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Future of UI by John Underkoffler

Under - Design, Industrial Design, Inspiration, Media, Technology, Usability

Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak — the real-life version of the film’s eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow’s computers will be controlled?

Till Gerhard

Under - Art, Inspiration

Till Gerhard, based in Hamburg (Germany), paints large-scale canvases of rural communities, with delicate spills of colour and heavy brushwork, drips, splashes and smears in an unsettling atmosphere.

Till Gerhard

Till Gerhard

Till Gerhard

Till Gerhard

18 May 7
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Book sculptures by Jacqueline Rush Lee

Under - Art, Inspiration

We have seen Alexander Korzer-Robinson’s amazing work with books. Here comes Jacqueline Rush Lee who is deeply inspired by the materials, colors and forms in her everyday environment.

Jacqueline Rush Lee

CUBE / In the Collection of Allan Chasanoff, NY

For almost a decade I have found myself drawn to the intimate, tactile, and symbolic qualities of used books. I am interested in how these recycled books come with their own histories of use and meaning and how they serve as potent vehicles of expression. With the idea of working with them as my canvas or building block, I transform the books into sculptures that explore and redefine the book as familiar object, medium, and archetypal form. By scrambling the formal arrangement of the book and transposing its material and conceptual qualities, I aim to create evocative art forms that suggest an alternative narrative.

Jacqueline Rush Lee

Flutter (Devotion Series) 2008 H3.5” x W6”x D5” Used Book, Hand-Painted Ink

Jacqueline Rush Lee

Flutter and Anthologia details

Jacqueline Rush Lee

Anthologia (Devotion Series) 2008 H9 xW9 xD6 inches. Used, assembled books, hand-painted, sanded, burnished inks, bookmarks, archival glue

Jacqueline Rush Lee

Book of R’s 2003 H15.5

Jacqueline Rush Lee

Unfurled (Devotion Series) 2008 and Peacock (Devotion Series) 2008

15 May 5
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Luis

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media

This is an incredible piece of stop-motion video created by Niles Atallah, Cristobal Leon and Joaquin Cociña. I like it very much except the unnecessary swearing towards the end.

Luis is the 2nd short video of the series ‘Lucía, Luis y el lobo’ (‘Lucía, Luis and the Wolf’), it is a follow-up to the short video Lucía. The video was shot frame by frame with a digital photo camera.

Viewer discretion is advised: Lot’s of swearing toward the end

11 May 3
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Dado Queiroz and realm of design

Under - Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Typography

I’m so full of praise for the Latin American art and design that I wish to go there and actually spend some time. I admire it not because I like it or have built a taste for it over the time but because it is genuinely inspiring, mature and unique. It has its own flavour, whether it is typography, illustration or graphic design, I always came across something stunning from that part of the world.

Dado Queiroz’s work is a statement of brilliance in terms of its style, identity and potential. Born in Curitba (Brazil) in 1980, he currently works at DDB in São Paulo.

Dado Queiroz

So, let’s talk about you. How it all started?
I studied ‘Architecture and Urban Planning’ for one and a half year, until I drop it to start doing freelance illustration projects. It didn’t work out quite so well, so I started studying Graphic Design in 2000, finishing in 2003.

After that I started a small solo studio with only me and occasionally my wife at that time (I got married in 2004). Then the studio got a little bigger, when I invited my good friends Anderson Maschio and Beto Janz to be partners. It was called ‘estudiocrop’. Later on, Renan Molin joined too, still as an intern, and became a good friend of all of us.

In the end of 2006 Renan had to focus on his graphic design course’s final project, Beto had some issues with his personal life and so did I, as I got divorced, so it seemed like we should take some time off. A time from which we never got back, as we decided to end the studio. Each one of us took a separate path: I ended up coming to DDB Brazil, from where I was laid off about one year later. Me and Renan then tried to get estudiocrop back together, but it didn’t work out as we expected. So a few more months down the road I came back to São Paulo and rejoined DDB once more.

Dado Queiroz

Dado Queiroz

What keeps you going?
What keeps me going on in my personal life are the good times, the laughter, some Seinfeld episodes, good beer, greasy food, learning how to play the guitar, music, travelling and stuff like that. Professionally, it is almost an addiction to that feeling you get when you finish a piece that you think is good. This and some nice people you get to know along the way, the evolution of the work, the expressiveness that any graphic piece can carry, the money (yes, the money, why not?) and, more recently, a new pleasure giving lectures and conducting workshops.

Your unique style – how it evolved to what it is now?
I wouldn’t call it unique, although I tend to get feedback from people talking about ‘my personal style’. I guess it came along when I started focusing more and more on what I like to do when designing something or making an image, and not so much on what people expect or what is trendy or strategically correct right now. I figured, since I’m going to spend some 75% of my waking hours working or doing work related stuff, I might as well do what I like. After all, it’s my life going down the drain and I don’t want to spend it feeling frustrated or angry or whatever.

So, as it turns out, I like to draw letters, to try expressive compositions and to shade stuff a lot. So this ‘style’ is really just a natural development of what I like to do. There were no big plans to build a style. Or, rather, a ‘personal’ style just started to surface when I stopped caring about having a personal style – which to me makes perfect sense. If it’s your style, it’s something natural… it’s not something you can force to happen, right?

