Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Life Size Pointillism

I love ads that not only advertise an object, but also the capabilities of that object. This ad is for Makita drills. It's advertising how precise the drill is by using it to drill holes that make up the image itself. Over 20,000 holes were drilled into a white wall, with careful calculations to ensure the proper illusion of tints and tones. Tedious? Yes. Awesome? Absolutely.
Gabriel Moreno is a Madrid based Illustrator. I came across these images and was blown away. I'm a fan of illustrations, and Moreno's work is no exception. I love the detail and organic nature of his work. This image is one of several new works that was exhibited in his “More than Illustration” solo show last month. He gave himself 5 months to focus on this exhibition so he could figure out every minute detail of each piece. Check out more pieces from the show here.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Here's my card...

Ahh the business card. What was once so plain and boring that you never looked at it after someone gave it to you has taken on a life of its own. I think it's awesome that designers have realized that it doesn't matter what size a piece is, it's all about the impact it makes on the viewer. These cards are playful, but they don't lose their main purpose: informing someone of their services. These are just a few of the awesome designs I found, and the rest can be found here

Not my car!!

Here's a really cool ad I found online. Even though it looks like it's advertising Coops Paints, it's actually for Nationwide Insurance. It's super creative, and I love how it literally spills off the signs and onto the pavement and cars. It's not just the scale that makes an impact, but also the concept and how it was executed. I would love to see an ad like this in real life.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Fill 'er up!

These containers won the Mobius 2008 Best of Show awards for Package Design. Designed by German artist Kolle Rebbe Werbeagentur, they hold different kinds of cooking oil. I'm a sucker for anything in a cool container, so I would definitely sign up for cooking lessons just so I could buy these. I love how creative the designers were in packaging something that people might use regularly in a way that would make it interesting to just have lying around on the counter. I think it's important to not get stuck when designing and think outside the box (or in this case the can). 

I dare you to feel nothing...

I'm a huge Death Cab for Cutie fan. If you've heard their music, 
high five because you know the moving lyrics and haunting
melodies are fantastic. If you haven't, shame on you. Indulge
in this video for their latest single "Grapevine Fires". I love art and 
music, so when the two merge it's a beautiful thing. I love the style
of the video, and I love the fact that despite it being a cartoon, the 
emotions are real. I took an animation class so I know how long 
something like this takes to draw out. Mad props to the artist and 
of course the band for writing an amazing song.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Warning: Secondhand Eating Kills

This is an advertisement I found on the Graphis website. It's a 2009 winner for Advertising for Public Services created for the Dietitians of Canada. I love when designs have double meanings, so this ad definitely caught my eye. It's actually donuts lined up to look like a cigarette; brilliant. I also like the touch of the nutrition facts at the bottom. This ad shows that simplicity can be super effective and creative. Next time you go to Yum Yum think of the surgeon general. 

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Annie Leibowitz + Seth Rogen = Frida Kahlo?

I love Annie Leibowitz's photographs. I love Superbad, Knocked Up, and anything Judd Apatow can get his grubby little hands on. So naturally, I love this photo that features Seth Rogen, one of Vanity Fair's Comedy's New Legends, as the iconic Frida Kahlo. I find it inspiring when artists make historical references, making a blend of past and present, giving new ideas to future generations. Aside from being an amazing photograph that captures a stagnant, genuine face from a comedian, the artistic director of the shoot did an amazing job recreating the original painting.