates.
The no-rules design of early computer games
Hey! Ho! Let's Go to the museum.
Saving Indonesia's Graphic Design History
How the Rio 2016 logo and font were created.
Great patterns by Saddo.
Night Caps by James R. Eads.
Sign painting books.
"This manuscript is Mozart's record of his compositions in the last seven years of his life, and thus is a uniquely important document. During this period, from February 1784 until December 1791, he composed many of his best-known works, including his five mature operas, several of his most beautiful piano sonatas, and his last three great symphonies, as well as several famous lesser works."
"Meet Joan. Joan always wanted to run for office. But Joan was not a Dick. Help Joan succeed in a world of Dicks."
"If you walk around Barcelona, don't forget to look down from time to time: you may be standing on a marvel of design."
Eric Yahnker captures the absurdity of pop culture and politics in colored pencil.
Nick Smith's upcoming exhibition, Paramour, at London's Lawrence Alkin Gallery consists of images created from color chips which "are dictated by the text that flows beneath them." NSFW in a Pantone-y sort of way.
Vanity Fair takes a look at The Battle for Picasso's Multi-Billion-Dollar Empire.
Snow art for Game of Thrones.
"For those who were wondering, Blade Runner Origami is not my full time job. This site is just a personal hobby which I find greatly satisfying."
Open Culture on Jan Vermeer including a handy link to large scans of all 36 paintings. For tons more appreciation, analysis, and data, The Essential Vermeer, curated by Jonathan Janson, is well named.
Lenses, an interactive light and sound installation.
Artist Juliet Martin's I Would Wear That is "a collection of useless handwoven wall hangings."
A look at the Fete du Citron.
Explaining who Tim Kerr is and why he's so great is next to impossible, but this article sums him up nicely.
Images by the great Parisian cartoonist J.J Grandville from his Les Fleurs Animées.
An interactive exploration of Jheronimus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights.
Etchings by Michael Cailloux.
"You're trying to strive for this perfection, but you still want people to get that illusion that your line never ends and that you never stop moving." Misty Copeland recreates Edgar Degas's iconic ballerinas.
"Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality. As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future."
"...make it work as an app icon, and worry about everything else after." DesignStudio rebrands Premier League.
The man who makes me swoon takes a look at Arion Press.
"With approximately 45,000 menus dating from the 1840s to the present, The New York Public Library's restaurant menu collection is one of the largest in the world, used by historians, chefs, novelists and everyday food enthusiasts."
360° Mount Fuji.
Meet Sam Viviano, Mad Magazine's art director since 1999.
From the Desk of Mr. Coyote.
One hundred owls.
"By combining monsters, aliens, and animals, as well as being influenced by punk music and dark movies, I aim to merge images that are gross and crude with something simple and childlike." Futurehaircut.
Vintage patterns from the London Underground transferred to tiles.
The portfolio of illustrator Jonathan Stroh.
Swiss posters recreated in CSS.
In today's Art of the Menu, a look at the gorgeous menu from Catch and Release in Marina Del Ray.
Pantone has picked not just one but two colors for 2016.
Charles Turzak (American, 1899-1985) Michigan Avenue Bridge, Chicago, 1928 woodcut signed C. Turzak in pencil and dated 12 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.
Gorgeous Modernist posters that taught 1930's kids how to take good care of books.
Visual artist Paul Laffoley passed away this week in Boston. Our friend Heather Parker was his neighbor: "He made crazy art about the future. He was a squatter back in the day and knew Warhol. I will miss the conversations I had with him. I used to bring him his heavy packages, just so I could sit with him and hear his crazy stories. Such a neat guy."
After three years of renovations, the Rodin Museum Paris reopens.
"Six notepads for fictional hotels. Just the sort of thing you find by the telephone in most lodgings, from the grandest establishment to a lowly fleapit."
Sbarro's crisp new look.
"Exactly one hundred one dollar bills were destroyed with artistic interventions and are unusable now for daily payments." Money for Nothing by Marcus Kraft
A collection of artworks inspired by jellyfish blooms and imagined psychic constructs.
Put on your creativity fro and create some happy trees alongside Bob Ross for nine days of oil painting.
"Looking back through art history, it's clear that thinking Renoir sucks is a popular and well-established sentiment." —Kristin Capps.
ЛЕФ (LEF), the journal of the Left Front of the Arts.
Detroit ghost signs.
Designed to resemble wallpaper, the bug-covered wall installation is titled The Midnight Garden and was made using preserved insects from a variety of species.
Zingerman's lavishly illustrated catalogs.
Daily UI elements for 100 days straight.
An animated lesson about the history of the treadmill.
The illustration portfolio of Nicolas Dehghani, from Paris.
Nice patterns and illustrations by Kiki Petiford.
"Yay, now you have your cute little machine-printed souvenir — and the installation has your picture, fingerprint, and demographic data, which it reminds you by emailing all the data given up by another visitor to the installation." Sensible Data.
Women of Graphic Design.
70s Sci-Fi Art. Yay.
Ralph Steadman beautifully illustrates Nextinction, a new book on threatened bird species. Thanks Marshall.
Lovely, vintage book covers from the British Library.
"French artist Charles Petillon has filled London's 19th century Covent Garden Market building with 100,000 giant white balloons."
When Cesar Pieri "decided to take up painting as a creative outlet, he found inspiration from his day job," using Jaguar hoods as canvases.
The Chicago Park District just found three Japanese sliding door paintings from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.
Ten years of Charley Parker's Lines and Colors.
The paintings of Greta Van Campen. "In 2011 she received funding for her 'Greta Paints America' project which allowed her to travel the country and develop her process while painting all fifty states." More here. Thanks Marshall.
"There aren't many things in our everyday life that shock us anymore. We've seen it all, done it all, Tweeted about it, favourited it and scrolled on. But even in this digital age of apathy, the sight of a fox in the wild is one of the last remaining things in our everyday lives that still inspires a sharp intake of breath. Just a glimpse is enough to momentarily break us out of our numbing detachment – faces flushed, pulses racing." Quinn the Fox.
New Zealand is revamping their flag and has whittled down the 10,292 entries to just 40 mostly fern-centric designs. Four will be put to a public vote in September with the winner going up against the current flag in March.
Icons of Amsterdam.
The 1973 Fox by Audi. The type and print layouts by Helmut Krone.
"A novelty variant of the American calling card of the 1870s and 1880s, the acquaintance card was used by the less formal male in approaches to the less formal female." Check Alan Mays online collection
GIFs depicting everyday life in Japan.
Spaceprob.es catalogs the active human-made machines that freckle our solar system and dot our galaxy. For each space probe, we've affectionately crafted a short-and-sweet summary as well as handpicked geeky hyperlinks we think are worth exploring."
"Without the logos, could you tell which companies own which screenshots? Does it matter? The pattern's become its own trademark. Just one of the popular yet mediocre ones plaguing modern screen-based design." —Travis Gertz.
"I have painted three more big canvases... They are vast fields of wheat under troubled skies, and I did not need to go out of my way to try to express sadness and extreme loneliness..." On today's date in 1890, Vincent Van Gogh shot himself. See also his letters, annotated.
Tokyo has unveiled the logo for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"DeluxePaint is a graphics tool that can help you create works of art with an ease and precision that you may never have though possible."
Urban Ant City.
The hyper-realist painting of Nathan Walsh, and the sketches beneath them.
Alexey Zakharov brings paintings to life.
"Paris in the 17th and 18th century was a hive of creativity and scientific progress, particularly in the realm of botany. The Jardin du Roi, laid out in 1635, was home to an ever-expanding collection of flowers, plants and herbs that were delivered from every corner of the earth, recorded and culitivated into what became an unparalleled research facility and stunning resource for artists and scientists alike." Pierre-Joseph Redouté, the Raphael of flowers.
We haven't checked in with Tilman lately, and we're happy to see he's still creating a minimal geometrical composition each day.
Smart campaign for RNLI, a charity in the UK that provides 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue, Cold Water Shock and Rip Currents. Super-creepy but maybe that is exactly what is needed for these warnings. Via Notcot
Lovely, from James Brown, Information Prints.
The world's smallest portfolio.
"With their garish colors, their crazy shapes, and the contrast between spiky parent and the flowers, the cacti provide the drama. My job is simple: bring their freaky nature to your attention."
Adorable, Sticky Page Markers.
Look at the restoration process for Charles Le Brun's Everhard Jabach and Family, ca. 1660. Stunning.
"We must hurry Sandoval! Where did we park? How late we are!"
Lynda Barry's Syllabus, an illustrated field guide to keeping a visual diary.
The 2015 Into the Pixel collection.
A review of 16 presidential candidate logos.
Colossus by Pat Vale, a time-lapse of a beautiful, very complex cityscape drawing.
Some great footage from FotA Jeremy Quinn of Chris Burden's Metropolis II installation at LACMA from a couple years back.
Emory Douglas and the art of The Black Panthers.
The evolution of 12 iconic logos.
Object of Intrigue: the most beautiful banknote in U.S. history. This makes me want to call for a currency redesign.
Manet's Le Bar aux Folies-Bergere is coming up for auction. Hmm, how to convince JC we need it for the office......
"The White Trash Series was developed while living in the South out of frustration with some of the prevailing ideologies, in particular, class distinction. This ideology seems to be based on a combination of myth, biased history and a bizarre sentimentality about old wars and social structures. With the juxtaposition of the portraits from museums, once painted on ivory, now on flattened trash like beer cans and fast food containers, the artist sets out to even the playing field, challenging the perception of the social elite in today's society."
Finally, a good Etsy: "Disturbing cryptozoological anomalies under glass."
"Over the years, my suspicions have grown about Rodin's use of mythological titles. The hotter the sex, the more it is graced—and thus excused, for cultivated viewers of his time—by a classical tag." Sonnets in Stone, by Allison Pearson.
"The third weekend of October 2015, cutting edge florists from Michigan and across the country will fill the walls and ceilings of an abandoned Detroit house with American-grown fresh flowers and living plants for a weekend installation." Flower House.
Artist Alexey Kondakov's Art History in Contemporary Life.
Gorgeous 1906 illustrations of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds.
The international flag of planet Earth, a proposal by Oskar Pernefeldt.
"Each kinetic sculpture is a wooden machine designed to produce interesting patterns. A simple winding sets them in motion where they entertain for hours with random patterns and soft sounds. The sculptures move solely by the controlled release of energy from a spring."
For BB, Big Lebowski nesting dolls.
Relink because of its shear awesomeness. Kieran Kelly on the box art and illustrations from 1980's Tamiya remote-control car kits. Boss.
A VR tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, The Night Cafe.
Outings is a global participative project initiated by Julien de Casablanca, a French visual artist and filmmaker. Anyone in their town can go to their museums, take pictures of portraits with their phones and set them free.
Yay Kelli! First Layer Tennis Season 4 Champ and now something really big, an Adobe Creative Residency. "For the next year Adobe will sponsor me so that I am enable to work with complete independence on creative projects of my own choosing." Can't wait to see what will come out of that.
Cities in the Night by Makers Company.
Chicago's Art Institute is the recipient of a $400 million contemporary art collection. Thank you Stefan and Gael.
Nice set of Pitney Bowes icons by Forma & Co.
The stylish and instantly recognizable illustrations of Ale Giorgini.
"Death has been one of the main concerns in human society for millennia. It's been at the source of many religious traditions and rituals, myths, and philosophical debates. 'A Stranger in The Garden,' tries to suggest the complete mystery which surrounds the subject, and the many ways in which it can be perceived.
Ralph Steadman's illustrations for Animal Farm.
"An international collaboration of 9 different designer / animators. Each designer creates an abstract, 350px, 3 second animated square to make up a single GIF loop, from a 4-colour palette. Just for fun. Twice a month. Probably." 9 Squares.
Hole punch flip books by Scott Blake.
Recently saw Hubbard Street Dance perform this and it was fantastic. Here's a beautifully shot version, from The Nederlands Dans Theater, of Jiri Kylian's Steve Reich-inspired piece: "Falling Angels."
The characters of Wes Anderson illustrated.
"Does it seem suitable to you, in the Last Supper of our Lord, to represent buffoons, drunken Germans, dwarfs, and other such absurdities?" Table Manner, by Anthony Grafton.
"There's nothing like a couple thousand years of repetition and an iconic painting to get a story lodged inside the heads of the creators of pop culture." Suddenly Last Supper, a mess of parody images.
Hey, wake up dude. The Other Last Supper, Pietro Perugino 1493.
An illustrated history of the stars in the Chicago flag.
The Towers of London by Mike Hall.
Nice set of spring icons.
A collection of now obsolete technologies illustrated by Daniel Long.
Surreal animal sculptures by Ellen Jewett.
Altered books by Isobelle Ouzman.
A floating flower garden of over 2,300 blooms.
Micro-replicas of food and household items made from clay by Tomo Tanaka.
Nice illustrations by Marina Capdevila.
Nice tattoos by Dêner Silva.
"Gift Horse is a startlingly original comment on the relationship between art and commerce and I hope it will stimulate as much debate as the other works that have appeared on the Fourth Plinth."
Lovely, murals of Greek gods against graffiti backgrounds.
"Between 1891 and 1922, Paul Durand-Ruel purchased around 12,000 pictures, including more than 1,000 Monets, approximately 1,500 Renoirs, more than 400 by Degas and as many Sisleys and Boudins, about 800 Pissarros, close to 200 Manets and nearly 400 Mary Cassatts." Hero.
Animal Logos and how they were contstructed by Tom Anders. Fab.
Paper sculptures by Adam Tran.
"Imitations have nothing to do with design. they have to do with money and success." Karrie Jacobs visited the new Paul Rand exhibition at the City Museum of New York.
NSFW tapestries by Erin M. Riley.
"By replacing the globe as a representation of the world, the tongues suggest a world based on our languages." Geographic Tongues by Elisabeth Hogeman.
"For three weeks, I wrote down any thought, image or memory that gave me a tingly feeling. I animated the list, and what it accidentally became was a stream-of-consciousness trek through my life." Feelings by Nate Milton.
Core77 takes a brief look at the 25 year history of Photoshop.
Mike Giant, a graffiti artist and tattooist, combines Mexican folk art and Japanese illustrations in his designs.
Katokami papercraft kits.
A photo of a brawl in the Ukranian Parliment is exceedingly well-composed. Awesome.
"Visitors are invited to experience the artist's simultaneous presence and absence in the gallery." Cuban artist Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera is living in a crawl space for three weeks.
Elvis, a wooden installation by Reskate and Guim Tió.
Monochrome pies in Pizza is the New Black.
I always love checking up on Beeple.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Periodic Table of Sexual Terminology.
Nice collection of work by Chad Michael.
Victorian trade cards.
Anish Kapoor's Black Water Vortex spins endlessly into a gallery floor.
"The Cloisters set of fifty-two cards constitutes the only known complete deck of illuminated ordinary playing cards (as opposed to tarot cards) from the fifteenth century."
"The baby-faced designer with golden hands." 50 Watts on John Alcorn, great selections including a favorite film title for Amarcord.
An exhibition in the UK, Ladybird by Design. "Unparalleled in their perfectly observed attention to detail and unique sense of place, Ladybird's full-colour, full-page illustrations were often created by well-known illustrators." More, from Dan Wagstaff.
Nice illustrations by Marie-laure Cruschi.
David Bowie hairstyles.
Cézanne stands alone among his Impressionist and Post-Impressionist peers for his deep respect for the art of the past." Brilliant, captivating piece by Nancy Locke for Humanities Magazine.
The paintings of Joel Rea. Fantastic and surreal. Keep scrolling.
Know your lines.
Murals by Millo.
Postcards for Ants by Lorraine Loots.
"...the latest in a series of projects that have successively eliminated perception, expressivity, and now manual labor from drawing to see what remains. Perhaps just the act of inscription." The Drawing Machine, by Robert Twomey.
Colorful cityscape illustrations by Romain Trystram.
Hand carved wood sculptures by Paul Kaptein.
Chewbacca is given a high art makeover in several paintings by artist Christine Parisi.
Ella and Pitr, lithographers in action.
Pantone has picked their Color of the Year for 2015.
Charts for People Obsessed with Serial.
Paperholm, a growing paper city by Charles Young.
Your Thanksgiving meal, as art.
From Jonathan Lawrence, The State Plates Project.
"The Art of Space organizes the sprawling history of artistic depictions of space into eras and schools of style and technique, letting the reader see how space art has developed and changed over the past two hundred years."
Time-lapse of Machiko Ono painting an oversize portrait.
"For each of his paintings, I bring the colours and light into a schematic system which is then transferred to a round canvas without a centre." Olafur Eliasson's Color Experiments derived from the paintings of JMW Turner.
To mark the 125th anniversary of the artist's death, a group of designers have lit a solar-powered path through historic Van Gogh sites.
"The Moulin de la Galette", a painting by Renoir and the subject of a new and delightfully rambling post at Codex 99.
The birth of British graphic design in pictures.
Souvenir magnets for places you'll never visit.
Nice architecture illustrations by Federico Babina.
The Famous Chunkies by Alex Solis.
Giant charcoal drawings by Joel Daniel Phillips.
Les Astronautes filled an alley in Quebec with pool noodles.
Man Meets Woman by Yang Liu. Stating the obvious (and not so obvious) in brilliantly simple pictograms.
Accidental Cool Art.
Pixel art by Octavi Navarro.
Boxes of Death 5.
Visual News has a look at some lovely Soviet Propaganda Posters of the Space Age.
"The 'face-scape' was created by Cuban-American urban artist Jorge Rodriquez-Gerarda for the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery. 'It's not the face of America,' he says, 'it's one of the hundreds of millions of possible faces that America has.
Nice illustrations by Ray Oranges.
This is making me hungry right now: Back in 2000, artists Studio Orta provided lunch for the entire population of Dieuze, a small agricultural town in the north east of France. One of their many iterations of 70 x 7 The Meal.
"When I was a child I was told that clouds' shapes were created by expert balloon twister clowns who live in the sky, so that they can keep entertaining children. On my last trip to Mexico I remembered this and I started to photograph clouds on the road. The result is Shaping Clouds, a series of illustrations where I drew the first thing that came into my mind when I saw these clouds that I imagine someone made for me."
BrainPickings takes a look at the lovely Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space.
Rachel Ryle's stop motion Instagram.
"After being confined to the headquarters of an Amsterdam military command for a few months, van Meegeren offered a proposition to prove this innocence -- he'd forge one last Vermeer before a panel of reporters and court-appointed witnesses."
Nice design work by Vicki Turner.
Hey SD, I think I found that Control Room set you were looking for some years back...
Related to a previous post: Gabriel Orozco's modified Citroën, La DS (and other works).
Also related to a previous post: some of Sussman-Prejza's recent work - graphics at Los Angeles' new Grand Park. Incidentally their office is just across the courtyard from me.
Sadly, Deborah Sussman passed away just last month. A retrospective of her early work was shown in Hollywood at WUHO Gallery this past winter.
Related to an earlier post: The 1984 Olympics always reminds me of April Greiman's great poster. That and other prints, including "Does It Make Sense," are available at Made In Space. I should probably buy one to thank her for all the times I ripped her ideas.
Andrew and Betsy Wyeth.
"The more the viewers look at themselves, the more their faces are deformed, leading them to question their relation to their own image." We Are Narcisses.
"By using the view from his house as a backdrop for these miniature works, he created little urban art pieces in privacy of his living room." Pejac's silhouettes. Via This Isn't Happiness.
Ikea b4-XVI, tips and tricks to redecorate your house, all from before 1650.
A forest made from washi paper.
Fairies by Cedric Laquieze.
"There is something about nighttime in the jungle of the urban landscape that reaches into the primitive part of the brain. We interpret the night differently. The ordinary is transformed. Our senses are more acute. There is a touch of danger but also a heightened loneliness. Because of the surrounding darkness, light dances and hits our eyes more intensely. Colors are more saturated. If the street is deserted, you can hear the hum of the neon, the echo on the sidewalks." Chicago Night Series by Steve Connell.
"Each generation has certain individuals who bring innovation and style to a field of endeavor while projecting a certain charismatic self-possession. They are the figures selected for this exhibition: the successful rebels of American culture." The National Portrait Gallery's American Cool exhibit.
Comic Sans for Cancer.
The Frankenstein Freak Show is an exhibition of Frankenstein inspired portraits by 24 artists from around the world.
Colorful geometric illustrations by YoAz.
Saint Dolly, the patron saint of bad-ass hair.
"Solargraphic prints are created using data from the sun, collected from a satellite one hour away from earth. This data, known as the solar wind, gives an indication of solar activity through the speed of particles released from our sun as they travel towards our planet. Each print represents one day of the sun's activity."
Graphic design studio GrandArmy has done a complete rebrand of the USPS.
"The seemingly monumental, mountainous images in the series are actually from photos taken of the giant snow mounds that built up around Boston during the recent 'polar-vortex'. Documented from certain angles & specifically framed, these snowy accumulations come to resemble an epic mountain range." Hollywood Hills.
Archaeologist's Junk Drawer by Paul Antonson.
Happy illustrations by Jacqueline Chaumont for Toujours Belle de la Tête aux Pieds, "Always Beautiful from Head to Toe" from 1959.
"British artist Lucy Sparrow has converted an entire abandoned corner shop in Bethnal Green, east London, into a temporary art exhibition titled The Corner Shop featuring 4,000 hand-sewn felt products.
800,000 ceramic poppies turn the Tower of London's moat red.
Postcard Club promotes handmade postcard swaps between artists around the world, as well as celebrating the wonderful practice of mail art.
"July 31st is the birthday of artist and naturalist Mary Vaux Walcott. Born in 1860, Walcott took an early interest in the arts. After spending many of her summers in the wilds of Western Canada with her family, she turned her artistic inclinations towards botanical illustration."
Nature and Noise by Anna Marinenko.
Intricate pen drawings by Olivia Knapp.
Plants in space.
Great geometric tattoos by Dots to Lines (probably NSFW).
Insanely intricate cut paper by Bovey Lee.
Masakazu Shirane's giant shipping container kaleidoscope.
Some NSFW art, Presidents with Boob Faces.
I am Chip Kidd. Designer/writer/editor/art director/caterer/housemaid/bed-wetter/pipe-fitter. Ask me anything.
World Cup Stamps.
Illustrations of insects and animals by Camille Hermann.
Art students transform an electrical tower into a stained glass lighthouse. Lovely, thanks Marshall.
"Outside the cube, viewers observe its strange vibrations, only viewing the band's entrance and exit to the performance space." Box Sized Die, a soundproofed sculpture wherein a death metal band will play inside a box until their oxygen runs out.
Maria Popova on Ralph Steadman's illustrated Animal Farm.
Glass sculptures by Ben Young.
11 Paper Place. Lovely.
50 Watts on Hatsuyama Shigeru illustration from "Children's Land" 1928-36.
Nice illustrations by Ryo Takemasa.
"An observer of the tiny moments of agency life, figuratively speaking."
80 Years of World Cup ticket designs.
The #1 most awesome thing about the 2014 World Cup so far: Panini Cheapskates.
The Supposed and Filmed Locations of Fictional Places.
Great works of contemporary art by Eric Yahnker.
The Verge has a great piece on the story of eBoy.
Clayton Cubitt's photographs of "The Beautifully Frightful Wooden Children of Gehard Demetzt."
Wire sculptures by Celia Smith.
Fantastic (as in full of fantastical images) pencil illustrations by Ethan Murrow at Big Paper Airplane.
Sketch of the Day by Pascal Campion.
An alphabet made from parts of subway maps.
Draplin's Thick Lines deck of cards.
Tiny handmade objects by Alberto Rodriguez.
Boing Boing has a look at the original Disneyland prospectus.
Related to the last, how New York's subway signs came to be.
"It was Massimo who taught me one of the simplest things in the world: that if you do good work, you get more good work to do, and conversely bad work brings more bad work." Michael Bierut on Massimo Vignelli, 1931-2014.
"Dear Jim, Please could you paint Dan Brown sinking to his knees in despair after being humiliated in a game of crazy golf by Herman Melville, author of Moby-Dick, much to the appreciation of a crowd of spectators including Jane Austen, T.S. Eliot, William Shakespeare and Michel Houellebecq." Jim'll Paint It. Via The Awesomer.
"I have developed a symbolic cosmology where animals represent nebulae, birds are the stars formed within the nebulae, and insects are the elements (or 'dust') created from exploding stars."
My Modern Met on London papercut artist Rob Ryan. Fab.
Information on and a trailer for artist Timo Arnall's haunting looking inside the bones of the web: Internet Machine.
Nice illustrations by Ana Aragão.
Maria Popova on a spectacular illuminated edition of Walt Whitmn's Song of Myself as illustrated by Allen Crawford. Here's more information from the artist. Cha-ching.
Serie 011: Waiting Room, is not the sort of thing one might expect from Gianmarco Magnani of Silence Television. But, the illustrations are fantastic. For a closer look check the prints listed in the ST online portfolio.
"The subjects of my recent work may be interpreted as models for planned communities as much as aerial views of fictional suburbs." —Ross Racine.
When life gives you potholes, fill up the negative space with positive.
Nice illustrations by Arunas Kacinskas.
"Join architectural illustrator Thibaud Herem as on a journey through the streets of London to discover the capital's most intriguing, striking and elaborate art deco buildings. From imposing Orwellian giants to the hidden jewels of the thirties, Herem takes us on a tour of London's forgotten Deco landmarks in an art edition of giant proportions."
"After doing some research on icons design we decided to make this tribute to the bands we love. Literal Rock Band Icons. A series of posters which delineate the names of renowned bands using straightforward and literal graphics."
Fingerprint ink drawings by Nicolas Jolly.
"The large-scale projection installation features 21 powerful projectors streaming mind-bending graphic patterns on over 20,000 square meters of space in Oberhausen, Germany's massive gasometer." 320°Licht.
"Bounty Hunters" Oil on Masonite, Satin Finish. Wooden Gold Frame. By Mats Gunnarsson. c. 2014.
Colorful illustrations by Lauren Rolwing.
Dig deep everyone, the Chicago Design Museum needs your monetary assistance.
Vivarium A & B - 4 color screen print on bristol paper, stainless steel, motor and electronics.
