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26 March 20
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QlockTwo – time in words

Under - Design, Industrial Design, Technology, Typography
QlockTwo – The fourth dimension squared by Biegert & Funk

QlockTwo – The fourth dimension squared by Biegert & Funk

This unconventional looking typographic clock is a creation of Biegert & Funk – straight from Germany. QlockTwo tells the time by illuminating words with LEDs. The clock is fitted with light sensor for automatic adjustment to ambient light. The magnetic front part can be replaced without any visible attachments so you have plenty of color choices to suite your mood.

QlockTwo – The fourth dimension squared by Biegert & Funk

20 March 2
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Colosseo – a typographic rendition

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Typography

Cameron Moll’s rendition of the Roman Coliseum is as engaging as all of his previous typography work has been. Painstakingly handcrafted character by character, the artwork took almost 12 months to finish totaling roughly 250 hours from start to finish.

Colosseo - Cameron Moll

Colosseo - Cameron Moll

Colosseo (detail)

Colosseo (detail)

Colosseo (detail)

Colosseo (detail)

Characters from the ‘Goudy Trajan’ and ‘Bembo Pro’ typefaces used in the artwork along with glyphs that Cameron recreated based on the work of master Italian calligrapher M. Giovambattista Palatino from around 1550 AD.

Palatino Glyphs Poster (detail)

Palatino Glyphs Poster (detail)

Palatino Glyphs Poster (detail)

Palatino Glyphs Poster (detail)

Palatino Glyphs and Letterpress Posters - Cameron Moll

Palatino Glyphs and Letterpress Posters - Cameron Moll

Letterpress Poster (detail)

Letterpress Poster (detail)

Letterpress Poster (detail)

Letterpress Poster (detail)

Cameron Moll is a designer, speaker, and author living in Sarasota, Florida (United States) with his wife and four sons.

The best part is you can buy the Colosseo poster here if you like.

16 March 1
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Marriage of art and social activism

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration
Birds of Paradise - Ashley Cecil 2009

Birds of Paradise - Ashley Cecil 2009

Ashley Cecil’s been creating art ever since discovering that her mom’s favorite lipstick made a great oil pastel. Things fast forward and we see the artist evolving in to a ‘Painting Activist’. The secret of Ashley Cecil’s brilliant work is in addressing social issues through art.

Much like a photojournalist, I photograph events, scenes and people of interest, and then translate those images into illustrative paintings. My talent is as an artist, my passion is advocating for social change; this is how the two work together.

When asked how she would describe her approach towards her subjects, she said:

Specifically in regards to how I approach my work: I was formally educated in art at the University of Dayton (03), but didn’t really begin to grow into my own style until after graduation. This is when I began to shift my subject matter from landscapes and anything that was simply aesthetically pleasing to things that addressed social issues. I launched the Painting Activist in 2006 and have generally stuck with that theme ever since. Meshing this subject matter with my painting gave me a new and motivating reason to paint.

I just moved to London England with my fiancé and am loving the visual inspiration of this city. The website and my work may take a new turn, but I’m sure the fundamental elements of what has worked for the past 4 years will continue.

Kingsways and Great Queens St. Jan - Ashley Cecil 2010

Kingsways and Great Queens St. Jan - Ashley Cecil 2010

London - Ashley Cecil 2010

London - Ashley Cecil 2010

Oxfam commission - Ashley Cecil 2008

Oxfam commission - Ashley Cecil 2008

Home, Louisville - Ashley Cecil 2008

Home, Louisville - Ashley Cecil 2008

Soho - Ashley Cecil 2007

Soho - Ashley Cecil 2007

You can view more of her work here.

Web browser choice matters.

Under - Miscellaneous, Technology, Usability
Browser choice matters by pentochoice.org

Browser choice matters by opentochoice.org

…Web browser has become one of the most critical and trusted relationships of our modern lives – with nearly perfect knowledge of everything we do. It is the lens through which we look at the virtual world, and the medium by which we connect, learn, share, and collaborate. The browser you choose is responsible for providing you with the necessary tools to manage your online life, and to protect your privacy and security.

…In accordance with a landmark settlement (European Commission and Microsoft), if you’re using a Windows PC in Europe and you’re still using the default Web browser (Internet Explorer), in the coming weeks and months you’ll see a Browser Choice screen appear. That screen will provide you the opportunity to make an active choice in the source of the software that acts on your behalf to broker your online experiences, and meet your own unique needs and interests.

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Papierkrieg (paper war) by Makaio

Under - Inspiration, Media, Motion Graphics

I watched this interesting video on Vimeo few days back and liked it very much. Thanks to Makaio (aka Matthias) for translating his wonderful short film from German to English especially for LivingDesign. I hope to see more of his work coming online soon.

Papierkrieg:

The two-minute short film ‘Papierkrieg’ tells a story about two kids, arguing about whose paper plane is the best. Everything in the children’s imagination seems to become real and functioning. Rapidly they get mad at each other and start a race of arms until it comes to the final clash with weapons of mass destruction where nobody could end up as a winner.

The film deals with the fact, that kids have the possibility to break the borders of the real world through their infinite creativity. On one hand the story shows children’s playful fantasy and on the other it refers to situations in the real world (e.g. political debates).

Translation:
Boy: My airplane is the best one in the whole world. It even has a jet engine!
Girl: Mine has super cannon, which shoots fireballs!
Boy: Mine deflects them with a tennis racket!
Girl: Mine grills you with a flamethrower!
Boy: Doesn’t matter, it has undestructive-paint!
Girl: You’ll stop laughing after my army of killer bees attacks you!
Boy: But i got a flower bouquet…
Girl: ?
Boy: …of carnivorous plants!
Girl: Acidic rain!
Boy: Protective umbrella!
Girl: Gigantic shredder!
Boy: Soup spoon!
Girl: Shotgun!
Boy: Spider web!
Girl: Hammer!
Boy: Teleporter!
Girl: A-booomb!