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19 May 2
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Alessandro Battara illustrating highs and lows of life

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration

Alessandro Battara aims to strike hard on what’s negative around us such as a piece of news or a social/political situation through his work.

I believe what we saw and lived first hand in our lives is very helpful, the more things touched us, the more we have to say and express, even violently. I’m always trying to turn my illustrations into a sort of cinematographic manifesto; the situation or the fact that I’m illustrating becomes my own film, that I must summarize in a poster.




Alessandro graduated from the Dosso Dossi School of Art in Ferrara, Italy, and then went for a two year qualification in anatomical design.

Unfortunately there weren’t many job opportunities available at the time so I had to take every sort of humble job. I wanted to make money in order to start my own life. A few years later I got the opportunity to go back in the graphic design business. I took out my colours and dusty brushes and started drawing and working on my computer for hours because I felt a bit rusty and…you know what? I discovered I had so much to say! I met every sort of person. In a work environment like a factory, for example, you can meet nice people, desperate people and even the outcast. I haven’t spent my life inside a graphic studio and this helped me a lot, despite what I myself used to think, because having seen life as it really is and having experienced hard work that I profoundly hated I have now something to say.


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17 May 1
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LetterMpress: A virtual letterpress for iPad

Under - Design, Technology, Typography

This is one of those exciting apps that you’d love to have as a designer. It allows you to experience the art and craft of letterpress printing on the iPad.


LetterMpress

The LetterMpress project has already generated well over required amount of funding on Kickstarter.com to acquire collections of authentic wood type and vintage “cuts” to add to their library.

LetterMpress will be a virtual letterpress environment—released first on the iPad—that will allow anyone to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints. The design process is the same as the letterpress process—you place and arrange type and cuts on a press bed, lock the type, ink the type, and print. You will be able to create unlimited designs, with multiple colors, using authentic vintage wood type and art cuts. And you can print your design directly from LetterMpress or save it as an image for import it into other applications.

So why bother re-creating what’s considered to be an obsolete process for the new technology of the iPad?

Actually, a letterpress and an iPad operate similarly when it comes to manipulating objects in a composition. Just like placing blocks of wood type on a surface, you drag the type images across the iPad, and then move them around to create your design. This is why the iPad would make an ideal platform for people to experience the creative aspects of letterpress and typography.

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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13 February 8
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Keeping it real simple: NoteSlate

Under - Industrial Design, Technology

It might be rather disappointing for those who have been looking for a product gap between eReaders and iPad-like devices to market something new. If such a gap ever existed, it now has been filled by NoteSlate! Just wait till June this year and you could be a proud owner of a $99 grayscale tablet.

NoteSlate is low cost tablet device with true one color display, real paper look design, long life battery (180h !), together with very handy usage and very simple and helpful interface for pen and paper. This easy, compact and portable gadget is used anywhere you want to make any notes, drafts, sketches, any ideas for future reference. Paper for everyone! Write a note and check it later, save it, or delete it. Maybe send it after. Just one color is enough to express the basics. Keep your life simple.

Contrary to ‘… Just one color is enough to express the basics’, NoteSlate is going to be available in a variety of colors and even a multicolor version going to be released at some point in future. The A4 size tablet going to have simple three button interface to save, delete and view. Any ordinary pen/pencil would work just fine besides its own.

So, what’s the concept behind this low cost gadget?

The NoteSlate is trying to define the product itself, archetype, electronic paper. We are trying to define this archetype for general public, bit against their today`s usual network expectations. It`s active, creative, you cannot browse the web, networks, read, watch, play… the Internet, social networks, connecting everywhere are just beginning, part of the contemporary future. Although with NoteSlate, you will have always something, what you can be in. We don`t want to be overwhelmed with technology. The biggest simplicity is enough to express the basics, to explain the idea.

Am I impressed? Hmmmmmm … yes, may be. A notebook for $99 is a bit expensive but we like to buy gadgets like these often. I might not be that interested in this tablet as I already have one with all the bells and whistles, however, I do see a great potential for this 13 inch matte monochrome eInk display tablet within education industry.




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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