Steve Talkowski's March of Robots. "Each day I would quickly sketch a concept, then jump into Maya for an hour or two of modeling, then import in Keyshot3d for materials and final render." Via Laughing Squid.
io9 has an exclusive sneak peek at the book showcasing concept art from the new Godzilla movie.
Stationery Compositions an extra curricular project from Present & Correct. They plan on doing one of these each day for a year and I'd say they're off to a great start.
"A solar term is any of 24 points in traditional East Asian lunisolar calendars that matches a particular astronomical event or signifies some natural phenomenon." Autumn in China, by Oamul Lu.
Gorgeous black tattoos by Victor J Webster.
Easily adaptable to your city and mine, NYC Bikers.
Jim Bachor's Pothole Art.
"Math, meet nature. Nature, meet math. You guys should hang out more." Joe Hanson on the complex and lovely drawings by Venezuelan Rafael Araujo. See more at the artists's site.
Patrick Caulfield, black outlines, and bright, saturated colors.
"Scraps of thread, fabric and paper are stitched and pulled into fairytale creatures looking for new owners and worlds to inhabit. They hide in the woods, behind masks, some have died along the way and are buried under spoon lockets." Mister Finch.
Water Droplet Automata.
Wake up dude! The Last Supper, by Pietro Perugino, 1493.
Wes Anderson Palettes.
Jello Presidents by Henry Hargreaves.
Painter Kevin Cyrs' exhibition, Right Place, Right Time. Working vehicles, mostly tagged, often dilapidated, entirely beautiful.
Artist Dean Patman creates lovely animals out of recycled materials.
"Doyle constructs frozen scenes of surreal domesticity and suburban life that provoke nostalgia and warmth--until one takes a closer look. Maybe the idyllic image of the American family is not as cozy as it seems." You can see more of Thomas's work here.
The Himalayan art of "Beware of the Dog" signs.
A happy matchbox calendar.
Love the packaging for Worker B Candles.
Niice, a search engine with taste.
Mr. Tufte on slopegraphs for comparing gradients. Scroll down to see a beauty made from the results of twelve years of crew races at The University of Cambridge.
"Nature will always be against you and time is always running out. Having to think fast and to bring it all together in the end is what I like about it. I rarely start with a plan, just a vague notion of trying to do something different each time. Once I begin building and forms take shape I can start to see where things are going and either follow that road or attempt to contradict it with something unexpected."
Nice illustrations by Gracia Lam.
So great. A visual guide to all of Shakespeare's Tragedies.
New from the good folks at Pop Chart Labs, the awesome Diagrammatical Dissertation on Opening Lines of Notable Novels.
Excellent, comprehensive post by Christian on the evolution of the Warner Bros. logo.
Iconic illustrator and cartoonist Ed Sorel has created murals full of familiar faces for the soon-to-be-opened Chicago restaurant La Storia.
"I started to look at modern tattoo designs as well as corporate and band logos as 'modern hieroglyphics'. I thought a lot about how the symbols of our time would be objectively translated by future generations. And instead of trying to explain it, I made drawings to codify the symbolic language of our time for future observers to translate for themselves."
MegaFaces in Sochi.
David Caramés (Graphic Designer and Failed Rockstar) illustrates classic guitar amps.
Mid-Century Living by Dominic Flask.
"Credit Default Swap Spreads, Our Risk of Default is Zero." 14 ways an economist says I Love You.
"Iced Coffee. This is the last one. 2.5.14." Lisa Congdon on Kate Bingaman Burt finishing up her Daily Purchase Project. One of my prized possessions is a framed drawing of Kate's credit card statement from October of 2004.
Hair Pieces by Rebecca Drolen.
Winter Olympicons, by Tamiko Young.
Jessica Joslin's Animal Alchemy.
"Designing all the pieces and actually working out what would be in a revenge kit was an interesting project as designers. The items scared us at first but the dangerous items ended up being less intimidating. The person you imagine buying them definitely becomes scarier."
Nineteenth century menu covers.
So you know, the Periodic Table of Storytelling.
Colorful 3D paper artwork by Maud Vantours.
More snow is on the way. If you need me I'll be maintaining my sanity by staring at Heather Brown's colorful Hawaiian artwork this afternoon.
"How I Drew a Can of Beans" is more interesting to watch than its title implies.
An illustrated evolution of phaser pistols in Star Trek.
Frida Kahlo animated.
Monochrome oil paintings by Paco Pomet.
An old illustration showing the transit of Earth across the Sun, seen from Mars.
Ambulant food vendors.
Nice work by Keith Davis Young.
A collection of logos that include dinosaurs.
"He specialized in 'cutaway' art. One of his cross sections showed the insides of the Mirage tavern, a Sun-Times-operated bar hit with rampant shakedowns by government inspectors. And his diagram of an Addison Street jewel heist was so accurate that police paid him a visit to ask how he knew so much about the case, relatives said." RIP Jack Jordan, former Chicago Sun-Times artist. Via Dmitry Samarov.
Sculptures of odd things by Erika Sanada.
Clear hermit crab homes.
Lego album covers.
Abduzeedo interviews Swedish designer Markus Magnusson.
These porcelain pieces by Evelyn Bracklow are crawling with ants.
Hero-Glyphics by Josh Ln.
The visual portfolio of Remi Salmon.
Destination: Los Angeles.
On his birthday, Tolkien's Hobbit drawings.
Jan Huling covers objects with beads.
"Dust is a fragment of moments gone by, light floods through windows and captures the most intricate nooks and crannies of spaces, whilst time measures the stature and significance of a place." Ephemeral Rays by Charlotte Smith.
Art. Sci-fi art. From the 70s. You're welcome.
Colorful illustrations by Wilmer Murillo.
50 Years 50 Toys.
A new logo and identity for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nice work by 180 LA.
"I make casts of ant colonies using molten aluminum to fill the tunnels and chambers of the nest. The result is an amazing sculpture showing the intricate detail of the nest architecture." Check the embedded video to see how it is done. Via The Roosevelts
Gorgeous 80s movie posters by Van Orton Design.
Mathew Borrett's illustrated vision for a future Toronto. Thanks Marshall.
"Do these scenarios represent a great hero held at bay by gigantic paraphernalia, the playtime set-ups of a kid enamoured of super-villains or the inventions of a bored fanboy office worker playing with his stationery supplies and his desk mascot?" Trapped Batman, new paintings by Simon Monk.
"As an ultimate prove that there are no limits to what can be made out of a uncut square piece of paper I plan to fold a life-size replica of an elephant.
Great anatomy illustrations by Alex Konahin.
GIFs by Bill Domonkos.
A look at the winners of the 2013 Information is Beautiful Awards.
A graphic representation of Million Lines of Code
Wings: moped chain guards
Legs : bike brake parts , pieces of winshield wipers , bike chains
Abdomen : old acetylene light tank
Thorax : car suspension part, small spoon parts , cream chargers
Head :headlights, bike parts
Thomas Kluges' commissioned portrait of the Danish Royal Family is fantastic, although that kid looks like he could lift up the neighbor's car with his mind.
"This animation consists of 12 597 handmade aquarelle paintings, each painting is approximately 1,5*3cm in size. Together they form my 35 minute long paraphrase on the motion picture Blade Runner Blade Runner
Related to an earlier post, "cachemonet is an exploration into the serendipitous collisions that occur between two randomly generated arrays."
People Blocks by Andy Rementer.
Kim Dong-Kyu adds iPhones and computers to old paintings.
Related to today's main image, Trailer for Tim's Vermeer, a film by Mr. Teller.
"The basic concept is that whatever you have to say it'll sound better if you say it with flowers. In this case, it will at least LOOK better. WARNING: Some may find this project offensive."
"An animated self-portrait exploring the idea of rebirth and illustrating the transfer of energy from one incarnation to another. I painted this stop frame animation on myself over 5 days, using some face paints, a mirror and a camera."
Paris neighborhood posters.
Wars on Kincade.
io9 has a Monster Safety Card for you, print it out and take it with you tonight.
"A Kind of You is a documentary work of an uncanny asian tradition, where monkeys are trained and dressed to act humanlike in order to ask money from the bypassers. Modern city culture has turned the old tradition in to eerie and haunting act of cruel street theatre where animals become something else, never able to reach our expectations."
The Great Comet of 1680 Over Rotterdam.
This kid will go far, Robby Leonardi's amazing interactive resume.
From artist Helen Cann, An Incomplete and probably Inaccurate History of Coffee Houses and a Map of the Coffee Houses that began in Exchange Alley, London in 1652.
Nice illustrations by Andrés Lozano.
The illustration portfolio of Florian Meacci.
Yowza, Ivan Belikov's series of illustrations about social networks.
A Still Life by Kristen Zellmer.
Picasso Illustrations from a 1934 Print Club limited-editon of Lysistrata.
The fantastical paintings of Omar Rayyan.
Related to the last, Master of Light, a 2001 doc on the Vermeer's process and technique.
Gorgeous illustrations by Brian Edward Miller at Orlin Culture Shop.
Walking Men Worldwide is Maya Barkai's collection of life-size pedestrian traffic icons from around the world.
"Providing locations, destinations and experiences for travellers on two wheels, Rapha have collaborated with publishing house Thames & Hudson to create a collection of pocket-sized guides to the major cycling cities of Europe."
iGNANT interviewed Sebastian Kalwak and he answered with drawings.
A collection of crab logos.
Oddities by Alicia Martin.
"Dear Airlines: This is What Your Boarding Passes Should Look Like. Agreed.
Paul Rogers has illustrated Kerouac's On the Road with hundreds of beautiful black and white panels. Don't start if you have something to do in the next couple hours. Fab. Via This Isn't Happiness.
So you know, why we so seldom see people smiling in painted portraits.
A gate made of 5,000 paper windmills.
"This book is aimed at newcomers to the field of logical reasoning, particularly those who, to borrow a phrase from Pascal, are so made that they understand best through visuals. I have selected a small set of common errors in reasoning and visualized them using memorable illustrations that are supplemented with lots of examples." An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments.
Mark's House in Flint, MI represents abandonment, loss and the importance of shelter.
Discover Australia illustrations by Jimmy Gleeson.
"Man was made at the end of the week when God was tired." Print's weekly series of quotes illustrated by Seymour Chwast.
NASA Mashups aims to take the high design and seriousness of the space program and have a little fun with it.
Illustrations by Sai Tamiya.
Illustrations of quill pens.
While I want to eat almost all of them, I think visually, Thailand is my favorite.
People who like this sort of thing will find this exactly the sort of thing they like. Medieval and Renaissance Cartographic Sea Monsters. From BibliOdyssey, of course.
Link of the month! Simon Stålenhag's visions of a science fiction Sweden, in the 1980s. Beautiful works of imagination, each practically begging for the viewer to construct a narrative. Via The Verge.
Pixel Scenery. Just exactly awesome.
Ceramic artist Mayumi Yamashita makes hand-built and wheel-thrown sculptures and then adds miniature figurines to create whimsical, humorous works of art.
True West, the watercolors of David Rathman. Yowza.
"This panoramic drawing of London, looking west, north and east from the public viewing gallery of the Shard Tower, 800ft above ground level, was inspired by historic panoramas of the city by 17th century artists including Hollar, Visscher, Wyngaerde and others."
Great illustrations by Mike Wrobel.
Shadow paintings in an abandoned psychiatric hospital.
Sleepless nights no longer, find out what font is your beard .
Superhero powers, charted.
600 Octopi made from recycled newspaper by Natsuko Kogure.
Abstract Implications, the paintings of Andre Kan.
"When I was working at the ad firm in Paris, my French colleagues were quite aware that Paris was itself a hulking advertising campaign. We all lived inside it..." Toby Barlow and Rosecrans Baldwin exchange notes on Paris.
My First Kafka.
The making of Olek's crocheted locomotive in Lodz, Poland.
Wonderfully weird paintings by Charlie Immer.
The auction listing for "Pavilions of Joy," a concept production illustration that artist Jack Kirby was tasked with creating, without his knowledge that the proposed film, Argo, wasn't really being made.
Pixar playing cards by Chris Anderson.
Ed Fairburn draws on maps.
"The one dollar bill is the most ubiquitous piece of paper in America. Collage asks the question: what might be done to make it something else? It is a ripe material: intaglio printed on sturdy linen stock, covered in decorative filigree, and steeped in symbolism and concept. Blade and glue transform it-reproducing the effects of tapestries, paints, engravings, mosaics, and computers- striving for something bizarre, beautiful, or unbelievable... the foreign in the familiar." From artist Mark Wagner, Currency Collage. Via My Modern Met.
Birds made of flowers.
"...catnip for generative design wonks." Piet Mondrian, revisited digitally.
Shinseungback Kimyonghun's Portrait series. "A custom software detects faces from every 24 frames of a movie, and creates an average face of all found faces. The composite image reflects the centric figure(s) and the visual mood of the movie." Via Waxy.
"Like some living light laboratory, White and his devoted team of psychedelic scientists continued with their occasionally dangerous, spontaneous, light experiments, knowing that nothing they created could ever be repeated." Light Laboratories of the Beat Era, by Edwin Pouncey. Via WFMU.
What species did you evolve from? A Darwinian guide to discovering your true ancestry by Matt Chase.
The History of Typography.
Nominees for the 2013 Chesley Awards, as voted by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.
Playmakers by Daniel Nyari.
Comfort Food, Monica Ramos' ongoing personal project about people finding comfort in decicious things.
Pentagram's work on the new pedestrian map kiosks in NYC, WalkNYC.
Tiny mechanical insects by Justin Gershenson-Gates.
What it would look like from Earth if planets replaced the Moon.
Freya Jobbins creates sculptures from toy parts.
Amazing art in Stockholm's metro station.
Local note: Jason Robert Bell is bringing his special brand of reality to Chicago this week, with a White Feathered Octopus book release party at Quimby's tonight and a performance/tarot card reading at UIC's Gallery 400 on Thursday night.
Google says Happy Birthday Maurice Sendak. Thanks Jeff!
A series of illustrated recipes for pies by Andrea Nguyen.
The portfolio of David Smith.
The Perf Burg by Josh LaFayette.
Jing Zhang illustrates how things are made.
Artist Patricia Piccinini's The Skywhale has taken flight.
"In ancient Greece they had something better than superheroes; they had gods, each with their own powers, weaknesses, backstory and followers." Oh My God.
Illustrations from a veteran's sketchbook during WWII.
Mini golf meets sculpture park.
Imaginary Factory asks "Ever wondered how your iPhone or camera works? How the best cuppa coffee is made? Or the mechanism of a pendulum clock, a toaster etc. Perhaps some elves inside working it out for us." Fab.
GIFs by Patakk.
Wood Geos by Haley Ann Robinson.
The ornate tombstones within a cemetery in the small town of Ieud, in northern Romania.
Miniature worlds inside of old TV sets.
Local Note: Come out tomorrow night for the Chicago edition of ARTCRANK, a bicycle themed poster show at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport. A sneak peek of all the posters that will be up for sale tomorrow can be seen here.
Paper sculptures by José Suris.
An installation of colorful masking tape by Koji Iyama.
Animated portraits of the grey alien species by Vladimir Stankovic.
Paul Bignell designs elaborate coffins. I'll take a taco please.
Even though this hasn't been updated in a long time, I visit this gallery of early Atari industrial design drawings regularly.
The SFMOMA has added a new Rothko to its cafe.
Layered paper cutouts by Adam Feibelman.
How historical figures would have looked today.
Creepy sculptures by Scott Radke.
An installation that filled the entire space with 2 million transparent straws.
"A research project undertaken by the museum reveals that a number of Van Gogh's favourite paints have faded badly and changed the appearance of his works, making them milder, more empty, less exquisite in their use of complementary colours than they were when he painted them."
The Portrait Show by Mike Mitchell.
Teeth & Hair, an exploration of hair ornaments.
An illustrated guide to some of the most iconic furniture pieces of the past century.
The animal alphabet in primitive portraits.
Continuous line drawings by Will Scobie.
Based in Vancouver, JustPotters is a wonderful method of helping people in need by buying beautiful handmade work.
Eugène Séguy (1890-1985) was a French entomologist who published many portfolios of illustrations and designs from the turn of the century to the 1930s who worked in both the Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles. He then transformed these beautiful illustrations into textile designs.
Our Exquisite Corpse teamed up with the Huichol people of western Mexico to produce these intricately beaded skulls, each decorated by various artists using traditional symbols and designs arranged within the patterns.
Jaw-dropping revelation of the day: The CIA secretly subsidized the American modern art movement to prevent creative intellectuals from becoming attracted to communism. Via Jeff Rutzky.
Mario Troise specializes in product and brand development, and recently published a short video showing some of the process behind the famous Hermes scarves.
"Good digital images of art works can pique the neophyte's curiously, confirm and renew the museum goer's on-the-spot impressions. As well, they greatly facilitate scholarly research by allowing extended viewing and liberty in comparing multiple works of art." Jonathan Janson surveys high-resolution images of Vermeers on the web for his site, the aptly named Essential Vermeer.
Ellen June's Creatures From El.
Original Mac icon designer Susan Kare has designed a series of lovely icons for Path.
"For many people, when they talk about great cover art, they're really talking about Hipgnosis covers." RIP Storm Thorgerson.
Fruit prints by Chris Dina.
Caitlin Freeman, pastry chef at the Blue Bottle Cafe at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which she roams for inspiration, then translates the artwork into edible masterpieces.
Illustrations from a Victorian book on magic.
Time travel in movies.
Inside the sketchbook of artist Laurie Hogin.
Illustrated maps by Abigail Daker.
Singapore-based artist Keng Lye creates near life-like sculptures of animals relying on little but paint, resin and a phenomenal sense of perspective.
Checking in to see the latest from designer Meg Jannott's fab Branding the Presidents of the United States series.
Mad Men season 6 posters by Radio.
Illustrator Victor Melamed has created some amazing portraits of rock stars for Rolling Stone Magazine.
A couple of years ago, Australian illustrator James Gulliver Hancock moved to New York City and, in an effort to "own" his new home in his unique way, set out to draw every single building in town.
Brandon Todd Wilson is creating a logo for each day of the year in his Numbers Project.
Schematic prints of various computers.
Prior to 1849, there was no such thing as a "normal chess set." At least not like we think of it today. Over the centuries that chess had been played, innumerable varieties of sets of pieces were created, with regional differences in designation and appearance.
Curtis, aka Moose, selectively scrubs dirty, derelict city property (tunnel walls, sidewalks) so that words and images are formed by the cleaned bits. "It's refacing, not defacing. Just restoring a surface to it's original state. It's very temporary. It glows and it twinkles, and then it fades away."
After receiving dozens of hand-drawn maps, Becky Cooper has collated some of the finest into a book: Mapping Manhattan: A Love (Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers.
Nice illustrations by Mads Berg.
Disappointed People Holding on to Guardrails, a series of impressionistic city paintings by Zachary Johnson. Spectacular.
In 1957, writer, public intellectual, lifelong art aficionado, and self-described "aging anthologist" Selden Rodman collected several dozen of his informal, lively, amusing, and insightful interviews with iconic artists and architects -- including Frank Lloyd Wright, Willem de Kooning, and Saul Steinberg -- in Conversations with Artists.
Always worth a visit, animated illustrations at It's No Biggie.
The stories of five birds driven to extinction in modern times and sculptor Todd McGrain's project to memorialize them. The film follows the road-trip that McGrain and his brother-in-law take as they search for the locations where the birds were last seen in the wild and negotiate for permission to install McGrain's large bronze sculptures there. In conjunction with Earth Day, it's being broadcast by American Public Television on over 200 public television stations this month (airing on WYCC in Chicago at 21:00CT Mon., April 8).
Spectacle: The Music Video is the first museum exhibition to celebrate the art and history of the music video. From early examples of music in film to the work of music video masters such as David Bowie and Madonna and contemporary artists such as The White Stripes and Kanye West, the exhibition reveals the enormous influence music videos have had on contemporary culture over the past 35 years.
Bob Staake began work on Bluebird in 2002. Ten years later he felt he was ready to bring it to the world.
These quirky, oddball illustrations are the work of Netherlands based art studio Patswerk. Situated in The Hague, Patswerk was founded in 2008 by long time friends Ramon Avelino, Rogier Mulder and Lex van Tol. The studio collective use playful, surreal, complex compositions that mix an array of everyday objects in fresh colourful statements.
Starving Artist is Chicago Artists Coalition's annual benefit that pairs the city's most inspiring visual artists with its most innovative culinary talent. Their assignment is to inspire each other to create edible "installations" to be enjoyed by the crowd and new works of art to be auctioned off the night of the event.
Related to the last, explore Renoir's Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette.
The design and identity portfolio of Barrett Fry.
Make a mean Easter egg? Enter the 6th annual egg coloring contest at Hatch.
Hillary White reinterprets classical paintings with pop culture icons.
The illustration portfolio of Paul Tebbott. Gorgeous.
Not In Kansas Anymore: A Tribute to The Wizard of Oz at Gallery Nucleus.
Cassettes, VHS & Atari, permanent marker on paper, 22 1/2 x 30 inches, 2012, by Hollis Brown.
Mountains and moons by Cathy McMurray.
The illustration portfolio of Siggi Eggertsson.
Manet: Portraying Life, Curator MaryAnne Stevens chats about the current exhibition at The Royal Academy.
Paper dolls by Kyle Hilton.
In his Playback series Lluis Terradellas illustrates musicians with cassette shaped heads.
Acoustic Botany illustrations by Keita Akiyama.
Brian Sanders' poster for Mad Men is getting plenty of attention and deservedly so. Check out this collection of his work. A lifetime of greatness. For example, this cover for Solzhenitsyn's Ivan Denisovich. and sketches from the set of 2001. Via Tom Muller.
West End Bestiary by Kirsty Whiten.
Ross Ashmore is painting every tube station in London.
The work of Jim Kazanjian, who stitches together photos of miscellaneous buildings to form architectural monstrosities.
Cityscape paintings by Nathan Walsh.
"I paint—in the realist tradition—from photographs taken at intersections and on the road, when I've been struck by the beauty in the ordinariness of my commute." Amen. We don't know much about Seattle artist Karen Woods except that her series of paintings titled Driving Rain stopped us cold. Via Things Mag.
Lovely illustration and identity series for Texas Monthly by Kendrick Kidd. Via Grain Edit.
"This took me a while. It is intended to be a faithful rendition of a Mercury capsule. As faithfully as I can get, at least." By Señor Salme, earthling and illustrator. Fab, make sure to check the rest of the blog. Via Matt Fraction.
Relink and always worth a visit, Scott Listfield's Astronaut Dinosaur.
Well this is exciting! Take a virtual tour of the International Exhibition of Modern Art, as seen at the Art Insitute of Chicago in 1913. If you don't recognize that name you may know it as The Armory Show.
Submerged art installations.
"You name it, I'll paint it. On Paint." Jim'll Paint It.
The realistic yet surreal paintings of Alex Roulette.
"This project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up." Enjoy Jose Guizar's fabulous Windows of New York.
"The Book of Delightful and Strange Designs Being One Hundred Facsimile Illustrations of the Art of the Japanese Stencil-Cutter - and that is just the short title."
So you know, the difference between a comet, asteroid, meteoroid, meteor and meteorite.
I've just spent a long while staring at the artwork of Josh Keyes and I now expect you will do the same. It's an over-simplification to say that Keyes' work is a metaphor for the conflict between nature and the modern world but that's as good a place as any to start thinking about it. Oh, and it's beautiful and constantly surprising too. Via The Fox Is Black.
See also, Cornelis Bega, Woman Playing Guitar Hero, 1664-65.
Photographer Nick Stern's real life recreations of Banksy street art: "You Are Not Banksy."
My wife and I were trying to find information about a sculpture in Chicago's Humbolt Park when we happened upon this list of all the sculptures, monuments and fountains in Chicago Park District parks. It is wonderful.
"The Foridae are amongst the most evolved species in the Hidrodewoxy system and have adapted well enough to be able to 'breach' (leave their native environment). This, coupled with their speed and keen eyesight, make them excellent candidates for scouting missions." Spacey Space Life Is Neat.
Ben Holland draws buildings at Low Moon Over High Town.
"This site is dedicated to serve as an archival record of a first edition NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual designed by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda of Unimark International. The manual was found in a locker beneath old gym clothes. Roll over the images to magnify. Enjoy." Via @Pentagram.
Woodland illustrations by Nicole Gustafsson.
Windows of New York.
Great animated GIFs by Stephen Vuillemin.
Pure White Paper.
An illustrated chart of Australian marsupials.
Chicago artist Edie Fake's powerful tour of LGBT buildings and people: "Memory Palaces."
Paintings by Amanda Sage.
Geometry Daily is the bomb. I could explain but you better just see for yourself.
Food valentines by The Indigo Bunting.
Fab, the Cartography of Kitchenware.
High Times: A History of Aviation, a beautiful, four-color, fold-out book from illustration team, Golden Cosmos.
Secret Hero Life by Grégoire Guillemin (NSFW).
"One day John Baldessari made a simple discovery: dots."
A Brief History of John Baldessari, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and narrated by Tom Waits.
Nice illustrations by Anita Ivancenko.
"Kaoru Akagawa is a globe-trotting calligraphy artist. She was born in Canada, grew up in New York, lived in Japan, and is currently based in Berlin. She is expanding the traditions and perceptions of traditional Japanese calligraphy by merging Kana Shodo with modern art."
How To Be Swedish: A Guide for Southern Europeans.
Cities by Jing Zhang.
Wired has a nice collection of vintage repair manuals.
Matthew Barney makes a skate video. No, really.
Agreed on all but mostly the first one, it is so rude.
Gabriele Meldaikyte used wood and acrylic to make five 3D objects that recreate the physical actions required to operate a touch-screen smartphone.
"Soulful" oil portraits by Alex Russell Flint shown in the context of his home and studio, makes for a terrific presentation.
30 unique, handmade, redwood, anglepoise lamps are included in this scene from a section of A Study of Who, a performance piece included in this year's Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Awards. Via Doobybrain.
The Reconstructionists, a collaboration between illustrator Lisa Congdon and writer Maria Popova, is a yearlong celebration of remarkable women – beloved artists, writers, and scientists, as well as notable unsung heroes – who have changed the way we define ourselves as a culture and live our lives as individuals of any gender.
"We asked people in and around the world of graphic design to name one of their favorite book covers from 2012 and briefly describe its appeal."
Laser cut wood charts. Thanks Michael!
