Archive for the 'Art' Category
Who Knew is a design magazine taking on “difficult content” – ideas and issues that are commonly misunderstood and censored. Every 3 months, students graphically communicate texts considered complex, confusing and/or controversial – things that make us go, “Who knew?”. Who Knew studies the interpretive power of graphics and typography in the access, efficiency and transparency of information.
A few example questions that are discussed:
- Should work be abolished?
- Is your doctor killing you?
- Can a designer do good?
- Are you beautiful enough to survive?
All-in-all a great read for us “intellectual designers”. ;)
Do you have a secret you need to get off your chest, but just can’t tell anyone? Well, here’s a solution: PostSecret. Completely anonymous people decorate a postcard and portray a secret that they have never before revealed. Some revelations are funny, while others are just plain shocking or sad. What amazes me is how artistic these cards are. But hey, since pictures say more than a thousand words, just have a look at this goosebump-inducing trailer:
Nice to see such a display of humanity and art combined. PostSecret.com initiator Frank Warren has published a number of books full of these amazing postcards:
- PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives
- My Secret: A PostSecret Book
- The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book
- A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book
The title of this post may sound a bit like hyperbole, but after seeing it for yourself, you just might agree: Hotel Fox in Copenhagen, Denmark, is (almost) one of a kind: each and every room has been individually designed by a different contemporary artist. Definitely check out the making-of video if you have a few minutes. I’m having a hard time deciding which room I’d stay in, there are so many good ones to choose from, so I’ve collected a few after the fold. What would be your pick?
I said “almost” because this is not the only hotel of its kind: those planning to stay in San Francisco can also check out the Hotel des Arts, which has the same concept.
Wait, don’t hit that delete button just yet. Have a second look: your blurry and overexposed photo just might be material for Deleted Images, a website dedicated to sharing with the world what you might have deleted otherwise. One of those simple concepts I wish I had thought of. (Thanks, knufflebunneh)
You can never be too old for paper toys, especially when they are of the stylish designer type. I’ve scoured the web to find you some of the best free designer paper toys out there. Simply print ‘em, cut ‘em out, fold ‘em and glue ‘em together and you’ve got yourself some extremely cool little friends.
I’ve done my best to find only original paper toys… that is, these designs are original by their designers and not recreations of known characters.
Have fun with these and feel free to share photos of your completed paper toys with us!
Who’da thunk it? And not only trees: lots of other things in nature and urban areas can draw: vehicles, the postal service, a full moon, balloons, insects, and even people randomly walking about, unaware of their artistic deeds. Tim Knowles proves this with an impressive portfolio of seemingly random analog art. I must say: a tree with a pen in its… uh… hand, is one of the most peculiar sights I’ve seen. Awkwardly cool, too.
No, actually, not that kind of speed. But I made you look. ;) I’m talking speed painting: creating images in a very short time, not paying too much attention to the little details but to the big picture instead, producing some very impressive stuff. Like 24-year-old Argentinian Nico Di Matita, who records his speed paintings, some of them photo-realistic, and puts them on YouTube for your enjoyment and education.
So there you have it, painting on speed, enjoy. (Thanks, Tanja)
…keeps the dullness away. Or something like that. “Artist A Day” helps you get your daily art fix, featuring one image from one new artist each and every day. They hope to provide all the under-exposed artists with the love and attention they deserve.
While you’re there, they’re looking for a new logo, so check out their contest.
Did you know that every thirty seconds, 106,000 aluminum cans are used in the US? Or that 60,000 plastic bags are used every 5 seconds? Or that 426,000 cell phones are retired every single day? The numbers sound pretty high, but they feel very abstract, and seldom we can connect with what they actually represent. With a new series called “Running The Numbers – An American Self-Portrait”, artist Chris Jordan seeks to provide a true impression of exactly how high those numbers are, by presenting the subject matter quite literally. The images are assembled from thousands of smaller photographs, the amount corresponding to the actual numbers in US consumption statistics. The outcome is a series of images that really bring it to the point.
The images leave a feeling of uneasiness with me. What are your thoughts? Can we as a global society reduce our consumption, or do we even need to? Also, if you know further artists who follow similar goals, please feel free to share them with us.