Archive for January, 2010

MANIFEST EQUALITY

Friday, January 29th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_678" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="A diverse array of hundreds of the nation’s most talented visual artists under one roof to celebrate that role and join with our gay (LGBT) friends, family members and co-workers to demand full and equal rights for all Americans."][/caption] We believe in FULL & EQUAL RIGHTS for ALL Americans with no exceptions. Art plays a pivotal role in creating cultural momentum, and this is your chance to get involved.  HERE: ManifestEquality.com

A Sucker for Time Lapse

Thursday, January 28th, 2010
I don't know what it is about time lapse videos, but I dig 'em. The one above "Another Cloud Reel" by Ben Wiggins was shot, for the most part, around San Francisco. If you can get past the music it is a pretty amazing piece of video. Since I live here, I find this of particular interest. The part at 3:34 with the airplanes landing at SFO really trips me out. I found this video on the Illusion360 site, where if you search for "time lapse" you find a bunch of pretty good stuff.

The House of the Devil – Posters by Neil Kellerhouse

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_625" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The House of the Devil - Film Poster by Neil Kellerhouse"][/caption] New York Magazine has a great slideshow of poster comps for "The House Of The Devil," designed by Neil Kellerhouse. Be sure to check out Neil's portfolio site, Kellerhouse Inc., which is chock full of brilliant graphic design.

Now This. (Part 1)

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_608" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Jason Hardy (left) and Justin Kemerling"]Jason Hardy and Justin Kemerling[/caption] The Match Factory idea began in 2002. We, Jason Hardy and Justin Kemerling, looked out on the landscape and saw the need to make things. This merged with our development as designers and continues to this day. The Match Factory became a place to put our attention, ideas and projects. Version 3, this blog site, is the beginning of our next steps. The content that will make up this site is centered around the things that inspire us. But more importantly, it is a place for documenting our projects and discussing how they fit into our view of the world. Our changing world of the last decade and the thinking crucial to our role as designers converges on many levels; personal, professional, cultural, political. It is manifested here. A pathway from what is now to what could be tomorrow, consider this a philosophical collection of what we think it means to be a designer. We both work the day to day as designers, but each have our own individual focus and intentions. Meet Jason Hardy. Goals: Story-telling, using art/design to contribute to our collective culture. Some Background: "What is there to say really. I guess I got into design because I like telling stories, and design felt like another way of doing that. As a younger man I studied journalism and intended to become a writer, though in the back of my mind something never felt quite right about that (though I still miss it). I graduated with a degree in Journalism and promptly found a job as a graphic designer. Go figure. Over the years I have found design to be both a way to make a living and a vehicle for personal expression, though those two things are sometimes mutually exclusive. I am very interested in the line between art and design (and whether or not that even matters). Design as visual poetry, or is that art? Is it art if you use a computer to make it? Who cares? Should I care? That kind of stuff. I am most attracted to making work that is evocative, emotionally resonate, entertaining, useful or just plain beautiful. At the end of the day I'm an average conflicted 32 year old American man who makes things to look at, play with, learn from or ignore. Though in the end, I hope that my work contributes to our collective culture. I am currently an associate creative director for a digital agency (Odopod) in San Francisco. I am also a freelance designer for The Criterion Collection, who are located in New York. That being said, I am a proud Nebraskan and believe in the greatness and beauty of the American Middle-West. Onward." More: www.jasonhardy.info Meet Justin Kemerling. Focus: Community Activist Design. Some Background: "I consider myself a collaborator, community activist and midwest. I turned 30 last year. I'm a citizen, advocate, progressive, cloudy optimist, writer, thinker, screenprinter, lover and designer. And I have a really hard time deciding what to do at any given moment. So design has worked out well for me so far, as I get to explore a lot of different areas of our society. The types of projects I really get into explore our visual culture and our ability to create a common goal for a greater good. The work I'm most proud of focuses on the specifics of a place; picking a side, and giving image, clarity and distinction to specific causes. Whether dealing with social justice, peace issues, sustainability and climate action, student organizing, or art culture, the thinking is to design positively and make it beautiful. Really though, consider me an extremely interested party in how America exists in the world, what it means to be a global citizen today and the responsibilities that come along with that. I'm just trying to make sense of it all just like everyone else. Through design and design thinking I see more and more opportunities for people to make a difference where we live and to be active participants in our changing culture." More: www.justinkemerling.com Moving forward, we both see our world changing in profound ways. Change itself is a process. Consider this part of our process of continuing to look out on the landscape and use design to participate in that change.