Great moving drawings by Lilli Carre.
Hungary of the future, as seen in postcards from the past.
Paintings of flying whales and other sea life by Roland Tamayo.
Engravings into Artist Conk mushrooms (Ganoderma applanatum).
Part 2 of 7, "The Birds." From a great new Codex 99 series, "A Charley Harper Retrospective."
Dominic Wilcox's new book of drawings include slides for falling leaves, Frizbee transport and many other useful inventions.
Fine artist and designer INSA creates elaborately painted walls that are photographed in sequence to create these amazing, psychedelic animated gifs. He had to paint each wall four times to get the effect. Wow.
Take minute to explore this graphic novel and learn about a 17th century poem with a second hidden meaning.
"Trust me, were just warming up here." Awesome. Jim Hughes posts Part 1 of 7, "Charley and Edie," from his new series, "A Charley Harper Retrospective." A great idea and you can be sure we'll be reading and linking them as they appear.
Vladimir Fedorovich Kadulin's illustrations of Russian academic characters, 1911 - 1915.
Related to the last, ah Persephone.
Thomas Hart Benton's magnificent "America Today" is heading to The Met. I visited THB's home and studio in Kansas City and was fascinated by the clay figures he used to model for the unique perspective system in his murals.
A hauntingly beautiful five-color etching from Diana Sudyka, made in collaboration with White Wing Press.
These sweet and simple illustrations tell the story of an albino elephant named Abu. Love the subdued but still-happy color palette.
Christopher Silas Neal's 7 inch record sleeve design for Antfood.
Artists illustrate real and fictional ladies.
Lovely, mid-century modern design flash card set.
Sarah Andreacchio's illustration of the word "Janeleiro."
Nathalie Choux's ceramic creations.
For my sis, The Walking Dead: a statistical look back at the series so far.
Matte Stephens new in-store app for Tiffany and Co. is beautiful.
"The concept began with an early morning discovery of tiny moving creatures near the water's edge. Their forms mirrored the colors of the water, the atmosphere, their environment, and were constantly changing. I began work on a series that focused on color, form, and line replicating patterns of movement." Watercolors by Jan Heaton. Via 2modern.
Strange and wonderful artwork by Apak Studio.
A first look at the It's Nice That Annual 2012. Yowza.
Our SD has put together a couple of short film profiles of visual artists and their projects for Alternative Apparel's new Common Thread site. Here's Sounds of Art with Brenna Quinn and The Installation Experiment.
A 95-foot long trench of cut trees painted purple in the middle as if to reveal a surprising new species of plant.
"I think it's important to replace some of the joy and good will of the holidays and inject a bit of mortal terror to really make the season special for our children." FotA Phineas X. Jones has a fab Krampus poster for sale.
Juan Gatti blends human anatomy with nature in these stunning illustrations.
Hipster Lit Flowchart.
Lovely, Linear letterpressed calendar.
Henri's Walk To Paris, illustrated by Saul Bass, 1962.
A nice collection of gift wrap by Norman's Printery.
Memoires of Suburban Utopia, an illustration series by Anton Van hertbruggen. Only perfect.
"The population of Middle-Earth and Aman divided by race and sex." Middle-Earth in Statistics.
Thanksgiving by the numbers.
Gah! The Smiths' songs as Penguin book covers.
There's probably an important difference between "liking coffee" and "liking liking coffee."
A look at this week's The New Yorker cover.
In 1968, Roc Riera Rojas illustrated a special edition of Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote. Fab.
An extensive preview of Lilli Carré's new collection of comics and illustration work, Heads or Tails.
"That definitely is a Salinger book. It has those diagonal stripes in the corner. It seemed like the right book for a gloomy teen to be reading on a tour bus." Peter Terzian chats with illustrator Adrian Tomine for The Paris Review.
Gabriel Dawe's gorgeous 3D thread-art installations of rainbow patterns.
In honor of Picasso's birthday, Dear Monsieur Picasso by Frederick Baldwin. A great story, well told.
Related to the last, Agnolo Bronzino.
Sets For a Film I'll Never Make: Intricately built cardboard sculptures.
Michael Cho has some great basic tips on inking comics and approaching lighting.
Minimalist Disney posters.
Hi-Fructose magazine previews an upcoming solo show by painter Van Arno, including his work "Three Graces," meaning Grace Slick, Grace Jones and Grace Kelly.
Peter Saville on how the now iconic Joy Division Unknown Pleasures album cover art came to be.
City Band is a massive pencil-drawn portrait that stretches 13 x 26 feet. It took over 100 pencils and 1,200 hours in order to make it.
Gorgeous fabrics based on the Ed Emberley's classic Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Animals.
Abandoned Old Masters Paintings. "In this fascinating series of works, Hungarian new media artist Bence Hajdu has removed the figures from a series of Old Master paintings." Via Kirstin Butler.
Browsing the fantastic galleries of Occupy.
Lucinda Rogers' sketchbooks.
The Sketchbooks of Swedish illustrator Mattias Adolfsson. Yowza.
A Year with MI6, a series of paintings by James Hart Dyke who was invited behind the scenes of The British Secret Intelligence Service to commemorate its centenary. Beautiful. Via The Fox Is Black.
Little Artists Halloween costumes for kids. All around $15.
From FotA Brendan Dawes, James Bond Kills.
From 1923, Marcel Duchamp's Rotoreliefs, which were essentially vinyl LPs whose "spinning designs composed as sets of eccentric but concentric circles," which would result in the viewer seeing "a pattern as a three dimensional form." More info here.
M.O'C examines Evel Knievel's short-lived art career.
Some nice illustrations by Daniel Frost.
Street Ghosts. "Painting the bodies of people captured by Google's Street View cameras at the precise spot in the real world where they were photographed."
Friend, co-conspirator and Layer Tennis Pro, Brian Taylor has just posted a time-lapse video of him painting the cover image for his new book with the Brushes app for the iPad. Here's more information on the splendid Escape from Hat, written by Adam Kline.
David Reeves makes some really great cut-paper silhouettes.
From Daniel Nyari, Famous Robots.
From artist Scott Campbell, Amicvs Monstrvm.
"Chicago was (and still is) a hot graphic design town. Back in 1942—and for many years before and after—27 designers, typographers, and illustrators were gathered together in a spiral-bound book to sell their wares." —Steven Heller. Great find.
Caricature CD covers.
"Aspen Magazine has a reputation far beyond its relatively small sixties footprint." Jeremy Leslie on a new show
at London's Whitechapel Gallery documenting the influential multi-media magazine. Via Things.
The whimsy and beauty of Rebecca M. Dudley's Storywoods.
Had you wandered past a certain art gallery's window in Berlin in 2005, there's a chance you might have seen artist Paule Hammer's giant Klaus Kinski head sculpture. Or as the piece is officially called: Nobody Knows What We Feel.
A collection of modern family trees.
Illustrations by BAKEA.
Silvio Lorusso's 56 Broken Kindle Screens, is "a print on demand paperback that consists of found photos depicting broken Kindle screens."
What's wrong with puppies or kittens? Why does it have to be spiders? Thanks Michael.
"Koepplin says that he was and remains 'absolutely certain' that it was the original. 'But I was also certain in my refusal to confirm that to these gentlemen.'" The Odyssey of a Stolen Cranach Painting.
Paintings of Astronauts by Scott Listfield.
Empire State of Pen.
The Noun Project chats with Dutch iconographer extraordinaire Tim Boelaars.
Nice illustrations by Lotta Nieminen.
Jumping on the current art-restoration bandwagon, our pals at Busy Beaver have restored a few other works of art.
Jamie37 is having a mid life crisis with paint and propellant.
Breaking Gifs is a Breaking Bad art project.
25 Vintage magazine covers from Japan.
A logo collection from Sandi Vincent, arrows pointed the way in the 1960s and 70s. Fab.
Hot dogs, subs, tacos, pancakes.
Great charcoal drawings by Yanni Floros.
Illustrations by Elissa Parante.
Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea.
The Compendious Coffee Chart.
"Relics challenges the fate of forgotten things in a world of excess, and breathes new life into discarded and found objects. By repurposing objects, Shapiro and O'Hanlon create a narrative of nostalgia and wonderment in the modern relic. Both artists use discarded materials to construct a new item, wholly different from the pieces used to construct it." Relics of the New World.
Some nice illustrations by Matthias Seifarth.
The Simple Spaceship Chart.
Get lost this afternoon in vintage collage art.
Mitch O'Connell covers the Lake County Fair Art Contest.
"The collages depict anything from landmarks and objects to portraits and typography, and are almost always New York related." Artist Nina Boesch creates collages out of cut up Metro cards. Via It It's Hip, It's Here.
Amy Dover illustrates wild creatures.
Developing the identity system for Rio 2016.
How big is our own solar system?
Nice paintings by Tara Krebs.
"In our work we are interested in reconfiguring, re-inventing and questioning the purpose and context of objects and situations associated with or part of everyday life." PUTPUT.
Tomorrow we will feast again on what we catch.
"Art is an idea that has found its perfect form." Conversations with Paul Rand.
"According to landscape painter Michelle Muldrow, the aisles of Home Depot and Target are the landscapes of the 21st century. In Cathedrals of Desire Muldrow paints the aesthetically distinct, highly controlled sites of American daily life." Beautiful.
The Olympig Games 2012 will be held in London this September and welcomes applications from pig athletes from all over the world.
A collection of 17th century heraldry designs.
Radial brackets for sports geeks.
From 2-D to 3-D to 2-D again. Fine art is recreated in person and parodied by artist Maisie Broadhead.
Your Logo Is Not Hardcore.
Chef's Mask I.
"'I realized the life I knew and loved was over,' he said of his career as a con man." Great short profile, and preview for what sounds like an excellent book, from the NY Times: "Ken Perenyi, Art Forger, Now Sells His Work as Copies."
Sculptor Keisuke Tanaka whittles down large blocks of wood to reveal miniature landscapes.
Laser etchings by Jason Thielke.
PBS' Off Book takes a look at The Art of Logo Design.
"This simple and easy to understand approach is meant to encourage people to look into the field more, and the OMG SPACE name is meant to encourage excitement about space exploration, especially amongst younger people." Designer Margot Trudell's OMG Space. Via Kosmograd.
"Berlin-based artist Jens Ullrich creates large-scale collages that make the careful elision between frozen-moment drama in sports photography and the inertia of classical looking sculptures." —It's Nice That
So simple, so awesome.
Crystalline paintings by Jonathan Saiz.
Nice collection of black and white illustrations by Pierre.
The controversy over the moving of the Barnes Foundation continues as its former CEO recently made more than a few jaws drop with this statement: "At the time the petition was filed, the Barnes Foundation had a cash surplus and we had no debt - none. But, saying so made the rescue so much more gallant." Highly recommended documentary about all of this: The Art of the Steal.
Endless summer paintings by Kasia Domanska.
Artist Heather Benning took an old house in Saskatchewan, removed one of its walls, and converted it into a life-sized dollhouse.
Trailer for the German play, Gustav Klimt, Das Musical.
Creep (strain) by Skye Kelly.
Hyper-realistic body painting by chooo-san.
Relink. Fantastic monoweight icons by Tim Boelaars.
Pencil, watercolor and embroidery work by Izziyana Suhaimi.
Coca-Cola can designs celebrating the upcoming Olympics in London.
Zilvinas Kempinas' art installation using yards upon yards of VHS tape: Tube.
Classic chibi paintings by Kasia Slowianska.
Global City by Deck Two.
"Habitable realities is a series of Works in paper where I make a fusion of paper art techniques as kirigami or origami. Is based in my need to understand the origin (the process where things generate a shape) and build it with the use of movements, colors and balance in an abstract way." Habitable Realities.
JC, you need to add this to your arsenal of Joyce links: the stunning Leopold's Day Map.
Repost because they have a new layout: Bad Spock Drawings
Star Wars revenue throughout our galaxy.
Illustrations by Becca Stadtlander.
"To avoid light-fingered readers pinching its latest editions, ad mag Luerzer's Archive is issuing readers a series of unappealing alternative covers."
The Illustration portfolio of Gianmarco Magnani: Silence Television. It's impossible to choose a favorite in this terrific body of work.
Rebecca J Coles creates shapes out of tiny paper butterflies.
Judith Klausner's Oreo cameos.
With big shows planned at the Guggenheim, the MFA Houston, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2013 is shaping up to be the year of James Turrell mania. If any of these museums decide to remount Gasworks, it's worth the wait in line.
Fantastic creatures by Mark Facey.
Matchbook landscapes by Krista Charles.
Pen & Ink, a hand-drawn site about tattoos and the stories behind them.
Petros Vrellis' hypnotic and beautiful interactive version of Van Gogh's "Starry Night."
"Brazil's economy is growing fast and becoming fat. São Paulo is more expensive than New York. Is it a time for a diet?" Brazil, Rich and Fat.
"On a domestic flight in March 2010, I spontaneously put a tissue paper toilet cover seat cover over my head and took a picture in the mirror using my cellphone." Artist Nina Katchadourian's ongoing project: Seat Assignment: Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style.
Bad news: You know your plan to turn your dead cat into a radio controlled helicopter? Some Dutch guy beat you to it.
Related to an earlier post: Pantone Jubilee.
"People who like my clocks tend to be the better people on the planet." Artist Richard Birkett's Fantasy Clocks. And here's a nice short film profile about him and his work. Via Doobybrain.
Liliana Porter's "Man With Axe."
What Aaron found in a basement in Portland.
"The Kowloon Walled City is famous for having been one of the few structures that defied any sense of reality and survived outside the rule of law. While it was demolished between 1993 and 1994, while it stood it was famous for unlicenced practice of medicine, prostitution and the rule of gangs." An beautiful hand drawn depiction of the city by artist Terasawa Hitomi. Via Crib Candy.
Awesome 1952 space mural that is still on the walls of the San Quentin prison cafeteria. Via @mary_roach.
Elder Kinder pays homage to the idea that age is not a deterrent to living fully, but rather a springboard for exploration.
Ceramic sea sculptures by Noriko Kuresumi.
"I'll paint whatever phrase you want on a big piece of paper. Oh man, what will you choose?!" Nicole Lavelle is Making Stuff and Doing Things.
A collection of Star Wars stamps.
Something's Going Down in That Museum Right Now, oil on panel, 16X16 in. Sharon Moody's paintings of comic books and other objects are amazing, hyper-realistic and beautiful. More from It's Nice That.
Scott Scheidly's Pink series.
Great animated GIFs by mr. div.
Gil Elvgren's iconic pin-up girls and the models he used for reference.
Up & Onward, the design portfolio of Paul Shively.
"Each artwork comes with a funny or facty Twitter-sized write-up. If it's a sunny day you might share in Constable's appreciation of the great British landscape, or the rain might coax 'The Snail' by Matisse out of his shell. At lunch time you might find out why fat, and felt, are so important in Beuys's work, or a noisy after work drink might lead to Georg Baselitz explaining why he made a piece with a chainsaw." The Magic Tater Ball app. Via Creative Review
Definitely the most entertaining documentary you'll watch all week, if not month/year: A Brief History of John Baldessari, narrated by Tom Waits.
Most of Man Ray's work is locked up at an auto body shop on Long Island. Can I borrow $20 million?
FotA Jessica Hische's book covers for Barnes & Noble's classics series.
Check Antony's Putin for the Globe and Mail. Perfect.
Aérial is a site-specific glass installation by Baptiste Debombourg at the Abbey Brauweiler in Germany.
All 268 pages from Leonardo's notebooks are presented at the highest resolution in the Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy app.
"My long term hopes for the project are that we stop having capital punishment and that I stop painting plates." Last Suppers.
For BB, World Cup history posters.
Modified Vader helmets.
A great Monster Brains post about Jordu Schell, sculptor of terrifying, horrible things.
Wood chip sculptures by Sergey Bobkov.
"No One Wants to Play Sega with Harrison Ford" Oil on canvas by Brandon Bird.
The Metrocard Project.
A Super Mario Summary recreates every level in the original Super Mario Brothers game, but on a single screen.
Akira Horikawa's 1,000 drawings project.
I just made a promise to myself that someday I will have a wall like this.
Fabulous illustrations and typographic designs by Sasha Prood.
Some nice illustrations by Dan Matutina.
Good takes a look at new ways of funding the news.
Michæl Paukner's 2012 lunar calendar.
"To make each painting, I lay a sheet of frosted mylar over a magazine page. I assign a color to every letter (numbers are shades of grayscale) and apply tiny dots of paint over every character on the page according to my color-code." —Lauren DiCioccio. Beautiful. Via Explore.
The Many Faces of the Internet User.
WanderingBert's effort to try drawing as many nefarious ne'er-do-wells as possible: The Batman Villain Project.
MachineDrawing DrawingMachines, a project by Pablo Garcia "In which twelve drawings of historical drawing machines are drawn by a computer numerical controlled machine."
Screw art by Andrew Myers.
I'm not 100% sure what the Colsubsidio Book Exchange is, but the print campaign is terrific.
Ambrosia at Mefi describes this work succinctly, "Ana Utopia Giordano photoshops portraits of Venus for today's standards of the feminine ideal." Fascinating.
The work of Roger Swainston, underwater painter of fish.
Where Darkness Meets Light... Rembrandt and His Contemporaries at The Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul. Dr. Nazan Olcer, Museum Director and Pieter Roelofs, curator of 17th-century paintings at the Rijksmuseum tour the exhibition in this video. Via The Essential Vermeer.
It's Nice That on San Francisco painter Alec Huxley who "puts cinema in canvas form to devastating effect." Amen to that. Fantastic.
Illustrations by Marcelo Gallegos.
Anyone who's spent hours trying to imitate bad registration on a computer is going to love Briana's latest idea.
Silence Television, illustrations and prints by Gianmarco Magnani. Guitars, motorcycles and other cool stuff. Beautiful line work, type and compositions. Highly recommended.
Grizzly bear + Sriracha flamethrower = this.
Pentagram has designed the logo for next year's 100th Anniversary of Grand Central Terminal in NYC.
Uncut Czechoslovakian matchbox labels.
Long thought to be the work of an unknown artist, a painting in the Netherlands has now been found to be the work of van Gogh.
Street art by Mark Jenkins.
1960s Ads for Sea-Monkeys.
"To create a deck of 54 unique playing cards. Artists and illustrators pick a card each and design it in their own style. When all designs are submitted, the deck is printed in a strictly limited number of copies, which are distributed between the members of the project." The Creative Cards Project.
Designer Silvio Teixeira created some self-promotional work. Did he make a poster? A stack of business cards? A flip book? Why yes he did, all at the same time.
Five years later, I stick by my defense of the 2012 Olympic logo, especially as part of a graphic system like the Royal Mint's 50p collection. I'll admit it's pretty '80s-looking, but I said that all along.
The paintings of Eric Zener.
Spend some quality time over at the Relentlessly Cheerful Tumblr. Thanks Michael!
"When Mr. Moore Junior decided to retire, around 13 years ago, he simply stopped trading. He didn't clear the window display, but left it just as it was on the last day of business." Peter Berthoud tells the story of a store and its contents left to rot, but in the most artistic way possible: "The Most Interesting Underpants in London."
Kiersten Essenpreis' wood etchings of Mitch Hedberg quotes.
Teddy Roosevelt vs. Bigfoot.
RIP Star Wars conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie.
Canadian coins sans la reine.
My Easter egg hunt won't be nearly as cool.
Gemz by Amber Ibarreche.
"My work is about the sensations suggested by grotesque anatomies. I want people to be intrigued by the possibility of impossible bodies, I want people to imagine the feeling of touch skins and textures." Sculptures by Francesca Dalla Benetta.
Lots of new stuff from the unstoppable Antony Hare, Private Illustrator.
Sure, Michelangelo had four years and a giant space to work with, but that isn't stopping artist Alex Gardega from attempting to create an exact copy of the Sistine Chapel ceiling in his New York apartment and in just two months.
Red's coffee stain portrait of Jay Chou.
Somewhere between a blue coat of paint and a gold marker, these grenades got sassy.
British illustrator Matthew Lyons.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and the social media that fulfill them.
Heading to an exhibition of abstract art? Make sure you watch a scary movie first, as that will make you appreciate the art more. Better still, if you're going as a couple, hire an actor to jump out from the shadows and pretend to mug you before you head in. Your date will thank you later.
Bobby Neel Adams' "AgeMaps, where "two photographs of the same person, from different periods of time, are spliced together." The results are both creepy and terrifying.
Neat sculptures by Takanori Aiba.
If you happen to be in London this spring check out the quirky David Shrigley exhibit at Hayward Gallery.
The Composites blends law enforcement composite sketch software with descriptions of literary characters from famous novels to help get an idea of what these fictitious people might look like in the real world.
An infographic showing the history of radio.
A musical art installation called Flow will play the River Tyne in the UK, "responding to the changing nature of the river."
The growth of American food portions.
"A contemporaneous copy of the world's most famous painting has been discovered by conservators at the Prado in Madrid, allowing us to see the Mona Lisa as she would probably have looked at the time."
Joel Penkman's food paintings.
Can you recognize the film from the book cover?
Alex Gross paints on cabinet cards.
The Rijksmuseum has updated their hi-res image of Vermeer's "Woman in Blue Reading a Letter" which has been recently restored. Sublime. Much more on this painting from Jonathan Janson at The Essential Vermeer.
These now seem popular.
Vierge au petit robot.
Who knew that Dorothy Gale likes Empire of the Sun?
Drawings of people by Kelsey Dake.
Vladimir Kolbasov's paintings of St. Petersburg sort of look like photos taken from a dozen super wide angle lenses all stitched together.
Kuvva turns your desktop and twitter into a daily source of inspiration. Some of the world's best artists and illustrators effortlessly make-over your digital life with a new wallpaper curated for every day of the week.
"Letters go slowly on Russian land." A collection of hand-drawn Russian postcards from during WWII.
"...part art nouveau, part art deco and part German expressionism." In 1931, illustrator John Vassos was very afraid.
Illustrations by Luke Brookes.
Brand New features a video of Herb Lubalin explaining the genesis of his logo for PBS.
Blade Runner sketchbook.
"Using a mixture of photographic techniques such as scale, depth of field, white balance and lighting I am able to drastically alter the appearance of my materials."
Fab. Stephen Wildish's 70's Film Alphabet.
Geek vs. Nerd.
Animalia drawings by Mauricio Ortiz.
Scientific illustrations by Alyce Santoro.
Chris Milk's fab video for Two Against One.
"As RedBall travels around the world people approach me on the street with excited suggestions about where to put it in their city. In that moment the person is not a spectator but a participant in the act of imagination."
New Roald Dahl stamps for the Royal Mail.
From artist Guy Laramee, The Great Wall.
Nice colorful artwork by Matt Lyon.
Gorgeous vintage ski posters.
Kevin Dart's Colouroid paintings.
"Backgammon for Friendless People" and other literal Atari game covers.
Three Cubes Colliding is difficult to explain. It's a sort of kite-based project, filmed on a beach, set to eerie music.
Some gorgeous projection mapping on the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
How to lead a creative life.
Strange planet animals.
Related to the last. Selections from a surprising Russian edition of The Hobbit. Dig the illustration of Gollum and the maps too. Also, bits from a Russian tv version. Presciousss.
It's no biggie.
We've linked to Jeremy Geddes paintings previously. We're especially enamored of his Cosmonaut series. His latest, A Perfect Vacuum, has just exploded in our face, unfortunately it happened too late to order a print.
Sarah Frost turns old keyboard keys into art.
Transform your space with glass with these beautiful mosaics.
Art with salt.
The Pantone color of the year for 2012 is 17-1463.
Gorgeous, mysterious paper sculptures are appearing in Edinburgh.
The Proposal is a gallery/bed & breakfast in Zurich.
Nice illustrations by Andreas Preis.
The Illustrated Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer, by Stephanie Orma.
Shadows captured on fabric by Zhang Dali.
John Coulthart on "A London Street Scene", an 1840 painting by John Parry with an amazing attention to typographic detail.
While I was checking to see if we'd already posted Ugly Renaissance Babies (We haven't, and it's great, thanks Heather), I came across Renaissance Baby Magazine, which is actually kinda neat, if arguably more "Rococo" than "Renaissance." Then it occurred to me that "renaissance" is French for "rebirth," and I stopped Googling because there's probably someone out there taking the term literally.
"For over 30 years Haddon Sundblom painted Santa Claus for The Coca-Cola Company and helped establish an image of Christmas still in use today. After his services were no longer required, however, Sundblom took his association with the Santa character to a very different client..."
"Nitsche's work is decidedly Modern, but he is not an orthodox Modernist. Precision craftsman is a better description. Indeed the printed page was his canvas, and visual data his medium." Steven Heller on Erik Nitsche.
A look at creating the world's largest 3D street art installation.
Vintage camera illustrations by Anna Rodighiero.
Behind Hermes Windows.
Before Crystal Pepsi, there was the Cool Cans campaign.
Unlike its mysterious counterparts, it should be much easier to spot the Identified Flying Object, because it will be hovering over London for the next two years.
Tangentially related to the last. Illustrator, animator and artist Rebecca Dart has fine sense for composition, a beautiful flowing use of line and a predilection for old-timey murder ballads. One of the most famous of those is "On the Banks of the Ohio" and Dart's retelling of the tale flows beautifully like the river of its title. Here's the 19th century song, as performed by Bill Monroe & Doc Watson.
BibliOdyssey selects some lovely highlights from a newly uploaded collection of books on The Danse Macabre.
"The walls are of a pale violet. The floor is of red tiles. The bedstead and the chairs are fresh butter yellow. The sheet and the pillows very bright lemon green. The bedspread scarlet red. The window green. The dressing table orange, the basin blue. The doors lilac." The Van Gogh Letter Sketches. "Anyway, you'll see it with the others, and we'll talk about it. Because I often don't know what I'm doing, working almost like a sleepwalker."
Jackson Sze's astonishingly mediocre art.
Nice collection of UK candy wrappers.
Portraits of five Japanese craftsmen employed by Uniqlo.
This is their last centerfold.
Long before the age of man the Time Guardians walked our planet.
"The Grand Ole Bestiary is a collection of faux-antique, anthropomorphic, mythological curios. Each one carefully recovered from ancient catacombs discovered buried deep inside the molten core of a metaphysical holy mountain."
Animated Book Posters.
Huge collection of luggage labels.
