What a gloomy friday morning (well, mid day by now) it is. I think it has been raining for 12 hours now and I could just NOT get out of bed today. I also really like to listen to the rain under the covers. I think this might be affecting the mood of my post today and I’m sorry if I’m putting a damper on your friday but I just have to show you Italian artist Nicola Samorì. For some reason I see him in relation to my fave artist Conor Harrington, there is the same contrast between an old technique with a contemporary approach, but Nicola Samorì is much more DARK. I love it! He’s brilliant!
See more: http://www.nicolasamori.com
I’m spending a bit of time reacquainting myself with editorial design. It is my fave of all the graphic design disciplines, because it is of great importance that the designer him/herself is a great storyteller and understands how to perfectly visualize the written word. I also love it because it’s a very limited space, you might have a maximum of 4 spreads to pull out all the stops to make it eyecandy and a great companion for the copy, and then it’s on to the next thing. Maybe my own impatience finds this especially appealing ;-)
Lately I’ve discovered the amazingly talented Benjamin Barend Bours who’s a designer at GQ. I’m in awe! These opening spreads are perfect examples of my rant above. You could not switch the styles of ANY of these, because they tell the story so well. Actually, I think that might be a great way to put a design to the test; see if it would work on another story, if it does, it’s not specific enough, maybe even generic. But Benjamins work is definitely no such thing. I’m a fan!
See more: http://www.bbbours.com/
Phew! This running my business thing is hard work! That is not me complaining though, it feels GREAT to be busy with stuff that is all connected to doing my own thing, whether it’s taxes (you did NOT hear me say that!) or designwork. But yesterday I needed a few hours to play. A friend of mine who’s having some man problems was on my mind. She is the most stylish woman I know, at the same time she is kind and warm and being told she is superficial because she loves fashion is definitely NOT true. So I made her this to remind her. You can play the logotype guess game with this one, if you know the logos, you can join our club of warm hearted fashion lovers ;-)
Yes yes, I may get in trouble with the BIG BRANDS but at least I’m doing good!
I love when lines between creative skills are a little blurred, like why do we actually NEED to discuss what the difference between art and design is (a discussion I seam to be confronted with every other day)? Shouldn’t we just spend time DOING something and not spend time putting things in boxes? Well, to me Andrew B. Myers falls into the blurry landscape somewhere between photographer/illustrator/spatial designer and probably a hundred other things and I don’t give a s***, I just LOVE his work! And I’m putting him in the ‘this and that’ category just because ;-) Photographic pattern making seams to be a big trend and this guy does it SO amazingly.
See more: http://cargocollective.com/andrewbmyers
While maintaining my Pinterest addiction I came across these embroideries by American designer Totally Severe aka Sarah. I feel a kindred spirit! She loves Seinfeld, embroidery and draws stick figures…I think we might be twins seperated at birth!
See more: http://www.totallysevere.com/
Filed under: Illustration/Art | Tags: Opulence, Portraits, Renaissance, Style Contrast
Ever since I heard a talk by Conor Harrington at the Offset conference a few years, back I’ve been totally smitten with his work. The style clash is just done to absolute perfection! I’ve shown you a few things before but I just noticed, through cyber stalking, that he has a new exhibition out called Eat and Delete. It’s just travelled from London to New York and you should go, Go, GOOO!!!! Just look at the scary men below, uhhhh chills!!!
See more from the gallery who represent him: http://www.lazinc.com/
These weeks I’m teaching a course on the design around a TV series. It’s a very hush hush top secret project so I can’t tell you what it is but I CAN show you a list of my top 10 TV intros. I have a deep knowledge in this field due to extensive research (…that’s a nice way of saying I’m a TV-addict ;-)
No. 10: House MD
Being a huge Massive Attack AND Hugh Laurie fan I still love this intro. But it’s also just so well composed timing wise, with all the old medical drawings and the blood running through the veins. Made by Digital Kitchen.
No. 9: Mad Men
A great take on the 50ies inspiration with awesome compositions running through. Made by Imaginary Forces.
No. 8: Borgen
A show from Danish TV. Good work by Danish studio Benny Box.
No. 7: True Blood.
One of the best crafted intros of all time when it comes to the clipping and timing. Everything is choreographed to lead your eyes around to see the exact right thing. Made by Digital Kitchen.
No. 6: The Americans
A super example of a certain style intro. Love the fast pace and the typography with inspiration from old documents. Made by Elastic.
No. 5: House of Cards
The sound! Can listen to it over and over and over. The symbolism of going through a day and the darkness creeping up on you is so magnificent for the show. Made by District 7 Media.
No. 4: Six Feet Under
For me, this intro started a new era in opening titles. It really defined the TV series as a media for great design and Digital Kitchen nailed it on this one.
No. 3: Dexter
Another great Digital Kitchen intro, the crop on each frame is amazing to give the whole intro a macabre look without actually being so.
No. 2: Masters of Sex
This intro always puts a smile on my face. I love how they’ve visualised every slang and every metaphor for sex. Like “buttering the muffin” and so forth. It fits the quite innocent approach to sex that the show has. Made by Elastic.
No. 1: True Detective
The first time I saw this intro I rewinded it to see it again before I actually started to watch the episode. THAT must be the characteristic of a truely great intro. Made by Elastic.