Monday, September 15, 2014

Frank Anselmo for ASPCA

Ad encouraging pet adoption for ASPCA by Frank Anselmo


Makes my brain smile.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Wolfgang Tillmans

Insanely beautiful abstract photography by Wolfgang Tillmans.




Monday, May 5, 2014

Dancing with jellyfish

This goodness makes me laugh every time I look at it...


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Flipbooks on steroids

Oh, HI. A special little treat for Earth Day.

Vivarium from Juan Fontanive on Vimeo.

(Vivarium by Juan Fontanive via Swissmiss)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Complaint Department

Power of Design 2014: Complaints is a gathering of designers, writers, and thinkers for a series of events and exhibitions at The Wolfsonian museum in Miami Beach from March 22-24. The poster exhibition portion of the event, entitled Complaints! An Inalienable Right, is curated by Steven Heller and showcases posters by major designers airing their own complaints. A new poster in the series is posted each day on the blog for the exhibition, a sampling of which can be seen here with captions from the blog. I especially love Milton Glaser's sentiment that "Certainty is a closing of the mind."


Jeff Scher is filmmaker, animator, and teacher whose work appears frequently in the New York Times. He teaches at New York University and the School of Visual Arts in the MFA graphic design program. He notes that his poster "is about global weirding-fueled rising sea levels and how it endangers everything coastal, including New York City. It is a subject that Hurricane Sandy made personal when it destroyed my coastal Brooklyn Studio."

Viktor Koen is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts (SVA). His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally, and his images regularly appear in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Nature magazine. The bottom of this poster, Koen explains, adds "insult to injury" through "very unreliable science." It lists the percent of adults per state in the last year "with significantly damaged looks due to direct smoke exposure of their face."

Milton Glaser is among the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States. You've seen his work: he designed the iconic I (heart) NY logo in 1976. His many accomplishments include: one-man shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Center; the National Medal of the Arts award; and lifetime achievement awards from the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the Fulbright Association. He co-founded Push Pin Studios and New York Magazine. In 1974, he opened Milton Glaser, Inc., where he continues to produce a prolific amount of work. Of this poster, he comments: "I don't know where it came from, but some years ago I read or heard the phrase,  'Certainty is a closing of the mind.' I quite agree."

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Warm Thoughts

And on the other end of the spectrum, Andres Amador makes sand art. On beaches. In the sunshine.
Yeah, I'll take that...




(Found here.)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Snow art

On a very appropriate note...

Simon Beck creates snow art by walking in very intricate, large-scale patterns. From close up, they don't look like much:


but from far away, they're pretty mind blowing:



...not to mention, very fleeting creations. 

(Brr.)




Saturday, January 25, 2014

Stainless

Adam Magyar's Stainless series follows a trains' arrivals at crowded subway stations in slow motion. The end result is pretty mesmerizing.

Adam Magyar - Stainless, 42 Street (excerpt) from Adam Magyar on Vimeo.


Adam Magyar - Stainless, Alexanderplatz (excerpt) from Adam Magyar on Vimeo.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Goodbye to All That

"I am not sure that it is possible for anyone brought up in the East to appreciate entirely what New York, the idea of New York, means to those of us who came out of the West and the South. To an Eastern child, particularly a child who has always has an uncle on Wall Street and who has spent several hundred Saturdays first at F.A.O. Schwarz and being fitted for shoes at Best’s and then waiting under the Biltmore clock and dancing to Lester Lanin, New York is just a city, albeit the city, a plausible place for people to live, But to those of us who came from places where no one had heard of Lester Lanin and Grand Central Station was a Saturday radio program, where Wall Street and Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue were not places at all but abstractions (“Money,” and “High Fashion,” and “The Hucksters”), New York was no mere city. It was instead an infinitely romantic notion, the mysterious nexus of all love and money and power, the shining and perishable dream itself. To think of “living” there was to reduce the miraculous to the mundane; one does not “live” at Xanadu."
-Joan Didion, Goodbye to All That  
 Not sure how I haven't come across this article before, but I'm glad I did.

Also, a good follow-up in New York magazine.

Monday, September 23, 2013

New Beginnings

Filmed at sunrise in NY...beautiful.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Bookshelfies

One of the first things I love to do when going to someone's apartment for the first time is check out his/her bookshelf. It tells so much about a person. In this vein...Bookshelfies! A goofily titled tumblr of selfies of people in front of their bookshelves. Uh huh. You know the nerd in you loves it.
(via Swissmiss)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Strike a pose...

Loved this video.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Animography

Check out Animography, a series of animated typefaces. Smart and well done!

Animography Opening from Animography on Vimeo.

From their site:

Animography.net is a webshop/typefoundry that provides motion designers, video-editors and others in the field of the moving image with animated typefaces. These animated typefaces are easy to use, customizable and scalable without any loss of quality.
Our animated typefaces are Adobe After Effects files with each glyph in a separate composition. A controller-composition serves as a central point from which you can customize all the glyphs in one go.
Check it out here.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Calgary Zoo Annual Report

Trigger Communications' annual report for the Calgary Zoo is an incredibly smart and creative way of using the popularity of Instagram for business purposes. Take a look at some of the photos below and see the full thing here.






(via designworklife)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Dove Real Beauty Sketches

This video is pretty fabulous.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

While You Were Sleeping...

For German photographer Paul Schneggenburger's series The Sleep of the Beloved, he took long-exposure photos of couples sleeping between the hours of midnight and 6am. He asks,
What happens to lovers while they are sleeping? Is it a sleeping just next to each other, each on his own, or is there a sharing of certain places or emotions? Is it a nocturnal lovers' dance, maybe a kind of unaware performed tenderness, or does one turn their back on each other?
 The resulting photographs are incredibly beautiful and somewhat haunting portraits of coupledom.









(via The Atlantic)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Expedia luggage tag ads

Great ads for Expedia by Ogilvy & Mather:




Monday, January 7, 2013

Chris Moore

Some great work from Chris Moore that makes my brain smile:

KidSport-Postits from chris Moore on Vimeo.

VW holiday card:










































BCH-SwitchCaseStudy from chris Moore on Vimeo.