60's and 70s bird logos.
"Artist Gary Schott utilizes his skills as a Metalsmith to create playful and beautiful mechanized objects." Wonder Object.
"The overwhelming situation presented in The Mending Project is balanced and softened by the silent persistence of a simple mending action. The large quantity and intense force of the scissors elevate the confrontation between the objects and the performer. The installation/performance evokes urgency, concern, and fear, while simultaneously influence viewers through the calming and healing aura of the mending action."
Lost In Youth by Kristian Jones.
Flesh things. 3D Sculpture by Chris Labrooy.
A look at the evolution of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation logo. Thanks Michael.
From Ben Douglass, Vampires!
Barry Moser illustrations from the University of California edition of Frankenstein. Splendid.
Tolkien's own illustrations for The Hobbit to be published as part of book's 75th anniversary.
"Kim Keever's large-scale photographs are created by meticulously constructing miniature topographies in a 200-gallon tank, which is then filled with water. These dioramas of fictitious environments are brought to life with colored lights and the dispersal of pigment, producing ephemeral atmospheres that he must quickly capture with his large-format camera."
Lovely, from Dominic Le-Hair: Magnetic Typography.
The many faces of Darth Vader.
From the folks at Zendesk, Fun facts about San Francisco's Tenderloin District.
Mein Erster Brockhaus, terrific illustrations from a 1964 children's book found by Andy Field.
A fascinating copiously illustrated piece by Robert Newman for SPD detailing how Time, Bloomberg Businessweek and Newsweek put together their Steve Jobs issues last week.
Loved this book when I was little.
Peter Saville's Substance-y posters for two New Order reunion concerts.
A visualization of Taste Buds: Complimentary Flavors.
Landscapes, Volume Two. Full screen is best.
Four decades of All My Children plot points, All My Marriages, Divorces, Affairs, Murders, and Resurrections.
"In 1972, Wim Crouwel and his Total Design company created an identity system for the Municipality of Rotterdam. The Gemeente Rotterdam identity used a hexagon grid to visually represent the city in an abstracted way."
I'll Make Manhattan.
"The walls are of a pale violet. The floor - is of red tiles. The bedstead and the chairs are fresh butter yellow. The sheet and the pillows very bright lemon green. The bedspread scarlet red. The window green. The dressing table orange, the basin blue. The doors lilac." The Van Gogh Letter Sketches. "Anyway, you'll see it with the others, and we'll talk about it. Because I often don't know what I'm doing, working almost like a sleepwalker."
Jim Hughes on Andrew Loomis, the legendary figure drawing instructor, whose books were amazingly popular. I wonder why?
Aaron Rayburn on Taiwanese artist Tien-Min Liao, who employs cut-paper and physical objects in service of terrific compositions for delivering specific information.
What's on sale? Hell if I know.
Emiliy Roose stitched breaking news stories into cross stitch samplers for her thesis project.
Yutaka Sone's map of the city, carved out of marble: Little Manhattan.
Relive all the action and excitement of a brief interaction with Marina Abramovic in Pippin Barr's The Artist Is Present: The Video Game.
Jessica Hische's chart answering the question: Should I work for free?
One hundred illustrated bottles by ten different designers.
George, just stop.
"[He] spent a couple of hours looking at paintings, periodically topping himself up from a little pocket flask." Memories of Hemingway's visits to the Met. And here's a bit more from his grandson, now a curator at the museum.
French Heraldry by Jules Julien.
Maria Popova on Edward Gorey's Illustrated letters and envelopes.
"Brooklyn artist Jonathan Brand has constructed every single part of a 1969 Mustang coupe at 1:1 scale out of nothing but paper."
Slowly drawing on a storefront window with use of a handmade machine: Der Kritzler.
Artist Jennifer Collier makes household objects out of paper. Lovely.
This awesome Dad makes his kids custom lunch bags every day.
Origami creatures by Shuki Kato.
For DW, Art is Better With Cats.
Child's Own Studio takes your child's drawing and turns it into an actual soft toy.
A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer.
An interactive journey through sexual experiences and preferences of 1000 British individuals, The Sexperience.
Need to figure out a reason to get to LA to catch Gallery 1988's Garbage Pail Kids tribute, wherein they asked 100 artists to put together their own juvenile characters in poor taste. A preview here. Via Doobybrain.
Art collective TrustoCorp's Magazine Interventions.
Just for kicks and born from a strong appreciation of David Bowie, illustrator Andrew Kolb has made an amazing Space Oddity Childrens Book, available as a free PDF.
One Minnesota Lake. One Logo. Everyday. Branding 10,000 Lakes.
Really nice alternate movie posters from Adam Rabalais.
So great: Alternate Histories.
Netflix Envelope Doodles.
Varying degrees of colors you don't see used in such close proximity to one another much anymore these days in this scan of a shopping bag from Disneyworld from the 1980s.
Some interesting and random facts about the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa.
Meat & Bread.
For BB, Amy.
Aled Lewis' print series How Appropriate. You Fight Like a Post-Impressionist, mashing together famous paintings and PC adventure games. Sonny Bonds' appearance in The Last Supper is great.
Of all of artist Sonja Vordermaier's interesting projects, I would most like to know what happens in Basil on Vacation.
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez get the Daniel Edwards treatment.
Adios LA is a visual goodbye to the city Jon Jackson has called home for years as the artist heads east making New York his new home.
For SD: Kyle Hilton's Tim and Eric Paper Dolls.
Banksy's response to the Rupert Murdoch debacle.
A fauxgo (fake logo) is a symbol or other small design created to represent a fictional company or organization that exists only on film.
Illustrations by Joseph Phillips.
From artist Chris Burden, Metropolis II.
If a floating island happens to land in your backyard, the artists behind it would like you to get in touch, as they'd really like to get it back.
Local note for London. The Folding Knife is an exhibition at The Book Club that opens tonight. Featured is the work of Matthieu Bessudo, aka McBess. This is one of those, "how the hell did I not know about this guy until now" moments. His work is smart, idiosyncratic, funny and completely nuts. Case in point, Semi-Naked in the Wood with Musical Instruments. Nice. But You're Still Not a Band.
Elise Morin created this rippling, metallic moonscape out of 65,000 CDs.
The cartoon character color wheel.
In conjunction with BandMade Books, Cake is releasing 1000 handmade, hardcover, 24-page editions of Bound Away.
Camp Pikaland is a virtual school for artists, by artists. Online classes start in August
Sci-Fi ships to scale, 10 Pixels Per Meter.
Paper-cuts by Julene Harrison.
I think I'm going to have to agree with Dan.
A calendar made out of immigration stamps.
"Because we wanted a boss... We had a list of characteristics and requirements our ideal employer would have, and that seemed like the sort of person who'd be named Herb Lester." Daniel Gray interviews Herb Lester, aka Ben Olins and Jane Smillie.
Jason LaFerrera's birds and fauna are made out of old maps.
Artist Scott Campbell chronicles the greatest showdowns in cinematic history.
"For his new project, Err, artist Jeremy Hutchison contacted various factories around the world, and asked if one of their workers would produce an 'incorrect' version of the product they make every day: in doing so, the functional objects became artworks."
Really tiny things inside of really tiny bottles.
Urban Sketchers, a great place to get lost in various places, on drawing at a time.
FotA and former Guest Editor, Andy Ross, was given the opportunity to design his own Spy vs. Spy toy, as part of MAD Magazine's 50th anniversary of the ever-battling spies. More versions of the toys by other designers can be found here.
For BB, a lovely infographic that is a manual photography cheat sheet.
Lovely illustrations by Jurg Lindenberger.
Cutouts by Kylie Stillman.
Some nice work by Tim Green.
Keira Rathbone's Typewriter Art.
The Skittles Brand Book is just as wonderfully weird as their commercials.
Amazing collection of vintage ads.
Burnt Toast, one of the many exciting products offered by The Flat Win Company. Here's their complete history and mission statement and if you're still not convinced, here's a product demonstration.
A Chicago Sojourn takes a look at Rogers Park's Metra Murals.
Nice and simple ads for 3M noise canceling headphones.
Sagaki Keita draws and doodles with precise detail in the service of creating larger images from unrelated smaller pieces. Confused? All is revealed here. Incredible.
Pablo Delgado's mini street art paste-ups.
FPO Award Winners.
Vintage 1970's Racing decals.
Nice collection of mid-century modern logos.
The Fast Food Mafia.
Each location on the Tube map is represented by using the colors of the interconnecting lines, creating simple yet elegant pieces of art by Leon Wilkinson.
James Charles refaces money.
Social media as painted by Bob Ross.
From Olly Moss, "Paper Cuts".
Bird prints by Neil Stevens.
"This page contains a number of imaginary cities drawn between now and 2002. I work straight from memory to create new made up but highly realistic cities."
Fuzzy has been taking photos of the '312' street art murals that started popping up all over the city for the past 6 months or so. We had one down the street from the studio up until recently when it was painted over.
Polygons by Dave Murray.
"All people featured in the project are part of my everyday life, ranging from close friends to passers-by."
Synths Matt Hunsburger has owned.
Jen Stark animates paper.
Papercuts by Joe.
Book covers that got away.
In case you're stuck, here's a list of ideas of what to draw.
Gangsta Star Wars.
Releasing a poster for some stolen Andy Warhol paintings, the LAPD inadvertently makes a kind of Warhol of its own.
"I just don't understand how you can say you like both the Pre-Raphaelites and Vermeer."
Really nice work from student Spencer Bigum.
Ed Bing Lee makes fiber art.
"Being super ain't easy." Colin Dunn's branding for Fortress of Solitude.
Related to the last. Noper too.
As long as we're mentioning Layer Tennis competitors today, check out Able Parris' great new portfolio site.
Bobby Solomon visited Gallery 1988 this weekend to see An Exhibition by Olly Moss. Thankfully he brought a camera. Like all of Olly's work, it looks surprising, smart and more than a little fun.
Stolen by Napoleon, ripped in half, hidden in a box and then a truck during the wars, restored, splattered with water, dropped from a crane, restored again, and for all that, it gets to be ignored by thousands of tourists every day. Veronese's "The Wedding at Cana."
"Neche Collection is a visual archive and print series of objects collected by my grandfather throughout his life. I'll post a new image daily from the collection and create a weekly print inspired by those objects." I was lucky enough to pick up a print from the first week. Beautiful.
Andreas Neophytou's lovely mark for William and Son and how it got that way. Also, a nice ID feature on his development of the identity for Outside Photographic. Masterclass.
Fab collection of vintage illustrations from French encyclopedias from 1945 to 1975.
For MCJ, Sarah Blake's octopus.
An illustration showing different kinds of packs.
Issue 34 of Little White Lies Magazine glows in the dark.
Alan Wolfson's recreation of a New York street corner in miniature: Canal St. Cross-Section.
A paper weaving card set.
Lovely: From Me to You.
"A specially constructed parcel recorded the 902 mile journey from London to the Isle of Barra, revealing the unseen world of the Royal Mail and how it delivers mail to the farthest corners of the UK." Tim Knowles' Post Box. Best to read the about page first before you watch main project.
"These pieces are in part responses to environmental stressors including climate change, toxic pollution, and gm crops. They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones." Check out some of Kate's work in person next weekend at Art Chicago.
More on the collaboration between J. Spaceman and director Jonathan Glazer in turning a Spiritualized album into an art installation at Coachella. Here's a review of the space by the LA Times.
Local note: This Friday is the opening reception for FotA Jay Ryan's show Trouble at Rotofugi.
A collection of work by Viera Bombová, "a master of the dreamlike Slovak book illustrations of the '60s and '70s."
So you want to make a movie? Try these cheat sheets.
If logos were honest.
Local Note: FotA Letterform will be debuting new work tomorrow night at Press & Pull. Also featured is work by Sonnenzimmer, Winterbureau, Megan Sterling and Ryan Kapp. Did I mention the free beer? There will also be free beer...
Post It Show Barcelona.
From artist Shinichi Maruyama, Water Sculpture.
Philadelphia's Rocky statute was recently yarn bombed.
Related to the last. Christian Annaya's Saul Bass Logo Design: Then and Now.
For pretty much everyone I know, Do you need a Social Media Detox?
Culture for breakfast. The Fall of the Rebel Angels from Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry, ca. 1410.
So you know, a world map of video game villains.
Fake Japanese Ad Characters, Juan Molinet, from Buenos Aires.
Brian Dettmer alters books.
The Book Cover Archive presents An Archive of Book Cover Designs and Designers for the purpose of appreciation and categorization.
Julien Vallee's paper "Spray Can" sculpture. Lovely.
Jonathan D. Lippincott writes for 50 Watts about fabricating sculpture, The Move to Large Scale.
Designers respond to help Japan.
Clement Valla's Postcards from Google Earth, Bridges.
Illustrations by Raylambert for Méthode et Exercices de Langues Française, 1947. Lovely.
Charlotte Mann draws on walls.
Nice work by Slava in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
A handy flowchart to help you decide what baseball team you should root for.
Dietrich Wegner's cloud playhouse.
INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work.
"With a lot of help and support from old and new friends, I turned the side of an abandoned house in my neighborhood into a giant chalkboard where residents can fill in the blank and remember what is important to them in life... If you're in New Orleans, stop by the corner of Marigny and Burgundy (900 Marigny St) to add your thoughts to the wall and see what matters most to your neighbors."
"This project explores the invisible terrain of WiFi networks in urban spaces by light painting signal strength in long-exposure photographs."
A peak at the redesigned NYT Magazine debuting Sunday.
"W.E.B. DuBois's sociology students hand-drew these charts plotting the plight of African Americans in the decades after the Civil War."
An infographic showing the chronological timeline of the history of computers.
Ward Jenkins on Franz Born's Jules Verne: The Man Who Invented the Future and the beautiful illustrations of Peter P. Plasencia from 1964.
In the early 1970s, the Kewpie Corporation (maker of Kewpie brand mayonnaise) produced a deck of promotional playing cards featuring various pachimon (imitation monsters modeled after creatures from popular movies and TV shows). Japanese Pachimon playing cards.
Lovely, Trompe L'oeil.
jcpenney rebrands with a "bold new logo."
CP hero Caravaggio was a handful. Police Dossier, Artist Behaving Badly.
The guy at the body shop keeps mixing up the repairs.
Ty Lettau's redesigned Winnie the Pooh characters.
Artist Walton Creel's Deweaponizing the Gun. Art made using a .22 rifle.
"Because of the growing individualism and the abundance of objects, advertisements and other visual structures in public space, people are less conscious of their surroundings and what's actually in there. When I install a wooden imitation of an archetype electricity box, there was nobody (except some dog) that noticed this sudden appearance. It's located on a vacant lot near the Zuidas, the major business destrict of Amsterdam. Until now, the sculpture hasn't been removed."
Batman x Star Wars.
Design Made in Germany flips through David Blank and Florian Hägele's book, Das Pixel.
Grain Edit on Simon Walker's logo work in a classic American commerical style.
Steve Heller hunts down a Nazi graphics standards manual. Thanks Michael.
"Time Lords hail from the planet Gallifrey in the Kasterborous Cluster. Also known as The Shining World of the Seven Systems, it was located at coordinates 10-0-11-0-0 by 0-2 from Galactic Center." From Bob Canada's Doctor Who Infographic.
The Ice Book is the story of a princess who lures a boy into the forest in order to warm her heart of ice. The performance blends animation, puppetry, and film to bring a pop-up book vividly to life in front of the audience's eyes.
Nicholas Felton's 2010 Annual Report, the paternal edition. Instant purchase.
Call for entries. The brand new Brand New Awards from Under Consideration.
A stop-motion look at the chalk board illustration for the latest cover of Signature magazine.
Sculptor/artist Karen Caldicott's models for McDonalds ads running in Austria.
"Trying to capture the essence of an object or idea with only a few lines and at the same time maintaining its elegance is pretty much design in a nutshell. That's what so great about icons, they're tiny poems." The Four Icon Challenge.
Decorations and illustrations by Alfred Garth Jones, from
Century, Scribners, Harpers, Everybody's & Home Journal 1911-15.
An infographic mapping out the most prevailing actors in the Coen brother's movies, the Coenfographic.
Geek out with these Star Wars 3D art renders.
Artist Jennifer Rubell's Padded Cell, an 8' x 16' room with walls made of pink cotton candy.
Grain Edit on Wucius Wong's cool Principles of Three-Dimensional Design.
FotA Art School Girl's new art print SUM True Love.
So you found something cool on the Internet.
Denis Peterson's Hyperrealism Paintings.
Orwell, Poe, De Sade, and Laclos. Scent Stories.
"For the collage work I try to put the logical aside and exercise the intuitive muscle." Dan Wagstaff's illustrated chat with book designer and collagist John Gall.
"Quayola creates worlds where real substance, such as natural or architectural matter, constantly mutates into ephemeral objects." Iconic paintings from Velazquez and Tiepolo are transformed into ethereal, digital landscapes in this mesmerizing project, Topologies by Quayola. Via The Fox Is Black.
ACL on an afternoon with Mr. Demuth. Beautiful.
"The way we choose to research and find information is also in an evolution. I hope to raise questions about these changes, the ephemeral and fragile nature in which we now obtain knowledge, and the future of books." Lovely paper sculptures from artist Cara Barer.
Related to the last: designer Peter Saville famously delayed album releases and delivered concert posters after shows, so is it any surprise his headstone for Tony Wilson's grave was delivered three years after Wilson's death? (It's beautiful, of course.)
From artist Tim Liddy, amazing hyperrealistic paintings of classic board game box lids.
A graphic look at the 2010 US movie box office.
What's your state good at? Way to embarrass us Illinois.
A short film in paper, Train of Thought.
Taha Al-Hiti, a professional calligrapher, explains how letters were originally based on the shape of the human body.
Good Magazine's latest transparency takes a look at the rivalry between Edison and Tesla, The Current War.
"The guerrilla lighting artists filled one thousand envelopes with poems written by 17 poets on the occasion of a recent poetry festival in Madrid. The leaves of poetry were left to hang in the venue's garden for three days." 1000 poems by mail.
Warm Heads card set.
The portfolio of Lisbon collagist and illustrator Cristiana Couceiro. Make sure to check the "Series." Fab.
A infographic showing how colors affect purchases.
Unbreakable rule of design blogging. There is always room for another Charley Harper post. Case in point, Codex xcix on The Animal Kingdom.
"The World is a painting about information overload. It depicts the world as swirling information that is always changing, often inaccurate, while somewhat illuminating. It is expressionistic information." And now it's a print.
Nice collection of Czechoslovakian postage stamps.
A helpful flowchart to help you determine if you should friend your parents on Facebook.
How was your day?
Blind contour drawings by Ian Sklarsky.
Grain Edit on American Trademark Designs from 1976.
The Noun Project need your support, it's getting ours.
"Perhaps no other magazine so successfully captured the zeitgeist of the late 1960s." An excellent illustrated post on Avant Garde Magazine and Ralph Ginzburg and Herb Lubalin. Also see an earlier post from Codex xcix on Eros Magazine.
Modulab is the portfolio of graphic designer James Brooks. Check the bike company identities.
"The technique of marbling entails floating colours on a liquid and mixing them by chemical and physical means to achieve a pattern. A sheet of paper is placed on the pattern and is then removed, essentially forming a monotype print." BilbiOdyssey on Marbled Paper Designs. Spectacular.
From artist Elod Beregszazi, his gorgeous concertina paper sculptures.
Perhaps the world's largest slot car track: a look at artist Chris Burden's piece Metropolis 2.
Artist Alex Queral creates art out of ordinary phone books.
"So, I want to draw your mixtapes. I want your sad songs, you love jams, your sing at the top of your lungs car tunes, your break-up tape, your make-up tape and your BFF-4evah cassette."
"We are testing your capacity to willingly create that which you spend your entire life trying not to create: the worst logo ever." How Low Can Your Logo.
"Q: How do you approach designing a series of covers? A: Find the longest combination of title and author, and then work backwards from there! If your design can accommodate One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn then you know you're on to a good thing."
Dan Wagstaff's illustrated interview with book designer Clare Skeats. Love her Vintage Classics series.
Who owns Antarctica?
The United States of Television.
Collages by Valero Doval.
Bodyworld: the artography of Ferndando Vicente.
Relics is a project playing off the idea that the white Greek statues that we see now were once bright, colorful and vibrant.
Nina and Lucy Ann are 150-year-old drug smugglers.
Oil paintings by Andreas M. Wiese, including "Flying Saucer Attacks Tram."
So great, Hamlet as a diagram.
Band names in icon form.
BibliOdyssey on A Collection of Saxon Prince Portraits with Rhyming Verse, 1500-1546, likely by Lucas Cranach the Elder, in a surprisingly modern illustration style. Splendid.
Mid-century Japanese travel posters.
Vintage U.S. Parks posters.
"I disassemble typewriters and then reassemble them into full-scale, anatomically correct human figures. I do not solder, weld, or glue these assemblages together- the process is entirely cold assembly." From Artist Jeremy Mayer, Typewriter Re-assemby.
From illustrator Steve Thomas, fabulous vintage Star Wars travel posters.
Colonel Sanders, have you been working out?
A look inside the sketchbooks of 12 top designers.
This painting is not available in your country.
For the season. Illustrator Harry Clarke's Poe's Tales of Mystery & Imagination.
Write a Bike, by Juri Zaech.
Paris versus New York. Lovely.
Death Star by mnmal.
Local note for the Twin Cities. We sure wish we could be there this weekend for the opening of Aaron Draplin's "Pretty Much Everything" show at CO Exhibitions. Aaron is our co-conspirator on Field Notes and other things. Congrats Broham.
So you know, the evolution of the geek.
"The Satellite Collection is a series of six digital prints that I made by collaging cut-out imagery from Google Satellite."
Grain Edit flips through Corporate Diversity: Swiss Graphic Design by Geigy 1940-1970. Here's a short film, documenting a retrospective of the firm's work.
Aguirre: The Wrath of God by Jay Ryan.
Marian Bantjes wonders.
Mark Summers' Lincoln sketchbook.
Vintage ads of fictional futures.
Local note: Our pals at the Post Family host More is More, paintings by Nancy Rosen, opening tonight at 6pm and running through Nov. 12.
Typographic maps of Chicago and Boston.
"By now you have seen the new Gap logo. By now you have sent a 'this is terrible' rant to all your designer friends. By now Gap is probably about to pull a Tropicana."
Gorgeous paper sculptures from artist Jeff Nishinaka.
Bacon Kevin Bacon.
Photos from the first Hungarian Wood Festival.
Travel posters for Paris street corners.
Tilt-Shift Van Gogh.
8 Bit Wood, serving all your wooden pixel needs.
City illustrations by Chris Dent.
A top ten of recent designs from The Dieline's wine packaging blog.
Desire, Death, Myth, Paul Gauguin at the Tate Modern.
"The first problem: how shall the weight be carried?" The Minister on Andrew Loomis books on illustration and drawing available as free downloads, collected at Escape From Illustration Island.
Murakami at Versailles.
Does technology make us more productive workers?
Sarah McNeil's Four Hundred Pencils.
Photographer Karl Baden, best known for his ongoing, 23 year old project of taking a photo of himself every day, spent some time in the 1980s creating strange contact sheet self portraits.
"From the treatment and prevention of diseases like smallpox, measles, and cholera, to the stages of pregnancy and drug advertisements, these prints offer a unique window into traditional Japanese attitudes toward health and illness." A huge collection of 19th Century health-related themed Japanese wood block prints.
Cowboys, horses and drum 'n bass.
Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven or a nightmare for MS.
"The goal of this approach was to provide an overview of the entire play by showing its text through a collection of the most frequently used words for each character." Visualizing Shakespeare. Via Information Aesthetics.
Artist Sandrine Estrade Boulet looks at the world and sees things just a little bit differently than we do.
If you are thinking about buying a lottery ticket and dreaming of the big win, you might want to take a look at this before you start planning to pull a Steven Slater.
Juan Pablo Bravo strikes again with his graphic of 600 Hanna-Barbera characters.
"It is a ripe material: intaglio printed on sturdy linen stock, covered in decorative filigree, and steeped in symbolism and concept. Blade and glue transform it- reproducing the effects of tapestries, paints, engravings, mosaics, and computers-striving for something bizarre, beautiful, or unbelievable... the foreign in the familiar." Via What the Cool.
"A taut suspense thriller about a gifted girl and the ancient cult that wants to use her mental abilities for its own sketchy ends." KG's latest novel make Entertainment Weekly's Must List. Sweet!
If all modern art was like this, I'd be broke buying too many lifetime museum memberships. Video of Chris Burden's "The Flying Steamroller."
An infographic showing the history of search engines.
Be prepared to put your work aside and spend some time browsing. A ridiculously gigantic collection of vintage adverts.
Technical illustrations for the Norwegian Army.
Illustrations by Tatsuro Kiuchi.
Playing Cards from Ukraine.
Ali Jabbar's Simple Public Figures.
A look at the timeless beauty of National Geographic.
How original Greek statues used to look when they were painted.
Hand-painted bon voyage postcards.
Minimalist album covers.
The Periodic Table of Controllers. Console and handheld.
Gorgeous, the Perfect Pico de Gallo. Poster please.
Three synchronized clocks, one perfect cube.
The work of street artist Balloon, "the Russian Banksy."
Turns out that GPS self-portrait was a hoax. Thanks to Michael for the heads up.
Matt rebrands the United States Postal Service.
With the help of a GPS device, a briefcase, and DHL, artist Eric Nordenankar has created a single-stroke self portrait of himself that spans the globe.
Will selects some beautiful woodcuts illustrating Don Quixote, by Hermann-Paul, Netherlands, 1929-31.
"With our book posters, you can literally hang your favorite book on the wall with the complete text, arranged to depict a memorable scene from the book." Postertext. Lovely.
Nice collection of authentic vintage maps and prints.
"My 'overbred' creatures are a series of animals that bear the imagined results of domestication pushed to absurdity. The attributes that make them appealing, useful, marketable, and handy for human use are short-sighted and human-centric."
From designer Daisy Lew, Pop-Up NYC.
52 Bad Dudes.
Artist Johnny Swing makes teddy bears, pillows and furniture out of money.
Vintage-style ads for Facebook, Youtube and Skype.
Meticulous paper sculptures of the band Queen.
Michael5000 collects Boring Postcards.