Design for Haiti

Monday, January 25th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_631" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="DesignforHaiti.com: A creative call to action to design."][/caption] Design for Haiti is another design project from Aaron Perry-Zucker (Design for Obama, makeUSgreen). The mission: to collect Haiti posters that either advocate relief efforts or visualize information leading to a better understanding of the situation in Haiti. "We are especially seeking top notch info graphics that give the audience an 'ah-hah' moment where they learn something and perhaps see the situation differently." Consider it a creative call to action to design. The following images are several fine examples. [caption id="attachment_636" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Ayudemos a Haití by Neos Brand | The Living sleep among the Dead 2 by Christopher Griego"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_637" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Help Haiti by Xhengis | Aid Within by deedee914"][/caption]

Google Crisis Response

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
Google Crisis Response Google has set up a Crisis Response page to support disaster relief in Haiti. Personally I've been blown away by how the "Text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross" technique has raised so much money in such a short time. To me, its the best use of technology, the perfect combination of: 1 - A (for the most part) credible organization (the American Red Cross), 2 - An affordable monetary request, 3 - A super easy and direct way to get the money there. This Google page seems to me like another step in the right direction of using existing technology and tools to empower people to aid, contribute information, find people affected by the disaster and follow the events as they continue to unfold.

Please tell us why you are unsubscribing from www.barackobama.com.

Thursday, January 21st, 2010
[caption id="attachment_583" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="What's next in 2010? All of the above please."]What's next in 2010? All of the above please.[/caption] This morning I received an email from my good friend Dan Schreiber. It was his response to the folks at barackobama.com as to why he was unsubscribing from their email list. I loved it. Such a small form of protest, but so significant. I'd say it captures a particular mood a lot of us are feeling: "Well yeah we're still with you, but damn man, I'm not so sure you're with us." It's hard to rally around compromise, and it's even harder to enthusiastically back things that make the corporate interests smile. So. Now that 2010 is really rolling, we're of course in for throwin' down. And for all-of-the-above. (Getting at the structural problems that if not addressed will make the next 50 years non-too-pleasant.) Just remember, those of us with punk rock sensibilities aren't too keen on sellouts. It's time to lead with a little less COM-PRO-MISE and a little more YES WE CAN.  For the time being, I'll be unsubscribing as well. And here is Dan's response, with the following disclaimer: Those of you who know me best will know where I've bridled the appropriate profanities.  'Handing MA voters that awful woman was an insult. You are reaping what you sowed. I support President Obama, but we need to follow through. PUSH. RECONCILIATION. Let blue dogs know that they fall in line or fall out. We - President Obama, Congressional Democrats and I - are most certainly not too far left. We are too centrist. Let's show the world that we have the [golly darn gumption] to give our people what they deserve - real health care reform. We must offer all we have to our neighbors, brothers and sisters in Haiti right now. If we are to continue fighting at home during this period, it must be worth the effort. Unless we move to make real change happen, I won't blame the American voters for electing another Scott Brown in 2012. For crying out loud - MASSACHUSETTS elected the male Sarah Palin. Please make me believe again that you know what the hell you're doing in our name. Thanks.' Dan Schreiber

Design Revolution

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
Think big and have no fear. “Product design that empowers.” A traveling exhibition of 40 humanitarian design solutions that have been showcased in the book Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People. Beautiful. A Project H Design initiative. And recently on the Colbert Report.

Hard Format

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_516" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Cabaret Voltaire - I always liked this cover."]Cabaret Voltaire[/caption] Hard Format is a wonderful site dedicated to "reaching for the sublime in music design," as curated by a couple of guys named Justin and Colin. The site is clearly a reflection of their personal tastes rather than a compendium of the standard "greatest album covers of all time," which is what makes it so compelling. They also do a great job of photographing the pieces so you get a real sense of the packaging as a whole rather than just cover designs. I've personally never seen a lot of these sleeves and covers, nor have I heard of many of these musicians, so its a real treat to see such an array of great design. Click through the fold to see more images that stuck with me. [caption id="attachment_527" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Hard Format"]Hard Format[/caption] As a designer of cover art for films I often think about the differences between designing for films, as opposed to books and music. With a film there is a visual style, tone and story that is set by the director. With books there is a story that needs to be hinted at without giving away the ending. With music (in general) there seems to be more of an opportunity for artistic interpretation and the artwork can work on its own or as an addendum to the music. As I look at a lot of the album art on Non Format I find myself looking at albums that I haven't heard and trying to imagine what it sounds like. What the visuals tell me about the music. If there was one thing that I'd love for the fellas to add to the site it would be the ability to listen a track from each of the albums they profile, to see how the the music works with the visuals. But mostly I just like this site because they include cassette tapes. And The Match Factory loves tapes. [caption id="attachment_525" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Sum of R, The Vulture Club"]Sum Of R[/caption] [caption id="attachment_524" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Seaworthy – 1897, Map In Hand"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_521" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Miles Davis - Tutu"]Miles Davis[/caption] [caption id="attachment_522" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Various – Until Human Voices Wake Us And We Drown"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_518" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words"]Dead Letters[/caption]

Kate MacDowell

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
I love these porcelain scultptures by Kate MacDowell. Great mixture of realism and fantasy. 

 

  [caption id="attachment_364" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Canary 3 by Kate MacDowell"]Canary 3[/caption]  

 

  [caption id="attachment_363" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Buzz by Kate MacDowell"]Buzz[/caption] [caption id="attachment_365" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Uprooted by Kate MacDowell"]Uprooted[/caption]