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19 April 4
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Illustrations by Hugh D’Andrade

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Typography

Hugh D’Andrade is famously indiscriminate about the uses of his art. It has appeared on book covers, magazine spreads, rock posters, Burning Man paraphernalia, board games, as well as the occasional t-shirt and skateboard. His greatest ambition in life is to project his mental images into the minds of innocent people everywhere.

A few of the places you may have seen Hugh’s art: rock posters for Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, the Avett Brothers and Joan Jett; book covers for Penguin, Houghton-Mifflin, and Harper Collins; illustration annuals from Communication Arts (on the cover!), American Illustration, Creative Quarterly and the Society of Illustrators.

Hugh also likes to hang his art on clean, white gallery walls when he gets a chance.





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Mariana Coan – discovering something new

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration

Based is São Paulo, Brazil, Mariana Coan has been working as a professional illustrator for over 4 years now. All that started when she sold her first illustration to Capricho, a magazine very popular among Brazilian teenagers.

I wish I could tell that I was one of those kids who draw since kindergarten, but things were different for me. Of course I’ve always liked to draw, but, born on a really small town on the outskirts of Brazil, I could not imagine I could make a living out of it. So, in college I’ve studied Publishing. At first I thought I was going to spend the rest of my days editing text and copywriting books. But after some years doing that I was really fed up with publishing, and I tried to make some illustrations just for pleasure. Sometime later a friend of mine saw the images and told me they were worth something, and that I should show them to some designers and art directors. So I did. But it was only one year later that I got my first commissioned illustration; I had to wait some time to get things going for me. Since I have started illustrating, though, it became more than a merely job. I can truly say it is the best thing that happened to me, I love what I do! 😀

I don’t think I have a particular style, but I can say I like collage and drawing the most. On the last couple of years I started paper crafting, and soon I became more and more in love with that. If I had to define my style, I would say I like mixing techniques, mediums and everything else.

My inspiration and goal is discovering something new in every project – I mean, learning how to do something differently, even if it’s something really tiny. And, of course, there are a bunch of people I admire out there, and they inspire me also. Just to name a few: Fabiano Silva, Robert Weaver, Andy Potts, Benja Harney, Robert Sabuda, Pieatari Posti, and few more.

As a personal thought – even though it’s more universal than personal hehehe: do what you love, and love what you do! 😀





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23 March 2
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Composition of Mammals by Wataru Yoshida

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Photography

An interesting blend of photography and illustration by Wataru Yoshida. The artwork comprises of human/animal anatomy sketches that are superimposed on photographs, looking into complexities and intricate structure of mammal’s body. Wataru Yoshida born in Tokyo, Japan in 1987 and has recently graduated from Tama Art University.

I’m searching for job in Japan. And I hope to go to abroad to study graphic design.

Anatomy of Mammals is Wataru’s graduation project and semi-finalist in Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2011 under photography. He was a finalist in 2010 in the same award for illustration.


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16 March 4
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Eily’s sinister treasures

Under - Art, Design, Inspiration

Eily O Connell is a contemporary and edgy jeweller based in Co. Waterford, Ireland. She has developed a unique selection of eerie, organic jewellery. Various gem inclusions mixed with this raw flavor appeal to those seeking the unusual. She creates eerie assemblages from an array of natural materials, which often grasp various objects or have enamel inclusions. These appear as replications of familiar organic forms, yet are not quite as they appear as she manipulates each one.

Eily’s sinister treasures got her noticed from her graduation, where she received a first class honors degree. She was awarded ‘Most Promising Student’ before college and shortly after graduating; she won ‘Undergraduate 2008’ from the Crafts Council of Ireland. She also received ‘First Prize for Precious Jewellery’ From the Royal Dublin Society in 2009 and has created quite a stir exhibiting all over the world.

Referencing the disruption of nature’s order through my work, I create new life forms that appear as direct replications of recognizable organic matter yet they are not quite as they seem. Having accumulated an assortment of natural forms and materials based on their intrinsic characters, the process of casting helps me to amalgamate these ever evolving hybrids, deceptively leading to mistaken identity.

By acting as the divine creator, I am mimicking the power we have to alter nature’s path, which ultimately leads to chaos and the sinister presence lurking throughout the work.