Every Sunday for the next year, artist Matteo Pericoli will publish a drawing of a window view from writers around the world on the Sunday New York Times Op-Ed page. You can see his first entry here.
"Walls, benches and floors made of used books structure a series of rooms at once framing and dissolving into their environment (approximately 40,000 books were used)." Jardin de la Connaissance.
British artist James Hopkins' Vanitas Series. Startling, meaningful and wicked smart.
Royal Mail's 2012 Olympic stamps.
"As a designer it is important to understand where design came from, how it developed, and who shaped its evolution. The more exposure you have to past, current and future design trends, styles and designers, the larger your problem-solving toolkit. The larger your toolkit, the more effective of a designer you can be." Design is History.
Nadia, a camera that features no display, instead showing you a percentage judging how attractive your photo will turn out. All based on its on-board "aesthetics inference engine."
Uhura gets buried in tribbles in the Alamo Drafthouse's new Star Trek-inspired poster.
A guide to art in the NYC subway system.
So you know, a brief history of computer icons.
"Includes free anachronistic cave man for your T.Rex to eat." Too cute, the T.Rex animated paper kit.
Nice bird paintings by Maurizio Bongiovanni.
Chart showing the circumstances when whipping it should be considered.
"This project involves employing the inhabitants of a favela to paint their own houses according to a pre-arranged pattern. It will turn their community into an artwork of epic scale and will produce an explosion of color, joyfully radiating into the world. Visible from the center of Rio, 'O Morro' will draw attention to the city's deplorable social situation, while instilling pride and joy in the at the bottom of the social hierarchy."
Jason de Caires Taylor's Underwater Sculptures.
Lovely, from artist Tine De Ruysser, bank note jewelry.
Great Flickr set of the art of futurist-artist A. C. Radebaugh.
Illustration and collage by Stéphane Massa-Bidal, Rétrofuturs.
Star Wars original art by Tsuneo Sanda.
Lovely vintage vintage car illustrations.
Fab Russian Avantgarde books.
A journey round the linoleum cuts and wood engravings of Paul Landacre.
Smart. Dell partners with Threadless! to create awesome laptop designs.
Carved eggs, wow.
Nice newspaper mailer for Loyola University Maryland.
Fab vintage Japanese Sci Fi illustrations.
FriendsWithYou's inflatable town in Toronto.
For a Merry 4th.
For JC and BB, why Germany will win the World Cup.
Wilfred Castillo's Redwood City Wharf, CA tide prediction diagram providing commercial and recreational information for the month of June 2007.
Coloring Books for Grown-Ups.
Mark Sinclair checks out some of the Best of New Blood show, put on by D&AD.
Illustrator Doug Watson's pinball machine art.
"Well, we've built a giant cat head." The Threadless float in this weekend's pride parade.
Art of McSweeney's book and dust jacket. Amen.
Edward Tufte opens a museum.
A Journey Round on Cinderella meets Serpentina in Kiev, a dreamy set of illos by Alexandr Mychajlow for a collection of Fairytales of Foreign Writers from the Ukraine.
Joseph Senor's Hello Kitties include Buzz Lightyear, Darth Vader, C3PO, Robocop, Batman and Star Trek.
Badaude is sketching everything that transpires at this week's Shakespeare & Company Literary Festival in Paris.
Pixelated by Shawn Smith.
Stupid little biscuit.
Local note: Art on Track is a mobile art experience aboard an eight-car CTA train, which circles the Chicago loop for a day long celebration of fine arts culture.
The engravings of Henri-Georges Adam, 1904-67.
Birds and Toaster made from the ashes of Anne Lindeboom (1920 - 1984).
See the world, one drawing at a time. Urban Sketchers is awesome.
A unique communal work, a living portrait of the Man in Black; The Johnny Cash Project.
Fab. 1968 Czech edition of Gulliver's Travels, illustrated by Bohumil Stepan.
Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives. To get you going on a Wednesday morning, pair a browse here with a strong cup of Joe.
Happy Lovers Town, the illustration portfolio of Jonathan Calugi.
For MS, giant webs made of packing tape. An idea for your napping loft?
For MS, Identical Twins.
The paintings of Jeremy Geddes. Sublime. Of course, I'm a sucker for Cosmonauts.
Because every country is the best at something, International Number Ones.
For BB, a fab 2010 World Cup wall chart.
Artist Bern Porter, USA 1911-2004. A selection of Founds including Do's, Don'ts, and Gee Whizzles from the MoMA Library. Via gmt+9 (-15).
Information Architects' Cosmic 140 poster showing the 140 most influential people on twitter, sorted by #name #handle #category #influence #activity.
My First Book of Geography, France, 1959. Lovely.
Kawaii characters by Jerrod Maruyama.
Mike Leavitt's action figures.
Gail Armstrong's paper sculptures.
The Google logo drawn by kids.
Kent Barton's scratchboard art and process.
Recto|Verso, rare and unusual images from F.A. Bernett Books in Boston. Bookmarked. Check these images from a Futurist trade catalogue from Milan in 1924. Beautiful. Thanks for the tip Peacay.
Journey Round on Gyula Derkovits' cycle of woodcuts 1514. Great find.
The folks at If It's Hip, It's Here have a sneak peek at some the entries in this year's Vader Project.
Born In Concrete is the blog of Vancouver based illustrator Derek Stenning. He's using it primarily as a repository for a sort of retro-sci-fi series titled Entartete Kunst, which "is German for 'Degenerate Art,' and was a term developed by Nazi theorists to describe most modern art, as they felt it was socially corruptive..." While it sounds high-minded, the work is anything but, it's superb and full of Cosmonauts and hexagrams and beautiful type.
Apropos of nothing. Footage of the 1967 unveiling of Chicago's Picasso. I distinctly remember hearing Hizzonner's speech on the car radio that day, and being quite confused. Still am. Via Edward Lifson.
"The Main Street Bozeman sketchbook is an attempt to document every building on Main Street in Bozeman, Montana between Rouse and Grand Avenues. Each spread was drawn on location." Sweet. By Paul Heaston. Check these portraits too. Via Public School.
Awesome paper sculptures.
Everything You Want, Right Now!
Yoritsuki, a collection of 35 icons associated with hot springs in Japan.
Fab collection of vintage book covers 1902-1984.
Soviet poster recreated using Barbie dolls.
A FotA-fest: 20x200 and Significant Objects have teamed up with Kate Bingaman-Burt in offering up these prints, chronicling all of the Significant Objects objects thus far and raising money for the non-profit Girls Write Now.
Great round up of vintage bullet boxes .
We Are Happy. To Serve You. Leslie Buck, creator of the iconic coffee cup, dies at 87.
Great set of graphic design for Olivetti.
Some more great process elaboration (with a wonderful video, too), this time from students at Winthrop University for their senior show.
Meet 48 Hour Magazine: "As the name suggests, we're going to write, photograph, illustrate, design, edit, and ship a magazine in two days." With your help.
From artist Karla Murray, very cool photorealistic paintings, Small American Towns.
From artist Ben Heine, Pencil vs. Camera!.
Ohio: Far more than the sum of its parts, even if those parts were so nicely illustrated.
"I create large geometric configurations from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing. These structures take the form of wedges, columns, walls and enclosures, typically weighing between five hundred pounds and two tons." Via Sweet Station.
Meet Quad Royal, "a blog about posters and graphics." Some great visual inspirado there.
Art made out of money.
Rebranding Chrysler, in which three designers (including friend of CP & NCZ Aaron Draplin) attempt to restore some of that showroom shine to the automaker.
The Minister on an illustration for Handyman's Modern Manuals. Aegir always finds the coolest stuff, you should have his site bookmarked.
From the makers of Brand New, meet Brand New Classroom. School's in session, and we can't wait to see the results.
"Eating: If you must eat on the Subway, avoid foods that are messy, smelly or otherwise disruptive to other passengers. No one wants to smell your food or grab the pole and get bbq sauce on their hand. It's a train, not the food court." Metropolitan Etiquette Authority signs.
"I recently got into the hands of a small album of silhouettes of Fyodor Tolstoy, stored in the Hermitage. I can not share this pleasure and invite them to your attention." Translated. Via Peacay.
The anatomy of a tribble.
More process pornography to start your week, this time for the cover of The Exquisite Book.
There are wedding bells in the air at Northcoast Zeitgeist, so when the time came to produce our save-the-dates, we wanted to press some letters. The photographic results.
13th Street's "Stationery of Horror". Great concept, very aptly described.
This is what happens when you combine three friends, some beers, wood and metal type, a proof press, one big election and some Celebrity Pilots.
Designed to create awareness about endangered species and their disappearing habitats, the Philadelphia Zoo has launched an exhibit called "Creatures of Habitat" featuring animals made entirely of Legos.
Icons are some of the most "put up or shut up" pieces in design. In working with Monocle, Always With Honor has, as always, put up.
Aaron at the mighty DDC's got the details on an awesome design-meets-civic-pride project in the pages of GOOD.
Welcome to the Experimental Food Society.
House Industries prints a catalog.
How adorable are these new pieces from Rachael Novak? I'm pretty sure I own the outfit depicted in the third one. Yes, 100% sure.
"My students are awesome." Jessica Hische, you are correct.
"Now that the internet is a fad of the past (Jennifer Daniel) has successfully launched a new website." What Would Jennifer Do. Yay.
"The Working Proof seeks to promote art and social responsibility. Each print is paired with a charity of the artist's choice, to which we are donating 15% of the sale of each print - creating what we believe to be a product with not just aesthetic, but social value." Via The Donut Project.
"Just because it's graphical, it doesn't mean it's useful." Phil Gyford's Infographic.
Previewing Marian Bantjes' I Wonder.
A superb process and an even better final product in this Johnny Cash letterpress poster.
As we celebrate the 75th birthday of the Works Progress Administration, why not take a look at some of the most recognizable fruits of its labor: The posters of the Federal Art Project, a program we wouldn't mind seeing return.
The results of AIGA Cleveland and Cranky Pressman's Cranky Camp letterpress printing workshop.
Meet The Hello Project, "an online social collaboration giving people the chance to say hi, hello, or hola on one of today's most common yet neglected canvases: the Post-it."
"Cakeland also can serve as an analogue for the search for temporal love; the experience can be incredibly sweet and indulgent, punctuated by moments of insecurity and terror." Cakeland.
"Woke up feeling motivated. To help facilitate future motivation, I made this giant 3' X 4' 'Motivational Poster' for a blank wall in my newish Portland apartment. 9 bucks at FedEx Kinkos. Easy." Adam Garcia's Motivational Poster.
infographic showing the results from the World Database of Happiness.
We're huge fans of infographics. And these, from Aaron Kraus, only encourage our habit.
Carli Dottore got to live the letterpress dream recently, interning at Hatch Show Print. Here's the excellent Think Pink poster, one of her pieces done there, along with the process behind it.
Adorable bears, soaring eagles and, of course, logging. Our humble submission for the MoOM: Stan Galli's illustrations for Weyerhaeuser.
So great, 100 character scales of Pixar.
Gorgeous book sculptures from artist Jaqueline Rush lee.
Daily drawings using the same paper, same pencil, no erasers, no Photoshop and some colored marker here and there.
Characters from LOST: The Animated Series.
Star Wars stencil graffiti around the world.
The Art of Money. A design analysis of typography, iconography, color and technologies used on major paper currencies.
Meet the Avant Gardeners t-shirt and card set.
Tron vs Saul Bass posters.
Chrome postcards of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Motels, hotels, restaurants, streets, towns and tourist attractions. Fab.
"From the moment they leave the easel, paintings begin to change. That certainly applies to The Bedroom, which was already damaged during Van Gogh's lifetime." The famous painting is undergoing a major restoration. Video of conservator Ella Hendricks' examination. Follow the work on this blog and learn more at Lines and Colors.
"A sequence of 500 'illuminations' at 250-metre intervals will roll westwards from Segedunum fort, Wallsend, at 5:45pm, reaching Carlisle three quarters of an hour later and ending on the final, largely fragmentary stretch of the wall above the Solway." The public participates in a large scale work of art, lighting up Hadrian's Wall. Check the video here.
An interactive infographic showing the difference between the quakes in Haiti and Chile.
For DW, the Periodic Table of Sci-Fi film and television.
Aegir Hallmundur's illustration for Wired is money.
A collection of portraits of Star Trek characters. Gnar Trek.
David Pearson's hand-stamped covers for new editions of Cormac McCarthy's books.
The human body as a subway map. Fab.
Masterpieces of minimalism or cheap furniture? An artist or an ape? Familiar-looking online quizzes as art satire.
Awesome, a graph showing water consumption in Edmonton during the Olympic Gold Medal hockey game.
So great, a re-envisioning of the beloved childhood classic for the Star Wars fan, Goodnight Forest Moon.
From artist Dan Kenneally, Lunchbox. I'll take the Reuben, thanks.
Grain Edit interviews Sanjay Patel about Ramayana, Divine Loophole, his new book of 150 vibrant illustrations that tell the story of Rama and "his quest to rescue his wife Sita after she was kidnapped by a demon king."
Whitey on the Moon is a collection of 10 space drawings by artist Joey Parlett. Each drawing is a grid study referencing space photographs from NASA, LIFE magazine and thrift store science books. Via Book By Its Cover.
Black Harbor illustrated interview with artist Wesley Eggebrecht. Love his style, more work can be seen at his site.
Brian Rea is afraid, very afraid.
Illustrator Robert McCall, whose work embodied and inspired North America's fascination with space travel in the 60s, passed away last Friday. McCall may be familiar to many for his work on 2001: A Space Odyssey. Via Flavorwire
Maximilian Toth's Little Beasts are in the TMN Galleries this week.
So cool, letterpress prints made with dice.
"It is the delicacy, the slight feeling of claustrophobia, as if these characters, the landscape have been trapped inside the book all this time and are now suddenly released." Gorgeous book-cut sculpture from artist Su Blackwell.
So you know, a graphic guide to the sport of Curling.
"Two hundred artists, architects, and designers propose their dream interventions in Frank Lloyd Wright's spiraling rotunda." Contemplating The Void.
Pr*tty Sh*tty talks to Paula Scher. Good stuff!
Great infographic showing the numbers behind the Academy Awards.
The Casual Optimist on ten Flickr groups for book design and inspiration.
"I remember 90% of the dwarves' poem and all of their names by heart." Illustrator Sam Blogsma started a series of sketches based on The Hobbit late last year. He's still at it, and his style is wonderful. Check this post on his process. Via Picture Book Report.
"This major exhibition of Constructivist art was shown in Basel in 1937, at a time when just a few miles north this kind of modernist painting and scuplture was denounced as "degenerate art" by the Nazi regime." Book (Design) Story #700: Kosntruktivisten, designed by Jan Tschichold.
Nate makes words pretty.
Adad Hannah, painstakingly recreated Theodore Gericault's "Raft of the Medusa" in photography. So cool. For background information and behind the scenes photos Check this post at PFOAC.
Simple Desktops, designed to make your computer beautiful without distraction.
Oldbook vintage masking tape.
"70 workers are building a wooden 4 x 12 m 'digital' time display in real time: a work that involves 1611 changes within 24 hour period." Standard Time.
Paper Jam Press makes fab handcrafted letterpress posters.
Illustrations by Emma Kelly.
Lady Gaga dollas.
Something Is Happening.
"A dream world, drawn with sepia-colored ink on cream-colored ceramic. Magical forests, childhood memories, tree houses..." "Les Maisons Enchantées" 21 piece service set.
Amazing photography, typography and composition in service of a classic and precise editorial style. Below Mag from Ushuaia, Terra Del Fuego, Argentina. Fab.
"Fifteen illustrators will reach out to their favorite books and create wonderful pieces of art in response to the text that has moved them, shaped them, or excited them." Picture Book Report. Via Super Duper.
Artist Josef Schulz's Sign Out, removing the logos and lettering from roadway business signs.
Helen Musselwhite's papercuts under glass domes.
Art School Girl releases a new letterpressed art print just in time for Valentine's Day.
Open Call to Artists and Curators: Pop-Up Art Loop converts empty Chicago storefronts into galleries.
From the National Museum of Health and Medicine, vintage medical propaganda ephemera.
Fred Seibert on William Golden, "Talk about unsung heroes. For those of you interested in graphic design or broadcasting or branding or marketing -or you're just a media freak like me- you really should read this book." Via @grainedit.
Found on the way to finding something else. Digging Chicago designer Kyle Poff's work, especially the marks for Cy's Tavern and The A-Frame Brewery.
The Little Guys Blog, where drawings of little guys will appear every day (except when more appear).
Pretend you are smarter than you are with these book jackets. Brilliant. Unless you are actually reading these books, then just have a very cool jacket to protect the prose.
Coloring with Yuko Shimizu.
Crayola Color Chart, 1903-2010.
The White Tape Project.
Matthew Lyons is a 21 year old student studying illustration and animation at Loughborough University in England. His work is amazing.
Album covers recreated using MS Paint.
Nice illustrations by Leandro Castelao.
The New York Delft porcelain dinnerware collection.
Julie Cloutier's Timed Drawings measure the duration of domestic activities, while exploring the length and width of her stroke.
D&D Player's Handbook design over time: analyzed.
Ghost signs in Chicago
David Sotelo's photographs of El Dorado Hotel dwellings before they were converted into high-end lofts.
I have quite a few pieces of original art in my house from FotA Rod Hunting from The Post Family. And I think I may be adding more as I just saw his Airplane Print #1. It's big and there will be more on the way which makes it perfect for the wall I have not been able to commit to, art-wise, in my dining room. Been waiting 6 years to put something there. Thanks Rod, dilemma solved.
What's there to smile about? A scientist has announced that the Mona Lisa likely had very high cholesterol.
Comenius and Admir take the most popular YouTube videos and make drawings of them. Without You Baby, There Ain't No Us.
A graphical visualization of when fruits and vegetables are in season near you
A great collection of Victorian infographics.
Handcrafted wooden toys of recently extinct animals.
A newly discovered letter leads to the latest van Gogh ear theory: he chopped it off himself over news of his brother's marriage.
"I am trying to draw every person in New York. I will be drawing people everyday and posting as frequently as I can. It is possible that I will draw you without you knowing it." Via J-Walk.
The work of artist/illustrator Kate O'Leary.
Room A in London's National Gallery, spoil the secret why don't you?
For JC: scientists have exhumed Caravaggio's remains to try and figure out how the hard-living artist actually died.
Behind the New York Times Magazine's redesign.
Get on over to 20 x 200 and sign up for their newsletter, stat! Tomorrow morning, they'll release a new print from artists Doug + Mike Starn and all email subscribers will get first shot at getting prints before they go public.
Some pretty remarkable fan-made art in a variety of mediums and from a wide assortment of age groups, for FotA James Kennedy's book The Order of Odd-Fish. James has also put out a call for submissions for a live show this spring.
Huge collection of Perry Rhodan Sci Fi book covers.
Points of body contact while walking the sidewalks of NYC.
Web services as Penguin book covers.
"On the second night, I thought, my God, don't they care anything at all about me? Are they going to leave me here to die?" Roger Ebert's great story about covering Chris Burden's performance art piece Doomed in 1975. Via Atencioblog.
The folks over at Hey Studio are creating a Christmas calendar, a new character illustration every day for the month of December. This is just about the cutest Darth Vader I have ever seen.
How far does your produce travel?
Scott Teplin's Alphabet City prints.
"...sexy, torrid - simply killer - illustrations." Dan Shepelavy on True Romance and Robert McGinnis.
Art Strikes Back.
Money faces art.
The Evolution of Storage.
Snow White in apples.
Possible new logo design for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
"It is ambiguous at best, and as sexy as the obese, shapeless humans living on Axiom, the flagship of the BnL fleet in Pixar movie 'WALL-E." What designers think of AOL's new logo. You can add your two cents in the comments section.
Aurora Borealis (Marlon Brando, Neil Young and Pocahontas)
Appendage no. 6, by John Transue. Via vvork.
Design Police's Visual Enforcement Kit.
"For Butler the greatest form of strength is openness. For his model of vulnerability, Luke Butler looks to a most stout and reliable figure. He didn't have to make one up- if you have watched enough TV, you know this to be true." Thanks Mike.
Good magazine has a graphic visualization of the effects of bike commuting on obesity.
From artist David Brownings, Nike shoes made out of paper. Fab.
Aqualta, Studio Lindfors' illustrations of what New York and Tokyo might be like if they were flooded.
Tangentially related to today's Eye. Gerhart Richter's stained glass window at Cologne Cathedral.
From artist Stephan Walter, fab techinical illustrations.
The city and it's flooded double.
Illustrations by Laura Berger.
"Daniele admits that the hardest part is not the painting itself, but rather having to watch his paintings be washed down the drain and disappear on a daily basis."
Someone please start selling prints of Maurizio Strippoli's illustrations and photos so I can start buying them.
The New York Public Library logo gets a facelift.
"Mostly I was asked to paint witty and silly paintings to help drive interest in the company and add some fun to the new space." Drew Beam's paintings for Fahrenheit 212.
"...because of their small size, they are the sort of thing one might pay very little attention to when reading the column or flipping through the magazine." Leif Peng,'s Lowell Hess: In Praise of the Little Things. Beware Peng's archives if you hope to accomplish something today.
Nice illustrations by Gemma Correll's.
20 years later, restorations to original paintings on the Berlin Wall.
Scott Campbell's laser-cut cash.
Frank Chimero's The States. "Take the silhouette of a US state, and fit something inside of it."
Next year the Royal Mail will launch its stamp program with a set of ten 1st class stamps designed by Studio Dempsey that celebrate classic British album covers.
Scott Wade's dirty pictures.
Steven Heller on Diagramming Fritz Kahn, "a master at making analogies, comparing an ear with a car or a bird's feather with railroad tracks, to explain phenomena while triggering imagination."
Infographic showing the change in carbon emissions.
Lovely, Paris as a star map.
Artist Rod Dickinson's beautifully executed project Who, What, Where, When, Why and How, "composed solely of fragments of press statements from the cold war onward that focused on the way in which similar declarations and political rhetoric have been repeated."
Cute aliens invading grandpa's postcards.
Amazing papercraft architecture from student, yes, I said student Wataru Itou, Castle on the Ocean.
A graphic visualization of how five cities are using technology to reduce police response time.
An Italian Renaissance sketchbook on Military Art.
A fab 1970's brochure for a chain of hotels in Portugal.
Stephen Wiltshire is drawing the Manhattan skyline from memory.
"All this is to say there are things one senses in the future and that really come about." BibliOdyssey on The Van Gogh Letter Sketches, with lovely scans and transcriptions. Fascinating. More on the book.
An optical illusion the size of a town.
Viennese designer Michael Paukner marries math, science and history in spectacular visualizations. For example, The Hundredth Monkey Effect, Stonehenge Rebuilt, Prime Number Circle and The Great Circle.
Creative Review takes a look at the new home of the Herb Lubalin Study Center.
100+ years of Design Manifestos.
"Coined the master of miniatures, Russian artist Nikolai Aldunin works between the beats of his heart, in order to keep his hands perfectly still. Using superglue, syringes and toothpicks, he creates works of art so tiny, a microscope is needed to see them." Holy cow, Master of the Miniatures. Via Design You Trust.
Jessica Hische's viney alphabet letterpress print.
The deadline is approaching for the cutoff for pre-order pledges to make the print run for Designing Obama happen. Get yours in today.
Chad Hagen's Nonsensical Infographics.
Alexander Alexeieff, color wood engraving for Pushkin's The Queen of Spades, 1923. Lovely.
An interview with artist Steve Powers who, in a partnership with the Philadelphia Mural Arts and a grant from the Pew charitable trusts, is painting murals in Philly that are "Love Letters to a fictional girl from a fictional guy for her to read as she takes the elevated subway line in West Philadelphia from 47th to 63rd and back again."
Over the weekend, graffiti artists Agents of Change transformed Scottish ghost town Polphaill scheduled to be demolished in December. Here's a trailer for their short film about the project, more photos here.
Daniel Emma's Solids and Shapes collections.
The Wooster Collective have launched their own YouTube channel.
Nice black and white illustrations by Nanami Cowdroy.
Trippy space-age toy art.
8 days and 3700 miles driving into the sun as told in illustrations.
Gah! Too cute, origami Yoda.
"Part of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Reunion show featured two massive marionettes, the Big Giant, a deep-sea diver, and his niece, the Little Giantess." The Berlin Reunion.
Painted stop motion animation by Donato Sansone. Sort of violent if I do say.
"We spend our lives being directed by signage, but what do the signs get up to when they have no one to tell what to do? Reactive signage, giving a look into the lives of overworked pictograms."
Drawings and paintings by Janelle Lile.
"Urban Sketchers (USk) is a network of artists around the world who who draw the cities where they live and travel to." Via NotCot.
Hey MS, maybe you could do something like this with your spiders.
Art made from packing tape.
Wouldn't work in Chicago because we were smart to build alleys, but still appreciate Adrian K's TRASH: anycoloryoulike project. "Artist-created biodegradable bags transform standard piles of trash into vivid sculptures of color."
Gehard Demetz's woodcarvings.
Lovely, illustrated Missed Connections.
"Moment and memory, absorption and evaporation, light and shadow are some of the triggers that inspire me and relate to my work. My 'glass pyrograph' drawings are made by imprinting hot glass onto paper, which is one way to capture and eternalize the immediacy of a moment." Via Today and Tomorrow.
A Curious Bestiary by Kaitlin Beckett.
Josh Brill's birds.
The intricate art of the banknote
For the BB and DW households, a Vespa wall sticker.
Facemakr does exactly what you'd think it would, and it's analog too.
Anastassia Elias' paper cut rolls.
From artist Jacob Dahlgren, foodcans and steel, From Art to Life to Art.
Rod Hunting's vintage cameras silkscreened on wood, cut out and ready to hang.
The portfolio of Montreal's Julien Vallée, check "Paper Sculpture" among other sweet projects.
Collected Per Åhlin illustrations.
If you printed the internet.....
Local note NYC: Vermeer's Masterpiece The Milkmaid at the Met. If you can't make it, or even if you can, check Jonathan Janson's interactive study of the lead item from the exhibition.
If you are one of the lucky folks in the Connecticut area, get yourself over to the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and take a gander at the last week of Tom Sach's exhibit DYT Cameras. Exhibit ends September 16th so get on it.
