Revolutionary! Sleek! Sweeping the nation! Call in the 10 minutes and we’ll throw in the Flickr pool Photoshop Tennis!!
Basically a community of folks who pick a “game” (a photo), set a couple of ground rules, then let it loose in the forums for their members and readers to pass along changing one thing at a time and handing it off to the next lucky boy or girl! I think it’s GENIUS!! I’m sure they’re not the first to do it, and won’t be the last, but they might be the best right now. With the Flickr community being so huge, it’s got some talent floating around in it’s kiddie pool. A game end when no one posts to the specific forum anymore, or the timeline is met (also can be stated in the rules). So, go follow a feed, open your photoshop or GIMP and let the tennis match begin!
For only $9.95 each, these dioramas take me back to 3rd grade. Granted, mine usually consisted of old G.I.Joes whos mid-section rubber band had broken and then found their way under my brothers wood burning kit… a little read paint, some dirt (which we were NEVER short of in The Antelope Valley), twigs, grass and a bit of hot glue gun. BHAM! instant battlefield! Needless to say, i was a sheltered, bored little child. there’s nothing to do in the desert when it’s 117º outside and the wind is blowing dust devils into your mouth! Ohh how that brings me back to the middle school playground where half of our lunch would be chewing through the rocks that just blew into our faces… mother earth’s all natural pop-rocks; now with no trans fat! I’ll have seconds!
It was either this or stealing my mom’s cookie tins and pitting the black and red ant tribes against each other in a battle of epic proportions. ohh, how they did hate one antoher. And i’m convinced the black ants were either the gatherers or just plain wussies, because the red ants won every time. Even when we stacked the odds with a 1:4 ratio the red team was triumphant. Now, don’t flame me for ant cruelty, this was years ago, i was a little kid. Thanks again boredom!
Incredibly affordable, these diorama kits will most likely give enjoyment long after assembly.
‘Tatebanko is the forgotten Japanese art of creating amazing dioramas and scenic perspectives from paper. Tatebanko was popular and widely admired from the 17th century (Edo period) to the early 20th century. Then it all but disappeared. “It’s a Beautiful Day” has now revived and reinterpreted this simple and elegant Japanese art with two new paper craft kits. The kits feature the works from two famed Edo artists – Hiroshige’s Kambara, Evening Snow and Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Beautifully designed and printed in Japan with elegant metallic accents, the kits are nicely packaged A4 size and make a diorama that is 7 1/2” W x 3 1/2” D x 4 7/8” H. Each kit has a playful secret and interesting details that make assembly fun. With these kits, Tatebanko will undoubtedly enjoy a well-deserved renaissance.’
In an effort to not litter my front page with flash plugins of videos, i’ve moved this until after the jump. But it’s an AMAZING video. Time lapse of a 40 hour project by Chad Pugh. The detail that goes into the illustration is stunning, and if you really like ti you can order a full size print. Once you watch the video you’ll be considering it, i know i was. It’s truly an inspiration!
Any designer who knows their place in the word of agency living knows that there’s that ugly separation between sales, design and management. There is always going to be someone trying to make the sale and promise aspects of design to clients at the minimal cost, because, hey, they need to make the sale. There’s always going to be management telling you that now the sale is made you have to manage to deliver in the time frame that they also promised client X. And lastly there’s the designers who have to take the foot of sales and management and deliver on the goods. In a perfect world there would be a great seamless line of open communication, but in the REAL world everyone’s “too busy” to make time to find out exactly what a client wants, which leads us to our good old friend “revision”. How ya doing buddy??
Thanks again Justin at Big Head Design. You never fail to deliver the goods! Must have been a slow morning for you.
I’m not really sure why baseball is the American pasttime, because when it comes down to it, who really likes playing baseball anyway? It’s all about bowling. Next time you’re in a group of friends and you don’t know what to do, mutter the words “bowling alley” and see the buzz you create! There’s beer, nachos, bowling, beer, beer beer, drunk bowling… gutterballs…
Not to brag or anything, but i used to be quite the little bowler back in my day. Best game i ever rolled was in the 280′s… i want to say 287, but my memory is pretty poor.