In technical terms, at this time, it is all basically Photoshop and my Intuos3 tablet. From sketch to finish it all happens there, including the vectors, that I started doing directly on Photoshop (but of course I still use Illustrator for all vector or for more complex vector work). And I say ‘at this time’ because the techniques I develop usually evolve from time to time, not really to get better or more efficient, but much more to avoid getting so damn tedious to do the same thing over and over.

Dado Queiroz

Sort of a cliché question – what’s the source of your inspirations?
My inspirations are 95% out of the realm of design or illustration. And again, it’s not a noble pursuit like ‘I just want outside references and blahblahblah’. It’s much more because I find it a bit boring to see the same design/illustration pieces over and over on the internet or books, all very well done, but basically all the same. You see 300 images that are essentially the same, just done by different people for different purposes. I find it very boring. And not only that, I find it harmful to my own work, since it can influence me rather than just inspire. What I usually like to see is architecture, furniture, product design, photography, microscopic and other botanic/organic related photography (great for forms and natural patterns) and some type related imagery.

Dado Queiroz

Dado Queiroz

Clay art by Meredith Dittmar

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration

Clay art by Meredith Dittmar

Based in Portland OR, Meredith Dittmar grew up in a world of pet pigs, horses, hay-forts and spy games.

Dittmar’s human-animal-plant-energy amalgams contain threads of common elements and colors to express deep levels of union across themes of biology, technology, and consciousness . Her characters are frequently involved in quiet expressive moments, or lounge facing their audience so they can share their inner space. Dittmar believes it is this space we recognize in ourselves, and through convening in that space, the interconnectedness of all things is revealed. She sees the act of spontaneous artistic creation as part of a larger practice of being present, and a way to better understand herself and reality.

Clay art by Meredith Dittmar

Clay art by Meredith Dittmar

Clay art by Meredith Dittmar

Clay art by Meredith Dittmar

Clay art by Meredith Dittmar

22 April 5
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Casajordi – realities and surrealism

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration
Souvenir (details) - Casajordi

Souvenir (details)

Fantasy, dream, surrealism, to whatever it takes to escape reality. Casajordi has redefined reality based on his imagination. He enjoys ‘pictures’ and playing with their meanings, and with the duality in between illumination and darkness. I felt lost in his work like Alice in the Wonderland only to wish if I could understand French!

Based in Perpignan (France) near the Spanish border, Casajordi draws his ideas on paper before taking them into Photoshop to create collages – sometimes with over 300 layers spending 15/16 hours on each piece. From overall composition to minute details, you can sense strong narrative expressions as well as unexplained references in his work.

Enfermer - Casajordi

Enfermer

Etrange Famille - Casajordi

Etrange Famille

Jardin Secret - Casajordi

Jardin Secret

La Photographe - Casajordi

La Photographe

Various compositions - Casajordi

Various compositions (close-ups)

Livre - Casajordi

Livre

Peur De Grandir - Casajordi

Peur De Grandir

Renaissance - Casajordi

Renaissance

Cerveau - Casajordi

Cerveau

You can view more of Casajordi’s amazing art in fine details here.

Shape My Language – a typographic exhibition by Bruno Maag

Under - Design, Inspiration, Typography
Shape My Language - Bruno Maag

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag (Photo source: Oliver Schöndorfer)

Some amazing typographic work by Bruno Maag (Dalton Maag Studio) goes on display at the Walking-Chair Design Gallery in Vienna, Austria.

There are dozens of different script systems in use in the world today, giving shape to thousands of spoken languages. A typeface designer’s task is not only to visualize the emotion with which a message is spoken, but also to ensure that the reader can absorb the message with a minimum of distraction.

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag (Photo source: Dalton Maag)

‘The previous life’ by Apple Yin

Under - Art, Inspiration
The previous life - Apple Yin

The previous life - Apple Yin (Photo source: The Art Gallery of New South Wales)

Apple Yin, one of the finalists in the Australian prestigious art award Archibald Prize 2010, painted her fellow artist Terry English as Marco Polo.

Dust and rain, and rainbow

Under - Inspiration, Media, Music

Dust and rain, and rainbow - Pakistani folk, classical and Sufi music

I wrote about Pakistani folk music before. Here comes a fusion of classical Pakistani folk and Sufi music with modern strings. I’m extremely sceptical when it comes to remixing classical folk with modern tunes but what is done at the Coke Studio below by Rohail Hyatt is so full of life, vibrant, refreshing and soul warming that I want to stand up and applaud, and applaud, and applaud…

The tracks below are in Seraiki, Sindhi, Punjabi and Urdu languages, featuring legendry Sufi kalam and folklore. Pakistani music is very diverse at its core, with heavy influences from South Asian, Central Asian, Turkish, Persian, Arab and modern western music especially American Rock resulting in a very distinct and signature sound.

Coke Studio prides itself on providing a musical platform which bridges barriers, celebrates diversity, encourages unity and instils a sense of Pakistani pride. Coke Studio is an inspired step by Coca-Cola for having created a platform where renowned as well as upcoming and less mainstream musicians from various genres can collaborate musically.

Mai Ni Main by Atif Aslam

Aik Alif by Noori & Saieen Zahoor

Aj Latha Naeeo by Javed Bashir

Toomba by Saieen Zahoor

And, this post wouldn’t be complete without a nice pop song by Zeb and Haniya.


Chup by Zeb & Haniya

Artists featured: Saieen Zahoor, Javed Bashir, Atif Aslam, Noori and the female duo Zebunnisa Bangash and Haniya Aslam.

Visit Coke Studio for more electrifying performances.