Nerd Venn Diagram. It's a fine line, my friends.
Confidence is good, there is a point when it might go overboard, Just Sayin.
"WOO will dress empty shop windows with external, high quality vinyls which will feature contemporary digital designs that respond to their setting." Windows of Opportunity. Brilliant idea. Found via Josh.
So you know, Now and then: How film titles have evolved.
Gorgeous. Each month is it's own pop-up sculpture, Johann Volkmer's Faltjahr 2010 pop-up calendar.
Dirt Po(or)ster, the recipient completes by revealing spot-varnished type with hands made dirty by handling the poster.
Paint My Album, "redoing classic album covers using Microsoft Paint."
Book jacket designers talk about the ones that got away.
Great visual graphic on how the International Space Station comes together.
Cool Old Stuff.
A Keith Haring wooden domino set.
ISO50 features a sweet film on the rebranding of Swisscom.
Ork Posters does The Great Lakes
Time to get things done. Mini Goals Chalkboards may help with that. Type nerds note: each chalkboard is hand lettered.
"Every one of them is a clearly shaped artistic form with distinct typographic nature. The long and thorough work is evident in every detail. The essentials of the subject that has to be presented are discovered. An ingenious idea has been presented by the artist in the most adequate artistic form for this content." Trade marks and symbols by Bulgarian design icon Stefan Kanchev. Part of a spectacular new online tribute and gallery by a team led by Andrian Dimitrov.
The Billion Dollar Gram.
Lovely round up of Slovak book covers.
Have to say there are some surprising new ones here I have not seen before. Solid. Gold. 25 worst album covers of all time. A dying art, my friends.
24 Colors of chalkboard paint.
Rob Walker on the story of New Orleans sign-painter, Lester Carey and the effort to preserve his work.
Sketches from a British soldier with the initials JM, created while serving active duty in World War One.
Rice Paddy art.
Steven Heller on Erin Piester's hand-drawn grocery store signs. Related: it should be noted that our current guest editor, Andy Ross, spent some time as a muralist and signage illustrator for Trader Joe's.
A nice collection of Chinese posters.
Romeo & Juliet by Sam Winston.
Digging the visual blog of Siong Chin this morning. Bookmarked.
Ed Fella. Nuff said.
A visualization, if the Twitter community was 100 people.
Film Family Portraits.
"I draw on cups. Yes." Cheeming Boey's Styrofoam Coffee Cup Illustrations.
Dan Lacey's Paintings of Obama, Naked with Unicorns, which is exactly what it sounds like.
Andres Amador's sand art.
So great, Quotes/Citations.
Kim Herbst's very funny "We're Gonna Need a Bigger Rucksack" painting and Tom Whalen's fantastic Dragon's Lair print, are but a taste of the goodies to be had at the 8 Bit and Beyond Art Show. Via Peachfuzz.
In The Air is a visualization project which aims to make visible the microscopic and invisible agents of Madrid's air (gases, particles, pollen, diseases, etc), to see how they perform, react and interact with the rest of the city.
The world's most beautiful currencies.
Some realistic (and creepy) human sculptures by Sam Jinks.
So you know, the 2010 Death and Taxes poster.
Posted without comment: "ANDY!" a series of pieces by the always weird team of Ondrej Brody and Kristofer Paetau (and this time, with help by a very hydrated dog named Mambo).
A former oil rig worker spent 15 years building an exact replica of a North Sea platform out of more than four million matchsticks. Wow.
Artist Evan Roth's great description of cataloguing and studying the stylistic diversity found in Parisian graffiti tags for the Fondation Cartier's exhibition Born in the Streets - Graffiti. Also worth revisiting Roth's original Graffiti Taxonomy project from 2004 which looked at tags from NYC.
"Ink Calendar makes use of the timed pace of the ink spreading on the paper to indicate time. The ink is absorbed slowly, and the numbers in the calendar are 'printed' daily."
CP fave/local genius Rod Hunting is "Artist of the Month" at Coop, with an opening Friday evening.
Cleveland Will Kill New York.
"I am plugging the time, place and date of each photograph into a computer program that makes a map of the stars from any place at any time. I am printing out the star maps and drawing the stars by hand onto acetate and printing them, photographically." From artist Lisa Oppenheim, 100 photographs that changed the world.
Laurent Champoussin's Cardiovascular Paper.
Fab, Characters for an Epic Tale.
The elusive and horribly disfigured Wilhelm Staehle and his perennial beauty, T.D.Rio, have finally launched an online store, The Bazaarium, to sell their Victorian-inspired goods and wares. Via bblinks.
Information on artist Zoe Beloff's stereoscopic surround sound installation, The Ideoplastic Materializations of Eva C., wherein "phantoms reenact a series of ten seances held in Algeria and Paris from 1904 to 1912 with the French medium Eva C."
Following the same process as a digital printer, thehumanprinter generates the printed product by hand.
Dezeen has a great podcast with former Penguin editor Judith Burnley, early Penguin designer David Pelham and current art director Jim Stoddart, Penguin Covers, Then and Now.
Wow, that is a lot of chewing gum.
The work of artist Kathryn Parker Almanas who crafts gory scenes using food. The "Pastry Anatomy" series is particularly good.
Charley Harper bonanza in my inbox: lost paintings found; several Harper posters available cheap at the US Government Bookstore (search for "Harper, C"). Via Kate O'Leary and Apelad, respectively.
Cool. Lame. Cool.
Pentagram takes on cigarette marketing.
"Love of baseball plus love of infographics equals Flip Flop Fly Ball." Via @johnmoe.
Pizza Hut has a new branding strategy.
Wood engravings by Barry Moser.
"An unforgettable spectacle unfolds each summer night in the Place Stanislas, an 18th-century public square in Nancy, France." Monumental Visions.
So great, 3 frame movies.
One of the greatest wedding invites I have ever seen, Jill and Matt met at work.
Nice art installation at the Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna.
Early 20th century magazine covers from Japan.
A look inside the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery's top secret Banksy exhibition. "Plans for the summer show were kept from Bristol City Council chiefs until Friday - the day before it was due to open."
Nice illustrations by Drake Brodahl.
For SD, Flight of the Conchords spring 2009 poster series.
The Bread Art Project.
Before taking your next carload of stuff to Goodwill, it's probably a smart idea to make sure it isn't worth $150,000 first.
So you know, a graphic representation of the largest bankruptcies in history.
For your inspiration, 30 awesome examples of light graffiti.
Ever wonder how people create those huge sand sculptures? Here's a sneak peek.
A lovely collection of Japanese painted manhole covers.
The work of artist Ross Racine, whose hand drawn images look like satellite photos of subdivisions that never were.
We just received our copy of Kevin Dart's book, Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7 in the mail and man, it's beautiful. Order you own or maybe you can win one in this new Grain Edit contest. And check the theatrical trailer that Kevin and Stephane Coedel made for A Kiss From Tokyo.
Lovely, luggage labels from 1895-1910.
Skulls by Jim.
"His inventive use of type, a minimalist color palette and label co-founder Wolff's black and white photographs created a truly unique visual language for the label and helped it establish itself as the coolest of all jazz labels." Blue Note Records cover art by Reid Miles.
A Journey Round My Skull has posted a big group of Harry Clarke illustrations from a 1923 Edgar Allen Poe anthology. The BxW ones are especially delicious. And check this animated Tell-Tale Heart from 1953.
Hello World! or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise, an installation by Christopher Baker of hundreds upon hundreds of online video diaries. Via Denver Egotist.
365 Days, 365 Drawings.
"I chose the potato to portray human faces because of the many striking parallels. Not only is their skin porous like ours, but their skin texture and color is very similar, and like us, they come in different sizes, shapes and forms. Potatoes grow, live, and then decay, mirroring the ephemeral existence and fragility of our own human nature."
2009 Logo design trends.
The Dude-a-Day caricatures are sweet.
Vintage Indian Pulp Book of the Month Club. Now that's something worth subscribing to.
Cute ads for Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie.
Sketches from Morocco.
Classic records lost in time and format, re-emerged as Pelican books.
Beautiful Cityscapes by Spanish illustrator and designer Borja Bonaque.
I want this deck of cards>.
Album covers inspired by Blue Notes Records.
Nice die-cut dust jacket and cover for Denis Johnson's novel Nobody Move.
"High-flying ups and sideways-spiraling downs. False starts and fresh starts. The creative process can be unpredictable. Brent Barson's short film F is for Fail is the story of one person's creative roller coaster, told through type in an evocative A to Z."
So you know, who is coming to America.
I'm with Cookie, I have no idea what this is all about either but that doesn't really matter. Check 9000's Photostream for a wealth of inscrutable and beautiful images and designs. I. II. III.
Related to the last, a poster celebrating 10 years of Lego Star Wars minifigs.
Lovely collection of 1920s and 1930s travel ephemera.
"Everyday our mailboxes are flooded with unsolicited offers of porn material, pirate software, viagra, illegal financial services and advice on women seduction: if this is annoying for the average user, we really love it." Spamghetto.
"Celebrating passion for music and human creativity, I handpaint portraits of musicians with white acrylic on their vinyl record albums."
Illustrations by Rubens.
Grain Edit flips through a classic, Ladislav Sutnar's Catalog Design Progress.
The Art of Penguin Science Fiction.
A blog dedicated to owl tattoos.
"Here are some tea paintings that range from Alaskan Mask Carvers to Art Noveau girls."
"Excelsior 1968 is a high school yearbook for the fictional Bristol County Secondary School in the fictional Staedtler, Ontario. Each student here is redrawn (and renamed) from my mother's actual 1968 high school yearbook."
Tiled motifs on the Victoria Line in London.
"Indeed, drawing endless pictures of Kurt Cobain, taking deep puffs from a contraband bong (often my only confidant in these late hours), eating tonnes of Goldfish snacks - this was my ritual, my communion, my glimmer of hope in an awful, awful childhood." From the journals of Samuel Van Hoogstraten, painter of the unparalleled Still Life with Ziplock Bag of Weed, Tom Petty Cassette, c. 1666-1668.
"Through relief printing and a laborious rubbing technique Bryan created the print Hemlock 82. At the grand size of 52" long x 38.5" wide the actual diameter, texture and pattern of this tree section is gorgeously translated onto paper."
Lovely work by Ryuji Nakamura.
Brock is making something cool every day in 2009.
"Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal." Tweenbots. Be sure to check out the video.
Colorful sketches by Antoinette Fleur.
Twitter street art.
Richard Sarson's The Circle Project, drawn on 45gsm newsprint using a compass and ink. Beautiful, as is the rest of his online portfolio. Via Issue #1 of the print version of It's Nice That which arrived in the post yesterday. Highly recommended.
A visual representation of the USA's 10 largest trade deficits.
A mid-century modern furniture poster by James Provost
Star Wars + Mario.
"Executed by renowned paper engineer Bruce Foster, the issue features moveable images, three-dimensional scenes, and surprise reveals, The Pop-up folios are housed in a dark purple cloth-covered case with a magnetized closure and engraved number metal plaque." You catch a sneak preview of Visionaire's 55 Surprise issue here.
I don't need flowery words, seductive prose, or promises that are made to be broken, just tell me what you are going to do to me.
"Whoever makes a Design without the knowledge of Perspective will be liable to such absurdities as are shewn in this Frontispiece."
One of the few times I dragged myself away from the pool in the last week was to go see Chihuly at the Desert Gardens. SD, if you guys have time when you are out there next week, it's worth a walkthrough.
Helmut Smit's "Dead Pixel in Google Earth."
How to Burn the Oxford English Dictionary, "a documentation of the process used in making DATABASE, a laser-cut sculpture by Michael Mandiberg."
"I look at the beautiful exterior of the body. And I look deep within the body, reminding you how delicately put together your body is, by taking the body apart and showing you." Paintings by Billy Reynolds.
"For those who are not yet convinced that sphere or globe logos are not particulary original and differentiating, here's sixty more."
Atari-era video game packaging recreated in fabric and vinyl.
Nick McClendon's ASCII Mandelbrot set.
Get excited and make things.
Posted without comment: Russian Artist to Melt Corpses Down to Art.
Alex Pardee's zombie Steve Urkel.
The work of artist Christelle Bonnet puts to use a whole lot of paper.
Nice prints by Sanna Annukka.
From artist Toby Ng, The World of 100.
"In total, Andrew Novick estimates he has over a hundred collections: Barbie dolls of every variety, Chihuahua figurines, clown paintings, anything related to teeth or braces. The truth is he has far more things than will or can ever be organized into a 'collection.'" A new exhibit at The Lab at Belmar, The Astounding Problem of Andrew Novick. You can view some of Andrew's collections online here.
Illustrations by Devin McGrath.
Get on over and sign up to win Grain Edit's Design Stimulus Package Giveaway. Fab.
From Sunday's T Mag The Meatball and The Worm. Nasa logos. I'm most decidedly a wormist.
How to hide out in an Ikea without being spotted: Urban Camouflage.
A visual depiction of the Evolution of Art and Design from 1845 to 1980.
Alastair Heseltine's wood sculptures.
From artist Simon Evans, Everything I have.
For lack of a better description, Christian Faur uses crayons as pixels. Beautiful.
The Design Process diagram.
Great graphic showing The most used subway systems in the US and around the world.
Anna Magnowska is an artist and a waitress.
"I just want everyone to know that although she is a very outspoken critic of my artwork, my daughter is really a delightful and well behaved girl!" The Tiny Art Director
Matthew Curry's abstract art.
"This website is dedicated to presenting, in as clear a fashion as possible, what the Bible says, what fundamentalists believe, but also how historians and scholars view the scriptures." Biblediagrams. Via Information Aesthetics.
"Do not alter the logo, even in humor." Inside the Graphic Design Archives at the Rochester Institute of Technology. A spectacular show & tell from Armin at Speak Up. Not sure how we missed this the first time but thanks to The DDC for the pointer.
Too cute, robot wallpaper.
M.S. Corley redesigns the Harry Potter books to look like Penguin Classics.
Short video and profile of Jen Stark and her intricate and beautiful cut paper art. Via The Post Family.
An interview with Brock Davis, the talented artist and designer.
"EXPECTATION is a large ephemeral sand painting portraying the likeness of Barack Obama, located in the Catalan city of Barcelona. It was created before the 2008 US presidential election using a large-scale vector graphic, a GPS topography system and approximately 650 tons of sand." Wow. Via Grow a Brain.
Nice roundup of designs by Saul Bass.
Cute prints by 64 Colors.
Armin's bookmarks, The Netherlands.
Denise Fort draws on walls.
Winners announced for the New Yorker's Eustace Tilly illustration competition. Congratulations!
The evolution of the Super Bowl logo.
Check the work of Me and Mister Jones, Fanny Khoo and Tom Merckx, based in Singapore. Lots more here, including the fab "How To Behave" calendar. Via DesignNotes.
One of these Gatorade bottles will be here on Monday morning, will it be SD or BB's version?
William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand have launched the Winterhouse Institute for design and social impact.
"Nornberg's super stereophonic masterpiece features 180 nearly ancient stereos from the 1950's to the 1970's piled high in arresting fashion, proving that while old technologies may fade, art always finds a way to rescue that which is obsolete." Moses Nornberg's Soundboard installation. Fab. Via Josh.
Amazing works of art using push pins
"Painting on money also gives me some sense of power to determine - rather than be controlled by - money's function within society." Artist Hanna von Goeler's series "My Money, My Currency." Click "Currency" under "Work."
If you need a leather mask, Tom Banwell's your man.
Nominate worthy design and designers for the Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Triennial.
FotA Brandy Agerbeck's illustrated conceptual map of Obama's inauguration speech.
Our Kiev correspondent has a nice Barry O. desktop background.
The Bush Years: As Told By MAD Magazine Covers. The parody of Shepard Fairey's Esquire cover is terrific.
I Love You More Than Blank.
"The ensemble fulfills almost too completely Mr. Murakami's stated desire to make art "that makes your mind go blank, that leaves you gaping." Murakami at the Brooklyn Museum.
Great exhibition photos of a sweet new show currently up in Chicago: Dimension + Typography: A Survey of Letterforms in Space and Time.
This "Entropa" sculpture is the fun-est European-art-outrage since the London 2012 logo was unveiled. It couldn't be better if the KLF was behind it. Here are some good photos, and the official statement. (The design of the eu2009.cz site and collateral, are fantastic, btw.)
British designers interpret Tokyo in posters
The collaboration between Spain's Prado Museum and Google Earth, allowing you to zoom in very, very close throughout the museum's collections.
For BB, a flow chart of Heavy Metal band names.
A Short History of Marketing.
Really great work from illustrator Jose Cruz.
Marco Hemmerling's Cityscope.
Finally we can close the book on 2008 now that Nick Felton has published his personal annual report about it. Beautiful as always.
Country Club Chicago pays tribute to Solve, the local street artist who was stabbed to death in Logan Square last June. with a gallery show opening Friday.
100 beautiful iPhone wallpapers. Sorry BB, don't think these will work on your new Blackberry Storm.
"Newsweek would like to know how you feel about Bush's job prospects upon leaving the White House. And, while we're at it, what should his shadowy second-in-command, Dick Cheney, do next?" Download the template, design their new career clothes and Give These Men a Job. Deadline is January 20th so get your entries in soon.
From artist Amy Bennett, amazing oil paintings that look like photos of miniature models.
Shoot the baddies.
Artist Alex Pardee's show "Letters From Digested Children" opens tomorrow in San Francisco.
Really great collection of vintage German illustrations.
The mechanical art of destroying the rainforest.
Sayaka Yamamoto's imaginary insects found in a kitchen. Don't worry MS, there aren't any spiders.
Great packaging for a cafe and catering company with a fabulous name, Harried and Hungry. Yes, I am.
Photos from the 2007-8 Harbin Snow Sculpture Art Fair. The 2009 festival starts tomorrow.
Hyper real paintings from Roberto Bernardi.
Sit on Grain Edit's lap while you flip through Italia Modern Design.
From designer Andy Mangold, a gorgeous redesign of the Monopoly board game.
Very fitting for today, Beau Bergeron's snow boxes.
"1983 was the year of the video game crash and that year's Sears Wishbook was chock full of the detritus of a bloated dying industry. You got the handhelds, Vectrex, Gemini, Colecovision, Intellivision, Odyssey 2, Atari 2600 and Atari 5200 in this issue." The Video Game Systems of the 1983 Sears Wishbook.
Jason de Caires Taylor's underwater sculpture park. Thanks Stephen.
Readerville's most coveted covers.
Brothers in Craft, a visual survey of potential careers for the ambitious 14th century German.
Adolf Wölfli, 1864-1930. "Through a complex web of texts, drawings, collages and musical compositions, Wölfli constructed a new history of his childhood and a glorious future with its own personal mythology." Via It's Nice That.
On Asphalt. "Our goal is to inspire change in the way we think about asphalt spaces." Also: an interesting write up in the Boston Globe about their most recent "Steamroller Printing" project.
Related to an earlier post, a QTVR of The Vermeers at The Rijksmuseum.
OK, let's forget all these precious "Top 10 Book Covers" lists. Caustic Cover Critic's list rounds up the ones that prove Sturgeon's Law, which states that "ninety percent of everything is crap."
Christoph Niemann's coffee illustrations.
The BBC profiles some street artists.
Amazing paper cutouts by Hina Aoyama.
From designer Hampus Jageland, really great packaging designs.
Kevin Dart creates fabulous lobby cards for non-existent action films starring his own sexy hero, the beautiful and resourceful Yuki 7. For example, To Catch a Temptress. Via Kane.
The portfolio of designer, Shaz Madani, especially "Man or Mouse."
"Air Lines is an art project showing worldwide airliner routes. Every single scheduled flight on any given day is represented by a fine line from it's point of origin to it's port of destination." Gorgeous, from artist Mario Freese, Air Lines. Via Elledecor.
Nice illustrations by Denise Fort.
Hans Holbein the Younger. Unknown Gentleman with Far Side Comics and Bong, 1534. "Holbein's deftness at capturing the nuanced characters of his subjects is on full display here."
The fine-art paintings of Petar Meseldzija combine the fantastic with classical forms and humor. For example, "The Return of Snowwhite to the Land of Abundance."
The NYPL collection of dust jackets from American and European Books, 1926-47. More than 2,000 original specimens. I. II. III.
The screenprinting work of General Pattern.
Booooooom on the paintings of Francoise Nielly. Luscious.
Doll artist Noel Cruz. Neato!
"I've painted retro detectives, femme fatales, fantasy heroes, Sci-Fi rockets & Jedis, western bandits and Hammer-style vampires." Glen Orbik and Laurel Blechman.
The First 100 Days is a graphical layout of what every President from FDR on has done in their first 100 days in office.
Cut paper, photography and no bunnies. The portfolio of Julien Vallee.
Cut paper, photography and some bunnies. The portfolio of Pierre Vanni.
Patrick Moberg's illustration "November 4, 2008."
Scans from the new book The Art of Romance: Mills & Boon and Harlequin Cover Designs, from the illustrated, pre-Fabio era of romance novels.
Illustrator Yann Lebec re-imagines film posters of great classics. My fave is the one for "M".
Supersteady, the portfolio of Paolo Lim.
The WSJ on the MLB logo.
"Bejing New Lightning Babe." An illustrated review of New Graphic Design in China.
"Confessions of a hot-blooded sheik, or How the Insistent Metal from Alcoa turns a cold shoulder to desert heat" A fantastic collection of retro car ads.
The new Design Criticism MFA program at the School of Visual Arts is hosting an Open House this Saturday with Russell Flinchum, Steven Heller, Karrie Jacobs, Leital Molad, and Alice Twemlow.
Just picked up Rod Hunting's latest print Universal Grinder. Cha-Ching.
Illustrator Geoff Grandfield's covers from the Penguin and Folio Society Graham Greene series.
A look at the kinetic sculptures from artist Theo Jensen.
Salvador, Zorro, Burt, Django or Clark. One for every day of the work week, pencil mustaches.
A wooden Wall-E, stunning.
Another local note: "Nothing To Do With A Red Pick-Up Truck" Studio/Video show featuring FotA Britton Walters and live music from Ten Speed Music and Tiger Trio, at the Underscene Friday and Saturday night.
Obama street art.
Dig the interactive timeline display of covers at Clip/Stamp/Fold. Click "Magazines."
"The on-going usage of the notes will create a constantly changing display of color and shapes that could make your workplace a tad more enjoyable and functional than a plain wall." Make your workplace a bit more interesting with Pixelnotes.
For your inspiration, 22 creative alphabets.
Jason makes fabulous balloon sculptures.
TBDR on the new Harper Perennial Olive Editions, designed and illustrated by Milan Bozic.
The American presidential wrestling heavyweight championship poster.
For BB, an illustrated discography of The Smiths and Morrissey.
"Commercial work is often all about compromise, but that's the nature of the beast isn't it? At the end of the day you've got to like what you do‚Ä¶" Illustrated interview with Adrian Johnson at Grain Edit.
Scene 360 Illusion, a curated look at a variety of visual projects from Adriana de Barros.
Russian sausage art.
Grain Edit's first anniversary post features a ton of links to great collections, interviews and articles. If you haven't bookmarked Dave's site about classic design work from the 50s to the 70s this would be a good time to do so.
Fab illustrations from artist Aled Lewis.
Really great collection of Cinderella stamps.
The evolution of some well-known logos. Some sequences you've probably seen, some not. Good stuff.
The Pantone spring 2009 fashion color report.
Grain Edit on a beautiful Spanish animal matchbox set designed by Jose Maria Cruz Novillo + Olmos.
"You're welcome to come over when you're done, if you haven't any plans. 1:29 am." Embroidered text messages of love.
Very cool war scenes in miniature.
Mandatory new bookmark. So Much Pileup.
The identity of the "Milk Bottle Banksy" has been uncovered and it's artist Charlotte Hughes-Martin. "I have been engraving milk bottles with various different images and leaving them on random doorsteps." Via Arbroath.
Finalists for the best magazine covers of 2008 from the American Society of Magazine Editors.
Ads for Lisbon Airport's new look.
The Face Magazine cover collection, 1980-2004.
It's almost like you were there, a review of the Venice Biennale.
Cal Lane's filigree metalwork creates altars out of oil cans, and tapestries out of car parts.
Some really interesting interpretations of Batman.
Famous pieces of art w/ extra duck.
Jayme McGowan's pop-up illustrations.
So you know, some examples of successful logo redesigns.
Since I collect and make art from found grocery lists myself, I was interested to check out this feature on Hillary Carlip's work and the completely different way in which she approaches the people and stories behind the lists.
Tokyo City Flags.
In a political campaign far, far away...
Apologies for the generalization, but this short bit about a protester in front of the new Jeff Koons exhibit in Paris couldn't possibly be any more French: "He then pulled out balloons with names that rhyme with Koons written on them and popped them one by one."
How well can you sort color?
TateShots is a selection of short videos each month, also available as a podcast on iTunes, with a focus on modern and contemporary art at the Tate museums and galleries.
"Really? Just pick one (or two). This isn't a f*cking contemporary living room." A critique of the Oklahoma City Thunder logo.
"Panos 2013 Fake Streetsigns, a collaborative project that takes the work of artists from around the world, in the form of fake road signs, and turns the streets of Lyon, France into an enormous gallery without walls." Delightful. Via Grow a Brain.
Working 14 hours a day for 28 days to create a stunning cork mosaic.
Jean Jullien's design and costume project for the band Niwoiunwouin. So cool.
Johanna Lundberg's portfolio site is under construction, but what's there already is sweet.
Great illustration work from artist Sean Tubridy.
Prints by Jessica C. White of Heroes and Criminals Press.
Mainly because it sounds lovely, the Voronoi algorithm and biomimetic butterflies.
2016 Logos for the remaining seven cities.
PingMag talks to designer Tom Hingston about visualizing music.
My car is so boring in comparison.
So adorable, Creatures from a Square.
Noted without comment, an exploding banana mask.
Alex Steinweiss album covers.
Friday. Liverpool. Giant spider.
See the word, pick the color.
Huge collection of very cool skateboard graphics.
A friend in the Bay Area has been talking about the exhibition of Otl Aicher's Olympic Graphic Design for the 1972 Munich Olympics, now at San José State University. Looks just great.
Spend a little time over at illustrator Dave Perillo's Montygog's Art-O-Rama. Really great stuff.