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9 March 2
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An intriguing synthesis of art, design and typography by Robert Rebotti

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Typography

Here comes incredibly inspiring mixed media artwork by Capri, Italy based artist, illustrator and graphic designer Robert Rebotti. His richly colored work with an intriguing synthesis of art, design and typography has appeared in many publications and exhibitions across Europe and North America. Robert also writes graphic and visual design articles for magazines besides teaching visual communication at a school in Capri.








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8 February 7
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Doodling and drawing to Graphic Design

Under - Design, Illustration, Typography

Rupinder Singh is a passionate graphic designer from India. He graduated in Media Science from NSHM School of Media and Communication with specialization in Advertisement and Public Relations. Rupinder works freelance and runs a design blog 365 Concepts where he shares his latest projects and inspirations.

My interest in graphic designing began back in my childhood days, when I was fascinated by the amazing world of design. I used to check magazine covers, movie posters and print advertisements and always wondered how they came up with such interesting ideas and designs. Doodling and drawing were always in my list of hobbies. One of my earliest rendezvous with art and design was at the age of 5, when I was awarded by the certificate of merit in ‘All-India Camel Colouring Contest, 1992’.

Along the way I realized that graphic designing is the most effective and powerful way of expressing ideas, thoughts and views.


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23 January 2
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Letterpress Amy

Under - Art, Design, Media, Technology

Letterpress Amy by Fish & Crown:

Short documentary on Amy and her Green Girl Press. Old school hand printing is still alive.

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Fund and follow creativity on Kickstarter

Under - Art, Design, Industrial Design, Inspiration, Resources, Technology

Obtaining seed money to launch a business has always been challenging, but, with a crowdfunding platform like Kickstarter things are changing. Founded by Yancey Strickler and Perry Chen, this New York based company helps people realize their creative dreams and ambitious endeavors.

Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.

A new form of commerce and patronage. This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project.

All or nothing funding. On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. Creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.

I covered one of the record funding on kickstarter few weeks back, below is another successful projects from their 2010 Kickstarter Award.

Art By Eyes: TEMPT1 / EyeWriter Kickstarter Initiative.

28 December 4
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Playing with the sky…

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Photography

Playing with the sky - Valeria Prieto

Valeria Prieto, based in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, studied graphic design at the Institute of Architecture, Design and Art at the University of Ciudad. She’s been teaching contemporary art and illustration at elementary, middle and high schools in Mexico since 2002. She also serves as a photographer and collaborator in short films and animations.

Her latest work ‘Playing with the sky’ caught my eye on her blog which is simply brilliant! I asked her if she could share her thoughts around it:

Those images were shot with Sony Cyber Shot TX5, and then I selected some vintage images/elements to add more life into them. Sometimes I use a peephole and a crystal with cuts to get various background effects and I like to merge several photos into one.

I have loved photography since childhood. One of the best things I’ve seen in the city where I live (city of Juárez, Chihuahua, MX) are the sunsets, so I love to take pictures of them because every day it is different, especially in winter the sunsets are so colorful that I don’t need to apply color correction. I like to play with the shots by adding items such as musical notes and birds on electric wires, buildings or images that may become part of those great sceneries.

Playing with the sky - Valeria Prieto

Playing with the sky - Valeria Prieto

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12 December 2
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Cortex – Google Chrome extension for social media sharing

Under - Design, Media, Resources, Technology, Usability

Cortex

Now we can share all those fancy pictures, videos and articles found online in one click to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and to Instapaper. Thanks to Cortex for making a lengthy process 2 second’s job.

Cortex is the fastest way to share links, articles, videos, images, music to your friends and family across the web.

Cortex, developed by Joey Primiani, is a free Google Chrome extension. Having it installed, I had to setup social media sharing in the Cortex settings after which it was pretty easy – click and hold for the menu to appear and zoom … the stuff is already published by the time you open or refresh your Facebook,Twitter or Tumblr page (support is limited to four sites only at this stage).

Cortex reminds me what Bonnier R&D did a while ago in the form of Mag+ – especially the unforgettable menu dial (below). Although the precise functionality was not envisaged in the Mag+ demo for those Facebook and twitter buttons but I believe it could have been the same as Cortex!

Mag+

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