Ohh, yeah… the image, silly me. Another brilliant HDR shot from Stuck In Customs.
These images just happen to be a VERY small portion of what this artist has to offer on his website. They just ended up being my favorite of his series, which is a VERY tough comparison with so much captivating artwork.
With one of the sickest portfolio design websites i’ve seen and some killer artwork, Arnold Gustavo Lopez Mañas is by far one of the most talented artists i’ve seen. His style reflects the type of art and visuals that muse me and drive me to create. Great find thanks to Why Me? via Pristina.
Surely to become a frequented artists page that i keep up to date with!
In a different series, pictured below, is hands down my favorite piece from Mañas. Must be those birds. HA!
I’m not usually one to want to post about things news related, well, unless it’s design news of course, but this struck me as something interesting, controversial and stunning, all in one. These photo are of a Amazon tribe uncontacted by the modern world. Fearful of the aircraft taking the photographs, they ready their archaic weapons to stand and fight for their tribe. Being an advocate of let others be to their own devices, i’m not so sure that i agree with these photos being taken. As interesting and miraculous as they are… isn’t it just kind of wrong? These people are fearful for their lives, probably never having had seen an aircraft before.
Every designer has heard the tired old expression “form follows function”. Well, the following designers took that and tossed it out the window. This is more Function follows form. Every one of these was designed with surroundings in mind, materials accounted for and logistics calculated. The agencies that produced these must have made a buck or two in their days of glory.
To read more about these advertisements check out Big Head Design and Toxel. Thanks again for another great post Jusin at BHD.
I wish i had more info to share about this photo… all i know is that it was supplied to OCMETRO BUSINESS magazine for a dining review of some restaurant. Vague, i know. Someday if i track down the info (or if by some act of God any of my readers happen to know) i’ll update this post to give credit where credit is due!
About: Prior to the redesign of OCMETRO BUSINESS magazine, the section OC LIFE was the place to get on the pulse of what’s going on in Orange County, California. This particular layout was was written for a review of the Slidebar Rock N Roll Café.
Designer Notes: Early in my career at Churm Media, as a Graphic Designer (Now Art Director), I played things safe, by the book. I soon learned that i had a lot of insightful, fresh new ideas to lend to the editorial pages that had been assigned to me, whereas previously i was strictly designing ads. This was one of my early chances to show the company something new, something they’d shyed away from before, for whatever reason. Large images are ALWAYS eye catching, so with my newfound responsibility I set out to make a name for myself in the staff boxes and directories of Churm Media and OCMETRO BUSINESS magazine.
Capo beach and a long relax after spring break is all it really takes to catch my attention. Amateur photography at it’s best. Not much else to say… hey, c’mon, i had a long day. Just be happy i got 6 of 6… gotta hit a week, gotta hit a week, gotta hit a week………. trailing…………
So, growing up in the desert and delivering pizza for the latter years of my high school career (and, cough cough, a couple college years as well) gives me a little bit of knowledge on the accumulation of dust on the back windows of cars. Dirt roads were no stranger to me. Mostly we’d just write obscenities on our fellow co-workers back windshields in mirror, so they could get a nice “how do ya do?” when they go to check their rearview, but this is ingenious! Scott Wade uses his artistic talent to “paint” murals on the dusty windows of cars… apparently living down a dirt road was some sort of inspiration for him as well! My inspiration was mostly dirt bikes and jumping the “doodle bug” out in the sticks… but who’s really quantifying talent here… wait, i am… fail!
oooooooooooooohhhh kay. This has got to be one of the most AWESOME videos i’ve ever seen. This is for any mac craving, apple loving, single-button mouse toting, wacom FREAK like me. And for all you people still in the stone ages with your windows vista machines, drop the paper weight and get a real computer. Just watch this video if you need convincing. hahaha. I’ll leave you linux folk alone, respect!
Whew! that was a close one. Five days in and i almost missed my fifth of the “Of the…” series! Not to worry though. After i finished staring at code with my roommate for the better half of three hours, i’m ready to do this!