Brazilian designers create the illusion of a skate bowl in the middle of a metro station to promote a street festival.
Nice collection of mid century ephemera from ships and airlines.
Fabulous collection of vintage paperback covers.
The Egg Press 2009 calendar.
Great collection of iPhone and iPod Touch wallpapers.
Denver has been polished to a fine sheen for the DNC this week, and is showing off its art museums among other cultural offerings.
Weirdomatic's collection of "Old Creepy Ads."
Wow, that's a lot of silverware.
1923 Grimm's Fairy Tales illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren. Luscious.
You know when you're in a bookstore and you see a book cover and it just calls to you? More than likely, you can thank Jonathan Gray.
Artist Helena Bangert's amazing sand and ice scupltures.
We Made This posts up their own design guide to Newcastle.
Super cute greeting cards from She's so creative.
Photos of just about every Olympic medal ever made.
If you are feeling down you might try counting chimneys.
More plastic bag in the shape of an animal over a subway grate installations by Joshua Allen Harris.
"Ideas about reincarnation and the richness of life after death." Farmer Bob's Farm, the artwork of Robert Hardgrave.
David Byrne's Bike Racks in NYC.
Podcasts of Steven Heller's interviews with speakers from Icon5, the illustration conference.
Interesting Grain Edit interview with Matte Stephens.
Simple and charming cardboard shadow box.
Hand-Drawn Movie Posters, all the rage this year.
Great roundup of classic and modern pop artists.
"For seven children from Westover Lake Orphanage, the worst day of their lives has begun. And when they need each other more than ever, their friendships start to unravel. Can they band together before darkness gains the upper hand?" A graphic novel released in three parts, Light Children.
Great place to get lost for a couple of hours, Book Design Stories.
Great variety here: logos of the various regions of Spain.
Artist Kim Rugg takes the front pages of newspapers, cuts them apart and puts them back together by color gradation in her series Don't Mention the War.
So you know, some examples of really great album cover art.
Billy Chasen's clock.
So you know, 2008 trends in logo design.
Fabulous, movie box office data shown graphically.
Some great examples of street art in Melbourne.
So you know, logos of countries around the world.
A peek at the Beijing Olympic Gardens.
Marian Bantjes' Love Stories, a monograph for Creative Review is totally brilliant and beautiful. Via Debbie Millman who was kind enough to share a bittersweet love story of her own at our Field Tested Books reading in NYC last night.
Nice new site for The Heads of State.
San Francisco in 100,000 toothpicks.
For SE, metro logos from around the world.
A preview of the new Acropolis Museum in Athens.
It always amazes me the things people can create with sand.
Entries in the Architectural Jelly Design Competition.
"Iconic North American brands such as these give us both comfort and identity, yet we feel ambivalent or even negative toward their hegemony over our cultural and economic landscape." The American comfort quilt.
Artist Jeremy Everett uses water and detergent to turn porn magazines into actual pieces of art. SFW.
Illustrations by Fontaine Anderson.
Proof that googly eyes always makes foliage better.
Grain Edit on Giovanni Pintori's exhibition catalog of design for Olivetti. Luscious.
Images from Owen Jones' 1853 book, The Grammar of Ornament, from the University of Wisconsin.
See Frida. Buy Frida. Be Frida! C-Monster reports on SFMOMA's Frida Kahlo gift shop for the currently running Kahlo retrospective.
Nice graphic shows How Obama reinvented campaign finance.
So you know. How to create a 17 foot tall cardboard Gandhi.
Tommy Kane, illustrator.
How much of our own art and design is based upon the work of others? We all do it in some form or another, but approaches can range from ethical and considerate to exploitative. Here is a recent critical article by Liam O'Donoghue about one popular designer's practice. A fascinating related item is the controversy regarding image recycling of the "Molotov Man" image - see pdf.
Sketches done during a lunch hour.
Pictogramas Olimpicos de Beijing.
Josef Müller-Brockmann à Chaumont.
3-D Chinese zodiac animals.
Every so often I come across a logo and WISH that I could glimpse the process behind it. Um, here's one.
Blik's Super Mario Bros. Wall Graphics.
"We own a newfoundland named Gigi. We like to think of her as an explorer of the Alaskan tundra. We sent a photoshopped version of her to a portrait artist in Omaha to be painted by hand. Just got an image back the other night." Kevin's dog goes exploring.
I like the new mark for MillerCoors, but I do wish they hadn't felt they needed to spell things out with the video intro.
Great set of nine ads for East Midlands Trains.
A giant pig in NYC.
Lovely, the Artist's Playground at Sudeley Castle.
Peacay on Puerto Rican graphic artist Lorenzo Homar.
Remember when you ate 47 shrimp at the late night buffet and you got sick? Or the salsa dancing lessons your folks made you take with Ramon and Kiki? Who could forget the time Aunt Bertha sang the Love Boat theme song to the entire Pirates Cove lounge after one too many Pina Coladas. Bring that cruise ship feeling with you wherever you go, the portable shuffleboard set.
Recently the world's first Graphic Design Museum opened in Breda, the Netherlands.
Nice prints by Dan McCarthy.
The illustration work of Tim Tomkinson. How can you resist an artist who titles his sketchbooks "Normal, Semi-Normal, Strange and Very Strange?" Thanks Ant.
Nice collection of 170 transport logos and symbols.
A good case for hording: you might accidentally throw out a Damien Hirst painting.
"Traditional snow globes house relaxing winter scenes of Evergreen trees, snow-capped houses and horse drawn carriages. However, these snow globes tell a different story."
"The final results are paper representations of digital representations of real objects, including all the flaws that copying entails." Artists Linda Kostowski and Sascha Pohflepp take objects from Second Life and re-create them in real life as paper models, Export to the World.
Illustrations by Hannah Stouffer.
Eye-popping Tadanori Yoko designed brochure for The 1968 Mazda Cosmo "Super Car."
Fantastic, artist David Mach creates sculptures out of coat hangers.
Layer Tennis victor, artist and illustrator Steven Harrington's show "Our Mountain," is traveling through Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and Milan. Check the 3D flyers and Steven's tour blog too.
European Design Award Winners 2008.
"Good design on paper" Yes, it is.
Artist Russell Stutler read all 60 Sherlock homes stories and then decided to create a floorplan of 221B Baker Street.
Leif Peng chatted with classic magazine illustrator Dick Stone and collected some samples of his work.
Inner City Snail, a slow-moving street art project.
Annual reports are generally boring and mundane. Not these reports. For your inspiration, 25 fantastic annual reports.
Museums confront the issue of preserving art that was not meant to last.
"After performing Google Image searches for headphones, telephones, radios, and similar objects, the images are traced directly off the computer monitor, onto office paper, using a mechanical pencil." Artist Marisa Olson's Monitor Tracings.
Diversified Industry keeps the economy on an even keel in Greater Philadelphia. An epic illustration by Frank Reilly for a 1964 PEC ad.
How me breaking up with you is like Jon Lester pitching a no-hitter against the Royals, by Michael Nelson Price.
In a whole new light.
The illustrations of Jean Spezial.
Art n' sketching n' psychadelia n' more.
It takes Sue to tango, the blog of Dutch illustrator Sue Doeksen.
A_B_ is a limited edition of 20 dual-sided posters screen printed by K2 Screen London. The A_ side is printed verso in metallic graphite ink while the B_ side is printed recto in pearlescent white ink on GFSmith 180 gsm Transclear paper. Wow. Via AisleOne.
Artist Valerie Green took photos of 583 shoppers and then created a sculptural installation where she arranged them by location and bag type, Shoppers. Fantastic.
Thais Beltrame's Childhood Cruelty illustration set.
So you know, 13 inspirational illustrators.
Found while looking for something else entirely. Various Viking and Middle Ages scenes illustrated.
Information Design Patterns. Your one stop source for how to make nifty infographics.
Relink. "Lustig's works for New Directions are his most well known, I have to say I'm partial to his earlier work for the Ward Ritchie Press in the late 1930's and early 1940's. The above pages are from Ghost in the Underblows, an epic poem by Alfred Young Fisher." Divine as in "providence of God."
A zillion bank logos.
Lisa in the Sky with Type. Lisa Rienermann forms letters out of buildings and sky. The rest of her portfolio is worth a good look too.
World history in graffiti.
A Beautiful Revolution.
Juana Gaita, a Latvian magazine turns 50 and shares 50 years of their covers through the decades. Astounding.
Tea at the Ritz Cafe.
"So this is how it works: Zak draws something. Shawn draws something that will fight it. Zak draws his thing fighting back. Shawn draws his thing fighting back and maybe tripping over a statue. Then maybe Zak's thing kills Shawn's with the statue's head. Then Shawn draws a new thing. Zak's surviving thing attacks it. And so on." On the road of knives... Via twenty2woblog.
One art project a day for a year. Crowded Teeth.
Newwork Magazine, Issue No.1.
Illustrations by Jules Guerin for The Chateaux of Touraine, 1906. Fab.
Robert Bradford's sculptures made out of toys.
"All I want to be is someone who makes new things and thinks about them."
Design Sponge interview with our friend and occasional co-conspirator Kate Bingaman-Burt.
Zoo York Skateboards. "The six boards represent the socio-cultural realms of Literature, Architecture, The Arts, Transit, Food and Tourism."
Fantastic work from illustrator Pascal Blanchet.
Karen Caldicott's Clay Celebrities.
Li Wei art.
Great collection of vintage and retro design.
Expect to see this site show up in plenty of "via" attributions going forward. Julia Rothman's most excellent Book By Its Cover, a collection of hand-made and other nice books.
Came across the Smithsonian's collection of work by William Christenberry and admired both his photography and his sculptural work. I love the Alabama Wall construction as well as photographs that deal with weathered and rusty subject matter. He also deals with his abhorrence of the KKK by making some disturbing work about that subject.
New Graphic Design in China.
Rob Pettit's cell phone art.
Thermal camera tracking and high power laser beam animation onto the smoke from a coal burning power plant. Nuage Vert.
The portfolio of Barcelona graphic designer Alex Trochut.
Who says coloring books are just for kids? Mario Mandala
The Swarm of Possible Meanings Surrounding the Ancient Pyramids, by Timothy Hull. Via Bezembinder's.
"'Ten Thousand Cents' is a digital artwork that creates a representation of a $100 bill. Using a custom drawing tool, thousands of individuals working in isolation from one another painted a tiny part of the bill without knowledge of the overall task."
From Grammy to Stanley Cup. A trophy size comparison chart.
Just as we Yanks finally get colorful $5 bills, The Royal Mint raises the bar for coin design.
Risa Fukui and the darkness of graphical papercut reflections.
Following that last post: an NPR interview with Trevor Paglen heard a while back, about how he got into collecting those "black ops" patches.
Who doesn't need a low resolution couch?
These are awesome. "Street art at its best", indeed.
"We can love a 200-year old farmhouse and a minimalist canvas equally. The marriage of these opposites can be unexpected and refreshing." Gallery in the Garden at the Design Sponge guest blog.
Lots of Things Like This, an exhibit filled with small drawings by famous artists, curated by Dave Eggers.
Gallery Notcot's second showing is the works of Michael Salter and "his incredibly playful vector creatures, spaces, and basically the coolest things i've ever laid eyes on made of styrofoam."
Collection of 1950s to 1970s print pieces. Nice.
Ping takes a look at taxi lights in Tokyo.
I have to say, I'd take these robots over Transformers any day.
The Many Views of Abbey Road, a collection of copies and parodies.
"The knitted television covers have three images from late night shows embroidered on them; Oprah Winfrey, a Tell-Sell order screen and a picture from a scrambled porn channel." Via I Like.
Great collection of vintage logos from the 1970s.
Cute Decor-a-Boards by French.
Devorah Sperber's Mirror Universe.
Oh yeah! Old Apple ads and branding. Makes me nostalgic for the Apple II we had when I was a kid.
Cool site for MOMA's current Color Chart exhibition.
Peacay on a series of color plates from a German "Festival Book" from 1596, A Casual Baptism.
"'Cabinet' is made of 256 expanded polyestiren figures, randomly (de)formed by the action of heat." From artist Leonardo Solaas.
Dusting off a few bookmarks, I came across my link to the Depero Virtual Museum.
Chermayeff, the marks.
Hand lettering by Nate Williams.
The other art of courtroom sketch artists, from Ironic Sans.
Our friends at Letterform host a show by our friends at The Post Family, opening tomorrow night. If you liked Julie's Foodie Cards and/or Rod's T-shirts and posters from our Swap Meat, be there! (Sorry for the late notice).
Junk Mail: From Debris to Design, sculptures made from and about junk mail.
"You know long it takes to do simple? About ten times longer than fast and dirty." Paul Giambarba was interviewed for CBS Sunday Morning, talking about The Branding of Polaroid, 1957-77. Perhaps it will air this week?
Richard Meier's City Hall in the center of The Hague, served as a public gallery for ten of the world's finest graphic designers and illustrators, via projection, in 2006 and again in 2007. The project was curated by Maxalot from Barcelona.
The very first Photoshop icon. Wow.
Wil brought his sketchbook to the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern.
New over at the TMN galleries, Antiquities.
"If the ladder's shoddy, I'm not going to try and do something that's got a lot of detail on top. I decide the color scheme based on how much paint there is..." FF interviews artist and muralist Maya Hayuk.
Name that color.
Works by Banksy.
E. McKnight Kauffer's The World in 2030 from 1930.
Nice oil on wood paintings by Audrey Kawasaki.
The Design Disease Pool.
"The States project started out with an off-the-cuff remark I made during a conversation when I said that I always thought California kind of looked like a snuffed out cigarette. After some discussion and quick sketch, I decided that I could sort of make a game for myself out of doing the same exercise with the other 49 states."
Dancing on sugar.
Some people use Post-it notes to well, write notes. Artist Rebecca Murtaugh uses them to mark a significant space. Very cool.
Damien Hirst will likely open a retail store in Marylebone, featuring items such as a painted skull and rolls of "Pharmacy" wallpaper.
Still speaking of Holograms: Has anybody been to the Museum of Holography, which, according to little brown signs on surrounding streets, is right around the corner from Coudal HQ? (Note to Jason Fried: Do not click on that link or you'll be all-day angry at that web site.)
Cardboard Safari offers cardboard animal figures in a range of sizes.
How well can you identify work by Donald Judd?
Cultural icons from history. How many do you recognize?
Take a peek at the Paul Rand modern graphic design fan club photo pool. And for your viewing pleasure, what might be the only film with a Paul Rand reference in it, Copy Goes Here.
Paris breakfast watercolors by Carol Gillott.
People have gathered and watch in amazement as a giant yellow rubber duck approaches.
Cloud, by Katarina Andersson.
Wilhelm Deffke: Modern Mark Maker.
Nice illustrations by Alex Dukal.
Veerle chats with illustrator Jacob Souva.
"His installations are spectacular and attention grabbing, but as for what it all means... well, to put it bluntly, I don't think it extends too far beyond, 'Wow. That's a lot of naked people.'" Ignoring Spencer Tunick.
For the future graffiti artist in your household, the street art coloring book.
Fantastic collection of mid-century illustrated ads, start with Gallery I.
Fantastic, Spookypop: The Art of Doktor A..
"A topology of strange yet oddly familiar creatures." Bears by Kent Rogowski.
Customised fruit, by Sarah King.
The Met's next director will have to know how to create a great juxtaposition, as well as fill some pretty big shoes now that Philippe de Montebello has announced his retirement.
Superexpresso, graphic design out of Barcelona by Michele Angelo.
Great toothpick sculptures by Steven Backman.
Artist Mike Stilkey makes sculptures out of books.
Chewing gum sculptures by Maurizio Savini.
Masks from Louis Tussaud's House of Wax are headed to auction. "So bad are the models at the 53-year-old institution in Great Yarmouth that it has achieved notoriety for being one of the worst museums in the world."
Wow, building Coruscant.
Cal Lane has been doing a lot of plasma cutting.
Political party emblems from when there were more than two.
Great packaging design work by designer Jesse Kirsch. Scroll down for "Brand" work, fab.
Black is the new black.
Waterfalls in NYC this summer.
Lovely illustrations by Asli Saktanber.
Fans of supercute/supercool Japanese illustrators - have you seen Cozy Tomato?
There goes the afternoon, vintage print ads.
ArtInfo's picks for Best Art Books of 2007. Both Hopper ones look terrific.
Artist Perry Hall creates sound drawings using still frames of sound waves moving through paint.
"Copying a photograph is not interesting to me. I like texture too much. So that is something the photo cannot provide." An illustrated interview with painter Alyssa Monk from TMN.
Speak Up has a look at the Obama campaign logo design.
Draw your own version of Eustace Tilley.
Work by Hong Hao, who catalogs the material aspects of his life in large photographic pieces.
A fine new set of galleries at Things Magazine, The Pelican Project.
Check out illustrator Bo Lundberg's work. Sweet.
When Jaime makes selections from a vintage design book, it's best to pay attention. The Nonist on the 71/72 Graphis Annual.
"This is a collection of photography of the design work of Erik Nitsche maintained by collectors Derrick Schultz and Katie Varrati over the past three years or so. We are not related to Nitsche in any way, but maintain this archive as both a personal inventory as well as a service to the design community and Nitsche's legacy." Via ISO50.
Harmonie Interieure's faves. An unstoppable Flickr set.
The paintings of Holly Farrell.
Michael Namer on Finding the Holy Grail of Graffiti.
We love it when Fecal Face goes visiting. This time they're at the studio of David Choong Lee and Brian Barneclo in San Francisco just as they are preparing for a show.
More regrettable incidents in a life filled with bitter remorse. Found among other things.
Cool, panoramic city view wallpaper borders.
Edward Tufte illustrated post on Megan Jaegerman's news graphics for the NYT, 1990-98. Via CulturalSnow.
As long as we're on a bit of a Dutch design theme this morning...
Black Round & Red Star. The portfolio of Emmanuel Polanco.
"Triptych" by UVA, a sculptural LED installation for Nuit Blanche in Paris. "...three brooding presences that respond to the movements of people approaching them." Check the video.
PingMag on animal characters as Japanese shipping logos.
The portfolio of Romanian designer Stefan Lucut.
In anticipation of a mid-career retrospective at the Guggenheim in 2008, "we are featuring some
less familiar works by Cai Guo-Qiang."
Great collection of Decca Records covers.
"Chris Kenny produces an unexpected kind of poetry with his three-dimensional 'drawings' and constructions made from twigs, fragments of maps and strips of found text." Beautiful. Via Ffffound.
There are plenty of inventive art experiments collected at Daniel Eatock's site. Today, the DDC points to his whip-smart Pantone Pen Project. I'm partial to the poignancy of the simple Dead Mans Cup.
So well-done and interesting. Spam one-liners by Linzie Hunter.
If you were one of the lucky few to pick up SM001, Rod Hunting has made a new camera poster that would look great next to it. Look for new Swap Meat goodness from Rod and others coming very soon.
For some reason, I usually like this sort of thing.
Hats off to Hans Hartmann, Swiss designer.
New over at the TMN galleries, Amy Tiemann and The Laptop Club.
Get your kid started on the right foot with the Modern Classics Alphabet.
Impress that cute coffee shop waitress: Bre at Makezine makes a origami flower with three $1 bills.
Elizabeth Perry, "From October 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007, my plan was to visit the public spaces of the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, every day the museums were open. I drew something in a small sketchbook in response to each day's experience." Found among other things.
Via the Serif, a transcript of a Subway Sect radio interview with Peter Saville. I picked up his book at the MCA "Art and Rock" show where the only truly exciting thing (to me, anyway) on exhibit was the LP sleeve sketches and mockups for Power, Corruption, and Lies.
Kids vs Artists.
Gorgeous paper sculptures by Richard Sweeney.
Lane Twitchell's Mementos from Basquiat's Grave.
"At low tide on wide beaches Jim searches the shore for a wave tossed stick. After finding a good stick and composing himself in the near and far environment Jim draws-- laboring up to 7 hours and walking as many as 30 miles. The resulting sand drawing is made entirely freehand w/ no measuring aids whatsoever." Wow.
Local note, FotA Anne Petrosky is showing some of her work tonight at the IIDA Annual Bizarre Bazaar. The event is tonight from 5:30pm - 8:30pm at the Merchandise Mart, 10th floor and features over 50 local artisians. Stop by and take a look.
An interesting juxtaposition of cultures. Great use of materials. This piece by Lei Xue has both.
"Next time art critic Michael Kimmelman pans a show that actually includes a fair number of women and artists of color like his hysterical rant against the Whitney Biennial of 1993 we're going to send him a year's supply of Midol." An interview with Guerrilla Girl, "Frida Kahlo."
If I got Spam that looked like this, I'd actually read it.
"Don't try to be original, just try to be good." A tribute to Paul Rand. After you watch that, take eleven minutes to watch what could be the only film with a Paul Rand gag in it, our very own Copy Goes Here.
Stephen Doyle: A Few Words. "Clever" comes mind on just about every slide.
Da Vinci's Last Supper in super hi def,view online in 16 billion pixels.
The portfolio of Argentinian designer and illustrator Gianluca Fallone. Fab.
The currency of Antarctica.
Green Graffiti by Edina Tokodi.
Posted without comment as it involves the CIA and I don't want to visit Gitmo. Feast your eyes on the "Terrorist Buster" logo
"Paradise has become an uneasy dwelling place; the sublime sea frames of our vunerability, the precarious nature of life itself." Richard Misrach's On the Beach is currently showing at Art Institute.
Masking tape art.
The Met's Gary Tinterow on how to install a 20 ton, $8 million dollar shark.
Lovely. Eames House of Cards. While you're there, take a look around, great stuff.
"There are strong arguments on both sides that he is either putting himself together or taking himself apart. I like the idea that he is a self-made man." Nice job if you can get it.
Art Info's picks for the best of the Frieze Art Fair.
The AIGA Design Conference 2007 begins today here in Boulder and Denver with some interesting studio tours and presentations. I'm really glad to see an interactive design workshop listed right next to a letterpress workshop, and so many friends of the agency in the lineup. And, being Colorado, a combination international poster show/microbrewery tour is included, as are "optional post-conference excursions".
Using the grafarc explorer, you can visit some classic graffiti spots, see what they looked like in the past and explore how they have changed over the years.
Doris Salcedo's Shibboleth is a perfect work for this powerful space.
Every year the Peace Tower will light up from October 9th to December 8th in Rekjavik.
"He's a fictional character: a professional in the midst of a midlife crisis who has just discovered art. He saw a 1962 Morris Louis exhibition at the Andre Emmerich Gallery and decided, 'I'm going to give this a shot. Any idiot could do it.'" Rodney Graham, The Gifted Amateur.
Franc Grom uses a small electric drill to create approximately 2,500 to 3,500 holes in each eggshell.
I am not a wallpaper person, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a pattern of any kind in my life. But I really admire the collection at Nama Rococo, and their single sheets look great on their own.
Full frontal nudity, 75,000 times over.
Tokyo in Pictograms from Ping.
Also in Beijing, a 250m by 30m LED screen installed in the ceiling of a mall.
Stina Persson's fab illustration portfolio, out of Stockholm.
Turn of the century reproductions of the paintings of Eduard von Grutzner, happy monks, mostly drinking.
Star Wars vs. Star Trek.
Photos from last weekend's Kitefest 2007 in Toronto. Lovely.
Brazilian artist Carlo Giovani makes cool things, some of them out of paper.
Ffffound! Great random collection of visuals. Bookmarked.
The paintings of Craig Kosak.
A country by country winners' showcase has been posted for the European logo design annual, Eulda 2007.
Robbie Dingo gives The Starry Night a second life. Wow.
Shadow Monsters adds some verve to the art of hand silhouetting.
100 Girls On Cheap Paper, illustrations by Tina Berning.
Kate Bingaman-Burt makes her NYC debut later this month in a solo show, Obsessive Consumption at Jen Bekman. Kate's Limited, Hand-Made Print Edition is available in our Swap Meat. Get yours now before she become super-famous.
French prints from 1910 that show a glimpse of life in the year 2000.
A woman a day, the Pre-Raphaelite way.
Perhaps a little late in the season for this, but here it is anyway: 3D Swimming Pools.
Our friends at Nerfect painted a horse for one of those plaster-animal-decoration civic pride schemes, and it's up for charity auction soon, along with dozens of far-less-awesome examples.
Creative Pro on Pantone's new "Goe" color matching system.
Another little logo critique, this time of MLB's 2008 All-Star Game logo.
"People often swear the first time they see my work. I like that."
Neighborhoods is a series of multimedia installations in the gutted homes of folks rebuilding in New Orleans.
Turning old books into sculptures.
A collection of classic Motor Mundial magazine covers at Cartype. Fab.
Kane on Alexey Brodovitch.
Giornale Nuovo on Brian Dettmer "Using surgical tools, (he) removes paper like an archeologist releasing a fossil from layers of sediment, thereby unveiling connections between words and images hundreds of pages away from each other." More here.
"From 1974 until the end of his life, Warhol kept a box beside his desk into which he swept all the ephemera that passed through his hands.
When it became full, it was taped shut, dated and sent into storage. By the time of his death, aged 58, in 1987, Warhol had filled more than 600 boxes. Warhol's ephemera goes on display.
"I cannot make you buy a book, but I can try to help make you pick it up." Chip Kidd's How to Make People Buy Books.
"The project documents every instance of the phrase 'is the new' encountered from various sources in 2005. It is intended to map the iterations of a peculiarly common marketing and literary device." Is the New by LeisureArts. Via Eyebeam.
"The effect is remarkable. By slowing down just five seconds of conventional dance movements Michalek reveals a rich world of hidden undulations, minuscule adjustments, and concealed strain. It takes 10 minutes for each five-second sequence to unspool."
Kinda Casiotone, but you gotta love "PMS 187 runs deep in my veins, Metallic 8643 in my gold chains:" Original Design Gangsta.
New over at the TMN galleries, Hand Job.
The Design Sponge Letterpress Guide is a really great resource if you're looking for a letterpress studio or some beautiful pieces to purchase online.
Nice collection of images from photorealist artist Richard Estes.
Enjoying some nice pieces of work in the portfolio of Chad Kouri.
Similar Diversity by Andreas Koller and Philipp Steinweber, a huge infographic displaying text analysis of the holy books of five world religions. Via Notcot.
The Global History of Art as depicted in icons by Slovakian artist Stano Masár.
Seven Golden Camels shares J. H. Vanderpoel's chapter on eyes from The Human Figure, accompanied by beautiful scans.
"Do it. If it is not good enough, observe more and think. And then do it again." PingMag interviews SK Lam of All Rights Reserved, From Hong Kong To The World.
Artist David Gunnarsson, the man behind the (goalie) masks.
New Esperia Mission Logo for Paolo Nespoli's shuttle mission to the International Space Station.
Worth a repost: Frank R. Paul's science fiction magazine covers from the '20s and '30s.
Industrial-Organic, the portfolio of Justin Thomas Kay.
Each year, farmers in the town of Inakadate in Aomori prefecture create works of crop art by growing a little purple and yellow-leafed kodaimai rice along with their local green-leafed tsugaru-roman variety.
It's a very specialized industry, and not often I'd need the services of a faux bois artist. A google search turns up tons of links that lead me nowhere, but now I've found the one to use. Thanks to M.
A painting at auction in Leicestershire UK was expected to bring £300-500. When the bidding was done it went for £205,000.
Short notice for me to get to Seattle, but I am in the market for a new couch.
"The original designs for these decorative book bindings incorporate figurative and geometric representations and rhythms that are strikingly realized when seen as significantly larger images."
Art graduate Lauren Porter knitted a Ferrari for her degree at Bath Spa University.
A unique meeting between typography and ceramics, the work of Stephanie DeArmond is full of interesting visual references.
Dan McPharlin put together these neat minature cardboard models of audio equipment. Via CH. If you're looking for something larger we still have some of Rod Hunting's Vintage Reel-to-Reel prints.
New sketchbook pages at Will Freeborn's Ghostschool.
Amazing light graffiti.
Photoset of the moment: book covers and posters by Irwin McFadden from the late 60s and early 70s.
The Serif's great new registry of 169 design agencies.
PingMag meets up with Sento artist, Toshimitsu Hayakawa, at work at the "Asahiyu" bath house in the Tokyo neighbourhood of Shinnakano.
The Lambiek Comiclopedia is a comics compendium with over 8,000 comic artists from around the world. It's published by Europe's first comics shop, which was founded in 1968 in Amsterdam.
Nice illustrations by Luis Vázquez.
Communication Arts interviews Marian Bantjes, who recently had four of her pieces accepted into the permanent collection at Cooper-Hewitt and, we're proud to say, has another piece available exclusively in our Swap Meat.
"I'm making 999 wooden black cubes. Every cube has the same shape, appearance and dimensions. The strange thing is that there is something inside the cube! If the cube is opened this sense is lost irreparably. The cube is the material representation of human curiosity." Via bblinks.
Scenes From a Roboted Life, Martin Postler's "Life/Machine" project.
Aynaku, an island hopping illustrated blog.
Buying a Brand: Advertising Spending in Graphics.
Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey's architectural projects, photography and miscellaneous pieces of artwork, completely made out of grass.
11 hearts, 8 arrows, 2 animals, 5 things that could be interpreted as penises, and 7 elements that were hand drawn, scanned and traced. Armin's 100 unused logos and what they reveal about his design inclinations.
Amazing pencil carvings.
"What we have as a constant thread in our work is trying to boil things down to being strong and very simple and looking as though they happened very fast - which they may not have." Designboom interview with Ivan Chermayeff.
"The Grand Tour is a collection of priceless paintings set free around the streets of London." For example, Noisy Decent Graphics saw a Degas and a Constable on the way to work today. Now how do we get a Velazquez over on North May Street?
Interactive billboards for BBC World News in America.
Donald Evans created tiny, beautiful, hand-painted postage stamps of made-up countries before he died in in a windmill fire in 1977.
Street Installations by Mark Jenkins.
"Suzanne and Bruce walking on the Vitava, Prague 2007," and much more to explore at Julian Opie.
Ward Jenkins on illustrator extraordinaire, Charley Harper.
Adalberto Abbate's microsculptural dioramas.
A smart Getty installation that might reflect well on you. Edward Lifson on the museum's presentation of Edward Manet's "A Bar at the Folies-Bergere."
Watch St. Louis-based stencil graffiti artist Peat Wollaeger paint a room at the Hotel Des Arts in San Francisco, Luchador style. Nice.
Geoff on an art installation in London called The LightHive, described at "luminous architectural surveillance."
Mister Aitch on the Arabesque, geometric ornamentation in which "plants and leaves grow according to the laws of geometry rather than nature, forming interlaced straps, zizags, spirals, scrolls and knots."
Drawn reminds us that it's a good idea to shuffle though the Illustration House auction lots periodically. Found amid the cowboys and pinups in the June 2 batch, this Michael Whelan cover from a Heinlein paperback.
Vermeer's finest details, now zoomified.
"...the perfect technique for examining the excess, redundancy, and meaningless freedom of our current age of consumption." Mark Luthringer's Ridgemont Typologies. Surprising and beautiful, check Team Colors. Via Infosthetics.
Britta is having an 1896 map of Hannover tattooed on her back.
Related to the last, Ace Jet 170's Penguin posts.
Timothy Tompkins begins with a series of photographs, breaks the images down to their core colors and then paints on aluminum with high-gloss commercial enamel sign paint.
Flags of the world by color usage.
"The Ephemera Society is a non-profit body concerned with the collection, preservation, study and educational uses of hand-written and printed ephemera." Right on.
The Hidden Power of Everyday Things, a four-panel series of paintings by Alex Dodge. Sublime.
Running the Numbers, An American Self-Portrait by Chris Jordan.
121 sweet Etch-A-Sketch drawings. I'm not even going to try to choose favorites.
Humorous collage work by Tod Kapke.
Hopper at the MFA, Boston. The 'sketchbook' feature is more than a bit clumsy but it's well worth fumbling around to get at the goods. Why are big museums so consistently stupid about presenting things online? Sheesh. Sketchbook style text and images can be handled masterfully.
Yesterday's post on Peter Greenaway's Nightwatching is justthisclose to becoming an obsession around here. Rembrandt's "The Night Watch" resides at the Rijksmuseum, check the feature on it in the the 'Masterpieces' section of the museum site.
Interview about Helvetica and the newish identity for La Réunion des Musées Nationaux which was created by just about our fave studio anywhere, Experimental Jetset.
Kate Bingaman draws pictures of the things she buys (NYT 'Consumed') and more at Obsessive Consumption. Currently, Kate has work showing here in Chicago at Fraction Workspace at one of our favorite interesections, Honore and Wabansia.
Build. Recent works.
Still one of the best art projects ever. Had no idea they'd also released do it yourself instructions when they pulled off the stunt: PDF from The Barbie Liberation Organization. If you're unfamiliar with the whole thing, there's more info here. Via WMMNA.
The life and times of Andy Virgil, illustrator. A lovely tribute to a prodigious talent.
The third and final installment of Ace Jet 170's All My Pelicans. Is "All My Penguins" next?
Peacay on Russian artist Sergey Tyukanov's "retro fantasy folk whimsy."
Leif Peng's huge collection of vintage advertising and editorial illustration, organized mostly by artist. The scans are beautiful but beware, this will be the end of your morning, productivity-wise.
Rumor has it The DDC may be in the house later today. Fridge is stocked.
Weirdly fascinating. 40 years of animated stingers from "The Mountain of Entertainment."
The Life and Works of Hardie Gramatky 1907-79, American watercolorist.
Seven Golden Camels on the secret sketchbook of Ronald Searle. "If you feel uncomfortable when people catch you drawing them, imagine how hard it would be to draw the patrons in a strip club."
This collection of Van Gogh's unabridged, cross-indexed and annotated letters is one the smartest, best-organized and presented collection of personal writings anywhere. "And my aim in my life is to make pictures and drawings, as many and as well as I can; then, at the end of my life, I hope to pass away, looking back with love and tender regret, and thinking, 'Oh, the pictures I might have made!'" Vincent to Theo 11/19/1883.
Bangers, A Collection of Black & White Explorations by Matt W. Moore. Hypnotic. Check these examples. Cha-ching. Via Illustration Mundo.
Noticed this on the drive in this morning, but didn't think to take a photo. Luckily Chris Glass noticed too: Is Chris Ware illustrating for BP?
Honestly, if Matt Michaluk, a student in Bath UK, and his collaborators were to send to the Swap Meat an issue of their photocopied A0 Magazine which is French-folded and stitched down the spine and 'blessed with fluro orange type' we would mostly likely swap it with something of our own. So we cold keep it. Via The Serif.
"Occasionally, printers will run disposable sheets of paper through the press several times in order to fine-tune the press, or to clean the rollers." Examples from Mister Aitch's collection.
As soon as I saw the title I knew I'd love it. Chipotle Menu Art.
"Last year a call went out across Australia for drawings. Hundreds sent in work and sixteen were selected. All artists selected did their work in Melbourne. Thus Conceived on a Tram was born." Looks terrific. Via 1+1=3.
Ace Jet 170's All My Pelicans: Part 1. Ahhh.
Graphic design and art direction work by Rob Brearley.
Blake Ink, poster design out of Boston. Thanks Andrew.
Oh yikes. The Dairy Queen logo has been "enhanced with gold and blue curved swishes signifying food and treats". Via Brand New.
Beautiful vapor trails. "Minutiae" by Nathan Abels. Acrylic on Panel.
The illustration portfolio of Lauren Simkin Berke.
You never know when you'll encounter Ketchup Art.
Massive gallery of the work of Dick Bruna, prolific illustrator and graphic designer at Zwarte Beertjes (Black Bear), Holland's largest publishing house. Great stuff. I. II. III. Via Kane.
Luke Hayman's Time Magazine redesign is out and only perfect. Wow.
Jim Woodring made a moleskine popup.
"I create two kinds of boxes: those whose purpose is to re-create an atmosphere that has delighted me... and the more objective pieces that are the result of a detailed examination of the 'realistic truth' of a certain place." Giornale Nuovo on Charles Matton.
"Without Reason is a limited edition art book dedicated to the roots and lifestyle of street culture, capturing the works of graffiti artists, painters, designers, illustrators, photographers and tattoo artists from Australia, America, Canada and the UK." Beautiful.
Mixed media, collage, graphic-based work, photography and found objects at the new site for artist and furniture designer Chris Ferebee. A couple highlights, the Supercollider and Tartan series.
Illustrations and artwork by Alberto Cerriteno.
Mystery, sci-fi and assorted vintage paperback covers from the Travelin' Librarian. I. II. III. Via Designhör.
Twelve Rare Books of the Avant Garde.
"...contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on." Running the Numbers, a project by Chris Jordan.
"Paolozzi was walking past Harrods store one morning and saw a window dresser setting up a display which included a plaster cast of the head of Michelangelo's marble sculpture of David."
Peacay, on Swiss-born American graphic designer, Erik Nitsche (1908-1998).
Meet the World, a series of political statements using maps as graphs, by Icaro Doria.
Don't worry Marian, no one's valentine is nicer than the valentine you sent to me. See all of Ms. Bantjes' 150 hand-drawn hearts here. Mine is about 60% of the way down, in the center. A thoughtful and beautiful idea. But that's no surprise, given the source.
"Performer is an interactive installation in which a virtual audio audience applauds viewers lit by a spotlight. Viewers actually feel as if they are being observed by a real 100 member audience." Make sure to check out all the other Adam Frank pieces on the site. It's all great. Via Chris Glass.
"The Football Drawings show the ball movements during a soccer game as viewed from above." Super cool.
The nice thing about art made out of money is that, even if you buy a piece and it doesn't wind up increasing in value, at least you could take it apart and not lose all your money. Via designboom.
So you know, how to make moss graffiti.
Thomas Raschke's sculptures are wire frames. Thanks Coop.
Friend of the Agency, Ken Meier has a new portfolio up that demonstrates a healthy typographic obsession.
"Places You Can't Imagine," a new site and print from Mr. Chuck "Nopattern" Anderson.
Geostationary Banana Over Texas. Sure, why not?
Artist Bethany Bristow, Asia, New York. "On the street one encounters a temporal vulnerable sculpture made from melted glass bottles and jars, feathers and corn syrup; and sometimes myself and an accomplice in the act of installing and photographing the process." Via Bezembinder's.
Creativebits interviews icon designer Jonas Rask.
Artist Steven Harrington. Flip through the "prints" and the "etc" sections. Real fresh. Real beautiful.
"Each Gum Blonde is 100% chewed bubblegum on a plywood backing. No paint or dye is used. The color is inherent to the gum - the mixing of the colour takes place inside the mouth during chewing using and endless variety of flavours made by an endless variety of companies."
"Something between a comic and a children's book...Teplin's 'Heavy Water' series was inspired by a Hezbollah military strategy that called for the placement of missile launchers in private suburban homes." Via Life Without Buildings.
"I'm very rich. I have many lions." Two great Ghostschool journal pages from Wil Freeborn.
Bookslut's most dreadful book covers of 2006, by genre.
"With the Olympics' visuals, he created what he called 'a game with rules.' He defined a very simple set of graphic elements and he created certain rules to apply these elements." Metropolis interview with Markus Rathgeb about his new book on Otl Aicher. Via Design Observer.
Heidelberger Totentanz, published in 1488, it was the first book with illustrations of the Dance of Death, "an artistic response across Europe to the devastation brought about by the plague or black death." Via Designboom.
With my2007 Colette asked different designers, artists and illustrators to express their view of the new year.
It's that time of year to once again download and print another amazing Lounge72 Calendar.
Extra fabulous. Chart representing a flow of products through the UK textile industry from the intake of raw materials to the finished product. Designed by Lock/Petterson in 1968. Via The DDC.
Pentagram reached back for a new Saks Fifth Avenue identity and then they cut it into squares in order to remix it an infinite number of ways. Smart.
Czech Book Covers from the 20's and 30's. Browse around, there is a lot to appreciate, including this extraordinarily forward looking layout from 1931 by Ladislav Sutnar. Via Plep.
"Each side of the diamond measures 1.8 kilometres. The letters that spell out 'READYMIX' are 240 metres high by 180 metres wide, with each stroke estimated to be about 12 metres wide." Via one+one=thr33.
It goes without saying that everyone wants a girl as cool as Kim Deal, but
you should also remember Kelley Deal, who shows
you how to knit a wool bag here. A perfect project for those long trips
driving on 9. Via Chris Glass.
Sculpture from Anthony McCall, Solid Light Films.
His work is very much based around characters. Strange but endearing fantasy creatures with human and animalistic features. The subject focus immediately leads one to consider the artist primarily as a character designer. Johan Potma, however, won't be labelled that easily.
Russian design magazine, Identity has published their "Best of the Best" for 2006, an international competition of logos, trademarks and corporate identities. A bit uneven as a group, but there are very strong individual showings here.
"The Wonderlost series is my artistic interpretation and dark twist on the numerous characters from Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass' stories."
In order to own things we must first give them names. Then, we must make vivid and lifelike illustrations of them.
Here's a great way to kill the rest of your day. The NAGO Dutch Design Archive. Tons of inspiring work here. use the drop down on the left, pick a category and then hit 'zoek.'
Use only what you need.
"I recently found out that Cheeta (world famous movie star of many a Tarzan film from the 1930's & 1940's, not to mention oldest living chimp on the planet), was living out his retirement in Palm Springs while doing commmisioned artwork for those rarified patrons so inclined to, you know, order paintings done by a chimp." Via Secret Fun Blog.
Seven Camels on Fred Ludekins' technique for thumbnails and "Working for Page Impact."
The winners and honorable mentions of RetroBlast and Coin-Op TV's video game themed inpirational poster contest.
"Against the violent baroque agitation of the painting behind her, the woman asserts a quite, imperturbable calm, the quintessence of Vermeer's vision." Interactive study of Woman Holding a Balance.
On the drive back yesterday from a weeklong trip with my dad, the conversation, of course, led to the question "What ever happened to Shadoe Stevens?" That answer can be found at Shadoe.com, including information about Shadoe Stevens, the artist.
Plan59, "If there's one thing a Web site devoted to mid-century illustration isn't complete without, it's ... a gallery of 1950s pro wrestling stars."
"I didn't ask you to touch me like you missed me. I just wanted you to touch me like you were happy to see me..." NotCot on the bittersweet and textured illustration and collage work of Kurt Halsey Frederikson. More here.
Our friend Jason Robert Bell, an indefatigable artist perhaps best known for Caveman Robot, is back in Chicago to exhibit his Kala Series of paintings, opening Friday night at Thomas Robertello Gallery.
"Slides are not art. All (Tate director) Sir Nicholas Serota needs to do is to get rid of the few bits of art the Tate does possess. Then he could turn the whole of Tate Modern into a theme park." Sounds like a good plan to me.
Browse Gerhard Richter's The Atlas.
"When I first became aware of FAST Corp., I immediately sent away for their full-color catalog. Upon its arrival I tore open the pages, eager to choose the perfect monstrosity for my front yard." The Birthplace, and Deathplace, of Fiberglass Art. I vote this for the next CP field trip.
"To prompt a call to Orkin (Pest control services), miniature police tape was placed at locations where pests enter buildings."
Mister Aitch on Antonio Basoli's Alfabeto Pittorico, 1839. Fantastic, as in fanciful or unreal.
Gorgeous new desktop vacation at Hybridworks.
Jakob Printzlau is Plastic Kid. He makes stuff.
Dataisnature on Paul Friedlander's light sculptures.
Joe Kral, "After buying the book Penguin By Design: A Cover Story I started searching local book stores and online for some of the old Penguin and Penican books. Here's what I have so far." Delicious. I. II. III.
"In her long career, which stretched over forty years and included the publication of more than forty books, Edith Wharton (1862-1937) portrayed a fascinating segment of the American experience." Via Plep.
"Dellschau's watercolor and collage images form a unified yet cryptic vision. His flying machines, or 'Aeros' as he titled them, are sequentially numbered and carefully rendered to demonstrate their mechanical capabilities." The story of Charles Dellschau, the Henry Darger of aeronautics.
Artist Sharon Baker has created an edible self-portrait in bread.
"Police confiscated Mr Wendel's costume and sent him home". A German art student poses as a Terracotta Army warrior in Xian.
Christopher Lee's beast is back.
Waterhalo sketch journal, out of Toronto.
The illustrations of David Foldvari.
Pictograms for the Beijing Olympic Games.
Pingmag on overlooked European graphic design you can lick.
Vintage Karmann-Ghia automotive brochures and ad inserts. So fab. Many look totally fresh, especially the French one from 1963 with this cover and this one from 68. Via the always tasty World of Kane.
"Everything has a Pantone color. It's just a matter of finding it."
The strange and wonderful paintings of Marion Peck.
"These letters spell out the first seven lines of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. They were photographed in order, west to east, as I walked the Pilgrims' Way from Winchester to Canterbury." Via Things.
Where they took the photo that became the album cover.
There's lots to like about Today's Inspiration, most notably, the excellent scans of 40s and 50s illustrations and magazine layouts frequently accompanied by passages from unrelated but appropriate books. Via that Miss who is Swiss.
Calling off all other vacation plans and am now saving for a week's visit. Staying in James Turrell's House of Light.
"Having recently relocated his studio to Las Vegas from Key West, Florida, USA, the artist Pawlick creates his one-of-a-kind abstract-geometric visions exclusively in the medium of dry dog food." Via Cynical-C.
From Our Man in Toronto: 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.
Mark Penxa's sketchbook.
"Fallen Astronaut," the only piece of art on the moon. "It was created by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck and installed by Apollo 15 astronaut David Scott, along with a plaque bearing the names of the 14 astronauts and cosmonauts who died in the service of space exploration."
Back around this time last year, there was some buzz around the studio about typographic tattoos. Now that's all come back to us thanks to Ina Saltz's new book, Body Type. Thanks Margaret.
3D Painted Rooms.
Watercolor illustration by Stina Persson.
37signals sits down for a Fireside Chat with Richard Bird, Carlos Segura and JC to discuss Design: Then and Now.
Please don't make the logo bigger!
Walter Allner died recently at the age of 97. He was responsible for many beautiful Fortune Magazine Covers and once you get a feel for his style you can pretty much pick them out from the thumbnails. (His are all signed btw.) Here's Steven Heller's obit from the Times.
Ever have any well-conceived logo designs that the client didn't appreciate? Me too. The No Go Logo Show, going on now.
Peter turns the pages of Franco Maria Ricci and Corinna Ferrari's Top Symbols and Trademarks from 1973 so you don't have to. Luscious.
"Rf id mon amour 1.0 is a kit for designers, artists and architects, which allows the realization of interactive exhibitions in a very simple manner, without any specific knowledge of programming or electronics." Via Reluct.
Two photographs of the same person from years apart, spliced together to entirely unsettling, sometimes comedic, results. Age-Maps.
Recipe for time-wastery: move mouse, click, repeat.
Recipe for time-wastery: move mouse, click, repeat.
"One of the strongest emotions between partners is the feeling of jealousy that is, according to the French Littre, a feeling which is 'born in love and which is produced by the fear that the loved person prefers someone else.'" Bjorn Franke's Traces of an Imaginary Affair. Via Reluct.
"Each work is created on an Etch-A-Sketch that take between 60-70 hours to complete."
Some amazing car window art.
Carmontelle's Transparency: An 18th-Century Motion Picture. Check the interactive "stroll." This can be seen perhaps as a precedent for the photographic work of Kahn and Selesnick, like their epic Scotlandfuturebog. More on K+S in our Depth of Field feature.
"During the period between the two World Wars, the Czechoslovak Republic was an important and prolific center for avant-garde book design. Signed, limited editions showcased experimental design techniques, high-quality materials, and specially commissioned graphics." A Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian joint, Czech Book Covers of the 1920's and 1930's. Great examples, well annotated. Via Design Observer.
The Space Invader Invastion of '06.
The portfolio and video work of Gregori Saavedra.
Classic Vogue Magazine covers.
Peacay on FC Vogel's Panorama des Rheins from 1833. Beautiful art and detail.
Michael van den Besselaar. Paintings.
Peacay on Zoomorphic Calligraphy. Try and keep this post from spreading everywhere. Fab.
Stupendous paintings and sketches by Sue Rubira.
Video excerpt from Beautiful Minds: A Voyage Into the Brain about Stephen Wiltshire, whose powers of visualization and memory are staggering.
"This guided tour provides an overview of the various color and black and white print processes used to reproduce dime novel and story paper illustrations during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries."
Luckyface features work by New Orleans painter Adam Hall.
Portraits of Eminent Citizens of Mysore State.
Clothes Peg Iconography by Gad Chamy and Yoav Ziv.
London Views. "This medievalised vision of apocalypse in England's capital city was carved on 14 pieces of linoleum with one small cutting tool. The original blocks make up a picture about twelve feet long." Thanks Alison.
For years folks in the CP office endured lunch room stories of art and intrigue from my summers as a houseboy for the Clark family in upstate New York. Now they have to read them in the New York Times.
Meredith Allen's Melting Ice Pops, 1999-2004.
Chris Turnham's and Kevin Dart's fab art prints at Fleet Street Scandal.
Simon Norfolk takes photographs of supercomputers. "The problem is not that these computers might one day resemble humans," he writes; "it is that they already resemble gods." (Flash required; click on "The Supercomputers")
Illustrations by Alexander Blue.
Are wind farms beautiful? Is your answer political or aesthetic? Design Observer tries to find out.
"In October of 2004, after my Grandmother Burns passed away, I decided to embark on a new computer generated 3D project. This one was to recreate N. Monroe Street in Lebanon, Missouri as it appeared in the 1960s. The house in the foreground (#166 on the street) was in my family on and off for about 100 years."
The hallucinatory painitngs of Erik Edwin Olson, especially My Dinner with Morgoth and The Herbivores.
Michael Bierut on why 8.5" x 11" paper ain't so bad after all.
Fecal Face interviews Vancouver artist Ben Tour. "Satisfaction for me with my art is very short lived, I tend to want to move on to the next piece in the middle of the one I'm working on."
"The Calamitous Quinquennial India Ink Freak-Out."
Answer Stefan Bucher's question, "What would you like to see?" by clicking "thoughts + dreams."
I think this is the third cat post on Fresh Signals. CSA Cat Power gallery at Veer.
Students in Delft have created the world's largest 3D display. It consists of "8,000 suspended ping pong balls that each contain a red LED light," and requires "4 kilometres of copper wire."
Stéphane Bucco's fab portfolio, Socko.
This dude really, REALLY digs The Neverending Story.
Maps of the world warped by weird statistical facts: number of working tractors, children in the workforce, wealth in 1500 AD... Check out dairy exports. It's the unbelievable WorldMapper project. (Via New Scientist)
Beautiful Losers Contemporary Art and Street Culture. La Triennale di Milano.
Photo/scans-set of the moment: Dan Santat's gorgeous artwork.
Design et Typo on Roger Excoffon, typographer and painter. Only in French but the scans from Caractère Christmas published in '60s by the Emmanuel Ollive Company need no translation.
Sampling, fair use, the public sphere, and Public Enemy: it's an excellent guest editorial at Design Observer.
"Jason Thielke's style is sort of a reversal of traditional graffiti. Most of his subjects are often victims of graffiti and are not typically seen as beautiful."
"18 leading designers from the worlds of architecture, design and fashion take part in the project. The brief was to customise a Danish design icon, the Vipp pedal bin, in any way chosen. Vipp is a small family company that was founded in 1939 and they create high design pedal bins. Via 30gms.
"1000 unique postcards, each depicting a single unpublished image from a relatively unknown designer," will be mailed "to a selected group of 1000 influential architects, urbanists, academics, curators, journalists, and critics, who will have the opportunity to respond." It's Architecture and the Mail.
The Pritzker Prize awards cutting-edge architectural design - so what's up with their ridiculous website? gravestmor takes the Pritzker's web crew to task.
Tibetan geometries of sand form frame by frame - before being swept away. It's MandalaCam. Watch and learn.
"Donovan uses anonymous elements of the real to make original otherworldly structures that complicate the relationship between parts and whole and reconfigure our ideas about and memories of utilitarian objects and real and imaginary terrains." Or to put it another way, "Look how she stacked all those plastic cups. Awesome.". Via Shoepal.
We've linked various collections of pulp fiction paperback covers many times but this particular set is really well chosen and scanned. Heck, it's almost as exciting as the classic dirty Swedish book covers gallery. Almost.