Sadly, i can’t remember where i found this picture, so if you’re the rightful owner, don’t worry. I’m not trying to steal your work, just share it with the world. After all, this IS the internet. And if you happen to BE the owner, find my little slice of the internet, get a wild hair up your arse and want to be credited, or have it taken down, please contact me!
I’m sure by now you’ve all seen this tutorial, but for those of you who haven’t PSDTUTS has an AMAZING, easy to follow process for getting a very organic crop of grass around your text! If i have some free time, because this one looks like it might take a little longer than the previous “Bling it out!” tutorial, i’ll try to organicize my ninethreestudio logo for all of the world to see. or maybe just the ninethree iconic bird in the sense of time.
One of my favorite blog/design/tutorial sites (Deziner Folio) is GIVING away some freaking ridiculous tools for Photoshop (and some for Illustrator as well, but CS3 only. sorry.) The photoshop styles are as simple as loading them to your library, making a text (or floating layer), then clicking the style. WHAM! BAM! Thank you Deziner Folio!
Using the simple one, two, three step process with these wonderful gradients and styles, i transformed the ninethreestudio logo into a web 2.0 work of art. This took me less than 3 minutes! found the colors i wanted, separated my logo into 4 different layers, and clicked! It REALLY is as easy as that…. not like those shotty Tater Mitts on infomercials!
Designer Notes: Point. Set. Match. I wanted to design something fun, but serious. I think the content speaks for itself, thanks to the editor Lynn Armitage, and the layout lent itself to the imagery making it fun to read, even though the subject matter is anything but. Children’s health issues are always a huge concern for parents and i wanted them to get a sense of connection with the story, not just pages of information, but something showing that there’s people out there who care and have dealt with this issue too.
This memorial day was relaxing, fun, and educational. Had some time to sit and tweak the inner workings of the site, spend some time with my lady friend, and relax at the beach! What more could someone ask for? God, i love Huntington Beach!
Check out the new “Lytebox” plugin i have on the photos and let me know what you think. I did some minor tweaks to it and adjusted some of the settings off of their defaults.
Springtime: sunshine, blooming flowers, light rains, birds chirping, and the sensation that the world is starting anew. It also means Girl Scout Cookies.
All across the nation, little girls and their mothers post themselves in front of grocery stores, on street corners, and up and down neighborhood streets, always with an array of the most delectable assortment of cookies imaginable in their Red Radio Flyer Wagons. Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas, Treefoils, Do-Si-Do’s, and All Abouts wait anxiously on display for their next customer to snatch them up greedily.
During the Girl Scout Cookie season all resolves for healthier eating die as men, women, children, and pets see the little girls with eager eyes and a plethora of cookies staring up at them begging courteously to, “Please support our troop!” And for three dollars a box, what sick person wouldn’t support this battle for little girls everywhere?
Not sure how, or where i heard this album in it’s near entirety, (must have been a little birdy) but this album is going to be great. They hit a home run with the single “Pork and Beans” (Video Link) and the tracks to follow are powerful stand-alone ballads in themselves. Many fans lost a bit of Weezer fortitude when they “changed format” on their Maladroit album, and others became new fans because they finally felt that Rivers’ came into his own and stopped writing the kind of music that made them want to love puppies and call their mothers again. With all the new tracks on this upcoming album fans in each Weezer genre will have something to look forward to. The song “Heart Songs” is a great example of Rivers’ writing ability. It’s a nice slow progression song filled with heart and soul. The medley of songs and the story he tells prove that he’s not just some cookie cutter song writer, but that he actually lives the experiences he’s writing about. In “Everybody Get Dangerous” the band picks the pace back up and mixes in some nice electric riffs with the occasional synth twang thrown in for the perfect blend of sound. These guys know how to do everything right!
Also, as a bonus, for those of you who like the other guys in the band, the entire band gets a change to let their voices be heard on this Red, catchy record! So, Mark your calendars for June 3rd and go splurge the $15 (hey, $9.99 at Target if you’re lucky).
ninethreestudio rates this album a 4 of 5.
i couldn’t jump out of the gates with a 5, but we’ll see in the coming months if i have to revisit this. C’mon music industry, make me proud!